Entertainment News: Macy's New Balloons; Tiffany, Monet and War Art; 'George Jefferson' can be Buried

By: AP
By: AP

part of Claude Monet's Water Lily series

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hello, Kitty! Macy's is about to introduce the newest balloons for its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, and the popular Japanese cat character is among them.
Also making an entrance this year are Papa Smurf and Elf on the Shelf.
Macy's is giving all three giant balloons a test drive Saturday morning in New Jersey. The event is closed to the public.
This year will mark the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Performers at the parade will include Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida, Karmin, Don McLean and Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.
Last year's parade featured more than 40 balloon creations, 27 floats, 800 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders. All the Macy's balloons undergo testing for flight patterns, aerodynamics, buoyancy and lift so they can safely navigate the parade route.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Louis Comfort Tiffany was the quintessential tastemaker of the post-Civil War Gilded Age. He's famous for his iridescent leaded-glass windows and lamps. But most of his commissions were for America's houses of worship at a time of unprecedented church-building.
"Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion" is a new exhibit at The Museum of Biblical Art in New York City. It's the first major show to focus exclusively on Tiffany's religious output of altars, baptismal fonts, mosaics, windows and other liturgical ornamentation. It features 84 objects. Ten are stained-glass windows.
The exhibition runs through Jan. 20.
There's also a luminous window at New York's Temple Emanu-El of the Ten Commandments. The museum will lead tours to see it Dec. 6 and Jan. 9.

HOUSTON (AP) -- An exhibit of more than 400 war photographs is debuting at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
"WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath" opens Sunday, Veterans Day. Later, it will travel to The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington and The Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The exhibit includes famous images, such as one by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945. It also showcases lesser-known pictures, including one of a burned Iraqi soldier taken by Kenneth Jarecke. Pictures of war's aftermath taken by photographer Nina Berman also are featured.
Co-curators Anne Wilkes Tucker and Will Michels say the exhibit includes 480 objects by 280 photographers from 26 countries.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A Texas judge says a longtime friend of Sherman Hemsley can proceed with burial plans for the deceased star of "The Jeffersons."
Hemsley's body has remained in refrigerated storage at an El Paso funeral home since his death on July 24.
Judge Patricia B. Chew on Friday gave longtime friend Flora Enchinton Bernal the authority to decide how Hemsley would be buried.
Chew's ruling came shortly after she upheld the validity of Hemsley's will, which granted Enchinton Bernal sole authority over his estate.
Hemsley made his name as George Jefferson on the popular TV sitcom.
Philadelphia man Richard Thornton, who says he is Hemsley's half-brother, has contested the will. Thornton's attorney, Mark Davis, said afterward he will seek a stay of Chew's ruling.

NEW YORK (AP) -- A work from Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series has been sold for more than $43 million at a New York City auction.
The money will benefit the Hackley School in suburban Tarrytown, N.Y.
The work dates from 1905. That's the year Monet began a feverish phase of paintings depicting his garden's lily pond in Giverny (zhee-vehr-NEE'), France. The work that was sold is considered among the best.
The painting is from the estate of Ethel Strong Allen, widow of Wall Street executive Herbert Allen Sr.
She bequeathed the Monet to the school, along with two Impressionist landscapes by Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley.
Christie's auction house says the three works on Wednesday raised a combined total of nearly $51 million for the K-12 boarding school.
The Monet's sale price was $43,762,500.

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