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Wisconsin mayor wants giant Robocop statue in his city

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — A central Wisconsin city is making a play for a giant Robocop statue after a Detroit museum rejected it. The mayor of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, wants to place the 11-foot statue in front of the city's police station or in a park to honor actor Peter Weller, a ...

A peek behind the masks, precautions at the pandemic Grammys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — I have covered the Grammy Awards for the Associated Press for 15 years. But this strange year feels like the first time. Built around performances, full of singing and shouting, and with the biggest crowd of any awards show, the Grammys seem uniquely wrong for a world ...

Queen tells kids studying space of meeting Soviet cosmonaut

LONDON (AP) — There's no place like home. Queen Elizabeth II reminded a group of schoolchildren studying space exploration about the importance of returning to Earth as she reminisced in a video call about the first man to make the trip — Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The monarch, who ...

Obama in upcoming podcast credits his mother for his path

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama reveals in an upcoming podcast with rocker Bruce Springsteen that he chose a career of public service in part due to his mother, an acknowledgement that lands in the middle of Women's History Month. "My mom was a little bit of a free thinker," ...

Bread and Cameos — a year without income from Broadway stage

NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, Max Kumangai was dazzling crowds with a jolt of live Broadway excitement. Now he's doing it with his bread. The triple threat from the musical "Jagged Little Pill" has leaned into a fourth skill as the pandemic marches on: baking and selling his own ...

Tape that: Dutch inventor of audio cassette dies at age 94

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lou Ottens, the Dutch inventor of the cassette tape, the medium of choice for millions of bedroom mix tapes, has died, said Philips, the company where he also helped develop the compact disc. Ottens died Saturday at age 94, Philips confirmed. A structural ...

Majestic Theatre offers daytime summer camps

The Majestic Theatre will offer daytime summer theatre camps in 2021. Half-day camps will be open for youth 5-7 years of age and full-day camps for youth 8 – 14 years of age. The Majestic prides itself on a strong core of camp directors and instructors all having many years of experience in ...

Murder, but gentler: ‘Cozy’ mysteries a pandemic-era balm

"A book," author Neil Gaiman may or may not have said, "is a dream you hold in your hand." And right now, in an era of pandemic and polarization, Americans have — and need — a lot of dreams. We dream of unfettered travel, of a world free of face masks and hand sanitizer, of days that are ...

Harry, Meghan to delve into tough royal split with Oprah

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The time has finally come for audiences to hear Meghan and Harry describe the backstory and effects of their tumultuous split from royal life. Sunday night's airing of a two-hour special hosted by Oprah Winfrey will provide the first, and unprecedented, peek into the ...

Grammys to partner with Berklee, ASU for study on women

NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy is partnering with Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University to complete a study focused on women's representation in the music industry. The academy, which puts on the annual Grammy Awards, said the lack of female creators in music is "one ...

Royalty TV: UK monarchy and television have complex ties

LONDON (AP) — Britain's royal family and television have a complicated relationship. The medium has helped define the modern monarchy: The 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was Britain's first mass TV spectacle. Since then, rare interviews have given a glimpse behind palace curtains at ...

American Academy of Arts and Letters expands, diversifies

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country's oldest cultural instititutions, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is undergoing some of its biggest changes in more than a century. For the first time since 1908, the academy is expanding its core membership, from 250 artists in literature, ...

Kacey Musgraves: Transforming the landscape of country music

I have been a country music fan for what feels like forever, and like a lot of fans, I’ve seen country go through various artistic and social changes in recent years. Long ago, this musical genre bid farewell to the traditional twangy one dimensional stylings of pioneers like Hank Williams, ...

Rotations: Dylan, Melvins, Stereolab, the National have new CDs

Bob Dylan’s 50th anniversary collection “1970” (Columbia), stands out for a multitude of reasons, the most alluring being that the tracks here might have been intended as a sequel to “The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969- 1971).” Instead, the reasoning for the ...

6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images

BOSTON (AP) — Six Dr. Seuss books — including "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" and "If I Ran the Zoo" — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy said Tuesday. "These books portray ...

‘Nomadland,’ ‘Borat’ win at a socially distant Golden Globes

NEW YORK (AP) — With homebound nominees appearing by remote video and hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on different sides of the country, a very socially distanced 78th Golden Globe Awards trudged on in the midst of the pandemic and amid a storm of criticism for the Hollywood Foreign Press ...

The lasting allure of the Eagles’ ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’

Quite recently, on a frigid winter night as I sat in front of a cozy, crackling fire with the TV remote in hand, I went surfing through the endless array of cable channels that are available to all in this age of cutting-edge couch potato technology. It offers one everything with just one quick ...

Rotations: The Hold Steady, Indigo Sparke, Smerz have new CDs

The Hold Steady add splashes of brass to their new album, “Open Door Policy” (Positive Jams), which is a blend of blue-collar/barroom rock with a healthy dose of beer-and-shot special rally cries thrown in for brave measure. Born out of Brooklyn, the Hold Steady has always sounded like they ...

Q&A: Stanley Tucci on grief, food and new film ‘Supernova’

NEW YORK (AP) – Stanley Tucci’s pandemic experiences have run the gamut. He has home-schooled little kids with his wife, Felicity Blunt. He has shared cocktail recipes. He has had the virus. He has worked on film and TV sets with new safety protocols. He has written a food memoir -- the ...