Art and Culture

Judge hears final arguments on breaking up DC’s Corcoran Gallery of Art through merger plan

WASHINGTON—After years of financial and management trouble, the fate of one of the oldest museums in the U.S. and one of the few independent art galleries in Washington is now in the hands of a judge. Attorneys made closing arguments Wednesday in a court case to determine the future of the Corcoran Gallery of Art …

London-based Filipina piano scholar to hold homecoming recital at CCP

MANILA — Ma. Regina P. Montesclaros, multi-awarded Filipina piano scholar at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, will hold her homecoming recital on Aug. 12 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). The young Montesclaros, who is a Jenny Marsh Chapman Memorial scholar under the tutelage of the famous Prof. Ian Jones, …

Hiroshima commemorates 69th anniversary of atomic bombing

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Hiroshima, the city that suffered U.S. atomic bombing in 1945 during the World War II, commemorated the 69th anniversary of the bombing on Wednesday at the city’s Peace Memorial Park. Addressing before survivors of the attack, their descendants, peace activists and officials, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Ambassador to …

Filipino trombone player gets scholarship at Peabody Conservatory of Music

MANILA — An outstanding sophomore trombone player of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) has been granted a full scholarship at the famous John Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, USA this year. The musically-gifted, 25-year old Ricson Poonin will take up a free two-year Masters Program in Trombone Performance starting August 22 at the green …

National Gallery in DC plans major exhibit on Piero di Cosimo with Italy’s Uffizi museum

WASHINGTON—Renaissance artist Piero di Cosimo’s career in painting will be examined next year in a major exhibition being planned for Washington and Florence, Italy. The National Gallery of Art in Washington will announce Friday that it is organizing the first major retrospective of Piero’s paintings with the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence. Curators said “Piero …

Philippine culture and arts have good future at the 2015 ASEAN Integration

MANILA – In preparation for the 2015 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) integration where visas would no longer hamper travel from within the 10-nation region, culture and the arts would likely be easier than economics and business, according to recent visiting leaders in Makati for the second ASEAN Business Conference (ABC). Chairman and founder …

‘Vagina boat’ lands artist behind bars

TOKYO – A Japanese artist was jailed on charges of obscenity after she built a kayak modeled after her own vagina. Megumi Igarashi, 42, who works under the alias Rokude Nashiko, which means “good-for-nothing girl” in Japanese, said on Wednesday that she was “outraged” by her arrest. The artist, whose body of work includes figures …

Archie’s death latest comic book to inject reality

LOS ANGELES — For most of Archie Andrew’s life, the red-headed comic book icon’s biggest quandary was whether he liked Veronica or Betty. The character’s impending death comes in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie,” a spin-off series that centers on grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale pals. It brings a bold conclusion to …

Artist creates ’empowering’ wearable sculptures

NEW YORK — Linda Stein wants people to armor themselves in her art. She creates full-length wearable sculptures embedded with all manner of found objects, including driftwood, engraving plates, steel wire, zippers, pebbles and comic book imagery of superheroes. Her idea grew out of her sense of vulnerability after the Sept. 11 attacks, with the …

Tanya Manalang: Miss Saigon’s newest Kim

LONDON –”I still can’t believe I’m here. It hasn’t really sunk in yet that I’m playing a leading lady in the West End. Sometimes, I’m just out there on the stage and I still can’t believe it’s happening. I feel very blessed, and I’m very thankful that I’m here,” theatre actress Tanya Manalang enthused, over …

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