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Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy after long peace effort

Jan. 21, 2019 8:12 PM EST

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. The vote caps a...

At Sundance, powerhouse documentaries will be everywhere

Jan. 21, 2019 1:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For documentary filmmakers, there's no place like the Sundance Film Festival. The mountainside festival which kicks off Thursday in Park City, Utah, has become known for launching nonfiction films to box office successes and awards, and this year is shaping up to be no different. The...

Wesleyan professor named Middletown music ambassador

Jan. 21, 2019 11:32 AM EST

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A music professor at Wesleyan University has been named a music ambassador for the city of Middletown for 2019. Professor Neely Bruce is the chorus director Connecticut Opera and music director at South Congregational Church in Middletown. He received the new honor at a reception...

Mezzo J'Nai Bridges rising fast in opera world

Jan. 21, 2019 11:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — J'Nai Bridges was just 24 and still in school when she sang her first "Carmen" as a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2011. "I was, oh, way too young," she recalls with a laugh. "It felt good back then, but it just fits like a glove now." Bridges will be trying on that glove...

Unclothed Emperor? Costumes for opera stolen in Germany

Jan. 21, 2019 8:38 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The emperor has no clothes in this production of Puccini's "Turandot" by the Lithuanian National Opera, but then again neither does any other character. Guetersloh police said Monday the costumes coming from Spain for the upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini's three-act opera were stolen...

Norsk Hostfest announces 3 more headline acts for 2019

Jan. 21, 2019 8:20 AM EST

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Norsk Hostfest has announced three more acts for the 2019 Scandinavian heritage festival at the State Fairgrounds in Minot. Chicks with Hits will perform Sept. 25, country superstar Clint Black on Sept. 26, and the rock band Chicago on Sept. 28. Chicks with Hits is made up of Terri...

Bon Jovi's restaurant gives free meal to furloughed workers

Jan. 21, 2019 7:27 AM EST

RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — A restaurant owned by musician and New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi is providing free meals to local government workers and their families during the federal government shutdown. JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank announced on Facebook it will provide the free meals to furloughed workers...

Students try out new instruments at annual music event

Jan. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EST

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — There might not be a more aptly named event than Honk, Squeak, Scratch, Boom! But it could just as easily be called Excitement, Frustration, Fun, Joy! For 8-year-old Caleb Haak, the afternoon started off by rocking his first attempt at playing the alto saxophone. "I like it. I like...

Grammy-nominated Oklahoma native returns home to perform

Jan. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While most people can recognize her instrument by sight, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis knows their familiarity with its wide range of sounds is probably limited to the stereotypical tinkling glissandos. "It's like the intro to the dream sequence, the wafting to heaven, the acid trip,"...

Hedi Slimane unveils debut menswear show for Celine in Paris

Jan. 20, 2019 3:56 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Passers-by gathered outside the giant glass windows of Celine's traffic-stopping show venue Sunday night: erected in Paris' sparkling Place de la Concorde, which is also used as a traffic circle. Designer Hedi Slimane's debut menswear effort for Celine — the most highly anticipated show...