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Players present classic drama with timeless quandaries

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may have been written in the 1950s, but the story line is as relevant today as it was then. It’s a family at odds, splitting apart from lies, deceit, greed, sex, alcoholism, indifference, love, hate, life and death - situations that have plagued mankind from the beginning.

Ballet star Violette Verdy dies at age 82

Violette Verdy, the French-born New York City Ballet star and one of the leading ballerinas of the 20th century, who was also the first female director of the Paris Opera Ballet and a distinguished dance professor, died Feb. 8 in Bloomington, Indiana. She was 82.

Josefina’s lyrics dig deep into the psyche

Hailing from Buenos Aires, Josefina Asconape (who performs simply as Josefina) spent her childhood and most of her adult life living in different countries. Among the many she has spent time in (everywhere from Italy to China to Japan to Belgium), Paris appears to be the most influential in her pursuit of music. In France, she began her musical tenure singing jazz standards and French songs.

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Black history month to be celebrated at expo

A celebration of Black History Month, including Gospel singing, praise dancing, poetry reading, fitness demonstrations, a style show, food booths and vendors, will take place at the Texomaland Black Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Sid Richardson Gymnasium at Austin College.

Adolescents should be screened for depression too, says federal panel (+video)

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or to refer them to specialists who can.

Why ‘Hail, Caesar!’ lost the weekend box office battle (+video)

The Coen Brothers were no match for “Kung Fu Panda.” During its opening weekend, Ethan and Joel Coen’s comedy “Hail, Caesar!” brought in a ho-hum $11.4 million compared to the kiddie movie’s second week take of $21 million. The good news is the budget for “Hail, Caesar!” wasn’t huge, at $22 million. Still, the numbers are a bit of a shock given the much-shared marketing clip of Channing Tatum doing a song-and-dance number, the big-name cast and the rosy reviews.