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Nearly 80 authors on tap for New Orleans Book Festival

Dec. 14, 2019 10:07 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly 80 authors will be featured at the inaugural New Orleans Book Festival next year. Organizers announced Wednesday that 30 more authors agreed to participate in the festival which will be held March 19-21 at Tulane University. The latest group includes Thomas Jessen Adams, Gabriela...

Organizers of Hangout Music Fest working to curb complaints

Dec. 14, 2019 9:43 AM EST

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Organizers of the Hangout Music Fest say they're working to address complaints about noise in nearby neighborhoods and behavior such as trespassing, public urination, illegal parking and litter. There’s a team of people focused on maintaining the festival’s positive...

Belgian carnival removed from UNESCO list over racism row

Dec. 13, 2019 5:23 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A famous Belgian carnival was removed from the U.N.'s cultural heritage list on Friday following complaints that its most recent edition contained blatant displays of anti-Semitism. The Aalst carnival was taken off UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list during a meeting in...

Hong Kong police slip on banana peel with tear gas tweet

Dec. 13, 2019 11:19 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's much-maligned police force has slipped on a banana peel by trying to make light of its liberal use of tear gas during the territory's protest movement. Mimicking an artist who duct-taped a banana to a wall, the force tweeted a photo of a canister similarly taped, with the...

Couple who bought $120k banana art sense it will be iconic

Dec. 12, 2019 3:26 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami couple who bought a headline-grabbing banana duct-taped to a wall have acknowledged the absurdity of the artwork, but say they believe it will become an icon and plan to gift it to a museum. Billy and Beatrice Cox said in a statement that they spent more than $100,000 on the...

Creole Nutcracker brings diverse talent, twist to a classic

Dec. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana twist on The Nutcracker is providing more opportunities for Acadiana's African-American community to be involved in the classic Christmas ballet. The Creole Nutcracker showcases numerous dance and music styles in the setting of south Louisiana's swamps and festivals. "The...

Billy Joel, Kardashians Diplo descend on Miami for Art Basel

Dec. 6, 2019 3:41 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As gallerists and collectors descend on Miami's most prestigious art fair by day, the Hollywood crowd knows it's all about the exclusive after parties. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell were in town while DJ Khaled and rappers Travis Scott and Gucci Mane held court late night....

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Dec. 5, 2019 2:36 AM EST

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into the town center, the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest...

Nevada high court to charge for Las Vegas shooting records

Dec. 4, 2019 7:51 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Police Department asked for hundreds of thousands of dollars from media outlets for electronic records related to the fatal Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in 2017, authorities said. A lawyer for the Review-Journal and other news organizations asked the Nevada Supreme...

8 Nebraska State Fair workers lose jobs amid restructuring

Dec. 2, 2019 8:31 AM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Eight full-time employees at the Nebraska State Fair have lost their jobs. The Grand Island Independent reports the workers were fired last week as fair officials restructure the organization amid financial problems. State Fair Executive Director Lori Cox says the restructuring...