People: New arts, activism award named after Lena Horne

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New arts, activism award named after Lena Horne

The venerated Times Square concert venue The Town Hall has created a new award to honor arts and activism, a prize to be named after Lena Horne.

The Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact will recognize those who "promote awareness and create social change." The inaugural winner will be honored in February.

The prize's advisory board includes Horne's daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, as well as Harry Belafonte, Billy Porter, Judy Collins, Deesha Dyer, Roxane Gay, Bob Santelli, Bruce Cohen, Jose Antonio Vargas.

Lumet Buckley says her Tony- and Grammy-winning mother didn't chase fame. "It was about advocating for equality and justice and I am so proud that her legacy will continue through the Lena Horne Prize."

Prize was created by Michael Matuza, Jeb Gutelius and The Town Hall.

Contestant on 'Jeopardy!' moves Trebek

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek got choked up when he read the final response from a Brown University student who wanted to show support as he battles pancreatic cancer.

The emotional moment came in Monday's episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur's final answer.

Instead of writing a correct response, Gaur wrote "We love you, Alex!" He substituted a heart in place of the word love.

Trebek's voice cracked slightly as he thanked Gaur, telling him, "That's very kind."

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Gaur was eliminated in the semifinals for the Tournament of Champions. He tweeted that Trebek had just "shared with us that he was reenteering treatment" and "we were all hurting for him so badly."

Trebek announced in September he had resumed chemotherapy.

The Final Jeopardy clue had sought the title of a groundbreaking 1890 expose of poverty in New York City slums.

Kristofferson gives surprise performance at bar

Kris Kristofferson surprised customers when he performed with an acoustic guitar at a North Dakota bar after a band taped a request to the singer-songwriter's tour bus.

Kristofferson stopped at Dempsey's Public House in downtown Fargo on Saturday night and asked to sing with the band 32 Below.

KFGO-AM reports the band had taped a note to Kristofferson's tour bus door. The note said the band was "huge fans" and "would be absolutely stoked" if Kristofferson came to the bar and allowed them to buy him "a beer or five."

Dempsey's General Manager Jeff Fonder says Kristofferson performed "Me and Bobby McGee."

32 Below later said on Facebook: "We played a legendary song with the legend who wrote it!"

Kristofferson was in town to perform at the Fargo Theatre.

Today's birthdays: Actress Kathleen Hughes ("Babe") is 91. Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis is 85. Writer P.J. O'Rourke is 72. Pianist Yanni is 65. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 58. Actor Josh Duhamel (film's "Transformers," TV's "Las Vegas") is 47. Comedian Vanessa Bayer ("Saturday Night Live") is 38. Actor Graham Patrick Martin ("Major Crimes," ''Two and a Half Men") is 28.

— The Associated Press


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