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US filmmaker to direct amateur spring gala

A Chinese American filmmaker will direct the 2010 Shanzhai (copycat) Spring Festival Gala Party, but will not be paid for his work, the show's producer said yesterday.

Rembrandt painting fetches record price at auction

A Rembrandt painting unseen in public for nearly 40 years sold for a record 20.2 million pounds ($33.2 million) at auction in London on Tuesday, the highest ever paid at auction for the 17th century artist.

Singers applauded, director booed at La Scala opener

Georges Bizet's "Carmen," a tale of love, jealousy and murder, opened the season on Monday at Milan's La Scala to applause for the singers but boos for the creator of its sparse staging, Emma Dante.

Kennedy Center gala honors performing arts greats

Luminaries from the worlds of music and film were feted by President Barack Obama and a black-tie audience of artists and political heavyweights on Sunday at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.

Exhibition reveals Chinese legacy in Peru

To celebrate the 160th anniversary of the arrival of Chinese immigration in Peru, the Embassy of Peru in Beijing is holding an exhibition in the Imperial City Museum of art.

Community theater open to everyone

"One of the big aims of the theater is to show Chinese people great stage plays and dramas from the Western world," explained Penghao Theater's manager Jennifer Liang.

Hong Kong strives to revive Cantonese Opera's heyday

Hong Kong artist Christie To is only 16, but her aspirations to stardom are rooted in a centuries-old art form fighting extinction: Cantonese opera.

Art Basel Miami Beach galleries expect collectors

The collectors are back. That's what Art Basel Miami Beach organizers and galleries are expecting.

A year later in New York, it's Madoff as cabaret

A 73-year-old New York cabaret singer and one of Bernard Madoff's jilted investors is finding catharsis -- and some pay-back -- in her one-woman show, "John Denver, Bernie Madoff & Me," which opened in New York on Monday.

"Vivid pink" diamond sells for record $10.8 million

A rare, 5-carat pink diamond was auctioned off for a record $10.8 million in Hong Kong on Tuesday, putting some shine back into the world's rare and large stones market which was badly hit by the financial crisis.

Paris evolution sale: from dinosaurs to space diapers

From entire dinosaur skeletons and fossilised bugs alive more than 400 million years ago, to modern space paraphernalia, there is something for every pocket in a Paris evolution-themed auction next month.

Assembling the leading edge

Eight Chinese contemporary artists have gathered at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) for a group exhibition titled A History of the Future with Breaking Forecast: 8 Key Figures of China's New Generation Artists.

Fame gonna learn how to wing it

With a team of "translators" watching every performance of Fame - The Musical to tailor-make it for the Chinese market, the version that local audiences see on Dec 23 is going to be quite different from the final show 10 days later.

Drawing on calligraphy

A perfect combination of Chinese calligraphy, dance movements and theatrical elements, Cursive is performed by the renowned Taiwan contemporary dance company Cloud Gate and is a must-see.

Carmen pours it on

It's time for Carmen and the flamenco once again! But this weekend at Poly Theater, the new show by Ballet Teatres Generalitat from Valencia, Spain, offers something new and also features Cristina Hoyos, arguably Spain's most renowned flamenco dancer.