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VCU department chair themes art around hair

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Comb through the life story of Sonya Clark and it’s easy to see how she came to craft works of art themed around hair, a provocative and politicized thread of identity. Her maternal grandmother was a tailor in Jamaica who taught her to sew and gave her an appreciation for [...]

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Massive movie poster collection going to auction

  NEW YORK (AP) — A massive single-owner collection of vintage movie posters covering nearly the entire history of feature films — from 1907 to the present — is going on the auction block as one lot next month. It belongs to Morris Everett Jr., who began collecting posters and lobby cards 53 years ago. [...]

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Cornell professor unlocks mysteries of paintings

  ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Richard Johnson can see right through the masterpieces of Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Cornell University electrical and computer engineering professor is a digital art detective, able to unlock the mysteries of a work’s age and authenticity by analyzing its underlying canvas or paper. Using high-resolution X-ray images, the 64-year-old academic can [...]

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Disney to help New York theatergoers with tickets

  NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is giving an early Christmas present to theatergoers in New York — the gift of flexibility. Disney Theatrical Productions is letting ticketholders to its Broadway shows — “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” — the chance to switch the dates they see the musicals for any reason as long as [...]

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Historic haberdashery: Napoleon’s hat for sale

  PARIS (AP) — Napoleon Bonaparte’s famous bicorn hat is up for auction and on display next to the chateau where the French general lived when he wasn’t leading troops into battle across Europe. The black felt is a little weathered by age and use — though no one’s actually worn the hat since Napoleon’s [...]

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Denver assembles sparkling show of Cartier jewels

  DENVER (AP) — In one corner of the gallery, Grace Kelly polishes her engagement ring on screen in the 1956 musical “High Society.” In a case just steps away sits a dazzling 10.5-carat Cartier emerald-cut diamond given to her by her real-life fiance, which she wore in that final film role just before becoming [...]

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‘Dumb and Dumber To’ lives up to its title

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedy is all about timing. The dimwitted Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reminds the audience of that simple fact minutes into “Dumb and Dumber To” and the sentiment echoes throughout the disappointing return. Twenty years have passed since audiences first met and improbably fell for Lloyd and Harry (Jeff Daniels), and the [...]

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James Gandolfini enters New Jersey Hall of Fame

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey inducted the late “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini into its Hall of Fame on Thursday, hoping no one will ever fuhgeddaboudhim. Five cast members of the hit HBO drama were on hand as Gandolfini, who played mob boss Tony Soprano, was honored, as much for his love of the [...]

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Lackluster tribute to Paul McCartney

  Various artists, “The Art of McCartney” (Arctic Poppy) This two-disc Paul McCartney tribute is a decade-in-the-making labor of love by one man, producer Ralph Sall. So it would be churlish to throw cold water on it, right? Sorry. Sall’s interest in chasing down marquee names, rather than marquee performances, makes this a gigantic missed [...]

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Rothko, Jasper Johns star at NYC art auction

NEW YORK (AP) — A radiant painting by Mark Rothko and one of Jasper Johns’ iconic flag paintings were among the stars at the second day of New York’s dazzling post-war and contemporary art auctions. “No. 21 (Red, Brown, Black and Orange),” which was purchased by art benefactors Pierre and Sao Schlumberger directly from Rothko’s [...]

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Glenn Close savors ‘challenging’ Broadway return

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a special room in the Golden Theatre on Broadway where Glenn Close can travel back in time. The Tony- and Emmy Award-winner, who stars in a new revival of “A Delicate Balance,” has helped decorate the backstage communal coffee room with framed photos from some past roles tackled by her [...]

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