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Review: Ab-Soul continues strong run for Top Dawg

  Ab-Soul, “These Days …” (Top Dawg) Rapper Ab-Soul grew up in his family’s record store with free access to anything in the stacks. That explains a lot about “These Days …,” the bursting-at-the-seams album that’s No. 4 in Top Dawg Entertainment’s massive 2014 rollout (only Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock to go). The 15-track album [...]

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Milan designers nudge men to dress with derring-do

  MILAN (AP) — Milan designers are gently inviting men to add just a little derring-do to their dressing. Feel secure in that double-breasted blazer? Why not snazz it up with a pair of silken shorts and thick-soled sneakers? Like the classic black and white, or red-white-and-blue combinations? Ok, but let’s brighten things up sometimes [...]

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‘Star Wars’ creator selects Chicago for museum

   CHICAGO (AP) — “Star Wars” creator George Lucas announced Tuesday, June 24, that he has picked Chicago to host his much-anticipated museum of art and movie memorabilia, in a major victory for the nation’s third-largest city. San Francisco and Los Angeles also had sought the museum. Lucas said in a written statement that he hopes [...]

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Dinner at the museum: Real meal on fine ceramics

  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Five nights a week at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, 16 people sit down to dinner. But they’re not at a museum cafe. They’re in the exhibit space, at a long pine farmhouse table set all day long with platters, bowls and vases made by a ceramic artist. The seven-course meal, which [...]

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Not falling down: London bridges inspire new show

  LONDON (AP) — London is a city of bridges, but it’s not a City of Bridges. It has never been graced with the elegant arches of Venice or Paris. A new exhibition wants visitors to look again, peering on, under and even inside the structures spanning the River Thames. Without bridges, the show argues, [...]

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AP Exclusive: Picasso painting reveals hidden man

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists and art experts finally know what’s beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces, “The Blue Room,” using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a hidden portrait of a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand. Now the question that conservators at The Phillips Collection in Washington hope to [...]

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Madonna attends preview of Tupac B’way musical

  NEW YORK (AP) — One of Tupac Shakur’s old friends celebrated his birthday by seeing a new play inspired by his music. Madonna attended a preview of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” in New York City on Monday, June 15, which would have been the rapper’s 43rd birthday. Shakur died in 1996 at age [...]

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Germany: Looted Matisse Belongs to Jewish Family

   AMSTERDAM (AP) — The German task force investigating a huge trove of art recovered from a Munich apartment says one of the paintings — Henri Matisse’s 1921 “Woman Sitting in an Armchair” — was looted from Jews by the Nazis and rightly belongs to the descendants of Paris art dealer Paul Rosenberg. The painting [...]

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Art by renowned portraitist selling on Amazon

  NEW YORK (AP) — Leading American portraitist Everett Raymond Kinstler has painted the world’s most recognizable faces, including seven U.S. presidents and thousands of luminaries in film and theater. Now 24 of his portraits — 22 of which have never been offered for sale — are available for purchase on Amazon. They include drawings, [...]

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Tests confirm painting is Rembrandt self-portrait

  LONDON (AP) — Scientific tests have confirmed that a painting donated to Britain’s National Trust by a wealthy supporter is a Rembrandt self-portrait worth tens of millions of pounds, the heritage body said Tuesday June 10. The portrait of the artist, wearing a cap with a white feather, was long thought to be the [...]

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