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Over the past two weeks, 120 candidates from around the globe competed in Moscow at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition. The youngest contestant was 16, the oldest 32.

Op-Ed: Little art Gallery in California wine country celebrates 1st year Special

Despite the woes of the economy and the rising cost of real estate and retail space, not far from the center of town is an art gallery called Studio 35. Rather ordinary from its cottage-like exterior, it has become a center for the arts in Sonoma.

Virgin Mary painting with elephant poop sold for millions

Chris Ofili's painting of a black Virgin Mary, which was decorated with elephant poop, sold for millions of dollars at Christie's.

Actors' Fund of Canada charity raises $99,000 for members in need

The Actors' Fund of Canada is a lifeline for many in the entertainment industry in that country, distributing funds to those who've fallen upon needy times. Last week in Toronto the Fund hosted its annual golf tournament and raised over $99,000.

'Once', 'Blood Wedding', 'Falstaff' win big at Toronto's Doras Special

Federico García Lorca's 1932 play “Blood Wedding” was the biggest winner at last night's Dora Mavor Moore Awards: the recent co-production by Modern Times Stage Company and Aluna Theatre copped six Doras at the 36th annual Toronto theatre awards.

Berlin Philharmonic chooses Russia's Petrenko as chief conductor

The prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, regarded as one of the world's best orchestras, tapped 43-year-old Russian Kirill Petrenko as its new chief conductor, it announced in a surprise move Monday.

Postcard by Picasso smashes auction record

A postcard, featuring a signed drawing by Pablo Picasso, has fetched a record amount for such an item. The postcard was sold for $188,000 at auction.

Review: 'Magneto #19' centers on Magneto's martyrdom in Secret Wars

Magneto is willing to play martyr and allow himself to die in the process if it means preventing his Earth from being destroyed by the other Earth.

Review: 'Ms. Marvel #16' sucker punches Kamala Khan with the Secret Wars

Life as a teenage superhero is no cakewalk as Kamala Khan has to restore order to a panicking population of Jersey City in midst of the incoming Incursion.

Tracey Emin, bad girl of UK art, 'slowly' catching up to her age

British artist Tracey Emin seems stressed and ruffled as she weaves through crowds of deep-pocketed collectors to reach three of her pieces on prominent display at Art Basel."It's a trade fair, isn't it?

'Queen's vagina' sculptor lashes out at French 'intolerance' after vandalism

A British artist who created a controversial sculpture at the Palace of Versailles that has become known as the "queen's vagina" lashed out at French "intolerance" Thursday after his work was vandalised.

Giant statue of Orthodox prince stirs controversy in Moscow

Scaffolding surrounds the vast clay sculpture-in-progress inside a warehouse on Moscow's outskirts, yet already the statue of Vladimir the Great has caused an outcry as big as the monument itself.

China media calls on Ai Weiwei to change politics after rare show

A Chinese newspaper with close links to the Communist Party on Thursday called on famed artist Ai Weiwei to abandon his "previous politics" after the dissident was allowed to stage a rare exhibition in China.

Mystery solved through CSI tech: Rembrandt painting authentic

It has taken over eight years of painstaking restoration and CSI-like investigation, and now, the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague is declaring with the utmost confidence that one of its most prized painting's is that of Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn.

'Guardians Team-Up #6' stars X-Men's Nightcrawler

The special guest star of this issue of "Guardians Team-Up" is Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler, the teleporter, from the X-Men.

Review: 'Spider-Woman #8' shows that Jessica is not heartless

The sleepy townspeople are not bad, just misunderstood and want to get away from their spouses. It shows that Spider-Woman isn't heartless.

Op-Ed: Museums - Overcoming the barriers that prevent access to culture Special

It started with a story on an exhibit at the Oakland Art Museum in California, but it led to a bigger issue than the Pacific Islander's cultural heritage and what it means to people today. Digital Journal has a conversation with art critic, Nancy Ewart.

Op-Ed: Russian literature won’t save Putin

A narrative gaining wide currency is that Vladimir Putin will survive because he is a symbol of the nation’s beloved literature. At first glance this view shorts Russian music, ballet, et al.

'Sensational' ancient manuscript sells for 356,800 euros

An 11th-century French religious manuscript from a private collection sold for 356,800 euros ($388,900) in Vienna on Monday, in what auctioneers described as a "sensational deal".

Review: Graphic novel depicts healing for Aboriginal young men

The Outside Circle is a powerful testament to the need for traditional healing and reconciliation for Aboriginal men involved with gangs or incarcerated.

Op-Ed: Landscape artist treasures his gallery spot in Sebastopol Special

No matter how sleepy a town might be there is always a place for art and artists. And this is true for one such little town in Northern California called Sebastopol. On Main Street at the center of town is Sebastopol Gallery.

Photo Essay: Native art at Totem Bight Park, Ketchikan, Alaska Special

Ketchikan has the world's largest collection of totem poles. These imposing sculptures can be seen throughout the city and at several locations nearby. Totem Bight State Park contains 15 large totem poles and a replica of a traditional clan house.

Cannes closes with glittering ceremony

After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies -- and a couple of duds -- the Cannes Film Festival closed Sunday with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d'Or.

Shirin Neshat, inadvertent narrator of history

Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat's dark kohl-lined eyes are immediately recognizable. Now she is bringing their gaze on Iranian and Arab women's resistance to oppression to this most political of cities.

Review: 'Magneto #18' is last-minute redemption story during Secret Wars

In this comic book review, Magneto and his illegitimate daughter, Polaris, finally come together to save the city from doom in the incursion from 1610's Earth.

Review: 'Ms. Marvel #15' continues the betrayal of Kamala Khan

Kamala uses her wits to escape the clutches of Lineage and his group of Inhumans, which includes Kamran, where the villain reveals interesting news.

Standing ovation for first U.S. orchestra to tour Cuba since thaw

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.

Review: 7 life lessons from George Clinton's must-read autobiography Special

Watch who you trust. Be different and weird. Find the funk in your life when everything gets too vanilla. Those are some of the life lessons I took away from the autobiography of funk legend and Parliament Funkadelic founder George Clinton.

Blues legend B.B. King, 89, mourned by music world

Blues legend B.B. King, whose crisp, powerful guitar licks made him among the instrument's greatest masters and a towering influence for generations of musicians, has died at 89.

Cannes fest opens with star-studded gala for gritty drama

The Cannes Film Festival opened on Wednesday with a star-studded gala premiere of gritty French drama "Standing Tall" -- only the second time a female director has taken the first night slot.

Your unofficial guide to Toronto's South-North Griots Summit

In association with the Pan Am and Para-Pan Am games, a gathering of some of the most revered story tellers from African diaspora traditions are gathering in Toronto, Ontario Canada from May 28th-31st.

Review: 'Ant-Man #5' brings back Darren Cross as hero's archenemy

Scott Lang realizes that the stakes are high as he must get past a resurrected Darren Cross in order to save his daughter, Cassie.

Berlin Philharmonic votes on new chief conductor

The Berlin Philharmonic's members cloistered in an undisclosed location Monday to elect their next chief conductor, one of the most prestigious jobs in the world of classical music.

Review: 'Guardians Team-Up #5' is a cute and warmhearted adventure

Rocket Raccoon is reduced to monitor duty as he must work with the Pet Avengers to thwart two threats to Earth, one domestic and one intergalactic.

Review: 'Spider-Woman #7' is one big comedic WTF moment

Jessica Drew aka the titular "Spider-Woman" is ultimately taken to where the families of various villains are taken hostage, but it's not what she was expecting.