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Nat'l Taichung Theater to start trial run Friday
The long-awaited National Taichung Theater will start trial operation Friday and will officially open on Sept. 30, with the Taichung government holding a ceremony Thursday to donate the opera house to the Ministry of Culture.
 
The 1982 vintage in Bordeaux is generally regarded as the one that brought world attention to Grand Cru Classe wines. In fact, the success that year, and in successive acclaimed vintages, may have had little to do with perfect climatic conditions but a range of other factors.
 
US gymnastics team flips out over 'Hamilton'
How do you follow winning Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics? How about a chance to see "Hamilton" on Broadway?
 
Inmate who says he's Prince's son to get new DNA test
A judge has allowed a new DNA test on a prison inmate who claims he is Prince's son and the rightful heir to the pop legend's vast estate.
 
Calligraphy master becomes museum director
Internationally-renowned Chinese calligrapher Dr. Chang Ben-hang (張炳煌) has been appointed as an honorable museum director at the China Calligraphy Museum (中國書法博物館名譽館長) in Tieling City, Liaoning Province (遼寧鐵嶺市), China.
 
Scottish-born artist Peter Doig prevails in US painting authenticity court case
A U.S. judge said Tuesday that a celebrated artist was right when he insisted he didn't paint a work now owned by a retired prison worker, a finding that likely ensures the piece will now be worth a fraction of the previous estimated value of US$10 million or more.
 
The closing of one of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants in a couple of weeks will mark the end of its fried clam strips, ice cream and other menu staples that nourished baby boomers and leave the once-proud restaurant chain teetering on the brink of extinction.
 
A hip-hop video shoot shut down parts of Route 66 in New Mexico last weekend because lowriders were driving around in circles as a crowd of hundreds twerked in the street.
 
Mario: Plumber who conquered the world
Take that, Pokemon. To promote the 2020 Tokyo Games, the Japanese premier (left) turned up at the Olympic closing ceremony dressed as Mario, the eponymous hero of the popular video game series created in 1985.
 
Satirical cartoons for the avant-garde: Ghana's contemporary art scene
A satirical cartoon depicting a celebrity in Ghana schooling a British diplomat on how to speak pidgin English won laughter and praise from the crowd at a street festival in Accra.
 
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