Arts & Life

7:37am

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

'The Scream' Fetches Highest Price Ever For A Work Of Art

This version of The Scream is one of four made by Edvard Munch, and the only one outside Norway. It sold at Sotheby's in New York for $119.9 million.
Anonymous AP

You recognize the image instantly - the hairless man, clutching his head with a pained look of fear or agony plastered across his features, silhouetted against frenzied red and blue lines of his environment.

It's 'The Scream', painted by Edvard Munch, and it sold at a Sotheby's auction last night in New York for $119.9 million, establishing it as the most valuable piece of art ever sold at auction, Margo Adler tells NPR's Newscast.

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1:02am

Thu May 3, 2012
Commentary

Watching 'The Avengers' In India, With A Twist

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 8:31 am

In The Avengers, the Hulk lives in Calcutta — and doesn't lose his temper over the city's traffic and other problems. That might not ring true to anyone who's been there, says Sandip Roy.
Marvel

When I went to see The Avengers the very day it was released, I texted a friend in San Francisco. It seems kind of unfair, I said, that because of the 12-hour time difference, I get to see The Avengers before you do.

Turns out I was a week off. The Avengers actually released in 39 countries around the world, including India, a week before it opens in America.

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12:18am

Thu May 3, 2012
Arts & Life

Colorful Visions At African-American Art Exhibit

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:50 am

Gene Young American Art Museum

The African-American experience is reflected, right now, on the walls of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Exuberant dancing in Chicago. Laundry on a line in the nation's capital. A girl smiling out from her father's warm jacket — all captured in photographs, paintings and sculptures from the 1920s through the 1990s.

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2:15pm

Wed May 2, 2012
The Salt

Lard Is Back In The Larder, But Hold The Health Claims

Could you taste the lard in a freshly-baked crust?
Steven Depolo Flickr.com

What secret ingredient makes the pie crust so crisp and flaky? If you're from the Midwest, you may have guessed: Lard. The pig fat reviled for decades as supremely unhealthy is undergoing a lipid rehabilitation by American chefs and home bakers.

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2:03pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Monkey See

Studios To Movie Fans: Take Our Clips, Please

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

Robert Duvall and Al Pacino in a scene from The Godfather Part II.
AP

Maybe you needed a good cry, but you were at work and didn't have easy access to your DVD of "The Notebook." So, you searched for that heart wrenching break-up scene on YouTube and let the tears flow freely.

Could be, nostalgic for times past when "real" men wore suits and drank bourbon, you were itching to watch Humphrey Bogart tell Ingrid Bergman, "Here's lookin' at you kid."

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