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Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The charges published Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in […]

Favorite nonfiction from 2018, from Princess Margaret to a Silicon Valley scammer

2018 brought much to enjoy in the way of nonfiction. Here are seven books that drew in Seattle Times literary critic Mary Ann Gwinn.

The year in books: What Seattle Times arts writers read and loved in 2018

Seattle Times arts writers weigh in with their favorite books that came out in 2018 — and the titles that we just happened to get to this year.

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson dies at 81; she turned songs into stories

Nancy Wilson, whose skilled and flexible approach to singing provided a key bridge between the sophisticated jazz-pop vocalists of the 1950s and the powerhouse pop-soul singers of the 1960s and ‘70s, died Thursday at her home in Pioneertown, California. She was 81. Wilson’s death, which came after a long illness, was confirmed by her manager, […]

Trump’s search for a new chief of staff has reality TV feel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Serious contenders are hiding from view. Celebrity hangers-on are applying via Twitter. Fresh names circulate practically on the hour. And the man in charge is stoking much of the confusion. President Donald Trump’s hunt for a new chief of staff has taken on the feel of a reality TV show. No leading […]

Behind CBS’ secret $9.5 million settlement with ‘Bull’ actress

Details of the settlement emerged during an investigation of “cultural issues at all levels of CBS.”

‘The Mule’: Brakes should’ve been applied to this drug-running drama

Clint Eastwood is known for his ruthless efficiency as a filmmaker, but “The Mule” feels dashed off at best, barely even a movie. It’s a strange rough draft, poorly executed and disastrously performed, despite the starry cast. Rating: 1 star out of 4.

Ellen DeGeneres is not as nice as you think

Ellen DeGeneres, 60, is preparing to release her first comedy special in 15 years and is considering a much bigger change, retiring from the long-running hit show that bears her name. She’s been receiving conflicting advice and has changed her mind more than once.

Seattle Critics Poll 2018: The individual ballots

We asked Seattle-area critics to submit their picks for the best local albums of 2018. Check out the top 20 here and see how each critic voted below. Matt Ashworth, Nada Mucho publisher 1) Chong the Nomad – Love Memo EP 2) Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy 3) Constant Lovers – PANG 4) Richie […]

‘Mortal Engines’ rolls out a big post-apocalyptic mess

From the makers of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” comes this tale set more than 1,000 years in the future. With the exception of a rolling city, it has precious little to distinguish it from other, better post-apocalyptic films. Rating: 1 star out of 4.

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard. Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at […]

Holiday revue review: Dina Martina’s fresh show at ACT, Scott Shoemaker’s merrily chaotic cabaret at Re-bar

Some 20 years ago, Dina Martina started parading her subversive holiday self around the Re-bar, saving us all. This year, she finds a new holiday home at ACT, and Scott Shoemaker brings a très gay cabaret to the Re-bar.

Seattle-area music and nightlife events, Dec. 14-20: Allen Stone, ‘Maldoggies Family Christmas’ and more

Seattle is a city rich with live entertainment. Almost nightly, Seattle’s stages offer a roster of regional indie-folk artists, do-it-yourself punk bands and homegrown comedians, as well as nationally touring pop stars. To that end, choosing something for your night out can be a daunting task. This weekly guide can help by filtering for recommended […]

The best Seattle albums of 2018: Critics choose the top 20 releases of the year

From Grammy-nominated vets to breakout up-and-comers, the top 20 albums highlight the breadth and depth of our local music scene. Sit back and enjoy the results of the only democratic process the Russians (probably) didn't meddle with.
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