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The art of drag has become a target. With Pride Month nigh, performers are organizing to fight back

May. 29, 2024 05:48 AM EDT

“Drag is joy, but it’s under attack. Our very existence, our self-expression, our art — all of it is being threatened. And we’ve had enough.” That’s the opening salvo of Qommittee, a group of drag performers banding together to protect and promote their art form, as it...

Jessica Stone, who knits Broadway and circus in thrilling 'Water for Elephants,' enjoys a Tony nod

May. 28, 2024 11:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — You don't initially see a full elephant at the Broadway musical “Water for Elephants.” It's more like a tease. First come a pair of enormous ears. Then a trunk. And then the legs. The execution is by director Jessica Stone, who wanted to make it extra special...

What to stream this week: Willie Nelson, Chip & Joanna Gaines, Jim Henson and Benedict Cumberbatch

May. 27, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

Willie Nelson's 152nd album and Benedict Cumberbatch playing a curmudgeon puppeteer in “Eric” on Netflix are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you. Also among the streaming offerings worth your time as selected by The Associated Press’...

Today in History: May 27, the Golden Gate Bridge opens

May. 27, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, May 27, the 148th day of 2024. There are 218 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 27, 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, was...

Richard M. Sherman, who fueled Disney charm in 'Mary Poppins' and 'It's a Small World,' dies at 95

May. 26, 2024 12:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard M. Sherman, one half of the prolific, award-winning pair of brothers who helped form millions of childhoods by penning the instantly memorable songs for "Mary Poppins," "The Jungle Book" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" — as well as the most-played tune on Earth, "It's a...

Theater show spotlights the stories of those who are Asian American and Jewish

May. 25, 2024 08:52 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Chiu’s mother comes from a long line of Lithuanian Jews; his father is an immigrant from Hong Kong. For most of his life, the 42-year-old Southern Californian has felt like he “never completely belonged in either world.” It wasn’t until a few years...

The Beach Boys, going into the sunset, look back on years of harmony and heartache in documentary

May. 24, 2024 17:13 PM EDT

Both the Beach Boys and “The Beach Boys” — the new documentary dropping Friday on Disney+ — are all about blending a range of voices. The three Wilson brothers — Brian, Carl and Dennis — along with cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, brought a harmonic revolution to...

Rapsody's brave new album, 'Please Don't Cry,' displays strength through vulnerability

May. 24, 2024 13:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If truth has the power to set one free, then Rapsody’s new album, “Please Don’t Cry,” has removed her from emotional imprisonment and gifted her immeasurable liberation. “People put up a mirror for me. I sat in the mirror myself…it was the beginning of...

Music Review: RM of BTS has a new solo album, ‘Right Place, Wrong Person,’ an elastic experiment

May. 24, 2024 11:56 AM EDT

All seven members of BTS are currently serving South Korea’s compulsory enlistment for men of a certain age — and in what should feel like an absence, the K-pop boy band is keeping their fans occupied with a steady release schedule of eclectic solo material. Next up is rapper RM’s second solo...

The distributor of a popular Hong Kong protest song will remove it from all platforms, creator says

May. 24, 2024 10:22 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The distributor of a popular protest song in Hong Kong has decided to remove the music from all platforms because of a court ban in the city, the group that created the song said Friday, a week after YouTube blocked access to its videos. Dgxmusic said on Instagram...