Chicago artist marks centennial of Armenian killings with Guernica-size work


CHICAGO - One hundred years after the mass killing of Armenians, a Chicago artist has created a monumental painting to honor the victims and celebrate a culture that nearly vanished.

Broadway veteran Chita Rivera returns in new musical 'The Visit'

NEW YORK - Chita Rivera, the veteran stage star who shot to fame as Anita in the 1957 production of "West Side Story," is returning to Broadway as the world's wealthiest woman in the new musical "The Visit."

Christie's aims for auction record book with $140 million Picasso

NEW YORK - Records look set to tumble at the big spring art auctions with Christie's' announcement on Wednesday of a Picasso oil poised to set the mark for the most expensive work of art in auction history.

Musical 'Fun Home' gives voice to first lesbian lead character

NEW YORK - Broadway is getting its first lesbian lead character next month when "Fun Home," an award-winning musical about family, sexuality and acceptance, opens next month. | Video

White Othello speaks Sicilian dialect in Rome production

ROME - Actor and director Luigi Lo Cascio says he "stripped the flesh" from Shakespeare's great tragedy Othello for his new version, with a pared-down cast and a white-skinned Moor speaking Sicilian dialect.

French court orders ex-employee to hand back Picasso works

GRASSE, France - Nearly 300 works by Pablo Picasso must be returned to the family of the late artist, a French court ruled on Friday, rejecting testimony from a former employee who said the painter's last wife gave them to him as a gift over 50 years ago.

Elisabeth Moss aims for it all in Broadway's 'The Heidi Chronicles'

NEW YORK - After years playing the ambitious copywriter Peggy Olson in the acclaimed TV show "Mad Men," Elisabeth Moss has traded the small screen for the Broadway stage in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning drama "The Heidi Chronicles."

Photos without a camera? Exhibition shows it's old hat

ST IVES, England - The English seaside town of St Ives has long attracted leading modern artists and a new exhibition there looks at how modernist photographers from across the globe developed new ways of seeing a rapidly changing world.

Los Angeles diner famed for 'Googie' architecture recommended for conservation

LOS ANGELES - A west Los Angeles diner that is celebrated as a classic example of mid-20th century Space Age-style Googie architecture has been mentioned on a record by singer Tom Waits and depicted with fiery streaks of orange by painter Edward Ruscha.

Syria says reclaims 120 looted antiquities from Palmyra ruins

DAMASCUS - Syria has retrieved more than 120 antiquities looted from cemeteries in the millennia-old oasis city of Palmyra following years of destruction and war pillaging, its director of museums said on Wednesday.


Berlin's abandoned buildings full of tragic history

BERLIN - Even as real estate prices in Berlin rise inexorably and gentrification turns rundown corners into trendy neighborhoods, the German capital is still filled with eerie pockets of empty spaces and abandoned buildings.