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Comedian Steven Wright will be performing at Meskwaki Bingo Casino, Saturday, April 8. Tickets are still available.

Comedian Steven Wright to draw humor lovers

TAMA — Fans of stand up comedy, especially one-liners, surrealist or observational humor may want to check out an upcoming act at Meskwaki Bingo Casino. “I would say it’s abstract observations, surrealistic one-liner jokes about the world,” stand up comedian Steven Wright said of his ...

Applause Calendar, March 30, 2017

March 30 Dedication of the “Drills” sport sculpture 10:45 a.m.; Marshalltown High School Roundhouse SmartScripts Regimen Management Representative speaks to free medication management Lunch and learn begins at 11 a.m. Senior Citizen Center, 20 E. State St. No charge/Reservation ...

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Brockmeier book reading April 6

Author Kevin Brockmeier will be reading excerpts from his novel, “The Brief History of the Dead” and will answer questions during a event from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at the Orpheum Theater Center, 200 E. Main St. Brockmeier is an American writer of fantasy and literary fiction. His ...

Leslie Odom Jr

‘Hamilton’ Tony Award winner Odom Jr. takes the Civic Center stage

DES MOINES — Des Moines Performing Arts announces that Hamilton Tony Award-winner, Leslie Odom, Jr., will perform in concert with the Des Moines Symphony on the Civic Center stage May 12 at 7:30 p.m. This captivating performance will be offered as an add-on to the 2017-18 Willis Broadway ...

Underneath the Lintel opens today

AMANA — “Underneath the Lintel,” opens today and runs through April 9 on the Old Creamery’s Main Stage, with shows on Thursdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. When a reclusive librarian finds a book 123 years overdue, he’s compelled to embark on a ...

Vintage Music Festival in Cedar Falls set for April 2

CEDAR FALLS — The 21st annual Vintage Music Festival will take place from 1-6 p.m. on April 2 at the Amvets Post 49, 1934 Irving St., in Cedar Falls. The Vintage Music Festival is a day of musical entertainment, food, drink and dancing. This family-friendly event is for music lovers of all ...

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In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, Noreen Fraser arrives at Variety Power of Comedy at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. The family of Noreen Fraser, a TV producer and co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer, says she has died at age 63.

Stand up to Cancer co-founder Noreen Fraser dies at 63

LOS ANGELES — Noreen Fraser, a TV producer whose own cancer diagnosis turned her into an activist against the disease, has died. She was 63. Fraser died Monday at her Los Angeles home of metastatic breast cancer, her family said. She joined forces with other prominent women, including ...

Vin Diesel

Diesel: We don’t want to let Walker down

LAS VEGAS — Vin Diesel says he and the "Fast and Furious" crew do not want to let down the late Paul Walker with their new film. The actor on Wednesday spoke to a packed auditorium at CinemaCon in Las Vegas about the eighth installment in the franchise, "The Fate of the Furious"— the first ...

Timberlake to perform at US Grand Prix

AUSTIN, Texas — Justin Timberlake will perform race weekend at Formula One's only stop in the U.S. Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix announced Wednesday that the pop singer will perform on Oct. 21. The Texas race got a major boost in 2016 from Taylor Swift's only concert of the year. Bobby ...

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In this March 8 photo, Andrew Hoepfner, left, and Pamela Martinez, center, dances along with participants at a sober social event sponsored by The Shine at a hotel in Brooklyn, New York. Alcohol-free events, which are popping up in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, are part of a trend fueled by millennials seeking to find meaningful connections while they party.

Millennials, hoping to find real connections, ban the booze

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It's not really about the meal at the monthly Conscious Family Dinner, although there is plenty of vegan Indian food. You can spend time in a cuddling sanctuary, sit down with a tarot reader, chat career goals with a life coach or sit in on an acro-yoga sex ...

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O’Reilly apologizes for jest about Waters’ hair

NEW YORK — Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly apologized Tuesday for saying he had a hard time concentrating on California Rep. Maxine Waters during a speech because he was distracted by her "James Brown wig." O'Reilly said that his jest about her hair was dumb. "I apologize," he said in a ...

Elton John developing ‘Technicolor Dreamcoat’

LAS VEGAS — Elton John is teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to develop an animated adaptation of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." STX Entertainment chairman Adam Fogelson announced the project Tuesday at CinemaCon. The musical, which Rice and Webber created in ...

Reynolds and Fisher honored with humor, music and dance

LOS ANGELES — Laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which loved ones say is just how the actresses would have wanted it. There were few tears throughout the two-hour ceremony Saturday, which honored ...

Michael Che

Che won’t back away from Boston comment

BOSTON — "Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che (CHAY) is not backing away from comments he made about Boston, when he called it the "most racist city" he has ever visited. The Boston Globe reports that the co-anchor of "Weekend Update" told a Boston University crowd Thursday about how he ...

TCM Film Fest dedicated to late host Osborne

LOS ANGELES — Turner Classic Movies will continue memorializing Robert Osborne at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles next month. Festival organizers announced Friday that the eighth annual film festival will be dedicated to the channel's longtime host, who died on March 6 at age ...

Reynolds and Fisher honored with humor, music and dance

LOS ANGELES — Laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which loved ones say is just how the actresses would have wanted it. There were few tears throughout the two-hour ceremony Saturday, which honored ...

Adam Sandler

Netflix renews Sandler, plan 4 more films

NEW YORK — Netflix is doubling down on Adam Sandler. The streaming giant has extended its deal with the comedian for four more feature films. As part of a previous four-movie deal, Sandler has already produced and starred in two films for Netflix. While neither "Ridiculous 6" nor "The ...

Man charged in theft of Legend’s bag at JFK

NEW YORK — Authorities have cuffed a man charged with stealing Grammy winner John Legend's Louis Vuitton bag containing $25,000 Cartier cufflinks from an airport luggage cart in New York. District Attorney Richard Brown says 63-year-old Agustin Hilario swiped the bag Thursday when it was ...

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In this image released by Lionsgate, Becky G portrays Trini, the Yellow Ranger, in a scene from "Power Rangers."

Are ‘gay moments’ in ‘Beauty’ and ‘Power Rangers’ progress?

LOS ANGELES — A hug. A wink. A dance. A non-answer. These are the so-called gay moments in a handful of recent high-profile studio movies that have sparked both rapturous celebration and startling backlash. From Sulu in "Star Trek Beyond" to LeFou in "Beauty and the Beast" and now Trini in ...