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Couple Who Hid 271 Picassos In Garage For Four Decades Convicted

March 25, 2015 - 3:58am

The court in a Côte d’Azur town gave Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec “a two-year suspended sentence, ending years of intrigue surrounding a mysterious suitcase full of drawings that the couple took to Paris in 2010 to show Claude Picasso, the late painter’s son who represents the artist’s heirs and estate.”

Akhil Sharma’s “Family Life” Wins £40,000 Folio Prize For Fiction

March 25, 2015 - 3:57am

The Indian-American banker-turned-author won the second-ever award “for a novel which took him 13 long and painful years to complete, charting one emigrant family’s heartwrenching search for the American dream.”

Finalists For Man Booker International Prize 2015 Announced

March 25, 2015 - 3:56am

Three African nations and one Caribbean island have authors on the shortlist for the first time; a few familiar names (Amitav Ghosh, László Krasznahorkai, Fanny Howe) made the cut, but literary stars Karl Ove Knausgaard and Haruki Murakami did not.

How A Bharatanatyam Choreographer Is Remaking French Ballet’s Great Chestnut About An Indian Temple Dancer

March 25, 2015 - 3:55am

When Shobana Jeyasingh first heard of La Bayadère, she was excited at the idea of a classic ballet about someone like her. Of course La Bayadère bore no relationship to real Indian classical dance or dancers – until, that is, Jeyasingh got her hands on the piece. (includes video)

After Fire, London’s Battersea Arts Centre Gets £1 Million Emergency Funding

March 25, 2015 - 3:54am

“Half the money will help the venue to find an off-site location that will enable it to accommodate productions that were due to be staged in the Grand Hall. The rest … will go towards BAC’s ongoing £13 million redevelopment project, which needed an additional £500,000 to reach its target.”

Málaga Tries To Make Itself Spain’s Newest Arts Hub

March 25, 2015 - 3:52am

Francisco de la Torre, mayor since 2000 of the Andalusian seaside city, has attracted branches of such museums as the Pompidou, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the State Russian Museum – in a bid to make the city a destination for more than just cruise ships. Not all Malagueños are pleased, however.

Norman Scribner, 79, Founder Of D.C.’S Choral Arts Society

March 25, 2015 - 3:51am

“The late Washington Post music critic Paul Hume once called Mr. Scribner ‘one of Washington’s finest musicians and one of the most gifted choral conductors in the country.’ A skilled pianist, organist and composer, he spent nearly five decades at the helm of the Choral Arts Society.”

What ‘Pretty Woman’ Would Have Been Like If They’d Shot The Original Script (Ugly)

March 25, 2015 - 3:50am

“In its original form, which you can read here, it was neither a Cinderella story nor a romantic comedy – it was a cynical, rather depressing tale of a junkie prostitute and the rich asshole she spends a week with. Neither of them is particularly likable, either at the beginning of the story or its conclusion.”

The Detective Novel That Convinced A Generation Richard III Wasn’t Evil

March 25, 2015 - 3:49am

“Though writers and historians have been arguing since the seventeenth century that Richard III wasn’t the villain whom Shakespeare described, it was a 1951 mystery novel that sparked mass interest in Richard’s redemption. The writer went by the name Josephine Tey, and the novel was called The Daughter of Time.”

A Solo Theater Piece About The Israel-Palestine Conflict – By Arafat’s Own Foster Daughter

March 25, 2015 - 3:48am

After Raeda Taha’s father was killed while hijacking a passenger plane in 1972, she was, in effect, adopted by Yasir Arafat and later worked as his press secretary. In Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali, Taha looks at the human costs of the conflict, especially those that Palestinians like her father exact on their families.

How Akira Kurosawa Mastered The Art Of Movement In Movies

March 25, 2015 - 3:46am

“Back in January, Tony Zhou shared a sharp little video essay on Akira Kurosawa’s geometric style, a video that was technically culled from a much larger, more expansive piece on the director that Zhou was still fine-tuning. That piece is now finished, and it’s a bracing analysis that applies Zhou’s insight to Kurosawa’s use of movement in general.”

What A Neuroscientist Says About Jon Stewart’s Brain

March 25, 2015 - 3:45am

Quick-witted would be the layman way to put it; he’ll be interviewing someone… and he’s just very quick, very quick at making these unexpected connections. But the term we would use for that is divergent thinking – that is, making novel connections between things that other people don’t put together, and finding the humor in that.”

What A Forensic Psychiatrist Says About Gesualdo, The Wife-Murdering Composer

March 25, 2015 - 3:44am

Don Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa is even more famous for killing his wife and her lover in flagrante than he is for his surpassingly weird madrigals. But he didn’t simply dispatch the pair himself: he brought along three men armed with guns and double-headed axes and he energetically mutilated the dead bodies. Dr. Ruth McAllister considers what might have driven Gesualdo to such extremes (and then tortured himself over them for the rest of his life) when a couple of bullets or sword thrusts would have done the job.

“The Jeff Koons Of The Pop World” And Its “Gloriously Tacky” Future

March 25, 2015 - 3:42am

Spencer Kornhaber on PC Music at SXSW: “Many of the grooves and hooks are undeniable – and listening to it, you realize just how unnecessary the big-budget production currently defining popular dance music might be, and how ridiculous the mist-machine drama and pained soul singing of the average zillion-selling Avicii record really is.” (Wait, that‘s not very Jeff Koons …)

Dance USA/Philly May Be Gone, But Its Portable Dance Floor Lives On

March 25, 2015 - 3:41am

Small news? Practically speaking, it’s a godsend. One of the service organization’s great services was renting the sprung wood floor at affordable rates to companies performing all over the city. But Dance USA/Philadelphia is closing next week. Happily, one ballet troupe has rescued the floor.

Two Opera Singers Among Passengers On Downed Airline

March 24, 2015 - 7:13pm

“The singers were traveling to their homes in Düsseldorf from Barcelona, where they had played Alberich and Erda, respectively, in Wagner’s Siegfried at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. French officials said everyone aboard the Germanwings Airbus A320 died when the plane crashed on its way from Barcelona to Düsseldorf.”

Amazon.com To Be London’s Theatre Ticket-Seller

March 24, 2015 - 3:52pm

A spokesman for Amazon said that, up until this week, the retailer’s theatre ticket offering had been based around “deals” and discounted tickets. “Although that will still be the case for some shows, this is a move to being a genuine ticketer. We are moving away from deals to offering the full range of ticket prices, from bottom to full price.”

Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art Loses Its Director In Censorship Row

March 24, 2015 - 3:43pm

“The director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (Macba), Bartomeu Marí, has resigned in light of a censorship row over a controversial installation on display at the museum, which shows the former Spanish king in a sexual act with a dog.”

No, Pay-As-You-Go Cable Won’t Lower Your TV Bill

March 24, 2015 - 3:38pm

“The big misunderstanding about the current system is that we are somehow paying through our cable bills the actual per-channel cost for all the channels we don’t watch. Broadcasting distributors are really selling us access; the bigger the bill, the more choice is offered. Complaining about unwatched channels is a bit like complaining about the fancy elliptical machine at the health club. You may never use it, but somebody else does and their fees are helping pay for your treadmill.”