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Arts and Entertainment

Opera production features young dancers

Fourteen advanced dancers with the Rinat Mouzafarov Institute of Dance & Ballet Theatre will be performing with the Western Plains Opera as it presents “Hansel and Gretel” in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall Jan. 24-26. Mouzafarov choreographed the ballet being performed by dancers aged 10 to ...

Robbers held hostage by hostages

The Mouse River Players are doing a new production titled “In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (Who Should Be Shot).” The director, Lin Knickerbocker, said she laughed hysterically when she read through the script and thought the audience would love it. The idea was initially introduced to ...

Author publishes first novel based on her grandparents

Publishing a novel is a dream that a lot of writers have, getting it out into the world for readers worldwide to enjoy. Novels have the ability to take the reader into a different world or a different time. That was the goal of young writer Sarah Hanley. In August 2018, she self-published her ...

Winter event ‘Fight the Frost’ returns to Minot

Games Galore Party Rental is holding its second annual Fight the Frost event at the North Dakota State Fair Center this weekend, starting Friday afternoon. Corey Heiser with Games Galore said all ages are welcome to the event. They will have inflatable obstacle courses, interactives, slides ...

Crafting group this weekend

The monthly Women’s Crafting Weekend is taking place this weekend, starting Saturday and ending Sunday. Once a month, women gather at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 714 in Minot to create several different things together, such as quilts, crocheted stuffed animals ...

Find new ways to solve problems

The Magic City Discovery Center is holding its second annual Inventor’s Camp on Saturday. Liz Weeks, the education and outreach director, said the kids who attended the first camp had so much fun that they wanted to do another. In the time allotted, children who attend will use collected ...

Rob Lowe brings experience with 1st responders to Fox series

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Rob Lowe knows a little something about the vital roles of first responders, and he's bringing that to TV with his latest role. He co-stars with Liv Tyler in "9-1-1: Lone Star" as a New York fire captain who relocates to Austin, Texas, to launch a firehouse from the ...

Led by ‘Marriage Story,’ Netflix dominates Golden Globe noms

NEW YORK (AP) — A Netflix wave swept over the 77th Golden Globe nominations, where the streaming company dominated with 34 total nominations, including four films up for best picture and four series nominated for the top television awards. Noah Baumbach's divorce drama "Marriage Story" led ...

Featured Artist: Vanity Plate

Where are you from? Zach (Schultz) and I (Jazmine Schultz) are from Minot and Connor (Wentz) and Mo (Zach Moholland) are from Bismarck/Mandan. How would you describe your style? People have described us as power-pop. We’re pretty upbeat rock and roll. What got you started in your art ...

A technical feat, ‘1917’ is great storytelling, too

It's been a good time for World War I buffs — especially if they're also movie buffs. A year ago director Peter Jackson applied state-of-the-art technology to century-old war footage to bring the Great War alive with sudden, stunning immediacy in his documentary "They Shall Not Grow ...

Serkis on why the world needs a new ‘Christmas Carol’

LONDON (AP) — Wearing a tall black hat, a heavy mottled fur coat covered in trinkets, a long beard and plenty of hair, Andy Serkis received a round of applause from the crew of “A Christmas Carol'' after thanking them for their hard work on the set. An hour later, he emerged clean shaven ...

AP picks the top moments on TV from 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral ...

‘Rise of Skywalker’ is almost here, but a dark side looms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Disney bought Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion in 2012, there were lofty expectations of reviving "Star Wars" in spectacular hyper-speed fashion with a new trilogy that continued the story of Luke Skywalker and other beloved characters. The space saga has been a ...

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

Associated Press Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle name their choices for the best films of 2019. LINDSEY BAHR 1. “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood”: Quentin Tarantino’s movie business fairy tale, featuring all-time performances from two of our great living movie stars, and the ...

New ‘Jumanji’ sticks with the formula and just adds

The creators of the latest "Jumanji" sequel have begun from an age-old premise — if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And they've taken note of other successful franchises to adopt what must surely be a new Hollywood motto — just add more. So "Jumanji: The Next Level" brings together the same ...

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

NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 albums of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu: 1. Ari Lennox, “Shea Butter Baby”: A message to the Grammy Awards, in the words of pop music philosopher Mariah Carey: “Them chickens is ash and I’m lotion.” Them is the Grammys, and ...

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

NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu. 1. Jhené Aiko, “Triggered (freestyle)”: Jhené Aiko brilliantly captures so many emotions in one song on “Triggered (freestyle),” as she rapidly spits out lyrics in a raw way that range ...

AP names ‘To Live and Die in LA’ its top podcast of 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The top 10 podcasts of the year picked by The Associated Press. 1. “To Live and Die in LA,” Tenderfoot TV & Cadence 13. What makes this podcast from journalist Neil Strauss so riveting is how organically it all came together. Strauss was asked to help out in the ...

Holiday TV forecast: a sleighful of movies, music

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are enough holiday TV movies to overturn Santa's sleigh this season, with Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel and a new streaming service adding to the cargo. A more expansive view of the world also is part of the ride, with a lesbian couple included in a Freeform film and ...

Clifford, everybody’s favorite big red dog, gets a reboot

NEW YORK (AP) — Who's your favorite big red dog? If you have one, chances are his name is Clifford. Scholastic Entertainment is rebooting the TV series about the giant dog with an equally large heart this week on Amazon Prime Video and PBS, the latter his home since the early aughts. The ...