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Arts & Culture News

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sales of classical Chinese paintings, devotional sculptures from India, Nepal and Tibet and ancient ceramic and porcelain vases and jars, including a rare Ming dynasty bowl, will be among the highlights of Asian Art Week auctions in New York.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A rare blue flawless 12-carat diamond, one of the world's rarest gems, was the newest attraction at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on Friday, adding a vibrant sparkle to the museum's gem collection.  

LONDON (Reuters) - An exhibition of paper cut-outs by the French artist Henri Matisse drew more than 560,000 visitors to London's Tate Modern, making it the most popular show ever mounted at the museum, the Tate said on Monday.

OXFORD England (Reuters) - Egypt's "boy king" Tutankhamun has gripped the imagination since his tomb was discovered in 1922, and a new exhibition tells the enthralling tale of how archaeologists unearthed and recorded the contents of his 3,000-year-old resting place.

LONDON (Reuters) - The Royal Opera House rolled out the red carpet for young people on Thursday for season opener "Anna Nicole," based on the life of American stripper and Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith whose voluptuous surgically enhanced cleavage attracted a billionaire.

Sports News

(Reuters) - Rutgers football fans who wore T-shirts that read "Ped State" to a weekend game with Pennsylvania State University were "classless," the New Jersey school said on Monday, apologizing for the taunting reference to a former Penn State coach's child sex abuse convictions.

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods has yet to swing a golf club since missing the cut at last month's PGA Championship but said on Monday his recovery from a back injury was progressing well and that he anticipated a full playing schedule next year.

(Reuters) - Adrian Peterson, a marquee National Football League running back facing charges of child abuse for injuries he caused when disciplining his son, was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday.

(Reuters) - Tests on the injured ankle of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III showed no fracture but there is no timetable for his return to action, coach Jay Gruden said Monday.

(Reuters) - The National Football League, reeling from a series of domestic violence cases involving some of its players, said on Monday it hired four women to help shape domestic violence policies.

Science News

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - NASA won't meet a congressionally ordered goal to find 90 percent of nearby and potentially dangerous asteroids larger than 460 feet (140 meters) in diameter, the agency’s Inspector General said on Monday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Although it's far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene into mice.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A blazing meteor lit up the night sky like fireworks across a dozen eastern U.S. states and prompted almost 160 sighting reports, the American Meteor Society said on Monday.

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - A team of scientists identified on Monday the point on the surface of a comet, known as "Site J," where they aim to land a probe in what would be a historic breakthrough for their decade-long project.

OSLO (Reuters) - Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.

Movie Reviews

For his 44th film as director, Woody Allen revisits a pet theme: a man mooning over a woman decades his junior. That man is Stanley Crawford, a London magician who performs in yellowface as ‘Wei Ling-soo’, a purported mystic from the Orient. Well-versed in the art of deception, he’s soon whisked off to the French Riviera on a special mission: to expose a supposed American spiritualist as a charlatan. But meeting Sophie Baker (Emma Stone), Stanley is instantly enchanted. And given that the milksop (Hamish Linklater) currently courting her leaves the tweedy conjurer looking like prime beefcake, the attraction is duly reciprocated. True, the ensuing flirtation does go all round the houses. Also, Stanley’s idea of seduction is to conduct himself like a prat. But, despite the age gap, the romance does convince, thanks in no small part to the charming, funny Stone, who also keeps us guessing as to whether she really is clairvoyant or pulling a fast one. Her physical radiance, meanwhile, is rivalled by Darius Khondji’s glorious cinematography. For all its pleasures, this isn’t A-grade Allen, coming off lightweight next to the recent double whammy of box-office smash Midnight In Paris and Best Actress-winner Blue Jasmine. Yet it’s certainly a cut above some of the Wood-man’s other dalliances with illusionism like The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion and Scoop. There are scene-stealing turns from Jacki Weaver and Marcia Gay Harden, and if the script gets rickety in places, the clever climax goes some way to paying back our patience.

Whatever you think of Eugenio Mira’s thriller, it has a pretty solid pitch: Phone Booth, with a piano. Joel Schumacher’s high-concept effort saw Colin Farrell trapped in a public booth, with a sniper torturing him from afar. This time, it’s Elijah Wood in the hot seat as concert pianist Tom Selznick, who returns to the limelight some five years after he cracked on stage whilst trying to play the notoriously difficult piece ‘La Cinquette’. Playing in Chicago, Tom’s comeback performance is soon looking like it might be his last, when his sheet music is scrawled with the menacing letters: “Play one wrong note and you die.” Somewhere in the theatre is Tom’s tormentor, training his rifle right at the stage. After a swift departure to his dressing room, Tom gets a text, telling him to look in his backpack. Inside is an earpiece, allowing his assailant (voiced by John Cusack) to whisper instructions. Written by Damien Chazelle (who has since gone on to write/direct Sundance winner Whiplash), Grand Piano gets more ludicrous with every tick of its metronome. Never mind that Tom leaves the stage on numerous occasions. Or that, at one point, he texts on his phone one-handed for helpwhile still tinkling those ivories. Or that Cusack’s killer has spent three years engineering this diabolical scheme in the most ludicrously complicated way possible. Still, all this could be forgiven if it weren’t for the disappointingly mundane reason behind it all. Really, Grand Piano is a one-act idea stretched, barely, across three. But at least it’s attacked with zest by Spanish director Mira, who serves up some impressive visual flourishes – notably an overhead camera shot near the end. Wood, too, is thoroughly convincing, as he hammers at those keys. Cusack, largely off-screen, is effective, and there’s a welcome appearance by Bill & Ted star Alex Winter as his assistant. A pity they’re all made to hit duff notes.

A rock one-off gets suitably singular treatment in Brit artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s rich, wry, sumptuously styled study of Nick Cave. We see Cave recording, in therapy, joshing with bandmate Warren Ellis, giving Kylie Minogue a lift... Most rock-docs would present this material as “the real Cave”, but Forsyth/Pollard diss genre clichés and adopt a semi-staged ‘day in the life’ pitch to show how Cave truly is larger than life. Cave’s wittily hard-boiled voiceover and on-stage potency complete the picture: a properly artful portrait of an artist in total command of his myth.

Imagine The Hangover scrubbed clean of any salacious bits. That’s this film. As the ‘Too’ would imply, it’s a sequel to the 2012 hit Think Like A Man, a manic romcom based on a self-help book aimed at women with relationship woes. In this one, the ping-ponging couples from the first film, led by motormouth Kevin Hart, descend on Vegas for the wedding of mama’s boy Michael (Terrence J) and worldly-wise single mum Candace (Regina Hall). Not surprisingly, gags about gambling and strippers ensue. Also not surprisingly, the lightweight laughs dissolve into eye-rolling melodrama.

Ten years after Garden State, Zach Braff delivers his second film as writer/director/star. He plays Aidan, an aspiring actor sent into a tailspin when his father (Mandy Patinkin) contracts cancer. Lacking – perhaps deliberately – its predecessor’s hipster edge, WIWH functions as a grown-up weepie, following Aidan on a journey of enlightenment. Penned by Braff and brother Adam, there’s an unevenness to the script – one subplot seems to exist solely to give Kate Hudson (Aidan’s wife) something to do – but there are genuinely touching moments amid the slush.

CD Reviews

- John Fordham

Ronnie Scotts, LondonJoined by Dave OHiggins on sax, Darius, Chris and Dan showcased their dads adroitness at producing tunes for the head, heart and booty

Last week was a good one for the Brubeck brand if such a sophisticated collection of achievements can stand such a tawdry tag. Three of the late composers jazz-performing sons pianist Darius, bassist Chris and drummer Dan sold out four nights at Ronnie Scotts, and Chris Brubeck also premiered his through-composed Travels in Time for Three, and a new orchestral arrangement of his dads famous Blue Rondo à la Turk, at the Proms on Tuesday. Dave Brubecks ability to mobilise the heart, the head and the booty made him a household name and if his offspring dont quite catch the pin-sharp purposefulness of the classic 50s Brubeck quartet, theyre old hands at celebrating the vision, and engaging creators of original music too.

The brothers were joined by the UKs adroit Dave OHiggins on sax, introduced by bandleader Darius as the honorary Brubeck. Its a Raggy Waltz retained its catchy piano hook and clever tempo-shifts, but acquired a laconically soulful quality from OHigginss more Coltrane-esque tenor sound, and a crisp, hard-boppish fluency in Dariuss piano break. OHiggins was nimble on soprano sax in the skippy descents of The Duke, and slithery and microtonal (like the late Brubeck sax maestro Paul Desmond on the original) in bridging European and Turkish music on the impressionistic The Golden Horn, from 1958s Jazz Impressions of Eurasia. Dariuss Cathys Summer merged waltzing tranquillity and glimpses of salsa, while a headlong, South African-inspired vehicle for Chriss bass and Dans sleek, soft-textured drumming confirmed the groups openness to world music.

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- Kate Molleson

City Halls, GlasgowThe finale to Peter Maxwell Daviess long birthday season featured three touching tributes from fellow Scottish composers

Its been a long birthday season for Peter Maxwell Davies, from midsummer concerts in Orkney to a late-night Prom on the big day itself. This Glasgow finale felt like a homecoming among friends. There were solo, chamber and orchestral works performed by musicians who have known the composer for decades, and there were birthday presents: three surprise tributes by fellow Scottish composers. Sally Beamish, Alasdair Nicolson and James MacMillan each presented short pieces responding to aspects of Maxwell Daviess legacy. All three spoke fondly of Max as an inspiration and a generous source of encouragement.

Beamishs Fanfares and Fancies on a Popular Air is a spry piano duet (played here by Michael Bawtree and Beamish herself) following in the long tradition of variations on a theme by the dedicatee in this case Maxwell Daviess indelibly touching Farewell to Stromness. Nicolsons solo guitar piece Magnus is based on a 13th-century hymn to Orkneys patron saint. Played by Sean Shibe, it was a misty, rugged, restless evocation of the islands. MacMillan, meanwhile, paid tribute to Maxwell Daviess work for children with a sweet, eerie Burns setting. The Rising Moon was performed by solemn young singers and bell ringers from Cumnocks Greenmill primary and a full-voiced quartet from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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- Kate Hutchinson

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, LondonDave Grohl and co are perfect for the closing ceremony, cranking out the mass singalongs with punk-spirit spontaneity The Invictus Games closing ceremony in pictures

You can see exactly why Prince Harry got on the blower to Dave Grohl and asked him whether Foo Fighters could close the first Invictus Games, the sporting competition for wounded and sick service personnel. The band already have an unofficial anthem in My Hero, which they dedicate tonight to all the heroes in the audience. Their other pop-rock hits, meanwhile, chime just as emphatically, whether Walk about learning to walk again Times Like These, about finding a way to live, give and love, or Learn to Fly, about ...

The Foos are not only the perfect rock act for the event as opposed to, say, James Blunt and Ellie Goulding, who paint the bill vanilla earlier in the day but one of the greatest rock acts of our time. Its not just that they run up and down the stage, crack out the singalong hits like a mass karaoke session and flash those toothy smiles so wide they could light up the Olympic Park themselves. Its that, despite their stadium stature, they maintain a real sense of spontaneity and punk spirit: see the three free, last-minute live shows they played at intimate UK venues last week. As you might expect after three consecutive gigs, the band seem a bit knackered at first. Grohls mighty foghorn is more like a scratchy hyenas bark; Taylor Hawkins endearingly forgets the words to his song Cold Day in the Sun, filling the space instead with a bemused grin. But they still manage to keep up the hype, charging their poppier tracks with bristling hardcore-punk (at the climax of My Hero) and guitar riffs straight out of the Led Zep rulebook (The Pretender).

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- Caroline Sullivan

Hyde Park, LondonRadio 2s annual one-day music festival showcases some great past and present acts, but the symphonic pop songs of Jeff Lynnes ELO trump them all

The last time Electric Light Orchestra announced live dates, in 2001, they were cancelled due to low ticket sales, something that assuredly wouldnt happen were they to tour now. The cultural affiliations that got them classified as prog-pop foolishness no longer prevent serious reappraisal, and mainstay Jeff Lynne currently finds himself critically recast as a songwriting and arranging genius. This gigs 50,000 tickets sold out in 90 minutes.

Their set is the culmination of Radio 2s annual one-day music festival, an event that strives to show that the nations biggest station has a handle on both past and present. Paloma Faith and Kacey Musgraves represent the new cavalcade of sparky chameleons who flit seamlessly between Radios 1 and 2, but are overshadowed by Blondie and Billy Ocean and their dozens of hits.

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- Tim Ashley

Performing under the baton of Alan Gilbert, the Gewandhaus only gradually found Beethovens fire, with clear and controlled playing in the earlier movements giving way to an explosive choral finale

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra arrived at the Proms without its kapellmeister, Riccardo Chailly, who cancelled his summer engagements after injuring his arm earlier this year. He was replaced by Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, a fine if variable conductor whose UK performances divide opinion.

The main work in their second programme was Beethovens Ninth Symphony, restored after an absence to its once traditional place in the penultimate concert of the series. The symphony was prefaced with Friedrich Cerhas Paraphrase on the Opening of Beethovens Symphony No 9, one in a series of works commissioned in 2010 by the Gewandhaus to accompany the orchestras Beethoven cycle, and heard in London during their Barbican residency. Cerha is best known for his completion of the third act of Bergs Lulu, and his paraphrase takes a variant of the symphonys opening motto as the starting point for a journey into astringent Bergian darkness and back. It is fractionally too long, but is deftly scored and was attractively played.

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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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3rd Annual Pickin’ On Cancer Fundraiser to Benefit StringsforaCURE

StringsforaCURE® (SFAC), an Erie-based nonprofit charitable organization that provides support and financial assistance to cancer...