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Homeless opera singer in first concert after going viral

Los Angeles – The crowd cheered as Emily Zamourka took the stage.”I didn’t have much time to practice,” she confided in an audience gathered to celebrate the designation of Los Angeles’ new Little Italy on Saturday. “So I’m just gonna sing the same song I sang on the subway…That ok with you?” Zamourka launched into Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s aria, ... Read More »

Louvre opens center to protect art from flooding

Lievin (AP/UNB) — The Louvre has opened a new art conservation center some 200 kilometers (120 miles) from Paris to protect the museum’s priceless artworks from its flood-prone reserves. The Louvre Conservation Center was inaugurated Tuesday in Lievin in northern France, near another outpost of the museum, the Louvre-Lens. Protecting the museum’s works from the nearby Seine River has taken ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s architecture praised at Aga Khan Award ceremony

Kazan (Russia), Sept 14 (UNB) – Leading members of the architectural community from around the world highly praised Bangladesh for its excellence in architecture as six winning projects of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) received their awards formally at a ceremony held at Musa Jalil State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre here on Friday. Read More »

Pyer Moss celebrates black culture with fashion and music

New York, Sep 10 (AP/UNB) — There was a huge choir that veered from stirring, soaring gospel, then spit verses from Cardi B and sang lines from Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y.”; a spoken word artist who reminded the audience that rock ‘n’ roll was born because of a black, queer woman ; and a stunning collection of clothes that ran the ... Read More »

Weinstein looms as Toronto fest talks Oscar lobbying, sexism

Susan Sarandon knows what it takes to win an Oscar, but on Friday the veteran US actress blasted Hollywood for only handing out statuettes to stars backed by “the Harvey Weinsteins of this world.” Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of “Blackbird,” the Academy Award-winning star said Oscars glory is only possible today with vast ... Read More »

Bonna Mirza signs for government-funded film ‘Ghor Geosthi’

Entertainment Desk Renowned actress Bonna Mirza has signed up for a government-funded film Ghor Geosthi. The versatile actress has been working on stage, television and in films for the last two decades. She was highly applauded for her eponymous role in Rabeya, directed by Tanvir Mokammel. The film is still screened on major national holidays in various television channels. Pita, ... Read More »

Ho Chi Minh to be premiered at Shilpakala stage

Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) – Turongomi’s latest production Ho Chi Minh will be premiered at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday. The production, scheduled for 7:30pm and 8:30pm, will have no entry fee.Ho Chi Minh is based on the life, journey and philosophy of the Vietnamese leader. This is going to be the first-ever biography dance theatre ... Read More »

Art Maestro Mustafa Monwar turns 84

Country’s legendary artist, puppeteer, painter, sculptor, fine-arts professor and media personality Mustafa Monwar turns 84 on Sunday. This celebrated artist was born on September 1, 1935 at Jessore to the renowned poet Golam Mostafa. Currently serving as the chairman of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy and a professor of the Department of Drawing and Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, ... Read More »

Chhayanaut pays tribute to Nazrul on his 43rd death anniversary

Country’s prominent cultural institution Chhayanaut arranged a cultural event to pay tribute to the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, observing his 43rd death anniversary. The event inaugurated at its Dhanmondi auditorium on Saturday evening, with an introductory group performance on the song ‘Jago Amrita Piyashi Chita’ by artistes of the organisation. Moumita Sarkar Mumu, Shukla Paul Setu, Kaniz Husna Ahammadi, ... Read More »