Low-key Portuguese wins Eurovision contest with tender ballad

May 14, 2017

Low-key Portuguese wins Eurovision contest with tender ballad

Portugal’s Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a gentle romantic ballad that challenged the event’s decades-long reputation for cheesy, glittery excess. Sobral sang his “Amar Pelos Dois” (“Love For Both”) in a high, clear tenor accompanied by quiet strings and ...

Defending a dying art, opera troupe tours rural China

May 2, 2017

Defending a dying art, opera troupe tours rural China

For the 50-year-old Chinese opera performer, every aspect of the dimly lit backstage room was a reminder that things had changed. The elaborate costumes carelessly thrown aside, the young troupe members playing with their smartphones, the half-eaten noodles abandoned in the corner — all ...

Rocker J. Geils dies at age 71

Apr 12, 2017

Rocker J. Geils dies at age 71

J. Geils, leader of The Geils Band, whose hard-driving hits of the late 1970s and early 1980s included “Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame” and “Love Stinks,” died on Tuesday at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, police said. He was 71. Groton police said Geils, whose full ...

At 73, Barry Manilow comes out of closet

Apr 6, 2017

At 73, Barry Manilow comes out of closet

Chart-topping singer Barry Manilow came out of the closet Wednesday at age 73, saying he kept silent on his nearly four-decade relationship with a man to avoid disappointing fans. Manilow, best known for his love ballad “Mandy” and Latin-tinged pop number “Copacabana (at the ...