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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Nouveau riche, investors pay big bucks for artworks
A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for US$179.4 million on Monday night, and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at US$141.3 million.
Like many people, John Travolta remembers where he was when O.J. Simpson was riding in a white Ford Bronco in that infamous slow-speed pursuit in 1994 before he surrendered to police and later faced murder charges in the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef has been chosen to host the 2015 International Emmy Awards Gala in New York in November.
Musicians from the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic failed to elect their next chief conductor Monday after more than 11 hours of suspense-filled secret voting and discussions but will try again "within a year."
Elizabeth Wilson, who built a career as a character actress in films such as "The Graduate" and "9 to 5," has died. She was 94.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Controversial replica Old Summer Palace opens
A full-size replica of parts of Beijing's nationally sensitive Old Summer Palace has opened 1,000 kilometers away from China's capital, state media reported Monday, despite managers of the original threatening legal action.
The "Age of Ultron" is not over. The Avengers sequel topped the U.S. box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated US$77.2 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.
Taiwanese composer Ma Shui-long dies 75,  memorial to be staged
Prominent Taiwanese composer Ma Shui-long (馬水龍) has died at the age of 75 after a period of illness, Chew's Culture Foundation said Monday.
The American Music Program of Portland, Oregon, has won Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington high school jazz band competition after an emotional performance honoring its ailing director.
The Berlin Philharmonic's musicians are electing a new chief conductor and artistic director to succeed Simon Rattle, who will leave the orchestra in 2018.
  
  
  
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