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  • Opera great Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies at age 55

    November 22, 2017 5:29 PM 17

    MOSCOW—Beloved Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 55. Diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015, Hvorostovsky had all but given up live performances — though he briefly returned to the stage earlier this year, including a “blistering performance” at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre in April alongside Anna Netrebko

  • Chrissy Teigen, John Legend expecting second child

    November 22, 2017 4:38 PM 17

    Teigen posted a video on Instagram Tuesday that shows the couple’s daughter, Luna, with her hands on her mother’s stomach. When Teigen asks, “What’s in here?” the toddler responds, “Baby.” LOS ANGELES—Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are expanding their family. The model and the musician used social media Tuesday to announce they’re expecting their second

  • Lawren Harris, Jean-Paul Riopelle artworks up for auction

    November 22, 2017 2:27 PM 23

    Fine Canadian art auction and Post-war and contemporary sale set for Toronto's Design Exchange ​Eight works by Group of Seven founding member Lawren Harris are going on the auction block in Toronto tonight. The 1925 oil canvas Mountains East of Maligne Lake has a pre-sale estimate of $2.5 million to $3.5 million, according to the Heffel Fine Art Auction

  • Famed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies at 55

    November 22, 2017 12:49 PM 29

    MOSCOW -- Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 55. Hvorostovsky's office said in a statement Wednesday that the acclaimed singer "died peacefully" earlier and was "surrounded by family" near his home in London. "May the warmth of his voice and his spirit always be with us," the statement said. Diagnosed

  • David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' star and '70s teen idol, dies at 67

    November 22, 2017 2:18 AM 23

    LOS ANGELES -- David Cassidy of "The Partridge Family" fame has died at age 67. Publicist JoAnn Geffen released a statement Tuesday evening saying Cassidy had died "surrounded by those he loved." No further details were immediately available, but Geffen said on Saturday that Cassidy was in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital suffering from organ failure

  • Valérie Blass wins 2017 Gershon Iskowitz Prize

    November 21, 2017 9:17 PM 14

    Jurors commend Montreal artist for sparking curiosity with work that is very accessible. Montreal sculptor Valérie Blass has won the 2017 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO. The annual award includes $50,000 and a show at the Art Gallery of Ontario within two years. Jurors were impressed with “the ability of Blass’s work to spark curiosity; she engages

  • Sacha Baron Cohen offers to pay fines for tourists detained in Kazakhstan for wearing Borat-style ‘mankini’

    November 21, 2017 7:04 PM 14

    The six Czech men, who wore lime green “mankinis” and black wigs hoping to take a picture in front of a notable landmark in the country’s capital, were fined some $68 each for committing minor hooliganism, according to local media. PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC—Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly

  • Rapper Nelly’s planned Saudi gig sparks social-media stir

    November 21, 2017 6:27 PM 10

    Rape accusation and past drug conviction for rapper both get negative attention. RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—Rapper Nelly is to perform in Saudi Arabia next month, but his planned concert in the ultraconservative kingdom is not being welcomed by everyone. Some Saudis on social media are pointing to the American rapper’s 2015 guilty plea for possession of marijuana

  • German police retrieve 100 stolen John Lennon items

    November 21, 2017 2:26 PM 12

    BERLIN - A cigarette case, a handwritten musical score, three diaries and two pairs of John Lennon's signature metal-rimmed glasses were among stolen goods belonging to the Beatles' star that have been recovered in Germany. Berlin police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel on Tuesday called the recovery of the trove of about 100 John Lennon items a "great success"

  • Della Reese, singer and ‘Touched by an Angel’ actress, dies at age 86

    November 20, 2017 6:28 PM 12

    A family representative released a statement saying Reese died peacefully Sunday evening in California. LOS ANGELES—Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama Touched by an Angel, has died at age 86. A family representative released a statement