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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles art dealer who prosecutors say embezzled more than $1 million from clients including former Walt Disney Co President Michael Ovitz was sentenced on Monday to six months in jail.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A new digital interactive exhibition in Beijing allows visitors to create their own art and see it immediately reflected in the work being displayed around them.

BOSTON (Reuters) - A West Virginia man was arrested on Monday and charged with fraudulently claiming he could sell some of the $500 million in artwork stolen from a Boston museum a quarter century ago, even though he had no access to the long-sought masterpieces.

ROME (Reuters) - A life-size mural depicting Pope Francis with a saintly halo kissing U.S. President Donald Trump sprouting devil's horns appeared on a wall near the Vatican on Thursday, less than two weeks before they are due to meet.

(Reuters) - A new exhibition celebrating the career of Pink Floyd, featuring a raft of memorabilia and tributes to the rock group's famously surreal iconography, opens in London on Sunday.

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(Reuters) - Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods said an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications was to blame for his early-morning DUI arrest near his Jupiter Island home in Florida on Monday.

PARIS (Reuters) - Juan Martin del Potro made a successful return to Roland Garros after a five-year absence on Tuesday, setting aside injury concerns to sail through 6-2 6-1 6-4 against fellow Argentine Guido Pella.

PARIS (Reuters) - The British contingent will be hoping to make an impact on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros as rising star Johanna Konta and world number one Andy Murray open their campaigns on Court Philippe Chatrier on Tuesday.

PARIS (Reuters) - Australian Nick Kyrgios shrugged off injury concerns and kept his emotions in check to outclass Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 6-3 on Tuesday and book his spot in the second round of the French Open.

PARIS (Reuters) - The 2019 Tour de France will start from Brussels, 50 years after Belgian great Eddy Merckx won the race for the first time, organizers said on Tuesday.

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ATACAMA DESERT, Chile (Reuters) - Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Jupiter's atmosphere features colossal cyclones and rivers of ammonia welling up from deep inside the solar system's largest planet, researchers said on Thursday, publishing the first insights from a NASA spacecraft flying around the gas giant.

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand's remote Mahia Peninsula.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two U.S. astronauts completed a hastily planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to replace a computer that failed on Saturday, NASA said.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Europe's Schiaparelli spacecraft came very close to a successful landing on Mars last year, but engineers failed to realize how jarring the probe's parachute descent could be, dooming the touchdown, a report released on Wednesday said.

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Saffron Hall, Saffron WaldenThe Britten Sinfonia under Thomas Adès kicked off their symphony cycle that pairs works by Gerard Barry with Beethoven in emphatically modern performances

Over the next three years, Thomas Adès is conducting all the Beethoven symphonies with the Britten Sinfonia. It’s planned as a chronological cycle, but that’s the only conventional aspect of the project, for each of the concerts also includes a work by Gerald Barry, whose music Adès has regularly championed.

Starting as they intended to go on, the Sinfonia launched the series with Barry’s work called Beethoven, his 2008 setting for bass and 15-strong ensemble of the famous “Immortal Beloved” letter, the declaration of love that Beethoven wrote in 1812, but never sent, to a woman whose identity remains unknown. Typically, Barry sets every word of an English translation of the text. Mark Stone was the soloist, veering between speech, falsetto and gravelly rumination, while the ensemble followed an independent path. This at times took it into Stravinskyan motor rhythms, sometimes dissonant punctuation and, in the final section, into a slow, chorale-like version of the melody of O Come All Ye Faithful, to underpin Beethoven’s affirmation of his undying fidelity.

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- Andrew Clements

Cadogan Hall, LondonBrahms’s First Piano Concerto - with soloist Peter Serkin – felt too up close and uncomfortably personal, but the orchestra’s young players got a chance to shine in Strauss

The Curtis Institute, in Philadelphia, is one of the world’s most distinguished music colleges, and its orchestra is currently on a major European tour, conducted by Osmo Vänskä. They are giving concerts in some of Europe’s most celebrated halls – Helsinki Music Centre, Konzerthaus Berlin, Salzburg Mozarteum. In London, however, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra was obliged to squeeze into Cadogan Hall, which simply isn’t large enough to accommodate the hefty programme they had brought.

The confines certainly made Brahms’s First Piano Concerto seem up close and uncomfortably personal. The soloist was Peter Serkin, who studied at Curtis from the age of 11, and whose father, the great pianist Rudolf Serkin, was director of the institute from 1968-76. Serkin’s performance was one of extremes, alternating between truculent outbursts and intense self-communing; and it was matched by Vänskä’s explosive accompaniment. Their austere treatment of the slow movement, the piano writing almost pointillist, brought it close to a standstill; the aim seemed to be to deprive the concerto of any expressive warmth at all.

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- George Hall

Lilian Baylis House, LondonEnglish National Opera’s rehearsal space becomes a post-apocalyptic crater in an imaginative and strongly sung production of Jonathan Dove’s chamber opera

Jonathan Dove is not merely the most prolific but also one of the most skilled of the UK’s contemporary opera composers. In its first performance in this country, his most recent stage work is presented by English National Opera in a new version at their rehearsal studios in London’s West Hampstead. The Day After shares its librettist, April De Angelis, with Dove’s biggest international success, Flight.

It’s a tale within a tale. A group of survivors of a worldwide catastrophe are scavenging for what little food they can find – a few grains of rice a less appealing prospect than the dead cat one of them triumphantly produces from her bag.

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- Andrew Clements

Colston Hall, BristolUnder John Eliot Gardiner and his exceptional group of musicians, every element in Monteverdi’s 1607 music drama was perfectly scaled and projected

This year, there’s no shortage of performances marking the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi. But if any of the events still to come match the concert stagings of the three surviving operas that John Eliot Gardiner is touring all summer with the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and his troupe of solo singers, we will be very lucky indeed. After their exceptional performances of Il Ritorno d’Ulisse and L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Gardiner ended his series at its only British venue before the Edinburgh festival in August with an equally outstanding account of L’Orfeo, the work that launched Monteverdi’s operatic career in 1607.

Related: Monteverdi's Orfeo: 'a brilliant and compelling fable to the inalienable power of music'

The audible gasp when Orfeo takes his fatal look back at Euridice was a measure of how involving it became

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- Malcolm Jack

Barrowland, GlasgowThe electronic mavericks prove they can still bring down the house for a performance of their genre-shattering 1995 debut album, Leftism – even if no longer quite so literally

Leftfield performing their epochal and monumentally banging debut album, Leftism, in full at a sold-out show might once have meant a bonanza night’s trade for drug dealers, but it is probably childminders reaping the benefits at Glasgow’s Barrowland tonight. It is 22 years since this Mercury prize-nominated house and techno album was released, refracting the energy and idealism of the rave era through a wantonly eclectic prism of dub, jungle, reggae and world music sounds. Arguably the first classic British record of electronic dance music, it eased the way for the titans of big beat.

Related: How we made Leftfield's Leftism

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Book Reviews

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham2. WORTH DYING FOR, by Lee Child3. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson5. SIDE JOBS, by Jim Butcher

Top 5 at a Glance1. LIFE, by Keith Richards with James Fox2. BROKE, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe3. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others4. THE LAST BOY, by Jane Leavy5. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOL. 1, by Mark Twain

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. THE FINKLER QUESTION, by Howard Jacobson4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. THE RECKLESS BRIDE, by Stephanie Laurens4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz3. STONES INTO SCHOOLS, by Greg Mortenson4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls5. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

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