Arts & Life

10:13pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Arts & Culture

El Sistema: Transforming Youth Through Classical Music

Can a violin keep a child from joining a gang? A group in Denver has brought an innovative music program to one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods to find out.

There’s long been a stereotype of “coming from the wrong side of the tracks” – but students at Garden Place Elementary in North West Denver – don’t have much choice.

The 108 year old school is surrounded by an active rail yard and factories. – but it still stands proud in one of Denver’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

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10:01pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Author Interviews

The Wild And Crazy 'Tweets Of Steve Martin'

Steve Martin has won two Grammys for his comedy albums. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood and The Spanish Prisoner.

After 40 years on the stand-up stage, countless comedy albums and iconic movies, Steve Martin is still finding new ways to make people laugh.

The comedian got on Twitter in 2010, and by now he has attracted nearly 2.5 million followers with his funny and slightly demented tweets.

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10:01pm

Wed March 14, 2012
The Salt

In France, Politicians Make Halal Meat A Campaign Issue

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 7:29 pm

French President Nicolas Sarkozy listens to a butcher during a visit to the butchery pavilion at the Rungis international food market, near Paris, in February.
Anna Maria Jakub Getty Images

A provocative comment by an extreme right presidential candidate has started a debate that is dominating the French presidential campaign. France may be in the middle of an economic crisis, but politicians seem more interested in talking about halal meat and religious dietary rules.

It all began when National Front Party presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said that non-Muslims in Paris were unwittingly eating halal meat.

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2:56pm

Wed March 14, 2012
The Salt

Fish And Spices Top List of Imported Foods That Make Us Sick

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 2:58 pm

More than 75 percent of the fish consumed in the U.S. is imported.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Disease outbreaks with imported foods are on the rise, and fish and spices are the foods most likely to cause problems.

It's not that imported foods are any nastier than home-grown, according to a presentation today from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's that we're eating a lot more of them.

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1:47pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Fine Art

800-Year-Old Frescoes Leave Texas For Cyprus

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:57 am

In the 1980s, this dome from the 13th century was stolen out of the church of St. Evphemianos in Lysi in the Turkish occupied section of Cyprus. The fresco portrays Christ in heaven, surrounded by 12 angels. The Archangels Michael and Gabriel flank the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist as a medallion illustrates the throne that's been prepared for the Lord.
Kevin Keim Charles Moore Foundation

A set of 13th-century Byzantine frescoes — plundered after Turkey invaded Cyprus and on display in Houston for the last 15 years — is headed home at last. It's the closing chapter in what turns out to be a remarkable odyssey.

It all started in the summer of 1974, when the Turkish army invaded Cyprus and nearly 200,000 Greek Cypriots became refugees fleeing south.

"And so all the churches and homes and art was left behind," says Josef Helfenstein, director of the Menil Collection in Houston. "And after years, some of these churches began to be looted."

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