Call for Entries – 94th Annual Spring Show

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PARIS (Reuters) - French artist Abraham Poinch embarked on a new feat on Wednesday by enclosing himself inside a block of stone for a week, adding to the two weeks he previously spent inside a sculpture of a bear.

MORON, Cuba (Reuters) - Lack of money has not kept Remigio Hernandez from making striking art. Without formal training or access to supplies, the Cuban artist has still managed to turn his ramshackle home into a museum featuring sculptures made from scraps of aluminum, busts molded from mud and portraits daubed onto discarded televisions.

CAIRO (Reuters) - On a winding road leading into Cairo's City of the Dead, a cartoon mouse with round ears and green eyes adorns the shop fronts and walls of the mausoleums where thousands of Egyptians live among the gravestones.

PARIS (Reuters) - A criminal known as "Spiderman" was jailed for eight years on Monday for stealing five paintings worth 100 million euros ($106 million) from a Paris museum.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Michigan art dealer was sentenced on Thursday to more than three years in prison for engaging in what prosecutors said was an extensive scheme to sell fake works by renowned artists, including Pablo Picasso and Willem de Kooning.

Sports News

(Reuters) - Alberto Salazar, the coach of Britain's Olympic champion Mo Farah, has been accused of using prohibited infusions of supplements to improve the performance of his runners, the Sunday Times reported citing a leaked United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report.

(The Sports Xchange) - Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested on multiple drug charges early Sunday morning in Miami.

(Reuters) - Multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Britain's Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan on April 23, both boxers said on Sunday.

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton is expecting to feel the pain, no matter how much he has worked out over the winter break, when Formula One's first pre-season test starts on Monday.

(Reuters) - High school athlete Mack Beggs, a teenager who is transitioning from female to male, won his 110-pound weight class in the Texas girl's state championship on Saturday, according to media reports.

Science News

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX cargo ship reached the International Space Station on Thursday, delivering science experiments, food and supplies to astronauts a day later than planned due to a GPS data glitch.

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Astrobiologists seeking to understand where life might be found on Mars, and what form it might take, are finding that the Atacama desert in Chile, the driest in the world, may hold some important clues.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, bolstering the prospect of discovering extraterrestrial life, research published on Wednesday showed.

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic has an unusual problem this winter with its wild boar meat, a local delicacy. The boars are radioactive.

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- Andrew Harrison

Palladium, LondonNeil Hannon’s literate, underdog indie is as winning as ever, 20 years after his band’s commercial peak

It takes a certain attunement to the mood of Brexit Britain to turn up at the London Palladium – that bastion of middling light entertainment where even Wednesday night is Sunday night – dressed as Napoleon. Neil Hannon, owner-operator of the Divine Comedy, wears the breeches and bicorn hat of Britain’s original continental bete noire with panache, though, and has the song to match.

The new songs showcase Hannon’s ability to switch from the ironic to the heartfelt without crashing gears

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- Kitty Empire

(#Merky Records)Michael Omari is full of wit and rage on his swaggering debut

Several cycles on from its inception, grime has finally begun reaping its rewards as one of the defining sounds of UK youth, a fiercely local innovation with potentially global reach. Or it had been, until the Brits inexcusably decided to ignore the genre once again.

Following recent milestone LPs by scene elders – Skepta (the Mercury-winning Konnichiwa), Kano and Wiley – all eyes are now on the younger set. In anticipation of debuts by those still in, or barely out of, their teens – AJ Tracey, Novelist, Dave et al – the genre’s heir apparent is universally held to be south London’s Stormzy. On an interlude on Gang Signs & Prayer, Stormzy’s debut album, veteran MC Crazy Titch – who, in his 30s, admits he isn’t entirely sure what a hashtag is – reckons “Stormzy has to be [The Matrix’s protagonist] Neo… this kid has to be seeing the games in zeros and ones. It’s not normal.”

Related: Stormzy: ‘Respect me like you would Frank Ocean or Adele’

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- Fiona Maddocks

Bussey Building; Milton Court; Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe newly formed Opera Story made a dramatic entrance with its fairytale triple bill. Plus, rising stars and a famous sunset…

The siren words “new opera company” and “world premiere” have lured this susceptible sailor to many a rocky shore. Dank tunnels, leaky tents, rainswept terrain. Late starts, late finishes and the assumption that sitting on the floor adds authenticity. Don’t even mention promenading. On the whole I’m up for it. That said, the idea of an operatic update of Snow White told by three different composers wasn’t altogether enticing. Such collaborations can lead to artistic timidity, or an inevitable preference for one element above another.

For its inaugural event, and with evident skill and professionalism, the Opera Story – co-founded and run by two volunteers who also have day jobs – has avoided these pitfalls. Their triple bill, entitled Snow, proved a strong and absorbing evening. Each short opera takes place on a different floor of Peckham’s Bussey Building. (No hanging around. The show began and ended on time. Bravo for that.) A gifted young cast of five and orchestra of 12 performed throughout, with Christopher Stark conducting and James Hurley directing.Rachel Szmukler’s designs, relying on simple props for the in-the-round setting, are given canny atmosphere by Ben Pickersgill’s lighting. With a text by the poet JL Williams, the operas overhaul the original fairytale, introducing violent contemporary attitudes and mercifully bypassing Disney.

It was as if Tansy Davies had put her head to the ground and recreated the roars and crackles of the forest

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- Emily Mackay


Raw-nerved, bare-souled and sharp enough to draw blood with those glockenspiels, Los Campesinos! were one of the keepers of the mid-2000s indie glut. As they enter their uncertain 30s, the former tweecore enfants terribles continue to grow up disgracefully, balancing a warmer, mature sound with a still-angry energy. “Not right to call this old age, but it certainly ain’t youth,” admits Gareth David on the punchy, rousing Hung Empty, while reflecting that “depression is a young man’s game” on the dreamier, wistful 5 Flucloxacillin. Thoughts on their roots take a delicate, sorrowful turn on The Fall of Home, while the frenetic, seething I Broke Up in Amarante explores fear and loathing in Portugal. It’s scene-stealing stuff.

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- Isa Jaward


Grammy award-winning bassist and singer Thundercat is joined by Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Kamasi Washington, Wiz Khalifa, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins on his third full-length album. Over this 23-track epic, Thundercat weaves emotional yet darkly humorous tales of alcohol dependency and heartbreak through mesmeric bass improvisations and soft vocal harmonies. There are many funk-fuelled highlights, including Them Changes, taken from his 2015 release The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam, and the catchy Friend Zone: “Don’t call me, don’t text me, after 2am/ Unless you plan on giving me some”. The tracklist could stand a little pruning, but Thundercat’s virtuoso bass playing and impressive cast of collaborators make it an early standout of 2017.

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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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