Arts

Conductor Chailly: Appeasing La Scala's 'gods' with Italian opera

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LONDON - Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly knows that Milan's legendary La Scala opera house, where he takes over as principal conductor in January, is a political and cultural pressure cooker. So he's going to give the public what it wants: Italian opera.

Protesters decry Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' as anti-Semitic

NEW YORK - Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, led a rally outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday to protest the company's production of "The Death of Klinghoffer," which some have called anti-Semitic and sympathetic to terrorism.

Vandals bring down sex toy shaped sculpture in Paris

PARIS - Vandals attacked a giant green inflatable sculpture in one of the most famous squares in Paris in the early hours of Saturday after its resemblance to a sex toy sparked an outcry.

Frank Gehry's Louis Vuitton art museum sails onto Paris skyline

PARIS - Billowing sails of glass join the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur as permanent fixtures of the Paris skyline this month, when the new Fondation Louis Vuitton contemporary art museum designed by Frank Gehry opens to the public.

Musical 'On The Town' sails back to Broadway

NEW YORK - "On The Town" is back on Broadway, 70 years after its debut, in a revival that critics hail as "fizzy and frisky" and a "helluva show."

London show holds up magnifying glass to Sherlock Holmes

LONDON - How do you make an exhibition about a man who never existed?

Novelist Dubus now looks homeward after gritty memoir

NEWBURY Mass. - Andre Dubus III put his faded hometown of Haverhill, Massachusetts, on the map of modern literature with his gritty memoir, “Townie.”

Publishers aim to take Chinese literature to the world

FRANKFURT - China, the world's second-biggest book market after the United States, has long been a consumer of works from other countries, now it is making a push to export its own literature abroad, helped by the e-book revolution.

London Frieze art fair: something for everyone, at a price

LONDON - From an installation of a Venezuelan-themed Internet cafe to brothers from Japan serving soup made with radishes from the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone, the London Frieze contemporary art fair that opened on Wednesday is nothing if not varied.

Geographer's 'forgotten French' shakes up political class

PARIS - When France's left-leaning daily Liberation newspaper devoted a cover and two full pages last month to a book on geography, author Christophe Guilluy understood that his message was reaching a wider audience than his peers in the field.