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Musicians Online Share Joy One Note at a Time

Governments both local and national increasingly have been calling on their citizens to stay home as a way to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus.  Musicians have joined the campaign.  VOA’s Arash Arabasadi turns up the volume on just a few performances …


The Show Can’t Go On: Virus Halts Circus in Netherlands

Circus Renz Berlin’s fleet of blue, red and yellow trucks have had a fresh lick of paint over the winter. But now, as coronavirus measures shut down the entertainment industry across Europe, they have no place to go.”It’s catastrophic for everybody,” said Sarina Renz, of the family circus that has been in existence since 1842.For the foreseeable future, the circus is parked up behind an equestrian center in the northern Dutch town of Drachten, waiting and hoping for an end to the crisis.The German circus’ animals, including eight Siberian steppe …


Singer-Songwriter Bill Withers Dies at 81

Singer-songwriter Bill Withers has died. He wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.”     According to a statement released from his family to The Associated Press, the 81-year-old died in Los Angeles from heart complications. “Lean On Me,” was performed at the presidential inaugurations of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Lately, people have posted videos of their versions of the song as inspiration during the coronavirus pandemic. …


Infectious Disease Expert Anthony Fauci Immortalized With Bobblehead

The director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Health, Anthony Fauci, considered by many to the be the face of the U.S. battle against the coronavirus, will be immortalized Friday with his own bobblehead figurine.The bobblehead figures are being created and marketed by the the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They will sell for $25 with $5 from each sale going to the American Hospital Association and its “100 Million Mask Challenge,” an effort to raise money for sorely needed surgical masks across …


Dolly Parton Launches Children’s Book Series Amid COVID Chaos

American country music singer Dolly Parton has launched “Good Night with Dolly,” a 10-week read-aloud series for children on YouTube and other internet platforms.“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” Parton said.  “I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love.”Parton read the 90-year-old classic The Little Engine That Could in the first episode Thursday evening.The books chosen for the series “will focus on comforting and reassuring children during the shelter-in-place mandates” put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic Parton’s Imagination Library said.The library, inspired by Parton’s father, who could …