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September 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Following a highly public spat last year with advocacy groups for Latino Americans, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., announced Thursday that its annual honors recognizing artists in various fields will feature two Latino names. Musician Carlos Santana and opera singer Martina Arroyo are among the five talents recognized in the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. The other honorees are Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. The annual ceremony is scheduled to take place Dec. 8 at the Kennedy Center and will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 29. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times In 2012, the Kennedy Center was criticized by two Latino advocacy groups for the lack of Latinos in the awards' 35-year history.
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April 3, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Get ready for another late-night shake-up. David Letterman is preparing to retire from "The Late Show" in 2015, the comedian announced Thursday.  The host, who turns 67 this month, plans to say goodnight to his hosting duties once his current contract expires next year. The news, which first leaked via Twitter, was later confirmed by Tom Keaney, a spokesman for Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants. Before a "Late Show" audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan, Letterman revealed how he had called CBS chief executive Les Moonves to say he would be retiring.
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December 3, 2012 | By August Brown
The surviving members of the English rock group Led Zeppelin climbed an exalted stairway on Sunday. No, not that one . But the group did arrive in person to receive the Kennedy Center Honors in a ceremony hosted by President Obama in Washington D.C.. The mega-selling act, known for its punishing blues riffs and wails from Robert Plant that became classic-rock staples, was lauded along with guitarist Buddy Guy, ballerina Natalia Makarova, David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman.
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December 30, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A nail-biter of a football game ruled Sunday night in TV ratings as the annual Kennedy Center Honors fell from last year.  The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22, drawing plenty of viewers for NBC's "Sunday Night Football. " According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen, the match-up attracted an average of 23.9 million viewers in prime time and a rating of 8.1 in the key 18-49 demographic, way up from last week.  The contest earned a household rating of 16.8, the third-biggest number this season for the NBC Sunday night NFL package.  GRAPHIC: Best of 2013 | Entertainment and culture Going against the big NFL game from 9 to 11 p.m., the 36th annual Kennedy Center Honors on CBS drew a 0.9 rating among young-adult viewers and an average of 7.1 million people overall.
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September 12, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now. It's just a spring clean for the May queen. Or something. Led Zeppelin's lyrics may mystify occasionally. But there's no doubting that the British heavy-metal gods knew how to wring pure dramatic power out of Jimmy Page's intricate guitar fingerings, Robert Plant's tenor shrieks, John Paul Jones' ferocious basslines and the late John Bonham's brilliant baroque drumming. So there's a certain poetic justice in the fact that Led Zeppelin is being honored this December by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts alongside another musician known for his primal urgency, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy. Whether loudly bemoaning his woman troubles or bringing his guitar down to a hushed confessional, Guy has been praised by Page himself (among many others)
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January 8, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
After receiving criticism from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the Kennedy Center is revisiting its artist selection process for the Kennedy Center Honors.    The Kennedy Center has announced that an 11-member artist advisory panel along with Kennedy Center board members will review the way the Kennedy Center selects honorees. Among those on the review panel are Broadway actor Rául Esparza, actress Debbie Allen and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Representatives of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture will be on the panel, as well as Joseph Polisi, president of the Juilliard School in New York.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures The Kennedy Center said it also has formed a Latino advisory committee, which will meet quarterly, to help foster collaboration with the Hispanic community.
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December 25, 2012 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Toddlers & Tiaras: A pageant in Lexington, Ky., is the setting for this new episode (9 p.m. TLC). Cheer Perfection: Alisha brings in a super tough coach to whip the team into shape in this new episode of the reality series (10 p.m. TLC). Fast Foods Gone Global: This new installment looks at how American-based restaurant chains alter their menus to please European palates (10 p.m. Travel)
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December 2, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Dustin Hoffman may be winning a Kennedy Center Honor, but on the awards gala's red carpet Sunday he said he's not thinking much about his legacy as an actor. In his profession, he said, nothing lasts long. "Like signing your name on cake in icing on a hot July day," said Hoffman, who also commented on meeting President Obama for the first time earlier in the evening. "He said, 'I didn't know you were so short'; I said, 'I didn't know you were so tall.'" (The actor and the president are 5-foot-5 and 6-foot-1, respectively.)
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December 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - Dustin Hoffman was praised for his perfectionism as an actor and David Letterman was applauded for "original and crazy" television comedy as they and five other artists were celebrated Sunday at the annual Kennedy Center Honors gala here. The honorees, seated with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, were rounded out by Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova and three British rockers from Led Zeppelin. The awards show leapt from the grace of the pas de deux to the growl of the blues, punctuated with some raucous laughter in between.
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December 30, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A nail-biter of a football game ruled Sunday night in TV ratings as the annual Kennedy Center Honors fell from last year.  The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22, drawing plenty of viewers for NBC's "Sunday Night Football. " According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen, the match-up attracted an average of 23.9 million viewers in prime time and a rating of 8.1 in the key 18-49 demographic, way up from last week.  The contest earned a household rating of 16.8, the third-biggest number this season for the NBC Sunday night NFL package.  GRAPHIC: Best of 2013 | Entertainment and culture Going against the big NFL game from 9 to 11 p.m., the 36th annual Kennedy Center Honors on CBS drew a 0.9 rating among young-adult viewers and an average of 7.1 million people overall.
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September 24, 2013 | By David Ng
The 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, who were announced Tuesday evening, feature a distinguished honor roll of 24 recipients in various fields of study. Among the recipients this year are several artists, including pianist Jeremy Denk , playwright  Tarell Alvin McCraney and ballet choreographer Alexei Ratmansky . Recipients of the award -- known informally as the MacArthur "genius" grant -- each will receive a stipend of $625,000, paid in quarterly installments over five years.
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September 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Following a highly public spat last year with advocacy groups for Latino Americans, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., announced Thursday that its annual honors recognizing artists in various fields will feature two Latino names. Musician Carlos Santana and opera singer Martina Arroyo are among the five talents recognized in the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. The other honorees are Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. The annual ceremony is scheduled to take place Dec. 8 at the Kennedy Center and will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 29. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times In 2012, the Kennedy Center was criticized by two Latino advocacy groups for the lack of Latinos in the awards' 35-year history.
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May 21, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Carol Burnett, the trailblazing comedienne whose variety show was a top draw on CBS for over a decade, was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Tuesday. Burnett, 80, will receive the award in an Oct. 20 in a ceremony to be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS. “It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington,” said the star, who clearly hasn't lost her sense of humor, in a written statement. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Despite a career that spans Broadway, film and television, Burnett remains best known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran from 1967 to 1978.
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May 17, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
After saluting just two Latino performers in 35 years with its Kennedy Center Honors awards, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says it has revised the selection process to be more inclusive. The changes were announced Thursday in a news release that didn't mention that they were sparked by Latino groups' protests last year over the dearth of Latino honorees. Plácido Domingo in 2000 and Chita Rivera in 2002 have been the only ones, out of more than 170 winners since 1978.
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January 8, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
After receiving criticism from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the Kennedy Center is revisiting its artist selection process for the Kennedy Center Honors.    The Kennedy Center has announced that an 11-member artist advisory panel along with Kennedy Center board members will review the way the Kennedy Center selects honorees. Among those on the review panel are Broadway actor Rául Esparza, actress Debbie Allen and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Representatives of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture will be on the panel, as well as Joseph Polisi, president of the Juilliard School in New York.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures The Kennedy Center said it also has formed a Latino advisory committee, which will meet quarterly, to help foster collaboration with the Hispanic community.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2012 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES Toddlers & Tiaras: A pageant in Lexington, Ky., is the setting for this new episode (9 p.m. TLC) Cheer Perfection: Alisha brings in a super tough coach to whip the team into shape in this new episode of the reality series ?(10 p.m. TLC). Fast Foods Gone Global: This new installment looks at how American-based restaurant chains alter their menus to please European palates (10 p.m. Travel)
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September 12, 2012 | By Kelly Scott
Newly named Kennedy Center honoree Dustin Hoffman is probably best-known for movie roles that include Benjamin Braddock in "The Graduate," Carl Bernstein in "All the President's Men" and Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in "Tootsie. " But his roots are in the theater, and he has occasionally returned to the stage. But before he became one of Hollywood's leading anti-heroes in '60s and '70s films, he spent two years at the Pasadena Playhouse's College of Theater Arts, where he met and befriended fellow student Gene Hackman.
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September 21, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
Two national Latino organizations say that the Kennedy Center Honors awards exclude Latinos, and they have begun a public campaign to reform the program, which celebrates lifetime achievement in the performing arts and culminates in an annual telecast of ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Felix Sanchez, who chairs the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, said Friday that George Stevens Jr.,...
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December 4, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Fresh off receiving the Kennedy Center honors this weekend from President Obama, the surviving members of legendary British rock group Led Zeppelin -- Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones -- stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater for a visit with their fellow honoree, David Letterman. First, the bad news: The group did not perform, they did not announce a reunion tour, and they did not perform any devious acts involving sharks. Nor did they open up much about their music career, their feelings about other high-profile British acts of their era, or their famously debauched past.
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