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Ballet offers video as 'Nutcracker' canceled

Staff, News services

Fort Wayne Ballet has canceled in-person productions of “The Nutcracker” due to new guidelines and protocols from health officials, but will offer a virtual screening of the ballet.

“The decision has been heart-wrenching and difficult,” artistic director Karen Gibbons-Brown says in a news release. “As scenarios keep changing, we felt in order to move forward we must offer this production virtually instead of in person. As disappointed as we all are, it is a gift for us to be able to still offer this treasured holiday tradition to Fort Wayne and far beyond.”

The staged performances had been scheduled for Dec. 4 to 13. Ticketholders can donate the cost of their ticket and recieve access to the video or request a refund from the ArtsTix Community Box Office by Dec. 3.

Other members of the public who wish to view the video can recieve access with a donation of $50 or more at Viewing will be open from 6 p.m. Dec. 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and 6 p.m. Dec. 11 to 6 p.m. Dec. 13.

The video is a full-length production of “The Nutcracker,” which was recently filmed.

Booker winner

Scottish writer Douglas Stuart won the Booker Prize for fiction Thursday for “Shuggie Bain,” the story of a boy's turbulent coming of age in hardscrabble 1980s Glasgow.

Stuart, 44, won the prestigious $66,000 award for his first published novel, the product of a decade of work. He was the only U.K.-born author on a U.S.-dominated list of six finalists for the prize, which is open to English-language novels from around the world.

A fashion designer who is based in New York, Stuart drew on his own experiences growing up gay in economically ravaged Thatcher-era Glasgow for the story of young Shuggie and his relationship with his alcoholic mother, Agnes. Stuart dedicated the book to own mother, who died when he was 16.

“My mother is in every page of this book, and without her I wouldn't be here and my work wouldn't be here,” said Bain, who declared himself “absolutely stunned” to win.

The novel's sweep, vivid characters and unflinching look at poverty have been compared to the work of Charles Dickens.

Cardi B honored

Cardi B has only released one major single this year – the hit “WAP” – but it's enough for Billboard to name her Woman of the Year.

Billboard announced the honor Wednesday and the Grammy-winning rapper will be celebrated at the music brand's 15th Annual Women in Music Event, which will stream live on Dec. 10 at at 8 p.m.

Jennifer Lopez will receive the Icon Award and Dolly Parton will be given the Powerhouse Award.

'Interior' wins

Charles Yu's “Interior Chinatown,” a satirical, cinematic novel written in the form of a screenplay, has won the National Book Award for fiction.

Tamara Payne and her father the late Les Payne's Malcolm X biography, “The Dead Are Arising,” was cited for nonfiction and Kacen Callender's “King and the Dragonflies” for young people's literature.

The poetry prize went to Don Mee Choi's “DMZ Colony” and the winner for best translated work was Yu Miri's “Tokyo Ueno Station,” translated from Japanese by Morgan Giles.

Laureate re-ups

U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo will serve a third, one-year term and has launched an online project that celebrates Native American poets around the country.

Her reappointment was announced Thursday by the Library of Congress, and her new term begins in September.

Harjo's project is called “Living Nations, Living Words.” It features a digital map of 47 contemporary writers and audio of the writers reading and discussing an original poem.

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