Arts and Entertainment

New look, same show

The Renaissance takes over the North Dakota State Fair Center as the Minot Chamber Chorale brings the Renaissance Christmas Feast back for its 46th consecutive year. The great show will be returning today to Saturday, offering a new and slightly improved version of the traditional show. After ...

Missy Elliott on Songwriters Hall nod: ‘I feel so blessed’

NEW YORK (AP) — For Missy Elliott, being a good friend and listener turned into songwriting gold. Conversations with her girlfriends fueled a great deal of her songwriting, Elliott said, resulting in her turning those stories into smash hits, from Monica's "So Gone," a No. 1 R&B ...

As design element, ode to passion, big books are great gifts

NEW YORK (AP) — Whether as a design element or an ode to a passion or hobby, coffee table books have it covered, especially as holiday gifts. Splashy, special interest books are in abundance this time of year and may seem extravagant when self-purchased. That’s exactly why wrapping them ...

Once a sensation, ‘Walking Dead’ is another show

NEW YORK (AP) — At some point, a television sensation becomes just another show. The numbers illustrate how that's become the case with AMC's drama, "The Walking Dead." The zombies are taking a break at the halfway point of their ninth season, following an episode on Sunday that was seen by ...

Meet the author: Bruce Anderson

Current Hometown: Minot About the author Bruce Anderson grew up New Rockford. He graduated from New Rockford Central High School in 1966. He graduated from Minot State University in 1971 with a degree in Education. Bruce married Nancy Shaw in 1970 and they have two children, Jason and ...

A universe of flawed heroes: Stan Lee was ahead of his time

It became easy, in recent years, to dismiss him as the wisecracking grandpa of the American comic book, a past-his-prime gimmick who cameoed alongside Earth's angstiest superheroes in the high-grossing Marvel blockbusters of the past decade. But Stan Lee, who died Monday, was far more than ...

Celebrities offer thanks, condolences in death of Stan Lee

"Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today. You had great power and you always used it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name — a name written in the stars for all time. You were not just the literary titan of comic books, ...

Cyrus, Hemsworth donate $500K after losing home in wildfire

NEW YORK (AP) — Though Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth lost their home in a deadly California wildfire, they are donating $500,000 to The Malibu Foundation through Cyrus' charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation. "Miley and Liam lost their home but are very grateful to be safe along with their ...

Aerosmith’s Perry tweets ‘doing well’ after hospitalization

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Perry is feeling the love from fans after he was hospitalized with breathing problems that began after a guest performance with Billy Joel in New York. The Aerosmith guitarist on Tuesday tweeted: "Doing well, thanks for the love and support." Perry's publicists said in ...

Bruno Mars to provide Thanksgiving meals for 24K in Hawaii

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive "24K Magic World Tour" by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hawaiian-born singer announced Sunday he has donated money for the food to the Salvation Army's Hawaiian and Pacific ...

Bruce Springsteen, Seth Meyers headline veterans fundraiser

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen teamed up with country star Eric Church on a version of "Working on the Highway" and Jon Stewart laced into Donald Trump at a bawdy event Monday in New York that gathered comedians and musicians to help raise money for military veterans. Springsteen, a ...

Roberts, Spacek on co-starring in ‘Homecoming’

TORONTO (AP) — Julia Roberts and Sissy Spacek, two big-smiling big-screen legends, were remembering the first time they met. It was when Roberts, then 13, took a trip to New York to visit her older brother, the actor Eric Roberts, who was making 1981's "Raggedy Man" with Spacek and her ...

People magazine names Idris Elba 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive

LOS ANGELES (AP) — People magazine has named Idris Elba as 2018's Sexiest Man Alive, and the British actor says the honor has given him a boost of self-confidence. Elba, who starred in "The Wire" and "Luther," was surprised after being crowned this year's winner, the magazine said. "I was ...

Billboard names Ariana Grande 2018 Woman of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry is honoring Ariana Grande. Billboard on Tuesday named the 25-year-old award-winning singer its 2018 Woman of the Year. Grande will receive the award at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music event on Dec. 6 in New York City. Previous recipients include ...

Rami Malek explains how he dug deep to find Freddie Mercury

NEW YORK (AP) — Rami Malek says he identified with the immigrant side of Freddie Mercury while tackling the role of the legendary Queen frontman. The first-generation American spoke about his starring role at the New York premiere of "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Tuesday. The "Mr. Robot" star ...

Andrea Bocelli teams up with his son for new duet

NEW YORK (AP) — Italian star tenor Andrea Bocelli has teamed up with singers like Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Ed Sheeran for acclaimed duets during his career, but singing with his son Matteo is something he hopes feels extra special. "I hope it is a beautiful and enjoyable ...

Recording Academy to honor Willie Nelson before 2019 Grammy Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing will honor Willie Nelson days before the 2019 Grammy Awards. The academy announced Tuesday that Nelson's career and achievements will be celebrated on Feb. 6, 2019, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles. Neil Portnow, ...

Ava DuVernay to make Prince documentary for Netflix

NEW YORK (AP) — Ava DuVernay is making a multipart documentary on Prince for Netflix with the support of the late musician's estate. The director on Tuesday confirmed Twitter reports late Monday that she's working on the film. The documentary will be made with extensive use of Prince's ...

Meet the artist: Micah Bloom

Current Hometown: Minot Where can we see your work? I exhibit my work around the city, state and nation. Locally, my work can be seen occasionally at 62 Doors or biennially at Northwest Arts Center’s Minot State Art Faculty Exhibition. Otherwise you’ll have to coordinate a studio visit ...

A broken heart reignites Steve Perry’s love for music

NEW YORK (AP) — In the years after Steve Perry left Journey, he didn't sing for anyone — not even for himself. No songs in the shower, humming tunes on the radio, or private concerts for family or friends. He was that burnt out, despite owning one of the most powerful voices in rock 'n' ...