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By Daan Kaur LONDON (Reuters) - A former homeless man's sketches of his dog George, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier he credits with changing his life, are commanding rising prices in a London gallery and have earned him a show in Los Angeles. John Dolan, 43, who used to sell his sketches for pocket change and now gets 3,000 to 4,000 pounds ($6,800) for them, said he had descended into a life of poverty, drugs, crime and homelessness until a homeless woman got George, then a puppy, in exchange for the price of a can of beer and gave the dog to Dolan. He started drawing the dog and the scenes around him while begging on the street, and soon passersby were buying his sketches, he said. "The drawings that I do of him are quite simple but I've done one that's been in most of the papers, it's the very detailed one, it's quite a big drawing," Dolan said, while sitting in his favorite spot on an east London street.
The following article is provided by Rolling Stone. By RYAN REED Back in June, George Lucas announced plans to build a private museum in the Windy City, but he's facing some political opposition from Chicago open space advocates, who claim his $1 billion, 95,000-square-foot design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art would be in violation of city ordinances created to protect public space adjacent to Lake Michigan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the advocates are threatening to file a lawsuit that would block the 70-year-old "Star Wars" creator from carrying out the build. ...
Australian artist Banoffee has a debut EP on the way featuring her fresh take on pop and R&B. Banoffee (styled bAnoffee) -- who takes her name from the pie made of bananas, toffee and cream -- is Melbourne-based singer and producer Martha Brown, also a member of the experimental pop trio Otouto. She has released three tracks so far, all produced by rising star Oscar Key Sung, with the two bringing in influences of folk and 90s urban soul, from Joni Mitchell to Erykah Badu. You can find Banoffee's three previously released tracks -- "Ninja," "Reign Down" and "Got It" -- on SoundCloud.