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Ringling Bros. shuts down the big top after 146 years
With laughter, hugs and tears -- and the requisite death-defying stunts -- the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show.
 
Shirley Temple did it barefoot. Mel Brooks wore an extra finger. Whoopi Goldberg buried her dreadlocks. Steve McQueen and actress wife Ali MacGraw did it facing the wrong way.
 
JFK home renovation castoffs are transformed into art
What once were pieces of John F. Kennedy's home are now pieces of art.
 
Venice Biennale awards German artists 2 Golden Lions
Germany has swept the 57th Venice Biennale, winning top Golden Lion prizes for the best national pavilion and best artist in the main curated show on opening day of the six-month contemporary art fair, the world's oldest.
 
Egypt's ballet dancers find passion on isolated stage
Ballet dancer Fady el-Nabarawy feels he can finally breathe again the moment he enters the gates of the Cairo Opera House after a commute from his ramshackle, poor neighborhood. This is where he and his fellow dancers practice, perform, love and create.
 
Koons unveils giant inflatable ballerina in Rockerfeller Center
Artist Jeff Koons on Friday unveiled an enormous inflatable blonde, silver-limbed ballerina in one of the busiest plazas in New York.
 
Taiwan watercolor master to exhibit in Shanghai
Acclaimed Taiwanese watercolor painter Cheng Yang-chen (陳陽春) has further expanded his influence to Shanghai with a new exhibition at Shanghai Cheng Yang-chen Watercolor Art Exchange Center (上海陳陽春水彩藝術文化交流中心) opening on May 18.
 
A timeless reverie of art
Sadly, the curtain is rapidly falling on the "Everlasting" (時 • 差) themed cavalcade of arts that is the 2017 Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA, 台灣國際藝術節). The internationally renowned festival, which began in March, is marking its ninth anniversary, with the National Theater and Concert Hall (國家兩廳院) -- which completed a three-month renovation of its theater ahead of the event -- also celebrating its 30th birthday.
 
Milan exhibition highlights odyssey faced by migrants
An exhibition in Milan is offering through the lens of 65 photographers an original look at the topic of immigration and the migrant crisis.
 
Egyptian artist paints church murals, unfazed by attacks on Christians
On a scaffold several stories high beneath the dome of a Cairo church, Ayman William paints for the glory of God, unfazed by recent attacks against his fellow Coptic Christians in Egypt.
 
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