Was William Shakespeare on drugs?

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New research has found traces of cannabis and cocaine in clay pipes dug up in William Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Brisbane Times – Karl Quinn, National Film Editor Was William Shakespeare a stoner? It’s a legitimate question following the revelation that clay tobacco pipes dug up from the garden of his home in Stratford-upon-Avon contain traces of cannabis. Researchers at a ... Read More »

Israeli artist Matan Ben Cnaan wins BP portrait award

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Top prize of £30,000 awarded for painting that struck judges with its ‘engaging filmic narrative’ inspired by biblical story of Jephthah The Guardian – Mark Brown A neorealist allegorical painting inspired by the bible story of Jephthah and his daughter has won the Israeli artist Matan Ben Cnaan one of the world’s most prestigious portrait awards. Ben Cnaan was named the ... Read More »

‘King of the Blues’ Blues Legend B.B. King Dead at Age 89

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LAS VEGAS – B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. AP – ABC News – By KEN RITTER Associated Press His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King ... Read More »

The Eiffel Tower’s secret apartment now revealed to the public

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After the Eiffel tower was opened in 1889, the tower’s designer, Gustave Eiffel, had become the envy of the elite in Paris. Rachel Clun, Domain Reporter However the source of envy was not the tower itself, but the revelation that Eiffel had secretly built himself an apartment at the top of the tower. Far from being a bold apartment, RM1000 notes it was small ... Read More »

Yiddish singer brings to life voices silenced by the Holocaust

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Norwegian Bente Kahan will appear in Tel Aviv and London this month to commemorate 70 years to the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. The Times Of Israel – BY JENNI FRAZER LONDON — For Israelis and Anglos alike, Bente Kahan’s multi-lingual abilities are a thing of wonder. Born and raised in Norway, a graduate in performing arts at Tel Aviv University and at New York’s ... Read More »

Postscript: Manoel de Oliveira

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The  <iframe src=&quot;;sid=1603541&amp;nid=410858&amp;gwp=VR6H7wAAXwUKvYAPAAB3-FLUAHiyX-VxUUvyIw&amp;cb=92625066&amp;clk=; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;250&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; scrolling=&quot;no&quot;></iframe> <iframe src=&quot;;sid=1603541&amp;nid=410858&amp;gwp=VR6H7wAAXwUKvYAPAAB3-FLUAHiyX-VxUUvyIw&amp;cb=92625066&amp;clk=; width=&quot;300&quot; height=&quot;250&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; scrolling=&quot;no&quot;></iframe> Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, who died today at the age of a hundred and six, was born in 1908, which is to say, not just before the age of sound films but before the age of the feature film—in the prehistory of the cinema. The New ... Read More »

Michael Fabiano’s 7 Hours From Call to Stage at the Metropolitan Opera

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The hot young tenor Michael Fabiano was out running errands near his home in Philadelphia around 1 p.m. on Wednesday when the Metropolitan Opera called, wondering if he could step in for an ailing tenor in its production of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The curtain would rise in six and a half hours. In New York. The New York Times ... Read More »

Spoken word artist Luka Lesson is owning his language

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Luke Lesson is a man of many hats. As well as being an internationally acclaimed spoken word poet and published author – his debut collection of poetry The Future Ancients was released back in 2013 — the Australian is also an adept MC. Lesson’s recent second album, Exit, blends all his literal and music flair together. He talks about the ... Read More »