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Edgar Degas

The Book Club at Arena, the Festival of Hispanic Theater and Degas’s Dancers.

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'Breaking Bad,' 'Horror' Leave Viewers Wanting More

The new FX drama series American Horror Story premiered last week and last night, the AMC drama Breaking Bad presented its season finale. TV critic David Bianculli says both are must-sees — because they both leave him wanting more.
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HBO's 'Enlightened' Take On Modern Meditation

Laura Dern is Amy Jellicoe, a health and beauty executive who returns from a post-meltdown retreat to pick up the pieces of her broken life in the new HBO series Enlightened. Dern and series creator Mike White talk about the tone of the show, and whether it's possible for people to really change.
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Turkish Museum Puts Hercules Back Together Again

Two halves of an ancient Greek statue have been reunited and are on display in a Turkish museum. The top half spent the last two decades in the Boston Fine Arts Museum. Turkish officials said it was illegally removed from an archaeological site in southwestern Turkey and they spent years trying to get it back.
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In China's Red-Hot Art Market, Fraud Abounds

Chinese art auctions often produce multimillion-dollar sales. But are the objects real? Fake paintings, rigged bids and endemic corruption are all part of the process.
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Quest For The Holy Doughnut, And The First Dessert

What's the oldest known dessert? According to a new book by author Michael Krondl, it's a fruitcake-like recipe from ancient Mesopotamia. India gave the world refined sugar — and doughnuts fried in sacred ghee. Krondl leads a sweet journey through the history of dessert.
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Paul McCartney Gets Married In London

British media are aflutter amid reports that Paul McCartney may marry American Nancy Shevell today. The couple announced their engagement earlier this year. Shevell, 51, would be the former Beatle's third wife.
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A Soldier's Story Set To Gunfire In 'Hell And Back'

The documentary Hell and Back Again was a standout at Sundance, and it hits theaters this week. It follows Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris from Afghanistan back home to North Carolina. Director Danfung Dennis made an unusual choice for this film: no musical score. Instead, he uses sounds gathered on the battlefield and manipulates them to highlight the emotion of the story. Noah Nelson of Turnstyle News reports.

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