Legendary songwriter John Prine will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at the historic Celebrity Theatre. Special guest Iris DeMent gets the show under way.Long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” Prine’s extensive catalog has been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon and others. With immeasurable accolades, including two Grammys and the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress and U.S. Poet Laureate, Prine is more than a musician -- he is an American treasure. Some of his best known tunes include “Hello In There,” “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery,” “Souvenirs,” “Paradise” and “In Spite Of Ourselves.”With his trademark guitar finger-picking and unmistakable songwriting voice, Prine continues to mesmerize diverse audiences with his humble poetry, describing often-overlooked crannies of everyday life. Forty years after his debut, Prine released “The Singing Mailman Delivers” (2011), a two-disc archival set featuring his earliest studio and live recordings dating back to 1970, one year before his premiere album. These tracks reveal a younger Prine as an honest and unassuming songwriter, writing words on his mail route by day and moonlighting as a folk singer in Chicago clubs at night.In 1971, Prine and his friend Steve Goodman had each been active in the Chicago folk scene before being “discovered” by Kristofferson. Kristofferson remarked that Prine wrote songs so good that “we’ll have to break his thumbs.”Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets ($43, $58 and $78) are available at Celebrity Theatre or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600, Ext. 1. All tickets are subject to a surcharge. Celebrity Theatre is four blocks south of the Loop 202 freeway, at 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix.Danny Zelisko has been bringing shows to Valley since 1974, and is celebrating his 40th year promoting concerts. He founded and ran Evening Star Productions up until 2001 when he sold his company, having presented some 10,000 performers during that time. Zelisko hosts a weekly radio show, Phoenix Finest Rock, every Thursday night at 8 p.m., heard locally on 93.9 FM, or on the Internet at www.KWSS.org. For information, visit www.dannyzeliskopresents.com.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.
Excerpts released Wednesday of Cosby's deposition from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand quote Cosby as saying he feared the public would believe her sexual-assault accusations if the Enquirer published similar claims by Beth Ferrier. Both women accused Cosby of drugging and molesting them.
"Did you ever think that if Beth Ferrier's story was printed in the National Enquirer, that that would make the public believe that maybe Andrea was also telling the truth?" Cosby was asked.
"Exactly," Cosby replied, according to court motions initially filed under seal and made available from archived federal court records.
Cosby, in the deposition, said he had a contract with the Enquirer.
"I would give them an exclusive story, my words," Cosby said in the Sept. 29, 2005, deposition. In return, "they would not print the story of — print Beth's story."
The release of the documents comes after Cosby this month was shown on an Associated Press video trying to persuade the news cooperative not to use his response when asked this month about sexual-abuse allegations.
"I would appreciate if it was scuttled," Cosby said in a videotaped exchange with the AP on Nov. 6.
Cosby said in 2005 he had been given a draft of Ferrier's interview with the Enquirer and was told she had passed its lie-detector test. He said he also was given an advance look at his exclusive, titled "My Story," which warned that he would defend against anyone trying to "exploit" him.
Constand later sued Cosby and the Enquirer, alleging defamation. The claims were consolidated with her sexual-assault lawsuit against Cosby and were settled.
Email messages seeking comment Wednesday from the National Enquirer's editor and spokeswoman were not immediately returned.
Cosby had said at his deposition that Constand and her mother asked only for an apology in early phone calls about the issue in January 2005, and he said they received one.
"Andrea's mother said, 'That's all I wanted, Bill,'" Cosby testified.
Constand's lawyers argued in their defamation suit: "Requesting only an apology is not the action of an extortionist or someone who wants to 'exploit' a celebrity."
They said that Cosby later called back and offered to pay for Constand's "education."
Constand had met Cosby through her job with the women's basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia, and she said he sexually assaulted her at his nearby home in 2004. She quit the job and moved home that year, and she first filed a report with Ontario police on Jan. 13, 2005, and filed a federal civil suit that March. After prosecutors near Philadelphia decided not to file criminal charges, several other women came forward to support Constand's claims, including Ferrier.
Ferrier has gone public about what she called her brief affair with Cosby when she was a model in 1984. She said that he once drugged her coffee during an encounter in Denver and that she woke up hours later in the backseat of her car with her clothes disheveled. The Enquirer in 2005 withheld her story and instead published Cosby's account, in which he said, "Sometimes you try to help people and it backfires on you and then they try to take advantage of you."
In the legal deposition, taken at a Philadelphia hotel, Constand's lawyer asked Cosby if he tried in the Enquirer article "to make the public believe that Andrea was not telling the truth?"
"Yes," Cosby replied.
Constand's civil lawsuit grew to include nine women willing to testify about allegations of sexual assaults involving Cosby. Some came forward after a suburban Philadelphia prosecutor declined to file criminal charges over Constand's police complaint.
A comedian this year referenced the accusations anew in a performance, prompting some of the suit's Jane Doe witnesses to reveal their names and other women to raise new accusations.
Cosby has refused to discuss allegations raised in recent weeks by numerous women.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — If hops make you hot, and you like your men like your beer — stout — these guys have just the thing for you.
A group of brawny, bearded brewers from the Sheboygan area has posed mostly nude for a calendar that is raising money for charity.
The 2015 Brew Men Calendar features 11 brewing professionals from 3 Sheeps Brewing, 8th Street Ale Haus and Plymouth Brewing Co. Proceeds from the calendar, which can be bought online or at various bars, grocers and liquor stores in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, will be donated to the Movember Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on men's health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer.
Unsurprisingly, the idea came about when they were enjoying a few beers. After Kurt Jensen, owner of 8th Street Ale Haus, began talking to some of his brewing buddies about doing charity work, the group of beer-lovers eventually came up with something similar to a swimsuit calendar.
Grant Pauly, founder of 3 Sheeps, said he hopes the calendars will raise awareness and stimulate conversations about men's health, he told Sheboygan Press Media (http://shebpr.es/1xTr2us ).
"I was down in Chicago when someone who saw the group photo on our Facebook page came up to me and we ended up having a 20 minute conversation," he said.
The photos were shot in early October by a professional photographer who doubles as a beer enthusiast. Each month of the calendar depicts a different step of the brewing process.
Jensen said convincing the guys to take off their clothes for a good cause was easier than he expected, and Pauly agreed.
"Putting the calendar together, that was pretty easy," said Pauly. "We have the most difficult part ahead; getting the word out."
The calendar marks the first fundraising effort of Brewers Against Bad Things, a group that Pauly and Jensen recently founded to raise money for charitable causes.