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'Ms. Arnellia,' beloved St. Paul club owner, dies at 79

Listen Story audio 1min 44secThe owner of what was once known as the "Apollo of St. Paul" has died. Arnellia Allen, 79, ran Arnellia's, a nightclub and restaurant on University Avenue for 25 years. She closed it earlier this year because of her declining health. Allen was called "Momma" or Ms. Arnellia by those who knew her well. Two years ago, her business won Tavern of the Year from the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association. Plenty of famous musicians performed there, leading to the comparisons of the venue to Harlem's famed Apollo Theater. In an April interview as Arnellia's was preparing to close, Allen recalled one night when Prince, Minnesota's homegrown international superstar, stopped by. • April 28: After 25 years, closing time for Arnellia'sOwner Arnellia Allen, center, talks with longtime friend Tina Nunn, left, and niece Hazel Bowie at Arnellia's Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul April 27, 2017. Courtney Perry for MPR News"He came i..

Musician Rick Latham returns to Shelby, offers encouragement to students

Wade Allen WadeAllenStar Touring and studio drummer Rick Latham stopped by Shelby High School on Monday to share encouragement with students interested in music. Burns High students joined student musicians, singers and aspiring artists from Shelby High at Malcolm Brown Auditorium for a clinic and seminar. Latham has performed with recording artists including Juice Newton and the late B.B. King. He�s visiting Cleveland County for the first time since graduating from Shelby High in 1973. He performed Tuesday night at Newgrass Brewing Co. in uptown Shelby. At Monday�s event at Shelby High, he shared about his career and answered questions from students such as �Do you ever get nervous?� and �Do you make a living doing this?� �I don�t really get nervous anymore because I�ve done it my whole life. I get excited,� he said. Latham said he�s been lucky in his ..

Venezuela’s Famous Youth Orchestra Faces Tough Times

In 1975, Venezuelan musician Jose Antonio Abreu created a network of music education programs for children. It became known as El Sistema. As the director of El Sistema, Abreu was able to gain government support for the network, and turn it into one of Venezuela’s model programs. Abreu died March 24 at age 78. Now, El Sistema’s new director, Eduardo Mendez, promises to continue the program's tradition of musical excellence and social service. Mendez said the program must overcome Venezuela’s severe economic crisis. The crisis has forced hundreds of musicians to leave the country. El Sistema now includes about 300 community schools. The network has given children in poor neighborhoods a chance to study classical music. It has produced world-famous musicians, including the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel. But Mendez says leading the orchestra network through Venezuela's social and economic crisis will not be easy. He says that 8 percent of the program..

MICHAEL SCHENKER: 'I Became Famous Without Asking For It'

Michael Schenker says he "became famous without asking for it." The legendary German guitarist, who first appeared on SCORPIONS' 1972 "Lonesome Crow" debut, earned acclaim in the 1970s on classic UFO albums such as "Phenomenon" and "Lights Out" before rejoining SCORPIONS for 1979's "Lovedrive". He departed soon thereafter to launch MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP. And while his sometimes-erratic behavior have derailed parts of his career, Schenker remains one of hard rock and metal's most influential axemen. In a recent interview with Alex Irons of Total Rock Radio (hear audio below), Schenker was asked what fans can expect from MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST's debut album, "Resurrection". "It's like, obviously, there's four singers on there," he said. "A couple of songs, I was hoping for three where everybody sings together, so I didn't want to make it three songs for each singer, but I wanted to make it colorful, combine it a bit. We combined some backing vocals. I ..

Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens: Tears, tweets and memories

CLOSE Rod Rosenstein testifies before the House Judiciary Committee; The Smithereens lead singer dies at 62; Al Franken's replacement named Pat DiNizio and the Smithereens(Photo: COURTESY OF The Smithereens) Like the Smithereens song, it was a day of drowning in tears. Musicians, celebs, music fans and hometown friends are mourning the passing of Pat DiNizio, the lead singer of the Smithereens who died on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the age of 62. They ranged from famous musicians who cited DiNizio as an influence, to fans who met DiNizio at one time, and subsequently spent a few moments with the gregarious rocker. DiNizio lived in his hometown of Scotch Plains. More: Pat DiNizio, voice of the Smithereens, has died "I was fortunate to get a chance to meet him once and have a long conversation about - mostly normal stuff," tweeted one fan. "He was generous with his fans, and his lyrics always spoke to me in ways that few other song writers can." Sad to hear about #PatDiNizio - I was for..

Celebrity deaths in 2017: Looking back at the famous figures we lost

The world lost acclaimed actors, iconic musicians, beloved comedians and legendary athletes in 2017. Here's a look at the famous figures who passed away. Click through to read full obituaries. Gene Cernan Gene Cernan, 82, the last astronaut to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," died on Jan. 16. NASA / dapd via AP John Hurt John Hurt, 77, the acclaimed prolific English actor of stage and screen whose credits included "Midnight Express," "The Elephant Man" and "Alien," died on Jan. 25. Alessandra Tarantino / AP Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore, 80, the pop culture icon who co-starred on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and became a torchbearer for women with "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died on Jan. 25. Bettmann / via Getty Images Richard Hatch Richard Hatch, 71, star of the original science fiction cult series "Battlestar Galactica" and its Syfy remake, died on Feb. 7. Gabe Ginsberg / FilmMagic/Getty Images Bill Paxton Bill Pax..

The famous faces and the unsung heroes from Greater Manchester who died in 2017

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'On Your Feet!': Broadway musical coming to the Peace Center, tells Gloria Estefan's story

CLOSE Meet arts & entertainment reporter Donna Walker BART BOATWRIGHT/Staff "On Your Feet!" opens Dec. 26 at the Peace Center.(Photo: Matthew Murphy) The Broadway musical “On Your Feet!” tells the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, who emigrated to the United States from Cuba and went on to form the mega-successful Latin pop group Miami Sound Machine. But unlike many productions that chronicle the rise of famous singers, this one has its own approach to the music, and it’s not chronological, said Clay Ostwald, music director for Miami Sound Machine. The book for “On Your Feet!” which opens Dec. 26 at the Peace Center, was written by Alexander Dinelaris, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of the film “Birdman.” And Dinelaris started by going through the Miami Sound Machine catalog, from the early 1980s onward. “He went back through the catalog of music, back to the early ’80s, and started picking songs that might help him tell the story of what he wanted to do with the book,” Ostwald said ..

The Ballard Institute Presents THE DINOSAUR SHOW By Mesner Puppet Theater

As part of its popular, family-friendly Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series hosting acclaimed puppeteers from around New England and beyond, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present The Dinosaur Show by Missouri's Mesner Puppet Theater on Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. Make no bones about it -The Dinosaur Show is sure to tickle your funny bone and stimulate your imagination! Mesner Puppet Theater reaches into the past using hand, rod, shadow, and bod..

‘He looks like a ferret’: Famous musicians read out ‘Mean Tweets’

Jimmy Kimmel has brought back a hilarious segment, "Mean Tweets", this time featuring a variety of famous musicians. Artists including Pink, Fall Out Boy and Nick Jonas and many others are seen reading aloud 'Mean Tweets' sent from haters about themselves on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The video begins with Jonas reading from his phone screen, "Nick Jonas was cute back when he was in the Jonas Brothers but now he looks like a ferrit (sic)." Eventually, it's the Beautiful Trauma singer turn who reads, "Pink makes music for obnoxious white bridal parties that drunkingly walk into a Denny's and ruin everyone's evening," the singer read, laughing. "I would have said Waffle House, but whatever." The members of Fall Out Boy gather around to read a bitter tweet saying, "Fall Out Boy is the Comic Sans MS of music. They are both entirely overused." The clip ends with the American punk rock band Green Day, with this Twitter user not even able to consistently spell the band'..

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