By John Ewah I could hear the screams as they drown I could feel their pains and their frown As they weep for their lives As life replays and flashes before their waking eyes, As they thought of their parents whose pains would know no bound, As they thought of their kin whose tears would […]

Story: How i knew smaller gadgets will be better in the future

By Ehi Ekhator. Call it a vision, i don’t care. It happened many years ago when i was in my primary school. i was a very unsuccessful but popular kid due to the fact that my mother had a provisions shop opposite my school. Through my mother, everyone knew me including the teachers who treated […]

China to deport Australian artist after Tiananmen remarks

BEIJING (Reuters) – A well-known Chinese-born Australian artist will be deported from China, Australian officials said on Friday, for his comments on the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Guo Jian, 52, a former Chinese soldier, was detained last week after an interview with the Financial Times regarding […]

Massive Picasso at New York’s Four Seasons to move to a museum

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A massive Pablo Picasso theater curtain that has graced the hallway of New York City’s landmark Four Seasons Restaurant for more than 50 years will be moved to a museum, the artwork’s owner said Thursday. “Le Tricorne,” a 19-foot (5.8-meter) tall canvas completed in 1919 for the Ballet Russes, will find […]

Edinburgh Fringe takes over numerous venues for huge festival

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – With venues ranging from a 16th-century courtyard house to a converted church, Edinburgh’s annual Fringe Festival has unveiled its 2014 program with productions from 47 countries around the world.     Marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, veteran actor and Director Guy Masterson will recite the finest […]

Banksy works offered for ‘private sale’ in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Secretive British street artist Banksy often paints on walls at night and has complained when people remove and re-sell his works, so he is sure to be infuriated by Sotheby’s offering of about 70 items for “private sale” in London.     Dubbed “The Unauthorised Retrospective” and curated by Steve Lazarides, a street-art […]

NYC woman’s lawsuit over art looted by Nazis is revived

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal appeals court has revived a New York City woman’s lawsuit to force a California museum to return two life-size panels by German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder that were looted by the Nazis during World War Two. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Disgruntled performers threaten French summer festivals

PARIS (Reuters) – Performers, technicians and other casual workers in the French arts world are threatening to step up strikes to thwart the country’s top summer festivals in protest at cuts to their unemployment insurance arrangements. The threat came as President Francois Hollande’s government faced other unrest, with train unions due on Tuesday to launch […]

Terry Gilliam gives Berlioz’s ‘Cellini’ a Python touch

LONDON (Reuters) – Anyone attending the premiere of Berlioz’s rarely seen opera “Benvenuto Cellini”, directed by Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam at the English National Opera, could be forgiven for thinking it was a preview for the Python reunion show in July. Gilliam, who seems to hate a void, filled the stage of London’s enormous […]

John Lennon manuscripts, drawings sell for $2.9 million at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Original manuscripts and drawings by former Beatle John Lennon, produced for two acclaimed books he wrote in the mid-1960s, sold for $2.9 million on Wednesday, more than double the pre-sale estimate, Sotheby’s auction house said. All of the 89 lots in the sale, from Lennon’s 1964 book “In His Own Write” […]