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Nudity, blood and pain: Revisiting Marina Abramovic's work

The UK's Royal Academy of Arts is dedicating a major exhibition to iconic Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic. It is the first retrospective to be given to a female artist in the instituti...

UK comedian Russell Brand denies media allegations of sex assaults

LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - British comedian and actor Russell Brand has denied any criminal wrongdoing as the Sunday Times newspaper reported four women had accused him of sexual assaults, including ...

Expat Handbook: Top Locations to Purchase Real Estate in Europe for 2023

Venturing into the vast European real estate market can feel like navigating a labyrinth, especially for expats. Europe, with its rich tapestry of culture, history, and landscapes, offers an impressiv...

Conductor John Eliot Gardiner pulls out of future engagements after allegedly hitting a singer

LONDON (AP) — Prominent classical music conductor John Eliot Gardiner is pulling out of all engagements until next year after allegedly hitting a singer backstage following a concert. T...

Belgium is celebrating flowers and surrealism. And nothing is what it seems

BRUSSELS (AP) — If elephants are really known for their sense of direction, what are nine of them doing in the heart of Brussels, seemingly lost between the gothic and baroque houses lining the UNESCO...

Book Review: 'Disobedient' deftly paints the inspiring story of artist Artemisia Gentileschi

“Disobedient” by Elizabeth Fremantle (Pegasus Books) Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting skills quickly surpass her father’s, but society dictates that as a woman, she must stay home and pr...

Music Review: Boston indie-folk quartet Darlingside sings the blues with a lovely, inviting intimacy

“Everything Is Alive,” Darlingside (Thirty Tigers) Even the percussion is pretty. Darlingside’s “Everything Is Alive” achieves a melancholy-inducing beauty from the sum of ...

Flooded with sightseers, Europe's iconic churches struggle to accommodate both worship and tourism

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A recent Saturday evening Mass at Sagrada Familia parish had all the hallmarks of a neighborhood worship service, from prayers for ill and deceased members to name-day wishes f...

Poor villagers risk their lives in danger zone as Philippines' most active volcano erupts

CALBAYOG, Philippines (AP) — Delfina Guiwan’s heart was pounding as she snuck back to her village, now abandoned and eerily quiet, in the fertile foothills of gently erupting Mayon volcano in the nort...

Bach Festival 2023: Cantatas for eternity

When Johann Sebastian Bach took over as Thomaskantor in Leipzig in 1723, he wrote his most beautiful cantatas for church services. He would never have dreamed that this "everyday music" woul...

Bach Festival 2023: Classical music goes cosmic

For 38-year-old composer Johann Sebastian Bach, his 1723 appointment as musical director (Thomaskantor) in the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig must have seemed like a huge step. What Bach could not know ...

Priceless painting looted by Nazis during World War II returns to Poland from Japan

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A priceless 16th century Italian painting that was looted by Nazi Germany during World War II and discovered in Japan has been returned to Poland, authorities in Warsaw said Wedn...

Louis Vuitton takes Baroque and botanical cues from Italy's Isola Bella for Cruise 2024 collection

STRESA, Italy (AP) — Incessant rain failed to put a damper on Nicolas Ghesquiere’s ambitions for his Louis Vuitton 2024 Cruise collection, unveiled Wednesday to an A-list crowd including Oprah Winfrey...

New Madrid museum set to unveil five centuries of Spain's royal collections

MADRID (AP) — It’s not as if Madrid was short on world-ranking galleries with the likes of the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía, among others. But next month, Spa...

How Mexico City's mural movement transformed walls into art

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Across the main entrance of a former Jesuit college in the heart of Mexico City, a bright-colored mural depicting Our Lady of Guadalupe represents both the Indigenous religiosity an...