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Applause Calendar, July 6, 2017

July 6 Coffee with the Council 8 a.m. Informal discussion with the City Council on the Special Election involving the local option sales tax July 7 Sen. Ernst Regional Directors Traveling Office 9-10 a.m.; Story County Administration Building, Public Meeting Room, 900 Sixth St., ...

Amana Arts Guild 40th anniversary Festival of Arts

MAIN AMANA — Festivities are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., and end at 5 p.m. in the Main Amana Market Barn. Artists of all mediums; painters, potters, photographers, pastels and jewelry makers, along with demonstrations of the traditional Amana arts of quilt-making, tinsmithing, ...

Harry Potter Film Concert Series at the Civic Center

DES MOINES — Experience “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in its entirety with the Des Moines Symphony performing the film score live at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert on Feb. 2 and 3, 2018. Audiences can relive the magic of “Harry Potter ...

A place where civility once ruled

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — When was the last time you heard a member of one political party praise a member of the other party? Here in this hamlet nestled among the Green Mountains, former Baltimore Democratic Mayor Kurt Schmoke rose to speak well of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, a ...

Smash the dog days of summer at Swing Smash Up

DES MOINES — Don’t let the boring, lazy, days of summer dog you down—join Step Into Swing for its first annual Swing Smash Up in Des Moines on July 15. The event consists of classes for beginners and intermediates, along with an evening dance. It doesn’t matter whether you’re ...

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History on Third Thursday presents President Grant

History on Third Thursday is at 6:30 p.m. on July 20 in the Historical Society of Marshall County Museum, 202 E. Church St. Humanities Iowa speaker Pete Grady will present “Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant.” Grady is the author and performer of “Unconditional ...

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ACT! SING! DANCE!

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO ACT! SING! DANCE! is an introductory music theater class to be held July 31 – Aug. 3 from 5-8 p.m. for all students, ages 8-18. This music theater class gives students the opportunity to stretch their singing and dancing muscles at the same time. While building fundamental ...

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Shaping Sound’s ‘After the Curtain’ at Civic Center

DES MOINES — Travis Wall, Break the Floor Productions and Des Moines Performing Arts announces that Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain—the new show by America’s hottest dance company—will perform one night only at the Des Moines Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. ...

Film claims to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s fate

NEW YORK — The photo is haunting. Among a number of figures gathered on a dock, the fuzzy image seems to be that of a woman, her back to the camera, gazing at what may be her crippled aircraft loaded on a barge, and perhaps wondering what her future might hold. Is this Amelia Earhart, the ...

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Trump’s Twitter smack down of CNN his most retweeted post

WASHINGTON — A mock video tweeted by President Donald Trump showing him pummeling a man whose face is covered by the CNN logo has become Trump's most-shared post on the platform. Trump's post Sunday morning of an edited clip of his appearance at the World Wrestling Entertainment ...

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ sets viewership mark

NEW YORK — Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski reached their biggest audience ever when they talked Friday about President Donald Trump's tweets about their show. The Nielsen company said Wednesday that 1.66 million people watched the MSNBC morning show the day after the tweets. That ...

n this picture taken on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, members of the Tap Tap orchestra perform during a charity concert in Prague Czech Republic. What was created some 18 years ago in efforts to give kids some extracurricular activity at a renowned school for the disabled in Prague has become a major music act that has drawn millions of listeners and fans, first at home and gradually abroad. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Czech orchestra of disabled musicians gets world attention

PRAGUE — It's an unusual orchestra, one that has played in London, Madrid, Moscow and Jerusalem. Its next stops are New York, Washington and Chicago. The Tap Tap, created 18 years ago to give students at a renowned school for the disabled in Prague an extracurricular activity, has become a ...

Netflix series prompts calls for priest’s files

BALTIMORE — A Netflix documentary series has prompted calls for the Baltimore Archdiocese to release a dead priest's files. The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that the show about the priest's alleged abuse led to more than 11,000 signatures on an online petition. Archdiocese spokesman Sean ...

Hundreds of books owned by Warren Zevon to be sold

WEST BARNET, Vt. — Late singer and songwriter Warren Zevon's heroes were writers and classical musicians. That's clear by the "Werewolves of London" singer's large and eclectic library of books now for sale. The collection of nearly 1,000 books includes copies signed by authors with ...

Unbowed ‘Julius Caesar’ director urges artists ‘take risks’

NEW YORK — The theater director who endured death threats and lost corporate sponsors after staging a Donald Trump-inspired version of "Julius Caesar" has a message to any artist fearful of facing a backlash — don't flinch. "We can't allow ourselves to feel overwhelmed. We can't allow ...

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NBC to kick NASCAR ratings into higher gear

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NBC picks up its half of the NASCAR schedule with Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway. Its task: Stop the ratings slide. Fox Sports wrapped up its portion of the season last week with the least-watched race at Sonoma Raceway since 2002. Not counting ...

Cromwell sentenced to jail for NY plant protest

WAWAYANDA, N.Y. — Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell has been sentenced to jail for refusing to pay fines related to his arrest at a protest at a New York power plant. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports a town judge in Wawayanda on Thursday sentenced the 77-year-old Cromwell to ...

TV’s nonpartisan July 4th: fireworks, the US Constitution

LOS ANGELES — Happy nonpartisan Fourth of July! In this rancorous political environment, America's birthday is a chance for people to leave the verbal fireworks aside, at least briefly, and understand and appreciate what they've got. TV, which typically revels in left-right shouting ...

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Greta Van Susteren out as MSNBC host

NEW YORK — Greta Van Susteren's stop at a third cable news network proved to be short. MSNBC said Thursday that she's out after less than six months at the network, to be replaced by Ari Melber. Van Susteren began hosting a Washington-based 6 p.m. weeknight show at MSNBC on Jan. 9, joining ...

Netflix series ‘Sense8’ to return for 2-hour finale

LOS ANGELES — The fans have spoken, and the canceled Netflix series "Sense8" is coming back next year for a two-hour final episode. Netflix and show co-creator Lana Wachowski said Thursday that fan clamor inspired the show's return. Netflix had announced earlier this month that "Sense8" was ...