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June 15, 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — D.J. Fontana, a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who rose from strip joints in his native Shreveport, La. to the heights of musical history as Elvis Presley’s first and longtime drummer, has died at 87, his wife said on Thursday.

Karen Fontana said her husband died in…


Once sidelined, romantic comedies rise again this summer

June 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES — Summer is always full of action and superhero pics, but this year a once dormant yet utterly adored genre is coming back in a big way: the romantic comedy.

After a 2017 without any from a major studio, this summer is proving to be a re-birth for this lost Hollywood staple with…


‘Purlie’ tack­les racial is­sues in the 1960s

June 08, 2018

When Mitch Butts saw “Purlie” on Broadway years ago, he walked out of the theater with his jaw dropped open.

That’s likely because it’s one of those shows he described as “a wonderful comedy, but inspirational that it will send chills down your spine.…


Country star to perform at Tar River Orchestra’s summer show

May 31, 2018

Crocker Farm will host the Tar River Orchestra’s Soulful Summer concert on Saturday.

Ticket holders can stake out their spots on the grass beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and can bring chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and small shade tents. The concert starts at about 6 p.m. It is a rain or…