Life/Arts news advisory for Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

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Kristen Stewart on the contradictions of Diana


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Kristen Stewart says she doesn't presume to possess special insight into the reality of the late Princess of Wales after portraying her in the surreal royal drama "Spencer." Words: 317, Photos: 1

Indigenous tourism faces tough pandemic recovery


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada -- The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada is making a bleak prediction about its members' ability to rapidly recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Words: 402, Photos: 1. Moves on the Travel and Business wires, guard against duplication.

Writers' Trust reveals non-fiction nominees


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Questions of identity are front and centre on this year's short list for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Words: 195, Photos: 1


Canadian comic Norm Macdonald dies at 61


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Norm Macdonald, whose dry, caustic wit propelled him from Canadian comedy clubs to "Saturday Night Live" fame, adhered to a "purist" comedic philosophy that won him the admiration of his famous contemporaries, even if it polarized audiences, says his brother. By Adina Bresge and David Friend. Words: 831, Photos: 1. With Norm-Macdonald-Reax

Comics pay tribute to Macdonald on Twitter


Norm Macdonald's incisive wit and dry delivery endeared him to comedy fans and celebrities alike. Many of the industry's biggest names shared their grief on Twitter as word spread of the Canadian comic's death Tuesday. Words: 578. With OBIT-Norm-Macdonald.

Mental distress high in COVID pregnancies: survey


Data from a 2020 survey suggests nearly 70 per cent of people who were pregnant during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic reported moderate to high levels of mental distress, with one in five experiencing symptoms of depression. By Melissa Couto Zuber. Words: 781, Photos: 1

ACTRA awards include gender non-conforming artists


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- ACTRA Toronto says it's renaming some of its awards to be more inclusive of gender non-conforming performers. Words: 290, Photos: 1

Junos set 2022 date for outdoor awards show


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- The Juno Awards are taking their celebration outside next year. By David Friend. Words: 218, Photos: 1ACTRA awards include gender non-conforming artists  




FILM-JESSICA CHASTAIN — Jessica Chastain has for years been widely considered one of the top film actors. But for all her acclaim, Chastain has never taken on a truly transformation role, the kind it takes hours of make-up and prosthetics to change into. That changes with “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” in which she stars as the famously coiffed televangelist. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,116 words, photos.

TV-EMMYS-CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER — Cedric the Entertainer has no reservations of taking on the challenge of hosting the Emmy Awards despite the pandemic limitations hovering over it. By TV Writer Lynn Elber, SENT: 660 words, photos.

BOOKS-TARANA BURKE — In a searing new memoir, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke details for the first time the sexual assault as a child that determined her career path as an activist devoted to helping survivors of sexual violence. She spoke about the book, her early life, and the future of the movement. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 965 words, photos.

NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS — The 10 nominees on the longlist for the National Book Award for young people’s literature were announced Wednesday. They include retellings of the myths of Paul Bunyan and of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” There’s also a look back at the Black Panther Party. The French-language author Maryse Conde received her first National Book Award nomination, at age 84, for “Waiting for the Waters to Rise.” By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 450 words, photo.

BOOKS-TENNESSEE WILLIAMS — A rarely seen Tennessee Williams short story confirms his longtime passion for Italy and reveals concerns about how Italians felt about Americans. “The Summer Woman,” a story written in the 1950s is in part a snapshot of a country no longer welcoming to Americans. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 675 words, photo.

DENMARK-LENNON-AUCTION — Half a century ago, four Danish teenagers interviewed John Lennon for their school paper. A cassette tape with a 33-minute audio recording of the chat, that also includes an apparently unpublished song by the late Beatle, will be auctioned in Denmark later this month. By Jan. M. Olsen. SENT: 485 words.

US TOY HALL OF FAME-FINALISTS — Cabbage Patch Kids touched off the first big holiday toy craze nearly 40 years ago. Now the dolls are among 12 finalists vying for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. SENT: 620 words, photos.



FILM REVIEW-THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT TUESDAY: 760 words, film stills.

FILM REVIEW-CRY MACHO. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Wednesday: 775 words, film stills.

FILM REVIEW-EVERYBODYS TALKING ABOUT JAMIE. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

MUSIC REVIEW-CHRIS ROBLEY. By Steve Wine. SENT Wednesday: 245 words, album cover.

BOOK REVIEW-HARLEM SHUFFLE. By Colson Whitehead. Reviewed by Ann Levin. SENT Monday: 420 words, cover image.

BOOK REVIEW-APPLES NEVER FALL. By Liane Moriarty. Reviewed by Rob Merrill. SENT Monday: 465 words, cover image.

BOOK REVIEW-THE SPECTACULAR. By Zoe Whittall. Reviewed by Molly Sprayregen. SENT Tuesday: 310 words, cover image.



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 Thursday, 800 words, photos.


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. SENT Wednesday, 1,400 words, photos.


Met Gala Inside: Where there’s always someone more famous. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Tuesday, photos, video.

Met Gala: The first of the two-part Met Gala kicks off Monday night with a more intimate affair. Organizers promise no less the star power for what’s considered fashion’s biggest night, which had its celebrity-splashed party canceled last year due to the pandemic. By Leanne Italie. SENT Monday, photos, video. Will be updated after start of the carpet.

Met Gala-Exhibit: Social justice, gender fluidity, diversity, inclusion, and youth, youth, youth. All these themes are prominent in the new, yearlong Costume Institute show at the Metropolitan Museum — otherwise known as the exhibit that launches the Met Gala. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Monday, 800 words, photos, video.

Tom Ford: Tom Ford closes out New York Fashion Week. SENT Monday, photos, video.


Toy-Hall of Fame Finalists: Cabbage Patch Kids, pinatas and the Fisher-Price Corn Popper are among 12 finalists vying for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The finalists were announced Wednesday at The Strong museum in Rochester. They also include five games: Battleship, Risk, The Settlers of Catan, Mahjong and billiards. SENT Wednesday, photos.

Virus Outbreak-School Vaccinations: In most but not all states, teenagers need the consent of their parents in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Navigating internal family politics in cases of differing views has been a challenge for students and organizers of outreach campaigns, who have faced blowback for directly targeting minors. SENT Monday, photos.


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


Western Wildfires-Lake Tahoe: With wildfire no longer threatening Lake Tahoe, residents, tourists and scientists drawn to its clean alpine air, clear blue waters and fragrant pine trees now wonder how, when and if it will rebound. Scientists say it’s too soon to draw conclusions about the Caldor Fire’s long-term effects but warn wildfire risk and months of smoke will likely be standard in the future. SENT Tuesday, photos.

Insider Q&A-Carnival CEO: Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald talks to The Associated Press about his company, the cruise industry and the intersection of business and politics in this Q&A story. SENT Monday, photos.

Racial Injustice-Ski Resort Renaming: Ski resort officials will announce the new name for a Lake Tahoe ski resort previously called Squaw Valley. Officials last year announced they would remove the word “squaw” from its name because it is a derogatory term for Native American women. SENT Monday.


Native American Curriculum: It has been a long-running goal of many Native Americans to have more about their history and culture taught in grade schools. New requirements have been adopted in Connecticut, North Dakota and Oregon, and advocates say their efforts have gained some momentum with the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd. SENT Tuesday, photos.


Amazon-Palm Concert Ticket: Your palm could soon be your ticket into a concert. Amazon says it is bringing its palm-recognition technology to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver and it will be available at other venues in the coming months. It’s the first time the technology, called Amazon One, will be used outside some of Amazon’s stores, where shoppers can pay for groceries and snacks by swiping their palms. SENT Tuesday, photos.


NerdWallet-Liz-Weston-How-To-Negotiate: How to negotiate your way to a richer life. By Liz Weston of NerdWallet. SENT Monday, 840 words, photo.


In case you missed it:

PETS: Our Neighbors’ Cat.

GARDENING: When It’s Dry.

HOMES: Treehouses; Hurricane Ida-Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

FOOD: Amazon-Cashier-less-Whole-Foods; Food-MilkStreet-Chicken Snow Peas; McDonalds Vegan Burger.

PASTIMES: Virus Outbreak-Packed Stadiums.

PARENTING: TV-Cartoonito.

CARS: Behind-the-Wheel-Green Car-Myths.

TRAVEL: Sept 11-Air Travel; Western Wildfires-Abandoned Adventures.

NY FASHION WEEK: New York Fashion Week began Tuesday, Sept. 7, and continued throughout the week. The provided daily coverage with text, photos and video.

WORK: Changing Economy-Office Newbies.

NATURE: Climate-Trout Stream Trouble.

HEALTH: Virus Outbreak-Viral Questions-Long COVID-Kids; Virus Outbreak-Viral Questions-Mu Variant.

PARALYMPICS: A Different Battlefield.

RELIGION: Growing Up Sikh American; Sept 11-Muslims in America.


MONEY: NerdWallet-Millennial Money-Impulse Spending; NerdWallet-Kimberly Palmer-Fall Money Checklist.

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