Arts & Culture

Meat Loaf Serves Up a Glimpse of ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Musical in London

By Sara Hemrajani | LONDON Rocker Meat Loaf’s 1977 breakthrough album “Bat Out Of Hell” has inspired a passionate love story for the stage, fusing the classic catalog of songs with some previously unreleased music. “Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical” will open at the Coliseum in London’s West End on June

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Film Festival Brings Chinese Contemporary Art to Beirut Screens

By Ellen Francis BEIRUT, Nov 2  – When Uli Sigg began looking for contemporary art in China nearly three decades ago, he was surprised nobody was collecting it systematically. So he decided to do it himself. The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg, a documentary to be screened alongside 44 others at this month’s Beirut Art

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German Court Weighs Arguments to Ban Poem Mocking Erdogan

By Jan Schwartz HAMBURG, Germany, Nov 2 – A German court weighed up the limits of artistic freedom on Wednesday in considering whether to ban a satirical poem that mocked Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and caused a diplomatic spat between Ankara and Berlin. The Hamburg court had issued a preliminary injunction in May banning re-publication

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New Film Displays Germans in Best and Worst Light in Refugee Crisis

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, Nov 2 – The best of Germany and its humanitarian treatment of refugees is on display alongside the worst of Germany and its bouts of ugly anti-foreigner racism in a riveting new film about the crisis that premieres on Thursday. “Willkommen bei den Hartmanns” (Welcome at the Hartmanns) is both a comedy

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Fans Welcome Back Kim Kardashian after Social Media Silence

Nov 1 – Reality star Kim Kardashian has returned to social media, posting on Facebook for the first time since a robbery in Paris last month forced her to retreat from her busy public life. Kardashian, who grew a multimillion-dollar brand through her prolific Twitter, Instagram and other social media postings that attract tens of

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New UAE Law Encourages Employees to Read at Work

UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed a law on Monday, October 31 that will allow employees to take time off work and read. The law is aimed at creating a society that is more knowledge-based. “Our goal is to prepare generations that work towards excelling and achieving the vision of

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Justin Bieber Walks Off Stage: “I’m Not a Robot”

Nov. 1- Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber said his abrupt departure from the stage during a recent concert in England was an act of frustration and not anger as his screaming fans made it difficult to connect with them. The teen heartthrob dropped his microphone and walked off stage after begging fans to stop screaming

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Holocaust Survivors Walk the Red Carpet in Israel Beauty Pageant

HAIFA, Israel, Oct 31  – Their hair styled and make-up applied, a group of elderly women carefully take to a red carpet catwalk, waving, blowing kisses and posing for pictures to cheering crowds. Wearing dresses adorned with sashes, the women strut down the runway, at times assisted, for the fourth Holocaust survivors’ beauty pageant, a

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