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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Adolf Hitler. Mass murderer. Racist. Monster. Evil. Deranged. Painter?

I had no idea that Hitler used to be a painter before he decided to turn into a heartless bastard and exterminate millions of people. But apparently, he was. He created watercolors, no less.

A watercolor painting, completed by Hitler in 1910, is set to be auctioned off in Britain next month. The painting, showing a church and mountainous scenery in the background, is signed by Hitler himself. But here’s the weird thing…on the back, it says “Studio Medico Sigmund Freud Vienne,” which has some experts thinking that Sigmund Freud, famous psychologist, owned the painting. (The inscription on the back was the name of Freud’s practice.)

Some people believe that this could have been one of Freud’s ‘waiting room’ art pieces. Most likely, the young assassin sold the painting to Freud or to one of his assistants when he was visiting Vienna.

Still, there is much dispute on the circumstances surrounding the artwork. In an article from AOL News, Peter Nömaier, spokesman for the Freud Museum, said that Freud took all his belongings with him when he left the city and doubts very much that an original Hitler painting would not have been taken earlier by Austrian police.

But that still makes you wonder, could these two have been connected in some way? Perhaps they were acquaintances. It remains a mystery.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

If you’ve been following musician John Mayer lately, you know that he hasn’t exactly been the shining example of righteousness. He was recently accused of being racist because of comments he made in an interview with Playboy magazine, and then he leaked some personal information about ex-girlfriends Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston in the same article, which didn’t go over too well.

Maybe he needs to kiss a baby to win people back? No — inviting an 11 year old kid to play with him at a concert will work just as well.

During one of Mayer’s concerts earlier this week, a small boy in the audience held up a sign that said “Can I play ‘Belief’ with you?” In a bold move by the singer/songwriter, he invited the kid (whose name is Austin) up on stage with him, gave him a guitar, and let him play the song. It’s a good thing the kid knew how to play it! Otherwise, that would have been another strike on John Mayer.

Here’s the video of footage from that concert:

As a good gesture towards Austin, Mayer let him keep the guitar he had been playing. Oh, John Mayer — you may be sly, but you’re good. 

Afterwards, young Austin told reporters how excited he was to have had the experience. He had been practicing the song well before he attended the concert and his dreams were answered with Mayer plucked him out of the audience that night.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

After perusing around the internet for quite a bit, I happened to stumble across some very interesting tour rumors for Phish this summer. Fans have been eagerly awaiting some sort of announcement from the band.

Because of the successful 2009 tour, the band decided that it would play a 2010 tour as well, but have not yet released any information as to when and where those shows will take place.

Most likely, summer tour dates will not be released until later this season. After all, it is only February. We still have a ways to go. In the meantime, the rumors keep circulating.

Direct from the MN Live Music Blog, here are some possible tour dates:

> > > June 11 Deer Creek Noblesville IN
> > > June 12 Deer Creek Noblesville IN
> > > June 13 Deer Creek Noblesville IN
> > > June 16 Huntington Park Columbus OH
> > > June 18 Verizon Wireless Charlotte NC
> > > June 19 Virginia Beach Amphitheatre Va Beach
> > > June 21 HersheyPark Stadium Harrisburg PA
> > > June 23 Merriweather Post Columbia
> > > June 25 Aarons Amphitheatre Atlanta GA
> > > June 26 Aarons Amphitheatre Atlanta GA
> > > June 27 Aarons Amphitheatre Atlanta GA
> > > July 12 Jones Beach Wantagh NY
> > > July 15 Citi Field Flushing
> > > July 16 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel
> > > July 17 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel
> > > July 18 Susquehanna Center Camden NJ
> > > July 19 Susquehanna Center Camden NJ
> > > July 21 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto
> > > July 31 TBA Denver
> > > Aug 5 The Gorge George
> > > Aug 6 The Gorge George
> > > Aug 7 The Gorge George
> > > Aug 9 MGM Grand Las Vegas
> > > Aug 10 MGM Grand Las Vegas
> > > Aug 12 Verizon Wireless Irvine

Keep in mind, once again, that nothing has been confirmed thus far. These are simply rumors.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Around mid February, the race was on to brew the strongest beer. Across the world, many different brewers took a stab at the challenge. The result: a 41% alcohol by volume beer.

The beer, affectionately called Sink the Bismarck!, is a quadruple IPA (india pale ale). It was released by Scottish brewery BrewDog late last week. The brewery describes the beer as: “amplified. With the volume turned full up, it is important you that you be careful with this beer and show it the same amount of skeptical, tentative respect you would show an international chess superstar, clown or gypsy.”

All joking aside, I’m sure the bitterness of this beer is enough to twist your cheeks into a upside down fish face. It’s also more potent than whiskey and runs for about $63.00 per bottle.

To the Huffington Post, the brewery’s managing director James Watt said, “Beer has a terrible reputation in Britain, it’s ignorant to assume that a beer can’t be enjoyed responsibly like a nice dram or a glass of fine wine. A beer like Sink the Bismarck should be enjoyed in spirit sized measures.”

The competition for the strongest beer has been brewing (hah, get it?) for quite a while now. The champions holding the title before BrewDog were the folks at Schorschbräu, making beers at 40% alcohol by volume. Before that, BrewDog had a beer called the Tactical Nuclear Penguin, coming in at 34% alcohol by volume.

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Let’s face it. Some movie stars just keep getting cooler with age. I can think of a few — Clint Eastwood, Doris Roberts (from Grandma’s Boy), and of course, Betty White.

The former Golden Girl has been receiving some serious media attention lately. She was seen in ‘The Proposal,’ was recently in a Snickers commercial for this year’s SuperBowl, and even got a lifetime achievement award.

Now, rumors have been circulating that the star will appear as a host on Saturday Night Live. As of right now, these are strictly rumors and no plans to have her on are definite yet.

The rumors started when a facebook group, called ‘Betty White to Host SNL (please?), plead with the entertainment industry to get her on the show. The hope is that the more fans who join the group, the greater the odds she will host SNL. As of right now, the group has a little over 460,000 fans. Because of its large fan base, it has gained much attention from sources like Entertainment Weekly.

According to People Magazine, White is fairly certain that the phenomena surrounding the facebook group will die down soon and she doesn’t expect much to come from it. She thinks that Lorne Michaels, SNL’s creator and producer, is most likely unaware of the group’s request.

We shall have to wait and see. If White does land the gig hosting SNL, she would be one of the oldest hosts the show has ever had.

UPDATE (3.12.10): All those unrelenting fans have finally gotten away with it! Betty White is all set to host Saturday Night Live on May 8 — Mother’s Day weekend— how sweet.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Today the schedule of upcoming events from Jazz at Lincoln Center was announced, sparking much excitement from fans of the jazz entertainment world.

This season, the series will not only feature great jazz performances, but will also offer educational opportunities and broadcasts as well. The most famous of the educational opportunities is most likely WeBop, a session where parents and children can gather and experience different jazz instruments and artists. The interesting aspect of this entertainment is that guests are invited to take part in the action!

The 2010-2011 season will focus on different types of jazz from all around the world, including traditional New Orleans jazz and Afro beat jazz. Main headliners of the season are well known artists Chick Corea and Chucho Valdes.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center press release highlights some of the events from the series:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concerts include band’s first-ever collaborations with Chick Corea and Ute Lemper.
  • New Visionary Voices series in Rose Theater features Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves and Sweet Honey In The Rock.
  • New Jazz & Popular Song series, curated by Michael Feinstein, director, in The Allen Room.
  • Double bills featuring Terence Blanchard and Branford Marsalis; and Ahmad Jamal and Lee Konitz.
  • Concerts feature the music of Sarah Vaughan, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell and Earl Hines and Wynton Marsalis.

These are just a select few of the concerts being held this season. For more information on the series or to order tickets, please visit the Jazz at Lincoln Center website.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

A new world record has been set. A comic book has just made headlines simply because of its selling price. The very first issue of Superman was sold today for a whopping one million dollars.

This first edition of the comic was released in 1938, giving comic book fans a taste of what good things would come from the superhero series.

According to the New York Times, the sale was made over the website ComicConnect.com and was orchestrated by owner Stephen Fishler. He said that the opportunity to buy such a rare item comes few and far between. Also, he admitted that the transaction took place shortly after the comic book was listed for sale on the site.

The buyer of the comic has not been revealed, but it is said that he is someone of prominence around New York City. (Well, yeah, you’d have to be to spend one million dollars on a comic book.)

Today, there are very few comics that fall into the same category as the first issue of Superman. Those that do exist most likely reside in the care of wealthy comic book owners who make sure they are kept in pristine condition. The odds of us seeing something like his happen again anytime soon are fairly small.

The best part about this story is that the original first edition Superman sold for 10 cents in 1938!

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