Art and Culture

Robinson, Chast, Piketty among book critic prize nominees

NEW YORK — Novelist Marilynne Robinson, economist Thomas Piketty and cartoonist Roz Chast are among the finalists for National Book Critics Circle prizes. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will receive a lifetime achievement award, while National Book Award winner Phil Klay has won the John Leonard Prize for the best debut release of 2014, the short …

‘Salubong’ painting of Pope with pols and celebs, slammed by artists and netizens

  A painting which depicts the likeness of Pope Francis, surrounded by popular local celebrities and politicians, set in rural scenery is receiving much flack from both the online and the art communities. The 29×24 oil on canvas entitled “Salubong” was painted by renowned artist Dante Hipolito. In the painting, the Pope is shown in …

Want to discuss cats or novels? Haruki Murakami will answer

TOKYO — If you are troubled, lost in life or just feel like discussing cats and Japanese baseball, visit “Mr. Murakami’s Place” online. Starting Thursday, author Haruki Murakami will be taking questions and responding as best as he can for the next two weeks. A best-selling novelist and perennial candidate for a Nobel Prize in …

Salman Rushdie threatened over book, defends free speech

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, said Wednesday the right to free speech is absolute or else it isn’t free. Following a speech at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Rushdie addressed the …

BSP comes out with commemorative coins for Pope Francis’ PHL visit

MANILA — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) launched on Wednesday two denominations of the limited edition, legal tender commemorative coins for the Philippine visit of Pope Francis from Jan. 15-19, 2015. The P50 coin is made from nickel brass and the P500 from Nordic gold, BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo said in a media …

PHLPost to release special coinage stamp featuring Pope Francis on Monday

MANILA — A special coinage stamp in honor of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis will be released on Monday, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) said. In a statement, the PHLPost said the gold circular stamp features the smiling pope with the words “Pilipinas,” “Pope Francis Visit to the Philippines 2015,” and “Mercy and Compassion.” …

Je suis Charlie? Attack sparks debate on free speech

#Jamesuary Une photo publiée par Banksy (@banksy) le Janv. 8, 2015 at 4:20 PST LONDON — Are we all Charlie now? “Je suis Charlie” — I am Charlie — was the cry that that raced around the world in the wake of the murderous attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. It has been displayed …

Creation of Filipino Academy of Arts, Letters and Philosophy pushed

MANILA — A lady lawmaker is strongly pushing for the establishment of the Filipino Academy of Arts, Letters and Philosophy to ensure the conservation, promotion and popularization of the country’s historical, cultural, literary and philosophical heritage and resources and artistic creations. Rep. Evelina G. Escudero (1st District, Sorsogon) is likewise seeking government support for researchers …

Pope Francis: The Greatest Modern Pope?

On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis — the first pope with this regnal name, taken in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. In the short time he has reigned since his successor Benedict XVI resigned, His Holiness Pope Francis has achieved a number of other firsts for a pope, as …

Drake, Black Keys, Weird Al to perform at Governor’s Ball

NEW YORK — Rapper Drake is on the festival circuit: He’s headlining Coachella in April and will also perform at New York’s Governors Ball in June. He will be joined by the Black Keys, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Lana Del Rey in the Big Apple from June 5 to June 7 on Randall’s Island. Tickets …

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