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Knight, Clooney, Grant feted at Kennedy Center Honors

Knight, Clooney, Grant feted at Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON (AP) — A heartfelt Patti LaBelle praised her lifelong friend Gladys Knight. Sean Penn called U2 “four scrappy Dublin punks.” Ballet dancers performed for conductor and composer Tania León.
'Coyote' takes home best feature, best performance awards at Whistler Film Festival

'Coyote' takes home best feature, best performance awards at Whistler Film Festival

WHISTLER, B.C. — Montreal-educated filmmaker Katherine Jerkovic's movie "Coyote" was the big winner at the Whistler Film Festival.
Oxford Dictionaries names 'goblin mode' its word of the year

Oxford Dictionaries names 'goblin mode' its word of the year

LONDON (AP) — Asked to sum up 2022 in a word, the public has chosen a phrase. Oxford Dictionaries said Monday that “goblin mode” has been selected by online vote as its word of the year.
Review: Thief forced to steal a vital U.S. defense secret

Review: Thief forced to steal a vital U.S. defense secret

“Three-Edged Sword,” by Jeff Lindsay (Dutton) After the Cold War, former Soviet spy Ivo Balodis built himself a fortress in an abandoned missile site on an island in the Baltic Sea.
Stage show 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' extended to June 2023 at Mirvish

Stage show 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' extended to June 2023 at Mirvish

TORONTO — The stage adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" has been extended to June 2023.
Liz Weston: Make the most of new rules for charitable giving

Liz Weston: Make the most of new rules for charitable giving

Most people no longer get a tax deduction when they donate to charity. That shouldn’t keep you from making donations, but you may want to change your approach. Typically, only taxpayers who itemize deductions can write off charitable contributions.
French tenor belatedly, triumphantly makes his Met debut

French tenor belatedly, triumphantly makes his Met debut

NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off a triumphant debut, French tenor Benjamin Bernheim seems likely to become a familiar presence at the Metropolitan Opera. Just not too familiar, he hopes.
Jazzy 'Charlie Brown Christmas' swings on after 57 years

Jazzy 'Charlie Brown Christmas' swings on after 57 years

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mendelson family would love to find the envelope where their father, Lee, scribbled some lyrics to jazz musician Vince Guaraldi's composition “Christmas Time is Here” for an animated TV special featuring the “Peanuts” gang in 1965
Review: Hurricane-force novel with a hint of magical realism

Review: Hurricane-force novel with a hint of magical realism

“The Light Pirate” by Lily Brooks-Dalton (Grand Central) Wanda is named after the hurricane she was born in. It’s also the hurricane that changes the trajectory of her life.
Lost Stephen Sondheim musical reveals insight into a giant

Lost Stephen Sondheim musical reveals insight into a giant

NEW YORK (AP) — A copy of what's being called Stephen Sondheim's first original cast recording has been found on a misplaced CD, capturing the legendary composer's budding skills in a student-led musical while at Williams College in 1948.