Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2
Jan. 27: Actor James Cromwell ("Murder in the First," ''Babe") is 79. Actor John Witherspoon (TV's "The Boondocks," ''Friday") is 77. Drummer Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is 75. Singer Nedra Talley of The Ronettes is 73. Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 71. Country singer Cheryl White of The Whites is 64. Guitarist Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters is 64. Actress Mimi Rogers is 63. Guitarist Janick Gers of Iron Maiden is 62. Singer Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 58. Keyboardist Gillian Gilbert (New Order) is 58. Actress Tamlyn Tomita (TV's "Teen Wolf") is 56. Actress Bridget Fonda is 55. Actor Alan Cumming ("Spy Kids") is 54. Singer Mike Patton (Faith No More) is 51. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 51. Rapper Tricky is 51. Guitarist Michael Kulas of James is 50. Comedian Patton Oswalt is 50. Actor Josh Randall ("Ed") is 47. Country singer Kevin Denney is 41. Drummer Andrew Lee of St. Paul and the Broken Bones is 33. Drummer Matt Sanchez of American Authors is 33.
Cuban dancers return to island that once spurned them
HAVANA (AP) — As a young dancer compared with ballet legends Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rolando Sarabia made headlines around the world when he abandoned Cuba in 2005 for a career in the United States.
He didn't dance in his homeland for 13 years, banned as part of a wider Cuban punishment of citizens who illegally left the country.
Latvia grants citizenship to dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Latvia on Thursday paid tribute to Mikhail Baryshnikov by granting citizenship to the ballet dancer, choreographer and actor who was born in the Baltic nation when it was part of the Soviet Union and later became a U.S. citizen.
The unanimous decision by lawmakers was made in recognition of Baryshnikov's civic involvement and his "voicing of political beliefs in support of democratic values and human rights."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Jessica Lange is being honored with a lifetime achievement award from a Rhode Island theater group.
The Trinity Repertory Company says it will award the actress its Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts at a ceremony at Providence's WaterFire Arts Center on May 22.
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again. There is a daunting task for every dancer that carries the heavy, Russian weight of performing Swan Lake. They follow in the footsteps of giants such as Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and are also tasked with performing one of the most technically grueling and revered ballet storylines in the dance canon.