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Predicting a Nobel literature prize winner can be harder than finding a needle in a haystack, with hundreds of possible candidates but few clues as to who the chosen one will be.

'Most valuable art collection ever' on show in Hong Kong

Masterpieces belonging to controversial former Sotheby's owner A. Alfred Taubman went on show in Hong Kong Friday, touted as the most valuable private collection ever offered at auction.

Egypt hopes King Tut's tomb could conceal Queen Nefertiti burial site

Egypt hopes it can soon announce the "discovery of the century" in Tutankhamun's tomb -- what a British archaeologist believes is the burial place in a secret chamber of Queen Nefertiti.

Artist killed while painting anti-violence mural in Oakland

A California muralist was shot and killed on Tuesday morning while painting an anti-violence community art piece in Oakland.

Dutch, French to jointly buy rare Rembrandts for 160 mn euros

The Netherlands and France will jointly buy two rare Rembrandts for 160 million euros, the Dutch culture minister said Wednesday after the two states defused a potential bidding war.

Canadian comics: Where do they go from here? Special

After being forgotten for decades, Canadian superheroes are now enjoying a well-deserved renaissance. They've re-emerged in a decade where the rules of comics success have changed.

German art historian Fischer to head British Museum

A German art historian was named Tuesday as the next director of the British Museum, becoming the first foreigner to head the prestigious London institution in 150 years.

Banksy's Dismaland theme park heading to Calais

British street artist Banksy's dystopian theme park Dismaland was being dismantled Monday before being shipped to a migrant camp near Calais to make shelters, organisers said.

Russian billionaire gives up Picassos in art dealer feud

A billionaire Russian art collector has handed over two Picasso watercolours to French authorities investigating whether they were stolen, in the latest twist of a feud with his Swiss art dealer that has gripped the high-end art world.

Review: Toronto ‘Marat/Sade’ remount picks spectacle over substance Special

Overheard during the intermission at the Soulpepper theatre company’s new production of “Marat/Sade” last night: First dude says, “This is totally amazing, huh?” Second dude replies, “Yeah... but it’s also kind of exhausting, isn’t it?”

France willing to pay 80 mn euros for Rembrandt painting

France said Thursday it was willing to pay 80 million euros ($90 million) to acquire one of two Rembrandt paintings on sale by the Rothschild family for the Louvre museum.

Escher museum accused of displaying copies of Dutch artist's work

Dutch artist M.C. Escher was a master of illusion. But in a row as mind-boggling as his intricate black-and-white images, a museum dedicated to his work is apparently mostly displaying reproductions.

Archaeologists find bone fragments in hunt for 'real' Mona Lisa

Italian archaeologists trying to solve the mystery behind one of the world's most famous paintings said Wednesday they had found bits of bone that could have belonged to the 'real' Mona Lisa.

Geneva to return Roman-era sarcophagus to Turkey

A Swiss public prosecutor has ordered that a precious Roman-era sarcophagus be returned to Turkey five years after it was seized by customs in Geneva, an official statement said Wednesday.

Guggenheim relatives lose French court case over art treasures

The descendants of heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim lost their case in a French court Wednesday over her extensive collection of works housed in an 18th century palace on Venice's Grand Canal.

Q&A with Felicia Day, the hero of gaming geeks worldwide Special

You might know her from the online series The Guild or the TV show Supernatural. Actress, writer and entrepreneur recently spoke to Digital Journal in Toronto during her book tour, where she talked gaming, the rise of the female nerd, and much more.

Queen of romance novels Jackie Collins dies of cancer

Best-selling romance novelist Jackie Collins, whose first book was so steamy it was banned in some countries, died of breast cancer in California Saturday, her family said. She was 77.

Review: 'The Disaster Artist' — How an awful film became a brilliant book

Back in 2002, Greg Sestero was ready to give up on acting, after spending the last few years chasing his childhood dream; but then an old friend offers him one last throw of the dice. "Take it", Greg decides. "It's not like anyone's going to see this..."

Anti-Semitic scrawl to be removed from Kapoor's 'queen's vagina'

Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on a controversial sculpture by Anish Kapoor at the Palace of Versailles in France will be removed under the supervision of the artist, authorities said Friday.

Swiss art dealer charged in France in case of 'stolen Picassos'

A Paris court on Monday charged a Swiss art dealer with handling stolen goods in a case relating to the alleged theft of Picasso works.

World's oldest multicolor printed book has been digitalized

Cambridge University has a book in its massive collection that was once considered so old and fragile, it was forbidden to be opened. But the book was opened for the first time and digitized, revealing to the world its amazing and colorful pages.

Review: Blind Date is a charming hilarious piece of simple theatre Special

Being a fly on the wall of a blind date has never been so much fun and emotionally powerful. Blind Date, running at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, is a masterpiece thanks to Rebecca Northan's talent in bringing out the best in her randomly selected men.

Op-Ed: Listener supported KPFA will have its annual holiday crafts fair Special

In a media landscape that is held by only a few conglomerates, it is reassuring to know that there are still some independent local media outlets out there. Among them is KPFA radio at 94.1 FM.

Op-Ed: Sonoma artists share gallery space with much success Special

Sharing wall space and the spotlight is something that participating artists at Studio 35 are getting accustomed to very well. Setting aside egos and temperaments, the gallery/studio collective continues to thrive.

'Queen's vagina' sculpture at Versailles vandalised again

A controversial sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor on display in the gardens of France's Palace of Versailles, which is known as the "queen's vagina", was vandalised Sunday for the second time.

FBI admits to spying on Burning Man festival

Newly-released documents reveal the Federal Bureau of Investigation spied on Burning Man, the weeklong art and music festival in the northern Nevada desert.

Op-Ed: A special event for Kindness is 'NeekOn' comes to San Francisco Special

Everyone can experience a little more kindness these days, at least that is what one man sees is a higher purpose in life. So much so it has inspired him to organize the first one-day event in Golden Gate Park to call attention to it.

How Waterloo led to a more powerful England Special

Waterloo isn’t the watershed that it’s been cracked up to be. That’s the view of historian David Crane whose new book “Went the Day Well” examines the battle and how it paved the way for a newly assertive British empire.

Op-Ed: Maria Yudina, Stalin's favourite pianist

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.