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Teacher inspires students to reach for new ‘Heights’

Teacher Antonio Mercado has had a fruitful relationship with Denver's North High School, from premièring his play 'Dreaming sin Fronteras,' about immigrants who were children when they came to the United States illegally, to helping with a recent production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In the Heights.'

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Top Picks: PBS's 'Great African Civilizations,' Sampha's 'Process,' and more

The Peakfinder Earth app helps you identify mountains, the movie 'Loving' stars Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: Oscar best picture nominees, the 'Song Exploder' podcast, and more

The GateGuru app could make your flight easier, the movie 'The Eagle Huntress' tells an inspiring story, and more top picks.

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Bette Midler, Glenn Close return to Broadway – here's what else to expect on Great White Way this spring

Midler will star in a revival of 'Hello, Dolly!,' with previews beginning March 15, while Close will appear in 'Sunset Boulevard,' for which previews have already begun. 

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Top Picks: Wolfgang Muthspiel's 'Rising Grace,' 'The History of English Podcast,' and more

'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' brings Ransom Riggs' young adult bestseller to the big screen, National Geographic explores the history of ancient windmills, and more top picks.

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Botticelli work comes to the US for first time

For the first time, one of only two life-size nude paintings of a solitary Venus will be on display in the United States as the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary.

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Top Picks: Bonobo's 'Migration,' the film 'Queen of Katwe,' and more

The Galileo Offline Maps app provides web-free guidance, the LibriVox AudioBooks app brings audio versions of books that are in the public domain straight to your ears, and more top picks.

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Edmonia Lewis chiseled a path for minorities into the art world

To kick off the 41st US Black History Month, the Google Doodle on Wednesday pays tribute to Edmonia Lewis – the first professional sculptor of African-American and Native American heritage, depicting her working on one of her most famous works, the Death of Cleopatra.   

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Top Picks: The BET miniseries 'Madiba,' The xx's 'I See You,' and more

The movie 'Denial' has impressive performances from actors Timothy Spall and Tom Wilkinson, PBS's 'City in the Sky' looks at how the movement of airline passengers is conducted safely every day, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: 'SNL' set change, the podcast 'Imaginary Worlds,' and more

Thomas Perry's thriller 'The Old Man' has verve and verisimilitude, the movie 'Complete Unknown' looks at how much identity matters, and more top picks.

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Where does musical phenomenon 'Hamilton' go from here?

The Broadway show 'Hamilton' became a smash hit after opening in Broadway in 2015. What happens now with the culture-dominating production?

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Top Picks: PBS's 'Victoria,' the film 'Little Men,' and more

Kelly Clarkson delivers an impressive performance on 'The Hamilton Mixtape,' the swinging soundtrack to 'La La Land' is romantic, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: Jennifer Hudson on 'Hairspray Live!,' 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' and more

The Globespinning app lets you give travel advice or get inspiration, the Mars Images app shows the most recent photos being taken by the rovers on Mars, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: 'Our Little Sister,' the Moasure app, and more

The novel 'Conclave' by Robert Harris is hard to put down, the podcast 'The Ark' is great for nature fans, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: The movie 'Jason Bourne,' the app Tollsmart, and more

'A Pentatonix Christmas Special' has new takes on holiday music classics, the app Workfrom gives you tips on where to settle with your laptop, and more top picks.

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Pop-Up Magazine brings journalism onstage

At Pop-Up Magazine shows, journalists deliver stories in front of an audience, accompanied by audio, photography, and video. Co-founder Douglas McGray calls it an antidote to 'only hav[ing] 20 or 30 seconds of attention to read something on your phone.'

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'Portrait of a Man' painting: Destined for a Nazi museum, returned to heirs

The French government has returned 'Portrait of a Man' a 16th-century Flemish painting to Henrietta Schubert, whose grandparents sold it decades ago as they struggled to escape Nazi Germany.

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Top Picks: 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,' Neil Diamond's 'Acoustic Christmas,' and more

Photographer Loes Heerink captures images of street vendors in Hanoi, Vietnam from above, Martin Cruz Smith's 'The Girl from Venice' features the smooth precision of a seasoned pro, and more top picks.

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Van Gogh’s lost sketchbook found? Not so fast, museum says.

Experts at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum say the sketchbook is fake, but the art historian who originally made the claim disputes their assesment.

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Top Picks: Bill Evans's 'Some Other Time,' National Geographic's 'Mars,' and more

Artist Christo Guelov brightens crosswalks, Pixar character Dory returns for a sequel, and more top picks.

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