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Jazz Night at PACA June 20th 

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OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - A beach in Belgium has been transformed into a giant sandy gallery, featuring larger-than-life super heroes, cartoon characters and Cinderella's castle, for one of the world's biggest sand-sculpture festivals.

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) - "When did so many people start caring about contemporary art?" wondered Marc Glimcher, head of the Pace gallery empire, as he busily made deals at Art Basel's VIP preview this week.

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's top administrative court on Thursday suspended a ruling that ousted five museum directors who had been hired as part of a bid to modernize and boost revenue from the country's artistic and archaeological treasures.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Korean-born architect on Wednesday sued a major architecture firm over the design of Manhattan's One World Trade Center, claiming that the building bears a "striking similarity" to a tower he designed in 1999 while in graduate school.

LONDON (Reuters) - On the flick of a flurry of switches, a studio on a gray industrial estate in East London lights up to reveal hundreds of bright neon artworks.

Sports News

(Reuters) - Serena Williams has asked John McEnroe for "respect" after the seven-times grand slam champion said his fellow American would be ranked "like 700 in the world" if she had to play on the men's circuit.

(Reuters) - Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook put the finishing touch on a magical season by being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016-17 campaign on Monday at the NBA's inaugural awards show.

(Reuters) - Fresh off their NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly trying to bring Paul George over from the Indiana Pacers to add firepower and defense to the Eastern Conference champs.

TORONTO (Reuters) - Teemu Selanne, who led the Anaheim Ducks to a Stanley Cup and is the Olympics' all-time leading scorer, headlined the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2017 announced on Monday.

HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - New Zealand lifted the America's Cup on Monday, almost white-washing the U.S. holders with a revolutionary boat and a new superstar sailor avenging a humbling defeat four years ago.

Science News

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space on Friday, several of them for European countries, in a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space.

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite has been launched into space, operator Bulsatcom said in a statement on Saturday.

ILLIMANI MOUNTAIN, Bolivia (Reuters) - A team of international scientists are transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica, for study and preservation before the glacier disappears.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The first total solar eclipse across the continental United States in a century is expected to spark watching parties and traffic jams as it darkens skies from Oregon to South Carolina, authorities said on Wednesday.

(This version of the June 21 story deletes final paragraph which incorrectly states remaining area is open to public)

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- George Hall

The Grange, NorthingtonJohn Copley’s expertly crafted production extracts every ounce of humour from Britten’s cosy comedy; in the pit, Steuart Bedford brings precision and sensibility

Benjamin Britten’s 1947 opera shares its tone with the famous series of Ealing screen comedies launched that year: an attitude to stock characters and staple attitudes of English life that blended mild satire with fond nostalgia.

In this village comedy set in East Anglia in 1900, a lack of suitably chaste young women to be May Queen means that the repressed grocer’s lad Albert is anointed May King. At his coronation, however, his lemonade is spiked, and he sets off on a drunken spree, finally returning to put his elders and betters firmly in their place.

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- Tim Ashley

Wigmore Hall, LondonThis even-handed pairing of Bartoli and Jaroussky found them at their finest in close-harmony duets, while Ensemble Artaserse offered sparkling accompaniment

‘I am Music,” Cecilia Bartoli sang at the start of this beautiful concert, in which she joined Philippe Jaroussky and the Ensemble Artaserse – the period band he co-founded in 2002 – for a recital of 17th-century Italian arias, duets and instrumental works. The words come from the prologue to Monteverdi’s Orfeo, and the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth was marked with a programme that placed his work alongside that of his successors Francesco Cavalli and Agostino Steffani. Jaroussky sang the prologue’s second stanza, with its Platonic imagery of music as a reflection of divine harmony. This was very much an even-handed affair, in which neither singer assumed prominence.

Both singers are, of course, at home in the 17th-century repertory. Bartoli’s declamatory way with words ensured immaculate recitative and carefully shaded arias and arioso. Although this is music that keeps her away from the much-exploited extremes of her range, there were vocal fireworks, above all in A Facile Vittoria, from Steffani’s Tassilone, where her coloratura flashed and flickered with pin-prick accuracy. But great singing need not be overtly flamboyant, and it was her treatment of the long, unfolding lines of Amami e Vederai, from Steffani’s Niobe, poised and wonderfully nuanced, that particularly took one’s breath away.

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- Alexis Petridis

The headliner admits to last-night nerves, solo with just a guitar and effects pedal in front of the huge crowd, but their vocal support puts fire in his belly

“I have to admit,” offers Ed Sheeran at the start of the weekend’s final Pyramid stage headlining set, “I’m very nervous.” On one level that seems faintly ridiculous – he’s currently one of the biggest pop stars in the world, capable of annexing virtually the entire Top 20 at a stroke. On another you can see why he might approach Glastonbury with a degree of trepidation.

Sheeran is clearly painfully aware that he’s what you might politely call a divisive figure, that for the millions who buy his albums, there’s a legion of people who seem to view him as the absolute apotheosis of everything that’s wrong with music: “I’m going to play a song now that you might not like but I’m pretty sure you know the words to,” he says, introducing the most divisive song of the lot, the huge-selling but widely reviled Galway Girl.

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- Rebecca Nicholson

Twickenham Stoop stadium, LondonThe X Factor winners know how to please their pre-tween audience with a joyful but basic school disco-style show

It’s been six years and four albums since Little Mix became the first group to win The X Factor. Judging by the crowd gathered at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday night, a decent portion of their current fans may have been born after they claimed their victory on live TV. It’s surprising just how young this crowd is. There is a school-disco feel to the evening, from the co-ordinated Macarena routine before the band appears, to the concessions stands selling popcorn and pick’n’mix. There is a clear divide between the parents who are up for it – there’s a man walking around selling white wine by the bottle, and it doesn’t look as if he’s struggling – and those who are resigned to sitting wearily, holding armfuls of merchandise and long-forgotten homemade signs, until it’s all over.

This is understandable. There are few more bracing ways to spend an evening than with several thousand under-11s amped up on sugar, light-up bunny ears and the unmatchable thrill of seeing their favourite pop stars in the flesh. So when Jesy Nelson shouts, panto-style, from the stage, “Twickenham, we can’t hear you!”, she must be the only person in a 10-mile radius who’s having trouble. If there were a roof on the Stoop, excitement levels would be soaring through it. The fans know every word of every song. And if anyone is keen to know where the record-buying public is hiding, it’s here, in the pre-tween demographic: there’s a roar of assent when they ask if everyone has bought their latest album, Glory Days.

Related: Little Mix: Glory Days review – perfect chart-pop, with added empowerment

Little Mix are doing a lot with a little on this tour. They​’​re mesmerising performers ​​who command devotion.

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- Alexis Petridis

Alexis Petridis watched​ a​s cartoon pop stormed the Pyramid stage, and the headliners served up ​tricksy experimentalism and ​gonzo rock​

Midway through the festival, the Spectator’s website published a bonkers article headlined “Glastonbury wouldn’t survive under a Corbyn government”. In it, the writer conjured up a dystopian fantasy more berserk than anything you might find yourself listening to in the small hours at the Stone Circle. Chief among the dire presentiments was the suggestion that the ascension of Labour to power would result in Radiohead ceasing touring and instead taking up a residency at a Las Vegas resort.

The image of Thom Yorke serenading Sin City’s high rollers with a rousing chorus of Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors was mind-boggling, but you could see why some press went on the offensive. Politicians have been turning up to Glastonbury for years, but this year the leader of the opposition was among the most hotly anticipated attractions: when he arrived on site, his Land Rover was mobbed by fans. In fact, it was hard to escape Corbyn: if Glastonbury 2017 had an unofficial anthem, it was his name sung to the tune of the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army.

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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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