Oldest known recording by black group sold

Nov 24, 2013

Oldest known recording by black group sold

A 120-year-old wax-covered cylinder containing the earliest known recording of a black vocal group in the U.S. was sold at auction Saturday. Discovered in a private collection in Portland, Maine, the 1893 recording of “Mama’s Black Baby Boy” by the New York-based Unique Quartet ...

Nov 24, 2013

Singapore, H.K. films get Golden Horses

The Singaporean family drama “Ilo Ilo” was the surprise winner of the prize for best feature film at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan on Saturday, and kung fu epic “The Grandmaster” scooped the most gongs at the Chinese-language “Oscars.” “Ilo Ilo” — director ...

'Doctor Who' sets simulcast record

Nov 24, 2013

'Doctor Who' sets simulcast record

TV’s most famous Time Lord popped up simultaneously in nearly 100 countries on Saturday — in a special 50th anniversary episode of the BBC’s cult sci-fi series “Doctor Who.” Fittingly, for a two-hearted, time-traveling alien who reincarnates every time he suffers a fatal mishap, ...

Doris Lessing, Nobel-winning writer, dies at 94

Nov 18, 2013

Doris Lessing, Nobel-winning writer, dies at 94

Doris Lessing, a Nobel Prize-winning novelist and essayist whose deeply autobiographical books and piercing social commentary made her one of the most significant and wide-ranging writers since World War II, died Sunday at her home in London. She was 94. Her publisher, HarperCollins, announced ...

Da Vinci dream realized by Pole

Nov 17, 2013

Da Vinci dream realized by Pole

With elegant black and tan keys, it looks like a baby grand piano, but when pressed they release the voluptuous tones of a cello. The painter of the Mona Lisa, Italian Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, also dreamed up the viola organista in the ...

New Miss Universe models $1 million swimsuit

Nov 12, 2013

New Miss Universe models $1 million swimsuit

Newly crowned Miss Universe, Maria Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, took up her duties in Moscow on Sunday, wearing a jewel-studded swimming costume valued at $1 million. Isler, 25, spoke to reporters a day after winning the title at a glitzy ceremony at a Moscow ...

Washington, D.C., rappers punch ticket to North Korea

Nov 12, 2013

Washington, D.C., rappers punch ticket to North Korea

“Are you ready?” Ramsey Aburdene demands of the assembled buoyant audience. “Are you ready to go to North Korea?” The fans cheer at The Dunes in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. They are ready, if not to go to North Korea, then to see Aburdene ...

Marilyn Monroe medical file auctioned off for $25,600

Nov 12, 2013

Marilyn Monroe medical file auctioned off for $25,600

Medical files proving Hollywood screen siren Marilyn Monroe underwent cosmetic surgery sold for $25,600 during a weekend auction in California. The sale, organized in Beverly Hills by Julien’s Auctions, was dedicated to personal objects of the rich and famous, including Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Andrews, ...