Dylan portraits to go up at London gallery

LONDON — Portraits by Bob Dylan are going on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The 72-year-old singer-songwriter has been exhibiting his artworks for the past six years, but these 12 new pastel sketches have not been shown before.

The display is a departure for the gallery, which showcases portraits of prominent Britons. The gallery says Dylan’s images are “an amalgamation of features the musician has collected from life, memory and his imagination and fashioned into people, some real and some fictitious.”

Art historian John Elderfield, who helped bring the works to London, said the paintings were “products of the same extraordinary, inventive imagination” that wrote Dylan’s songs.

“Bob Dylan: Face Value” runs Aug. 24 to Jan. 5.

Gibson Brothers lead Bluegrass Award noms

— The Gibson Brothers and Balsam Range are the top nominees for next month’s International Bluegrass Music Awards.

The Gibson Brothers are up for eight awards, including entertainer of the year, an award the group one last year. Balsam Range, Blue Highway, Dailey & Vincent and The Del McCoury Band round out the nominations for entertainer of the year.

The Gibson Brothers are also nominated for best vocal group, album and song of the year.

Balsam Range is up for seven awards. Three other groups, including Alison Krauss & Union Station, are nominated in six categories for the Sept. 26 awards in Raleigh, N.C.

The Steep Canyon Rangers will host the show. Tony Rice and Paul Warren will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.

Seigenthaler to host Al-Jazeera newscast

NEW YORK — Former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler will host Al-Jazeera America’s central nightly newscast when the network goes on the air next Tuesday.

Al-Jazeera has announced the hiring of several U.S. television veterans for its new network. Until this week it had said little about what its schedule would look like.

Seigenthaler’s hourlong show will air at 8 p.m. It will be followed by a magazine-style show anchored by Joie Chen called “America Tonight.”

Other weeknight programs include a business-oriented show with Ali Velshi and a talk show with Antonio Mora.

Associated Press