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Prosthetic arm designed by undergrads lets girl play violin

FAIRFAX, Va. — The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: Not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of an impossibly cute 10-year-old girl. Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play the violin, but ...

Elisabeth Moss returns to TV in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

NEW YORK — "The timing has been uncanny," says Margaret Atwood, marveling at how her 1985 novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," has not only been given renewed life as a TV series but has also gained disturbing urgency. "Last November 7, they thought they were making a fantasy fiction series," ...

Robert De Niro

De Niro to receive honorary fine arts degree from Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Robert De Niro is among six people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Brown University's commencement exercises The Ivy League school announced Friday the Oscar-winning actor is being celebrated "for the intensity he brings to each performance." De Niro will receive ...

Bill Murray to join cellist for tour

NEW YORK — Bill Murray is set to go on tour with a chamber music trio for a program of songs and literary readings. The New York Times reports the actor is pairing up with cellist Jan Vogler for the project titled "New Worlds." The highlights of the tour include songs from Van Morrison and ...

‘Infowars’ host Jones: On-air persona not a ‘trick’

AUSTIN, Texas — Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified Wednesday that he's sincere in his "Infowars" commentary but acknowledges he also uses satire and comedy on his show. The testimony in his child custody case stands in contrast to comments by his lawyer who ...

Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein complains of R rating for trans film

NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein knows he can be temperamental, and he knows he's not above a good publicity stunt, but he said Thursday his complaints over an R rating for his company's upcoming trans teen family story "3 Generations" are worth the effort on behalf of prospective young trans ...

‘The X-Files’ is coming back

LOS ANGELES — The truth is out there: "The X-Files" is coming back. Fox said Thursday it has ordered a second chapter of what it's calling an "X-Files" ''event series." The 10-episode series will air during the upcoming 2017-18 TV season. The 1993-2002 drama about paranormal events and UFOs ...

Applause Calendar, April 20, 2017

April 20 Grow Thru Grief 5-session support group Iowa River Hospice, 502 Plaza Heights Road/lower level 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free/preregister by calling 641-753-7704 April 21 St. Mary Rummage Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Mary Church Hall 11 W. Linn St. Venta de Cosas Usadas en el ...

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Characters get their directions messed up during rehearsal for the spring play “Alice” at Miller Middle School. The play will be held at 7 p.m. on April 20 in the Miller Auditorium. Pictured front row, Breanna Hovey; second row, Savanna Calkins, Jesse DeMeyer and Sam Wilder.

Miller to present spring play ‘Alice’ on April 20

Miller Middle School will present its spring play “Alice” on April 20. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Miller Middle School auditorium, 125 S. 11th St. The play is an adaptation of the classic “Alice in Wonderland” story. The play is free and open to the public. It is directed by ...

Metallica comes to Iowa Speedway June 9

NEWTON — Metallica, in partnership with The Native Fund, announced an additional Des Moines area stop at the Iowa Speedway on June 9 on their WorldWired 2017 North American tour in support of their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. This announcement marks the highly-anticipated ...

Meet the characters of ‘Fox on The Fairway’

Fans of golf, live theatre and good humor are invited to “Meet the Characters” of the upcoming Marshalltown Community Theater play, “Fox on the Fairway,” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on April 28 at Art & Frame on Main in downtown Marshalltown. The cast will be on hand - in character and ...

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The American Legion Post 46 will also host the “Pin-ups on Tour” show at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7 (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

‘Pin-ups on Tour’ at the Legion May 7

Get ready to swing! The American Legion Post 46 will host the “Pin-ups on Tour” show at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7 (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) From the moment guests enter the event, they will be treated to something special. The goal is to recreate the magic of the Hollywood Canteen that ...

Midwest Gypsy

Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest-On-The-Road comes to Orpheum

The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest-On-The-Road traveling music festival will come to The Orpheum Theater Center, 220 E. Main St., in Marshalltown at 7 p.m. on May 4. The festival features Madison, Wisconsin’s renowned Harmonious Wail and the Gonzalo Bergara Trio from Argentina. Tickets are $12.50 ...

Iowa State Fair adds opening acts and tractor pull

DES MOINES — The Charlie Daniels Band has been added to the Alabama concert Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. Seth Ennis will open for Little Big Town Aug. 18. The traditional Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull will be held Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. All tickets are on sale through www.etix.com or ...

Bill O'Reilly

O’Reilly out at Fox News Channel

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel's parent company fired Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into harassment allegations, bringing a stunning end to cable news' most popular program and one that came to define the bravado of his network over 20 years. O'Reilly lost his job on ...

Boston library to return historical artifacts to Italy

BOSTON — The Boston Public Library is returning to Italy medieval manuscripts and a volume of works, ending in one case a mystery dating back seven decades. The items include a manuscript from 1392, an illuminated leaf from a manuscript dating between 1418 and 1422, and a collection of ...

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey to host the Tony Awards show

NEW YORK — Kevin Spacey has been picked to host this year's Tony Awards, putting the award-winning star of "House of Cards" in the unenviable position of steering a telecast surely facing a post-"Hamilton" hangover. The telecast on June 11 will originate from the 6,000-seat Radio City Music ...

Cronkite award going to Woodruff, Ifill

PHOENIX — Arizona State University is awarding its Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism for 2017 to Judy Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill, co-anchors and managing editors of the "PBS NewsHour." An announcement Monday by the university's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and ...

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In this Saturday photo released by NBC, host Jimmy Fallon, center, performs during the opening number on "Saturday Night Live," in New York.

‘SNL’ time zone shift pays dividends with big boost

NEW YORK — NBC's decision to air a live version of "Saturday Night Live" in every time zone has paid immediate dividends. The network's telecast last weekend, with host Jimmy Fallon, musician Harry Styles and with Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy delivering their hit impersonations of ...

Netflix standing on the threshold of 100 million subscribers

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix is on the verge of surpassing 100 million global subscribers, a testament to how much the video streaming service has changed the entertainment landscape since its debut a decade ago. The company will reach that milestone this weekend if its projections are correct. ...