Police investigate break-in at shuttered Dutch art museum
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police are investigating a break-in at a Dutch art museum that is currently closed because of restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, the museum and police said Monday.
Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser wins Whitman award
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser has won the Walt Whitman Award for best first book. Almontaser's “The Wild Fox of Yemen” comes out in April 2021.
'I Love Rock and Roll' co-writer dies of virus complications
NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Merrill — who co-wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll" that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett — died Sunday in New York of complications from the coronavirus, his daughter said.
Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus
TOKYO (AP) — Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the disease.
Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo, Cookie Monster on hand washing
NEW YORK (AP) — Elmo, Rooster and Cookie Monster are doing their part to help keep kids safe as the coronavirus pandemic grinds on.
Eilish, Carey, more sing from home to raise funds for virus
NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Dave Grohl opened their doors — literally — as the musicians performed from their homes for an hour-long benefit concert to raise money for those affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications
NEW YORK (AP) — Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” has died after testing positive for COVID-19.
John Prine in critical condition with COVID-19 symptoms
NEW YORK (AP) — The family of John Prine says the singer-songwriter is critically ill and has been placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms.
Polish composer, conductor Krzysztof Penderecki dies at 86
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Krzysztof Penderecki, an award-winning conductor and one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical music composers whose works have featured in Hollywood films like “The Shining” and “Shutter Island,” died Sunday.
Singer-songwriter Jan Howard dies at 91
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jan Howard, who had a No. 1 country hit “For Loving You” with Bill Anderson and wrote hits for others like Kitty Wells' “It's All Over But the Crying,” has died at age 91, according to the Grand Ole Opry.
Brooks, Trisha Yearwood to perform requests on live special
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood will be taking viewer requests during a live prime-time show this week filmed at their home.
Uganda's Bobi Wine sings against virus, criticizes leaders
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition leader Bobi Wine, who released a song urging Africa's people to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, is criticizing African governments for not maintaining better health care systems for the continent's 1.3 billion people.
Longtime soap opera actor John Callahan dies at 66
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor John Callahan, known for playing Edmund Grey on “All My Children” and also starring on other soaps including “Days of Our Lives,” “Santa Barbara” and “Falcon Crest,” has died.
Music fest, barbecue contest in Memphis are rescheduled
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tourism officials in Memphis, Tennessee, say the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest have been rescheduled for the fall after they were postponed by the new coronavirus outbreak.
'The day the music died': Coronavirus tests New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — There were the great fires of 1788 and 1794 and the multiple yellow fever outbreaks of the 1800s. Hurricane Betsy hit in 1965, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the memories linger in New Orleans like remnants of a bad dream.
Kotb cries on 'Today' show; Baby Shark takes on hand-washing
From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.
Review: Deeper prowls, growls on stellar album 'Auto-Pain'
Deeper, "Auto-Pain" (Fire Talk) Chicago-based Deeper fires on all cylinders on its sophomore album "Auto-Pain," delivering an energetic post-punk experience that excels by all measures.
Review: Sufjan Stevens and stepfather experiment on 'Aporia'
Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams, "Aporia" (Asthmatic Kitty) Always one to experiment, multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens has partnered with his stepfather Lowell Brams to turn in his first bona fide bomb with the positively pulse-less "Aporia."
Oprah on coronavirus: 'Playing it as safe as I possibly can'
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she’s playing it safe when it comes to the rapidly spreading coronavirus. The 66-year-old entertainment icon told The Associated Press on Friday that she has been quarantining and practicing social distancing at her home — even if that means longtime partner Stedman Graham has to stay in the guest house.
Review: Little Dragon back with soulful 'New Me, Same Us'
Little Dragon, “New Me, Same Us” (Ninja Tune) As indicated by the title of their latest album, “New Me, Same Us,” the members of Swedish four-piece Little Dragon may have found themselves on separate personal journeys, but their sound is as cohesive as ever.
Country singer Joe Diffie tests positive for coronavirus
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A publicist for Joe Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19. Scott Adkins released a statement to The Associated Press from Diffie that said he is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment.
'On My Block' cast seeks truth in playing inner-city teens
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Cast members of Netflix’s “On My Block” say they feel honored to be able to represent teenagers who've long seen themselves portrayed as stereotypes.
Stars of 'Contagion' reunite for a PSA
NEW YORK (AP) — The stars of the 2011 virus thriller “Contagion” — a prescient film these days — have reunited for a series of public service announcements to warn about COVID-19.
Kristen Bell hosts Nick pandemic special for kids, families
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters' concerns and help families weather the crisis, the channel said Friday.
Review: In 'Uncorked,' a full-bodied coming-of-age tale
The wine movie is not exactly known for a bouquet of tasting notes. From “Wine Country” to “Bottle Shock,” they are usually light, amiable movies that amble through sunny fields of vines.