["Along with an elevated pollen count, spring also heralds the annual arrival of the Tribeca Film Festival; those weeks in May where Manhattan lampposts decked out in brightly colored promotional banners compete with the blossoming magnolia and cherry trees to dot the post-winter cityscape with a splash of color. I've yet to come across any of the American Express free popcorn stands, but other festival festoonery has been spotted in various locations around the city."]
["A 1963 Ferrari once owned and driven by the late film star Steve McQueen is expected to fetch between $800,000 and $1.2 million at an auction in August, Christie's said. Christie's unveiled the car on Friday: a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso with a medium-brown metallic paint and beige leather interior."]
["Traditionally, a festival's Midnight sections are where you go to find the obscure, gross-out creature feature; Tribeca's no different this year, featuring 11 choices starring killer sheep (Black Sheep), mutant rats (Mulberry Street) and Lucy Liu (Rise: Blood Hunter, which will probably be on Netflix by the end of this sentence.) Killer animal motifs aside, Midnight series also appear to be the quintessential guide to the weird and quirky from breakout talent. The Toronto International Film Festival's 1997 Midnight Madness series introduced fest-going cinephiles to Takashi Miike and Trey Parker and would later become such a staple of cultural cool that Sacha Baron Cohen would premiere Borat as a Midnight film rather than in the regular lineup."]
["The cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, who turned his instrument into a tool of protest and statecraft, died Friday in a Moscow hospital. He was being treated for intestinal cancer, and had been hospitalized several times since January. On March 27, he made his final public appearance when he attended festivities for his 80th birthday at the Kremlin. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had visited him in the hospital, presented him with the medal of the Order of Service to the Fatherland, the last in Rostropovich's long string of honors."]
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