Arts and Culture

Heart rate study tests emotional impact of Shakespeare

by Rosie Scammell Agence France Presse STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, United Kingdom (AFP) — In a world where on-screen violence has become commonplace, Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company is turning to science to discover whether the playwright can still make our hearts race more than 400 years on. The renowned theater company has started measuring the pulse of audience members as they are confronted by some of the most harrowing scenes ever written by Shakespeare in the Roman tragedy […]

Bronze sculpture exhibit highlights art shaped from the hands of immigrants

By: Abigail S. Vital EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) – Art has always been an important part of history, through its means of communicating the culture of a group of people, or simply a means of expressing oneself. Whether it is a painting, a drawing, or a sculpture, art is a medium that can be used to tell stories from different perspectives. One exhibit in New York City combines both history and […]

Rubik’s cube inventor says puzzle is “like love”

LA PLAINE SAINT-DENIS, France (Reuters) —  It’s been over four decades since Hungarian inventor and architect Erno Rubik created his best-selling toy cube, yet it continues to draw thousands to competitions all over the world, including the World Championship taking place this year just outside of Paris. A challenge for some, maddening for others, over the years enthusiasts have found thousands of ways to solve the puzzle. The cube takes its name from its inventor […]

Archaeologists go high-tech in 2,500-year-old Greek cold case

by Catherine BOITARD Agence France Presse ATHENS, Greece (AFP) — More than 2,500 years ago, an Athenian nobleman named Cylon — the first recorded Olympic champion — tried to take over the city of Athens and install himself as its sole ruler. According to Thucydides and Herodotus, Athenian and Greek historians who wrote about the coup, Cylon enticed an army of followers to enter the city and lay siege to the Acropolis. They were defeated, […]

Neil Armstrong moon bag on sale for up to $4 million

by Jennie Matthew Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Once nearly thrown out with the trash, a bag that Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon goes on sale in New York next week, valued at $2-4 million. Traces of moon dust and small rock are embedded in what is the only artifact from the Apollo 11 mission in private hands, says Sotheby’s, who is organizing the […]

Jane Austen letter to be auctioned for first time in London

LONDON, United Kingdom (Reuters) — A letter critiquing contemporary author Rachel Hunter for being “prosy” in her Gothic novel titled “Lady Maclairn, the Victim of Villany” will go under the hammer at a London auction house on Tuesday (July 11). The letter is from Austen to Anna Lefroy, the eldest daughter of the author’s eldest brother Rev. James Austen. Auctioneers Sotheby’s expect it to fetch 80,000 pounds ($103,000) to 100,000 pounds. The auctioneers said that […]

Artwork in a can?

(Reuters) — A group of artists in the southern English coastal town of Brighton are taking their works off of the gallery wall and offering them to the public via an unusual channel, through a vending machine. The machine, located in a club in the centre of the city, offers prospective buyers limited edition prints from emerging artists for prices ranging from 20 pounds to 50 pounds. Much like the cans of drinks that normally […]

J. K. Rowling marks ‘wonderful’ Harry Potter 20th anniversary

by Mark McLaughlin with Rosie Scammell in London Agence France Presse EDINBURGH, United Kingdom (AFP) — Author J. K. Rowling on Monday marked the “wonderful” two decades since her Harry Potter creation first hit the shelves, starting a global literary phenomenon which has inspired a generation. “20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It’s been wonderful. Thank you,” she wrote on Twitter. A pair of […]

Museum Mile Festival returns for the 38th year

By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK, NY (Eagle News) – The heat was on Tuesday evening along Fifth Avenue between East 82nd-105th streets for the 38th annual Museum Mile Festival. New York City’s biggest block party was held from 6 to 9pm where seven museums along the Museum Mile trip offered free admission to the public. Participating museums included the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, […]

Third Golden Age of Philippine Cinema now showing in New York

By Joanne Blanco Soriano EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK, NY (Eagle News) – The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, one of the leading institutions of modern and contemporary art in the world, is presenting an extensive and unprecedented selection of Filipino films from June 1 through June 25. “A New Golden Age: Contemporary Philippine Cinema,” showcases films from 2000 to the present in what is considered to be the third […]