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  • Brelby brings Macbeth to downtown Glendale

    The Brelby Theatre Company, located in Historic Downtown Glendale, continues their eighth season with William Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, Macbeth.Free performances, lasting approximately two hours, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and Nov. 5. Afternoon performances will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 and Nov. 6.All performances will take place at the E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheatre located in Murphy Park, 58th and Glendale avenues.Performances are free admission. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, cushions, and anything else that will keep them comfortable during the outdoor performances.Something wicked this way comes - The Brelby Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s tragedy about the passion two people have for each other and the gruesome consequences when that love is linked with a thirst for power.In a world complete with supernatural spirits, the prophecy of eerie witches that Macbeth will be made thane of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland propels him down a path of tyranny, murder and madness. Join us for this epic tale of desire, betrayal and the struggle for power.

  • Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman's 75th birthday on Friday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organization that the spot should go to a real — and less sexualized — woman.The ceremony at the Economic and Social Council chamber, was marred by some 50 U.N. staffers who silently turned their back to the stage, some with their fists in the air.The super heroine's image will be used by the U.N. on social media platforms to promote women's empowerment, including on gender-based violence and the fuller participation of women in public life (using the hashtag WithWonderWoman). The push, hoping to reach young people, is backed by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., which produce both comics and films featuring Wonder Woman.But an online petition , started by U.N. staffers, asked the Secretary General to reconsider the appointment, saying "The message the United Nations is sending to the world with this appointment is extremely disappointing." As of Friday afternoon, it had more than 1,000 signatures.Honorary ambassadors — as opposed to goodwill ambassadors like Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway — are fictional characters. The U.N. previously tapped Winnie the Pooh to be an honorary Ambassador of Friendship in 1998 and Tinker Bell as the honorary Ambassador of Green in 2009. But the protest on Friday seemed to unnerve many of the U.N.'s press officers.The event brought together actress Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV series, and Gal Gadot, who has taken on the role in the forthcoming "Wonder Woman" film, as well as Girl Scouts in Wonder Woman T-shirts and U.N. staffers' kids who skipped school. Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, gave a speech in which she argued that stories — even comic book stories — can "inspire, teach and reveal injustices."

  • TV legend Carol Burnett signed to ABC sitcom project

    NEW YORK (AP) — Carol Burnett fans: You'd be glad to have some more time together with this comedy legend, and she's likely headed back to series TV in a project Amy Poehler will executive produce.Poehler publicist Lewis Kay and ABC have confirmed the project, a so-called "put pilot" deal for a multicamera sitcom.Burnett, 83, has had a six-decade run on stage, in films and especially on television, where her "Carol Burnett" variety show aired for 11 seasons on CBS, wrapping in 1979. Although she's stayed busy on TV as both an actress and comedian, her most recent series, NBC's sketch-comedy "Carol & Company," aired a quarter-century ago.Burnett has won a total of six Emmys. Earlier this year, she was presented with the SAG Life Achievement Award by Poehler and Tina Fey.

Black American journey finally enshrined in national museum

When the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture opens this week alongside the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History, it will firmly — and finally — anchor the black experience in the nation's narrative.

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