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Norman Rockwell Museum has has received a $1.5 million grant from the George Lucas Family Foundation

George Lucas is an avid collector of Norman Rockwell's work. The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, announced it had received a $1.5 million grant from the George Lucas Family Foundation. The grant will be used to develop a set of interactive educational resources -- namely mobile device-friendly virtual and augmented reality apps -- for the museum's permanent collections and special exhibitions.


New York's Met is sued over Picasso sold in Nazi, Fascist era

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan was sued on Friday for the return of a Pablo Picasso masterpiece allegedly sold under duress in 1938 because of Nazi and Fascist persecution in Europe. A complaint was filed in Manhattan federal court by the great-grandniece of Paul Leffmann, a Jewish industrialist from Germany who once owned "The Actor," a rare work from Picasso's Rose Period in 1904 and 1905. Laurel Zuckerman, who handles estate matters for Leffmann's widow Alice, is alternatively seeking more than $100 million of damages.

Van Gogh paintings stolen in 2002 found in Italian farmhouse

Director of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum Axel Rueger, center, stands next to the paintings Congregation Leaving The Reformed Church of Nuenen, left, and 1882 Seascape at Scheveningen by Vincent Van Gogh, during a press conference in Naples, Italy, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The paintings which had been stolen in an Amsterdam museum in 2002, were recovered by Naples investigators among the assets of a Camorra group. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP) ROME (AP) — Police investigating suspected Italian mobsters for cocaine trafficking discovered two Van Gogh paintings hidden in a farmhouse near Naples, masterpieces that had vanished in 2002 during a nighttime heist at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, authorities said Friday.


Pittsburgh symphony musicians reject pay cuts, go on strike

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians went on strike Friday after unanimously rejecting calls for a 15 percent pay cut, but management contends those cuts and others are necessary because the orchestra is more than $20 million in debt.

Nobel Literature Prize announcement pushed back to Oct. 13

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has the best chance at winning this year's Nobel Literature Prize according to the bookmakers. Good things come to those who wait, and the saying may ring true for the next Nobel literature laureate as the prize will be announced on October 13, a little later than usual, the Swedish Academy said Friday. The prestigious Nobel Literature Prize, first awarded in 1901, has traditionally been announced on a Thursday, generally the first one during the same October week as the other prizes created by Alfred Nobel. The date change has to do with "arithmetic" and the calendar, academician Par Wastberg told AFP.


Missing Van Gogh paintings turn up in Italian mafia country house

Director of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum Axel Ruger poses next to a painting by the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, that was stolen in Amsterdam 14 years ago, during a news conference in Naples By Toby Sterling and Steve Scherer AMSTERDAM/ROME (Reuters) - Two stolen Vincent Van Gogh paintings worth millions of euros were found in an Italian country house belonging to an alleged mafia drug smuggler, police said on Friday, 14 years after they disappeared in a daring heist in Amsterdam. Italian investigators displayed the recovered artworks - a sea scene and a church where the painter's father was minister - to reporters in Naples, saying each was worth an estimated 50 million euros ($56 million). "It is a great day for us today to see the works and to know that they are safe and that they are in safe hands," said Axel Ruger, director of Amsterdam's Van Gogh museum, who was present when the paintings were shown to reporters.


AP PHOTOS: Artist gets out his boxing gloves to create

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 Omar Hassan punches the canvas to paint his creations in his studio in Milan, Italy. When he creates art work, Omar Hassan doesn’t get out paint brushes. He gets out his boxing gloves. Hassan, a 29-year-old artist and boxer, has combined his two passions, with the goal to bring the disciplines closer. Hassan, born in Milan to an Italian mother and Egyptian father, creates the works by dipping his glove in paint, and punching the canvas stretched over cardboard to keep it from breaking. He calls the series ‘’Breaking Through Milano’’ His paintings sell from 8,000 to 40,000 euros, which he calls ‘’a great satisfaction, but not the goal.’’ (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) MILAN (AP) — When he creates artwork, Omar Hassan doesn't get out his paintbrushes; he gets out his boxing gloves.


Literature Nobel to be announced Oct. 13, later than usual

FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 file photo of the 2015 Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus, left, receives the award from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, during the 2015 Nobel prize award ceremony in Stockholm. The panel that awards the Nobel Prize in literature says this year's winner will be announced on Oct. 13, a week later than in previous years. Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg confirmed the date to The Associated Press on Friday Sept. 30, 2016.  (Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency, File via AP) STOCKHOLM (AP) — The panel that awards the Nobel Prize in literature says this year's winner will be announced on Oct. 13, a week later than in previous years.


Museum planned in suburban New York to honor Navy SEALs

SAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A new museum is being planned in suburban New York to honor Navy SEALs.

Amsterdam museum says 2 stolen Van Gogh paintings have been found by Naples anti-Mafia police

ROME (AP) — Amsterdam museum says 2 stolen Van Gogh paintings have been found by Naples anti-Mafia police.

Brussels to get Pompidou Centre art museum

Brussels to get Pompidou Centre art museum The European "capital" of Brussels is going to get its own version of the Pompidou Centre, the contemporary art gallery in Paris that has become one of world's biggest cultural attractions. The new Pompidou branch will be housed in a landmark building which residents of Brussels more closely associate with grease and grime, a 16,000 square-metre car garage on the banks of the city's rustbelt canal. "The Brussels region and the Pompidou Centre have signed a deal for the creation of a Pompidou Centre Brussels at the heart of a cultural hub," the Paris-based museum said in a tweet.


NYC children's museum features election-themed documents

NEW YORK (AP) — The Children's Museum of Manhattan is teaching kids with hands-on political history.

George Takei gives personal collection to Los Angeles museum

FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, actor George Takei attends the premiere of "Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures" in Los Angeles, Calif. Takei is donating a trove of art and artifacts from his life and career to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The museum announced the gift Wednesday, Sept. 28, and said the collection will be featured in an exhibition,“New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei” opening March 12. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor and activist George Takei is donating a trove of art and artifacts from his life and career to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.


Iraq opens new antiquities museum in Basra

An invited guest from British Museum, right, and an official from Iraq Museum look at antiquities on display at a newly opened museum in the southern city of Basra, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Iraq inaugurated the new antiquities museum in Basra on Tuesday, with pottery, statues, coins and other artifacts dating back more than 2,000 years. Only one hall was opened due to a shortage of funds. The museum is housed in one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces, which had briefly served as a mess hall for British troops after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that overthrew him. It will showcase artifacts dating back to 400 B.C. that tell the history of the oil-rich city on the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani) BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq opened a new antiquities museum in the southern city of Basra on Tuesday with pottery, coins and other artifacts dating back more than 2,000 years.


Lyric Opera staging 2 epics in 1 season

This undated image released by the Lyric Opera of Chicago shows the late Johan Engels' set design for Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of Wagner's "Das Rheingold," which opens their season on Oct. 1. It's one of two ambitious 19th century epics on the company's schedule this fall, along with Berlioz's "Les Troyens." (Lyric Opera of Chicago via AP) CHICAGO (AP) — The stagehands were having trouble fitting a missing chunk of Carthage into place, but Michael Smallwood wasn't worried.


Bowie's art collection goes on view in New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Air Power" is displayed at the Bowie/Collector media preview at Sotheby's in New York, on September 26, 2016 Hundreds of pieces of art collected by late rock legend David Bowie went on display Monday in New York ahead of an auction, including works by modern greats Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst. Bowie, who died in January from an undisclosed battle with cancer, avidly followed the art world but was discreet about his buying. "His attitude to collecting represents his attitude on music-making -- he's not afraid to look at things outside the mainstream," said Simon Hucker, senior specialist in modern and post-war British art at Sotheby's which is running the auction.


Bums and cash set tongues wagging at UK's Turner Prize

Visitors look at an installation entitled "Project for a Door" by artist Anthea Hamilton, during a photocall for the 2016 Turner Prize, at Tate Britain in London on September 26, 2016 A giant backside, a mountain of money and chastity belts suspended from a ceiling: the Turner Prize once again looks set to divide the contemporary art world after unveiling the finalists in London on Monday. The four shortlisted artists have each taken over a room at Tate Britain, filling the famous gallery with all manner of materials, shapes and surprises for an exhibition that organisers hope will promote debate about art when it opens to the public on Tuesday. The prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition, and has become synonymous with controversy in its 32-year history with previous winners including contemporary art agents provocateurs Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.


Celebs Take Us Behind the Scenes at African American Museum Opening

Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Shonda Rhimes and David Oyelowo attended.

Phantom of the Opera 'curse' hits as fire menaces Paris debut

"The Phantom of the Opera" composed by Britain's Andrew Lloyd Webber was due to open at the Mogador theatre in Paris on October 13 but a blaze that started under the stage of the Mogador has thrown the plan into doubt The curse of the "The Phantom of the Opera" appears to have struck again with a fire at a Paris theatre on Sunday which is threatening to derail the musical's debut in France next month. The global sensation composed by Britain's Andrew Lloyd Webber was due to open at the Mogador theatre in Paris on October 13. In 1896 a chandelier counterweight fell from the ceiling killing a patron at the Paris Opera House, inspiring Gaston Leroux to write the novel on which the "Phantom" musical is based.


Obama says new black history museum tells story of America

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the dedication of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday expressed hope that a new national museum showcasing the triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience will help to bring people together as the nation reels from recent racial upheaval. Speaking at a dedication ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Obama said that the story of black America is the story of America. "This national museum helps to tell a richer and fuller story of who we are," said Obama.


Chinese superstar Lang Lang playing Boston Symphony opener

BOSTON (AP) — A classical music superstar from China is helping the Boston Symphony Orchestra kick off its new season this weekend.

Florence museum head defends party rental in Pitti Palace

ROME (AP) — A wild bachelor's party at the Pitti Palace art museum in Florence?

Obama: African-American museum tells 'story of all of us'

President Barack Obama, left, standing next to Lonnie Bunch, right, Director of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, speaks at a reception for the museum opening at the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday celebrated the pending opening of the Smithsonian's new African-American museum and said the institution, decades in the making, is a powerful place because it tells "the story of all of us," not just the famous.


National black history museum could spur interest locally

Charles Boyles looks at the exhibition at the DuSable Museum of African American History Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The dedication of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture will be celebrated on Saturday in Washington and on Chicago's south side at one of the oldest museums of its kind. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim) DETROIT (AP) — The dedication and official opening of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture won't just be celebrated in Washington.


'Virtual orchestra' hits high notes in London

A visitor poses wearing a virtual-reality headset at the Southbank Centre in London experiencing a virtual view of the London Philharmonia Orchestra playing in the Royal Festival Hall Music fans will be able to immerse themselves into the world of an orchestra thanks to a virtual reality experience launched in London on Friday. Visitors to the Virtual Orchestra at the Southbank Centre can don virtual reality headsets and experience how it feels to be among the performers as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Sibelius's Fifth Symphony. With the headsets they are transported backstage at London's Royal Festival Hall and then into the centre of an orchestral performance conducted by the Finnish maestro.


CBS to donate Charles Osgood's bow tie to museum

FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, Charles Osgood accepts the award for outstanding morning program for "CBS Sunday Morning" at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. CBS says it will donate the bow tie that Osgood wears Sunday to host his final edition of "Sunday Morning" to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The 83-year-old newsman is stepping down, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, after 22 years as anchor of the leisurely-paced "Sunday Morning," which usually dominates the news ratings on that day.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says it will donate the bow tie that Charles Osgood wears Sunday to host his final edition of "Sunday Morning" to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.


The roving Museum of Everything gets a permanent London home, and Jarvis Cocker's blessing

James Brett and Jarvis Cocker for 'JOURNEYS INTO THE OUTSIDE' at The Gallery of Everything Registered as a British charity, the Museum of Everything has held exhibitions and installations throughout the world in Britain (London), Europe (Venice, Paris, Rotterdam), and Russia (Moscow), which have cumulatively greeted 700,000 visitors. The newly established Gallery of Everything in London is the first fixed venue and commercial space in London, its mission just as dedicated to showcasing outsider art. The inaugural exhibition, "Journeys into the Outside," will be jointly curated by former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and James Brett, who founded the Museum of Everything as a nonprofit in the UK in 2009. Amongst the gallery's visual portfolio: Howard Finster (beloved by members of the band the Talking Heads), St EOM (a self-appointed visionary whose art is not for sale), Juva (a forgotten nobleman who fanatically collected flint stones), and Aloïse Corbaz (portraitist).


Smithsonian museum also tells story of black cuisine

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Carla Hall, the Chew co-host and Top Chef alum, poses for a photo inside the North Star Cafe at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. The museum, opening later this month, will be an experience aimed at feeding the soul, literally. The Sweet Home Cafe is the museum's restaurant, with a menu featuring culturally authentic fare and modern-day-inspired foods. The restaurant is a journey through the agricultural south, Creole coast, northern states and the Southwest. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Grant grew up in Fort Washington, Maryland, but also visited his stepfather's family in Hampton, Virginia, and spent summers with his Jamaican grandmother in Philadelphia.


Art meets history in Belgian hommage to legendary art dealer

People attend the inauguration of the exhibition "21 Rue de la Boetie" on Paul Rosenberg (1881-1959), at the Musee de la Boverie in Liege, Belgium, on September 21, 2016 Legendary French art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who championed names such as Matisse, Picasso and Braque before being forced to flee Paris during the Second World War, is honoured in a new exhibition in Belgium. The exhibition is based on a book written by Rosenberg's grand daughter, the renowned French political journalist Anne Sinclair, telling the story of his gallery and the iconic artworks that passed through it. "My grandfather found himself at the crossroads of history," Sinclair told a press conference at the opening of the exhibition in the town of Liege on Wednesday.


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Auction of WWII internment camp art, mementos sparks outrage

Bay Area residents say they are shocked and outraged by an upcoming auction of personal mementos and art collected from Japanese-Americans forced into internment camps during World War II.

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Sacramento Families Of Internment Camp Survivors Demand Auction House Cancel Sale Of Art

Barbara Takei says many of those held against their will in camps produced beautiful works of art and paintings. But now many of those artifacts are in the hands of the Rago Auction House in New Jersey. It’s not revealing who the seller is.

Survey: Most Vegas Tourists Married, Many From California

Survey: Majority of Vegas tourists married, 45 years old, one-third from California

Here’s a Breakdown of the Tourists Who Visited Vegas Last Year

Most are married, and many are from California

Show spotlights work of cartoonist

MERIDEN — Combine a passion for local history along with a talent for creating cartoons and comics, and the result is an art show, called “Drawing Blood.”

5 things to do this week

14th Annual Student Art Show , opening reception at 5 p.m., today, April 15 at York Library.

Show spotlights Meriden cartoonist’s work

MERIDEN — Combine a passion for local history along with a talent for creating cartoons and comics, and the result is an art show, called “Drawing Blood.”

Santa Monica Museum of Art to leave longtime home at Bergamot Station

The Santa Monica Museum of Art is suspending operations, calling a time out to consider its options for a future away from its longtime but no longer hospitable home at the Bergamot Station art complex.

Survey: Only 12 percent come to Las Vegas mainly to gamble

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says it has a pretty good idea who visited the destination last year: 45-year-old married people making $40,000 or more with ...

Survey: Majority of Vegas tourists married, 45 years old, one-third from California

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says it has a pretty good idea who visited the destination last year: 45-year-old married people making $40,000 or more with one-third of them coming from neighboring California.

Survey: Most Vegas tourists married, many from California - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says it has a pretty good idea who visited the destination last year: 45-year-old married people making $40,000 or more with one-third of them coming from neighboring California.

Jake Epstein to debut play he co-wrote with author-mom Kathy Kacer

Former "Degrassi" star Jake Epstein is back from Broadway and about to debut a play he co-wrote with his mother, author Kathy Kacer. "It should be disastrous," Epstein says with a laugh in a phone interview.

COMMUNITY NOTES: Recycled art and fashion show set, more

Chamber sets old west casino night JURUPA VALEY – Looking for some fun in the Old West? Mosey on over to the Country Village Ballroom on Friday, April 17 ,for the Old West Casino Night sponsored by the Jurupa Valley Chamber of Commerce. The event...

'Old Guys' Paintings Displayed at Woodstock Opera House

The participants in an art show in the community room at the Woodstock Opera House during the month of April had to make a name change on the fly when one of the three participating artists backed out.

Bendy shows off crafty colours

The Bendemeer Colours of Autumn Art and Craft Show is on this week and boasts more than 300 exhibits across several categories at the Bendemeer Community Hall.

'Forbidden Broadway' comes to Jackson Stables

Kirksville Parks and Recreation is bringing a hilarious take on Broadway musicals to local audiences with its dinner theater presentations of “Forbidden Broadway” beginning this week.

The circus goes 'Xtreme' when Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey come to Las Vegas

Head on an adventure around the world when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey bring their all-new “Circus Xtreme” to Las Vegas for seven shows.

Dallas Summer Musicals - New App

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Students invited to submit art for show

Entries are still being accepted for an art show featuring the work of local students. Students can submit drawing, painting, beadwork, ceramics, pottery and sculpture to the Del Norte County Unified School District Office by Wednesday. The work will be on display at the Gallery of Arts and Culture from April 24 to May 10.