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

Toronto - 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

Taipei - 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

New Orleans - 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'

Stockholm - 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

Biel - 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

Toukyo - 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.

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.

Moscow art smashed as Orthodox activists denounce 'blasphemy'

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

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

Sonoma - 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

Washington - "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 - 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

Rent - 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

Cape Town - 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

Madrid - 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

Sonoma - 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.
 

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