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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Will Smith's con-man caper “Focus” disrobed “Fifty Shades of Grey” at the U.S. box office, but the film's modest US$19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.
Peking duck restaurants to open in Taiwan
Bianyifang (便宜坊), the oldest Peking duck restaurant chain with over 600 years of history, announced yesterday they are opening a new flagship store in cooperation with Hebian Food and Beverage group (河邊集團) in Kaohsiung.
Oscar-winning Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun (譚盾) is slated to cooperate with a Taiwanese orchestra and percussion group in an upcoming concert in Taipei in which he will present the Asian premiere of his concerto “The Wolf.”
Carolyn Malachi, a Grammy nominated American singer, will give a series of performances in Taiwan as part of the American Music Abroad (AMA) program, according to one of the organizers.
American singer-songwriter Christina Perri captivated her fans in Taiwan late Sunday with her first ever concert in the country, during which she rolled out hit songs including “A Thousand Years” from the blockbuster film “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.”
Monday, March 2, 2015
Belgium exports literary treasures
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Belgium” besides beer, chocolates or mussels and fries? If you visited the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE, 台北國際書展) last week, you might have found out that there are other treasures to be found when you look more closely, including Hergé, Georges Simenon, Philippe Geluck, Amélie Nothomb or Simon Leys, to name just a few.
Yasar Kemal, Turkey's literary giant, dies aged 92
Yasar Kemal, who was one of Turkey's most celebrated writers, a traditional storyteller with a social conscience and an outspoken champion of the Kurdish cause, died on Saturday at the age of 92, state media reported.
The National Museum of Iraq reopens 12 years after looting
Iraq's national museum officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the U.S.-led invasion were recovered.
He may be a Swinging Sixties icon, but British photographer David Bailey up close is a wise-cracking crank who shrugs off his immense success as one of the world's most famous celebrity photographers.
Slum girl to silver screen: Uganda's chess prodigy
Phiona Mutesi happened upon chess as a famished nine-year-old foraging for food in the sprawling and impoverished slums of the Ugandan capital.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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