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Kazakhstani teen wins inaugural Cliburn Junior piano competition

A 17-year-old pianist from Kazakhstan took home the first-place prize on Sunday at the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, in Fort Worth. Alim Beisembayev was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and moved to Great Britain in 2010 to attend the Purcell School for Young Musicians.

Beisembayev won the top prize for his performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. His...

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Harry Reid: Government officials at Burning Man can use other toilets

Burning Man has attracted plenty of eclectic people over the years, including leading conservative thinker Grover Norquist, who attended last year and seemed generally enamored by what he saw.

But the annual desert gathering may never have an ally as prominent as Harry Reid. The Nevada lawmaker and Senate minority leader has joined a battle that pits the 30-year-old festival of art and self-expression...

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The hills are alive with the sound of a Bowl sing-along

Like most good Americans, I have seen “The Sound of Music” 3,812 times, give or take a viewing or two. At least it seems that way.

I would not describe myself as a musical-first kind of person, but I know the lyrics to almost all of the songs in the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic that came to the silver screen in 1965. If no one is around, I can sing them.

To mark the movie’s 50th anniversary,...

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Supreme Court's gay marriage decision sparks art world jubilation

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Catherine Opie knows firsthand about the one step forward, two steps back pattern of legal rulings on same sex marriage in the U.S. 

The noted Los Angeles artist and UCLA professor was poised to marry her partner, garden designer Julie Burleigh, in 2008, when same-sex couples were briefly allowed to marry after a favorable civil rights ruling by the state...

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For Broadway's Audra McDonald and others, same-sex marriage ruling is a 'no-brainer'

Prominent members of the performing and visual arts professions have voiced their approval of Friday's ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage around the country.

Their reactions are perhaps not surprising for a community, including Broadway, that has long supported same-sex marriage and that counts many gay individuals both behind and in front of the curtain.

On Friday, the nation's...

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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' play to open in London in 2016

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," the new play about the world's most popular boy wizard, is set to open in London in 2016, author J.K. Rowling revealed via Twitter on Friday. The "Harry Potter" stage play had been previously revealed in 2013, but this is the first time that a title and opening have been announced.

"I don't want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil what I know will...

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