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Maifest in the Amana Colonies

AMANA - Come celebrate spring in the historical Amana Colonies! There's a unique experience waiting for all ages during this traditional German Celebration. German food, music and fun.The festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. on April 30, with a parade through the village of Amana. This year's ...

Old Creamery Theatre 2016 Main Stage season release

TIMES-REPUBLICANMain Stage shows are on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 for adults, $18.50 for Students or $12 Student Rush. On schedule for this season's performances are:"Steeple People"April 21 May 22, 2016Book by Benjamin ...

‘Wild Kratts LIVE!’ at Stephens Auditorium

AMES - The wildly popular PBS KIDS television show, "Wild Kratts," is coming to the live stage. "Wild Kratts LIVE!" will be at Stephens Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on May 3, 2016. Tickets go on-sale at 10 a.m. on Nov. 20 and can be purchased at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office, ...

‘The Book of Mormon’ is back

Back by popular demand, "The Book Of Mormon," which played record breaking engagements in 2013 and 2015, returns to Des Moines for a limited engagement May 3-8, at the Des Moines Civic Center. Tickets will be available at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by visiting ...

Bodytraffic coming to Des Moines

DES MOINES - Don't miss Des Moines Performing Arts' dance series performance featuring Bodytraffic!. The performance will be April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at DesMoinesPerformingArts.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office and charge-by-phone at ...

Judge finalizes Stefani and Rossdale’s divorce

LOS ANGELES - A judge has finalized Gwen Stefani's divorce from rocker Gavin Rossdale.A Los Angeles judge finalized the couple's divorce on April 8 after reviewing a detailed judgment that splits their property and business interests. Stefani will retain her interest in her band, No Doubt, ...

Release of ‘Blade Runner’ sequel moved up

LOS ANGELES - The future is coming sooner than expected. The sequel to Ridley Scott's neo-noir dystopia "Blade Runner," is now set to hit theaters on Oct. 6, 2017 - months ahead of its originally planned February 2018 release. Alcon Entertainment announced the plans Wednesday. Scott will ...

Ripa a no-show day after co-host announces exit

NEW YORK - Kelly Ripa was absent from her daytime talk show Wednesday, the day after it was announced that co-host Michael Strahan was leaving to join "Good Morning America" full-time.The show's spokeswoman, Barbara Warren, said that Ripa had a day off. Ripa worked the day before.Ripa's ...

Dancing to the top of television ratings

NEW YORK - A night of Disney tunes led ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" to the largest audience of its current season and to the top of the television rankings.The Nielsen company said an estimated 12.5 million people watched "Dancing," which featured the contestants showing their steps to songs ...

Cosby’s wife answers more questions in lawsuit

BOSTON - Bill Cosby's wife has answered more questions in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who contend the comedian branded them as liars after they went public with sexual assault allegations against him.Camille Cosby sat for a second day of a deposition Tuesday in Boston. The Cosbys ...

Michael Strahan leaving daytime’s ‘Live’ for ‘GMA’

NEW YORK - Former football star Michael Strahan is being shifted from the daily talk show he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa to work full-time on ABC's "Good Morning America."The change comes as "Good Morning America" tries to shore up sinking ratings at a time of tighter competition with NBC's ...

It’s on … Amazon’s stand-alone streaming targets Netflix

NEW YORK - Amazon is taking on Netflix and Hulu with its own stand-alone video streaming service, just weeks before Netflix raises prices for longtime subscribers.New customers can now pay $8.99 a month to watch Amazon's Prime video streaming service. Previously, the only way to watch Amazon's ...

Frehley hospitalized with exhaustion

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley has been hospitalized for exhaustion and forced to cancel a show in New York.A post on his website and Facebook page says he was admitted to a hospital after Friday's show at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree), ...

Hosting Clinton fundraisers, Clooney decries political cash

WASHINGTON - Actor George Clooney would like to get big money out of politics - so he doesn't have to raise it.Clooney hosted two weekend fundraisers in California on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Donations for attendees at an event in San Francisco topped out at ...

‘Jungle Book’ roars with $103.6 M debut

NEW YORK - The Walt Disney Co.'s "The Jungle Book" opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts ever at the box office and continuing the studio's streak of unearthing live-action riches buried in its animated classics. Jon Favreau's update of Disney's ...

Sean Parker plays coy as VOD debate heats up

LAS VEGAS - The spotlight was on Sean Parker and the Screening Room at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this past week, but while the nation's theater owners and studio executives mulled the implications of the proposed at-home viewing service, Parker played coy.When The Associated Press asked Parker ...

Ace Frehley hospitalized after show

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley has been hospitalized for exhaustion and forced to cancel a show in New York. A post on his website and Facebook page says he was admitted to a hospital after Friday's show at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree), ...

New report says tourists spending more money in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Tourists are spending more money on their trips to Sin City, according to a new report by the Las Vegas tourism board.The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority issued its visitor profile study this month, which showed average spending in most expense categories increased in ...

Democratic debate draws 5.6M viewers

LOS ANGELES - A high-stakes debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders drew an estimated 5.6 million viewers, a relatively small audience for this campaign season's presidential debates.The debate, aired by CNN, was marked by bitter clashes between the candidates who will face each other ...

Rap legend Slick Rick becomes American citizen

NEW YORK - After serving federal detention under threat of deportation, hip hop legend Ricky "Slick Rick" Martin Lloyd Walters became an American citizen in New York on Friday.The English-born rapper with an eye patch took the oath during a ceremony and said he was "relieved to finally put this ...