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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Arts Post It: Azerbaijan Wins Eurovision Song Contest; Ai Weiwei Allowed Visit with Wife


DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - MAY 14: Nikki from Azerbaijan performs after she and Ell won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 on May 14, 2011 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) (Sean Gallup - GETTY IMAGES)
Unexpected Song: Azerbaijan won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time ever on Saturday night. 120 million viewers tuned in for the annual contest. (Wall Street Journal)

For Better or Worse: Chinese authorities allowed detained artist Ai Weiwei to see his wife on Sunday, the first time Ai has had contact with family since police took him into custody six weeks ago. (Washington Post)

A Little Flight Music: The Miami Symphony Orchestra surprised travelers at Miami International Airport on Saturday when it performed “Romantic Finale” as part of a flash mob performance with the orchestra’s “Music in Unsuspected Spaces” program. (Miami Herald)

Fame Monster: Auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s last week indicate that famous names yield unexpected, large profits for contemporary art. (New York Times)

Fashionable Finale: Oprah announced that she will end her last season with a rare on-camera interview with Ralph Lauren on Wednesday. (WWD)

Cultural War: A dispute between Russia and an Orthodox Jewish group over ownership of holy texts is threatening to end major art and cultural loans between the Russia and the U.S. (ABC News)

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