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Arts in the Afternoon: Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead

2:26 PM, May 2, 2011 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
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Movie critic Dan Kois admits that he hates watching films "that are good for you." Which raises the question: Should someone who admits their tastes are anything but sophisticated be given the job of film critic? Another question: Should someone who hates mainstream films be given the job of film critic?

dali The Persistence of Memory

One of the best-preserved Stradivarius violins will be auctioned off to benefit Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims.

A shipwreck off the coast of Indonesia was found to have contained thousands of objects from the Tang Dynasty. The Smithsonian wants to display them -- but is facing critics angry that the excavation was commercial. Never mind that, as one expert said, the excavation wouldn't have been done any other way.

Obligatory Osama bin Laden link: a roundup of newspaper front pages announcing his death.

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