LOS ANGELES -- Magician David Copperfield was taken to a Canadian hospital after stopping midway through a performance, his tour spokesman said. Copperfield, 46, was doing the second of three scheduled shows Sunday at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta, when he decided he couldn't continue. The 4:30 p.m. show and an evening performance were canceled to allow doctors at the University of Alberta Hospital to perform medical tests.
NEW YORK -- The New Shanghai Circus is a family show that gets right into the act. Without so much as a hello to the kids, the lights go down, the curtain rises and you're captured by the red ribbons and human roars of the lion dance.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Thieves broke into the Van Gogh Museum and made off with two works by the 19th century master -- less than a week after a multimillion-dollar gem heist from a Dutch diamond exhibition. The value of the oils was not immediately known, but major works by Vincent van Gogh sell for millions of dollars.
WASHINGTON -- Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor and Grammy-honored singer Paul Simon were among five stars from the world of performing arts honored Sunday for their career achievements. Joining them at a White House reception before a gala at the nearby Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts were actor James Earl Jones, actress-singer-dancer Chita Rivera and conductor James Levine.
A Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall double feature played last Friday night at Ballantine Hall 013 as part of the City Lights Film Series, sponsored by the Department of Communication and Culture. Despite the cold and slush roughly 30 people showed up to watch the 16mm screening fall semester finale of City Lights. The first show was "To Have and Have Not" (1945) which was released by Warner Brothers. It was based on Ernest Hemingway's book of the same title.
LOS ANGELES — The story of the ill-fated German warship Bismarck took hold of filmmaker James Cameron as a youngster, when he watched the 1960 British movie "Sink the Bismarck." He saw it again recently and was unimpressed. "Not that great a film. The special effects were terrible," said Cameron, who proved in "Titanic" and "The Abyss" that he knows a thing or two about the subject.
LOS ANGELES -- It's one thing for the fictional incarnation of a relatively new screenwriter to beat himself up with self-loathing and doubt his own talent.
NEW YORK -- The billionaire who withheld money from charities in his hometown Cleveland has given the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum $12 million, but only after persuading the director to cut spending.
Dressed in black and white, the nine members of Mariachi de la Flor held their stringed instruments tightly but gently as they prepared to perform at Collins Coffeehouse Monday. Some of them have never before sung or played a Mariachi tune -- a rhythmic, lively melody, words that breathe of a culture unknown to most of us.
NEW YORK -- Tenor Placido Domingo, who always packs the house at the Metropolitan Opera, didn't always this fall. The Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Opera have each dropped plans to produce two operas they had announced for next season. The San Jose Symphony declared bankruptcy last month.
NEW YORK -- Murderous passion in ancient Greece with the ultimate high-strung wife and mother. Singing vampires in exotic Lower Belabartokovich. A fierce feud between two literary lionesses. Don Quixote tilting again at windmills. All this, and Paul Newman, too. Broadway will be blooming in December, with seven major productions scheduled to open before Christmas, making the month feel more like spring, when the Tony Award deadline usually produces a spate of shows trying to nab nominations.
LONDON -- Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney reunited Friday night for an emotional musical tribute to the memory of George Harrison on the anniversary of the ex-Beatle's death. With Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker and Harrison's son Dhani, the surviving Beatles shared a night of musical memories with an audience of 5,000 devoted fans at the "Concert For George" at London's Royal Albert Hall. Money raised by the concert is to benefit the Material World Charitable Foundation, which Harrison founded.
Every so often, I get bored with greasy pizza and easily unremarkable sandwiches. I needed something new, something exotic. In my search for a new culinary adventure, I stumbled into the Snow Lion restaurant. Located a few short blocks from campus, Snow Lion is a Tibetan themed restaurant. Once inside the doors, you are greeted with a display case selling various traditional Tibetan knickknacks. My companion and I were quickly shown to our table in our own little corner of the restaurant.
NEW YORK-- What is it about Sigmund Freud that makes us feel anxious? Is it his bearded, stern countenance? That business with the cocaine? The way he, under the auspices of science, turned a cigar into a phallic symbol? Wouldn't it be a lot more comfortable without Freud in our lives -- where Mom is just Mom, not some taboo love object, and a cigar is always just a cigar?
NEW YORK -- George Clooney said his latest role in Steven Soderbergh's "Solaris'' has been his toughest acting job to date. But the 41-year-old star is afraid it's his derriere that will get all the attention.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Elvis impersonators can continue swiveling their hips and quivering their lips, after Graceland reversed its earlier decision to sever its support of festivals featuring clones of the King.
NEW YORK -- Physician, heal thyself. It would help a lot if the two doctors in "Blue/Orange,'' Joe Penhall's frenetic, agitated drama about mental illness and its relationship to racism, did just that: took two tranquilizers and calmed down.