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Radford Theatre earns grand prize in contest

    RADFORD, Va. (AP) — The Radford Theatre’s star continues to rise. The classic movie palace on Radford’s Main Street, which nearly closed last year after more than 75 years in business, has won a $25,000 cash award that the theater’s owners will use to re-open the long-closed balcony. The theater was one of [...]

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Bill Cosby to loan art collection to Smithsonian

  WASHINGTON (AP) — After amassing a private collection of African-American Art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition planned at the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art announced Monday that the entire Cosby collection will go on [...]

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Famous George Washington painting to be restored

  WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most famous portraits of George Washington will soon get a high-tech examination and face-lift of sorts with its first major conservation treatment in decades. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has begun planning the conservation and digital analysis of the full-length “Lansdowne” portrait of the first president that was [...]

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Maya Angelou’s work mixed with hip-hop for album

  NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou’s iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called “Caged Bird Songs.” Shawn Rivera, the lead singer of R&B group Az Yet, and RoccStarr, who co-wrote Chris Brown’s “Fine China,” produced the 13-song set, to be released through Smooch Music on Nov. 4. [...]

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