With Opera forms orchestra of Ukrainian musicians

The Metropolitan Opera is partnering with the Polish National Opera and the Ukrainian government to organize a tour of Ukrainian musicians throughout Europe and America this summer, the opera companies announced Monday. The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will culminate its tour with Aug. 18 and 19 concerts at Lincoln Center and an Aug. 20 Finals at … Read more

Jon Stewart to receive Mark Twain Prize for American humor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A host of celebrities and comedy royalty will gather Sunday night at the Kennedy Center as comedian, talk show host and political influencer Jon Stewart receives the Mark Twain Prize for lifetime achievement in humor. Stewart, the 23rd recipient of the prize, will be honored by testimonials and skits from fellow comedians … Read more

Tennessee health science chancellor says pandemic has created resilience in health care

Contributed photo by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center / Dr. Peter Buckley took over as the 11th Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in February. Dr. Peter Buckley took over as the 11th chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in February and recently made his first trip … Read more

Coachella festival closes Sunday with headliner The Weeknd

INDIO, Calif. (CNS) — The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia will headline Sunday’s final day of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, which has largely gone on without a hitch since its return following a two-year break during the COVID-19 pandemic. What You Need To Know Among Sunday’s performers are headliner The Weeknd and Swedish … Read more

Legendary beat maker DJ Scratch has new SiriusXM radio show

LL Cool J has announced a hip-hop festival at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens this Summer. And not surprisingly he asked longtime friend and collaborator DJ Scratch to participate. It’s one of many projects Scratch is juggling these delays. He makes beats for some of the biggest names in hip-hop, spins, scratches, and produces platinum … Read more

Walk of Fame star honoring Bob Odenkirk unveiled

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled Monday honoring “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk for a career in which he has received 16 Emmy nominations as a producer, writer, actor and lyricist. What You Need To Know “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk received a Hollywood Walk … Read more

The Weeknd, Swedish House Mafia to headline Coachella

INDIO, Calif. (CNS) — Hip-hop and electronic music will collide Sunday at the Empire Polo Fields for the final day of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival’s first weekend. What You Need To Know Day 2 of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival featured performances by Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, 2NE1 and Danny Elfman … Read more

OC martial artist bros steal the show in Michelle Yeoh movie

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Michelle Yeoh is back in action with the role of a lifetime — or perhaps several lifetimes, given the film’s multiverse premise — as a mom in distress in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” At her side throughout the unique storyline are two Orange County-native brothers, Andy and Brian Le. And … Read more

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads guilty to forcible touching

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to forcibly kissing a worker at a New York nightclub in 2018, calling himself a “celebrity figure” who meant no harm. Gooding also publicly apologized for the first time to two other women who accused him of similar behavior in separate encounters. The admissions … Read more

AFI receives grant for research on short films, diversity

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The American Film Institute announced Wednesday it has received a $350,000 grant that will enable it to study thousands of short films produced in the silent and early sound eras of cinema, as well as to explore diversity in the early days of Hollywood. The grant from the National Endowment for … Read more