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Culture Canvas

A roundup of the week’s arts and culture headlines

The South By Southwest Music, Film, and Interactive Festival is underway in Austin, Texas. “Beware of Mr. Baker,” a documentary about Cream drummer Ginger Baker, and “Gimme The Loot,” a narrative movie about rival graffiti artists in New York, took the top awards for film at the festival, via The Guardian. NPR Music has live coverage of SXSW Music, which features both well-established and up-and-coming musical acts. Above, Santigold performs at SXSW earlier this week.

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The Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer be available in print, via the BBC.

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The British Library is releasing recordings of Shakespeare’s writings in a dialect touted as original Elizabethan English. While several stage productions have featured the dialect, the CD is the first of its kind, via The Telegraph.

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The New Republic has a new owner: Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, via The New York Times.

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A Dallas couple pleaded guilty this week to a $3 million fraud revolving around art, via Glasstire.

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Telenovelas are increasingly being filmed and produced in Miami, not Mexico City, via The New York Times. The shift reflects marketing opportunities, Florida tax breaks and a large audience for Spanish-language television that reflects life in the United States.

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For the past two weeks, Chicago-area teenagers have been competing in the Louder Than a Bomb poetry competition. Two young poets discussed their work on WBEZ this week.

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Iconic comic book artist Jean Giraud, widely known as Moebius, died this week at the age of 73.

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Albert Abramson, who was instrumental in developing the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, died this week at the age of 94.

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Franklin McMahon, who illustrated news events for major papers like The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, died this week at the age of 90.

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