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Yoko Ono’s £12,400-stone stolen

Toronto police are searching for a woman who allegedly stole a stone from a Yoko Ono exhibition at the city’s Gardiner museum. The stone, inscribed with the words “Love yourself”, was taken from the museum on 6 April. Security camera footage showed the suspect walking away from the museum.

The item was part of an installation called The Riverbed, and has an individual value of $17,500 (£12,400). The Riverbed contains a section called Stone Piece, which “features a pile of river stones that have been honed and shaped by water over time”, per the museum’s website. Visitors are invited to pick up the stones — some of which feature inscriptions by Ono — and consider the words before placing them on another pile of stones.

Toronto police media officer Gary Long told the Toronto Star that the suspect “just picked it up and walked away with it”. The suspect is described as 55 to 60 years of age, and approximately five foot four. She was dressed in black and wore a red scarf with black stripes.

The Riverbed exhibition runs at Toronto’s Gardiner museum until 3 June. It was first shown at Galerie LeLong & Co and Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York City in 2015.

In May, the Museum of Liverpool will open Double Fantasy, a joint exhibition of Yoko Ono and her late husband John Lennon’s artwork and their Imagine Peace campaign. The show will feature personal objects alongside art, music and film. “We were a very simple couple just loving each other every day and I just wanted to show the simple truth of us,” said Ono.

Bob Dylan sings about gay love

Bob Dylan is among six acts appearing on a new compilation EP that features “reimagined” versions of traditional wedding songs for same-sex couples. Universal Love opens with Dylan’s rendition of the 1929 great American songbook classic She’s Funny That Way, revamped as He’s Funny That Way. Rob Kaplan, the compilation’s producer, told the New York Times that Dylan was enthusiastic about the project. “And it wasn’t just, ‘Yes, I’ll do this’, it was, ‘Hey, I have an idea for a song.’”

The compilation also features contributions from St Vincent (AKA Annie Clark), who turns the Crystals’ And Then He Kissed Me into And Then She Kissed Me. Kesha flips the pronouns on Janis Joplin’s I Need a Man to Love, as does Valerie June on Noël Coward’s Mad About the Boy.

“For years I said that I’m not getting married until any two people can legally marry in this country,” Kesha told the New York Times, while Valerie June said her version of Coward’s song restored it to its original intentions: “It brings the song full circle to know that it was written by a gay man who meant every single word of Mad About the Boy.”

Completing the tracklist, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard switches the Beatles’ And I Love Her to And I Love Him, while Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke does the same with the Temptations’ My Girl. The project required permission from the songs’ original publishers, and received a “completely positive” response, said Kaplan.

Solo to get world premiere at Cannes

Solo: A Star Wars Story will receive its world premiere in the glamorous setting of Cannes, the film festival’s organisers have confirmed. The latest Star Wars spinoff, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, will receive a special screening out of competition at the festival on May 15, before receiving a world release on May 25.

While the usually arthouse-focused Cannes might seem an unlikely location for George Lucas’s epic sci-fi series to make its bow, there is precedent for a Star Wars film appearing on the Croisette, the final instalment in the poorly received prequel trilogy, while blockbusters such as The BFG and Mad Max: Fury Road had out-of-competition screenings at the festival.

The production of Solo: A Star Wars Story has been beset by problems. Original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were  midway through filming, and reports circulated that Ehrenreich  to improve his performance. The news comes on the heels of the announcement that this year’s festival will be opened by Everybody Knows, which stars Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.

 
 
 
 
 

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