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Monday, December 22, 2014
Calligraphers cry foul as Vatican closes scrollmakers
Rino Pensa and son have been making papal parchments for decades, crafting hand-painted blessing scrolls in Italy that are purchased by the faithful around the world to celebrate marriages, baptisms and anniversaries.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Miyamoto on 'amiibo,' 'Zelda' and 'Mario' movie
Shigeru Miyamoto seems giddy -- and with good reason.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
'Annie' is a gritty, hard knock, no fun adaptation
It's impossible to talk about "Annie" without admitting up front when you first experienced John Huston's 1982 film.
The loss of individuality in small-town America takes a beating in "Pocatello," a new play by Samuel D. Hunter, whose dark comedy "The Whale" was well-received off-Broadway in 2012. The death of local culture and small family businesses by relentlessly advancing big-box franchises is the villain in Hunter's quirky, sometimes bleak new work.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Female art focus in mafia heartland
In the unlikely setting of one of Italy's mafia heartlands, a major exhibition of modern artworks by and about women has opened with organizers billing it as the biggest ever of its kind.
An avant-garde painting lost for nine decades until a Hungarian researcher spotted it being used as a prop in the Hollywood film "Stuart Little" was sold for over 200,000 euros Saturday at an auction in Budapest.
The United States is calling for a French auctioneer to halt a sale of artifacts made by Native American tribes set for Monday and instead help items be returned.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
More than 200 queries received from possible heirs regarding Nazi-era art hoard: task force
A task force investigating the provenance of priceless paintings found in a Nazi-era art hoard said Friday it had received more than 200 queries about specific works by possible heirs.
New Ailey dance production pays tribute to civil rights icon
It would seem the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's new civil rights-themed piece, "Odetta," a tribute to the late folk singer often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The new 1 World Trade Center opened to great fanfare last month as the first tenants moved into the 1,776-foot tower through a vast lobby dominated by a monumental abstract mural. The color-splashed, 90-by-15-foot painting is among more than a dozen works selected or commissioned for the historic skyscraper.
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