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Beyonce and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba was educational, says Treasury

Beyoncé, Jay-Z go to Cuba

Singer Beyoncé and Shawn ‘‘Jay-Z’’ Carter traveled to Cuba ‘‘pursuant to an educational exchange trip’’ organized by an authorized company, the Treasury Department said in response to inquiries from Florida lawmakers. The trip by the celebrity couple spurred widespread media coverage after two US representatives from Florida, Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, asked the Treasury who approved the travel and for what purpose. US law prohibits financial transactions for tourist activities in Cuba. (AP)

Famous shoes on auction

Sarah Jessica Parker is auctioning three pairs of shoes from her Carrie Bradshaw days to raise money for a New York high school. Her ‘‘Sex and the City’’ shoes from Prada, Jonathan Kelsey, and Dolce Vita will be sold alongside Elvis Presley’s brown leather boots, Shaquille O’Neal basketball shoes, and pink platforms that Britney Spears wore on tour. The auction benefits LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and the Performing Arts, according to a statement Wednesday from Gotta Have Rock and Roll, a memorabilia company. It will also feature Madonna’s leopard-print boots, Sylvester Stallone’s fur ones, and Eminem’s white sneakers. The sale starts on April 24. (AP)

Parker back to Broadway

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Mary-Louise Parker is coming back to Broadway in the world premiere of Sharr White’s ‘‘The Snow Geese.’’ The Manhattan Theatre Club and MCC Theater said Wednesday that previews will begin Oct. 1 and the play will open Oct. 24 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Daniel Sullivan will direct. Set as World War I rages, the play is ‘‘about a family waking up from their own personal Gilded Age as the world around them changes forever,’’ according to producers. (AP)

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