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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers are expected on New Orleans streets for parades and rowdy fun as Mardi Gras caps the Carnival season in a city with a celebration of its own, its 300th anniversary.

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NEW YORK (AP) — After a year of political and cultural upheaval, Super Bowl advertisers appear to be pulling back from themes of unity in favor of in-game stunts and ads that aim for the heart — and in some cases even lower.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” is attributed to Daoist philosopher, Lao Tzu. And so in the summer of 1986 Mayumi Yamada-Shimotai began with that one step, or in her case, when she first loaded her bicycle with essentials for travel and began a journey that would take…

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It’s almost Halloween and what better way is there to stir up a few spirits than by searching for clues to a decades-old disappearance and possible murder of a young girl in a creaky, and some say haunted, mansion.

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According to Executive Director Robyn Settoon, The Mines Theatre was created for the community by the community. So it should come as no surprise that any proceeds from the upcoming interactive production “Murder at Moon Mansion” will go to benefit two local organizations — Colors or a Cause…

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, has died. He was 73.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A social media campaign to derail HBO's planned modern-day Southern slavery drama quickly caught fire, prompting the cable channel to ask detractors to withhold judgment until they see "Confederate."

NEW YORK (AP) — The death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington came as a surprise to the world when it was announced, but it also struck similarities to the death of fellow rocker and close friend Chris Cornell, who killed himself in May.

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The Grammy Award winning group Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience have brought their considerable talent to the area and are performing at local libraries teaching children, as well as adults, the history of Zydeco music through song and interaction with the audience.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers put on a case consisting of just one witness and six minutes of testimony Monday, wrapping up the defense side in the sexual assault trial without the comedian himself taking the stand.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have heard excerpts from the comedian's lurid, decade-old deposition, but explosive sections about him obtaining quaaludes and giving them to women before sex are yet to come.

After walking away empty-handed at the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, Keith Urban found redemption at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, picking up four honors including video of the year for "Blue Ain't Your Color."

The first three quarters of “Wonder Woman” is the stuff of which a good comic book-based movie is made: A fantastical story, game actors bringing their roles to life, visuals we haven’t seen before. The last quarter devolves into what so many similar movies have suffered: Overkill, an onslau…

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After rain deluged and muddied the infield at the Fair Grounds Race Course, sparking a partial shutdown last week of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, it returns Thursday through Sunday with acts including Darrius Rucker, Wilco, Earth Wind & Fire, Boney Jam…

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LAKE CHARLES — Come out to the Lake Charles Civic Center the first weekend in May, Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7, to celebrate the Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival’s 60th anniversary.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off its first weekend Friday with performances by native sons Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville and Kermit Ruffins whether or not the weather cooperates.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense," has died. He was 73.

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The Mines Theatre is set to present its first ever impersonation show. Copycat Cantina will feature music by favorites Elvis, Conway and Loretta, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Patsy Cline, and many more, performed by local artists. The presentation is designed for audience participation an…

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LAKE CHARLES — Banners at McNeese State University celebrates its 25th anniversary season of bringing “a world of culture” to Southwest Louisiana with 13 events spread over seven weeks, from March 14 through April 27. Events range from the heart-stopping acrobats of “Cirque-tacular” and zomb…

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The good times were certainly rolling at Stonebridge Place on Friday, February 17 when the Krewe de les Sagesse invited family and friends to witness the presentation of the krewe’s 2017 Court. Reigning over Krewe de les Sagesse this year are His Majesty William “Bill” Cookson, Her Majesty D…

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Sulphur celebrated the Mardi Gras 2017 season with a parade and activities centered around Heritage Square on Saturday, February 18. Starting at noon Amy Nicole & Zydeco Soul took to the stage at the Heritage Square Pavilion, cranking out classic Zydeco music with the washboard and accor…

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ORANGE, Texas —  The Stark Museum of Art is preparing for one of the most significant exhibitions in its history, Branding the American West: Paintings and Films, 1900-1950, opening March 11, 2017 and on view through September 9, 2017. Prefacing the exhibition opening is the publication of a…

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For more than 100 years, the crossword puzzle has been on the most popular and widespread word game in the world. The popular game first appeared in England in the 19th century, but the first known published crossword puzzle was created by journalist Arthur Wynne and appeared in the New York…

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Maplewood Elementary in Sulphur has combined The Leader in Me program with Dancing Classrooms, an Arts in Education program which teaches fifth grade students ballroom dancing during a 10-week period, replacing Physical Education during that time. Damien Thibodeaux, Teaching Artist for Danci…