• Mezzo Jamie Barton enjoys playing ‘truly evil’ witch

    NEW YORK (AP) — Poor Rusalka! The water nymph heroine of Antonin Dvorak’s best-known opera never stands a chance against the witch Jezibaba — especially as played to the hilt by the powerhouse mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton.

  • Book by new national security adviser is No. 1 best-seller

    NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s a way to reach the top of the best-seller lists: Become the next national security adviser.

  • Playwright who inspired ‘Moonlight’ wins PEN award

    NEW YORK (AP) — The playwright who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie “Moonlight” has won a prize from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization.

  • Pirates’ Kang attends trial over drink driving charges

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court on Wednesday as judges heard arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol.

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  • Review: In ‘Get Out,’ the two-faced horrors of racism

    Fifty years after Sidney Poitier upended the latent racial prejudices of his white date’s liberal family in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” writer-director Jordan Peele has crafted a similar confrontation with altogether more combustible results in “Get Out.”

  • Review: ‘Contemporary Color’ is a hypnotic concert film

    In 2015, former Talking Heads front man David Byrne staged an unconventional show in which he paired up 10 contemporary musicians and performers with color guard teams — those baton and saber twirling staples of small town parades and high school football games. The musicians, including the likes of St. Vincent, Lucius, Ad-Rock, Zola Jesus and Nelly Furtado, composed original songs that the color guard teams then used to choreograph a corresponding routine. The unique spectacle, which took place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, is chronicled with experimental verve in the documentary “Contemporary Color ,” from filmmaking brothers Bill and Turner Ross.

  • Facing lawsuit, Armstrong says he ‘loved’ wearing Postal

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former cyclist Lance Armstrong says he “loved” representing the U.S. Postal Service, even as the government sues to get back the millions it spent sponsoring his teams.

  • Box Office Top 20: ‘Lego Batman,’ ‘Fifty Shades’ stay on top

    NEW YORK (AP) — Holdovers “The Lego Batman Movie” and “Fifty Shades Darker” led the North American box office for a second week, while Matt Damon’s “The Great Wall” — a hit in China, where it was made — struggled in its domestic debut.

  • 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan out of Boston Marathon

    BOSTON (AP) — Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan has dropped out of the Boston Marathon with a back injury.

  • Maori say rising popularity of haka dance can obscure origin

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The sight of young men doing the haka war dance that originated with the Maori people of New Zealand has become commonplace at college and high school football games across Utah, but some Maori people think the widespread use betrays the sacred origin of their cultural ritual.