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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Experts at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum say the sketchbook is fake, but the art historian who originally made the claim disputes their assesment.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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Arts companies ask, how do we bring in Millennials?

The New York-based Wallace Foundation last year offered dance, music, and theater institutions grants under a six-year, $52 million audience-expanding initiative. Many projects that were funded focused entirely or in part on young adults. Here are the results so far.

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Top Picks: Johnnyswim's 'Live at Rockwood Music Hall,' the Citymapper app, and more

Humans and polar bears collide in the Smithsonian Channel's 'Polar Bear Town,' the movie 'Indignation' brings the Philip Roth novel of the same name to the big screen, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: Regina Spektor's 'Remember Us to Life,' 'Star Trek Beyond' on DVD and Blu-ray, and more

Hosts Greg Young and Tom Meyers delve into the history of New York City with the podcast The Bowery Boys, Netflix's 'The Crown' depicts the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and more top picks.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg prepares for her operatic debut

The Supreme Court justice will appear in a speaking role on opening night only for Washington National Opera's new production of Donizetti’s 'The Daughter of the Regiment.'

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'Hamilton' special debuts on PBS, exploring historical side of hit musical

The program 'Hamilton's America' airs on PBS on Oct. 21. It depicts the making of the smash hit Broadway show and delves into the musical's historical inspiration.

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Top Picks: Frankie Cosmos's 'Next Thing,' NBC's 'Timeless,' and more

The movie 'The Innocents' has an arresting story line, the app Totago can get you to a trailhead for a hike without needing a car, and more top picks.

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Climate change conveyed through art

A growing body of artwork addressing climate change includes exhibits at the Artipelag in Stockholm where sustainable design is used.

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Top Picks: 'StarMap 3D' app, 'The Infiltrator' on DVD and Blu-ray, and more

Bruce Springsteen's aural history 'Chapter and Verse' is revelatory, PBS's 'Hamilton's America' is a must for fans of the musical and history buffs, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: 'MONK’estra, Vol. 1,' WBUR's 'Kind World' podcast, and more

The movie 'Les Cowboys' is a French take on the classic western 'The Searchers,' the 'Forever Country' video is a must for any country music fan, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: 'Free State of Jones' on DVD, Angel Olsen's 'My Woman,' and more

The documentary 'The 13th' finds acclaimed director Ava DuVernay turning her camera to the American prison system, the Orson Welles Shakespeare film 'Chimes at Midnight' is available on DVD and Blu-ray, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: The Can I Stream It? app, 'The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl' album, and more

Julianne Moore shows her astonishing versatility in 'Maggie's Plan,' the app Gas Guru lets you save money on fuel, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: 'The White Helmets' on Netflix, Jacob Collier's album 'In My Room,' and more

The movie 'The Measure of a Man' is powerful, a Houston PBS interview with Gene Wilder offers insight into Wilder's acting and the origin of his movies with Mel Brooks, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: The Stray Birds' album 'Magic Fire,' the movie 'Captain America: Civil War,' and more

Norway's slow TV programming on Netflix is truly relaxing, the Afropop Closeups podcast is an intriguing listen, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: Inspiring Olympics moment, Peter Robinson’s novel 'When the Music’s Over,' and more

The app 'Verne: The Himalayas' offers dazzling visuals for children and adults, Lisa Hannigan's 'At Swim' is captivating, sombre, and otherworldly beautiful, and more top picks.

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How can public art be preserved and shared?

Artists, curators, and custodians of public art around the world are tackling the challenge of ensuring the names and stories behind the work are preserved and shared.

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Top Picks: 'The Jungle Book,' 'Building Star Trek, and more

A new companion version to Van Morrison's stirring 1974 live album '..It’s Too Late to Stop Now... Volumes II, III, IV & DVD' is a must, a video taking you behind the curtain with 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' set designer Christine Jones is tantalizing, and more top picks.

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