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Mercyhurst Dancers Perform 18th Edition of Raw Edges

Mark your calendars for May 6-8 to attend the 18th edition of Raw Edges, the audience favorite from the Mercyhurst Dance Department. The...

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LONDON (Reuters) - From Joshua Reynolds to Lucian Freud, works spanning several centuries of British art will go under the hammer as part of a sale celebrating 250 years since auction house Christie's was founded.

BERN (Reuters) - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei plans to release a film about the migrant crisis next year, adding to the celebrity voices seeking to highlight the plight of refugees.

PARIS (Reuters) - French luxury goods magnate Francois Pinault is finally achieving his ambition of opening a museum in Paris to house his vast private art collection a decade after he ditched previous plans over red tape and opened a gallery in Venice instead.

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile draws millions of viewers from across the world, all eager to see the art world's most famous female face. But is it?

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Taiwan artist has refused to see the big picture and instead captured the likeness of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, to celebrate her inauguration next month, on a single grain of rice.

Sports News

(The Sports Xchange) - Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 46 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 Friday night at the Moda Center.

SAN JOSE (The Sports Xchange) - Joel Ward's tiebreaking goal at 11:49 of the third enabled the San Jose Sharks to rally for a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

DALLAS (The Sports Xchange) - Radek Faksa had a goal and an assist and Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots for the Dallas Stars in a 2-1 victory against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round series on Friday at American Airlines Center.

(The Sports Xchange) - When the Miami Heat needed someone to step up at crunch time Friday, Dwyane Wade delivered.

(The Sports Xchange) - When the Indiana Pacers are more than All-Star forward Paul George's prolific scoring, they usually are difficult to beat.

Science News

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronomers have found a first-of-its-kind tailless comet whose composition may offer clues into long-standing questions about the solar system's formation and evolution, according to research published on Friday in the journal Science Advances.

SUTHERLAND, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa’s SALT telescope has helped detect the first white dwarf pulsar, the latest co-discovery that has astronomers eager to use the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere to unlock the galaxy's secrets.

LONDON (Reuters) - British astronaut Tim Peake drove a rover on Mars on Friday -- or at least pretended to by test-driving the exploration vehicle on earth remotely from space.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants to put astronauts on the moon by 2036, a senior space official said, the latest goal in China's ambitious lunar exploration program.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - United Launch Alliance's workhorse Atlas 5 rocket will remain grounded until this summer while engineers fix a problem that triggered an early engine shutdown during its last flight, the space venture said on Friday.

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- Nigel M Smith

‘I won’t apologize for the fire in my eyes,’ sings the embattled pop star in her anthemic new collaboration with EDM star Zedd

“I’m not afraid,” Kesha declares in True Colors, her first song in three years. Not to be confused with Cyndi Lauper’s 80s classic, True Colors is less danceable than Kesha’s last single, Timber, her 2013 collaboration with Pitbull – but it’s no less addictive.

First debuted at Coachella with EDM artist Zedd, True Colors finds the pop star in an urgent and defiant mood. Given all that’s transpired since Kesha brought a lawsuit against her former mentor for sexual assault in 2014 (most recently, a judge in New York dismissed her case), the tone couldn’t be more appropriate. Consider True Colors her #FreeKesha anthem.

Related: Kesha returns to the studio for new single to be released on Friday

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- Alexis Petridis

The rapper’s latest album offers a lengthy inventory of miseries, cleverly offset by a sly sense of humour and eclectic sound. It is compelling evidence that this is the defining pop artist of the moment

Midway through Drake’s fourth studio album comes a song called Still Here. The musical backdrop is sparse and eerie – its two-chord hook marooned over a scattering of vaguely gothic-sounding electronics – but the mood is self-congratulatory: “Doin’ well, dog,” he keeps repeating, with the air of a man who might be nodding his head and smiling as he says it.

This counts as one of Drake’s more understated assessments of his own talent and success. By his own account, he is a man apparently troubled by many things, but a crippling sense of modesty has never been among them. It’s a statement that’s hard to disagree with: at 29, he could make a reasonable claim not merely to be the biggest crossover star in hip-hop, but the defining pop artist of the moment, citing the current singles chart as evidence. It’s not just that he features on three singles in this week’s Top 40, one at No 1, another a former No 1 and the third – a gloomy confection of off-key synthesizer and muffled female vocals erroneously titled Pop Style – a track so uncommercial that it’s tempting to wonder if it really has any business being in the charts at all. It’s that his patent brand of melancholy, poor-me solipsism seems to have become pop music’s default mode of expression.

Related: How Drake became the all-pervading master of hyper-reality rap

Related: Views on Views: the talking points from Drake’s new album

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- John Lewis

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonFrom ravers to old-school fans, Porter’s ability to appeal to a wide demographic bears solid testimony to his appeal

Gregory Porter certainly attracts a broad demographic. There are twentysomething ravers who’ve heard him guest with Disclosure, old-school R&B fans who’ve been introduced to him by Gilles Peterson, and fiftysomething couples for whom he’s a fixture of tea-time telly.

Related: The playlist: jazz – Miles Davis, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula and more

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- Malcolm Jack

Summerhall, EdinburghThe Osaka rockers bounce through their catchy numbers with the excitable abandon of teenagers

Round the corner from Summerhall there’s a pub called the Southern, which in 1991 entered local rock’n’roll folklore by hosting an impromptu acoustic set from Nirvana. Many in Edinburgh still dine out on claims to have been there. Certainly Shonen Knife were present, the Japanese trio having tagged along after supporting the soon-to-be world famous Seattleites at the city’s Calton Studios. Kurt Cobain was a huge fan of this then still very obscure Osaka band, and his patronage helped catalyse a career that now spans 20 albums.

At 55 years old, the sole constant original member, singer-guitarist Naoko Yamano, remains a wellspring of enthusiasm for the elementary pleasure of punk-pop. She looks little older than the band’s young new drummer, Risa, and still plays with all the excitability of a teenager who’s just learned three chords and realised she’s got the mastering of most of the Ramones catalogue. “We are happy to come back to Edinburgh rock city,” she proclaims, punctuating the sentence with a devil horn. Soon Yamano and her sister, bassist Atsuko – another founder member recently restored to the fold – are flicking their hair to Twist Barbie like they invented headbanging.

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- Paul MacInnes

It has everything a boyband track should: catchiness, upbeatery, males being respectful to females


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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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