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  • Outsiders basking in a moment

    2013-02-03 07:38

    PARK CITY, Utah - Quvenzhane Wallis, the star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," then 8, took to the stage after the premiere of the movie here at the Sundance Film Festival a year ago, along with her cast mates and film crew.

  • Love food

    2013-02-03 07:39

    Nothing kick-starts romance like a candle-lit dinner, especially if it's home cooked. It is like a full display of peacock feathers in courtship. The human animal, bereft of natural, colorful plumage, can choose to impress instead with food adorned with love. And the range of seductive food is enormous. There are certainly more than 50 ways to feed your lover, and creativity can be inspired by shape, flavor, fragrance or aphrodisiacal qualities.

  • Tales to savor

    2013-02-01 08:00

    The Tales of Hoffmann (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) is the second French opera produced by the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, but stylistically it can be said to be the first.

  • When melody blooms

    2013-02-01 08:00

    About 10 years ago, rock musician Su Yang was inspired by a CD of blues to begin making his own music. One of his first works, however, was an adaptation of hua'er, a kind of traditional folk song from Northwest China.

  • Two of a kind

    2013-02-01 08:00

    Once in a while, the parallel between actor and role is so uncanny that a new dimension is created not so much through acting, but through the fusion of two giant personalities.

  • Cloud Atlas shrugs off linear filmmaking

    2013-02-01 08:00

    Cloud Atlas, directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, is not the conventional Hollywood blockbuster Chinese audiences usually see in theaters.

  • Rice of ages

    2013-01-30 07:43

    Twenty hectares of arable land, tucked away in a mountain valley in Jiangxi province, may have a role to play in solving the worldwide food shortage.

  • Enigmatic entertainer

    2013-01-30 07:43

    Among the most famous Hong Kong directors, Stephen Chow may be the hardest to define. Johnny To is the cool guy, Wong Kar-wai the elegant one, and Tsui Hark the inventive one, but which description best fits Chow?

  • Seatbelt saved my life, twice

    2013-01-30 07:43

    If I hadn't been wearing my seatbelt at those two moments, I likely wouldn't have lived to come to China to remember why I used to feel so adamantly about wearing it in the first place.

  • Alive with color

    2013-01-30 07:43

    Wang Zhongjie, a 79-year-old Beijing native, is intertwined with rich strokes of colors on the beams, pillars, lintels and ceilings of ancient Chinese architecture

  • Glamorous gams

    2013-01-28 09:55

    Former journalist Carrie Hare made the transition from writing about design to doing it. Tailored for tots Time is money Dream factory

  • Meet Barbie's much older Chinese sisters

    2013-01-28 14:17

    Dressed in the most fashionable clothes, the Barbie doll has become an icon among children's toys in the West. How do i love thee? I Love You, really

  • Group a building block for Africa

    An unusually heavy downpour hit Durban for two days before the BRICS summit's debut on African soil, but interest for a better platform for emerging markets were still sparked at the summit.