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Lineup announced for concerts

CURTIS — The Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis has announced the lineup for its Music in the Park Series 2020. The concerts are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Erickson Park. In the event of inclement weather, MIP will be canceled due to indoor event restrictions at this ...

With a gay protagonist, Pixar short ‘Out’ makes history

NEW YORK — In Steven Clay Hunter’s 23 years as an animator at Pixar, he has drawn a seven-armed octopus, a Canadian daredevil and a wheezing toy penguin. But there were scenes he never expected to animate until he began working on his short, “Out.” Hunter wrote and directed the ...

‘High Note’ is easy listening during these troubled times

There may have been a point — say, oh, a few months ago? — when we’d have demanded a lot more edge from a movie like “The High Note,” and been less forgiving of its more implausible moments. But hey, times have changed, and the pleasing chemistry of two very likable leads — Tracee ...

‘Sunny Days’ dives into the beginnings of ‘Sesame Street’

In “Sunny Days: The Children’s Television Revolution That Changed America,” journalist David Kamp takes readers on a fascinating journey through the development of one of the most beloved shows on television. Educational children’s programming was not at all a given before “Sesame ...

Alec Baldwin on pandemic life and why he worries for kids

NEW YORK — Whether he’s playing President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” or hosting a new season of “Match Game,” Alec Baldwin prefers working close to home. And for good reason, the 62-year old actor and wife, Hilaria, have four young children and there’s a fifth on the ...

‘Never Have I Ever’ brings rare voice, and a newcomer, to TV

LOS ANGELES — When Mindy Kaling was growing up in the Boston area, few classmates looked like her, and her television choices ranged from angsty white teenagers to funny white teenagers. It helps explain her latest project, the hit Netflix comedy “Never Have I Ever,” which follows Devi ...

Virus threat creates unease in Michigan summer tourism haven

TRAVERSE CITY — Clare Nagrant earns her living from tourism, so she’s taken a beating during the coronavirus-imposed shutdown. A few months ago, she was juggling four jobs. Now she’s down to one part-time gig with a distillery that stayed open by adding hand sanitizer to its product ...

‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ delivers

It’s been 10 years since “Mockingjay,” the third book in the “Hunger Games” series, was published. Yet best-selling author Suzanne Collins manages to pull readers back into the world of Panem with ease. “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” rewinds the epic story 64 years before ...

Socially distant concerts signal a reopening for live music

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The last time bassist Jon Jones played a concert with his country group Eli Young Band was March 8. He hopes to hit the stage again in June to launch a new drive-in concert series in his first return to live music with fans since the devastating coronavirus. “This is ...

A night gone very wrong in ‘The Lovebirds’

“The Lovebirds" stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani are two of the most exciting voices working in film and television today, as actors, writers and creators. Rae’s “Insecure” and Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick” are both vibrant, stimulating and fresh and rooted deeply in the diversity ...

Movie-related products still hit stores despite film delays

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood pressed pause on releasing most major films in theaters to combat the coronavirus outbreak, but that hasn’t necessarily been the case for toys and merchandise related to those movies. Despite film delays, toy production and gaming companies are often staying on ...

Broadway shutdown extended until at least Labor Day

NEW YORK — The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again — until at least early September. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Sept. 6. “While ...

A grotesque, inglorious look at Capone’s last year

Al Capone lived out his final years on a grand estate in Palm Island, Florida, with his wife, Mae, by his side and grandchildren running around the property. It sounds like a pretty nice end for the notorious Chicago gangster, until you realize that he spent those post Alcatraz years suffering ...

Muppet Elmo readies for his own starry HBO Max talk show

NEW YORK — There was a time not too long ago when Broadway star Ben Platt was interviewed by a monster. A perfectly nice monster, of course. It was Elmo. Elmo asked Platt what was his favorite music to sing. Cookie Monster interrupted to ask what was Platt’s favorite cookie. “Oatmeal ...