Rain cancels music festival acts

Thunderstorms forced the cancellation of Saturday’s late acts at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, including scheduled appearances by Stevie Wonder, rapper Snoop Dogg, Beck and others.

Overcast skies turned to rain around 3 p.m. but that didn’t stop the music as fans reveled in such acts as New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers and Hurray for the Riff Raff. But all that changed an hour later as heavier rain barred performances by Wonder and others.

“We’re very bummed,” said Laura Monsted of New Orleans. “We were waiting for Stevie.”

King celebrates 70th birthday

Royals from around the world flew in, loyal Swedes lined the streets of Stockholm and the sounds of ABBA’s Dancing Queen rang out from an army band on Saturday as Sweden celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th birthday.

After a service in the palace chapel attended by the king’s family and royal visitors from Japan, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark, the outdoor pomp and celebrations for Sweden’s monarch of 43 years included a choreographed military parade. In the palace yard, children gave the king flowers before gun salutes rang out, and he went on a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

Born on April 30, 1946, Carl XVI Gustaf ascended the throne in 1973 and married German commoner Silvia Sommerlath three years later. They have three children.

Japan loves ‘Little House’ author

South Dakota’s state-owned publishing house in Pierre is considering an offer for the rights to translate into Japanese the best-selling memoir by Little House author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Nancy Tystad Koupal, director of the South Dakota State Historical Society Press, told the Capital Journal that Japanese people are big fans of the author.

“It does not strike anybody in the Wilder world as odd,” Koupal said. “Because the Japanese are avid fans of the Little House books, and they have all been translated into Japanese.”