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NEW ORLEANS (AP) \u2014 Solange Knowles is looking for New Orleans-area vocalists, guitarists and keyboardists to be a part of the singer-songwriter's new band.

According to the website Saint Heron , the New Orleans-based artist on Thursday put out a call for vocalists and instrumentalists between 18- and 35-years-old to be a part of her musical team.

Anyone interested in auditioning should send a three-minute video to skauditions@gmail.com. Details for in-person auditions will be disclosed to those who are selected from the initial submission process.

Solange has lived in New Orleans for the past three years.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Teyana Taylor has some practical advice for her mentor Kanye West.

The singer-dancer, who has performed with the Grammy-winning artist, wants him to take his time recovering.

\"Take however much time you need, you know. Time heals all,\" Taylor told The Associated Press on the red carpet Friday for the \"VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night\" show.

\"He's a workaholic. He worked his (expletive) off. And if he needs to get his mind right, then I think everybody should respect that and let him do that,\" Taylor said.

Last month, West was hospitalized in Los Angeles after displaying erratic and angry behavior. It forced him to cancel the remaining 21 dates on his tour.

Taylor said she's stayed in touch with West.

\"I sure have. That's what family is supposed to do. He definitely knows that his friends and his family's in his corner for sure,\" Taylor said.

Taylor and West won best dance performance at the Soul Train Awards for \"Fade.\"

The 25-year-old singer-dancer is the newest member of the VH1 Divas club, performing with Mariah Carey, Vanessa Williams, Chaka Kahn, and Patti Labelle.

\"Patti and (the others) told me I was a diva in training. So they're teaching me the ropes right now, so that's always a good look\"

___

Follow John Carucci at http://www.twitter.com/jacarucci

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Automobilemag.com describes the Volkswagen Thing as the \"illegitimate love child of a corrugated shipping container and a dumpster.\"

But what's it like to drive?

Slow. Unsafe. And amazing, says auto writer and YouTuber Doug DeMuro.

See his full review above, or find more of his work at AutoTrader.com/oversteer.

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SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) \u2014 Country music artist Granger Smith was able to continue performing after falling from a stage in New Jersey, but was later hospitalized.

A spokeswoman said in a statement Smith shared on Twitter that he fell while singing at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville on Friday night.

Smith was being treated for two broken ribs and a punctured and partially collapsed lung.

Smith was standing on an audio monitor when it gave way and he fell into a metal barricade. He got back up and continued performing.

He says he took a pretty hard spill but hopes to be out of the hospital soon to head home to his family in Texas.

Shows this weekend in North Carolina and Texas were canceled. Information about future shows will be released later.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 As a prominent advocate for human rights, the poet Rose Styron knew well the abuses in Fidel Castro's Cuba and the censorship of artists and publications with dissenting views. But when she and her husband, author William Styron, were invited to meet him in 2000 she didn't hesitate to accept.

\"He was an interesting, controversial, obviously very intelligent and charismatic figure,\" she says of Castro, who died Nov. 25 at age 90. \"And in the back of my head, I was also thinking there might be a way to persuade him not to put people in prison for free speech.\"

For the Styrons and other artists, Castro was a contradiction they never quite resolved, a man equally hard to embrace or to ignore. He was the bold revolutionary who defied the U.S. government and inspired the left worldwide and the long-winded despot who drove out Eliseo Alberto, Daina Chaviano and other prominent writers and reminded artists of the right-wing leaders they had traditionally opposed.

But Castro was intriguing to the creative community in part because he was intrigued in return. Ernest Hemingway fished with him. Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were early visitors after Castro took power in 1959 and Gabriel Garcia Marquez a longtime supporter. Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and other jazz musicians performed in Cuba. Norman Mailer, who met Castro in the late 1980s, would list him along with Charlie Chaplin, Muhammad Ali and Ezra Pound as among the four great geniuses he knew personally.

Many had mixed feelings. \"Ironweed\" novelist William Kennedy shared happy memories of speaking for hours with Castro when both were at the home of Garcia Marquez, but also called some of his actions \"abhorrent.\" Harry Belafonte discussed everything from rap music to Hollywood movies with Castro, but could never fully accept him.

\"Fidel was so charismatic, his energy so powerful, his legacy in some ways so admirable, in other ways so sad,\" Belafonte wrote in his memoir \"My Song,\" published in 2011. \"I genuinely liked him, but I can't say he was my role model.\"

Belafonte and others followed a similar pattern with Castro, initial exhilaration over the Cuban revolution giving way to disillusion, if not outright rejection. Todd Tietchen, author of \"The Cubalogues: Beat Writers in Revolutionary Havana,\" says that Allen Ginsberg and other poets were drawn to the \"politics of style \u2014 beards, berets, long hair\" that Castro and his ally Ernesto \"Che\" Guevara helped personify. But while visiting in the mid-1960s, Ginsberg saw gays rounded up and sent to work camps. He quickly, and publicly, became a government critic.

\"He called Castro's heterosexuality in question, confessed that he wanted to sleep with Che, and challenged the Castro government to invite The Beatles to play a national concert in Cuba as he thought the band's long hair and their 'high tender voices' might insert some much-needed androgyny into the island's culture,\" Tietchen says. \"When Castro finally had enough, he had Ginsberg seized and placed on the next plane out of Cuba.\"

When the Styrons arrived in 2000, their entourage included Garcia Marquez and playwright Arthur Miller, who would describe their time with Castro in a long essay published in The Nation. Miller, who died in 2005, wrote that he had anticipated a stale affair in the spirit of his encounters with Eastern European leaders.

\"I expected to have to do a lot of agreeable nodding in silence to statements manifestly silly if not at times idiotic,\" he explained in his essay. \"Unelected leaders and their outriders are unusually sensitive to contradiction, and the experience of their company can be miserably boring.\"

Rose Styron noted that she had attempted to visit Cuba before, on behalf of Amnesty International, but the government rejected her application for a visa. When she finally saw Castro, she was surprised by the neatness of his appearance, a well-tailored suit and not the fatigues of his earlier years.

Castro's guests dined on \"fantastic shrimp and spectacular pork, dream pork,\" Miller wrote. The meal wasn't boring, but it was long and exhausting. For hours, Castro expounded about the world, whether the CIA or the intransience of the Russians. He had clearly kept track of his guests' whereabouts earlier in the day and found time to tease Styron about her visit with a local dissident.

\"He said, 'I know that from 2 to 3 you went to the park and from 3 to 4 you went to the museum,'\" Styron says. \"Then he asked, 'What did you do from 5 to 6? Were you shopping?'\"

By 2 a.m., Garcia Marquez was apparently sleeping and Castro's underlings fighting to stay awake. With the leader \"in full flight, borne aloft by a kind of manic enthusiasm,\" Miller summoned enough courage and energy to tell his host that he had had enough.

\"I raised my hand and said, 'Please, Mr. President, forgive me, but when we arrived you will recall that you said I was 11 years, five months and 14 days older than you,'\" Miller wrote. \"I paused, struck by his sudden brow-lifted look of surprise or even some small apprehension at the interruption. 'It is now 15 days.'\"

Castro laughed and sent everyone home.

Recalls Styron: \"His cabinet did everything but stand up and cheer.\"

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MARIN, Calif. (AP) \u2014 The secretive \"Star Wars\" spinoff movie \"Rogue One\" just got a little more tangible.

Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled 28 minutes of footage for reporters on Friday at Skywalker Ranch, teasing the origin story of the band of rebels who aim to steal the plans for the Death Star \u2014 the event that sets into motion the plot of the original 1977 \"Star Wars.\"

The footage skipped around in time and story line, but essentially sets up a world on the brink of rebellion. The Empire's agents are everywhere, with stormtroopers roaming the streets searching for dissidents.

We meet the protagonist, Jyn Erso, as a young child whose parents, Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) and Lyra (Valene Kane), are of particular interest to the Empire, and specifically Ben Mendelsohn's Director Orson Krennic. Without revealing anything else, it's the specific origin story that still eludes audiences when it comes to the most recent \"Star Wars\" heroine, Rey. But twists and turns seem to await spectators in \"Rogue One,\" which finds a grown Jyn (Felicity Jones) in cahoots with the rebel alliance on a dangerous mission to try to stop the Empire from building their planet destroyer.

Director Gareth Edwards introduced the footage Friday, joking that they thought about showing 30 minutes but decided they needed to save something. The film was screened for the cast recently, but few have seen the final product, which will premiere Dec. 10 in Los Angeles before hitting theaters Dec. 16.

The highlight reel set the stage for many of the principle characters, like Diego Luna's street smart Alliance Captain Cassian Andor, Forest Whitaker's extremist Saw Gerrera and Donnie Yen's mysterious, blind Chirrut Imwe. It also established a world that will look quite familiar to anyone who's seen the 1977 \"Star Wars.\" Costumes, characters, and sets from that first film \u2014 and some of the prequels \u2014 populate this universe, including Alliance leader Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) and Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) and a few other cheeky surprises.

\"Rogue One\" also takes audiences to planets and environs that aren't standard settings in \"Star Wars\" films, including a beach and a bustling marketplace.

\"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story\" is the first of three planned spinoff films set inside the \"Star Wars\" universe, including a young Han Solo film set for 2018. The so-called anthology films are separate from the main trilogy, which kicked off last year with \"The Force Awakens,\" and will continue next year with \"Episode VIII.\"

\"We're on sacred ground here,\" Edwards said, pointing to a seat the middle of the theater where he said George Lucas would watch and edit his films.

Edwards said he pitched his vision for the film to Lucasfilm development executive Kiri Hart on the Skywalker Ranch campus.

Now that the film is finally finished, Edwards said the experience \"feels like the end of something.\"

But, he added, \"if you do 'Star Wars' right, it's more like the beginning.\"

___

Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

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Your bedroom is the last space you see before you fall asleep at night, and the first space you see when you wake up in the morning. When your bedroom starts to feel stale, there are plenty of affordable ways to spruce up the space. Here are ten easy ideas that won\u2019t break the bank.

1) Clear up any clutter.

Cleaning and organizing your bedroom can make a big impact on a tiny budget. Store worn clothing in a decorative laundry basket, and tackle that perilous shoe pile in your closet with an over the door organizer.

Blue & White Striped Collapsible Laundry Basket available from Amazon

Clear Over The Door Shoe Organizer available from Amazon

2) Switch out your duvet cover.

Your bedding is often the largest textile in your room, so switching out your duvet cover can give your room a completely different look in just a few minutes. If you have a solid duvet, try something with a pattern. If you have a floral duvet cover, switch it out for something bold and geometric.

Chic Home 3 Piece Geometric Diamond Reversible Queen Duvet Cover Set available from Amazon

3) Throw on a new throw pillow.

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You don\u2019t need to scale a pillow mountain every time you get into bed, but a throw pillow or two can be a fun way to show off your personality. Throw pillows are also great for budget decorators, because you can switch them out with pillows in your living room every few months to make the rooms feel fresh again.

Compass and Arrow Throw Pillow Cushion Cover available from Amazon

4) Make the room come alive with living plants.

Adding a few small living plants to your bedroom will help you breathe a little easier at night by naturally cleaning the air in your room. Picking an interesting decorative planter is also an affordable way to spruce up your bedroom.

Handmade Geometric Wood Succulent Planter available from Amazon

5) Or add a fresh vase of flowers.

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If you don\u2019t have the right natural light or a green thumb to keep living plants looking lively, pick up or cut a small bouquet of fresh flowers to display in a decorative vase.

Set of 3 Decorative Crackled Vases available from Amazon

6) Upgrade your lighting.

Changing out bedside table lamps is a budget-friendly way to give your bedroom a new look, and wall sconces with adjustable arms work as perfect reading lights.

Plug-in Wall Sconce with Swing Arm available from Amazon

7) Surround yourself with soothing scents.

Placing a few scented candles around the room can turn your bedroom into a soothing sanctuary. Pick scents to help you relax in the evening, or wake up in the morning.

Paddywax Apthecary Collection Orange Zest & Bergamot Candle available from Amazon

8) Make the space feel larger with mirrors.

In small bedrooms, hanging mirrors can make the room feel larger without any renovation. Whether your style is rustic or minimalist, there are affordable mirrors to suit your taste.

Rustic River Mirror With Wood Border in Distressed White Finish available from Amazon

9) Add an area rug.

You don\u2019t have to break the bank to find an area rug for your bedroom. There are plenty of attractive options at budget-friendly prices. A rug adds warmth to hard flooring in winter, and is another way to show off your personal style.

Safavieh Adirondack Collection Ivory and Silver Vintage Style Area Rug available from Amazon

10) Hang a dramatic piece of art.

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Sprucing up your bedroom can be as simple as adding dramatic art above your bed. With a variety of affordable prints available, you don\u2019t need to blow your budget to find a fun piece.

Handmade Monstera Leaf Print available from Amazon

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Calling all buck hunters.

The Quad-City Times big buck contest continues through Jan. 5.

Successful participants must register and weigh their field-dressed buck at B&B Shooting Supplies, 2152 State St., Bettendorf. There is no registration fee.

Winners in three different categories \u2014 archery, muzzleloader and shotgun \u2014 will be determined at the end of the season based on weight as measured by staff at B&B. Winners will receive a gift certificate worth up to $500 toward the purchase of a new bow from B&B.

Entrants must comply with the state hunting regulations, and only game taken during the 2016-17 season will be eligible.

Entrants are limited to antlered deer taken in the following counties:

Iowa

\u2022\u00a0Scott

\u2022\u00a0Clinton

\u2022\u00a0Muscatine

\u2022\u00a0Cedar

Illinois

\u2022\u00a0Rock Island

\u2022\u00a0Henry

\u2022\u00a0Whiteside

Jeff Wells, who has owned the shop for the past 10 years, said he considers big bucks to weigh between 200 and 225 pounds.

\u201cThey\u2019re always out there, but we\u2019ll see them more when we get closer to rut,\u201d said Wells, who added deer mating season occurs during November.

Participants also are encouraged to submit photos to the Times\u2019 Digital Editor, Ryan Jaster, rjaster@qctimes.com. Please include name of hunter, date and location of kill. Submitted photos might be published online and in print.

At the end of deer hunting season, the Times will run a full page featuring all the winners.

To learn more about the contest, contact B&B at 563-355-4867. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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