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Sally Field, 'Sesame Street' to receive Kennedy Center award

Jul. 18, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field and the long-running children's TV show "Sesame Street" are in the latest class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the musical...

Paul McCartney writing 'It's a Wonderful Life' stage musical

Jul. 17, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney is writing his first stage musical, an adaptation of the classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life." The ex-Beatle is collaborating with "Billy Elliot" playwright Lee Hall and West End producer Bill Kenwright. McCartney said he'd never considered writing a musical, but after meeting...

Review: The Flaming Lips' concept album will blow your mind

Jul. 17, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

The Flaming Lips, "King's Mouth: Music and Songs" (Warner Bros.) The new album by The Flaming Lips is a head trip — literally. The ever-evolving, mind-blowing alt-rockers have somehow upped their game with a concept album and accompanying art project that takes us into a giant head. Weird? Yes. Thrilling?...

Review: New David Crosby documentary is loving, too loving

Jul. 16, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

The final image of David Crosby in a new documentary about the singer-songwriter shows him in his hippie glory, spotting a video camera filming him. He roguishly sticks out his tongue. Then he inexplicably goes further and gives viewers the middle finger. It's sort of an apt gesture to sum up "David Crosby:...

Barbie goes glam rock to honor David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust

Jul. 15, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbie has been many things over the years. Now, she's dressed as Ziggy Stardust. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's iconic "Space Oddity," Barbie overseers at Mattel released a collectible version of the doll dressed as Ziggy Stardust, one of his most...

ASL interpreters bring songs to life for deaf people

Jul. 13, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Wearing sunglasses, tattoos and a tank top, Blake Noland bounced his head to the beat in front of the stage at Louisville's Waterfront Park, raising a beer as the band launched into a guitar solo. Deaf since birth, Noland couldn't hear a thing. At least not with his ears. But he felt...

The Latest: Mississippi River won't be as high as feared

Jul. 12, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Barry (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Forecasters expect the Mississippi River to crest about 2 feet (0.6 meters) lower in New Orleans than previously predicted — good news for those who feared the river might spill over the levees that protect the city....

Barbie goes glam rock to honor David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust

Jul. 12, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbie has been many things over the years. Now, she's dressed as Ziggy Stardust. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's iconic "Space Oddity," Barbie overseers at Mattel released a collectible version of the doll dressed as Ziggy Stardust, one of his most...

Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

Jul. 12, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland. With stage names such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit and 9" Needles,...

Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75

Jul. 12, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died. He was 75. Lawson died Wednesday at a Phoenix hospice after a long illness, longtime friend and sometime Persuasions producer Rip Rense said. Lawson's smooth...