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British art festival head to lead NYC art center

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of a British art festival has been named to lead The Culture Shed, a performing arts center planned for Manhattan’s Far West Side. Alex Poots will leave his current positions as artistic director of the Manchester International Festival and of...

Broadway’s ‘On the Town’ gearing up for parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Megan Fairchild is usually chopping, stirring and basting during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year she’ll be twirling, leaping and swaying. Fairchild and more than two dozen cast members from the Broadway revival of “On the...

Aretha Franklin blasts author of unauthorized bio

NEW YORK (AP) — The Queen of Soul says don’t waste your money — or soul — on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz’s “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin,” a “trashy...

‘Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion costume fetches $3M

NEW YORK (AP) — Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” has sold for more than $3 million at an auction in New York City. The big cat outfit had been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted...

Britain wins 3 International Emmys

NEW YORK (AP) — Britain’s Stephen Dillane and the Netherlands’ Bianca Krijgsman won the top acting prizes Monday night at the 42nd International Emmy Awards in which the honors were spread among eight countries. The highlight of the awards gala at the Hilton New...

Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby’s record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image. But even his generosity can’t stand apart from the rising tide of allegations made by women accusing him of sexual assault. A...

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