Art and Culture

Pope calls Muslim ‘brothers’ at Dome of the Rock

JERUSALEM — Pope Francis on Monday urged his “brother” Muslims to never abuse God’s name through violence as he opened the third and final day of his Mideast pilgrimage with a visit to the Dome of the Rock, the iconic shrine located at the third-holiest spot in Islam. Francis took off his shoes to step …

House approves bill declaring every Nov. 23 as Press Freedom Day

MANILA — The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to declare Nov. 23 of every year as Philippine Press Freedom Day to give recognition to the importance of press freedom in the country. The House Committee on Public Information recommended the approval of House Bill No. 4128, which …

Canadian director Xavier Dolan wins major prize at Cannes Film Festival

Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan wins major award at #Cannes film fest http://t.co/f8c1oQO5z6 pic.twitter.com/GXDDSV7OZc — NEWSTALK1010 (@newstalk1010) May 24, 2014 CANNES, France — Canadian director Xavier Dolan won the Jury Prize for his film “Mommy” at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday, sharing the honour with French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. There were high hopes that Dolan would …

Pope opens mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

AMMAN, Jordan — Pope Francis called on Saturday for an “urgent” end to the Syrian civil war and the refugee crisis it has spawned as he opened a three-day trip to the Middle East. During his first stop in Jordan, Francis also urged greater Christian-Muslim coexistence across the region, thanking King Abdullah II for encouraging …

The Firehall Arts Centre’s 2014-2015 Season Announced

Vancouver, BC – Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer Donna Spencer is pleased to announce that for the 2014-2015 season the Firehall will produce and present 14 theatre and dance shows. Bridging time, cultures and artistic disciplines the works bring unique, entertaining and truly universal stories to the Firehall stage. When announcing the season, Ms. Spencer …

ASEAN top prize revoked from Filipino artist on grounds of ‘plagiarism’

MANILA — Another Filipino artist was revoked of the top award given by the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) – Philippines Painting Contest after an investigation revealed that the winning piece was plagiarized. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office of ASEAN on Wednesday recalled the award given to graphic artist Christian Joy Trinidad for the painting …

6 PUP students bag ombudsman’s film contest

  MANILA, Philippines – The results of the Integrity Development Contest for short film-making and other forms of creative media are in; and six students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) have bagged the top spots in the short film category. The contest, which seeks to instill honesty among the youth and fight …

PHL, Japan partnership to boost game development industry — DTI

MANILA — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has seen the Philippines and Japan tie-up to enhance gaming and creative industry in the country. In a conference entitled “Game and Creative Contents Networking Philippines 2014” held in Makati City Monday, DTI Undersecretary Ponciano Manalo Jr. said the Philippine-Japan partnership aims to assist the capacity …

Metal band singer gets 6 years for murder plot

VISTA, CALIFORNIA — The lead singer of the band As I Lay Dying has been sentenced to six years in prison for plotting to kill his wife. U-T San Diego reports 33-year-old Timothy Lambesis was sentenced Friday in San Diego County. He had pleaded guilty to soliciting murder. Authorities say Lambesis hired an undercover sheriff’s …

Excitement brewing over the Second Annual Whistler Village Beer Festival

With an extended line-up and festival accommodation packages, tickets are expected to sell out fast after their release on June 5, 2014. WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Following a sell-out inaugural year, the Whistler Village Beer Festival has announced that it will be kicking off ticket sales for the September 13 event on June 5, 2014. Only …

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