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MLADA BOLESLAV, Czech Republic (Reuters) - A Czech performer of bubble art surrounded 275 high school students and a car with a single soap-bubble screen on Wednesday, breaking the national record.

LONDON (Reuters) - A 14-foot high sculpture of a winged bull made of empty date syrup cans could be greeting visitors to London's Trafalgar Square next year if it is chosen from a shortlist unveiled on Thursday.

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Artists usually like to attend the opening of their exhibitions but the painter of the works that went on display at a gallery in Helsinki on Tuesday preferred to carry on hibernating.

LONDON (Reuters) - Conductor Simon Rattle unveiled what he described as a musical "tapas bar" on Tuesday as he presented an eclectic program for his first season with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO).

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - As Iraqi forces fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State, an artist in nearby Erbil is chiseling at clay in a tiny, unheated studio to recreate historic Assyrian monuments destroyed by the group.

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(The Sports Xchange) - Having already delivered convincing statements earlier this week by drubbing the Cavaliers and Thunder, the Warriors were quick to send the message on Friday that exacting revenge for a previous loss was a pressing priority.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams gave compatriot Nicole Gibbs a lesson in grand slam tennis with a 6-1 6-3 thrashing to charge into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

(Reuters) - The Oakland Athletics beefed up their bullpen on Friday by signing former San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla on a two-year contract worth $11 million, the Major League Baseball team said.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray is yet to reach his maximum potential and should only get better but the world number one has not seen the back of Novak Djokovic, according to eight-times grand slam champion Andre Agassi.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A rampaging Roger Federer delivered a stunning reminder of his class with a crushing 6-2 6-4 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych to storm into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.

Science News

(Reuters) - A small moth with a yellowish-white coif of scales has been named after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in honor of the former reality TV show host and real estate magnate's signature hairdo.

(Reuters) - Six scientists have entered a dome perched atop a remote volcano in Hawaii where they will spend the next eight months in isolation to simulate life for astronauts traveling to Mars, the University of Hawaii said.

OSLO (Reuters) - World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, U.S. government agencies said on Wednesday.

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - While plenty of cannabis goes up in smoke in coffee shops around the Netherlands, Dutch researchers have found a new use for it - as an environmentally friendly building material to rival cement or steel.

(Reuters) - Europe's leading association of oncologists has thrown its weight behind cheaper copycat versions of biotech cancer drugs that have lost patent protection, saying they are effective and affordable.

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- Graeme Virtue

Royal Concert Hall, GlasgowHeadlining a jammed Celtic Connections festival, Marling created startling moments of intimacy on the broadest orchestral canvas

There is never a shortage of fiddles – blazing or otherwise – at Celtic Connections, the sociable celebration of roots music that has thawed the January chill in Glasgow since 1994. Less common is the sight of a full orchestra, despite the home of the festival being a formal concert hall. To bolster the launch of the 2017 edition, artistic director Donald Shaw recruited the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, who – under the baton of Jules Buckley – served as a sensitive, if undoubtedly luxurious, house band at a diverse opening concert.

Shaw was not the only Donald to be referenced from the stage. Opening a jammed first half, festival regular Karine Polwart updated her Trump protest song Cover Your Eyes with some inauguration-themed jabs, the BBCSSO adding widescreen drama to her elemental tale. From there, the rapidly rotating bill served as a vertical slice of the entire festival, spotlighting talent both homegrown (a brace of moving duets from Scottish troubadours Rachel Sermanni and Adam Holmes) and far-flung (some boisterous Michigan bluegrass from Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys).

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- Jim Farber

The free show managed to wrangle Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down along with several second-tier acts performing for ‘not particularly diverse’ fans

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Stalwart patriotism, showy entertainment and flagrant nostalgia ruled the day at the “Make American Great Again! Welcome Celebration” inaugural concert in Washington on Thursday. The show, presented in front of the Lincoln Memorial a day before Donald Trump’s official swearing in as president, earned uncommon advance coverage for an embarrassing reason. So many major stars turned down the offer to perform at the event, it seemed like any critically respected, or commercially significant, artists would sooner be struck deaf than participate. One star who initially signed on – singer Jennifer Holliday – felt pressured by her fans to back out days before.

The two-hour free show managed to wrangle several star acts – including Toby Keith – though they were mainly ones who appeal to listeners who live far outside the country’s largest cities, and whose music ranks low on the approval scale of the nation’s tastemakers. In that sense, the performers aptly mirrored the sensibility Trump so deeply tapped into. CBS correspondent Chris Van Cleef described the audience in the ticketed seats for the event as “not particularly diverse”.

Related: How celebrities will protest around Trump's inauguration

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- Alfred Hickling

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Emily Howard’s scientific experiment Torus intrigued, exciting young pianist Teo Gheorghiu brought poetic introspection to Liszt, and Shostakovich was gloriously kitsch and unabashed

It’s not unusual for composers to hold teaching posts at conservatoires, and Emily Howard is no exception. But not many can also claim to be visiting senior fellow at the University of Liverpool’s Faculty of Sciences and Engineering; or to be quite as committed to producing large-scale orchestral works that stand as aural models of advanced mathematical concepts.

Torus, Howard’s 20 minute concerto for orchestra, was commissioned and premiered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic at last year’s Proms and here received its home debut. It is based on a figure that is sometimes described as resembling an elongated doughnut, though presumably without the jam, as Howard’s ethereal, deliberately slow-moving piece established a slippery, infinite glissando as if running a finger around the rim of the known universe.

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- Cassie Tongue

Theatre Royal, HobartPeaches’ reinterpretation of Jesus Christ Superstar retains the rock-opera roots of the original while infusing it with new meaning and her trademark humour

In Heaven on Their Minds, the first number of Jesus Christ Superstar, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit rock opera about the last days before the crucifixion, Judas tells us, If you strip away the myth from the man / you will see / where we all soon will be.

This line seems to demand an excavation of not just the myth of the church but also of musical theatre excess. Peaches, the queer performance artist and rock star, has done exactly that in her defiantly stripped-back, serious interpretation of the show: a one-woman epic titled, of course, Peaches Christ Superstar.

Related: Peaches webchat – your questions answered on Trump, feminism and being yourself

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- Caroline Sullivan

(Loose Music)

Entranced by the myth of the open road, Arizona songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews once spent four days crossing America on a Greyhound bus and her sixth album, which is the first to bring her to wide attention, skews heavily towards country tradition. Andrews has the observant eye of the bartender she once was, pinpointing the little horrors that make romantic disasters stick in the mind: on How Quickly Your Heart Mends she’s crying in a bar toilet while “the jukebox is playing a sad song for all the ugly Americans”; on Only in My Mind she acknowledges that her daydream of domesticity in a house in “a small forest grove” is a chimera. So the album goes: over and above the intimacy of the sparse acoustic landscapes and her unaffected vocals – Joni Mitchell and Alela Diane are clear influences – the delicate lyrical barbs make Honest Life one to hear. It could have done with an upbeat song or two to puncture the introspection, but that’s just being picky.

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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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