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Nobel literature winner dreams of a new narrative style

David Keyton and Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 12:36pm

Nobel Literature Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk says she thinks a new sort of fiction may be needed to counteract the modern era's tendency to isolate and divide people.

AP PHOTOS: St. Nicholas and devils parade in Czech villages

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 8:29am

Dozens of people in grim reaper and devil costumes accompany St. Nicholas on his journey through the village of Valasska Polanka in this eastern corner of the Czech Republic.

Gala evening at La Scala celebrates culture over extremism

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 7:25am

The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism.

Billy Joel, Kardashians Diplo descend on Miami for Art Basel

Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 1:40pm

As gallerists and collectors descend on Miami's most prestigious art fair by day, the Hollywood crowd knows it's all about the exclusive after parties. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell were in town while DJ Khaled and rappers Travis Scott and Gucci Mane held court late night.

Review: Townshend, Daltrey return to The Who’s rocking ways

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 1:25pm

and not forgetting co-producer and multi-instrumentalist D. Sardy, either — it’s the high standards of The Who’s last remaining trademarks, Townshend’s songwriting and guitar playing and Daltrey’s superlative singing, that make the album such a joy.

AP's top songs of 2019: Jhene Aiko, Sam Smith, Normani

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 1:24pm

The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.

AP’s top albums of 2019: Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, Anitta

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 1:05pm

The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu:

Let's cancel 'OK Boomer' in 2020, and the humblebrag, too

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 11:35am

Either loudly sing your own praises or don’t in the new year, but let’s leave the humble brag behind, along with a few other oversaturated, cloying or just plain silly cultural quirks that deserve a big goodbye.

Belafonte recalls Horne’s activism as Solange is honored

Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 9:39am

Lena Horne was a fierce advocate for civil rights in her later years, but that part of her legacy is often pushed behind her glamorous image. Her good friend Harry Belafonte hopes that a new award in her honor will push that aspect of her life front and center.

Review: Liam Payne stumbles badly with embarrassing debut CD

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 7:56am

Liam Payne and Harry Styles. Unfortunately for one of them, the reception will be frosty.

'Once Upon a Time,' 'Portrait' top AP's 2019 best films list

Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:52am

not to mention the wonderful turns from Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver and a crackling supporting cast.

Timberlake apologizes to wife for ‘strong lapse in judgment’

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 8:31am

Justin Timberlake has publicly apologized to his actress-wife Jessica Biel days after he was seen holding hands with the co-star of his upcoming movie.

Guns N’ Roses, Maroon 5, Khaled part of pre-Super Bowl shows

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 8:04am

Guns N’ Roses, Maroon 5, DJ Khaled and DaBaby will bring the heat to Super Bowl week in Miami.

John Hiatt looks back and how he lets the music magic happen

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 8:03am

John Hiatt wrote his first song at age 11, and knew right away that’s what he wanted to do. It’s not his job; it’s who he is. He’s 67 now.

Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 4:30pm

In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to calming, confident Classic Blue as its color of the year for 2020.

'Star Trek' writer, story editor DC Fontana dead at age 80

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 3:07pm

D.C. Fontana, a writer and story editor for the original “Star Trek” television series and later a contributor to “Star Trek: The Next Generation" and other related projects, has died at age 80.

Chanel celebrates its artisans in glimmering Paris show

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 2:26pm

Chanel brought its itinerant off-season fashion show the “arts and crafts,” with its swath of VIPs including Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard, back to home ground in Paris on Wednesday to mark its first collection since Karl Lagerfeld died earlier this year.

Review: Forbidden passion smolders in vivid 'Lady on Fire'

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 1:47pm

and yet the outside world knows very little about them. Sciamma, who won the best screenplay award for this film at Cannes, seeks to honor these forgotten women.

'The Irishman' named best picture by New York Film Critics

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 12:39pm

The New York Film Critics Circle named “The Irishman” the year's best film on Wednesday, handing Martin Scorsese's mob epic its second such honor in two days.

Lady Gaga to headline pre-Super Bowl concert in Miami

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 9:23am

Lady Gaga is returning to the Super Bowl stage — sort of.