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Chadwick Boseman, who embodied Black icons, dies of cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — First Chadwick Boseman slipped on the cleats of Jackie Robinson, then the Godfather of Soul's dancing shoes, portraying both Black American icons with a searing intensity that commanded respect. When the former playwright suited up as Black Panther, he brought cool ...

Ronnie Kole, New Orleans pianist, dead at 89

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ronnie Kole, an acclaimed New Orleans pianist who performed across the globe, has died. He was 89. His death Thursday night was announced on his website and the Ronnie Kole Entertainment Facebook page. The cause of death was not released. Kole was a Chicago native. In ...

JK Rowling returns award from group linked to Kennedy family

LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says she is returning an award from a human rights group linked to the Kennedy family after the president of the organization criticized her comments about transgender issues. Rowling's decision comes after Kerry Kennedy, the president of ...

‘Watchmen’ director is among women making an Emmy splash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An awkward youth is coaxed into a carnival's house of mirrors for what looks to be an innocent flirtation, but the "Watchmen" scene quickly turns emotionally grueling and, ultimately, destructive. How that was achieved highlights the collaborative effort needed to make TV ...

Review: Angel Olsen displays intimate and raw brilliance

Angel Olsen, "Whole New Mess" (Jagjaguwar) – If you're looking for something completely new from Angel Olsen, "Whole New Mess" isn't it. But if you're looking for something raw, vulnerable and piercing, this album delivers. "Whole New Mess" sees Olsen stripped down, processing the pain ...

Theater groups: 15% capacity guideline fiscally unworkable

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio performing arts groups financially devastated by the coronavirus shutdown received good news this week, tempered by a harsh economic reality. A public health order from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine greenlighted performances again, while setting strict audience caps that ...

Attorney: R&B singer R Kelly attacked in federal detention

CHICAGO (AP) — The lawyer for R. Kelly said Thursday the R&B singer, who is awaiting trial on child pornography and other charges, was assaulted by a fellow detainee at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. Attorney Steve Greenberg revealed in a tweet that he learned of the ...

Sean Penn ups fight against COVID-19 with relief expansion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean Penn has expanded his fight against the coronavirus beyond his own expectations. The Oscar winner's disaster relief organization CORE has gone from providing 6,500 tests in a couple weeks to administering more than 1.3 million within a five-month span. The ...

Review: In ‘Tenet,’ a time-bending thriller for bended times

I went in fresh to "Tenet." I didn't have any real sense of the plot, yes, but it's more that it had been some five months since I was last in a movie theater. That's a long hiatus — a dark ages for sitting in the dark — for someone, anyone, used to going to the movies more days than not. ...

NBC sets November return for ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Chicago’ dramas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An optimistic NBC said Thursday it will bring "This Is Us" and other scripted series back in November despite the TV industry's coronavirus-caused production shutdown that's only beginning to ease. Broadcast TV's usual robust September start to the new season has already ...

US-Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

1. "Midnight Sun" by Stephenie Meyer (Little by Brown Books for Young Readers) 2. "Untamed" by Glennon Doyle (The Dial Press) 3. "Live Free or Die" by Sean Hannity (Threshold Editions) 4. "Caste" by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House) 5. "Royal" by Danielle Steel (Dell) 6. "Just Mercy" by ...

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Royal" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 2. "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) 3. "1st Case" by Patterson/Tebbetts (Little, Brown) 4. "The Guest List" by Lucy Foley (Morrow) 5. " The Jackal" by J.R. Ward (Gallery) 6. "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and ...

Review: Bettye LaVette’s ‘Blackbirds’ celebrates Black women

Bettye LaVette, "Blackbirds" (Verve) – The wise intuition and emotional commitment of Bettye LaVette's interpretative skills find an ideal setting on "Blackbirds," a collection of songs mostly associated with Black women, from Nina Simone to Billie Holiday. Supported by a quartet including ...

Milford Drive-In set to present Metallica concert on Aug. 29

MILFORD – Fans of Grammy-award winning heavy metal band Metallica will be hardwired to self-destruct, to borrow one of their song and album titles, on Aug. 29 at the Milford Drive-In. In their first show of 2020, Encore Drive-In Nights will present the 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ...

Nashua native, author to debut new book

BILLERICA, MASSACHUSETTS – New York Times best-selling children’s author MarcyKate Connolly, who spent the first 27 years of her life in Nashua, will be debuting her new young adult novel, “Twin Daggers,” in a Zoom event at 7 p.m. on Aug. 25. The event is sponsored by Toadstool Books, ...

67th annual Greeley Park Arts Show kicks off on Saturday

NASHUA – The Nashua Area Artists Association will present the 67th annual Greeley Park Art Show, featuring outstanding artists from 17 cities and towns from New Hampshire and Massachusetts this weekend. The Greeley Park Art Show has been a summer tradition in Nashua since the early ...

Danny Klein, of J.Geils Band fame, to play Alpine Grove

HOLLIS – J. Geils Band founding member Danny Klein and his band, Full House, will perform Sunday, Aug. 23, at Alpine Grove, 19 South Depot Road. Doors open at noon. Klein, known as the “Ace on Bass” will play J. Geils Band favorites and a few deeper cuts thrown into the musical mix as ...

Salem artist Tina S. Gagnon brings colored pencils to life

SALEM – For local artist Tina S. Gagnon, a talented pencil artist, the devil’s in the details. Recognized at many art shows, her process is to sketch in a sketch book first before beginning to create her intricate art. “I then transfer that onto the work board that I’m using,” ...

Rotations: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Hornsby, Killers have new CDs

Mary Chapin Carpenter returns with a shimmering new album, “The Dirt and the Stars,” (Lambent Light Records). It’s Carpenter’s first new material since 2016’s “The Things That We Are Made Of,” and this time around, she gets a little existential, pondering personal moments and ...