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Published: Tuesday, 3/20/2012

Biographer to discuss book in Monroe Co.

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

Biographer Harriet Reisen will discuss her book and documentary, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Monroe County Community College.

The free event in the La-Z-Boy Center Meyer Theater will include a screening of her movie. The documentary premiered on the PBS American Masters series in December, 2009.

The presentation is part of the One Book, One Community of Monroe County program to promote reading.

Progressing

The comedian Gallagher is telling jokes after being taken out of a medically induced coma that doctors put him in following his heart attack last week in Texas.

Doctors slowly woke up Gallagher on Sunday morning. His promotional manager, Christine Scherrer, says Gallagher immediately recognized his family and started talking to them. She says he's breathing on his own, moving, and joking around.

The comedian, whose full name is Leo Anthony Gallagher, is known for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer.

Scherrer says Gallagher had two stents replaced after collapsing Wednesday before a performance at Lewisville bar, near Dallas. Gallagher had a minor heart attack last March after collapsing while performing in Minnesota.

Back to work

Beyonce is set to return to the stage for the first time since giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy.

The Grammy winner will perform three concerts in New Jersey in May at Atlantic City's Revel Resorts. Revel said Monday that the shows will be held over Memorial Day weekend for the premiere of the $2.4 billion resort.

Beyonce gave birth to her first child in January. She is married to rapper Jay-Z.

Tickets for the May 25 through May 27 concerts go on sale April 6. Beyonce will perform in the Ovation Hall, which has 5,050 seats.

The singer released her fourth album, the platinum-seller "4," in June.

Birthday boy

Jerry Lewis did not turn 86 quietly.

The comedian and filmmaker flew in to New York from Las Vegas for an hours-long celebration Friday night.

It started with an onstage interview at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y, then continued in midtown at the Friars Club, where hundreds gathered to sing happy birthday to Lewis, who added his trademark goofy voice. Wearing a dark blazer and bright red shirt, Lewis sat at a corner table in the club's Frank Sinatra room, with Richard Belzer and Robert Klein among those at his table. His meal included a slice of birthday cake, a three-tiered production decorated with movie stills, a microphone, and miniatures of the performer.

Lewis is known for such movies as The Nutty Professor, and for hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Association's telethon.



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