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Minister intervenes to give Chinese artist Ai Weiwei full UK visa

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei leaves the airport in Munich British Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, her government department said on Friday. On Thursday the artist, whose passport was returned by Chinese authorities last week four years after it was confiscated, said Britain had granted him only a short-stay visa instead of one granting him permission to stay for the full six months. Ai, who was detained for 81 days and had his passport confiscated four years ago, has never been charged nor convicted of a crime.


UK reverses stance on Ai Weiwei visa, grants artist 6-month stay

LONDON (AP) — UK reverses stance on Ai Weiwei visa, grants artist 6-month stay.

Grevin's first Asian museum waxes lyrical over K-pop

People take photos with a waxwork model of US President Barack Obama on the opening day of the first Asian outpost of France's famous waxwork museum, Musee Grevin, in Seoul on July 30, 2015 Psy, Paris Hilton and Queen Elizabeth II all made it, but South Korean President Park Geun-Hye turned down her chance of immortality in the first Asian outpost of France's famous waxwork museum, Musee Grevin, that opened in Seoul Thursday. The new museum's focus is firmly on the world of entertainment and, in particular, stars of the "Hallyu" or "Korean Wave" of pop songs and TV melodramas that have become the country's most potent cultural export. As a result, waxworks of global icons like Michael Jackson and Madonna rub shoulders with the likes of actress Choi Ji-Woo -- star of one of the original Hallyu dramas "Winter Sonata" who enjoys a major fan following in Japan.


Russia's Bolshoi theatre to ditch acid attack ballet chief

Bolshoi ballet artistic director Sergei Filin was left scarred and partially blind after he was doused with acid on the order of a dancer in 2013 Russia's famed Bolshoi theatre on Thursday announced it would not renew the contract of its ballet troupe's artistic director Sergei Filin who was injured in a brutal 2013 acid attack. "The general director of the Bolshoi Theatre Vladimir Urin told artistic director Sergei Filin at an end of season meeting that his contract would not be renewed when it expires in March 2016," the theatre said in a statement. Filin was left scarred and partially blind after he was doused with acid on the order of a ballet soloist in January 2013 in an attack that rocked the dance world.


Take The CBS Soap Opera Quiz: Are These Storylines Real Or Fake?

Take The CBS Soap Opera Quiz: Are These Storylines Real Or Fake? Skye Lockhart faked her own death in Genoa City before fleeing to live under the radar in tropical Hawaii. Sharon Newman had a feeling Skye was alive, and she headed to Hawaii to confirm her sinking suspicion. Shortly after arriving in the Aloha State, Sharon tracked down Skye at a nearby volcano and pulled out a camera in order to prove to Adam Newman that his former wife was still alive.


Review: "Tour" a worthy look at artist as reluctant subject

In this image released by A24 Films, Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Jason Segel appear in a scene from the film, "The End of the Tour." (A24 Films via AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment, once the cautious mutual-assessment phase is concluded and you start digging for the meat, when the subject perhaps casually reveals some illuminating aspect of him- or herself around which the entire article can be built. Those moments come thick and fast in "The End of the Tour," James Ponsoldt's exquisitely elegiac film about David Foster Wallace, examined over the course of a five-day interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, 12 years before the influential writer's suicide in 2008 at age 46.


Autopsy: Artist's 1959 death may have followed fall or push

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A forensic pathologist says the mysterious 1959 death of a Connecticut artist was the result of hypothermia but he may have been assaulted or pushed to the ground.

The Church Key’s Steven Fretz Going Full-Fish in the Arts District

The Church Key’s Steven Fretz Going Full-Fish in the Arts District The chef behind West Hollywood’s The Church Key is changing course, heading for the Arts District in Downtown. Formerly an executive chef under Michael Mina at Saltwater, Steven Fretz is certainly no fish novice. Telling the Times that Downtown is ready for the sort of restaurant he’s envisioning, Fretz lays out a menu that would include crudités, tartars, and larger fish entrees cooked in a wood-fired oven.


'Arrow' Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim On 'Pure Evil' Villain Damien Darhk

Marc Guggenheim participates in The Paley Center For Media's 32nd Annual PALEYFEST LA featuring The CW's 'Arrow' and 'The Flash' held at The Dolby Theater on March 14, 2015 in Hollywood -- Getty Images Neal McDonough is coming to "Arrow" Season 4 as Damien Darhk, and there's nothing good about the show's new villain. "Damien's a different kind of villain than we've had on the show before," "Arrow" Executive Producer and co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim told Access Hollywood recently at Comic-con. "He's not as centurion as Ra's, he's not as looney tune as Slade, he's not as -- and people will be surprised I use this word -- but he's not as noble as Malcolm Merlyn.


Wagner descendant says composer now has museum worthy of him

A visitor takes a picture of a bust of German composer Richard Wagner at the Richard Wagner Museum in Bayreuth By Michael Roddy BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - Richard Wagner's great grand-daughter Eva Wagner-Pasquier said she felt overwhelmed with emotion on Sunday at the official opening in Bayreuth of a renovated museum devoted to the 19th-century opera composer, saying it was "finally" worthy of him. Wagner-Pasquier, 70, who is stepping down as co-director of the annual Bayreuth Festival of Wagner operas which opened on Saturday, said she was moved in part by the museum, and by seeing the old family homes she used to live in again. "Finally the people here in Bayreuth understand that this is the most important composer of the world and he has to have a museum and that is done now, so it's great," Wagner-Pasquier told Reuters.


Merkel all shook up as Bayreuth opera fest opens with a bang

Chancellor Amgela Merkel (C) attends the opening of the Bayreuth Wagner Opera Festival in Germany on July 25, 2015 The Bayreuth Festival, one of the hottest tickets in the world of opera, opened with a well-received new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde" on Saturday, which also won praise from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The dark and pessimistic new reading of one of Wagner's best-loved works by the composer's 37-year-old great-granddaughter, Katharina Wagner, was greeted with cheers and generous applause at the end of the six-hour performance.


Clever Artist Carves Donald Trump's Face Into a Circus Peanut

Clever Artist Carves Donald Trump's Face Into a Circus Peanut Artist Lauren Garfinkel has been carving political statements and busts out of perishable food for about a decade. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she recently told NPR that the idea of making political art struck her "while watching news coverage of the devastation that Hurricane Katrina wrought in the Gulf Coast in 2005." Though her work revolves around powerful figures in government, her pieces sometimes don't even last long enough for her to photograph them.


New Bayreuth Wagner museum confronts family Nazi ties head on

A visitor takes a picture of a bust of German composer Richard Wagner at the Richard Wagner Museum in Bayreuth By Michael Roddy BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time. It also depicts the close ties his widow Cosima, who died in 1930, and his descendants forged with Hitler, who loved Wagner's music and regularly visited Bayreuth to hear operas in the "Festspielhaus" that Wagner designed and built in the 1870s. "When the museum was opened almost 40 years ago it was not complete," museum director Sven Friedrich said during a press tour on Friday, before the public opening on Sunday.


Get a Closer Look at Recording Artist Nicki Minaj

Minaj has won BET's Best Female Hip Hop Artist award for the past five years.

Madonna feels like Picasso, says art has no expiration date

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Madonna arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The pop icon will launch her Rebel Heart Tour this fall, which includes more than 60 shows across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna thinks artists deep into their careers should stop if they don't have anything more to say. But at 56, the singer says she still has things to talk about, and in short, she feels like Pablo Picasso.


China returns dissident artist Ai Weiwei's passport after four years

Handout photo of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei posing with his passport in Beijing By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese dissident artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei said that authorities in Beijing returned his passport on Wednesday, more than four years after it was confiscated following his 81-day secret detention. Ai, 58, told Reuters by telephone that police from the Exit and Entry Bureau, which issues passports to Chinese citizens, called him on Wednesday morning to collect his passport, which he now has in hand. The surprise move comes amid a deepening crackdown on civil society in China.


Misty Copeland Ballet Documentary Goes to Sundance Selects

The film follows the first African-American to become a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

Kentucky Opera director dies in car crash in Illinois

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Opera says its director has died in a car accident in Illinois as he was on his way home from a trip.

Artist Josh Lynch Combines Dogs and Marvel Characters and Creates Awesome Art

Artist Josh Lynch Combines Dogs and Marvel Characters and Creates Awesome Art It's the most adorable thing ever, except for Ghost Rider.


Museum at Nixon's presidential library gets makeover

FILE - This July 26, 2004, file photo shows the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif. The galleries at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum are getting a $25 million upgrade to add more audio and video features and include interactive touchscreens common to most modern museum exhibits, officials said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A museum dedicated to Richard Nixon's presidency is getting a makeover that will include interactive exhibits appealing to younger, tech-savvy visitors, officials said Monday.


Summer on Instagram: Lily Aldridge at London's Natural History Museum

A close-up of Lily Aldridge holding "The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast", illustrated by her father The American model has headed off to the British capital for the start of her summer break. Far from the exotic locales favored by her modeling counterparts, the beautiful brown-eyed brunette prefers to expand her mind at London's Natural History Museum, as seen in her latest post published to Instagram. Illustrated by her father, Alan Aldridge, the book is a clear source of pride for the American model, who remarks, "Dad's book at the Natural History Museum.


Reaching for opera stardom, inspired by Placido Domingo

Spanish tenor Placido Domingo (L) speaks to French tenor Julien Behr during a rehearsal at the Royal Opera House in London Gesticulating and breaking into spine-tingling arias, a jovial Placido Domingo coached young opera singers vying for their big break while perched on a stool in a rehearsal room at London's Royal Opera House. Frenchman Julien Behr greeted him with a "Buenos dias!" before practising an aria with the legendary Spanish tenor for Sunday's final of the Operalia competition, being held in the British capital for the first time. "You have to do it more naturally," said the bearded 74-year-old -- one of the famous Three Tenors who performed concerts at four World Cup finals along with Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti.


Symphony's Wall Street messaging system aims to widen reach

By Lauren Tara LaCapra NEW YORK (Reuters) - Symphony Communication Services LLC, a Wall Street-backed messaging and information startup, is about to start offering its product more widely. The company, which has more than 30,000 users in a "beta" version of its product, will roll out a new interface and iPhone application for them on Monday, Chief Executive David Gurle told Reuters in a recent interview. Most of the current users work at one of the 14 financial firms that invested $66 million in Symphony last fall.

Instant opera: 2 days to write, compose, rehearse, perform

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — You could call it instant opera: A New Orleans nonprofit will create and perform a pair of opera scenes with only two days to get from page to stage.

Austrian artist angers activists with dead animal show

Animal rights activists have filed a complaint against Austrian enfant terrible Hermann Nitsch, seen in Vienna on June 25, 2009, over his current exhibition in Sicily featuring dead animals on crucifixes, a spokeswoman for the artist said Animal rights activists have filed a complaint against Austrian enfant terrible Hermann Nitsch over his current exhibition in Sicily featuring dead animals on crucifixes, a spokeswoman for the artist said Thursday. The latest edition of the exhibition, which opened in the city of Palermo in Sicily last Friday, sparked outrage among animal rights groups who accused Nitsch of blasphemy and inciting violence. The exhibition was a "shame" for Palermo and in violation of the 1978 UN Declaration of Animal Rights, said Italian activist Antonio Leto who filed the complaint.


Crafty Graffiti Artist Trolls McDonald's With Its Own Emoji Ad

Crafty Graffiti Artist Trolls McDonald's With Its Own Emoji Ad McDonald's latest attempt to connect with millennials was thwarted by a prankster graffiti artist. According to Mashable, McDonald's recently had the bright idea to advertise with emojis, the language of the millennial generation. One clever graffiti artist decided to add his own twist to one of the billboard stories. McDonald's has been struggling as of late.


Artist in profile: Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe Some may already be familiar with the dark and dreamy sounds of singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, whose profile rises with each successive album she releases. The latest, "Abyss," is headed out August 7 and precedes a host of fall tour dates in North America and Europe. Chelsea Wolfe is a California-born and -based musician with an unlikely inspiration: she experiences sleep paralysis and makes hazy, intimate music that teeters between dream and reality.


Gary Mack, JFK assassination expert and museum curator, dies at 68

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Gary Mack, the former journalist who was the long-time curator of the Dallas museum dedicated to the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, died on Wednesday at the age 68 after suffering from a prolonged illness, the museum said. Mack, considered one of the foremost authorities on the assassination, was the curator of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, located in the former Texas School Book Depository Building from which the official Warren Commission concluded Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

New Blue Bell Ice Cream Investor; New Brewery for Artist Alley Project

New Blue Bell Ice Cream Investor; New Brewery for Artist Alley Project Your Bluebell ice cream fast might be coming to an end, plus more news you might have missed. BRENHAM — Blue Bell fans there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Sid Bass, a prominent  Texas businessman, has recently become an investor in the creamery.


Artist takes ax to wall of UK theater after negative reviews

LONDON (AP) — The critics bashed Douglas Gordon, and he bashed back — with an ax.

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.”

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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.

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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.
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