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Nelsons to conduct ex-wife Opolais during Carnegie festival

Jan. 28, 2020 2:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Hall's 2020-21 season will feature a festival titled, "Voices of Hope: Artists in Times of Oppression," which includes Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons conducting a concert performance of Shostakovich's "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" on April 14 starring his...

University of Arizona cancels Chinese New Year event

Jan. 27, 2020 7:55 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona has cancelled its Chinese New Year Festival in light of fears over the dangerous new virus outbreak in China. The festival was scheduled for Saturday afternoon and was going to include several groups of performers from China. The school says it has cancelled...

In this photo taken on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, people in traditional costumes take part in the traditional

AP PHOTOS: Spanish towns embrace peculiar old festivals

Jan. 26, 2020 4:55 AM EST

ACEHUCHE, Spain (AP) — Spain has a rich tradition of colorful, and sometimes bizarre, festivals. The best-known ones are in the summer, including running with bulls through the narrow streets of Pamplona or hundreds of people throwing ripe tomatoes at each other near Valencia. But some of the more obscure...

26-year-old man educates crowds about autism through magic

Jan. 25, 2020 12:23 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — By no stretch of the imagination had Cody Clark solved the Rubik's cube. The puzzle in the magician’s left hand was a scattered mess of colors. But Clark is autistic, and his mind works differently. Moments before, he’d passed a second cube around the audience and let...

U of Southern Mississippi children's book festival April 1-3

Jan. 25, 2020 11:33 AM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi expects hundreds of children's librarians, teachers and fans of books for children and young adults at its 53rd Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival from April 1-3. The event at the Hattiesburg campus includes lectures and workshops...

2019 flooding again cancels Loessfest in western Iowa

Jan. 25, 2020 10:05 AM EST

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Leaders in western Iowa say lingering floodwaters and damage from last year's Missouri River flooding has led them to again cancel Loessfest. The Council Bluffs City Council said Friday in a news release that restoration work on Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park, which connects to...

In this Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 photo, Doug Kershaw performs on the first day of the 22nd Louisiana Swamp Festival at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.  With his memoir out last fall, and upcoming performances at a rockabilly festival in Spain and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, he's once again in the spotlight.(Rusty Costanza/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

At 84, Cajun musician Doug Kershaw still going strong

Jan. 24, 2020 1:51 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As 84-year-old Cajun music legend Doug Kershaw looks back, he's still looking ahead too — fiddling, singing, writing and performing as the quintessential “Louisiana Man.” Kershaw taught himself to play by surreptitiously using his daddy's fiddle at age 5. And in a...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020 photo, a man wears a face mask as he walks past a display for the upcoming Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. A virus that has killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds more has all but shut down China's biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year. Instead of family reunions or sightseeing trips, many of the country's 1.4-billion people are hunkering down as the country scrambles to prevent the illness from spreading further. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Virus puts damper on Lunar New Year, China's biggest holiday

Jan. 24, 2020 8:41 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Temples have locked their doors. The Forbidden City, Shanghai Disneyland and other major tourist destinations are closed. Restaurant reservations are being cancelled. A virus that has killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds more has all but shut down China's biggest holiday...

People stand in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Shares are mostly higher in quiet trading as China closes down for its week-long Lunar New Year festival. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Stocks rise as virus in China not declared global emergency

Jan. 24, 2020 7:25 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Global stock markets rose Friday after the outbreak of a new virus in China that that has killed 25 people and led to transport limits in several cities was not declared a global emergency. Germany's DAX gained 1.4% to 13,577 while the CAC 40 in Paris rose 1.1% to 6,038, helped also by a...

Fireworks light up the sky near the illuminated Olympic rings during a ceremony held to celebrate the 6-months-to-go milestone for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Tokyo Olympics reach 6-months-to-go mark with some fireworks

Jan. 24, 2020 6:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo put on a flashy fireworks display on Friday to mark the 6-months-to-go milestone for this year's Olympics. The show took place high above a barge stationed in Tokyo Bay that supports a massive replica of the five Olympic rings, a reminder the games are almost here. Japan residents needed...