Life/Arts news advisory for Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

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Royal Conservatory School renamed for Peterson


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- The Royal Conservatory of Music is honouring Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson by renaming its community school after the late alumnus. Words: 234, Photos: 1

TIFF kicks off another hybrid edition


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Thursday with an emphasis on the big screen and big pandemic precautions. By Victoria Ahearn. Words: 498, Photos: 1

'Moonshine' creator mines N.S. roots for series


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Driving onto the set of her new Nova Scotia series "Moonshine," creator Sheri Elwood can see her mother's house and her family's campground. Sometimes her dad zips by in a golf cart. By Victoria Ahearn. Words: 783, Photos: 1

TIFF shines a spotlight on 'Scarborough'


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Author and screenwriter Catherine Hernandez is excited to introduce audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival to a different side of the city. By Adina Bresge. Words: 616, Photos: 1

Estimated cost of COVID patient in ICU: $50,000


The average cost of treating a COVID-19 patient who needs intensive care in Canada is estimated at over $50,000 compared with $8,400 for someone who's had a heart attack, a new report says. By Camille Bains. Words: 593, Photos: 1


FILM-TIFF-Evan-Hansen: Arts reporter Adina Bresge hits the festival circuit as the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off with a red carpet event for opening film "Dear Evan Hansen." With Photo. Expected by 9 p.m. ET.



Oscar Peterson documentary grapples with race


TORONTO -- Who should tell the story of acclaimed jazz pianist Oscar Peterson? It’s a question that Canadian filmmaker Barry Avrich asked himself in the early days of production on his documentary "Oscar Peterson: Black + White," which premieres Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film traces the exuberant highs and occasionally devastating lows of one of the country’s most cherished Black Canadian musicians, touching on his humble beginnings, his legacy in the music community and the racism he faced while on tour early in his career. By David Friend. With photo.  


Anti-vaccination protests, life-and-death decisions causing 'moral injury'


UNDATED -- Emergency room nurse Jaime Gallaher recalls the emotional toll of a verbal attack she faced at a grocery store after another grueling workday. "I was still red-eyed from crying from the past two hours and she just swore at me," Gallaher said following protests outside Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C. "I just broke down in tears, put my carton of milk down and left the grocery store." Experts are raising concern over "moral injury" among health-care workers suddenly targeted with hate as several provinces mandate vaccine passports. By Camille Bains. With photo.


Jane Campion to show new film at Montreal festival


Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion is scheduled to promote her latest film, "The Power of the Dog," at Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma next month. Words: 193, Photos: 1

Broadway's 'Come From Away' cast on shooting film


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Emotions were running high on the Broadway stage of "Come From Away" when the lights flickered back on for a few days earlier this year. By David Friend. Words: 787, Photos: 1

Toews, Thúy among women leading Giller long list


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Miriam Toews and Kim Thúy are among the female authors dominating this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize long list. By Adina Bresge. Words: 533, Photos: 1

TIFF set for hybrid festival amid Delta concerns


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- If there's one thing organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival learned from last year's pandemic-tailored showcase, it's that they "have to adapt constantly," says co-head Cameron Bailey. By Victoria Ahearn. Words: 1193, Photos: 1  




OBIT-MICHAEL CONSTANTINE — Michael Constantine, an Emmy Award-winning character actor who reached worldwide fame playing the Windex bottle-toting father of the bride in the 2002 film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” has died. SENT: 480 words, photos.

MUSIC-CMA AWARDS-NOMINEES — Country stars Chris Stapleton and Eric Church will go toe-to-toe with each other at this year’s Country Music Association Awards, vying in the same top five categories. They both join Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs in the entertainer of the year category. Gabby Barrett had a good year with her hit song “The Good Ones” and earned four nominations, including female artist of the year. By Entertainment Writer Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FASHION-PRABAL GURUNG — New York’s first female governor. American Girl dolls. The Statue of Liberty. Prabal Gurung celebrated all things woman Wednesday night on the runway and off at his New York Fashion Week show along the downtown waterfront. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 475 words, photos.

FASHION-PROENZA SCHOULER — Sailboats wafted by on the Hudson River and the setting sun sparkled on the water as Proenza Schouler celebrated a return to in-person fashion shows against the spectacular setting of New York’s buzziest waterfront locale, Little Island. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BOX-KEN BURNS-ALI FILM — Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns knew there were more layers to reveal in Muhammad Ali’s rise from his Louisville, Kentucky, roots into the source of Black pride who captivated America with his boxing braggadocio and his contentious decision to refuse to fight in Vietnam. The four-part, eight-hour series airs Sept. 19-22 on PBS. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 1,138 words, photo.

TV-JUDY JUSTICE — Judge Judy Sheindlin will return to television on Nov. 1 with “Judy Justice,” a new show where she will arbitrate cases on the IMDb TV, a free streaming service offered by Amazon. It will put the tart-talking judge in competition with herself, since CBS Media Ventures is still selling syndication rights to reruns of the old ‘Judge Judy’ show. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 440 words, photo.

GLOBAL CITIZEN LIVE — Stevie Wonder will headline Global Citizen Live’s star-studded 24-hour event in Los Angeles this month to help raise money and make a plea for increased COVID-19 vaccine doses along with bringing awareness toward climate change and poverty. By AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 380 words, photos.

R KELLY — A former radio station intern says R&B singer R. Kelly kept her locked in a darkened room for days before sexually assaulting her while she was unconscious in 2003. The woman recounted the episode for the first time in public on Thursday at Kelly’s New York City sex trafficking trial. By Tom Hayes. SENT: 670 words, photo.

BOOKS-HAYLEY MILLS — Former child star of the films “The Parent Trap” and “Polyanna” releases memoir. By Alicia Rancilio. UPCOMING by 6 p.m. EDT, photo, video.

COUNTRY SINGER-BEAR ENCOUNTER — Country singer Brett Eldredge has had another encounter with wildlife, this one involving a bear at a home in Asheville, North Carolina home. The Charlotte Observer reports Eldredge says he opened the garage door and was about to go on a hike when he saw the bear pulling on a trash bin and trying to pry it open. SENT: 200 words, photo.

GAMBLING-ARIZONA — Arizona’s first sports betting operations officially open for business Thursday in time for the start of the NFL season, with live wagers being taken on college and professional sports at the FanDuel Sportsbook at the downtown Phoenix arena. By Bob Christie. SENT: 595 words, photo.

ROBERT DURST-MURDER TRIAL — A prosecutor argued in a Los Angeles murder trial that Robert Durst, the estranged heir to a New York real estate fortune, killed his wife and her death became the basis for his “playbook” on getting away with two other killings. By Brian Melley. SENT: 950 words, photo.

GREECE THEODORAKIS BURIAL — Political leaders, family members and thousands of fans have paid their final respects to Greek music great Mikis Theodorakis who has been buried on the island of Crete. Holding flowers and olive branches, onlookers dressed in black sang songs composed by Theodorakis as his casket was carried from a chapel to the cemetery near the city of Chania on Thursday. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

FRANCE-BELMONDO TRIBUTE — France paid tribute Thursday to screen legend Jean-Paul Belmondo, whom President Emmanuel Macron portrayed as the nation’s Everyman. The ceremony at the site of Napoleon’s final resting place combined military pomp with the emotion of adoring fans, with 1,000 allowed to attend. SENT: 550 words, photos.



FILM REVIEW-THE CARD COUNTER. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. Thursday, photos.

FILM REVIEW-QUEENPINS. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Wednesday: 740, film stills.

MUSIC REVIEW-MATTHEW FOWLER — Reviewed by Scott Straud. SENT Tuesday: 300 words, cover image.

MUSIC REVIEW-KACEY MUSGRAVES. Reviewed by Scott Bauer. SENT Tuesday: 300 words, album cover.

MUSIC REVIEW-METALLICA. Reviewed by Wayne Parry. SENT Thursday: 250 words, album cover.

BOOK REVIEW-MATRIX. By Lauren Groff. Reviewed by Ann Levin. SENT Tuesday: 415 words, cover image.

BOOK REVIEW-THE WAR FOR GLORIA. By Atticus Lish. Reviewed by Molly Sprayregen. SENT Tuesday: 230 words, cover image.



New York Fashion Week kicks off Tuesday and continues through Sept. 13. The AP will provide daily coverage with text, photos and video. A partial list of stories includes:

Tuesday: Christian Siriano; Wednesday: Proenza Schouler; Thursday: Prabal Gurung; Friday: LaQuan Smith.



Changing Economy-Office Newbies: Many young workers have entered the workforce during the past 18 months without ever having stepped foot into their offices or met a single colleague. Young workers have some advantages over their more seasoned colleagues who’ve had to make the transition to digital work. But they’re still aware they’re missing out when their office is their bedroom. UPCOMING Friday, photos.


Treehouses: Treehouses of all kinds are experiencing a renaissance. People have built backyard treehouses or had them built. They’ve camped at treehouses listed on vacation rental sites, or thrown up makeshift treehouses just to escape the four walls of home. By Tracee M. Herbaugh. SENT Wednesday, 700 words, photos.

Hurricane Ida-Neighbors Helping Neighbors: When Ida knocked out power and dumped buckets of rain in their streets, hurricane-hardened residents of New Orleans did what they always do: They banded together to help each other out. SENT Sunday, photos.


When It’s Dry: If you live in an area where there’s drought, you can soften its impact on your garden. The time to start preparing for dry weather in the garden is long before it occurs. By Lee Reich. SENT Tuesday, 700 words, photo.


Our Neighbors’ Cat: A pandemic love story: Getting to know our neighbors’ cat, Kevin -- and appreciating his affection and his whims -- has been one of the silver linings of being home more in the past year. By Solvej Schou. UPCOMING Thursday, 1,000 words, photos.


Amazon-Cashier-less-Whole-Foods: There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers. By Retail Writer Joseph Pisani. SENT Wednesday, photo.

Food-MilkStreet-Chicken Snow Peas: Powerhouse ingredients amp up mild chicken. By Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street. SENT Tuesday, 400 words, photos.


Climate-Trout Stream Trouble: Prized trout streams shrink as heat, drought grip US West. SENT Moday, photos.


Collectibles Frenzy: Americans have become obsessed with collectibles, bidding up prices for trading cards, video games and other mementos of their youth. These include copies of trading cards such as Pokemon’s Charizard and Magic: The Gathering’s Black Lotus as well as Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. game cartridges. SENT Friday, Sept. 3, photos.

ATV Boom: Do ATVs belong on roads? Towns are abuzz on perks, drawbacks. SENT Monday, photos.


Sept 11-Air Travel: How 9/11 changed air travel: more security, less privacy. SENT Monday, photos. Abridged version also moved.

Western-Wildfires-Abandoned-Adventures: Wildfires burning in the U.S. this summer have upended plans for countless outdoor adventures. Campers, hikers, rafters and other outdoor enthusiasts have had to scrap or change trips or endure thick smoke. By Brian Melley. SENT Sunday, photos.


Virus Outbreak-Viral Questions-Long COVID-Kids: Can kids get ‘long COVID’ after coronavirus infections? SENT Thursday, with AP Illustration.

Virus Outbreak-Viral Questions-Mu Variant: What is the mu variant? It’s a version of the coronavirus that was first identified in Colombia in January and has since caused isolated outbreaks in South America, Europe and the United States. By Maria Cheng. SENT Thursday, 350 words, illustration.


A Different Battlefield: Twenty years after the attacks of Sept. 11, and just days after the Taliban took control of Kabul, some American combat veterans are competing in the Tokyo Paralympics -- a corps of elite athletes who have triumphed over the catastrophic injuries they suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their stories are tangles of adversity and redemption, loss and achievement. UPCOMING Tuesday, photos, video.


Growing Up Sikh American: MESA, Ariz. — Sikh American Balbir Singh Sodhi was shot to death at his Arizona gas station by a man who mistook him for an Arab Muslim because of beard and turban shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. In the years that followed, Sikhs have continued to endure harassment and hate crimes -- most notably, the 2012 shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed 7 worshippers. Young Sikhs are promoting peace and sharing their family’s stories about discrimination first sparked by the attacks. By Anita Snow and Noreen Nasir. SENT Tuesday, photos, video.

Sept 11-Muslims in America: Muslim Americans in their 20s and 30s who grew up amid the aftershocks of 9/11 came of age in a world not necessarily attuned to their interests, their happiness and their well-being. How did the attacks affect the trajectory of their lives, and the shape of their communities? SENT Tuesday, photos.


Revlon-CEO-Q&A: Revlon CEO discusses pandemic beauty habits, staying nimble. With: Key milestones in Revlon’s storied history. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT Tuesday, photos, video.


NerdWallet-Millennial Money-Impulse Spending: 5 ways to rein in impulse spending. SENT Tuesday.

NerdWallet-Kimberly Palmer-Fall Money Checklist: Autumn is a good time to review finances. There’s still enough time to make a quick course correction if needed before you close the books on the year. SENT Monday.


Behind-the-Wheel-Green-Car-Myths: Edmunds separates fact from fiction about green cars. SENT Wednesday, photo.


Coming next week:

Gardening Goes Electric: In a quiet revolution in the suburbs, electric gardening tools are making gains over noisier, more polluting, gas-fueled ones. By Katherine Roth. UPCOMING Tuesday, 800 words, photos.

Homes-Fall Trends: The pandemic may have made us restless for the outside world, but it has also helped us appreciate our homes more. As fall nesting season returns, retailers are presenting decor collections that reflect the idea that home is where our hearts and heads are. The biggest trend perhaps: Infusing home with personality. By Kim Cook. UPCOMING Wednesday, 1,200 words, photos.

Food-MilkStreet-Sicilian Chicken: Lemony marinade does double duty for roasted chicken. By Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street. UPCOMING Monday, 570 words, photos.


In case you missed it:

SOCIAL MEDIA: Senior Influencers.

SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY: A Different Media; The Way We Remember.

TRAVEL: Shark Tourism.

FOOD: KitchenSmarts-Non-Alcoholic Drinks; Padma Lakshmi; MilkStreet-Indian Pork Burgers.

RECREATION: Electric Boats; Lifeguard’s Longevity.

HEALTH: Virus Outbreak-Viral Questions-Employers-Vaccines.

MONEY: NerdWallet-Disaster Recovery Finances; NerdWallet-Kimberly Palmer-Money Lessons; NerdWallet-Leap-Self-Employment.

RELIGION: Mormons-COVID Vaccines.

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