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Revenge, betrayal as Met Opera trilogy concludes
More than 400 years after her rule, Queen Elizabeth I will appear on the Metropolitan Opera stage this weekend for "Roberto Devereux," capping a season of fascination with the royals.
 
Cirque du Soleil will snub North Carolina after state law
The Canadian-based circus company Cirque du Soleil is canceling upcoming stops in North Carolina by two of its touring shows to protest a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.
 
Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster pastafarians first to legally tie noodly knot
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster held the world's first legally recognized marriage in New Zealand on Saturday, with the offbeat movement hailing it as a milestone toward acceptance as a real religion.
 
Stolen in '55, 'inverted Jenny' stamp resurfaces
Opening a new chapter in an infamous stamp-world mystery, a valuable "inverted Jenny" stamp has surfaced six decades after it was stolen from a collectors' convention.
 
Kneeling Hitler sculpture may auction for over US$10 mil.
A controversial sculpture of a kneeling Hitler by the edgy Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is among the highlights of a special sale at Christie's auction house in New York.
 
Fish that contain environmental pollutants may harm people who eat them by preventing the human body from doing its natural job of flushing out toxins, researchers said Friday.
 
The most legendary names in rock including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan are being lined up for a historic mega-festival, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
 
The visionary 87-year-old jazz pianist Cecil Taylor received a standing ovation as he walked slowly to the stage at the Whitney Museum of American Art, using a cane and holding his assistant's arm.
 
A Shakespearean map of the London Underground was unveiled this week ahead of the 400th anniversary of the famous playwright's death, part of a series of eye-catching initiatives to celebrate the "Bard."
 
More Western art on shopping list for China's Liu
He first stunned the auction world by snapping up hugely expensive Chinese antiquities, but now taxi driver turned tycoon Liu Yiqian is targeting Western masterpieces, saying it is his "social responsibility" to show them to China's younger generation.
 
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