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After 4 Years, Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Gets His Passport Back

Authorities had seized Ai's passport in apparent retaliation for his social and political work. Ai's work is often fiercely critical of the Chinese government.
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Novelist E.L Doctorow, Master Of Historical Fiction, Dies At 84

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, best known for his works of historical fiction set in the early 20th century, has died at the age of 84. His widely admired books include "Ragtime" and "Billy Bathgate."
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For More Than 30 Years, Comics Flock To Montreal Every July

Montreal is home to the biggest and oldest international comedy festival in the world. Dave Chappelle, Mike Myers, Wanda Sykes and Kevin Hart are among the performers this year.
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Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies At 72

Wayne Carson was a prolific songwriter who hit the top of the country and pop charts. He was best known for songs that included "Always On My Mind," recorded by both Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson.
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Syfy's 'Sharknado 3' Fails At Being Really Good Bad Television

Syfy debuts the third installment in its disaster movie spoof franchise. But it isn't fun to watch — even ironically — and the film falls short, even as it inspires imitators on other channels.
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Novelist E.L. Doctorow, Author Of 'Billy Bathgate,' 'Ragtime,' Dies At 84

The writer was best known for his works of historical fiction set in the early 20th-century United States. His son told the New York Times that he died Tuesday of complications from lung cancer.
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Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory

The unusual installations at The Mattress Factory include a gallery with a hole in the floor, a mirrored room full of mannequins and polka dots and an entire townhouse woven with miles of black yarn.
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Theodore Bikel, Who Starred In Broadway's 'Fiddler On The Roof,' Dies

The actor and singer, who recorded 37 albums, has died at 91. Bikel took over the role of Tevye for more than 2,000 performances of Fiddler on the Roof.
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Book Review: 'How To Be Drawn,' Terrance Hayes

Poet Tess Taylor reviews Terrance Hayes' collection of poetry, How to be Drawn.
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Actor Theodore Bikel Dies At Age 91

Some of Bikel's most notable work took place on stage — from A Streetcar Named Desire to Fiddler on the Roof.

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