• Here come the judges as 'AGT' returns for its 10th season

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "They keep telling people it's the 10th anniversary. But it's the fourth season, as far as I'm concerned," says Howard Stern, who joined "America's Got Talent" as a judge in 2012. That's what you'd expect Howard to say. But quickly he adds that with "AGT" launching what everyone but Stern would consider its 10th season (Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC), he's having a ball with fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. "I may be the most important judge in the history of the world, but secretly I'll tell you, I'm glad they're there," he confides during a recent interview.

  • Dutch art sleuth helps German police track down Nazi art

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis said he helped German police recover two massive bronze horse sculptures crafted for Adolf Hitler, as more details emerged Friday about an amazing trove of Nazi-era art seized by authorities this week. Arthur Brand provided tips to German detectives who made the stunning discovery in a series of coordinated raids, capping a long investigation into illegal art trafficking. Berlin police spokesman Michael Gassen, who confirmed authorities worked with Brand, said so far some 100 tons of art has been loaded onto trucks in the southwestern spa town of Bad Duerkheim where they were found in warehouses.

  • BC-AP News Digest 3:55 am

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. Corrects keyword to EUROVISION-AUSTRALIAN WILDCARD; adds two Sports entries. ------------------- NEW & DEVELOPING ------------------- IRELAND-GAY MARRIAGE — Ireland votes on whether to permit gay marriage despite Catholic Church opposition. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing; polls close at 6 p.m., results expected Saturday. --------------- ONLY ON AP --------------- DEM 2016-CLINTON-TAX BREAKS — As first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed planned tax breaks for private foundations and wealthy donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations fo

  • Berlin art show pairs impressionist, expressionist paintings

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Camille Pissarro's famous "Boulevard Montmartre at Night" shows a brightly illuminated avenue in Paris — the city lights turned into gentle dabs of oil paint. Next to the French impressionist's 1897 work is a painting by German expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner from 1912 depicting a Berlin street scene in flashy yellow, blue and black — the broad brush stokes clearly visible. Both masterpieces are featured in "Impressionism - Expressionism: Art at a Turning Point," a Berlin exhibition which opens Friday at the city's Alte Nationalgalerie museum. "In general people think of art history as linear, that first impressionism came and then expressionism as a reaction.

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    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

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  • Despite stormy weather, Memorial Day weekend events are planned across Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell, BAM | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The eighth Music & Mayhem Festival has been canceled due to flooding at Oklahoma’s Lake Eufaula, but many other music events, arts festivals and military service member salutes across the state are planned to go ahead during the holiday weekend that marks the unofficial start to summer.

  • AP-TX--Texas News Digest 5 pm, TX

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Good afternoon! Here's a look at AP's general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100 or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. Terry Wallace is on the desk. A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central. — UPDATES Waco Shooting-Charges-Q&A. — UPDATES Waco Shooting. — ADDS Waco Shooting-The Latest. — UPDATES Religious Objections-Texas. — ADDS Prison

  • Cuban sculptor named 'Artist of the Year' by US foundation

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban artist known for whimsical public sculptures received a new award from a U.S. foundation Wednesday in a reflection of warmer relations between the countries. Alexandre Arrechea was named Cuban Artist of the Year by the U.S.-based Farber Foundation at a ceremony in Old Havana. The award comes with a $10,000 prize. Also honored Wednesday were Celia Gonzalez Alvarez and Yunior Aguiar Perdomo for work that combines video and performance art. They received the Young Artist of the Year award and $3,000. The recipients were chosen by curators, critics and scholars in Cuba and abroad. Arrechea is an established artist whose work has been prominently displayed in the United States.

  • German black market art probe finds 2 Hitler horse statues

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — A German investigation into black market art has recovered two bronze horse statues that once stood in front of Adolf Hitler's grand chancellery building in Berlin as well as other Nazi-era pieces that had been lost for decades. Police in five states conducted coordinated raids during more than a yearlong investigation into illegal art trafficking. They seized pieces including the massive bronze horse sculptures by artist Josef Thorak and a 5-meter by 10-meter (16-foot by 33-foot) granite relief by Arno Breker, Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • National Portrait Gallery show explores nature of celebrity

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the age of selfies, social media and streaming videos, the idea of what makes a celebrity has expanded far beyond the Hollywood icons of the past. Now scientists, technology geeks, designers, writers and YouTube stars achieve fame alongside athletes and entertainers. Curators at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery have examined how celebrity images are cultivated and how they've evolved for the new exhibition "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze," opening Friday. The exhibition includes dozens of new paintings, photographs, sculptures and digital portraits by leading artists that the museum acquired in recent years. "Eye Pop" will be on view through July 2016.

  • Theater review: 'Hoop Jumper'

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Theater review: “Hoop Jumper,” by Vicki Lynn Mooney, premiered Thursday. The play by the Tulsa-born author, which won Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s Native American Play Festival, was rough in some spots, riveting in others.

  • Theater review: Award-winning 'Good People' staged at Carpenter Square Theatre in Oklahoma City

    By John Brandenburg, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    A disquieting play about a woman who almost never kept quiet might be one way to describe David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People,” being staged by Carpenter Square Theatre in Oklahoma City.

  • World's smallest theater opens its doors to public in NY

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Many theater owners like to say they offer an intimate show but only one really means it. That would be Theatre for One — a 4-foot-by-8 foot portable theater that allows one audience member at a time to see one short play performed by a single actor. "There's definitely an immediacy that happens within this," said Tony-winning scenic designer Christine Jones, who conceived and leads the project. "The theater acts as a kind of portal into a human being." The theater will be parked in three Manhattan locations for the next two months, offering shows for free. Which play the audience sees is largely the luck of the draw, adding to this unique theatrical event.

  • World's smallest theater opens its doors to public in NY

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Many theater owners like to say they offer an intimate show but only one really means it. That would be Theatre for One — a 4-foot-by-8 foot portable theater that allows one audience member at a time to see one short play performed by a single actor. "There's definitely an immediacy that happens within this," said Tony-winning scenic designer Christine Jones, who conceived and leads the project. "The theater acts as a kind of portal into a human being." The theater will be parked in three Manhattan locations for the next two months, offering shows for free. Which play the audience sees is largely the luck of the draw, adding to this unique theatrical event.

  • New exhibit and book celebrates artist Al Hirschfeld

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Carol Channing's toothy grin. The Marx Brothers hamming it up. The cast of "Rent" performing a frenetic ensemble number. All were captured by Al Hirschfeld's graceful pen-and-ink drawings during an insanely productive seven-decade career that ended with the beloved artist's death in 2003. But this year — the 100th anniversary of the first Broadway show he ever attended — some Hirschfeld drawings that the public hasn't seen are being revealed. A new exhibit with 100 original drawings and a new book with 400 images promise to be the most comprehensive collections to date, with many pieces new to even the hardiest of Hirschfeld fans.

  • Neighborhoods: Exploring Budapest's gritty 8th District

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A gritty Budapest neighborhood that's been compared to parts of New York City is hoping to attract visitors with a new tour about its history and unique ethnic mix. Known as Jozsefvaros (Joseph Town), Budapest's central 8th district is not typically featured in guidebooks. The far side of the neighborhood has been called the Bronx or Harlem of Budapest, its ethnic mix dominated by Roma — as Gypsies are often called — but also featuring Turks, Chinese, Arabs, Africans and others in an ever-richer blend. Aiming to break down prejudices and stereotypes, Roma volunteers from the Uccu Foundation provide tours not just for foreigners but also for Hungarians, especially students who may not know this p

  • Chicago museum opens Philippines collection to artists

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — A popular Chicago museum is throwing open its collection of artifacts from the Philippines to area artists. The Field Museum is giving five Filipino-American artists access to the items. They'll use the objects as inspiration to create paintings. It's all part of a project called, "Art and Anthropology: Portrait of the Object as Filipino." The artwork will be exhibited this coming fall. A Monday statement from The Field Museum says it has more than 10,000 objects from the Philippines. Many are more than a century old. The project is a partnership between the museum and the Filipino-American community in the Chicago area. Artists from both the United States and the Philippines are involved.

  • Painting looted by Nazis causes US extradition fight

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian art dealer living in New York is fighting extradition to Poland to face charges accusing him of refusing to turn over an 18th-century painting taken from a Polish museum by the Nazis during World War II. Lawyers for Alexander Khochinskiy were in federal court in Manhattan on Monday to ask a judge to throw out an extradition complaint charging him with possessing stolen property. They argued there wasn't enough evidence to show Khochinskiy knew the 1754 painting — "Girl with a Dove" by Antoine Pesne — was stolen, as required by an extradition treaty, and that he's the legal owner anyway. Prosecutor Katherine Reilly conceded there were unanswered questions about how the painting ended up in Khoch

  • 'Epitaph' examines the gunfight at the O.K. Corral

    Kent Larson, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    "Epitaph," about the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, gives an authentic feel to what the West was really like in a no-holds-barred format.

  • New and now: Family adventures, Brandywine Valley, Montreal

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB ADVENTURES The Appalachian Mountain Club is offering new guided adventures for families in Maine and New Hampshire. The AMC says its newly expanded family trip options are part of a "more challenging range of experiences for families as they gain confidence in the outdoors and kids get older." They include family adventure camps, introduction to backpacking, multi-sport adventures and Wee Wanderers weekends for preschoolers. Details at http://www.outdoors.org/familyadventures. ___ BRANDYWINE VALLEY PASSPORT FOR ATTRACTIONS THIS SUMMER If you plan to spend time this summer in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley area visiting gardens and museums, the 2015 Brandywine Treasur




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