Light blight: Art project breathes life into empty buildings

TROY, N.Y. — Empty homes on blighted blocks here pulse with a ghostly glow every night. Windows in more than 150 abandoned buildings in three upstate New York cities have been fitted with light-emitting diodes that steadily brighten and fade, giving the effect of slow breathing. The two-month public art project provides something pretty for gritty More...

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By Elena Heatherson On Sunday, November 20th, 2016
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Cosplay organization receives grant from Tokyo’s Ota Ward

TOKYO — If you’ve got an interest in Japanese animation and/or politics, you may recall that in the spring of 2015, Minoru Ogino was chosen as the head of the ward council for Tokyo’s Ota Ward. Not only is More...

By Staff Reporter On Saturday, March 26th, 2011
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SXSW: The Strokes show how it’s done

  Julian Casablancas and The Strokes perform at SXSW (Photo: AP) The main strip in South by Southwest (SXSW), the musical festival held in Austin, Texas, teems with small, dingy dive bars hosting the most important More...

By Neha Sharma On Saturday, March 26th, 2011
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2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe proves one good tune deserves another

When a new Mercedes-Benz model like the C-Class Coupe debuts, it’s usually just a matter of time until the AMG version comes along. Times’s up: say hello to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe. Destined More...

By Nicole Patterson On Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Hay Festival: A town set at a slight angle

In the Sixties, Hay-on-Wye was a remote town in the Welsh Marches where not much happened. Then, as now, the visitor approached it across a bridge over the River Wye, admiring the way its grey stone houses sprawl More...

By Staff Reporter On Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Peter Brook’s new Magic Flute: not bad for 86

The clue was in the title. Peter Brook’s new Mozart staging at the Barbican was advertised not as The Magic Flute but just A Magic Flute. There was no promise here to be definitive or “do the piece” as you’d More...

By Nicole Patterson On Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Living in New York I: screams, a woman in pink, and hidden companions in my bedroom

I’ve lived in the glorious city of New York now for nearly thirty years, arriving as a student in the Autumn of 1981 to begin a Master’s at the Juilliard School. I started off at the YMCA for a week until I More...

By Staff Reporter On Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Iraq Comes to Venice – Mary Schroth

Walking a provocative tightrope is what American contemporary-art curator Mary Angela Schroth does best. In 1993, with memories of apartheid still fresh, Schroth staged Italy’s first exhibition of South African More...

By Staff Reporter On Friday, March 25th, 2011
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Literary aunts: the good, the bad and the ugly

In the latest edition of the London Review of Books (subscription required for most online pieces, I am afraid) there is a lovely piece by novelist Colm Tóibín on the importance of aunts in the 19th-century novel. More...