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BY Lauren Knapp  January 5, 2011 at 1:54 PM EDT

Portrait of Spanish King Philip IV by Deigo Velazquez, Courtesy the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — A portrait of the Spanish King Philip IV has a new face-lift and is back on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The 17th Century painting by Deigo Velazquez underwent an arduous restoration process and was rehung on Tuesday. Listen to Gianfranco Pocobene discuss the history of the painting and what it took to restore the nearly seven-foot-tall piece from 1628. [WBUR]

– Jazz pianist and North Carolina native Billy Taylor passed away last week at the age of 89. One of Taylor’s most well-known pieces, “I Wish I Know (How It Would Feel to Be Free),” became a popular tune during the Civil Rights Movement. WUNC remembers the musician here. [WUNC]

– Southern Californians can now see David Wojnarowicz’s film that the National Portrait Gallery pulled from an exhibit in December. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will be showing “A Fire in My Belly,” which was the center of debate when the Smithsonian Institution agreed to remove the film from an exhibition when Bill Donahue of the Catholic League and Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, complained of “anti-Christian” imagery. Read the article here. [KPBS]

– Eight tracks are back… or at least on display. The first ever museum devoted to the antiquated technology opened on Christmas Day in Dallas. You can listen to an interview with museum founder Bucks Burnett here. [KERA]

– Also in Texas, the famous theater where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured in 1963 has been re-purposed as an art house movie theater. Take a tour with the team behind the renovation. [KERA]

– Six of The New Yorker’s ‘20 Under 40‘ list of top young authors spent an evening reading some of their prose and taking questions at New York City’s 92nd Street Y on Tuesday. Read a review of the event here. [Thirteen]

– Vivian Maier was a prolific street photographer throughout the 20th Century, but only now seems to be getting noticed. The Chicago nanny took more than 100,000 pictures throughout her life, but never showed them to anyone. Now, some believe her photos, which are stored in an attic on the north side of Chicago, are some of the best from the past century. [WTTW]

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— Have you ever wondered where the fish on your plate comes from? Aliza Green, author of “The Fishmonger’s Apprentice” tells WHYY about her experience inside a seafood company where she learned how to clean and prepare a variety of seafood species. [WHYY]](http://whyy.org/)

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– The Colorado River stretches 1,450 miles, bringing water to nearly 30 million people. So when the river is affected by drought or climate change, it matters. In order to understand the river’s impact, writer Jonathan Waterman and photographer Peter McBride decided to travel the length of the Colorado. They documented their journey in a new book called, “The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict.” Listen to an interview with Waterman here. [CPR]