Eccentric Wentworth Woodhouse estate residence to centuries “old camellias” readies to bloom once again in Yorkshire

The rambling 365-room manor is being rescued from near collapse, starting with its tea house. When the debris of the flattened roof covering and smashed home windows was cleared and the camellia trees at Wentworth Woodhouse were trimmed, the blossoms grew after more than 250 years at the Yorkshire estate. Restoration job will certainly quicklyContinue reading

Overlooked No More: Janet Sobel, Whose Art Influenced Jackson Pollock

[ad_1] This article is part of Overlooked, a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. When Janet Sobel created one of the most recognizable artistic styles, drip painting, on scraps of paper, boxes and the backs of envelopes, she was 45 years old, had never takenContinue reading

Alexandra Kleeman Finds Reality All Too Surreal

[ad_1] Whereas in “You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine,” bodies themselves were plastic, shape-shifting until they lost all trace of their original form, in “Something New Under the Sun,” the plasticity is something foreign, and menacing. Nobody, including its suppliers, knows enough about WAT-R to foresee its true consequences — as Kleeman describesContinue reading

Eve L. Ewing Adds a Dash of Black Girl Magic to STEM-Based Learning

[ad_1] MAYA AND THE ROBOTBy Eve L. EwingIllustrated by Christine Almeda Diversity (or, more accurately, the lack of it) has long been a Very Big Problem in technology and science. Google and other Silicon Valley giants, for example, have disclosed that their work forces are dominated by white men. And the companies point to aContinue reading

Floyd Cooper, Illustrator of Black Life for Children, Dies at 65

[ad_1] Floyd Cooper, a celebrated children’s book illustrator who explored the African American experience in stories rooted in history, like one about a boy in Alabama in 1955 trying to comprehend why a Black woman on his bus refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, died on July 15 in Bethlehem, Pa.Continue reading

At The Ranch in Montauk, Plenty of Room for Art and Horses

[ad_1] “Renate, both due to geography and gender, has until now remained a subterranean figure of Anger’s underground, as if her multiple talents and interests in film, costume design and literature precluded serious attention to her work as a painter,” Levai said. “At a place like The Ranch, with its multiple histories,” he added, “itContinue reading

‘The Evening Hour’ Review: Heart of the Country

[ad_1] A colleague of mine once floated a memorable thought experiment: if you could visit the picturesque fictional towns portrayed in 1940s Hollywood dramas in the present day, they might be ravaged by the opioid epidemic. The idea traces a thread of continuity in American life, which I believe is partly what “The Evening Hour”Continue reading

Bob Odenkirk in Stable Condition After Collapsing on Set of ‘Better Caul Saul’

[ad_1] Bob Odenkirk, the star of the AMC series “Better Call Saul,” was said to be in stable condition on Wednesday evening after suffering what his representatives said was “a heart-related incident.” Odenkirk, 58, who plays the underhanded title character on “Better Call Saul,” was hospitalized on Tuesday after he collapsed on the set ofContinue reading

Dusty Hill, Long-Bearded Bassist for ZZ Top, Dies at 72

[ad_1] Dusty Hill, the quiet, bearded bass player who made up one third of ZZ Top, among the best-selling rock bands of the 1980s, has died at his home in Houston. He was 72. His bandmates Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons announced the death on Wednesday through Facebook and Instagram. They did not provide aContinue reading

11 New Books Coming in August

[ad_1] ‘Afterparties: Stories,’ by Anthony Veasna So (Ecco, August 3) This debut collection, set in the Cambodian American community in California, focuses on queer characters. The legacy of the Khmer Rouge’s genocide looms, but So, who died in 2020, creates plenty of lighthearted moments, too. In one scene, a character chides a member from anContinue reading

In ‘Monsters at Work,’ a Roz by Another Name Is Just as Sour

[ad_1] Roz gets an “identical twin sister,” Roze, in “Monsters at Work.” Their voices sound identical. Please settle the score: Are they secretly the same slug? Aren’t twins very much like the same person? Mike thinks he’s rid of Roz, only to meet Roze, who, except for her colored hair and no glasses, sounds exactlyContinue reading

Amar Ramasar, City Ballet Dancer, To Retire After Texting Scandal

[ad_1] A star dancer at New York City Ballet who came under fire for sharing vulgar texts and sexually explicit photos plans to leave the company next year. The dancer, Amar Ramasar, will retire in May after a 20-year career with City Ballet, according to a 2021-22 season announcement released by the company this month.Continue reading

The Woman Who Captured ‘Jaws,’ Then Worked to Undo the Damage

[ad_1] Steven Spielberg needed a real shark. Before the young director began filming “Jaws” with his famously malfunctioning animatronic beast in Martha’s Vineyard, he hired two underwater cinematographers to film great white sharks off the coast of South Australia. Skilled divers and well-known in their home country, the Australian couple Ron and Valerie Taylor setContinue reading

A Trick of the Eye Turns a Luxurious Embassy Inside Out

[ad_1] ROME — In a city of spectacular offices, Christian Masset, France’s ambassador to Italy, has perhaps the most spectacular of them all. Smack in the middle of Palazzo Farnese, a high-Renaissance masterpiece, his workplace has cavernous marble fireplaces and columns, wall-to-wall frescoes and a central window and balcony, both modified by Michelangelo, that lookContinue reading

‘Alice Neel: People Come First’

[ad_1] “Alice Neel: People Come First,” on view through Aug. 1, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a momentous show of more than 100 paintings, drawings and watercolors from streetscapes, still lifes and interiors to the portraits of a veritable cross section of New Yorkers, occasionally nude, that are considered her greatest work. TheContinue reading

Britney Spears Files to Remove Father Jamie Spears From Conservatorship

[ad_1] More than 13 years after the life and finances of Britney Spears were put under the strict, court-approved control of her father, James P. Spears — and a month after Ms. Spears broke her public silence on the arrangement, calling it abusive and singling him out as its ultimate authority — a new lawyerContinue reading

Booker Prize Longlist Is Unveiled

[ad_1] LONDON — Kazuo Ishiguro, Rachel Cusk and Richard Powers are among the literary heavyweights in the running for the 2021 Booker Prize, it was announced here on Tuesday. Ishiguro, who won the British literary award in 1989 for “The Remains of the Day,” his novel about a butler who works for a Nazi sympathizer,Continue reading

Positive Coronavirus Test Halts Shakespeare in the Park for Third Night

[ad_1] The merriment is still on hiatus. The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park production of “Merry Wives,” which had already pushed back its opening night by nearly two weeks after its leading man was injured, announced on Friday that it would cancel its third consecutive performance after learning a production member had testedContinue reading

How TV Went From David Brent to Ted Lasso

[ad_1] Could David Brent get hired today? Ricky Gervais, who awkwardly danced onto TV as Brent in the groundbreaking comedy “The Office” in 2001, was recently interviewed about his and Stephen Merchant’s creation. “Now it would be canceled,” he said, meaning a cultural rather than commercial verdict. “I’m looking forward to when they pick outContinue reading

What’s on TV This Week: The N.B.A. Draft and Cesar Millan

[ad_1] Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to TV this week, July 26-Aug. 1. Details and times are subject to change. Monday ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). “Antiques Roadshow” has been a PBS stapleContinue reading

A Vogue Legend, Still Enlarging Circles of Pleasure

[ad_1] When Archie Burnett walks onto a dance floor, he tends to take it over. That’s partly because he’s a big guy, 6 foot 4 and full of muscle. Especially in the 1980s and ’90s, when he was a mainstay of New York City’s underground clubs, his body was, as he recently put it, “banging.”Continue reading

After Two Decades in Music, Yola Expands Her Powers

[ad_1] Calculus is hard. Parallel parking is hard. Meeting and working with people who don’t look like you — that’s a breeze. “It’s. Not. Hard,” the singer and songwriter Yola emphasized during a recent call, clapping her hands in between each word. “I literally came from another continent, and remedied it in six months. EvenContinue reading

The Enduring Whimsy and Wonderment of Eric Carle

[ad_1] Most of his letters — those I have not mislaid in the chaos of my cluttered home — were mailed to me from the Florida Keys, where he lived for “the greater part,” he said, of his final years on the island of Tavernier. He had previously lived for more than 30 years inContinue reading

Jackie Mason, 93, Dies; Turned Kvetching Into Comedy Gold

[ad_1] He was born Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wis., on June 9, 1928, to immigrants from Belarus, although other sources give the year as 1931. When he was 5, his father, Eli, an Orthodox rabbi, and his mother, Bella (Gitlin) Maza, moved the family to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where Yacov discoveredContinue reading

The Olympics Begin on NBC With Abstract Imagery, Drones and Dancing

[ad_1] The Olympics opening ceremony is always a real-time visual puzzle, full of abstract imagery and figurative dance saying something — I guess — about global ideals and national character. But you did not need a decoder ring to tease out the symbolism of the restrained pageant that began the Tokyo Games. A video animationContinue reading

What to Do This Weekend

[ad_1] Welcome. If it’s tomato season where you are, it’s a good weekend to make Melissa Clark’s easy tomato sandwich, which she recommends eating over the sink (to catch the juices). In fact, we’ve got a whole slew of tomato recipes to put your market haul to good, delicious use. What are you waiting for?Continue reading

A Son of Gabriel García Márquez Tenderly Recalls His Parents

[ad_1] Even as his dementia advanced, Gabo, as García Márquez was affectionately known, retained his wry humor: “I’m losing my memory,” he remarked, “but fortunately I forget that I’m losing it.” He was still able to recite poems from the Spanish Golden Age from memory and sing the lyrics to his favorite vallenato songs, hisContinue reading

Arturo Schwarz, Refugee Who Became a Surrealism Tycoon, Dies at 97

[ad_1] Growing up in the 1930s and ’40s in the cosmopolitan port city of Alexandria, Egypt, Arturo Schwarz idolized European intellectuals. At about age 20 he struck up a correspondence with Surrealism’s chief theorist, André Breton. He also helped found an Egyptian branch of the Fourth International, the dissident communist group that pledged allegiance toContinue reading

Testing Britney Spears: Restoring Rights Can Be Rare and Difficult

[ad_1] Her voice quaking with anger and despair, the pop star Britney Spears has asked repeatedly in court to be freed from the conservatorship that has controlled her money and personal life for 13 years. What’s more, she asked the judge to sever the arrangement without making her undergo a psychological evaluation. It’s a demandContinue reading

Vladimir Menshov, Surprise Russian Oscar Winner, Dies at 81

[ad_1] Vladimir Menshov, the prolific Soviet actor and director whose film “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” won the Academy Award in 1980 for best foreign-language film but was panned by many American critics, died on July 5 in a hospital in Moscow. He was 81. Mosfilm, the Russian film studio and production company, saidContinue reading

What to Do This Summer: Lower Manhattan

[ad_1] The big toe of Lower Manhattan dips into the water where the East River meets the Hudson, outlining a harbor rich with attractions. Three inviting neighborhoods in the area — Battery Park City, TriBeCa and the South Street Seaport — are easily reached by public transportation and offer breezy marinas, ample green space, destinationContinue reading

The Music Scene in This Brooklyn Neighborhood Is Here to Stay

[ad_1] One July Sunday, just off Newkirk Plaza in Brooklyn — between the yellow facade of a laundromat and the red awning of a bodega — the mellow strains of a saxophone floated over a crowd of about 150. The Haitian jazz guitarist Eddy Bourjolly introduced the song “Complainte Paysanne,” and the band serenaded theContinue reading

How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

[ad_1] Every Monday and Friday, Margaret offers hyper-specific viewing recommendations in our Watching newsletter. Read her latest picks below, and sign up for the Watching newsletter here. This weekend I have … 35 minutes, and I love an underdog story. ‘Ted Lasso’When to watch: Season 2 begins Friday, on Apple TV+. Oh thank God, SeasonContinue reading

Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago Names New Artistic Directors

[ad_1] Steppenwolf Theater Company, an ensemble in Chicago with a track record of premiering critically acclaimed works that land on Broadway, announced its new artistic leadership on Thursday, and for the first time in the company’s decades-long history, that means two people, not one. The ensemble members Glenn Davis, who is best known in NewContinue reading

‘A Storm Waiting to Happen’: A Colombian Writer Watches His Home From Afar

[ad_1] In the opening story of his new collection, “Songs for the Flames,” Juan Gabriel Vásquez writes about a war photojournalist who returns to a stretch of the Colombian countryside where, 20 years earlier, the casualties of the bloody conflict between paramilitary and guerrilla forces floated in a nearby river. “Now things were different inContinue reading

6 Podcasts to Whet Your Appetite for the Olympics

[ad_1] It’s been a rocky road to the Tokyo Games, which, after being delayed a year by the pandemic, will now take place (beginning Friday) without any spectators. Uncertainty and controversy, and a rising number of Covid-19 cases in the city, have increasingly overshadowed the run-up to the Summer Olympics, and early events like theContinue reading