Maya Plisetskaya overcame terror legacy to redefine ballet


MOSCOW - Maya Plisetskaya, a star of Russia's Bolshoi ballet who overcame a legacy of Stalinist oppression to redefine her art and be feted as the greatest ballerina of her generation, has died in Germany aged 89. | Video

British crime writer Ruth Rendell dies aged 85

LONDON - British crime writer Ruth Rendell, best known as the creator of Detective Chief Inspector Wexford, died in hospital on Saturday at the age of 85, her publisher said.

Record prices for paintings, sculpture eyed at N.Y. auctions

NEW YORK - With prices for top-tier works of art at an all-time high, records for paintings and sculpture appear certain to fall at upcoming spring auctions in New York by Christie's and Sotheby's.

Armani fetes 40 years in fashion with VIP gala, new museum

MILAN - Italy's Giorgio Armani celebrated 40 years in fashion with a star-studded gala and opening of a museum dedicated to his designer business. | Video

Square dancing runs circles around other hobbies for China's elderly

BEIJING - Chinese-style square dancing is running circles around other hobbies for the elderly, with millions taking to parks and plazas across China, swiveling their hips and rolling their arms - but it's not to everyone's liking. | Video

Election fever puts politics centre-stage in London

LONDON - When celebrity TV interviewer Jeremy Paxman is in the audience for a play in which Judi Dench has only a cameo role, something unusual is happening on the London stage: politics has become the star of the show.

Lesbian heroine, profane puppet make it on broad-minded Broadway

NEW YORK - A lesbian coming-out musical and a comedy about a teenager with an out-of-control, foul-mouthed sock puppet are proving that the off-kilter can kill it on Broadway and bring in a younger, edgier audience. | Video

Memoir about husband dying of brain tumor wins Wellcome prize

LONDON - Visual artist Marion Coutts's memoir "The Iceberg" about the time she spent nursing and caring for her writer husband Tom Lubbock as he slowly died of a brain tumor was named the winner on Wednesday of the Wellcome Book Prize 2015.

Ejiofor electrifies as death-bound 'Everyman' in London

LONDON - "Twelve Years a Slave" star Chiwetel Ejiofor goes from being the man who lost control of his life to slave traders to a coke-snorting high-flier who loses his life on his birthday in an engrossing update of the 500-year-old morality play "Everyman".

Architect Gehry to design opera set for Berlin's Staatsoper

- The American architect Frank Gehry will be the stage designer of a new production of the Christoph Gluck opera "Orfeo ed Euridice" for Berlin's Staatsoper, the company announced on Monday in unveiling its 2015-2016 season.