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Beijing, Chicago architects to design Lucas Museum
CHICAGO (AP) — Architects from Beijing and Chicago will design George Lucas' new museum to be built along Chicago's lakefront.

Art agenda: Korea Artist Prize, Art Nocturne

Art Nocturne Knocke 2014Korea's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art hosts the best of work from up and coming young creatives during its three month display, and Belgium prepares a week of special evening openings for Art Nocturne.


SD museum, collector dispute Elvis' broken guitar

FILE - This April 22, 2013 file photo shows Memphis-based guitarist Robert Johnson standing by a display of guitars that belonged to Chet Atkins and Johnny Cash that he donated to the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D. Johnson also donated the guitar played by Elvis Presley during his final tour, but that may have to be taken off display. A lawsuit filed in July 2014 in South Dakota is seeking to determine who is the legal owner of the Elvis Presley guitar. A man now claims he is the owner of the slightly smashed acoustic guitar. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An acoustic guitar Elvis Presley smashed during his final tour has sparked a custody fight between the South Dakota museum that currently displays it and a collector who insists the instrument never should have ended up there.


N.Y. Met Opera threatens to lock out musicians in labor dispute
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera said it will lock out its musicians and other unionized employees next week if a new contract agreement is not reached, in an escalation of a labor dispute that threatens to derail an entire opera season. Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, wrote a letter to chorus members, orchestra players, stagehands and other employees on Wednesday saying they should prepare for a work stoppage if a new agreement is not reached when current contracts expire on July 31. The Met, which says it has an annual operating budget of over $300 million, has blamed a drop in its revenues since 2011 on dwindling audiences for opera worldwide.

Artist in profile: Sinead Harnett

Sinead HartnettBritish singer Sinead Harnett has seen her star rise thanks to high-profile collaborations with Disclosure and Rudimental. Sinead Harnett was born in North London and grew up listening to Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, ‘90s R&B and UK garage. In 2012 she began working with house duo Disclosure and quartet Rudimental, ultimately contributing melodies and choruses to several tracks. After releasing her own house track, "Got Me," and contributing vocals to Ryan Hemsworth's "Small + Lost" off his debut LP, she is now readying the release of her debut EP, "N.O.W," set to mix modern structures with ‘90s R&B sensibilities.


Yo, Broadway! 'Rocky' the musical is coming

A musical interpretation of the 1976 Sylvester Stallone film is gearing up for its big American debut, and now there's a short video that offers a taste of a singing Italian Stallion.A musical interpretation of the 1976 Sylvester Stallone film is gearing up for its big American debut, and now there's a short video that offers a taste of a singing Italian Stallion.


'American Psycho' musical to open in London

A musical based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel about a Wall Street banker turned serial killer will premiere in December. A musical based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel about a Wall Street banker turned serial killer will premiere in December.


Pink Floyd album cover designer dies at 69

Storm Thorgerson, the Engish album-cover designer most famous for his iconic work with Pink Floyd, died Thursday after battling cancer, his family announced. He was 69.Storm Thorgerson, the Engish album-cover designer most famous for his iconic work with Pink Floyd, died Thursday after battling cancer, his family announced. He was 69.


Capote's ashes invited to 'Tiffany's' party

The author may have died in 1984, but he's still being put on invitation lists. Alas, in this case, the owner of Truman Capote's ashes had to decline his appearance at the opening night bash for the Broadway opening of The author may have died in 1984, but he's still being put on invitation lists. Alas, in this case, the owner of Truman Capote's ashes had to decline his appearance at the opening night bash for the Broadway opening of "Breakfast at Tiffany's."


Police investigate death of Hockney assistant

David Hockney's 23-year-old assistant was rushed from the artist's home on Monday and died later in the hospital.David Hockney's 23-year-old assistant was rushed from the artist's home on Monday and died later in the hospital.


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