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‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81. The ...

Friendships carry on in ‘It’s Not All Downhill’

Best-selling author Terry McMillan has spent the last thirty years creating strong female characters who know what they want in life. In her latest novel, “It’s Not All Downhill From Here,” McMillan introduces a new group of women who also fit that mold. Loretta “Lo” Curry is ...

To share or not to share, that is the question for Sam Hunt

NEW YORK — Sam Hunt’s sophomore album opens and closes with two of the most personal songs he’s ever written, as he draws from his own life to paint candid portraits for listeners. But the country star admits he wavers when it comes to spilling his own tea in song form. “I’m torn ...

The Cuomo show, Andrew and Chris, enliven coronavirus TV

NEW YORK — With all their familial love and drama, the Cuomo brothers — Andrew during the daytime, Chris at night — have become compelling figures in the plague-driven landscape of American television. Andrew, New York’s governor, holds a near daily televised briefing on the epidemic, ...

‘Top Gun Maverick’ postponed to December due to coronavirus

NEW YORK — Hollywood’s summer movie season is all but finished. “Top Gun Maverick” became the latest would-be blockbuster to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Paramount Pictures on Thursday announced that sequel to the 1986 original will now open Dec. 23 instead of June ...

‘Lost Children’ author: Writers must ‘document’ pandemic

NEW YORK — Cooped up at her Bronx home with her daughter and a niece because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli says she has lowered the “volume and speed” of her life. She is arranging books in alphabetical order, planting legumes on her balcony and listening to ...

‘Modern Family’ promises satisfying end to its 11-season run

LOS ANGELES — Writer-producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were mulling ideas for the 2009 TV season when they landed on an intriguing sitcom approach, one revolving around an extended family and done in the “mockumentary” style made popular by “The Office.” “All these ...

The show must go on

MARQUETTE — Tuning up guitars, warming up vocal chords and shedding off those stage nerves used to be a normal routine for two Upper Peninsula musicians. The trickle of the audience filing into their seats as the lights would fade has now retreated as gatherings and concerts of more than 10 ...

Englund ready to see someone up the ante with Freddy Krueger

NEW YORK — Robert Englund, the actor who turned Freddy Krueger into a fearsome household name, say he’s looking forward to someone else taking a stab at reviving the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise. Englund said it’s time for Krueger’s razor-fingered glove to permanently pass ...

Pearl Jam come roaring back with superb new album

Trust Pearl Jam to still surprise us in 2020. The Seattle rock gods have made an album we didn’t know we needed. “Gigaton” is a fascinating and ambitious 12-track collection with a cleaner, crisper sound that is studded with interesting textures, topped by Eddie Vedder’s ...

TV viewership climbing with people stuck at home by virus

NEW YORK — A fixture on television, actress Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” is doing the same thing as millions of other people during the widespread coronavirus shutdown. She’s sitting at home, watching more television than she normally would. In a world turned upside down by ...

Rosario Dawson relishes being the lead on new TV drama

NEW YORK — Rosario Dawson has graced both the big and small screens, in everything from dramas to comedies to Marvel superhero projects, yet she’s rarely been cast as the lead in a project. That has changed with her USA series “ Briarpatch” where she plays fashionable political fixer ...

‘Into the Wild’ film, book lure the unprepared to Alaska wilderness

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — For more than a quarter-century, the old bus abandoned in Alaska’s punishing wilderness has drawn adventurers seeking to retrace the steps of a young idealist who met a tragic death in the derelict vehicle. For many, Christopher McCandless’ legend was cemented in ...

Hiawatha Music Co-op announces March concert: The Knockabouts

MARQUETTE — The Hiawatha Music Co-op has announced its monthly traditional music concert for March. This is part of a concert series is called Hiawatha on TAAP (Traditional Acoustic Arts Performance) and is held each month on the third Wednesday at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. The March ...

Nashville musicians to hold concert for tornado relief

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Dan Auerbach and more Nashville artists will hold a benefit concert to raise money for people impacted by a recent deadly tornado. The concert called “ To Nashville, With Love “ will be held Monday at Marathon Music ...

Netflix whiffs in Boston with ‘Spenser Confidential’

It’s back to Boston for Mark Wahlberg in the new Netflix crime flick “Spenser Confidential” so you know what that inevitably means, right? There’s eventually going to have to be a fight with dirty cops in an Irish bar — sorry, it’s pronounced “bah” — while the Red Sox are ...