Paris Fashion Week Prepares for Balmain Fashion Festival

By THOMAS ADAMSON, AP Fashion Writer PARIS (AP) — Paris Fashion Week roared into full gear Wednesday with shows by many fashion houses and strong anticipation of Balmain’s spectacular evening fashion festival — a star-studded charity concert featuring the latest fashions, members of the public and secret celebrity performances. Here are some highlights of spring-summer … Read more

Elton John plays White House lawn as part of farewell tour

WASHINGTON — Elton John said Friday that he’d played in some beautiful venues, but the stage in front of the White House, beneath a massive tent on a perfect autumn night, was “probably the icing on the cake.” Then he kicked off the show with “Your Song,” his first big international hit. President Joe Biden … Read more

Elton John Playing White House Lawn as Part of Farewell Tour

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Elton John was all in on a plan to perform at the White House before the world-famous rockin’ piano player hangs it up — he says — for good. John was swinging by the South Lawn on Friday night for a show he’s calling “A Night When … Read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda, others seek Puerto Rico silver lining

NEW YORK — Five years after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico and exposed the funding problems the Caribbean island has long faced, philanthropists warn that many of those issues remain unaddressed, just like the repairs still needed for the American territory’s physical infrastructure. The Category 4 storm, with winds reaching 155 miles per hour … Read more

‘Come From Away’ readies for 9/11 anniversary by giving back

NEW YORK — This Sunday, the cast and crew of the Broadway musical “Come From Away” have an appointment, as usual, with an aircraft carrier. Every year on Sept. 11, they help box thousands of meals for food banks across the city and perform for the volunteers aboard the USS Intrepid. “9/11 was a worldwide … Read more

Art Spiegelman to Receive Honorary National Book Award

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This fall, Art Spiegelman will receive an honorary National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He feels honored, and a little worried. The unexpected pleasure of being cited by the National Book Foundation comes months after the jarring saga of his Pulitzer Prize-winning … Read more

Spidey Tops Box Office While Cinema Day Draws Millions

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has swung back on top of the box office during a holiday weekend where American theaters aimed at lure moviegoers with discounted $3 tickets. The first “National Cinema Day” nationwide promotion appeared to work with the highest-attended day of the … Read more

Wisconsin GOP candidate calls for ‘pitchforks and torches’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican candidate for governor in Wisconsin endorsed by Donald Trump is calling for people to take up “pitchforks and torches” in reaction to a story that detailed his giving to anti-abortion groups, churches and others — rhetoric that Democrats say amounts to threatening violence. Tim Michels, who co-owns the state’s … Read more

Sale of Warren Buffett portrait won’t match $19M lunch bid

The auction of a high-tech portrait of Warren Buffett is unlikely to match the $19 million someone paid earlier this year for a private lunch with the billionaire, but it will still raise a significant amount of money for one of his favorite charities OMAHA, Neb. — The auction of a high-tech portrait of Warren … Read more

Paul Newman’s daughters sue late actor’s charity foundation

HARTFORD, Conn. — A new lawsuit has exposed a deep rift between two of Paul Newman’s daughters and the late actor’s charitable foundation funded by profits from the Newman’s own line of food and drink products. The daughters, Susan Kendall Newman and Nell Newman, allege their own charity organizations are both supposed to receive $400,000 … Read more