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LONDON (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" fans will be able to bid for a piece of history next week when a book designed, hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling goes on sale at Sotheby's auction house in London.

MILAN (Reuters) - Milan's La Scala opera house opened its new season on Wednesday with the original, more brutal version of Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", not shown there since its poorly received premiere in 1904.

PRAGUE (Reuters) - An exhibition aimed at blind people has opened in Prague, inviting visitors to touch artwork and enjoy pieces they would normally only read or hear about.

LONDON (Reuters) - London-based artist Helen Marten has won this year's Turner Prize, receiving 25,000 pounds at Britain's annual contemporary art award.

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian choreographer Boris Eifman's latest ballet 'Up and Down' arrives on the London stage this week, a two-act ballet set to the music of composers George Gershwin and Franz Schubert that chronicles a young psychiatrist's descent into madness.

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LONDON (Reuters) - More than 1,000 Russian competitors across more than 30 sports were involved in an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests as Moscow 'hijacked international sport' over the course of five years, an independent WADA report said on Friday.

(Reuters) - The National Football League (NFL) will stage four games in London next season as part of is growing commitment to what it calls an increasing fan base in the British capital.

(Reuters) - Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova has denied being a traitor and said being banned for two years was the turning-point that led her to expose Russia's state-backed and systematic doping program.

(The Sports Xchange) - The Kansas City Chiefs took control of the AFC West with a 21-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday in chilly weather conditions,

(Reuters) - The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a free agent deal to sign former Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler, Major League Baseball reported on its website.

Science News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. But its misfortune is now giving scientists unique insight into feathered dinosaurs that prospered during the Cretaceous Period.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An unmanned H-2B rocket blasted off from Tanegashima island in southern Japan on Friday to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists examining the jawbone of a saber-toothed, mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years ago have come across a remarkable fossil rarity: one of the oldest-known tumors.

LONDON (Reuters) - British satellite company Inmarsat will switch to using Arianespace from rival SpaceX to launch a new satellite to provide broadband connectivity to air passengers, it said on Thursday.

(Reuters) - John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95.

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- Malcolm Jack

The Hydro, GlasgowThe age-defying band’s vitality and absurd humour keep them the right side of silliness for handstands and cross-generational singalongs

Their days of doing drugs and dressing their genitals with socks mercifully long gone, LA funk-rock indestructibles Red Hot Chili Peppers have become the kind of generations-spanning band to attract both parents and their teenage kids to shows. They ought to have long since descended into total self-parody with their icky sex jams, but there’s something about the band’s absurd sense of humour and very Californian age-defying vitality that keeps them just the right side of outright ridiculousness.

Singer Anthony Kiedis, who at 54 appears to be taking fashion advice from 20-something hipster cycle couriers, crawls on stage for reasons unexplained before bounding around like a baby gazelle to openers Can’t Stop, Dani California and The Zephyr Song. Slappiest of bass-slappers Flea, who also at 54 has come dressed in an outfit that looks as if it’s cut from some kind of psychedelic patchwork bedspread, seems, meanwhile, to be taking fashion advice from no one.

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- Hannah J Davies

Electric Ballroom, LondonThe transgender frontwoman sounds both authoritative and breakable as glass as the band pour out their sweat and emotion

In 2012, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender. It’s a change that has been mirrored in her punk-rock output, too. For the band’s sixth studio album, 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Grace focused her songwriting on her gender identity, while their seventh, Shape Shift With Me, released in September, saw the narrative evolve further, as she charted sex and relationships from a new perspective.

On stage, it’s no surprise that the Floridians have a political aside to share with the audience. “The best thing about touring in the UK is I can say with absolute certainty that none of you voted for Donald Trump!” Grace bellows, before the band dart left and right through a back catalogue that would outrage the alt-right. The staging is sparse, with a dribble of smoke and a dozen flashing LEDs, but it hardly matters: fans are here to see a rock band pour out their sweat and emotion.

Related: Against Me!: Shape Shift With Me review – punk's raging radicals continue to excite

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- Joel Golby

Also this week, Alicia Keys has some difficult conversations, while Ty Dolla $ign lives every 14 year-old boy’s fantasy

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- Dave Simpson

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Related: The Doors: 10 of the best

Many of the countless Doors live albums are far from essential, but this one feels genuinely important. The recently discovered 1966 audience recording from a gig at the Los Angeles club London Fog captures the band in their lesser-known embryonic period. Their sound is already in place and Jim Morrison is on the verge of becoming the Lizard King, using the near-empty Sunset Strip venue to develop the necessary stagecraft to get his mojo rising. The various covers range from smouldering, sensual blues (BB King’s Rock Me) to raw, roughhouse rockers (Big Joe Williams’ Baby Please Don’t Go). The two originals – a tightly wound, thrillingly focused You Make Me Real and a particularly ominous, spooked and spooky Strange Days – may be respectively two and four years away from their studio versions, but already sound eerily fully formed. Throughout, disinterested audience chatter and the chink of glasses belies the fact that within months, the London Fog’s unknown house band would be among the hottest groups in the world.

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- Harriet Gibsone

(Rough Trade)

The word “collaboration” is used with such frequency in 2016 that it wouldn’t be so strange to hear someone who’d just made a sandwich to claim they were collaborating with the bread. But Icelandic songwriter Emiliana Torrini is a genuine example of an artist who enhances her output with her partnerships: from Gypsies in Córdoba to an experimental Berlin jazz band and an Icelandic symphony orchestra in Reykjavík, and now Belgian ensemble The Colorist Orchestra. This live album of new songs and interpretations of Torrini’s catalog is a vibrant, colourful collection of classical and contemporary collisions. Serenade, from 2005, was once a delicate tightrope across a cobweb, but is now a percussive waltz, while new song When We Dance – written during an electric storm – is verdant and playful, and the stark, guitar-driven, dive-bar grime of 2008’s Gun is given an eccentric remake. The orchestra certainly elevates some aspects of her songs, but cannot replace the powerful solitude of Torrini’s solo recordings.

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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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Gallery Night scheduled for December 2, 2016

The Erie Art Museum is organizing the next Gallery Night, scheduled for Friday, December 2 from 7 until 10 p.m. The Erie Art Museum and...

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