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‘The Home Place’ a strong debut for Carrie La Seur

This book cover image released by William Morrow shows "The Home Place," by Carrie La Seur. AP

Carrie La Seur’s finely crafted debut chronicles a woman’s complicated relationship with her hometown of Billings, Montana, her relatives who stayed behind and her ancestral history. La Seur’s graceful prose in “The Home Place” complements her incisive character studies of a family that has managed to keep most of its problems behind closed doors.

Posted: July 29th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Italian tenor Bergonzi dies at age 90

In this file photo taken on Jan. 19, 2009, Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi poses for a photocall in Cannes, southern France. Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi’s operas, has died at the age of 90.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

New York sex museum draws oohs and aahs and moans

Demika Gilroy and Emily Richards  from Australia play in the Bompas & Parr, Grope Mountain, a climbing wall where the foot-and hand-holds are sex organs and other bodily appendages, part of “Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground,” at the Museum of Sex, in New York on July 9, 2014. The art exhibition is hosted by New York’s Museum of Sex (MoSex), and London-based conceptual artist duo Bompas & Parr, opened  on June 26 and runs throught the spring of 2015. AFP

Mildly titillating and lots of fun, bouncing around on giant inflatable boobs is the hit attraction of a hot and steamy New York summer.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

World’s largest folk art market opens in Santa Fe

This undated file photo originally provided by the International Folk Art Market shows the colorful entrance sign for the event, which is taking place in Santa Fe, N.M., on July 11-13. AP

Santa Fe’s famed summer market season opens this weekend with the International Folk Market, the world’s largest folk art market and one dedicated to helping artisans from impoverished nations start their own businesses.

Posted: July 9th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Travel | Read More »

6 new National Artists named; Nora Aunor snubbed

Cirilo F. Bautista, Alice Reyes, Ramon Santos

Malacañang released the list of the new National Artists late Friday night but one name was conspicuously missing.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »