3 March 2015

Apollo Theater to honor blues singer Billie Holiday

FILE - This Sept. 1958 file photo shows Billie Holiday. The Apollo Theater is planning events to commemorate the 100th birthday of Holiday. The legendary American jazz vocalist was born on April 17, 1915 and died in 1959 at the age of 44. Holiday performed at least two dozen times at the Apollo. She will be inducted into its Walk of Fame on April 16, 2015. (AP Photo/FILE)NEW YORK (AP) — The Apollo Theater is planning events to commemorate the 100th birthday of blues singer Billie Holiday.


3 March 2015

Andrew Lack in talks to return to NBC

NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBC News president Andrew Lack is in talks to return to that network's troubled news organization.

3 March 2015

British young-adult author Mal Peet dies at 67

LONDON (AP) — Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67.

3 March 2015

Carrie Underwood becomes a mom, gives birth to a boy

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, country artist Carrie Underwood poses at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards Red Carpet at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. Underwood gave birth to Isaiah Michael Fisher on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, and on Tuesday, March 3, she announced it to the world on Twitter. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Underwood is a new mom, and like all proud parents, she's showing him off in a photo.


3 March 2015

Artists to curate new performance series at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kennedy Center in Washington is unveiling a new programming slate under its new president, including a performance series curated by leading artists and festivals celebrating Ireland and skateboarding culture.

3 March 2015

Stephen Colbert to give Wake Forest commencement address

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Comedian Stephen Colbert is taking a break from shaping his upcoming late-night talk show to deliver Wake Forest University's commencement address.

3 March 2015

Game Developers Conference offers creators a sporting chance

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 19, 2014 file photo, attendees walk the exhibition floor at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco. With millions of gamers now regularly spectating video games online and in arenas, game developers are angling to learn a few lessons from esports and possibly create the next "League of Legends" at this year's Game Developers Conference, the annual gathering of video game creators, kicking-off Monday, March 2, 2015, through Friday. A survey by GDC organizers of more than 200,000 developers found that 79 percent believe competitive gaming is now a sustainable business model. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With tens of millions of gamers now regularly spectating video games online and in real-world arenas, game developers looking to create the next "StarCraft" or "League of Legends" might learn a few lessons at this year's Game Developers Conference.


3 March 2015

Reports of Maggie Smith's 'Downton' exit may be premature

This image released by Fox Searchlight Films shows Maggie Smith in a scene from "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Films, Laurie Sparham)LONDON (AP) — Predictions of doom for the Dowager Countess of Grantham may be premature.


3 March 2015

Publisher moves up release for Hirsi Ali book 'Heretic'

NEW YORK (AP) — The release date for the latest book by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women's rights advocate and leading critic of Islam, has been moved up from late April to March 24.

3 March 2015

Chilina Kennedy on finding the 'joy' of Carole King on B'way

This image released by the O and M Company shows Canadian actress-singer Chilina Kennedy who is taking over from Jessie Mueller in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" on March 7. (AP Photo/The O and M Co., Joan Marcus)NEW YORK (AP) — The last time Broadway theatergoers got to see Chilina Kennedy, she was portraying Mary Magdalene. Now she's returned to play someone much more contemporary — songwriter Carole King.


3 March 2015

Playboy Jazz Festival to pay tribute to Gerald Wilson

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, file photo, Gerald Wilson, right, a former Navy Band member, conducts the Navy Band Great Lakes Jazz Ensemble as Petty Officer 1st Class Greg Dudzcenski, left, solos during concert at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. The Playboy Jazz Festival will pay tribute to one of Los Angeles' own jazz greats, Gerald Wilson, with son Anthony Wilson leading his late father's big band, at the two-day festival that begins June 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Playboy Jazz Festival will pay tribute to one of Los Angeles' own jazz greats, Gerald Wilson, with son Anthony Wilson leading his late father's big band.


3 March 2015

Simon Rattle named music director of London Symphony

FILE - This is a Friday, July 27, 2012, file photo of Sir Simon Rattle as he conducts an orchestra during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Conductor Simon Rattle is to swap Berlin for Britain, taking over as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. Rattle, who has led the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, will join the London ensemble in September 2017. Rattle said Tuesday March 3, 2015 that he would focus on ensuring that as many people as possible have access to classical music. He also hopes to build a new concert hall for the orchestra, which is currently based at London's Barbican Centre.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)LONDON (AP) — Conductor Simon Rattle is swapping a podium in Berlin for one in Britain, taking over as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.


3 March 2015

Beauty magnate's Maine estate sold to veterans nonprofit

ROME, Maine (AP) — The former Maine summer home of beauty magnate Elizabeth Arden has been purchased by a nonprofit dedicated to disabled veterans.

3 March 2015

NYC's last classical sheet music store to close

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a sad day for classical music lovers. New York City's last classical sheet music store is closing for good on Friday.

3 March 2015

Correction: BC-EU-Italy-Milan-Fashion-Week-Watch story

Models wear creations for Giorgio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2015-16 collection, part of Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN (AP) — In a story March 2 about Milan Fashion Week, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the last name of Kiton vice president Maria Giovanna Paone. The correct spelling is Paone, not Paono.


3 March 2015

Ten themes from Milan fashion week

Italian actress Bianca Balti (2nd L) walks the catwalk with models at the end of the Dolce and Gabbana show on March 1, 2015 during Milan Fashion WeekAs Milan fashion week hands over the baton to Paris, winding up a whirlwind show which saw historic brands revitalised and young designers triumph, here are 10 themes from the autumn/winter 2015 collections. - The bedroom look: At the hottest show of the season, Gucci's brand new creative director, Alessandro Michele, stunned by unveiling furry slippers that looked like they were borrowed from Star .


2 March 2015

Celeb birthdays for the week of March 8-14

March 8: Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 71. Musician-actor Micky Dolenz of The Monkees is 70. Bassist Randy Meisner (The Eagles, Poco) is 69. Singer Peggy March is 67. Singer Gary Numan is 57. News anchor Lester Holt is 56. Actor Aidan Quinn is 56. Guitarist Jimmy Dormire of Confederate Railroad is 55. Actress Camryn Mannheim is 54. Singer Shawn Mullins is 47. Actress Andrea Parker ("The Pretender") is 45. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 39. Actor James Van Der Beek is 38. Singer Kameelah Williams of 702 is 37. Singer Tom Chaplin of Keane is 36. Guitarist Andy Ross of OK Go is 36. Jessica Collins ("Revolution") is 32. Singer Kristinia DeBarge is 25.

2 March 2015

Jennifer Lawrence to play war photographer: report

Jennifer Lawrence will star in Steven Spielberg's "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War," US media saysLos Angeles (AFP) - Jennifer Lawrence will star in Steven Spielberg's "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War," US media said.


2 March 2015

Disneyland memorabilia auction brings in $1.7 million

In this undated photo provided by Van Eaton Galleries, shows an original "Pirates of the Caribbean" skeleton, part of a Disneyland vintage memorabilia auction which brought in $1.7 million during a weekend sale held online and in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Other items offered by the anonymous collector were the original Frontierland cigar store Indian, a 1960s Mark Twain Riverboat life preserver, a doll from "It's a Small World" and poster artwork for "Captain EO." Prices included a buyer's premium. (AP Photo/Van Eaton Galleries)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Disneyland memorabilia collector has taken a cue from the movie "Frozen" and decided to "Let It Go."


2 March 2015

Salonga says she is in talks on taking role in "Allegiance"

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Tony award winner Lea Salonga says talks have not yet been finalized on her joining the cast of George Takei's musical "Allegiance" on Broadway, but added it is a show she wants to be part of.