Arts

Harry Potter play to hit London stage next year, says Rowling

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LONDON - Harry Potter, the world's most famous boy wizard, is set to make his debut on the London stage next year in a new play called the Cursed Child which has been created in collaboration with author J.K. Rowling. | Video

Come to the theater, ride a chandelier, play a role in show

NEW YORK - Aerialists descend in a giant chandelier and lift a guest back up with them, a showgirl leads an audience member back in time to a 1920s Parisian nightclub and actors single out guests for a mysterious experience yet to come. | Video

Down memory lane with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

MEXICO CITY - The love story of Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo has played out in books, opera and a Hollywood movie.

Klimt portrait tops Sotheby's $282 million London auction

LONDON - A Gustav Klimt portrait of a young woman that had been the subject of an ownership dispute fetched the highest price of 24.8 million pounds ($39.1 million) in an auction at Sotheby's in London on Wednesday evening.

Idaho college to cover murals depicting lynching of American Indian

SALMON, Idaho - The University of Idaho intends to cover with fabric a pair of controversial murals in a historic Boise building that depict the lynching of a Native American man by two white settlers armed with a rifle and stick.

Artist Shepard Fairey wanted by Detroit police for graffiti

DETROIT - Police in a city known for its vast stretches of graffiti-marred abandoned buildings are seeking to make an example of noted street artist Shepard Fairey, who during a recent visit to Detroit allegedly defaced several properties.

London luxury art fair displays high-end wheels to boot

LONDON - Italian luxury car maker Maserati is showcasing its hand-crafted Quattroporte S in an unlikely setting: at the Masterpiece London art and antiques fair, which opened on Thursday in a plush tent on the grounds of Chelsea's Royal Hospital.

Book Talk: The parallel worlds of Angola's oil oligarchs

JOHANNESBURG - Oxford academic Ricardo Soares de Oliveira contends Angola is a graft-ridden, petro state ruled by a party that has siphoned off or squandered oil dollars on a grand scale, while most Angolans live in abject poverty.

Art at Christie's London fetches $113 million after NY record breaker

LONDON - Christie's kept the international art auction caravan rolling with an impressionist and modern art sale that brought in $113 million on Tuesday.

Auctioneers eye $1 billion takings in London's summer art sales

LONDON - With an Atlantic tailwind from May auctions in New York in which the two biggest auction houses sold more than $2 billion of art, eyes are focused on major sales beginning next week in London that may see prices soar again to dizzying heights. | Video