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Mar 8, 2015

Flipping a coin: rare U.S. coin market hits records

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A rare five-dollar gold piece and a prized silver dollar each could fetch $10 million or more in upcoming auctions, making the American rare coin market as attractive, though not nearly as glamorous, as fine art.

Sales of rare U.S. coins reached a record of nearly $536 million last year, and now collectors are turning to the D. Brent Pogue Collection, which could boost it higher.

Mar 6, 2015

U.S. documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles dies at 88

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Albert Maysles, a pioneering American documentary filmmaker best known for works such as “Grey Gardens” and “Gimme Shelter,” has died at age 88, his family said on Friday.

Maysles passed away on Thursday at his home in New York following a brief battle with cancer.

Mar 6, 2015

Critical enthusiasm lags for Larry David’s play ‘Fish in Dark’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Fish in the Dark,” a new play by comedian Larry David, is the hottest ticket on Broadway, but critics said the lightweight, 60s-style comedy flounders with one liners and a weak plot.

The play racked up a record of more than $13.5 million in advance sales ahead of its first preview and opening on Thursday at the Cort Theater, largely on the popularity of David.

Mar 5, 2015

Elizabeth McCracken wins U.S. Story Prize for short fiction

NEW YORK, March 4 (Reuters) – Author Elizabeth McCracken won
the annual Story Prize for short fiction on Wednesday for
“Thunderstruck and Other Stories,” her collection of tales about
life-altering experiences and loss.

McCracken, a National Book Award finalist for her novel “The
Giant’s House,” will receive a $20,000 prize for her critically
acclaimed book of nine stories.

Mar 3, 2015

MoMA retrospective journeys into world of Iceland’s Bjork

NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) – With pulsating sounds,
stunning videos and elaborate costumes, a retrospective at the
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) dedicated to the work of Bjork
transports visitors into the creative world of the Icelandic
musician, composer and singer.

“Bjork,” which opens on Sunday and runs through June 7,
follows the artist through 20 years of her career, from her
first mature solo album “Debut” in 1993 to her latest work and a
new music installation commissioned for the retrospective.

Feb 26, 2015

Film producer betting musical of ‘Finding Neverland’ will fly on Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) – “Finding Neverland,” Hollywood
film producer Harvey Weinstein’s first hands-on foray into
musical theater and which follows the British family that
inspired Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic children tale
“Peter Pan,” has staked its place on Broadway.

After the reworking of the 2012 version that played in
England and a dispute over publicity in New York, the musical
will begin performances in March and open on April 15 at the
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Feb 25, 2015

‘Doctor Zhivago’ musical brings epic love story to Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Fifty years after Omar Sharif
and Julie Christie captivated audiences in David Lean’s
Oscar-winning epic film “Doctor Zhivago,” the musical adaptation
of the love story set during the upheaval of the Russian
Revolution will open on Broadway.

The musical is based on Boris Pasternak’s novel that became
an international bestseller after it was smuggled out of the
Soviet Union and published in Italy in 1957. Pasternak was
awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature a year later.

Feb 19, 2015

Designers spin ’70s vibe for winter looks at New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hemlines fell, sultry dresses hugged the body and tailored coats with generous fur trim oozed elegance on the runway as designers at New York Fashion Week spun a retro 1970s look with sleek silhouettes for their 2015 fall/winter collections.

Chunky-knit sweaters, high collars, long layering and fur hats paired with ponchos and capes exuded a warm, comfortable feeling as the week-long fashion fest came to a close on Thursday and temperatures outside dipped below freezing.

Feb 18, 2015

Designers in New York unveil possible Oscar red carpet scene stealers

NEW YORK, Feb 18 (Reuters) – With grandiose gowns,
skin-skimming dresses and a nod to old Hollywood glamour,
designers in New York served up couture treats to entice
fashion’s elite ahead of the world’s most-watched runway at
Sunday’s Academy Awards red carpet.

With stylists eyeing the upcoming Fall/Winter collections at
New York Fashion Week in search of the perfect Oscars dress for
their A-list clients, the stakes were high for designers as they
opted for sophisticated elegance on the runway.

Feb 13, 2015

Lyrics of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ to be sold at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Songwriter Don McLean’s original manuscript of “American Pie,” one of the most iconic songs of its time, could fetch up to $1.5 million when it is sold on April 7, auctioneers Christie’s said on Thursday.

The 16 pages of hand-written and typed drafts include notes and deletions for the recording that became a hit after it was released in 1971. It was named a Song of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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