Gallery Night Scheduled for July 8, 2016

The Erie Art Museum is organizing the next Gallery Night, scheduled for Friday, July 8 from 7 until...

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SULZANO, Italy (Reuters) - A yellow fabric walkway floating on Lake Iseo in northern Italy has attracted twice as many visitors as expected and has been forced to close at night for essential repairs and cleaning.

LONDON (Reuters) - Eight works by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat collected by actor Johnny Depp over 25 years go under the hammer this month at auction house Christie's in London.

LONDON (Reuters) - A SWAT van spray painted by elusive street artist Banksy will go under the hammer at a London auction on Wednesday with an estimated sale price of around $400,000.

LONDON (Reuters) - British artist David Hockney will return to the Royal Academy of Arts with a new exhibition of portraits that offers an insight into his life in Los Angeles and his connections to the art world.

PARIS (Reuters) - Three antique Japanese theater masks that bear a striking resemblance to former French president Jacques Chirac will go on display from Tuesday in a Paris museum he set up 10 years ago and that will now bear his name.

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OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - Michael Phelps continued to trim his program at the U.S. Olympic swim trials, scratching from the preliminaries of the 100 meters freestyle on Wednesday.

(Reuters) - Twice major winner Jordan Spieth is still undecided about whether to participate in August's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games or opt out because of the Zika virus like several of his fellow professionals.

OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - Newcomers Townley Haas, Olivia Smoliga and Lilly King all punched their tickets to the Rio Games upstaging some of the biggest names in U.S. swimming on Tuesday, as a wave of fresh faces washed over the U.S. Olympic trials.

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg is the only current Formula One driver to have won in Austria and Mercedes' championship leader intends to keep it that way on Sunday by completing his hat-trick in Red Bull's backyard.

LONDON (Reuters) - Tomas Berdych battled the elements and a gritty display by unseeded Croatian Ivan Dodig at a rain-ravaged Wimbledon on Wednesday, sealing a four-set victory he admitted should have been his the previous day.

Science News

SEVILLE, Spain (Reuters) - An airplane powered solely by the sun landed safely in Seville in Spain early on Thursday after an almost three-day flight across the Atlantic from New York in one of the longest legs of the first ever fuel-less flight around the world.

The unique mechanical properties of bat wings could lead to a new breed of nature-inspired drone. A prototype built by researchers at the University of Southampton shows that membrane wings can have improved aerodynamic properties and fly over longer distances on less power.

A UK-based laboratory is working to eradicate animal testing in the cosmetics industry by developing alternative methods which are not only cruelty-free but more scientifically advanced than other current tests.

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Dreaming of a trip to Mars? You'll have to wait at least 15 years for the technology to be developed, the head of the European Space Agency (ESA) said, putting doubt on claims that the journey could happen sooner.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Britain's first official astronaut said on Tuesday he would join another trip to the International Space Station "in a heartbeat" and would love to explore the moon.

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- Andrew Clements

Peters/Walker/Rolfe Johnson/Rayner Cook/BBC SO/BBC Scottish SO/Del Mar(Lyrita, four CDs)

As far as 20th-century British music was concerned, Lyrita was one of one of the most significant record labels of the 1960s and 70s. It made available, in immaculately performed and engineered recordings, a huge range of works, many of which have never been recorded since. When CDs superseded vinyl in the 1980s, Lyrita was slow to respond. The company’s founder, recording engineer Richard Itter, regarded the sound quality of the digital format as markedly inferior to analogue, and the company went into eclipse. Only over the past decade or so have many of its most important recordings finally been issued on disc.

Since Itter died two years ago, there has been a resurgence of interest in the label, too, as it has begun to explore the wealth of high-quality private tapes, mostly of music by British composers, that Itter assembled over half a century from BBC broadcasts. Many document works that have never been available commercially. Phyllis Tate’s opera The Lodger, choral pieces such as Arthur Bliss’s The Beatitudes and Peter Racine Fricker’s The Vision of Judgement, and symphonies by Arnold Cooke, William Wordsworth and Arthur Butterworth, have already been painstakingly transferred to disc in the Itter Broadcast Collection.

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- Tim Ashley

Wigmore Hall, LondonPrina flung around coloratura like it was a weapon, with classy support from period band laBarocca in this all-Gluck concert

In the 1849 poem Contralto, Théophile Gautier described the ability of a low female voice to transcend concepts of gender and attract men and women alike, irrespective of sexual orientation. He was writing about his mistress, the singer Ernesta Grisi, but his words apply equally well to Sonia Prina, whose concert with the period band laBarocca under its founder-conductor Ruben Jais caused quite a stir at the Wigmore Hall. A punk-rock androgyne in black singlet and trousers, Prina gave us a programme of virtuoso Gluck arias, mostly composed in the 1740s, before he adopted the stripped back, mature style that was to have so profound an influence on operatic history.

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- Martin Kettle

Royal Festival Hall, LondonThis was a concentrated and riveting realisation of the first part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, with Jo Pohleim’s Alberich and Wolfgang’s Ablinger-Sperrhacke particularly strong

During his visit to London in 1877, Richard Wagner was thrilled by what he saw of Victorian London from the river. “This is Alberich’s dream come true,” he enthused to his wife, Cosima: “Nibelheim, world dominion, activity, work, everywhere the oppressive feeling of steam and fog.”

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What perfect timing to bring this epic opera about power, greed, deceit, lies and self-delusion to London this week

Richard Farnes paces and moulds his Opera North orchestral forces with real mastery

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- Caroline Sullivan

Bey takes the Stadium of Light by storm, shrugging off the rain with a glittering magnificence and Lemonade’s brutalist rhythms

“What’s the difference between Sunderland FC and Beyoncé? Only one can fill the Stadium of Plight,” one wag tweeted on Tuesday morning. Others wondered whether Sunderland, the first town to declare for leave in the EU referendum, would mistake the track Freedom, from Beyoncé’s current album, Lemonade, as a Brexit endorsement. But there were few such cynics among the near-capacity (tickets were still available, and selling for under face value before the show) crowd at the first European date of the Formation world tour.

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- Tim Ashley

Wigmore Hall, LondonBeethoven’s often overlooked songs were the focus of Matthias Goerne and Kristian Bezuidenhout’s thoughtful and thought-provoking recital

Matthias Goerne and Kristian Bezuidenhout devoted the entirety of their recital to songs by Beethoven – unfamiliar territory, for the most part, despite the prence of An die ferne Geliebte and a handful of favourites such as Adelaide. This was a programme that primarily gave us an opportunity to assess and reappraise a body of work all too frequently overlooked.

Beethoven’s songs push at the limits of the genre, sometimes with the variability that comes with innovation. The two versions of An die Hoffnung, one performed in each half, tell a story of compositional development in themselves. The first, from 1805, has a lyrical immediacy. The second, written 10 years later, pushes towards an operatic scena with its recitative and bi-partite aria. The Gellert Lieder from 1802 have the hymnic quality we associate with some of Beethoven’s slow movements – that of the Emperor Concerto, for instance.

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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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