McCartney gives impromptu concert in Times Square

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney is on a roll this week. A day after performing at a New York City high school, the ex-Beatle surprised fans Thursday with an impromptu concert in Times Square. McCartney announced the…

HK film fest features John Woo-style cop thriller

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong film festival on Friday unveiled a lineup bookended by an action movie inspired by director John Woo’s works and a South Korean sci-fi action thriller featuring Hollywood stars Tilda Swinton and…

GM Foundation helps support arts education

DETROIT (AP) — The General Motors Foundation is donating $50,000 to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit to help boost art education programs, officials said. The funding announced this week for the museum, also called MOCAD, will support…

GLAAD study: Gay depictions slip on network TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fewer gay and bisexual characters are part of the new broadcast TV season following a record-setting year, while cable depictions continued to increase, according to a new study from a media advocacy group. GLAAD’s…

Greenfield Village hosting Halloween celebration

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area history attraction is offering a series of weekend Halloween celebrations. Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village is modeled after the holiday as it was celebrated during the first half of the last century. It…

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo closes for season Sunday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo says it will close for the season on Sunday. One of its final events before the closing will be Saturday’s observance of African Penguin Awareness Day, an international…

Film shows hope, despair in Korean border village

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — Their village was developed as a South Korean propaganda tool against the North, and some residents chose to live there hoping for the day when the two Koreas would become one and they…

$30,000 went missing amid rescue of Capt. Phillips

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatic accounts of the Navy SEALs rescuing the captain of an American cargo ship made headlines around the world in 2009. The military said SEAL snipers killed a trio of pirates in a tense standoff.…

Van Gogh’s artistic ‘repetitions’ featured in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vincent van Gogh’s various versions of some of his well-known paintings are featured in the first major exhibit of his artwork in Washington in 15 years at The Phillips Collection. “Van Gogh Repetitions” opens Saturday…

Review: Lady wails in soulful ‘Janis Joplin’ show

NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary blues and soul singer Janis Joplin was an astounding force of nature onstage and off. A new concert musical on Broadway provides a rockin’ good time while imaginatively evoking her impassioned, thrilling talent.…

Mustang horse sculpture stays put after donation

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A sculpture of a mustang horse made of discarded and recycled metal will stay in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn following a donation from a steel company. The sculpture, called “Gaze,” was loaned last…

Review: A ‘Romeo and Juliet’ lacking passion

It is surely a bad sign for any “Romeo and Juliet” when its most pulse-quickening moments come from Paul Giamatti. This latest adaption of the Shakespeare tragedy of young love comes suited to times flush with teen romance,…

Nevada judge says she’s working on Simpson ruling

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada judge who will decide whether O.J. Simpson gets a new trial in a botched confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers indicated Thursday that she’s still working on her ruling. In her first…

BBC finds lost 1960s episodes of ‘Doctor Who’

LONDON (AP) — “Doctor Who” fans rejoice — the BBC says it has recovered nine episodes of the sci-fi series that were feared lost in space and time. The broadcaster says the missing episodes, and two others, were…

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data…

NBC locks up 8 more Ryder Cups through 2030

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has locked up eight more Ryder Cups through 2030. The network and the PGA of America announced the deal on Thursday. NBC has televised the Ryder Cup since 1991. NBC Sports Group, which…

Openly gay soccer player Rogers to write memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league, has a memoir scheduled to be published next year. Penguin Books announced Thursday that “Coming Out to Play” will…

NBC locks up 8 more Ryder Cups through 2030

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has locked up eight more Ryder Cups through 2030. The network and the PGA of America announced the deal Thursday. NBC has televised the Ryder Cup since 1991. NBC Sports Group, which includes…