Lucas abandons plan to build museum in Chicago after lawsuit

CHICAGO -- "Star Wars" creator George Lucas announced Friday that he has abandoned plans to build his art museum in Chicago, blaming delays over a lawsuit from a parks group opposed to development along the city's prized lakefront.

The filmmaker said in a statement he would take his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to his home state of California, but he did not name a specific location. He blamed Chicago's Friends of the Parks group for suing to stop construction on what is currently a parking lot for the NFL football stadium, Soldier Field.

PBS 'Hamilton' to have 15 minutes of show

NEW YORK -- Time has nearly run out to see the original "Hamilton" cast on Broadway, but a PBS special this fall on the Tony Award-winning musical will feature at least 15 minutes of performance footage with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team.

PBS announced its "Great Performances" series episode featuring "Hamilton" months ago, but time has only increased its resonance. Since then, the show has won 11 Tonys, a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy.

Washington, Dunham, Gomez are faces of new LeanIn campaign

LOS ANGELES -- Kerry Washington, Lena Dunham, Emma Watson, Selena Gomez and Serena Williams say help from other women has been critical to their success.

The stars appear in a video released Thursday by LeanIn.org to promote its new "Together Women Can " campaign.

Shrimp and Jazz Festival set for Saturday

he Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival is set for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Before the festival starts, junior high and high school students can participate in a jazz workshop 9-11 a.m., said festival co-director Shari Davis.

After the workshop these students have the opportunity to be the first ones on stage performing for the festival when the doors open. The workshop is open to the public, Davis added.

LCLT opens 'Louisiana Back Porch'

A look back at the chaotic times following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — and the perseverance needed to move on from it — are the subjects of “Louisiana Back Porch,” a play to be performed at Lake Charles Little Theatre this weekend.

The plays were written by Adley Cormier during the recovery period following the storms. They follow repair shop owners Pookey Ledoux and Troy Baker, their wives Lurchal Ledoux and Bettie Maxfield Baker, who run the Back Porch Cafe, and retired teachers Max Poland and Sister Mary Claude, who are brought together after Hurricane Katrina. The play consists of three one-act