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Tel Aviv beach craze makes the jump from paddle ball to fine art

By Gavin Rabinowitz ODESSA, Ukraine — A mention of matkot (paddle ball) usually brings to mind Israeli men in Speedos on a Mediterranean beach, not a fine art gallery on the Black Sea. But this week, Israel’s unofficial national sport was the subject on display in the Museum of Modern Art in the Ukrainian port […]

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Fats Domino, Rock And Roll Legend, Dies Aged 89

Fats Domino, who pioneered the rock ‘n’ roll sound of the 1950s and 60s, and the voice behind enduring hits like “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Blueberry Hill,” died Wednesday at the age of 89 years at his daughter’s New Orleans home, according to Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish Medical Examiner’s office […]

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Singer David Broza to concertize Dec. 20 at LFJCC

LA JOLLA, California (Press Release) — Israel’s iconic singer-songwriter, guitarist and UNICEF goodwill ambassador David Broza will perform Dec. 20 at the Lawrence Family JCC as part of a coast-to-coast winter tour this December, celebrating 40 years since the release of his best-known song, “Yihye Tov” (Things Will Be Better). The well-known composition was written […]

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Leonardo da Vinci’s $100 million rediscovered painting

It was sold for around 50 euros in 1958 – and now it’s worth an estimated 85 million. Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’, an oil on panel canvas of Jesus Christ, has been hailed by auction house Christie’s as ‘the greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century’. Now on display at Christie’s in London before […]

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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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