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China-based UnionPay International announced Monday that holders of their credit cards will be able to visit New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art free of charge starting on June 1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New York and over 6.2 visitors flocked in from China, the largest group of foreign visitors.
WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) — Like many rural communities, the central Iowa city of Winterset has an idyllic town square, variety stores and a historic movie theater. But Winterset also has a unique claim to fame: It's the birthplace of John Wayne, and a new museum opening here is celebrating the late actor's life, career and local connections.
The owner of Europe's largest pinball museum said Wednesday he would close the facility next month after falling foul of strict regulations on gaming arcades and casinos. Balazs Palfi, founder of the popular Pbal Gallery, which is housed in the dingy basement of a Budapest apartment building, said tax authorities were investigating him on suspicion of breaking Hungary's strict rules on revenue from gaming machines. Palfi's museum contains over 140 working pinball machines, many of them rare pieces.
The first American orchestra to tour Cuba since a historic rapprochement between the two nations received a rousing ovation late Friday from a packed house in Havana. The Minnesota Orchestra last came to the island 85 years ago -- decades before the Cuban Revolution. The orchestra received a five-minute-long standing ovation after the two-hour long performance of works by Beethoven at Havana's National Theater. Bilateral talks are scheduled Thursday as Cuba and the United States continue the process of normalizing ties.
An over-the-top reimagination of 19th century American-born artist James Whistler's iconic Peacock Room is going on display in the Washington museum that is home to the original. "Filthy Lucre" is painter Darren Waterston's take on the artist's tortured relationship with his patron, shipping tycoon Frederick Leyland, who commissioned him in 1876 to create the Peacock Room in his London home to show off his Chinese porcelain collection. "There is a harshness to this, and an ugliness to this as well, and I'm not sure how he would respond to that," he told AFP at the Smithsonian's Freer-Sackler museum of Asian art. The Peacock Room, which doubled as Leyland's dining room, was acquired from his heirs in 1904 by American industrialist Charles Lang Freer, who had its entire contents packed up in crates, shipped across the Atlantic and then reassembled in his Detroit home.
Oakland-based quartet Trails and Ways released a 2013 EP called "Trilingual" spotlighting their bossa nova-tinged indie pop, and next month they'll follow up with a debut LP from Barsuk Records, where the Death Cab for Cutie label-mates will reveal more of their eclectic sound and rich harmonies. Trails and Ways -- Hannah Van Loon and Keith Brower Brown on guitar, Ian Quirk on drums, Emma Oppen on bass, and everyone on vocals -- met at UC Berkeley and later reunited in Oakland, California to start their DIY bedroom recording project.
Harry Shearer, the Emmy-winning actor who voices pious neighbor Ned Flanders and greedy boss Mr Burns in "The Simpsons," said Thursday he is leaving the show -- but the show's manager hopes to change his mind. Shearer, who plays Homer Simpson's "okely dokeley" neighbor Flanders and the evil billionaire Burns, tweeted a message from James L. Brooks, an executive producer of the hit series, relayed by his lawyer. The hit series' showrunner, Al Jean, told the New York Times in an email Thursday: "Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed.
For those of you who are aware of Dinofarm Games and our recent release, Auro, for iOS and Android, you know that we spent literally years producing carefully handmade, meticulous pixel art. I hope it's clear from this image that I love pixel art. Auro is likely to be the last Dinofarm Games title to feature pixel art. It reinforced our stance on pixel art purism.