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Gord Downie, singer for Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, dies at 53

Gord Downie, the singer for the Tragically Hip and one of Canada’s most beloved rock musicians, died Tuesday night, according to an official statement from the band. He was 53. Downie had been previously diagnosed with glioblastoma, an incurable brain cancer. The disease was discovered after a 2015 seizure. The band, one of the most […]

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Elton John to end Vegas residency

Elton John, one of the major musical draws to Las Vegas, will end his residency at Caesar’s Palace next year, the casino announced Monday. The British pop legend will on May 19 close “The Million Dollar Piano,” his show since 2011 at the casino’s Colosseum theater in which he performs his hits to an elaborate […]

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Avraham Fried sings with Chilean billionaire at concert

[youtube:2033956] Chilean billionaire Leanardo Farkas was invited up on stage to perform with superstar Avraham Fried at a concert for United Hatzalah last week in Jerusalem. The colorful Chilean billionaire is well known for both his philanthropy and for his piano skills. Farkas was a renowned pianist before going into the mining business, having performed […]

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Jewish billionaire distributed $$100 to anyone singing at Kotel

Jewish billionaire Leonardo Farkas distributed 100 dollar bills to worshippers singing songs of the Chabad movement at the Western Wall on Tuesday, Kikar Hashabbat reported. According to the report, Farkas had arrived in Israel to attend a celebratory concert in honor of United Hatzalah. Upon visiting the Western Wall, Farkas told worshippers that he would […]

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Nazi-looted Pissarro painting at centre of legal tussle

A painting by impressionist master Camille Pissarro that was seized from its French Jewish owner during World War II is at the centre of a court battle beginning Tuesday in Paris after surfacing at an exhibition. “La Cueillette des Pois” (Picking Peas), a gouache from 1887, emerged earlier this year on display at the French […]

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Painting by Hitler at Italian museum attacked by screwdriver-wielding man

An oil painting by Adolf Hitler on display in an Italian museum suffered minor damage Thursday after a man attacked it with a screwdriver. A spokesperson for the Museum of Salo, east of Milan, said that the middle-aged man shouted “Bastard,” before lunging at the untitled painting, which is being shown publicly for the first […]

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An Iranian piano prodigy. A big dream. And an arduous visa process.

When the Iranian pianist and composer, Amir Darabi, was accepted to Berklee College of Music this past summer, everything seemed to be going his way. He had already established himself as a piano prodigy in his home country, released a full-length debut album and performed in numerous prominent venues, including Tehran’s Roudaki Hall. He didn’t […]

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Jason Aldean cancels shows in wake of Las Vegas shooting

Screenshot – Jason Aldean Rare Country has just learned that Jason Aldean is canceling upcoming dates on his “They Don’t Know Tour” in the wake of the shocking events that took place during Jason’s Oct. 1 show in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. In a press release, Jason explained his difficult decision: […]

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Jewish art collector’s heirs praise deal to recover painting seized in WWII

GENEVA — The Geneva lawyer for the heirs of a Jewish woman whose art collection was seized by France’s pro-Nazi regime in World War II said they are “absolutely delighted” about a hard-won deal to recover from a Swiss town a 19th-century painting by English master John Constable. Marc-Andre Renold said Monday that heirs of […]

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Tom Petty legendary Heartbreakers singer dies at 66

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Tom Petty turned Jim Ladd, L.A.’s “Free Form Radio” kingpin, into a folk hero with “The Last DJ,” his 2002 album with The Heartbreakers whose central themes of the corporatization of radio, the loss of artistic freedom and money winning out over creativity dovetailed with love songs and tentative optimism. One of the great […]

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Tony Blair blasts rock star for comparing Israel to Nazi Germany

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair excoriated rock singer and guitarist Roger Waters late Saturday night after the Pink Floyd front man compared Israel to Nazi Germany, and warned of the dangers posed by the “extraordinarily powerful” Jewish lobby. A frequent critic of the Jewish state and a staunch supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions […]

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Oxford college removes Suu Kyi portrait

The Oxford University college where Aung San Suu Kyi studied said Saturday it had taken down a portrait of the Myanmar leader, a decision that follows widespread criticism of her over the Rohingya crisis. The portrait, which was on display in the main entrance of St Hugh’s College, has been placed in storage and was […]

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Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova dies aged 90

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova, the world’s first soloist to record Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete works for keyboard instruments, died aged 90 on Wednesday, Czech media said. Ruzickova, who recorded Bach’s complete work on 35 records between 1965 and 1975, died in a Prague hospital after a short illness. Get The Times […]

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Social piano experiment has Jerusalem passersby keyed up

It was a Tuesday morning in September, and a small crowd had gathered around the grand piano on Jaffa Road, listening to a medley of jazz improvisations performed by a guy who had plunked his battered fedora hat on top of the piano. His audience included an Arab street cleaner standing under a nearby tree, […]

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