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Director: Stacy Keach had a heart attack during Chicago play

CHICAGO – Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls says actor Stacy Keach suffered a heart attack during the opening night of a play at the venue in Chicago. Goodman officials say the...

DATE: June 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Chuck Berry’s final album was made on his own terms

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – Chuck Berry did things his own way, right up to his final album, a 10-song set nearly four decades in the making. The St. Louis native widely hailed as the father of rock ’n’...

DATE: June 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Music

H.G. Wells was ahead of his time – about bicycles

During the first half of his writing career, H.G. Wells (1866-1946) imagined a machine that would travel through time, the fearsome tripods of Martian invaders, a moon rocket powered by Cavorite,...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

Skip the first episode of ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” is a fictional drama about the Sunset Strip stand-up comedy scene in 1973, and it’s full of revelations that it (wrongly) assumes to be fresh news to a cable audience...

DATE: June 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Vulgar Tongues pimped out with dopest research

English slang is a field rich for tillage, as Max Décharné proves in Vulgar Tongues, a triumph of philological research and mordant social commentary. To grok it righteously, though, we must...

DATE: June 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

MTV will livestream Sunday’s Manchester benefit concert

LOS ANGELES – MTV will broadcast live online Ariana Grande’s “One Love Manchester” benefit concert aimed at helping victims of the May 22 suicide attack at the pop star’s concert. The livestream...

DATE: June 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Music

Black Eyed Peas still Fergalicious: singer didn’t leave

NEW YORK – Boom Boom Pow: Fergie is still a member of the Black Eyed Peas. A representative for the singer told The Associated Press that the songstress has not left the group, even though a...

DATE: June 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Music

Bill Maher's use of racial slur on HBO show draws criticism

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Maher is facing criticism for his use of a racial slur during a discussion with a Republican senator on his HBO talk show Friday night. Maher was speaking with Republican...

DATE: June 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

America’s No. 1 song isn’t in English, which doesn’t happen often

For the second week in a row, the song that’s sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 list is “Despacito,” a Spanish-language track by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, with an assist from Canadian Justin...

DATE: June 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Music

Legendary southern rocker Gregg Allman to be laid to rest

ATLANTA – Legions of fans are expected to line city streets as music legend Gregg Allman is carried to his final resting place in the same cemetery where he and his band members used to hang out...

DATE: June 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Music

Liverpool fetes ‘Sgt. Pepper’ with help from its friends

LIVERPOOL, England – It was 50 years ago, almost to the day, that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. The band is long gone, but the music of The Beatles still reverberates – and nowhere more...

DATE: June 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Music

Autopsy: Drugs taken by Chris Cornell didn’t cause death

DETROIT – Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had drugs in his body, including an anti-anxiety medication, but they didn’t contribute to his death by hanging in a Detroit hotel room, according to...

DATE: June 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Music

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