Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  October 20, 2010 at 10:35 AM EDT

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A 1.58m tall humanoid robot ‘HRP-4C’ of Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) sings and dances with performers at the Digital Contents Expo in Tokyo on October 17, 2010. AIST developed the entertainment software called Choreonoid, formed from choreograph and humanoid. Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/ AFP/ Getty Images

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A speedy London violinist plays “The Flight of the Bumblebee” in record time, via WQXR.

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The Museum of Arts and Design plans a special ephemeral exhibit: a show consisting entirely of fragrances, via The New York Times’ ArtsBeat.

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The definition of “a book” gets fuzzy in the digital age, via BusinessWeek.

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Psychic mediums try channeling the ghosts of Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Kahlo and Duchamp in London, as part of an art piece by American artist Jeffrey Vallance, via CNN.

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The Miami Herald is seeking the best six-line ode or lament in honor of LeBron James’ tenure as a member of the Miami Heat.

Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Maureen Hoch  December 23, 2009 at 9:42 AM EDT
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A 100-year-old doll cat quartet is part of an exhibition called “From Christmas To Christmas” at the Supreme Burgrave’s House in Prague. The historical Christmas decorations and children toys belong to Czech artists Eva and Ivan Steiger’s collection. (Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images.)

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A non-profit that enlists artists to help beautify rundown houses in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles got a $125,000 boost from the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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A group of eight artists who run an organization called the Oubliette (“dungeon” in French), have claimed some pretty un-dungeon-like new diggs in one of the nicest neighborhoods in London. Though they eschew the term “squatters,” they have been living and working in a huge, empty nine-story building that’s owned by an offshore investment company.

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Sesame Street has lost one of its friendly, former tenants. Alaina Reed Hall, who played “Olivia” on Sesame for 12 years, died in Santa Monica of breast cancer at the age of 63.