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Keys tries Broadway...

Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers.

Keys, whose hits include "Fallin' " and "A Woman's Worth," will help produce the play "Stick Fly."

The Lydia R. Diamond work is described as a contemporary comedy of manners revolving around an affluent black family. Keys says it's a story that everyone can relate to.

The piece has been performed in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. It begins performances Nov. 18 in the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street and officially opens Dec. 8.

Diamond, a playwriting professor at Boston University, adapted Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" for the stage and has written "Stage Black" and "The Gift Horse."


Duhamel helps his home...

Hollywood actor and Minot, N.D., native Josh Duhamel has been named honorary chairman of a fund set up for the city's flood recovery.

In a statement, Duhamel said that he grew up in Minot and that his sister and her family lost their home to flooding from the Souris River. Duhamel says he would always consider the city home.

The fund will help Minot and the surrounding area with grants for construction materials, mortgage help, household items and other needs.

Duhamel stars in the film "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which opens Wednesday.

Niki Carlson, a program director for the Minot Area Community Foundation, which established the fund, says Duhamel was in Moscow on Sunday promoting the film.


Rubio hits sour note...

Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio was charged in Miami with refusing to comply with police officers after a traffic accident.

According to an arrest report, Rubio's BMW collided with another car Saturday near Miami's Little Havana.

When asked to get out of her car, Rubio allegedly refused, cursed at an officer and said she was nervous and that "all of you Miami cops are abusive."

The officer placed Rubio in handcuffs. The report states that Rubio screamed for help and threatened to call her attorney.

Police say Rubio eventually calmed down and apologized. She is charged with refusing to obey a lawful command, obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct.

The report says Rubio wasn't taken into custody because she needed to breast-feed her baby. She'll have to appear in court.


Palins on book tour...

Sarah Palin will be stopping by for the start of her daughter's book tour.

The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate will appear with Bristol Palin on Wednesday in Bloomington, Minn., at the Barnes & Noble in the Mall of America. HarperCollins Publishers announced Monday that the two will sign copies of their latest books.

Sarah Palin says in a statement that she is "so proud" of her daughter and " thrilled to be joining her to kick off her book tour."

Bristol Palin's memoir, "Not Afraid of Life," came out last week, and Wednesday is her first public event. Sarah Palin's "America by Heart" was released last fall. HarperCollins imprints published both books.

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