Art and Culture

Manila Cathedral reopens after two years of reconstruction

  The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral – Basilica or “Manila Cathedral” reopened its intricately carved doors to devotees on Wednesday night (April 9, PH time) after two years of undergoing structural retrofitting. The new and improved Manila Cathedral now boasts of brighter lights, stronger framework, and CCTV installations, which is just  some of the improvements done …

LA’s Getty Museum says it will return 12th century New Testament manuscript to Greece

  LOS ANGELES – The J. Paul Getty Museum will return a 12th century New Testament manuscript to a monastery in Greece after museum officials said they only recently learned it was stolen decades before the museum acquired it in 1983. Getty officials said Monday that although the Byzantine illuminated New Testament was acquired as …

Florida pastor on trial in NYC in fake Hirst artworks case; jury deliberations resume Tuesday

    NEW YORK – A Miami pastor knowingly peddled phoney examples of some of British art star Damien Hirst’s signature themes, prosecutors said in summing up his trial Monday, but the defence claims he was just an art-market novice who couldn’t read red flags about the pieces’ authenticity. Jury deliberations were due to resume …

Sentro Rizal Lecture Series No.4: NCCA Chairman clarifies Filipino identity issues in Laos

  Renowned authority on Philippine arts and culture Professor Felipe de Leon, Jr., Chairman of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), spoke before a big gathering of Filipino community members, including their children, last March 20 at the Philippine Embassy in Vientiane on “What Makes Filipinos Filipino.” The lecture drew a big …

Ming Dynasty ‘chicken cup’ auctioned for $36M, smashing record price for Chinese porcelain

  HONG KONG – A Shanghai collector bought a rare Ming Dynasty cup that’s touted as the “holy grail” of China’s art world for $36 million at a Hong Kong auction on Tuesday, smashing the previous world record price for Chinese porcelain.   Sotheby’s said Liu Yiqian was the winning bidder for the small white …

Afghan girl who lost arm paints with prosthetic and wins praise from artist Davyd Whaley

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The doctors and therapists who worked with a little girl from Afghanistan knew the prosthetic arm they gave her would change her life. What they didn’t anticipate was that within weeks of strapping on her new limb, 7-year-old Shah Bibi Tarakhail would be using it to pick up a …

‘Godfather of House Music’ Frankie Knuckles dead at 59 in Chicago

CHICAGO – Frankie Knuckles, a Grammy-winning Chicago disc jockey known as the “Godfather of House Music” who worked with artists including Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, has died at age 59. Knuckles died Monday in Chicago, the Cook County medical examiner said Tuesday. The medical examiner said a cause of death was not available. Knuckles …

Italian police: Autoworker had stolen Gauguin painting hanging in kitchen, didn’t know worth

    ROME – A Paul Gauguin still life stolen from a wealthy collector’s home in Britain decades ago has been recovered after hanging for 40 years in a Sicilian autoworker’s kitchen. The worker bought the painting along with one of lesser value by another French artist, Pierre Bonnard, for about $100 at a 1975 …

Australian disaster film about jet crash delayed over similarities to missing Malaysian plane

HONG KONG – A disaster movie about a jet that crashes into the ocean on its way to Beijing has been put on hold because of its similarities to the missing Malaysian plane. Arclight Films, the company behind “Deep Water,” said Wednesday that pre-production has been halted for the time being. “We’re delaying it out …

Review: Gloomy, glorious ‘Les Miserables’ hits Broadway with great voices and cinematic appeal

NEW YORK – The barricades have once again gone up on Broadway. Are they worth dropping everything and joining this time? The answer is a resounding “Oui!” Bring your flag. The well-travelled “Les Miserables” has rolled into town for its third bite at the Broadway apple – not to mention fresh off a celebrated 2012 …

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