Entertainment

‘Moonlight’ sweeps Spirit Awards; Affleck wins best actor

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Sunday might be dominated by "La La Land," but Saturday belonged to "Moonlight." Barry Jenkins' luminous coming-of-age tale swept Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards, taking home six awards including best feature. "Moonlight" won every award it was nominated for ...

Film-Razzie Awards

‘Hillary’s America,’ ‘Batman v Superman’ top Razzies

LOS ANGELES — Neither Batman nor Dinesh D'Souza could finagle their way out of a Razzie. The annual Golden Raspberry Awards bestowed a tying four "honors" to both D'Souza's documentary "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" and the superhero blockbuster "Batman v ...

Academy revokes ’13 Hours’ Oscar nomination

LOS ANGELES — One day before the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voted to rescind the sound mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell for his work on "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." The decision, announced Saturday, was due to Russell's violation of ...

Cosby won’t face all of his accusers at trial

PHILADELPHIA — In a major break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian's multitude of other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago. The 79-year-old TV star is set to go on trial in June, accused ...

Gun On Airplane

Derringer guilty; kept gun on plane, in airport

ATLANTA — Rock guitarist Rick Derringer has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine after stepping off a Delta Air Lines flight from Mexico with a loaded handgun in Atlanta's airport. Derringer told a federal air marshal he kept his gun with him on commercial airline flights 30 to 50 ...

Richie recovering from knee procedure

NEW YORK — Lionel Richie says he won't recover from a knee procedure in time to launch his tour with Mariah Carey next month. The 67-year-old singer said in a statement Friday that their All The Hits Tour will be postponed until the summer. The 35-date trek was supposed to launch March 15 ...

Obit Alan Colmes

Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox, dies at 66

NEW YORK — Alan Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, has died. Fox spokeswoman Dana Klinghoffer confirmed his death Thursday. Fox also aired a tribute to Colmes, narrated by ...

Oprah to address graduates at 2 colleges

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Oprah Winfrey has agreed to give commencement speeches at colleges in Massachusetts and New York. Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, both say Winfrey will address students at their graduation ceremonies. One of ...

Matt Reeves to direct ‘The Batman’

LOS ANGELES — "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves has stepped in to direct "The Batman" for Warner Bros. just a few weeks after star Ben Affleck left the post. Warner Bros. said Thursday that Reeves would also produce the stand-alone film. Reeves, also known for directing "Dawn of the Planet ...

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Iowa native country musician Jake McVey will perform a free acoustic concert Monday, Feb. 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Rumours Sports Bar & Grill. McVey saw chart success with his songs “Carry On” and “Y’all Girls.” He takes musical inspiration from Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Eric Clapton.

Country music artist Jake McVey performs at Rumours on Monday

Country music artist Jake McVey will perform his style of today’s country at a free acoustic show presented by KIX 101.1 at Rumours Sports Bar & Grill, Monday, February 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. McVey, a Washington, Iowa native, has kept up a pace of performing 300 concerts per year for the ...

Applause Calendar, Feb. 23

Feb. 24 Laurel Lions Pancake Breakfast 7-8:30 a.m. Legion Building in Laurel Menu: Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and juice; Cost is $5 Feb. 25 Marshalltown Preschool and Kindergarten registration 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Marshalltown Mall For more information go to: ...

Cirk La Putyka brings Slapstick Sonata to Stephens

AMES — One of Europe’s most pioneering physical theater companies, Cirk La Putyka comes to Stephens Auditorium on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. for a program titled Slapstick Sonata. This one-of-a-kind performance allows audience members to experience a form of art that is not typical theater. ...

‘Whose Live Anyway?’ coming to the Civic Center April 28

DES MOINES — Des Moines Performing Arts announces that the current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” will bring their new improv tour, “Whose Live Anyway?” to the Des Moines Civic Center. Tickets go on sale starting Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. for the April ...

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Kristin Peterson will be the featured artist March 1-31 in MCC’s Ray Frederick Gallery.

Peterson Exhibit in MCC Ray Frederick Gallery

Kristin Peterson, of Marshalltown, will be the next featured artist in the Ray Frederick Gallery on the Marshalltown Community College campus. The Peterson exhibit opens at 12:15 p.m. on Mar.1 with a public reception for the artist from 12:15-1:30 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. The ...

New York rising superstar to headline Summerfoam Live in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES — Summerfoam Live, a touring foam concert, is soaking the nation with foam and creating a new generation of concert entertainment. Hitting the road in 2017, Summerfoam takes you on a journey through a breathtaking adventure. From true concert sound to a state-of-the-art light ...

Jen McClung

McClung will perform Mar. 11 at the Orpheum

The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center will feature Jen McClung in concert from 7-9 p.m. on March 11. Known as a poet, artist and musician, McClung lives in Ames, teaches at Iowa State University and recently released her third album, Wildfire. With a master’s degree in writing and several ...

Figaro here, Figaro there! Opera Iowa in Hardin County

ELDORA — Hardin County Performance Series continues their 2016-17 season on March 6, 2017 with two school outreach programs and one evening performance featuring the singers of Opera Iowa, the touring company of the Des Moines Metro Opera of Indianola. Students in Radcliffe and Eldora will ...

Music-Songwriters Hall

Jay Z to become first rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame

NEW YORK — Jay Z will become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when he enters the prestigious organization in June. The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday that songwriting heavyweights in the industry, including Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Max Martin and ...

Judge blocks Calif. law on posting actors’ ages

SAN FRANCISCO — A California law that restricts a popular website from posting actors' ages raises First Amendment concerns and does not appear likely to combat age discrimination in the entertainment industry in any meaningful way, a federal judge said Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge ...