Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  August 25, 2010 at 10:46 AM EDT

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Dancers perform on stage during a rehearsal for the piece ‘Terima Kost’ (Room Exit) by Jakarta-based dancer-choreographer Jecko Siompo in Berlin. The piece, touring for the first time in Europe, shows people hovering between two worlds. The dance is about rural youth moving to Jakarta, where they sublet tiny apartments, according to show producers. The show opens on August 23, 2010 as part of the international dance festival ‘Dance in August’ taking place in Berlin from August 19 to September 3, 2010. Photo by David Gannon/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Wyclef Jean will not be a candidate in Haiti’s presidential election, via Rolling Stone. Haiti’s highest court turned down an appeal from the singer after it ruled that he was not eligible to run.

While Jean will not be joining them, check out our piece on heads of state who harmonize.

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U2’s Bono met and hung out with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev while on tour in Moscow, via The Wall Street Journal.

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The Washington Post examines the ranks of U.S.‘s military bands, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates begins to ponder how to cut the national defense budget.

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Christopher Schlingensief, a German performer and director known for his avant-garde work and style, has died from lung cancer at age 49, via The Art Newspaper.