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Ringo Starr, Trey Anastasio join Tanglewood summer lineup

Nov. 22, 2019 10:33 AM EST

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio are scheduled to appear during Tanglewood's Popular Artist series next summer. The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band will open the season on June...

Celebrities are deep into liquor, wine with their own brands

Nov. 22, 2019 10:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — From Kate Hudson’s new vodka to Dylan Sprouse’s Brooklyn-made mead, celebrities with their own brands of spirits and wines can make drink-loving fans happy at the holidays. You can find other pillars of culture with bottles, including TV shows and the high-brow auction house...

Already a star in China, US fame comes to ‘Farewell’ actress

Nov. 22, 2019 10:29 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Zhao Shuzhen, who has captivated audiences with her performance as the grandmother in “The Farewell,” is essentially unknown to most American audiences. Go to her IMDB page and it looks as though writer-director Lulu Wang’s real-life family drama is her only...

UK treasure hunters jailed for stealing Viking-era hoard

Nov. 22, 2019 10:21 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Two amateur British treasure-hunters were sentenced Friday to long prison terms for stealing a hoard of 1,100-year-old Anglo-Saxon coins and jewelry valued at millions of pounds (dollars). Experts say the hoard — much of which is still missing — could shed new light on a period...

Pollstar says U2 top touring act over the last decade

Nov. 22, 2019 9:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a beautiful decade for U2 on the touring front, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers raked in over $1 billion in sales to be named the artist of the decade by Pollstar. The touring trade publication tracks data on tours globally. It says U2 grossed $1.03 billion in ticket sales f rom...

Advent calendars have exploded with gift-worthy options

Nov. 22, 2019 8:58 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Advent, to some Christians, is the four Sundays before Christmas. More generally, the variation of the Latin word for “coming” marks the season to prepare for the holiday. Among rituals associated with the Advent is keeping an Advent calendar. Some reusable versions begin...

Winfrey, Coates among speakers at tribute to Toni Morrison

Nov. 22, 2019 8:32 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In offering tribute to Toni Morrison, speakers from Oprah Winfrey to Fran Lebowitz on Thursday each shared a very different, but equally special portrait of the late Nobel laureate, who died in August at 88. Angela Davis remembered a dear friend who as a Random House editor helped launch...

TV comedy greats take a bow, make ’em laugh at ceremony

Nov. 22, 2019 6:08 AM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — “There’s nothing I believe more than this, that laughter adds time to one’s life,” Norman Lear told an audience gathered to honor him and other four other television comedy greats. “I believe that as much as I believe my mother loved...

Baghdad tunnel becomes a museum for Iraq’s protest movement

Nov. 22, 2019 1:23 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The images are both haunting and inspiring, transforming a once dreary, grim underpass into a vivid, colorful wall of art. “We want a nation, not a prison,” says one painting that depicts a man bursting free from behind bars. “Plant a revolution, and you will harvest a...

Johnson ready to end NASCAR grind and move on with life

Nov. 21, 2019 7:52 PM EST

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson handed out mini bottles of Patron at his retirement announcement — so perfectly on brand for the cool Californian who stormed to a record-tying seven NASCAR championships yet somehow bored fans who found him too vanilla for their liking. Nothing about Johnson was...