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AP Photos: The skies fill with color at a Chinese kite festival

More than 1,000 kites filled the skies of Weifang, an eastern Chinese coastal city that touts itself as the “kite capital of the world,” on Saturday. Locals say there is nothing that can’t sail the skies of Weifang. From dragons to pandas, modern cars to mythical characters from a canonical Chinese novel, kite craftsmen and aficionados showcased their latest art at the Weifang International Kite Festival. Kite-makers say the craftsmanship has evolved over the years, with nylon fabrics becoming more common at the expense of traditional materials such as paper and silk. Modern craftsmanship also means kite-makers are boasting more elaborate, complex and bigger designs, among them a centipede kite measuring 70 meters (230 feet) in length.
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A car-shaped kite prepares to lift at the 41st International Kite Festival in Weifang, Shandong Province of China, Saturday, April 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
April 20

Venice Biennale titled 'Foreigners Everywhere' platforms LGBTQ+, outsider and Indigenous artists

Outsider, queer and Indigenous artists are getting an overdue platform at the 60th Venice Biennale contemporary art exhibition
April 20
CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO JEFFREY INSTEAD OF GEFFREY - U.S. artist Jeffrey Gibson stands outside the U.S. pavilion of the 60th Biennale of Arts exhibition in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. The Venice Biennale contemporary art exhibition opens Saturday for its six-month run through Nov. 26. Alongside the main exhibition, 88 national pavilions fan out from the traditional venue in Venice's Giardini, to the Arsenale and other locations scattered throughout the lagoon city. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
April 20

Record Store Day celebrates indie retail music sellers as they ride vinyl's popularity wave

Record Store Day celebrates independent retail music sellers who have endured long after megastores like Tower Records closed
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Tim Stamper, owner at Tracks In Wax record shop, cleans off some vinyl 45s at his shop, Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Phoenix. Special LP releases, live performances and at least one giant block party are scheduled around the U.S. Saturday as hundreds of shops celebrate Record Store Day amid a surge of interest in vinyl and the day after the release of Taylor Swift's latest album. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 20

Theater Review: 'Stereophonic' is a brilliant 'Behind the Music' play on Broadway

A five-piece rock band enters a recording studio in 1976 at the beginning of “Stereophonic” on Broadway
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This image released by O&M/DKC shows the musicians during a performance of "Stereophonic" on Broadway, in New York, March, 28, 2024. (Julieta Cervantes/O&M/DKC via AP)
April 19

Live video of man who set himself on fire outside court proves challenging for news organizations

A man who set himself on fire outside the Manhattan courtroom where Donald Trump was on trial tested news organizations on how quickly they could respond to an incident and what to show viewers
April 19
In this image taken from video, bystanders react after witnessing a man who lit himself on fire was extinguished, Friday, April 19, 2024, in a park outside Manhattan criminal court in New York. Emergency crews rushed away a person on a stretcher after the fire was extinguished outside the courthouse where jury selection was taking place in former President Donald Trump's hush money criminal case. (AP Photo)
April 19

Here’s how Phish is using the Sphere's technology to give fans something completely different

Phish opened its four-night stay at the Sphere Thursday with a four-hour show
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This image shows one of the individual screens at the Sphere and the hundreds of light nodes it contains on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Las Vegas. The screen at the Sphere is 160,000 square feet and shows images and video in 16K x 16K resolution. (AP Photo/Josh Cornfield)
April 19

Jonathan Tetelman recalls his journey from a nightclub DJ to an international opera star

Jonathan Tetelman transformed from nightclub DJ to international opera star
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In this image provided by the Met Opera, Jonathan Tetelman portrays Ruggero in Puccini's "La Rondine." Tetelman has transformed from nightclub DJ to international opera star. (Karen Almond/Met Opera via AP)
April 19

Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department' is here. Is it poetry? This is what experts say

On Friday, Taylor Swift released her 11th studio album, “The Tortured Poets Department.”
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This cover image released by Republic Records show "The Tortured Poets Department" by Taylor Swift. (Republic Records via AP)
April 19

Not a toddler, not a parent, but still love 'Bluey'? You're not alone

Viewers don't have to be young or a parent to appreciate the Australian kids' television program “Bluey,” as this week’s release of a special episode proved
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This image released by Disney+ shows a scene from the television series "Bluey." (Disney+ via AP)
April 19

Firefighters douse a blaze at a historic Oregon hotel famously featured in 'The Shining'

Firefighters doused a late-night fire at Oregon’s historic Timberline Lodge before it caused significant damage
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Firefighters extinguish a fire at Oregon's historic Timberline Lodge, which was featured in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film "The Shining," Thursday evening, April 18, 2024, in Government Camp, Ore. (Clackamas Fire Department via AP)
April 19

Kit Harington leans into playing a bad guy in 'Blood for Dust'

Kit Harington says he jumped at the chance to sport what he calls a “proper porn ‘stache'' to play a drug-running killer in “Blood for Dust.”
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This image released by The Avenue shows Kit Harington and Scoot McNairy in a scene from the film "Blood for Dust." (The Avenue via AP)
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Rock trailblazer Heart reunites for a world tour and a new song

Heart — the pioneering band that melds Nancy Wilson’s shredding guitar with her sister Ann’s powerhouse vocals — is hitting the road this spring for a world tour that Nancy Wilson describes as “the full-on rocker size.”
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FILE - Nancy and Ann Wilson of the classic rock band Heart perform in concert at the American Music Theater on Monday, March 24, 2014, in Lancaster, Pa. Heart — the pioneering band that melds Nancy Wilson’s shredding guitar with her sister Ann’s powerhouse vocals — is hitting the road this spring for a world tour that Nancy Wilson describes as “the full-on rocker size.” (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)
April 19

Dick Van Dyke earns historic Daytime Emmy nomination at age 98

Dick Van Dyke is vying for a historic Daytime Emmy at age 98
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FILE - 2020 Kennedy Center honoree, actor Dick Van Dyke attends the 43nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on Friday, May 21, 2021, in Washington. Van Dyke was nominated Friday, April 19, 2024, as guest performer in a daytime drama series for his part as amnesiac Timothy Robicheaux on Peacock's “Days of Our Lives.” (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
April 19

Pennsylvania board's cancellation of gay actor's school visit ill-advised, education leaders say

The superintendent and several other top officials of a Pennsylvania school district say their school board's cancellation of a gay actor's visit to a middle school was premature and ill-advised
April 19
FILE - Actor Maulik Pancholy attends the premiere of "Trishna" during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 27, 2012 in New York. A Pennsylvania school board's cancellation of an upcoming appearance by actor and children’s book author Maulik Pancholy was ill-advised and sends a hurtful message, especially to the LGBTQ+ community, education officials said in a letter Thursday, April 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
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Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

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Taylor Swift drops 15 new songs on double album, 'The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology'

Could there be a Taylor Swift new album rollout without a few additional surprises
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This cover image released by Republic Records show "The Tortured Poets Department" by Taylor Swift. (Republic Records via AP)
April 19

Children of reality TV's Chrisleys hope court hearing is step toward bringing convicted parents home

Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley have appealed aspects of their convictions on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion
April 19
FILE - Todd Chrisley, left, and his wife, Julie Chrisley, pose for photos at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Todd and Julie Chrisley, who are in prison after being convicted on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion, are challenging aspects of their convictions and sentences in a federal appeals court.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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This cover image released by Republic Records show "The Tortured Poets Department" by Taylor Swift. (Republic Records via AP)
April 18

Judge in Trump case orders media not to report where potential jurors work

The judge in Donald Trump's hush money trial has ordered the media not to report where potential jurors have worked
April 18
Former President Donald Trump speaks with the media while holding news clippings following his trial at Manhattan criminal court in New York on Thursday, April 18, 2024. (Brendan McDermid/Pool Photo via AP)
April 18

Pennsylvania school district cancels actor's speech over his activism and 'lifestyle'

A Pennsylvania school district has canceled an upcoming appearance by actor and children’s book author Maulik Pancholy
April 18
FILE - Actor Maulik Pancholy attends the premiere of "Trishna" during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 27, 2012 in New York. A Pennsylvania school district has canceled an upcoming appearance by actor and children's book author Pancholy after district leaders cited concerns about what they described as his activism and “lifestyle.” Pancholy, who is gay, was scheduled to speak against bullying during a May 22, 2024, assembly at Mountain View Middle School in Cumberland County. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
April 18

New attorney joins prosecution team against Alec Baldwin in fatal 'Rust' shooting

An attorney has been added to the special prosecution team that is pursuing an involuntary manslaughter charge against actor Alec Baldwin in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of a Western movie “Rust."
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Hannah Gutierrez-Reed wipes her tears at her sentencing hearing in state district court in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Monday, April 15, 2024. Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the set of the Western film "Rust," was sentenced to 18 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin in 2021. (Luis Sánchez Saturno/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP, Pool)
April 18

Critic's Notebook: 'Civil War' and the elusiveness of the of-the-moment movie

The movies are good at resurrecting the past or imagining the future, but pinning down the present can be tricky
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This image released by Sideshow/Janus shows a scene from the film "The Beast" (Carole Bethuel/ Sideshow/Janus via AP)
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Rap artist GloRilla has been charged with drunken driving in Georgia

Jail records show the rap artist known as GloRilla has been charged with drunken driving in Georgia
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FILE - GloRilla performs during the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The rap artist known as GloRilla has been charged with drunken driving in Georgia, jail records show. GloRilla, whose real name is Gloria Woods, was charged Tuesday, April 16, 2024, with first-offense driving under the influence of alcohol; having an open container of alcohol; and failing to obey a traffic control device, according to Gwinnett County, Ga., Jail booking records. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)
April 18

Britain's Prince Harry formally confirms he is now a US resident

Prince Harry, the son of King Charles III and fifth in line to the British throne, has formally confirmed he is now a U.S. resident
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FILE - Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, waves during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at Circuit of the Americas, on Oct. 22, 2023, in Austin, Texas. Prince Harry, the son of King Charles III and fifth in line to the British throne, has formally confirmed his is now a U.S. resident. Four years after Harry and his American wife, Meghan, decamped to a villa on the Southern California coast, a travel company he controls filed paperwork informing British authorities that he has moved and is now “usually resident” in the United States. (AP Photo/Nick Didlick, File)
April 18

Musicians pay tribute to Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts after death at 80

Fellow musicians are paying tribute to Allman Brothers guitarist, singer and songwriter Dickey Betts after his death at 80
April 18
FILE - Dickey Betts, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, exits the funeral of Gregg Allman at Snow's Memorial Chapel, June 3, 2017, in Macon, Ga. Guitar legend Betts, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band and wrote their biggest hit, “Ramblin’ Man,” died Thursday, April 18, 2024. He was 80. (Jason Vorhees/The Macon Telegraph via AP, File)
April 18

Not only New York casinos threaten Atlantic City. Developer predicts Meadowlands casino is coming

Atlantic City casinos are bracing for new threats from as many as three new casinos in or near New York City
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This Oct. 1, 2020 photo shows the exterior of the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Thursday, April 18, 2024, numerous executives from some of the largest gambling companies in America said Atlantic City will soon face threats not only from casinos expected to open in or near New York City, but also from a renewed push for a casino in the northern New Jersey Meadowlands, just outside New York. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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Musician T Bone Burnett is trading his dystopian sensibilities for some warm-hearted acoustic music

T Bone Burnett is best known for production work like the `O Brother, Where Art Thou?'
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FILE - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, June 7, 2022, in Chicago. T Bone Burnett’s production of the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack and the “Raising Sands” collaboration between Krauss and Plant are celebrated and responsible for many of his 13 Grammy Awards. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)
April 18

Palestinian American poet Fady Joudah receives $100,000 prize

Fady Joudah, a Palestinian American poet who has said he writes for the future because “the present is demolished,” has received a $100,000 award from Poets & Writers
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Allman Brothers Band co-founder and legendary guitarist Dickey Betts dies at 80

Guitar legend and Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts has died at age 80
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FILE - Dickey Betts, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, exits the funeral of Gregg Allman at Snow's Memorial Chapel, June 3, 2017, in Macon, Ga. Guitar legend Betts, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band and wrote their biggest hit, “Ramblin’ Man,” died Thursday, April 18, 2024. He was 80. (Jason Vorhees/The Macon Telegraph via AP, File)
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Guitar legend Dickey Betts, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band, dies at 80

Guitar legend Dickey Betts, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band, dies at 80
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April 18

Long-lost first model of the USS Enterprise from 'Star Trek' boldly goes home after twisting voyage

The first USS Enterprise has boldly gone back home, solving a decades-long mystery
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The first model of the USS Enterprise is displayed at Heritage Auctions in Los Angeles, April 13, 2024. The model — used in the original “Star Trek” television series — has been returned to Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, the son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, decades after it went missing in the 1970s. (Josh David Jordan/Heritage Auctions via AP)
April 18

Movie Review: A heist movie that gleefully collides with a monster movie in 'Abigail'

If you always thought your garden-variety heist movies could do with a bit more blood-sucking vampire, have we got a flick for you
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This image released by Universal Pictures shows Alisha Weir and Kathryn Newton in a scene from the film "Abigail." (Bernard Walsh/Universal Pictures via AP)
April 18

Choctaw artist Jeffrey Gibson confronts history at US pavilion as its first solo Indigenous artist

Jeffrey Gibson’s takeover of the U.S. pavilion for this year’s Venice Biennale contemporary art show is a celebration of color, pattern and craft
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Visitors look at sculptures on display inside the US pavilion by artist Jeffrey Gibson during the 60th Biennale of Arts in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. A Mississippi Choctaw of Cherokee descent, Gibson is the first Native American to represent the United States solo at the Venice Biennale, the world’s oldest contemporary art show. Gibson mixes Western modernism and Native American craft in his vibrantly hued paintings and sculptures. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
April 18

Nancy Pelosi book, 'The Art of Power,' will reflect on her career in public life

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has completed a book about her years in public life
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This image provided by Simon & Schuster shows the cover of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's new book, "The Art of Power." Simon & Schuster announced Thursday, April, 18, 2024, that Pelosi's book will be released Aug. 6. (Simon & Schuster via AP)
April 18

UK's Prince William returns to public duties for first time since Kate's cancer diagnosis

Prince William is returning to public duties for the first time since his wife’s cancer diagnosis
April 18
Britain's Prince William sits in a delivery van during a visit to Surplus to Supper, in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, England, Thursday, April 18, 2024. The Prince visited Surplus to Supper, a surplus food redistribution charity, to learn about its work bridging the gap between food waste and food poverty across Surrey and West London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, pool)
April 17

Movie Review: 'Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare' amps up a true-tale WWII heist

The latest Guy Ritchie flick “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” has a spine of true story to it, even if it does all it can to amplify a long-declassified WWII tale with enough dead Nazis to make “Inglourious Basterds” blush
April 17
This image released by Lionsgate shows Eiza Gonzalez in a scene from the film "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." (Daniel Smith/Lionsgate via AP)
April 17

Movie Review: A lyrical portrait of childhood in Cabrini-Green with ‘We Grown Now’

Two 11-year-old boys navigate school, friendship, family and change in Minhal Baig’s lyrical drama “We Grown Now.”
April 17
This image released by Participant/Sony Pictures Classics shows Blake Cameron James in a scene from the film "We Grown Now." (Participant/Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
April 17

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley gushes over congratulations from Queen B

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley has gotten plenty of prominent congratulations since winning her third national title earlier this month
April 17
Beyonce walks onstage to accept the Innovator Award during the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Monday, April 1, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
April 17

Book Review: 'Nothing But the Bones' is a compelling noir novel at a breakneck pace

“Nothing But the Bones,” a prequel to Brian Panowich’s critically acclaimed Bull Mountain series of Southern noir novels, finds Nails McKenna on the run after killing a man in a barroom brawl
April 17
This image released by St. Martin's Publishing Group shows "Nothing But the Bones" by Brian Panowich. (St. Martin's Publishing Group via AP)
April 17

After 40 nights of U2 at the Sphere, Phish's Trey Anastasio talks about taking over

Phish has been performing to thousands of dedicated fans for decades and prides itself on never playing the same show twice
April 17
Trey Anastasio, guitarist and singer-songwriter of the band Phish, poses for a photograph during an interview on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
April 17

OJ Simpson has been cremated, estate attorney says. No public memorial is planned

O.J. Simpson's lawyer in Las Vegas says the former football star and celebrity criminal defendant has been cremated
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2007 file photo, O.J. Simpson is taken from the Las Vegas Police Investigative Services Division in Las Vegas. O.J. Simpson's attorney Malcolm LaVergne is now handling the deceased former football star, actor and famous murder defendant's financial estate. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
April 17

After 40 years in Park City, Sundance exploring options for 2027 film festival and beyond

The Sundance Film Festival may not always call Park City, Utah, home
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FILE - The marquee of the Egyptian Theatre appears during the Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 28, 2020, in Park City, Utah. The Sundance Film Festival may not always call Park City home. The Sundance Institute has started to explore the possibility of other U.S. locations to host the independent film festival starting in 2027, the organization said Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)
April 17

353 ballerinas break the world record for dancing on pointe in one place

Hundreds of young dancers in white tutus and tightly coiffed hair gathered in New York’s Plaza Hotel to break the world record for dancing on pointe in one place
April 17
This image taken from video shows dozens of young dancers waiting to hear if they have broken a world record for dancing on pointe in one place in the Plaza Hotel, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in New York. The spectacle was organized by Youth America Grand Prix, a ballet scholarship program that is celebrating its 25th anniversary with three nights of performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. (AP Photo)
April 17

An NPR editor who wrote a critical essay on the company has resigned after being suspended

A National Public Radio editor who wrote a critical essay saying that his company had become intolerant of all but liberal views has resigned
April 17
FILE - The headquarters for National Public Radio (NPR) stands on North Capitol Street on April 15, 2013, in Washington. A National Public Radio editor who wrote an essay criticizing his employer for promoting liberal reviews resigned on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, a day after it was revealed that he had been suspended. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
April 17

Disneyland performers file petition to form labor union

Workers who help bring Disneyland’s beloved characters to life have filed a petition to form a labor union
April 17
A view of Disneyland's amusement park Matterhorn, far left, is seen through a window in Anaheim, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Workers who help bring Disneyland's beloved characters to life said Wednesday they collected enough signatures to support their push for a union. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
April 17
This photo provided by Rubenstein shows Director Leigh Silverman talking with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a rehearsal for the off-Broadway musical “Suffs” in New York. Clinton and Shaina Taub are joining together as producers of the musical about the suffragist movement. (Jenny Anderson via AP)
April 17

'I was afraid for my life' — Orlando Bloom puts himself in peril for new TV series

Orlando Bloom wanted to test himself for his latest adventure project
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Orlando Bloom arrives at the tenth Breakthrough Prize Ceremony on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
April 17

Milan's famous La Scala names new director of the opera house after months of controversy

Milan’s La Scala, one of the world’s most prestigious and historic opera houses, has named Fortunato Ortombina as its new director
April 17
FILE - A view of La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy, on April 4, 2022. Milan’s La Scala, one of the world’s most prestigious and historic opera houses, has named Fortunato Ortombina as its new director. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
April 17

2024 Latin Grammys will return home to Miami after a controversial move to Spain

The 2024 Latin Grammys will return home to Miami — where the organization is headquartered
April 17
Karol G poses with the awards for best urban album for "Mañana Sera Bonito", for album of the year for "Mañana Sera Bonito" and the award for best urban fusion/performance for "TQG" during the 24th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Seville, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. The 2024 Latin Grammys will return to Miami — where the show first started 25 years ago, and where the organization is headquartered. (Photo by Jose Breton/Invision/AP, File)