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‘Anything You Can imagine’ recounts quest to film Tolkien

(AP) — Reaching the final sentence in film writer Ian Nathan's 576-page exploration of movie director Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy requires the stoicism of Frodo and the vigor of Gandalf. So much detail lies along the way that even the eye of Sauron would need a shot of ...

Frehley ready for 3rd trip through space with Kiss

(AP) — Ace Frehley may or may not be returned to the fold when Kiss launches their (second) farewell tour next year, but whatever the result, he sure sounds ready for the gig. On his new solo album, "Spaceman," the legendary guitarist oozes classic rock style and six-string chops that sound ...

A tribute and a treat

Since 1988, a group of Australian performers has been wowing crowds with their tribute show of Pink Floyd. Now, 30 years later, they have moved from small shows to worldwide performances as a professional group of performers. On Saturday starting at 7 p.m. the Australian Pink Floyd Show will ...

In ‘Bad Times at the El Royale,’ a motel’s mysteries

Drew Goddard, the screenwriter-turned-director whose feature debut was the meta-horror film "A Cabin in the Woods," has laid another movie trap. This time, in the pulpy but artificial thriller "Bad Times at the El Royale," it's a motel. And as anyone who has ever watched a movie knows, bad ...

Lou Berney keeps tension high in ‘November Road’

(AP) — Although set in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, "November Road" avoids being another novel about that fateful day in Dallas. Instead, this superior novel from Edgar winner Lou Berney melds crime fiction with a tale about people reinventing themselves, played ...

Elvis Costello views misery on sumptuous ‘Look Now’

(AP) — Like in "Anna Karenina," the characters in "Look Now," Elvis Costello's sumptuous new album with The Imposters, are each unhappy in their own way. A woman who laments her deteriorated marriage while doing some renovations around the house ("Stripping Paper"); a dilapidated music-hall ...

Comedy, music meet a church basement

Every church that has a basement, or even just a kitchen, knows the secrets, stories and chattter that can be shared. “Church Basement Ladies” pairs this with the change of the 1960s, throws in a dash of comedy and music, and brings forth a musical for audiences to enjoy. Hitting the ...

Pop on over for Fall Pops Concert

A decades old tradition of a fall concert continues to be followed as the Minot Chamber Chorale puts on its Fall Pops Concert today at the Grand Hotel. Featuring a variety of Broadway music and show tunes, the show has become a highlight of their season. The Fall Pops Concert will begin at ...

Keith Morrison makes true crime a delicious addiction

NEW YORK (AP) — Keith Morrison, the "Dateline" correspondent, has spoken to countless murder suspects and grieving family members over the years. But he says he truthfully never had an appetite for covering crime. "I had to be dragged into it. I resisted," he said recently. "I think I felt ...

Things get quirky in ‘Greatest Love Story Ever Told’

(AP) — In their new book, actors and humorists Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman leave nothing off the table. "The Greatest Love Story Ever Told" describes their passionate marriage, acknowledges their non-traditional views of life and celebrates their ability to make it all work in ...

‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack is a five-star marvel

(AP) — The soundtrack to "A Star Is Born" is no slim thing, thank goodness. It contains a whopping 34 tracks, mostly due to the inclusion of brief snatches of songs, dialogues or interludes. It will put fans back into the film in a visceral way. Haven't seen it yet? With this album, you may ...

Boxing takes over 4 Bears Casino and Lodge

4 Bears Casino and Lodge is known to bring a wide variety of entertainment for guests’ enjoyment. On Saturday, the next round of entertaining action will be Boxing Night at the casino. Featuring a match for the minor world title of GBP Super Welterweight alongside matches involving some of ...

Novel by Hank Green is out of this world

(AP) — What if a huge, stagnant robot appeared out of nowhere on the streets of New York City? And what if you were the key to solving the mystery of what it wants? Hank Green takes readers on a sci-fi adventure, tackling issues such as social media obsession and global humanity in his novel, ...

Rod Stewart nostalgic on varied ‘Blood Red Roses’

(AP) — Nostalgia has been a focal feature of Rod Stewart's songwriting even as far back as 1971's "Maggie May," and some of the best tunes on "Blood Red Roses," his 30th studio album, explore that same vein. "Farewell" pays tribute to a friend through a poignant melody and reminisces about ...

Box office top 20: ‘The House With a Clock’ is No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — A trio of wide-releases sputtered while the gothic family fantasy "The House With a Clock in Its Walls," starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, ticked its way to a weekend-best $26.6 million in ticket sales, according to final box-office figures Monday. The Universal ...

Country Sunshine Band to perform at Sibyl Center

The Country Sunshine Band returns for another September evening concert and dance at the Sibyl Center on Saturday. They will take the stage and kick the dance off at 7 p.m. This area band has been playing and singing together for a number of years, having become acquainted while entertaining ...

Hey, get ready for Hay Day fall event at Oak Park

Leaves are changing, weather is cooling, and fall is underway, but for Minot Parks, there are still events to be held. On Saturday and Sunday, the first ever Hay Days will be held at Oak Park. Music, games, and fun are planned for the two-day event with a day for those 21 and up to enjoy and ...

Minot Symphony Orchestra brings more music for another year

The halls of Old Main on Minot State University’s campus will be filled with symphonic music again on Saturday for the season opening performance of the Minot Symphony Orchestra in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. Bringing a performance of pieces all relating to the letter ‘P’, the “’P’ ...

Prince’s new basement tape: Just him singing, playing piano

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fans of Prince expecting his usual pyrotechnic guitar work will be surprised that one of the first official albums released from his fabled vault since his death more than two years ago showcases his jazzy piano playing. "Piano & A Microphone 1983" is just Prince ...

Art is a form of communication

“I like being on my best behavior when I want to, but when I NEED to, it’s a whole different story,” said Philemon. “One thing I don’t like about the Christmas season, Titus, is that we’re being spied on constantly.” “By whom?” Titus asked. “Santa, of course!” Philemon ...