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Jazz Fest kicks off Friday; Connick, Aaron Neville on tap

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off its first weekend Friday with performances by native sons Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville and Kermit Ruffins whether the weather co-operates or not.
Latvia grants citizenship to dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov

Latvia grants citizenship to dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov

TALLINN, Estonia — Latvia on Thursday paid tribute to Mikhail Baryshnikov by granting citizenship to the ballet dancer, choreographer and actor who was born in the Baltic nation when it was part of the Soviet Union and later became a U.S. citizen.
Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver

Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver

NEW YORK — One of Comcast's fastest-growing businesses hasn't been selling cable or internet subscriptions — or making movies and TV shows, or selling TV ads. It's been theme parks.
'Sgt. Pepper' sketch to be auctioned May 20 in New York

'Sgt. Pepper' sketch to be auctioned May 20 in New York

NEW YORK — An old sketch up for auction May 20 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan is a crude, ink-on-paper drawing of the iconic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" album cover. The artist is almost surely John Lennon.

Fire destroys movie set in Virginia being used for 'TURN'

RICHMOND, Va. — Officials say a fire has destroyed part of a movie set that was being used to film the final season of the AMC television series "TURN: Washington's Spies.
Surprise! Johnny Depp appears as Jack Sparrow on Disney ride

Surprise! Johnny Depp appears as Jack Sparrow on Disney ride

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Johnny Depp donned the getup of his swashbuckling alter ego and interacted with riders on Wednesday.
Auction of Soviet art triggers probe; art market on guard

Auction of Soviet art triggers probe; art market on guard

MOSCOW — The sale of nine Soviet-era masterpieces that fetched $3 million at a London auction in 2014 is causing uproar in Moscow's art community, where it was largely perceived as a theft of the family jewels.

Small-budget indie flick 'Maudie' becomes Atlantic Canada's hottest movie

HALIFAX — The small-budget biopic of folk artist Maud Lewis has become an unlikely Atlantic Canadian blockbuster. "Maudie" is the region's No.
In Demme's eclectic career, a nonstop rock 'n' roll beat

In Demme's eclectic career, a nonstop rock 'n' roll beat

NEW YORK — Through Jonathan Demme's freewheeling filmmaking life sounded a steady rock 'n' roll beat. Music was his first love and his first credit.
Producer admits bilking investors with fake Broadway play

Producer admits bilking investors with fake Broadway play

NEW YORK — A Broadway producer admitted on Wednesday that he scammed his friends and others into investing more than $165,000 in a nonexistent play about opera star Kathleen Battle supposedly starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.