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.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs accused the media of ignoring the severity of the AIDS epidemic before performing at an AIDS-awareness concert Saturday. "I don't think you see enough of this story in your face," an indignant Combs told reporters. "There are millions and millions of people that are dying and a lot of it is ... because it's Africans, it's black people that are dying at this high rate."
When Duncan Teater, a 23-year-old from Lexington, Kentucky, graduated from IU last spring, he had no intention of working for someone else. He lightheartedly describes himself as "totally incompetent with the real world," so instead, he chooses to concentrate on marketing his original one-man play, "Father Psalm," in hopes that he can develop a unique career of his own. Combining his talents in acting, directing and writing, Teater uses his experience in the arts to create original pieces of theater that identify personal issues in society and promote social change.
BERLIN -- Michael Jackson said he made a "terrible mistake" by holding his infant son over the railing of a fourth-floor balcony at a Berlin hotel to show fans below but shocking many people who watched the scene captured on video. Television around the world repeatedly broadcast footage of the reclusive pop star's brief appearance Tuesday at the Hotel Adlon across from Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate.
Joe Ehlers, president of the IU Ballroom Dance Club, sat on the floor of HPER 169 brushing the bottom of his suede shoes. His dance partner looks on, waited for him to get ready so the two could practice for their upcoming competition. "Either you go to clubs, stand on the side and watch thinking that 'person can really move,' or you're that person who's the center-of-attention," said Ehler, adding that ballroom dancing helps students learn how to dance so they won't remain sidelined at parties.
NEW YORK -- The author of a book accusing firefighters of looting ground zero after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks defended his work Monday against mounting criticism by union officials. Critics of William Langewiesche's American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center have focused on a passage about the discovery of dozens of new jeans -- still tagged, folded and stacked -- inside the cab of a fire truck pulled from the rubble.
LOS ANGELES -- James Coburn, the lean and lanky actor who rose to fame playing villainous roles in early action films and won an Academy Award decades later as an alcoholic father in "Affliction," has died of a heart attack. He was 74. Coburn and his wife, Paula, were listening to music at their Beverly Hills home on Monday when he suffered the heart attack, said Hillard Elkins, the actor's longtime friend and business manager. He was pronounced dead at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.