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Two very daring musicals lead the Tony Awards race

Who says Broadway won’t take a risk? "The Book of Mormon" and "The Scottsboro Boys" — two very different musicals with very different fates — have emerged with the most Tony Award nominations this season. "Mormon," which induces giggles with its diarrhea jokes and songs about body parts, and "Scottsboro," a searing look at a …

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Qaddafi caricature flourishes in rebel capital Benghazi

Moammar Qaddafi pumping petrol into a winged camel, Qaddafi with the tail of a snake and a forked tongue, Qaddafi as Dracula. The flamboyant Libyan strongman is fuelling a flourishing cartoon caricature scene in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Those are just a few of the themes produced by a group of young artists who …

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Egypt to demand Germany return Nefertiti

CAIRO: Egypt will make a formal request to Germany for the return of the 3,400 year-old bust of fabled Queen Nefertiti, the state minister for antiquities said on Tuesday. Zahi Hawass said a letter would be sent to Germany to demand the return of the Nefertiti bust, nearly a century after it was uncovered on …

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Contemporary dance blooms in Beirut ‘Arab Spring’

Contemporary dancers are finding their feet in the Arab world, as the art form renowned for freedom of expression blossoms at a time of regional upheaval. "Over the past few years, Arab contemporary dance has been blossoming," said Omar Rajeh, organizer of the just-ended Beirut International Platform of Dance (BIPOD), which hosted over 20 choreographers …

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‘Wanderings’ of Abir Nasraoui’s revolution

“I don’t pretend to have very strong political positions,” singer Emel Mathlouthi, the Tunisian element in Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy’s Ramadan nights last year, said. “But I try to talk about what I’m feeling: freedom.” This year another Tunisian, Abir Nasraoui, was invited to perform as part of the Spring Fest themed “Music, Freedom, and Social Justice.” …

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‘Bombay Beach,’ ‘The Guard’ highlight Tribeca

A welcome sense of optimism pervaded the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival. After several years of gloomy prospects for independent film, filmmakers and audiences seemed buoyed by the hope of new technologies leading viewers to worthy movies. "The field has been completely leveled," said writer-director Edward Burns at the closing night screening of his "The …

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Stupendous Chekhov adaptation concludes Euro Theater Prize

Every once in a while, a work of art comes along that compels you to reassess your views about a given medium and the possibilities it offers. A prime example is Russian theater production “Three Sisters,” presented at the 14th European Theater Prize, which concluded its activities last week in St. Petersburg, Russia. Directed by …

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Accentus of another time

By Chitra Kalyani To recall Spain is perhaps to use too modern a name; one must recall the Iberian peninsula, Andalusia and Aragon, to evoke the intermingling of traditions that brought forth the music revisited on Friday at Cairo Opera House’s Open Air Theater. Since its inception in 1992, the Accentus Austria Ensemble has studied and …

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Cinema powerhouse Egypt to be Cannes’ first guest country

PARIS: Arab cinema powerhouse Egypt, which in January rose up in revolt to topple president Hosni Mubarak, will become the Cannes Film Festival’s first guest country at this year’s event. Festival organizers said on Thursday that they hoped to make the invitation of a guest country a tradition for future events after the 64th edition …

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Atypical sequels abound at Tribeca Film Festival

Sequels are usually more easily found at summer multiplexes than prestigious film festivals, but this year’s Tribeca Film Festival abounds in unusual follow-ups and intriguing companion pieces. None of these films bears a Roman numeral or (for the most part) recurring punch lines. Instead, these atypical sequels offer different perspectives and left-turn digressions for familiar …

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Revolution documentaries take top prizes at short film fest

On Wednesday evening, emerging filmmakers received long overdue recognition from Egypt’s Minister of Culture and leading figures in the industry for their work on short documentaries chronicling different aspects of the January 25 Revolution. Mona Iraqi took first prize for “Friday of Departure,” while “A Revolution Story” by Nagy Ismail took second place and Ahmed …

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Mexico returns smuggled ancient Egypt artifact

MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s antiquities authority said Wednesday it had returned a 4,000-year-old statue to Egypt five years after it was first detected by customs agents. The National Institute of Archaeology and History (INAH) said the "invaluable" 15-centimeter (six-inch) statuette was carved in southern Egypt during the Middle Kingdom, which ruled the Nile from 2055 BC …

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In the mood for revolution

By Chitra Kalyani Springtime wafts in heady with perfume and love, but this year belies a strong hint of Jasmine. Geneina Theater, nestled in a slope at the Azhar Park, prepared for a concert as the revolution that swept across the region is still brewing. Mawred El-Thaqafy’s Spring Festival opened on Friday with an overtly political …

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Rap music inspires Libyan rebels to defeat Qaddafi

Libyan rebel fighter Jaad Jumaa Hashmi cranks up the volume on his pickup truck’s stereo when he heads into battle against Moammar Qaddafi’s forces. He looks for inspiration from a growing cadre of amateur rappers whose powerful songs have helped define the revolution. The music captures the anger and frustration young Libyans feel at decades …

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500-year-old book surfaces in Utah

Book dealer Ken Sanders has seen a lot of nothing in his decades appraising "rare" finds pulled from attics and basements, storage sheds and closets. Sanders, who occasionally appraises items for PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, often employs the "fine art of letting people down gently." But on a recent Saturday while volunteering at a fundraiser for …

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Russia’s Bolshoi to reopen after reconstruction

Russia’s venerable Bolshoi Theater — which survived fires, a Nazi bombing and Lenin’s order to close it down — is almost ready to reopen after years of reconstruction and will look just as it did during the czarist era. The theater will be finished in October in its original 19th-century design, with restored czarist insignia, …

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S. African book draws from lives of abused kids

The psychologist’s schedule was already filled with shattered children when she sat down with the parents of an eight-year-old who had been sexually assaulted by a 12-year-old relative. She wouldn’t be able to see their son for another four days, but didn’t want to send the couple home to him empty-handed. So Marita Rademeyer gave …

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Two exhibitions give diverse revolution perspectives

Egypt’s revolution was the catalyst for an outpouring of artistic inspiration by local and foreign artists alike. Two current exhibitions in Cairo capture the spirit of the post-revolutionary artistic scene. Egyptian artist Farid Fadel’s “Here is Cairo” and Spain-born painter Xavier Puigmarti’s “Wireless” explore themes from Egypt’s revolution in different, yet complementary ways. A long …

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Booker Prize honors UK novelist Beryl Bainbridge

Organizers of the Booker Prize have recognized often-nominated Beryl Bainbridge with a posthumous "best of" award. The special prize, which pitted Bainbridge’s five Booker-nominated books against each other in a "Best of Beryl" competition, went to "Master Georgie," a 1998 novel set during the Crimean War. The prize’s literary director Ion Trewin called Bainbridge a …

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Cotillard, Gordon-Levitt in ‘Batman’ finale

French actress Marion Cotillard will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the cast of "The Dark Knight Rises," the finale to the recent Batman film series, Warner Brothers said Tuesday. The film reunites the actors with Christopher Nolan, who recently directed them in the popular film "Inception." "When you collaborate with people as talented as Marion and …

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Cannes Directors’ Fortnight to showcase young talent

Veteran French director Andre Techine will rub shoulders with young and unknown filmmakers at the Directors’ Fortnight during the Cannes film festival that opens May 11, organizers said on Tuesday. Artistic director Frederic Boyer has selected 25 films, of which eight are first offerings that could end up winning the coveted Camera d’Or for a …

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Lelouch: Films not for the head, but the heart

Feted for a career that has spanned 40 films and a half-century, Claude Lelouch voices one nagging regret: that he never made a Hollywood movie. Artistic differences, the French filmmaker told AFP in an interview, stood in the way of that, although he professes a profound love for America, where he made two of his …

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Freedom of thought association condemns book ban

CAIRO: The Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression condemned in a statement the decision to ban copies of Ibrahim Farghali’s novel, “Abnaa Al-Gabalawy” (Sons of Al-Gabalawy), from reentering Egypt when shipped back from Abu Dhabi Book Fair, saying it violates the principles of the January 25 Revolution. In its statement, the Association of Freedom …

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Jennifer Egan wins fiction Pulitzer Prize

Jennifer Egan’s inventive novel about the passage of time, "A Visit from the Goon Squad," won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday, honored for its "big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed." Egan, 48, has been highly praised for her searching and unconventional narratives about modern angst and identity. Her other novels include "The …

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Film week offers world class cinema, closer look at Turkish culture

Local interest in Turkish culture has grown steadily in recent years, prompted in large part by the popularity of dubbed Turkish soap operas such as Nour on satellite television. The Turkish government’s increasingly Middle East-focused political stance has also bolstered the country’s standing in the region, leading to increased appetite for more information about this …

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Kafka receives a superb Icelandic treatment in St. Petersburg

Kafka’s classic “The Metamorphosis” has been subjected to countless interpretations over the years. Few have strayed away from the original text, there’s simply nothing much to add to an already perfect work. A heavy reworking of Kafka’s vision would instantly be deemed sacrilegious. In a new adaptation, which premiered last week at the European Theater …

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Lies claim lands ‘Three Cups of Tea’ in hot water

America’s bestselling author of "Three Cups of Tea," an inspiring account of building schools in Afghanistan, fought for his reputation Monday after a report said he’d made up much of the story. Greg Mortenson’s book has sold more than four million copies and become required reading at the Pentagon, which sees the attempt to bring …

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‘Rio’ soars to year’s best film debut

Audiences flocked to theaters to see tropical bird comedy "Rio," knocking fellow kid-flick "Hop" off its perch to score the best debut weekend of the year, industry data showed Sunday. The 3-D cartoon, about pet macaw Blu — voiced by "Social Network" star Jesse Eisenberg — who bolts from chilly climes to the beaches of …

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30 Hosnis: Mubarak’s image still remains as art

Articulate Baboon opened its latest show in its Designopolis gallery space entitled “30 Hosnis” by Ali Ali, a new emerging artist. Ali is the man who created the Egyptian Panda brand cheese advertisements in 2010 that were wildly successful for their hilarity. The videos of the ad went viral, becoming a Youtube sensation and the …

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Almodovar says new film is unlike past works

Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar said Friday his new movie which will take part at the Cannes Film Festival next month is unlike any other film which he has made so far. The movie, "La Piel Que Habito" (The Skin I Live In) starring Antonio Banderas, is a tale of revenge centered on a plastic …

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