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Cissy Houston will be honored at the Gospel Image Awards in Charlotte.

Country music’s George Strait may have quit touring last year, but he’s not done singing or performing.

It was announced Tuesday that Strait is releasing a new album, “Cold Beer Conversation,” on Friday and he’ll play a series of shows at the new Las Vegas Arena when it opens in 2016. The country music legend ended four decades of touring with his record-setting “Cowboy Rides Away” tour, but has said he’ll continue to play the occasional gig and has a deal with MCA to produce additional records. “Cold Beer Conversation” will be available at iTunes, on Apple Music and at Walmart stores.

Strait will play Las Vegas starting on April 22-23 and again on Sept. 9-10.

Singer Janelle Monae has some advice for people who avoid registering to vote: Don’t treat it like going to the dentist or the DMV.

Monae teamed up with the White House on Tuesday to motivate people to register to vote. In honor of National Voter Registration Day, Monae joined a White House conference call on the importance of registering.

Monae says that as an artist, there’s nothing more important to her than her voice. And she says that in the political process, voting gives people a voice.

Monae says she’ll be promoting voter registration at her concerts and on her website.

The White House says there are 50 million Americans who are eligible to vote who aren’t registered. Visit

— Grammy-winning soul gospel singer Cissy Houston, mother of the late Whitney Houston, will be honored at the Gospel Image Awards in Charlotte.

Houston will be the lifetime achievement honoree at Saturday’s event at the Halton Theater.

Houston was in the vocal group, the Sweet Inspirations, who performed alongside artists like Aretha Franklin and Elvis. She won two Grammys in 1998 and 1996 for traditional soul gospel albums.

Her “Covert Affairs” TV show now over, Piper Perabo will next be returning to the stage.

The Golden Globe nominee is set to star in the New York premiere of “Lost Girls” by John Pollono at MCC Theater.

The play is about a divorced couple forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions when their 17-year-old daughter goes missing during a winter storm. Previews begin Oct. 22.

The cast also includes Ebon Moss-Bachrach of HBO’s “Girls,” Megan Fahey from “Next to Normal” and Tasha Lawrence of “Good People.”

Perabo, who got her break as an aspiring songwriter in “Coyote Ugly,” also starred in 2008’s MCC Theatre’s “Reasons to be Pretty” by Neil LaBute, alongside Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski and Pablo Schreiber.

Celebrity chef Sandra Lee says she is cancer-free and feeling good months after a double mastectomy.

The 49-year-old Food Network star shared the news Tuesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Lee was hospitalized last month and had to have additional surgery after struggling with infection following her original operation in May.

She made her first public appearance since then on Sunday, when she walked the red carpet at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Lee says she will wait until next year to decide whether to undergo reconstructive surgery.

Lee is also a cookbook author and magazine publisher. She is the longtime partner of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The sun hasn’t yet set on Glenn Close in “Sunset Boulevard.”

Two decades after the show opened on Broadway, Close is to star in a London run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about a faded Hollywood star.

Close will play Norma Desmond for 43 performances at the English National Opera’s Coliseum theater starting April 1. The production will be “semi-staged,” with the opera’s orchestra onstage alongside the cast.

Close won a Tony Award in 1995 for the Broadway production of the musical, based on Billy Wilder’s 1950 film.

The London show, announced Tuesday, is a co-production between the English National Opera and the GradeLinnit Company. It will be Close’s first time on the London stage since she starred in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the National Theatre in 2002.

Associated Press