Proposed Guggenheim Helsinki Is On Again

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Plans for a Finnish branch of the Guggenheim empire have been very controversial, and the project has been called off and restarted before. But now land has been set aside and the architectural competition to design the new building is on.

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Why Sales Of Vinyl Records Are Thriving

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“For the sixth straight year, more analog was sold than the year before. In 2013 in particular, the jump was Van Halen-sized: In the United States, 6.1 million vinyl LPs were bought – up 33 per cent from 2012. It’s not just the fogies who grew up on vinyl who are buying the old-fashioned product. […]

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Thousands Of Latvians Form Human Daisy Chain To Move Library Books

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“Around 15,000 people braved freezing temperatures – as low as -14C – to form a chain stretching more than a mile across the capital, deliberately echoing 1989′s Baltic Way when some two million protesters formed a human chain across Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to fight for independence from the Soviet Union.”

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Italians To Vote On Which Artworks To Save

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“The idea is to raise awareness — and money — for those artistic treasures that need restoration, something the culture ministry says has become a Sisyphean task amid the euro crisis.”

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The Cincinnati Symphony’s Remarkable Turnaround

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“During a period of artistic transition – in which music director Paavo Järvi departed, the orchestra underwent a search and Louis Langrée was appointed to the top artistic post – the orchestra launched projects that may be viewed as visionary in an industry that is struggling in many cities across the country.”

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Ex-Theatre Mogul Garth Drabinsky Granted Parole

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“The ex-CEO of the now defunct Livent Inc. and his friend Myron Gottlieb were convicted in 2009 in connection with a book-cooking scheme that eventually led to the company’s bankruptcy. The demise of the publicly traded company ultimately cost investors an estimated $500 million.”

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A Biological Explanation For Art? Careful!

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“Research findings could well suggest that there is something biological in our need for art – an art instinct. After all, all societies seem to have produced art across human history. We have to account for that, why it is so. But caution is required when interpreting these results and applying them.”

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As Life For Gays In Africa Gets Worse, Kenyan Author Comes Out

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Seeing the ever harsher laws against homosexuality being passed in Uganda, Nigeria and elsewhere, Binyavanga Wainaina thought about his own life in cosmopolitan Nairobi and decided that, as “part of a generation of people in Kenya and Africa who [want to] change [Africa] to be accountable to itself,” he had to go public.

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Meet the Mipsterz: Young Muslim Hipsters Are Now a Thing

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“Yasmin Chebbi describes her style as edgy. She wears vibrant colors, mixes dresses with combat boots, and sports handmade jewelry. She cites her mother, a major Vogue enthusiast, as her greatest style inspiration, and loves making outfits out of pieces that wouldn’t conventionally match. She also wears a hijab.”

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The Quick Guide to Mipsterhood

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“We will leave NPR, The Daily Beast and others to examine the impact of this emerging trend on American society. What GlobalPost wants to know is, ‘how do we become Mipsterz?’” A photo and video guide. (Hint: Hijabs are really easy to accessorize.)

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