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Louisiana veteran entertains motorists with saxophone

A Vietnam War veteran has become a fixture for music lovers in his Louisiana town.

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Donald Givens plays saxophone for several hours daily in his gazebo at his Monroe residence. His yard is located near the corner of two overpasses and commuters can listen to his daily jam sessions, the News-Star reported.

Strangers pull up to his home and ask Givens to play, sometimes handing the 67-year-old money for music requests. Some residents in Monroe simply refer to him as the saxophone man.

"I don't feel famous,” he told the News-Star.

He may not be as famous as another Monroe native -- jazz tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson -- but Givens loves to create music.

In addition to the saxophone, he can also play the piano and guitar. Givens became entranced with the saxophone after hearing it during a church service, the News-Star reported.

At the same time, he started learning guitar.

"Once you know how to read music, I think you've got well over half of the battle won because you can recognize the notes to any instrument,” Givens told the News-Star. “I just needed to know where B or C was on the saxophone. I could recognize it on the sheet music.”

He started trying to copy Kenny G and other well-known saxophonists.

“When I first started, I would play inside the house. When I got pretty decent I went out to the driveway, and when I thought I was pretty good, I went out to the gazebo,” he said.

His favorite pieces to play include "Jesus, You're the Center of My Joy," " You Are So Beautiful," "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone," and "Memory."

Givens said he can play four to five hours without getting winded now, and he loves to keep practicing because there is no end goal with music.

“You can never master it,” he said. “It's unending.”

Stolen Van Halen guitar returned to Hard Rock Cafe in Texas

A guitar owned by rock ’n’ roll legend Eddie Van Halen worth more than $100,000 was recovered Friday, hours after it was stolen from a Hard Rock Cafe in San Antonio, Texas, KSAT reported.

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The guitar, nicknamed “Frankenstrat,” had been reported stolen around 1 a.m. Friday. It was returned later in the day, but it is unclear how the restaurant was able to retrieve the instrument.

According to San Antonio police, someone walked in a side door of the Hard Rock Cafe and took the red, white and black guitar off the wall, and then exited the building. An employee noticed the guitar was missing after the Hard Rock Cafe closed, police said.

The Frankenstrat guitar was one of several that Van Halen had custom built for him during his career, the San Antonio Express reported. 

Van Halen is considered one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Van Halen eighth on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

Woman must pay Katy Perry for interfering with convent sale

A jury has found that a businesswoman must pay $5 million to singer Katy Perry and the archdiocese of Los Angeles, finding that the woman intentionally interfered with the sale to Perry of a hilltop property that was once a convent.

The jury found Friday that entrepreneur Dana Hollister should pay the archdiocese $3.47 million and Perry $1.57 million for interference with contractual relations and other misdeeds.

The 33-year-old pop star has sought to buy the 8-acre property and its Roman-villa style buildings in the city's Los Feliz neighborhood for $14.5 million, and to relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by priests. Her bid has the approval of Los Angeles' archbishop.

But Hollister stepped in and attempted to purchase the property from two nuns who had lived there. A judge voided that sale earlier this year, saying the archdiocese had the right to sell the property, not the nuns.

The jury found that her actions led to Perry and the archdiocese having to pay exorbitant lawyer fees and other costs, which Hollister should get the bill for.

An after-hours message left with Hollister's attorneys seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Her lawyer Michael Geibelson said in court that she thought she had a correct and legal contract, and intended no harm.

"I don't think Dana Hollister did anything wrong as to either of these parties," Geibelson said during the trial.

Perry and the archdiocese are still working out the terms of the sale. The archdiocese needs permission from the Vatican to finalize it.

The trial moves to a second phase in December, when the jury will decide if Hollister should pay punitive damages.

The Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary have owned the property for more than 40 years, but they haven't lived in the convent for several years. Only five sisters, who are in their 70s and 80s, remain, and their order has bickered with the archbishop for years on various issues.

They objected to the sale to Perry. The nuns watched the "Roar" singer's music videos and met with her, but that only hardened their opposition to her turning their convent into her home.

Serena Williams shares wedding photos in new interview

Tennis icon Serena Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans Thursday, and gave the first official photos to Vogue magazine to share.

The ceremony was in front of 200 guests made up of family and friends -- Venus Williams, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian Anna Wintour, Ciara and the newlyweds’ 2-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. among them. 

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Williams detailed her big day for Vogue in a story published Friday.

“Alexis really wanted to do New Orleans. It’s his favorite city besides Brooklyn,” Williams said. “It’s got a heavy European influence; it’s fun and has amazing food. He just loves the vibe. The venue—the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans—was a decision we both made. Painting and art is something I’m really passionate about, so it just felt natural and different to do it at a contemporary art museum.”

The wedding date  -- Nov. 16 -- held special importance for both as it was Ohanian’s late mother’s birthday.

“Obviously, we wish that she could be here for this, but choosing her birthday as our wedding date was a nice way of making sure she’s still involved and made us feel more connected to her on our day,” Williams told Vogue.

The “Beauty and the Beast” themed wedding included a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown that Williams walked down the aisle in. The venue was designed similar to a fashion show.

“I wanted the whole thing to be as nontraditional as possible,” Williams said. “We did sofas instead of chairs, with everything facing the aisle instead of the altar.”

Baby Alexis was carried down the aisle by Williams’ mother, Oracene Price, and Williams’ best friend, Val Vogt, carried the athletes Yorkshire terrier, Chip, down the aisle. The dog, which Williams has referred to as her son, wore a tiny tuxedo and top hat.

The two exchanged personally written vows to each other before changing outfits for the reception. In between the ceremony and reception, guests were at a cocktail hour outside. A second line parade brought guests back inside, where guests dined on Southern, Armenian and Italian food at four long tables named after Williams’ Grand Slam wins.

“Serena wanted a ball, but she wanted a modern ball, not anything that was too stuffy,” event designer Preston Bailey said of the reception.

Williams changed into a custom feathered and beaded Versace dress after the couple was introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Alexis Ohanian. The newlyweds did a choreographed first dance and later in the evening danced on stage as New Edition performed.

Early Friday morning, the event ended with a surprise: Ohanian brought out a carousel for his new bride.

Read more about Williams and Ohanian’s wedding at Vogue.com.

Serena Williams marries Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans, reveals wedding dress

Serena Williams is officially a married woman, according to reports.

People reported that the tennis legend and her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, were married Thursday in New Orleans.

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Reports bubbled this week that the pair was getting married at the Contemporary Arts Center

E! News reported that the nuptials came two years after Ohanian and Williams began dating. They welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in early September.

Related: Report: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian set to wed Thursday

On Wednesday, the pair and 100 guests reportedly attended  a rehearsal dinner at Emeril Lagasse’s Meril restaurant. Eva Longoria and Colton Hayes were among those at the dinner, as was Williams’ mother, Oracene Price, and sister, Venus Williams.

Williams’ wedding gown was seen being brought into the city the same day.

Williams posted a caption-free image of her in a ball gown silhouette wedding dress on Instagram Friday. 

“Entertainment Tonight” reported that Beyonce, Venus Williams, Kelly Rowland, Lala Anthony, Kim Kardashian and Ciara were among the famous wedding guests. According to an ET source, daughter Alexis Olympia was also in attendance. 

Related: Serena Williams welcomes baby girl with fiance Alexis Ohanian

Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ tennis coach, offered the couple congratulations in an Instagram post on Thursday.

“I send you all my positive feelings for that very special day. I wish you a very happy wedding, a fantastic party and a full life of happiness,” he captioned the post.

Aly Raisman calls out sexual assault victim shamers, Gabby Douglas apologizes for response

Aly Raisman is responding to those who blame sexual assault victims.

Raisman, who just came forward with her own story of sexual abuse, shared a note on Twitter Friday in which she slammed people who question why victims do not come forward.

“Just to be clear… Just because a woman does a sexy photoshoot or wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse,” Raisman wrote. “What is wrong with some of you? AND when a woman dresses sexy it does not give a man the right to sexually abuse her EVER.”

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Raisman continued, “Women are allowed to feel sexy and comfortable in their own skin, in fact I encourage you all to wear what you feel good in. I will not put up with any woman or girl being shamed for wanting to wear a skirt, dress, etc. I do not tolerate it. Are we clear?”

“Oh and one more thing. STOP VICTIM SHAMING. It is because of you that so many survivors live in fear,” she said.

Raisman captioned the tweet, writing, “we are all in this together. If we are going to create change I need all your help.”

The Olympian came forward with allegations against Team USA doctor, Dr. Larry Nassar, and detailed some of the abuse in her new memoir “Fierce.”

Related: Report: Olympic medalist Aly Raisman claims she was sexually abused by team doctor

Despite Raisman’s request, E! News reported that her teammate, Gabby Douglas, appeared to say that how a victim dresses entices others.

“However it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy,” Douglas wrote while quoting Raisman’s tweet. “Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.”

The tweet has since been deleted, but fellow Olympian and teammate Simone Biles promptly called Douglas out and took a screenshot of the offending post.

“Shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears (because) as your teammate I expected more from you and to support her,” Biles tweeted. “I support you Aly  and all the other women out there! STAY STRONG.”

Earlier this week, Raisman appeared on “Today” and spoke out about the abuse she endured in an interview with Hoda Kotb.

“He was a doctor, and he told met that his ‘treatment’ would help heal all of my injuries. I was so young. I had never really worked with another doctor or trainer before, and everyone said he was the best. He would give me these gifts. So, I really thought he was my friend. He always seemed like he had my back,” she said, adding that now that she’s older, she understands what happened and that he manipulated her.

“These monsters are so good at manipulating you. You’re so brainwashed to think, ‘I thought he was so nice,’” she said in her interview with Kotb. “I think he’s a monster. It is so disturbing to me what he did to me and so many other people. This is so much bigger than just me. It’s such a horrific thing to happen.”

Douglas, after trying to explain her initial tweet to some followers, posted an apology.

“I am deeply sorry for coming off like I don’t stand alongside my teammates. Regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. I am WITH you,” she tweeted with “#metoo.”

Nassar is currently facing 22 counts of first-degree sexual misconduct.

December 3 White Oak Music Hall 

Danielle Bradbery’s I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET Album Release Party! 

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White Oak Music Hall

$30 VIP Album Release Party Bundle:   1 Meet & Greet with Danielle  1 General Admission Entry to Danielle Bradbery’s I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET Album Release Party  1 Commemorative Event Laminate  1 Danielle Bradbery “Sway” Hat  1 I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET Digital Album  1 I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET CD + Signed Album Booklet  Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017  Doors: 5:00PM  Performance: 6:00PM  Venue: White Oak Music Hall (2915 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009)        BUY HERE Fans purchasing this package will receive their “Sway” hat and commemorative event laminate on-site at the event. Signed CD will be shipped to arrive on or after December 1st.  NOTE: Limit of 4 bundles per fan. The name you provide for the Guest List must match the name and valid Government-issued picture ID provided during check-in at the door. You will NOT be able to change your Guest List name after check-out. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. $20 Album Release Party Bundle:  1 General Admission Entry to Danielle Bradbery’s I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET Album Release Party  1 I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET Digital Album  1 I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET CD + Signed Album Booklet  Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017  Doors: 5:00PM  Performance: 6:00PM  Venue: White Oak Music Hall (2915 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009)          BUY HERE Fans purchasing this package will receive their “Sway” hat and commemorative event laminate on-site at the event. Signed CD will be shipped to arrive on or after December 1st.  NOTE: Limit of 4 bundles per fan. The name you provide for the Guest List must match the name and valid Government-issued picture ID provided during check-in at the door. You will NOT be able to change your Guest List name after check-out. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

Country music drama ‘Nashville’ will end after season 6

“Nashville” is ending in 2018 after its sixth season.

The Tennessean reported that Lionsgate Television Group announced on Nov. 17 that the show’s upcoming sixth season will be its last

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“After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to its triumphant close at the end of the upcoming season,” Kevin Beggs, the production company’s chairman, said in a statement, according to Deadline. “We’re very proud of our incredibly talented cast and crew, the creative brilliance of our showrunners, and the loyal support of our great partners at CMT, Hulu and ABC Studios. Most importantly, we owe a special debt of thanks to the Nashville fans who propelled the series to an incredible run. We owe it to them to make the 6th season the most exciting and memorable of all.”

Variety reported that “Nashville” began as an ABC show, but was canceled by the network in 2016 after four seasons. It was picked up by CMT after an outcry from fans.

The final season will span 16 episodes. It begins Jan. 4, 2018, with the second half of the season airing in summer 2018.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes Official Music Charts for the week ending November 16, 2017:

Top Songs

1. Havana (feat. Young Thug), Camila Cabello

2. Walk On Water (feat. Beyoncé), Eminem

3. Perfect, Ed Sheeran

4. Thunder, Imagine Dragons

5. rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) , Post Malone

6. ...Ready For It?, Taylor Swift

7. Female, Keith Urban

8. Too Good at Goodbyes, Sam Smith

9. What Lovers Do (feat. SZA), Maroon 5

10. Look What You Made Me Do, Taylor Swift

Top Albums

1. reputation, Taylor Swift

2. Synthesis, Evanescence

3. The Thrill of It All, Sam Smith

4. From the Fires, Greta Van Fleet

5. ÷, Ed Sheeran

6. What If Nothing, WALK THE MOON

7. Beautiful Trauma, P!nk

8. Lambs & Lions, Chase Rice

9. Evolve, Imagine Dragons

10. Heartbreak on a Full Moon, Chris Brown

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The Latest: Ryan Seacrest denies inappropriate behavior

The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against celebrities and media (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

Ryan Seacrest is disputing an allegation that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with an employee at E! News nearly a decade ago.

In a statement Friday, Seacrest says his former wardrobe stylist made the complaint. Seacrest isn't releasing details of the allegation but says he's "truly sorry" if he made her feel "anything but respected."

Still, Seacrest disputes the allegation, which he calls reckless, and describes himself as "an advocate for women."

E! spokeswoman Joanne Park says the network is investigating.

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4:40 p.m.

A Los Angeles talent agent says allegations that he sexually assaulted actress Demi Mann are false and egregious.

Cameron Mitchell says in a statement released by a spokeswoman Friday that Mann had been "under consideration" for representation by the high-profile talent agency he worked for, Creative Arts Agency.

Mann filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that she had been sexually harassed and that Mitchell had forced her to perform oral sex on him twice. She also said she went to a bar with him and then only remembered waking up in her bed with him lying nude next to her.

Mitchell says that after he told Mann she was no longer being considered for representation by CAA she brought the allegations to CAA's human resources office.

Mann alleged in her suit that CAA ignored the allegations and "divorced itself from the matter." CAA says it launched an immediate investigation and suspended Mitchell last month

The company says Mann was never a client of the agency and that Mitchell had formed a personal relationship with her. CAA says that as of Friday, Mitchell no longer works at the agency.

CAA says it will vigorously fight the allegations made in Mann's lawsuit in court.

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4:15 p.m.

Vice Media has appointed a seven-woman advisory board to examine workplace issues at the media company following a report in The Daily Beast that Vice tolerated inappropriate behavior and harassment toward women.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who has a series on the Viceland cable network, is on the panel. Other members include Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama; Maya Harris, a senior adviser on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign; and lawyer Roberta Kaplan.

The Daily Beast said that some people at Vice cited the company's "Non-Traditional Workplace Agreement," which requires new employees to say they weren't bothered by images and information that some would consider offensive, as an excuse to overlook bad behavior.

The company has said it will investigate specific allegations of misbehavior outlined in the article, which included allegations by more than a dozen women who spoke of harassing behavior and company indifference.

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2:40 p.m.

Actress Demi Mann says she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her agent and his high-profile Los Angeles talent agency did nothing to stop it and "divorced itself from the matter" when she tried to report the assaults.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles alleges sexual battery, unfair business practices and sexual harassment.

Mann charges she was sexually harassed and then sexually assaulted by her agent, Cameron Mitchell, who works for Creative Arts Agency, LLC. She says Mitchell grabbed the back of her head and forced her to perform oral sex in June and again in August.

Mann also says she went to a West Hollywood bar with Mitchell in September and woke up later that night with no memory of what happened and Mitchell lying next to her nude.

She says she tried to report the incidents to the talent agency's human resources office, but no one would meet with her. She says the company "refused to take any action."

A representative for CAA didn't immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment Friday.

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12:05 a.m.

An actress on "Transparent" says the show's star Jeffrey Tambor pressed his body against hers in a sexually aggressive manner during filming and made inappropriate and unwanted sexual statements.

Tambor denies the allegations saying he has "never been a predator — ever."

The actress, Trace Lysette, who is herself transgender, said in a statement to Deadline Thursday that Tambor trapped her and pressed his body against hers in a sexual way on the set of the Amazon show. Lysette urged Amazon in her statement to "remove the problem and let the show go on."

Amazon says it is adding the information to an investigation of Tambor it opened last week when his assistant made similar allegations.

Tambor said in a statement that he is sorry if any of his actions have been misinterpreted or hurt anyone.

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