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Louisiana Book Festival, separate Festival of Words upcoming

Oct. 26, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana poet laureate Mona Lisa Saloy and jazz-pop singer and songwriter Rickie Lee Jones are among scores of authors being featured over the next three weekends in the statewide Louisiana Book Festival. The separate Acadiana-based Festival of Words will take place...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Oct. 25, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6: Oct. 31: Actor Lee Grant is 96. Anchorman Dan Rather is 90. Folk singer Tom Paxton is 84. Actor Ron Rifkin (“Alias”) is 83. Actor Sally Kirkland is 80. Actor Stephen Rea (“The Crying Game,” ″V For Vendetta”)...

Denver activist aims to spark Black cultural renaissance

Oct. 17, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Longtime Denver artist, musician and activist Jeff Campbell wants to ignite a Black cultural renaissance in his former neighborhood: Five Points. Is that still possible? Take a trip down Welton Street. The neighborhood was once the...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 17-23

Oct. 11, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 17-23: Oct. 17: Actor Marsha Hunt is 104. Singer Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts is 79. Singer Gary Puckett of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap is 79. Actor Michael McKean is 74. Actor George Wendt is 73. Singer-comedian Bill Hudson of...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 10-16

Oct. 04, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 10-16: Oct. 10: Actor Peter Coyote is 80. Actor Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) is 75. Actor-dancer Ben Vereen is 75. Singer Cyril Neville of The Neville Brothers is 73. Actor Jessica Harper (“Pennies From Heaven,” ″My...

George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival co-founder, dies at 95

Sep. 13, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — George Wein, an impresario of 20th century music who helped found the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals and set the template for gatherings everywhere from Woodstock to the south of France, died Monday. Wein, 95, died “peacefully in his sleep” in his...

Nashville Freedom Rider Ernest 'Rip' Patton dies at 81

Aug. 25, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ernest “Rip” Patton, a member of the Nashville Freedom Riders and civil rights leader, has died, the Freedom Rides Museum announced. He was 81. Patton participated in the downtown Nashville civil rights sit-ins in 1960, a movement that...

Drummer Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones backbone, dies at 80

Aug. 24, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Charlie Watts, the self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm sections and used his “day job” to support his enduring love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist. He was 80. Bernard...

One last zinger: Dorothy Parker's headstone unveiled in NYC

Aug. 24, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dorothy Parker died in 1967, but it was not until last year that her ashes found a final resting place. Now, at a memorial ceremony at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, her headstone has been unveiled at the family plot where ashes of the writer,...

New Orleans tourism industry worries as coronavirus rages

Aug. 22, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's a neighborhood bar and restaurant, but for two extended weekends every year, the “regulars” at Liuzza's by the Track include an overflow crowd of tourists grabbing drinks and settling in for meals on their way in and out of the nearby New Orleans Jazz and...