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Simon, My Morning Jacket perform at Jazz Fest
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is entering its second weekend. The seven-day festival, taking place over two weekends, draws thousands of people to the city in a celebration of Louisiana music, food and culture. A look at the festival's fifth day:
 
Obama hosts concert, turns White House into 'Blues House'
For a few hours on Friday, the White House became the Blues House.
 
400 years later, Shakespeare still heard in sports
He's the cleanup hitter of the English language, the sultan of sonnet and song.
 
Drake, one of the most successful rappers of the moment, on Friday released his long-awaited new album, "Views" -- an ode to his hometown Toronto.
 
A pop classic from the early '90s, Amy Grant's hit "Baby Baby," is getting a reboot 25 years later thanks to Grammy-nominated singer Tori Kelly.
 
Last week's column on the evolution of India's wine industry over the past three decades noted that a complicated range of taxes made wine very expensive. Indeed, taxes impact heavily on the pocket book of any visitor to that country:
 
Ai Weiwei's bronze zodiac animals grab attention in Boston
A dozen giant bronze animal heads representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac are stopping people in their tracks in downtown Boston and sparking conversations.
 
Classical Chinese painter Liao given coveted 'chief cultural ambassador' title
Showered with dozens of prizes over the past two years for his achievements in culture, literature and the arts, Taiwanese artist Liao Chun-mu (廖俊穆) has been awarded the title of Chief Ambassador of Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Chinese Culture and Arts Association (中國文化藝術協會).
 
Waltz with the stars — or their holograms anyway
You can waltz with Leo, pirouette to "Swan Lake" or join Beyonce on the disco floor. Well, your holograms can, at Tokyo's Madame Tussauds wax museum.
 
Top Paris chef Pierre Gagnaire takes reins at Bordeaux's La Grande Maison
French culinary favorite Pierre Gagnaire is to take over from the world's most Michelin starred chef Joel Robuchon at the luxury hotel and restaurant La Grande Maison in Bordeaux, wine magnate Bernard Magrez said on Thursday.
 
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