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    FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017, file photo, Katy Perry arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. In an acceptance speech for an award at a Human Rights Campaign dinner on March 18, 2017, in Los Angeles, Perry said she “prayed the gay away” during her “unconscious adolescence.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

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    Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, lower right, and her husband, producer and writer Brad Hall, left, watch Northwestern play Vanderbilt during a first-round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Northwestern won 68-66. (AP Photo/George Frey)
March 21, 2017 1:01 AM

90's band booked for Foellinger

Staff, news services

 Popular 90’s band Barenaked Ladies is the newest concert coming to the Foellinger Theatre this summer.

The group will perform July 23, the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department announced today.

Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday for $89, $49 and $29 with a $3 ticket fee. To purchase tickets and to prevent overpaying from a ticket scalping site, the department recommends going directly to www.foellingertheatre.org.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling 260-427-6000 or at the parks and recreation office, 705 E. State Blvd., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Singer opens up

Katy Perry says she “prayed the gay away” during her “unconscious adolescence.”

The 32-year-old singer opened up about her sexuality and praised the gay community while receiving an award from the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Perry was born into a fundamentalist Christian family, but says she was curious about sexuality and knew it wasn’t a black-and-white issue. She referenced one of her biggest hits in telling the group “I kissed a girl and I liked it.” She added that she also “did more than that.” She says she “prayed the gay away” at Christian camps, but later met people outside of her “bubble.”

She says without people in her life from the LGBTQ community she’d be “half of the person I am today.”

More ‘Big Bang’

CBS says it has reached a deal with producers of “The Big Bang Theory” to keep the show on the air for two more years.

The network said Monday it agreed with Warner Brothers Television to extend the show that debuted in 2007. Along with the drama “NCIS,” it is consistently one of the two most popular shows on television when original episodes are aired.

No details about the agreement were released. Producers have agreements with actors Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar to continue for two more years, and are negotiating similar deals with Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

CBS will also premiere a prequel, “Young Sheldon,” next year about the character as a 9-year-old. Parsons will help narrate the series.

Happy birthday

Among today’s celebrity birthdays: Actress Kathleen Widdoes is 78. Singer-keyboardist Rose Stone is 72. Actor Timothy Dalton is 71. Singer Eddie Money is 68. Singer-guitarist Rodger Hodgson is 67. Comedian Brad Hall is 59. Actress Sabrina LeBeauf is 59. Actor Gary Oldman is 59. Actress Kassie Depaiva is 56. Actor Matthew Broderick is 55. Actress-comedian Rosie O’Donnell is 55. Guitarist Andrew Copeland is 49. Actress Laura Allen is 43. Actor Scott Eastwood is 31. Actor Forrest Wheeler is 13.