Providence, Nov 23 (AP/UNB) — After more than 125 performances in "The Nutcracker" in Rhode Island, a 19-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Archie is leaving the stage.
Festival Ballet Providence announced this week that its beloved "Nutcracker" dog is retiring.
The ballet says Archie achieved stardom in his annual romp across the Providence Performing Arts Center stage and is ready for the next chapter.
Misha Djuric (JUHR'-itch), the ballet's artistic director and Archie's owner, says Archie is "settling down to a life of luxury and long naps on pillows."
The ballet is holding auditions for the next "Nutcracker" dog. Auditions will take place at the Festival Ballet Providence studios on Hope Street in Providence on Dec. 2.
The ballet says it's looking for a pup with an elegant prance, regal coat of fur and charming smile.
Los Angeles, Nov 22 (AP/UNB) — "Spider-Man" star Tom Holland has tasted pumpkin seeds, but never actual pumpkin.
However, all that changed for the British actor during a recent Thanksgiving cooking lesson with "Avengers" co-director Joe Russo and chef Jessica Largey who introduced him to kabocha squash, a delicacy known as Japanese pumpkin.
The exclusive cooking lesson was held at Russo's new restaurant called Simone in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles.
"It's hard that I'm starting with probably the best pumpkin I'll ever have," Holland joked with The Associated Press.
Russo is a co-owner of the restaurant with Largey, a James Beard winner. She whipped up the dish with ingredients involving pumpkin, chanterelle mushrooms, passionfruit and some kale.
"That's so good, the passionfruit as well," Holland said before scooping up another spoonful. "And the kale is crunchy so there's a nice like textural thing."
After the taste test, the 22-year-old Holland told the chef "That was delicious. So, I'll come back tomorrow." The actor said he typically spends Thanksgivings in his native United Kingdom.
Largey gave Holland a few tips on how to make macaroni and cheese, one of the actor's favorite foods. She also said the pumpkin dish is one of Russo's favorite on the restaurant's menu.
Holland said he recently learned about a clever recipe on Instagram that calls for cheese to be placed at the bottom of a mug, then basil, tomato sauce and rigatoni are added, before another layer of cheese.
"You put a plate on, flip it that way and bake it. Then you take it off and you have a pasta pie — it's really good and it's super easy to do and it looks way more impressive than it actually is. That's my go-to."
Holland's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is scheduled for release in July. Russo's next Avengers film is to be released in May.
New York, Nov 19 (AP/UNB) — Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are confirming their long rumored marriage. On Instagram, at least.
The 24-year-old Canadian singer posted a picture on Instagram earlier this week of him holding hands with the 21-year-old model with the caption: "My wife is awesome."
Baldwin followed up by changing her Instagram username to "Hailey Bieber."
The young couple got engaged this summer in the Bahamas after about a month of dating. Bieber also confirmed that via Instagram. He posted a photo of Baldwin kissing him and called her the love of his life.
Baldwin is the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin. Bieber released his last album, "Purpose," in 2015.
Bieber's manager didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – The third and final day of the fabulous folk festival resumed on Saturday with the performance of Nakshi Kantha.
Sun Communications in association with Sun Foundation organized the festival in the country for the fourth consecutive year at Bangladesh Army Stadium in Banani from the evening till 12 am.
The musical troupe generally performs Jari, Sari and many more genres of song.
Las Migas from Spain and Shafqat Amanat Ali from Pakistan are scheduled to come to this bustling city to celebrate the spirit of folk music on the final day of DIFF.
Baul Kabir Shah, Arnob, Swarobanjo and Bhabna Nritya Dol of the hsot country will also be performing on the third day.
DIKANDA from Poland, Wadali Brothers and Satyaki Banerjee from India and Abdul Hai Dewan from Bangladesh performed on the first day of the three-day-long folk fest.
Internationally renowned music band DIKANDA introduced the audience with extremely emotional and authentic performance just after the formal inauguration of the fest on Thursday.
Grammy award-winning folk band Los Texmaniacs from the USA and Majaz from Bahrain also enthralled Dhaka audiences on the second day of the fest.
The Raghu Dixit Project from India, prominent artists Momotaz Begom and Swarobanjo of the host country were on the list to perform on the second day (Friday).
Some 174 artistes from seven countries including Bangladesh gathered on a single stage to celebrate the music of the heart.
The audience had to print their Entry Pass for each day to enter the festival with the photocopy of their respective NID or Passport.
The audiences could also enjoy the musical show through Grameenphone’s online video streaming service ‘Bioscope Live’.
Los Angeles, Nov 17 (AP) — Justin Bieber has agreed to settle a long-running lawsuit filed by a former neighbor whose house the pop singer egged.
A document filed Friday shows the case has been resolved in its entirety. No details were given about the terms.
Jeffrey and Suzanne Schwartz filed a lawsuit in early 2015 that alleged they suffered emotional harm because of the egging and other actions by Bieber when he lived next door.
The 24-year-old pop singer has already served probation in a criminal plea deal after the 2013 incident, and paid $80,000 in restitution for the damage he caused.
The lawsuit alleged Bieber spit in Jeffrey Schwartz's face and terrorized the family with loud parties, drug use and aggressive driving while living in a gated community in the celebrity enclave of Calabasas. It sought more than $25,000 in damages for assault and battery, trespassing and infliction of emotional distress claims.
Bieber's attorneys argued that the restitution he already paid and the punishment he was given were sufficient, and that he did not rightly owe more for emotional damages.
Messages left for attorneys from both sides were not immediately returned.
During an August hearing, Judge Elaine W. Mandel, who had taken over the case after three years, expressed skepticism at the plaintiffs' claims. She grilled the Schwartz's attorney Brian J. Kim to explain what damages Bieber caused the plaintiffs, calling them "minimal."
She also did not appear inclined to admit much of the evidence the plaintiffs want to introduce at trial, including dozens of media stories about Bieber's misbehavior.