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Maria Yudina, an influential Soviet pianist was born on September 9, 1899 and died on November 19, 1970. After graduation from the Petrogad Conservatory Yudina taught there until 1930.

Oliver Sacks, best-selling author and neurologist, dies at 82

Renowned neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who explored the mysteries of the human brain in a series of best-selling books, died Sunday at age 82.

Hundreds protest smashing of 'Mephistopheles' in St Petersburg

More than a thousand Russians rallied in Saint Petersburg on Sunday after a century-old bas relief of a mythical demon was destroyed amid fears of increasing religious intolerance under President Vladimir Putin.

Lethal agents and border crossings at the Fringe Special

It comes as little surprise that events making the headlines are reflected in many of the performances at this year’s Fringe Festival, which draws thousands of visitors to Edinburgh every August.

Review: Obnoxious, uninspired ‘Full House’ parody is a Toronto disaster Special

The most unintentionally ironic moment in “Full House: The Musical!” comes when Tanner patriarch Danny (Perez Hilton) throws wanna-be comic Uncle Joey’s (Seth Blum) catchphrase right back at him in song: “Cut it out! / You’re just not funny.”

The 'Rainbow Grandpa' saving a Taiwan village with art

Huang Yung-fu greets visitors to his village in central Taiwan with paint-stained hands and shoes spattered with flecks of colour, a sign of the daily artistic labour that has seen him single-handedly stave off the developers' bulldozers.

New Orleans awash in music 10 years after Katrina

The vibrant sounds of brass bands and buskers echo through the streets of New Orleans ten years after the birthplace of jazz was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Millennium sequel hits bookstores as author admits 'total fear'

The eagerly-awaited sequel to Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium crime trilogy hit store shelves in 25 countries on Thursday, as the author admitted he wrote the book in a manic depressive state.

Edinburgh’s Fringe festival shuns controversy this year Special

Possibly the biggest news from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival – an August tradition since 1947 – is that there is no big news.

Interview: Carol Lee Brosseau talks 'Art Breakers' on Ovation TV Special

Expert art advisor and appraiser Carol Lee Brosseau chatted with Digital Journal about the show "Art Breakers" on Ovation TV this fall.

From Rolex to buttocks: Swiss city embraces the art of nudity

The Swiss city of Biel and its peaceable citizens is known as the world capital for watchmaking.But could the home of Rolex and Swatch also gain an unlikely reputation for naked flesh?

Canadian comics: From Golden Age to renaissance Special

The first Canadian superhero that comes to mind for most is Wolverine, who hails from Alberta. But what happened to true-blue Canadian-created superheroes like Nelvana of the Northern Lights or Captain Canuck?

Tokyo 2020 logo designer apologises in new plagiarism row

The designer of Tokyo's 2020 Olympics logo has apologised after admitting his team traced the designs used for a Suntory promotion campaign, as he faces plagiarism allegations over the Games design.

Moscow art smashed as Orthodox activists denounce 'blasphemy'

Sculptures by a renowned Soviet artist on show in central Moscow were smashed after being denounced by Orthodox activists as "blasphemous.

Artist portrays Star Wars characters on vacation

Ever wondered how Darth Vader would look lazing on the countryside? Artist Kyle Hagey creates portraits of various Star Wars characters out of their element.

Op-Ed: Realtor leaves city to pursue artistic dream in small town Special

Art and commerce were in abundance at the Plaza on Tuesday evening and while the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel played to an enthusiastic crowd, artist Jan Small was delighted because she has now settled in Sonoma to pursue her life-long passion of art.

Ukraine artist creates Putin portrait using 5,000 bullet shells

Ukrainian artist Dariya Marchenko has focused on visual representation to depict her belief that Vladimir Putin is complicit in a war that has torn her country apart. She has created a portrait of the Russian leader out of 5,000 bullet shells.

Missing Picasso gem found in US to be returned to France

"La Coiffeuse," a cubist work by Picasso worth about $15 million, will be returned to France where it was stolen 17 years ago, US officials said.

Ukraine bans dozens of 'fascist' Russian books

Kiev's public relations war with Moscow scaled new heights on Wednesday as Ukraine released a list of prominent Russian reporters and authors whose books will be banned from sale.

A year on, no answers to ancient Greek tomb mystery

A year after being hailed as one of Greece's greatest archaeological finds and a possible resting place of Alexander the Great, the largest tomb ever discovered in the country lies almost forgotten in the blazing summer sun.

Shakespeare the stoner: Cannabis found in poet's tobacco pipes

Residue of marijuana found in excavated pipes from Shakespeare's garden sheds new light on the western world's most celebrated poet's source of inspiration.

Picasso painting seized on yacht returns to Spain

A Picasso worth over 25 million euros that was seized from a yacht off the French island of Corsica was transferred to a Madrid museum on Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Interior designer on quest to bring more art programs to seniors Special

Over a year ago, when some of the seniors at Vintage Sonoma Assisted Living Center wanted to do more art work, interior designer Bonnie Walner realized something.

The Importance of Being Earnest, in London with David Suchet Special

Over the years it was been traditional for a male actor to play the part of Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's delightful 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. This year acclaimed actor David Suchet has taken on the part.

'Capa in Color' unveils bright side of legendary war photographer

Legendary photojournalist Robert Capa may be primarily known for his dramatic black-and-white war images, but an exhibition in Budapest is casting light on his lesser-known colour peacetime pictures.

Artist Ai Weiwei expects to be able to return to China

China's most prominent artist Ai Weiwei, who arrived in Germany last week on his first overseas trip since his passport was confiscated four years ago, said Wednesday he expects to be able to return home.

Review: Cowboy Junkies rock Vancouver Island festival — slowly Special

Lots of bands rock. Nobody else rocks as languidly and sorrowfully as the Cowboy Junkies, the sold-out marquee attraction at the just-concluded annual Filberg Festival in Comox on Vancouver Island.

Spain's Picasso 'national treasure' seized by French customs

A Picasso worth 25 million euros and considered a national treasure by Spain -- which had barred the painting's export -- has been seized from a boat in Corsica, French authorities said Tuesday.

UK grants Chinese artist Ai Weiwei new visa in U-turn

Britain's interior minister ordered officials Friday to grant Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa, reversing a decision to restrict him to a short trip that had prompted condemnation from rights groups.

Review: New book on unfinished movie a must-read for Orson Welles fans Special

May 6 of this year marked the hundredth anniversary of Orson Welles' birth. But despite the name recognition and the wide film-school reverence for “Citizen Kane”, it sometimes seems as if Welles is still being neglected, even posthumously.

Premiere of 'Tristan and Isolde' scores hit at Bayreuth Festival

A brand-new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde" by the composer's great-granddaughter was warmly received at its premiere on Saturday, marking the start of this year's legendary Bayreuth Festival.

Top book for primary school children revealed

The number one book for children at primary school (aged five to 11 in the U.K.) to read has been named by teachers. It is 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' a novel by Roald Dahl.

Karachi artists reclaim city walls from hate graffiti

For years Karachi's walls have been spattered with the bloodstains of murder victims and scrawled with graffiti touting everything from sectarian hatred to quack cures for erectile dysfunction.

Collector's fury as Chinese antiques returned from Paris

More than 30 ancient gold ornaments went on show in a Chinese museum this week after Paris quietly insisted a billionaire collector and France's top antique dealer return them on the grounds they were stolen.

After 'Goodbye Lenin', a Berlin resurrection

Buried and long forgotten, the head of a giant Lenin statue is set to make a comeback in the German capital a quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall.The Soviet leader will gaze again on the people when the 3.

China artist Ai Weiwei says passport returned after four years

Police handed Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei back his passport on Wednesday four years after it was confiscated, he told AFP, hailing the move with a smiley emoticon.

Chinese librarian replaced artworks with own fakes

A Chinese librarian stole 143 artworks from his own gallery and replaced them with his own fakes, he told a court -- only to find his works being substituted by other fraudsters.

American novelist E.L. Doctorow dies, age 84

E.L. Doctorow, one of America's most accomplished novelists of recent decades who was best known for his historical fiction, died Tuesday at the age of 84, US media reports said.

Ireland shrugs off French riddle over Yeats remains

A trove of documents from a French chateau has cast doubt on the remains of beloved Irish poet W.B. Yeats but fans have shrugged off the controversy and said there is no doubt as to his spiritual home.

Review: 'Comedy of Errors' takes simple approach in Toronto's High Park Special

With an implausible plot about mistaken identity and bawdy puns, “The Comedy of Errors” may be the Shakespeare play that's closest to being a “Three's Company” episode. Thankfully, Canadian Stage's new production doesn't pretend it's much more.

Review: ‘Caesar’ in High Park makes bold choices; not all of them work Special

There are moments in Canadian Stage’s new “Julius Caesar” that are so affecting and original, you’re tempted to ignore other moments when it misfires. Director Estelle Shook turns this classic into high spectacle, but not always to its benefit.
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