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Puppet maker Peter Firmin, artist behind ‘Bagpuss’ and other classic U.K. kids’ shows, dies at 89

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 14:20
Peter Firmin, the co-creator of the classic British children’s TV programs “Clangers,” “Bagpuss,” and “The Basil Brush Show,” has died. He was 89.Firmin’s spokesman told ...

Top-selling singer: Jackman

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 01:45
Halfway through a year filled with new work from some of the most popular artists alive, the best-selling album is the soundtrack to a Hugh ...

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale: Niigata’s fields of art and inspiration

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 01:30
Deep in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is preparing its hundreds of exhibitions, events and installations — some new, some already ...

Drake smashes streaming record with new album, ‘Scorpion’

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 22:04
Drake’s new album, “Scorpion,” has smashed streaming recordsm, with Apple Music and Spotify both reporting unprecedented listenership in its first day.Apple Music said on Instagram ...

Marvel’s Stan Lee suffers private turmoil amid public triumphs

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 22:04
It has been another epic year for characters Stan Lee helped create, with “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” earning more than $3 billion combined ...

Harlan Ellison, science fiction master, dies at age 84

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 21:56
Harlan Ellison, the prolific, pugnacious author of “A Boy and His Dog” and countless other stories that blasted society with their nightmarish, sometimes darkly humorous ...

British, Japanese or somewhere in between? Kazuo Ishiguro questions nationhood from the ‘third space’

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 06:55
Ishiguro has always seen himself as a British writer and dislikes being pegged to his Japanese origins. Still, he admits that the matter is complex.

Documentary tells dark tale of triplets separated at birth as part of study, and surviving pair want transparency

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 17:59
The new documentary “Three Identical Strangers” is about identical triplets who were separated at birth as part of an ethically dubious research study that began ...

‘Japan’s grandmother’ Kirin Kiki has defied conventions throughout her long film career

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 20:49
Now 75, Kirin Kiki is everyone’s favorite Japanese grandmother, a role she has been playing for years now on big screens and small. But she ...

Actress Kirin Kiki wants an ending with no twists

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 20:48
When life gave her lemons, film star Kirin Kiki didn’t make lemonade, but wild grass enzyme juice.It’s the only thing that has satisfied her taste ...

‘Papa Joe’ Jackson, task-master patriarch of musical Jackson family, dies at 89

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 14:22
Joseph Jackson, the fearsome stage dad of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and their talented siblings, who took his family from poverty and launched a musical ...

The mind games of choreographer Philippe Decoufle

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 03:00
Choreographer Philippe Decoufle describes his new circus-inspired show, “Nouvelles Pieces Courtes” (“New Short Pieces”), as a “sort of visual and physical mind game.”That’s not surprising ...

‘The Name’: Ren Komai’s performance raises a multilayered drama

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 02:59
What’s in a name? On one level, it’s how you identify yourself to yourself (as in dorky name, dorky self-image). On another, it’s your social ...

‘Punk Samurai Slash Down’: An audacious adaptation that may look better on paper

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 02:58
One of the frequent complaints lodged against the Japanese film industry is that producers are reluctant to bankroll anything that isn’t based on an existing ...

David Lynch claims presidential praise was taken out of context, says Trump is ‘causing suffering and division’

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 18:42
David Lynch accused President Donald Trump on Tuesday of “causing suffering and division” as the filmmaker clarified what looked like a glowing endorsement days earlier.Lynch ...

Frequent Fox guest sues NPR for $57 million over reports on DNC staffer’s slaying, conspiracy theories

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 14:23
A Dallas-based investor who was a frequent guest on Fox News is suing NPR for $57 million in damages over a series of 2017 reports ...

Behind the ever-changing sound of Wednesday Campanella

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 03:00
It’s a sure bet that when Wednesday Campanella plays a festival lineup, frontwoman Kom_I will steal the show.She’s brave, never hesitant to jump into a ...

Yokoyama Taikan: Driven by loyalty

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 02:59
Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) is inarguably the definitive artist in creating pictorial and organizational frameworks inaugurating and furthering modern nihonga (Japanese painting.

‘Jomon: 10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan’

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 02:58
July 3-Sept. 2Japan’s era of hunter-gatherers, the Jomon period, is dated from 10,000-200 B.C. Today, the tools and everyday objects made by the Jomon people ...

‘Izumi Kyoka “A Great Writer” & Ball Jointed Dolls: Spirited Away, Stray Into the Labyrinth, a Devildom Woman’

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 02:57
July 1-Sept. 24Izumi Kyoka (1873-1939) a Meiji (1868-1912) to Showa Era (1926-1989) author and scholar of literature often portrayed mysterious women in his supernatural tales. ...