Arts & Entertainment

FILE - Actress Angelina Jolie arrives for a special Maleficent Costume Display at Kensington Palace in London, May 8, 2014.

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FILE - A painting by David Bowie is set up for the the David Bowie exhibition in Berlin, Germany, May 14, 2014.

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Here child slaves nervously prepare a fishing net under the watchful eye of a fisherman.

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Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier, Aug. 9, 2014, in Santa Monica, California.

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A clapperboard is held at the start of the opening ceremony of the 14th Pyongyang International Film Festival at the Ponghwa Art Theatre in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept. 17, 2014.

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Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify Cityi
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September 12, 2014 9:24 PM
Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
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Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
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Video Tandem Biking Opens Sport to Blind Bikers

You might have seen a tandem bike or even ridden one yourself. The two-seaters are now becoming popular among blind people. In many U.S. cities and elsewhere around the world, the blind are buying tandems and then recruiting sighted partners to get them on the road. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble meets up with a cycling club that accommodates blind bikers in the Washington suburbs.
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Video Pachyderms Play Polo to Raise Money for Elephants

Polo, the ancient team competition typically played on horseback, is known as the “sport of kings.” However, the royal version for one annual event in Thailand swaps the horse for the kingdom’s national symbol - the elephant. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Samut Prakan reports that the King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament is all for a good cause.
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Video America's Most Popular Artworks Displayed in Public Places

Public places in cities across America were turned into open-air art galleries in August. Pictures of the nation’s most popular artworks were displayed on billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms and more. The idea behind “Art Everywhere,” a collaborative campaign by five major museums is to allow more people to enjoy art and learn about the country’s culture and history. Faiza Elmasry has more.
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Video Texas-Based Nigerian Filmmaker Explores Tardiness as Cultural Rift

Many Africans have left their homelands to find opportunities abroad, but they carry with them cultural traditions that can create problems. One example is tardiness, an issue tackled by Texas-based Nigerian filmmaker Kelechi Eke, who makes “Nollywood” style films that focus on the lives of African immigrants. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Houston.

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New in Music Alley

The Hamilton Live

Trumpeter, percussionist and bandleader Etienne Charles was born in Trinidad and blends island rhythms with modern jazz. He and his stellar band perform a rich gumbo of jazz, calypso, reggae, and rock-steady that Charles calls “Creole Soul” on "The Hamilton Live."