Israel Museum gets Avedon works from NYC donors

NEW YORK (AP) — The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has received a major gift of 74 portraits by photographer Richard Avedon (AV’-uh-dahn) from three New York City donors. The joint gift was announced Friday by philanthropist Leonard Lauder…

Redford to help raise money for Colo. River delta

PHOENIX (AP) — Robert Redford will join conservationists from across the U.S. and Mexico at an event Saturday in Phoenix aimed at raising money and awareness for the restoration of part of the overtaxed Colorado River that has…

Katy Perry previews new album ‘Prism’ at NYC event

NEW YORK (AP) — Katy Perry says although she’s “older and wiser,” she still plans to have fun. Perry debuted 12 songs from her new album, “Prism,” to be released Oct. 22, in front of an audience of…

Calif. students’ ‘twerking’ records to be expunged

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego school district has agreed to expunge the records of 31 high school students who were suspended for making an on-campus video featuring “twerking” dance moves. U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/153Fxy7 )…

Stradivarius hometown in Italy gets violin museum

CREMONA, Italy (AP) — The northern Italian town where Antonio Stradivari and other master violin-makers worked will open a new museum celebrating the instrument. Cremona will inaugurate the Museum of the Violin on Sept. 14. In a recreated…

Mike Nichols returns to adultery in ‘Betrayal’

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s only 3 p.m. but master director Mike Nichols warns that he’s been through a lot already. “I’ll be a little slow,” he tells a visitor to his rehearsal room at Lincoln Center, where…

Christie’s plans appraisal of Detroit art soon

DETROIT (AP) — International auction house Christie’s says it plans to appraise some pieces of the Detroit Institute of Arts collection over the coming weeks as the city tries to place a value on its assets following the…

Corporations do more to put art on public display

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Corporate art buying in North American has fallen off since the boom days of the 1970s and 1980s but even as the economy improves, some companies are buying less art but doing more…

Broadway revival of ‘Annie’ to close in January

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s hard-knock life on Broadway — the revival of “Annie” is set to close in January. Producers said Thursday that the show will have its final performance on Jan. 5 at the Palace Theater.…

Absent Assange looms over debut of WikiLeaks drama

TORONTO (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, but he’s very present at the Toronto International Film Festival. Opening this year’s festival on Thursday is the premiere of Bill…

Jolie, Martin, Lansbury to get honorary Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — And the honorary Academy Awards go to — Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi. The film academy announced Thursday that Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award,…

National Symphony to debut music on 1st president

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Symphony Orchestra is preparing a multimedia composition focused on George Washington’s life. The Kennedy Center will host the world premiere of “george WASHINGTON” by Roger Reynolds on Oct. 3-5. It will feature massive…

Review: ‘Salinger’ takes a kitchen-sink approach

“Reclusive.” Is that an adjective, or is it actually part of J.D. Salinger’s name? The word has been used so often to describe the famous writer, one could be forgiven for thinking it appears on his birth certificate.…

Vin Scully to be grand marshal of 2014 Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Vin Scully will usher in 2014 as grand marshal of the 125th Rose Parade, an honor the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster initially wasn’t sure he would accept. The more he thought about it, though,…

Wilde and Sudeikis too busy to plan wedding

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olivia Wilde says she has “good problems” this year. The “Tron” actress and her fiance, comedy actor Jason Sudeikis, have been engaged since January, yet it seems they’ve been too busy with their careers…

Madame Tussauds to unveil William and Kate in wax

WASHINGTON (AP) — Madame Tussauds says its Washington location will start displaying wax figures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge later this month. The British Deputy Ambassador to the United States, Patrick Davies, will unveil the figures…

Review: Latest in Fargo series is good read

“The Mayan Secrets: a Fargo Adventure” (Putnam), by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry The Clive Cussler empire expands with another title in the Sam and Remi Fargo series. Co-written with Thomas Perry, “The Mayan Secrets” is also the…

Lorna Luft, Liza Minnelli reunite for concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Judy Garland’s talented daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli will perform together for the first time in 20 years during two concerts next month to raise money to fight breast cancer. The concerts will…

Italian film fetes dignity of manual work

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The star of a new film celebrating the dignity of manual labor is lamenting that many of his fellow Italians shun traditional trades like carpentry, leaving such jobs to immigrants even during stubborn economic…

Daphne Oz of ‘The Chew’ reveals she is pregnant

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s one kid who’ll be guaranteed to have healthy baby food. Daphne Oz, a host of ABC’s daytime program “The Chew” and daughter of talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz, announced her pregnancy Thursday…