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Elliptical 'Notes on an Appearance' is like a maze with no exits

Ricky D’Ambrose’s microbudget feature film debut is a cryptic, sometimes maddening collage of minimalist narrative scenes, archival footage, and shots of documents and (phony) news clippings. Taken together, the film builds an odd and compelling sense of dread. Read more

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Coming Attractions: Trevor Noah, Greta Van Fleet, Weezer and the Pixies

By Rob Thomas

"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah will perform at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum on Feb. 8. Read more

Bingeworthy: 'Mad Men' creator's new series 'The Romanoffs' is in no rush

By Rob Thomas

"The Romanoffs," an anthology series where each episode is at least 80 minutes long, premiered Friday on Amazon Prime. Read more

August Wilson joins 'Macbeth' at American Players Theatre in 2019

By Lindsay Christians

American Players Theatre announced its 2019 season today, including "Fences" and Lauren Gunderson's new "Book of Will." In the Touchstone will be Ibsen's "Doll's House" (1879) and Lucas Hnath's "Doll's House Part 2," written in 2017.  Read more

Salud! Science-oriented Delta Beer Labs seeking the formula for success

By Chris Lay

The eventual vibe of Delta Beer Labs, which is still under construction, will be an approximation of a high school science classroom. Read more

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Tauren Wells wins 4, including new artist, at Dove Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian artist Tauren Wells won four awards including new artist and contemporary Christian artist of the year at the 49th annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. Read more

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

DUBBO, Australia (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jokingly thanked for bringing England's notoriously inclement weather to a drought-stricken Outback town on Wednesday in a rain-drenched visit to Dubbo during their Australian royal tour. Read more

No winning lottery ticket sold in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, meaning jackpot climbs to $868 million.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No winning lottery ticket sold in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, meaning jackpot climbs to $868 million. Read more

Mega Millions jackpot now $868M, 2nd largest in US history

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The already-giant Mega Millions prize is now at $868 million after a drawing Tuesday night turned up no winners. Read more

Nevada legal pimp, candidate, star of HBO series found dead

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Dennis Hof, a pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his brothel business and who fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate for the state Legislature, was found dead hours after his extended-weekend 72nd birthday bash, authorities said Tuesday. Read more

TV Review: A Roseanne Barr-less 'The Conners' is a triumph

NEW YORK (AP) — Can there be a "Roseanne" without Roseanne? The answer is yes, indeed. There can even be a pretty good sitcom. And you might not miss her that much. Read more

Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale 'Milkman'

LONDON (AP) — Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for "Milkman," a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland's years of Catholic-Protestant violence. Read more

Fall foliage, tradition, wildlife star in PBS' 'AutumnWatch'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attention would-be leaf peepers: Even if fall is a bit player where you live, PBS has got you covered. Read more

Town OKs steep fines for parking near 'The Goonies' house

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Astoria City Council has taken a step toward cracking down on motorists who illegally park near "The Goonies" house. Read more

The Latest: Porn star says he and woman found Hof's body

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the death of Nevada brothel owner and Republican political candidate Dennis Hof (all times local): Read more

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