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Bill Owens, uncle and musical mentor to Dolly Parton, dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country songwriter Bill Owens, who was a mentor and early songwriting partner to his niece Dolly Parton and helped start her career in country music, has died. He was 85. ...

Classic Stage Company has a treat: Three 'Assassins' casts

NEW YORK (AP) — White House hopefuls may want to steer clear of Classic Stage Company next week: Not one or even two, but three casts of the dark musical “Assassins” are massing. The...

British guitarist Thompson's memoir revisits golden rock era

In 1968, the year “Hey Jude” hit the charts, Richard Thompson turned down an invitation to Paul McCartney’s birthday party. On other occasions over the years, Thompson shared the st...

Review: Rhiannon Giddens considers the meaning of home

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, “They’re Calling Me Home" (Nonesuch) Rhiannon Giddens' new album masterfully mixes the music of Ireland, Italy, Appalachia and heaven. ...

Pinch-pounder: Black Keys drummer fills in at Indians opener

CLEVELAND (AP) — Patrick Carney wasn't nervous before his first live drumming gig in more than a year, just honored. A lifelong Indians fan and one half of The Black Keys, the Grammy...

Review: A new collection of stories by Haruki Murakami

“First Person Singular,” by Haruki Murakami (Alfred A. Knopf) Haruki Murakami has a new collection of stories told in the first person by an unnamed older man obsessed with baseball,...

Robot artist sells art for $688,888, now eyeing music career

HONG KONG (AP) — Sophia is a robot of many talents — she speaks, jokes, sings and even makes art. In March, she caused a stir in the art world when a digital work she created as part of a collaboratio...

Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, Celeste lead race for UK's Brit Awards

LONDON (AP) — Singer-songwriters Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks and Celeste lead the competition for the Brit Awards, with a trio of nominations apiece for the U.K. music prizes. The three Bri...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2021. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Marc...

Taiwanese singer Abao releases new album

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Having won the Golden Melody Awards (GMA) in 2020, indigenous Taiwanese singer Abao (Aljenljeng Tjaluvie) of the Paiwan tribe launched her own record company, Nanguaq. ...

Shots, and a musical serenade, at NYC vaccination center

NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent weekday, the sounds of Vivaldi, Mozart and Bach greeted hundreds of just-inoculated New Yorkers as they entered a medical observation area at one of the city's biggest COVI...

Dinner theater drops 'Cinderella' with mostly white cast

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis dinner theater has scrapped plans for a production of “Cinderella” because the cast was mostly white and it didn't fit with its efforts to become more d...

'A reset button' — Black theater leaders push for change

NEW YORK (AP) — What's better than a powerful voice from the Black theater community singing about change? How about 13 such voices? Vanessa Williams, Billy Porter and Audra McDonal...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Friday, March 26, the 85th day of 2021. There are 280 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 2...

Faceoff between Hanyu and Chen easily goes to Olympic champ

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — The faceoff between Yuzuru Hanyu and Nathan Chen was no contest. Japan's Hanyu, looking every bit the champion of the sport, won the short program Thursday a...