Eight Artists on the Influence of Tom of Finland

Brontez Purnell, Oakland, Calif.-based writer and artist We kind of take Tom of Finland for granted, because, let’s be honest, as gay men, do we really need any more images of super muscular white dudes? No, of course not. But, also, he was an excellent portraitist, probably the last of the greatest of them, inContinue reading

‘Days of the Whale’ Review: A Battle Between Art and Power

For all the stress and strife endured by the teenage protagonists of “Days of the Whale,” a drama set in Medellín, Colombia, the movie also puts across the bright beauty of its urban environs. After all, Medellín is known as a “city of eternal spring.” Cristina (Laura Tobón) and Simon (David Escallón) are two sweet-naturedContinue reading

Taylor Swift and Kanye West Will Tangle Again, With Dueling Albums

Taylor Swift and Kanye West, the most reliably combustible pair of stars in pop music, may well face off yet again on Friday. West announced last week that his next album, apparently called “Donda: With Child,” would come out on July 24. Since then he has been teasing details of the project on social media,Continue reading

How New York’s Jewish Museum Anticipated the Avant-Garde

The show for which McShine is best remembered — and which is one of the most celebrated exhibitions of the late 20th century — is “Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors,” from 1966. McShine assembled works by East Coast, California and British sculptors, early in their careers, who shared what we now call aContinue reading

A Work in Progress That Explores Our Collective Ignorance

In this new series, The Artists, an installment of which will publish every day this week and regularly thereafter, T will highlight a recent or little-shown work by a Black artist, along with a few words from that artist, putting the work into context. Today, we’re looking at a piece by Pope.L, who’s known forContinue reading

‘Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful’ Review: Man With a Camera

Any artist who visibly raises the hackles of Susan Sontag deserves a closer look, and Gero von Boehm’s “Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful” is eager to oblige. Yet this brisk documentary, steered by the fond recollections and admiring voices of famous beauties — Charlotte Rampling, Catherine Deneuve, Isabella Rossellini, Grace Jones — isContinue reading

‘Fisherman’s Friends’ Review: A Tale of Unlikely Chart-Toppers

This movie about singing seafaring working men hums a familiar tune. Source link

Welcome to the Great Indoors: Museums Beckon in the Berkshires

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Museums that seemed on the brink of reopening in New York are staying shut after Gov. Andrew Cuomo modified the state’s reopening plan last week. In California, arts institutions that had briefly reopened have had to padlock their doors once again. As the coronavirus epidemic continues to intensify across the country, museumsContinue reading

Stephen Colbert Thinks Trump’s ‘Virus-Side Chat’ Came a Bit Late

“When asked about former associate of Jeffrey Epstein and accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell at his press conference yesterday, President Trump said, quote, ‘I wish her well.’ And then somewhere an assassin said, ‘That’s the code!’ and started screwing together a plastic rifle.” — SETH MEYERS “In front of millions of Americans, the president publiclyContinue reading

‘Intimations’ Book Review: Zadie Smith Applies Her Even Temper to Tumultuous Times

Anxiety lurks through these few pages. This is a work of minor dimensions at — and about — a major time. (Royalties from the book will go to two charities, The Equal Justice Initiative and The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for New York.) Smith herself left New York early on in the pandemic’s course, andContinue reading

7 Podcasts to Lighten the Mood

Starter episode: “The Job Interview” Early in the first episode of this scripted mockumentary from The Onion, there’s a skit that perfectly captures how the show skewers true-crime podcasting. The fictional host, David Pascall — voiced by David Sidorov in an earnest NPR-esque monotone — enlists a supercomputer to help him find a murder caseContinue reading

What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Tokyo Olympiad’ and ‘Greatness Code’

What’s Streaming TOKYO OLYMPIAD (1965) Stream on Criterion Channel and HBO Max; rent on Google Play, iTunes and YouTube. Athletes and aesthetes alike can appreciate this documentary by the Japanese filmmaker Kon Ichikawa. “Tokyo Olympiad” covers the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, exploring glory and defeat at the games through a free flowing collage ofContinue reading

Annie Ross, Jazz Vocalist of ‘Twisted’ Renown, Dies at 89

Annie Ross, who rose to fame as a jazz singer in the 1950s, struggled with personal problems in the ’60s, faded from the spotlight in the ’70s, re-emerged as a successful character actress in the ’80s and finished her career as a cabaret mainstay, died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 89.Continue reading

‘Amulet’ Review: A Man in Dark Times and Deep Trouble

When Tomaz digs a small figurine out of the rich, dark earth in “Amulet,” he has no sense of the trouble it will bring. Students of the cinematic supernatural will know better, given the fantastic objects scattered throughout the horror genre, with its demonic dolls, cursed videotapes and enchanted fetishes. The object here is wornContinue reading

Remembering the Time Meat Fell From the Sky

[ Read an excerpt from “The Unidentified.” ] But in Dickey’s fascinating, troubling, compassionate and — in the end — deeply thoughtful narrative, he also makes the case for why people like Fort wield so much influence. Dickey has explored occult territory before, in books like “Ghostland” (2016), but this time he sets himself theContinue reading

Don’t Believe History Repeats Itself? Read This Book

THE PULL OF THE STARSBy Emma Donoghue In Emma Donoghue’s arresting new page-turner of a novel, “The Pull of the Stars,” an urban hospital is overwhelmed by victims of a cruel new disease. The sounds of wracking coughs cut through the air as medical supplies run short, and face masks become commonplace in the streets.Continue reading

Phyllis Somerville, Busy Stage and Screen Actress, Dies at 76

Phyllis Somerville, whose scores of stage, television and film roles included a cranky bigot in the 2018 Broadway adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and a cranky neighbor of the main character in the Showtime series “The Big C,” died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 76. Paul Hilepo, her manager, announcedContinue reading

Four Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now

Jonathan Berger Through Oct. 11. Participant Inc.; participantinc.org. “An introduction to Nameless Love,” Jonathan Berger’s large, text-based installation at Participant Inc., is one of the sleeping beauties of the New York gallery lockdown. Luckily, it will reawaken Sept. 9 for a month. I saw it during its initial opening five months ago, and was dazzledContinue reading

Tony Elliott, Whose Time Out Clued Readers in, Dies at 73

The magazines started the careers of mostly young writers, some of whom got old with Time Out. “Stephin Merritt wrote ‘69 Love Songs’ when he was our copy editor,” Ms. Stivers said, referring to the leader of the band Magnetic Fields. Anthony Michael Manton Elliott was born on Jan. 7, 1947, in Redding, England, toContinue reading

Firing of Museum Director Stirs Debate and an Official Inquiry

Nathalie Bondil, the first female director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is credited by some to have put the museum on the map internationally. She has worked there for more than two decades, rising to become a high-profile leader in the art world while maintaining close ties with art museums in Europe whereContinue reading

Marciano Foundation Settles Lawsuit Over Layoffs

The Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, which closed its doors last year in the midst of a labor dispute, has settled a lawsuit saying it broke the law by laying off 70 part-time employees, union officials said on Wednesday. The dismissals came abruptly in November, after District Council 36 of the American Federation ofContinue reading

Its Top Curator Gone, SFMOMA Reviews Its Record on Race

SAN FRANCISCO — The meeting was about safety protocols in the time of coronavirus. There was talk of masks, sanitizers and Plexiglas barriers. But that is not what people will remember about the all-staff Zoom call at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday, July 7. In its waning moments, during a Q.Continue reading

Firing of Museum Director Stirs Debate and an Official Inquiry

Nathalie Bondil, the first female director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is credited by some to have put the museum on the map internationally. She has worked there for more than two decades, rising to become a high-profile leader in the art world while maintaining close ties with art museums in Europe whereContinue reading

Museum Directors Fear Permanent Closure, an Alliance Survey Shows

In an American Alliance of Museums survey published Wednesday, 16 percent of American museum directors who responded to it said there was a high risk that their museums could close in the next 16 months if they do not find additional funding. Another 17 percent said they did not know if they would survive withoutContinue reading

Black Plays Are Knocking on Broadway’s Door. Will It Open?

“I don’t know how to solve the diversity issue on Broadway,” Bioh said, “other than calling attention to it, and cultivating a generation of producers who are not afraid.” The three jukebox musicals with Black writers already expected next year include two that opened in 2019 and were paused by the pandemic: “Ain’t Too Proud,”Continue reading

At Magazzino, Social Distancing Devices Vibrate. So Does the Art.

COLD SPRING, N.Y. — I’ve been cheating, and it’s likely you have been too: Six feet apart is a lot farther away than most people seem to hope it is. I know this because at the recent reopening of Magazzino Italian Art, the museum of postwar and contemporary work here in the Hudson Valley, IContinue reading

When Brad Photographed Gwyneth – The New York Times

The relationship between photographer and subject has been fraught since long before Susan Sontag characterized it as part of the “shady commerce between art and truth” in her 1977 collection of essays On Photography. Photographers, after all, make the eye of the beholder literal, placing the subject consistently at their mercy to be idealized, strippedContinue reading

Four Artists on the Future of Video Art

Isaac Julien After having a solo show at Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco cut short because of shelter-in-place orders, Isaac Julien, 60, was working in Santa Cruz, whose University of California branch is home to the Isaac Julien Lab. Known for sumptuous videos centered on radical histories, which he releases in multiple formats, fromContinue reading

His Name Is Joseph Boulogne, Not ‘Black Mozart’

Last month, Searchlight Pictures announced plans for a movie about Joseph Boulogne, the 18th-century composer also known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges. When the announcement was made, headlines resurrected yet another moniker for Boulogne: “Black Mozart.” Presumably intended as a compliment, this erasure of Boulogne’s name not only subjugates him to an arbitrary white standard, butContinue reading

A Director Brings Cerebral, Sexy Style to Opera Classics

In 1989, the pair returned to Krakow and enrolled at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts. There, Mr. Warlikowski studied with Krystian Lupa, a towering figure in Polish theater who makes long, slowly unfolding works based on literary texts. In an interview, Mr. Lupa said that a student production by Mr. Warlikowski, drawnContinue reading

How to Sell Books in 2020: Put Them Near the Toilet Paper

If you want to sell books during a pandemic, it turns out that one of the best places to do it is within easy reach of eggs, milk and diapers. When the coronavirus forced the country into lockdown this spring, stores like Walmart and Target, which were labeled essential, remained open. So when anxious consumersContinue reading

Two Syrian Brothers, One Longing to Stay, the Other Determined to Leave

THE ROAD FROM RAQQA A Story of Brotherhood, Borders, and BelongingBy Jordan Ritter Conn “Humanizing”— the word often used to praise immigrant and refugee narratives — should be unnecessary: The fact that we are all human should be a baseline assumption, not an argument or a writerly achievement. Yet it’s never been clearer that theContinue reading

Did America Use Bioweapons in Korea? Nicholson Baker Tried to Find Out

To my nonscientist’s eye. Similar caveats — “we may never have incontrovertible proof,” “it’s remotely possible, though perhaps eternally unprovable,” “we may never know,” “it’s at least possible,” “will we ever know?,” “let me just blurt out what I think happened,” etc. — infest Baker’s narrative, usually preceded or followed by wild accusations (and, occasionally,Continue reading

Late Night on Trump’s Virus Briefings: ‘The Reboot Nobody Asked For’

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. Many of us are stuck at home at the moment, so here are the 50 best movies on Netflix right now. ‘The Bleach Boy’ President Trump resumed his coronavirusContinue reading

What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Amadeus’ and ‘The Last Full Measure’

What’s Streaming AMADEUS Stream on nationaltheatre.org.uk. Nearly four decades after its debut, Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” was reborn at the theater that spawned it — the National Theater in London — in this 2016 production, which dropped an actual orchestra onto the National’s Olivier stage. Directed by Michael Longhurst, this telling of the rivalry between theContinue reading

Intimacy Is Overrated: Concerts in the Livestream Era

Luckily for listeners, musicians online have been stretching — and, frankly, cheating on — both the definition of a live performance and social-distancing strictures. Some have learned to treat the screen as a stage allowing some artifice, even in real time. It might be a plant-crammed home setup, or a playfully changing video backdrop, orContinue reading

‘The Grand Unified Theory of Howard Bloom’ Review: A Career Rewritten

For the past 20 years, in his second career as a best-selling author, Howard Bloom has been grappling with the big questions, all of which can be boiled down to, as he puts it here, “What does the universe want from you and me?” Bloom has, in the pre-Covid-19 world chronicled in this documentary aboutContinue reading

Cosmas Magaya, Musician and Teacher of African Traditions, Dies at 66

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. In his village in northern Zimbabwe, Cosmas Magaya played music to summon ancestral spirits at traditional rituals of the Shona people: ceremonies to request divine guidance, to ward off illness, or to call for rain.Continue reading

Review: Reliving ‘Private Lives,’ This Time Mostly Women’s

Probably the tightest is “Old Beggar Women,” by Avery Deutsch. This one, too, takes place on adjoining balconies, but in a nursing home instead of a Deauville hotel. There, by amazing playwriting coincidence — or perhaps not — Sibyl, in her 70s, encounters Amanda, in her 80s. Deliciously, neither can remember Elyot’s name, though bothContinue reading

In Alex Trebek’s Reluctant, Moving Memoir, Life Is All About the Next Question

Around the margins, a darker story blooms. Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ontario, in 1940, to Ukrainian immigrants — warm, loving people, if ill-suited for each other. His father drank. Trebek’s early years were full of poverty, instability and illness, but he presents them with his typical cloudless beneficence: “I don’t have a lot ofContinue reading

Paul Fusco, Photographer on a Funeral Train, Dies at 89

Paul Fusco, a photographer whose eye for the human impact of earthshaking events was perhaps never more evident than in the pictures he took of track-side mourners while riding Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train in 1968, died on July 15 at an assisted-living center in San Anselmo, Calif. He was 89. His son, Anthony,Continue reading

Lianne La Havas Traces the Arc of a Romance

The English songwriter Lianne La Havas has always been an outlier, working a decidedly personal amalgam of rock, pop and R&B. Her music revolves around the lithe interplay of her syncopated guitar patterns and her freewheeling voice, which leaps and curls and wriggles with an insouciant vibrato. Her guitar parts echo and rival the ambiguous,Continue reading

10 Best Quarantine Concerts Online

Some livestreamed concerts emulate the one-time-only experience of live shows — they’re webcast just once in real time, then disappear from the web. Others recognize that anything that’s digitized can be recorded and replayed. Here, alphabetically, are 10 of the best virtual concerts that have stayed online. Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Virtual Birdland Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-LatinContinue reading

They’re Used to Tapping. Now They’re Talking.

In Ayodele Casel’s video series, “Diary of a Tap Dancer, v. 6: Us,” performers talk about what’s on their minds — and dance a little, too. Source link

A Land Art Pioneer’s Adventures in Time and Space

But there is another way to view such works and their eccentric creators: as prescient. In a culture swimming in expensive objects, where art has become thoroughly corporate, never before has an immersive experience seemed more important; there is singular joy in works that draw attention to the barren beauty of the land and theContinue reading

Works by Sir John Richardson’s Many Friends in Sotheby’s Sale

Sotheby’s might seem an unusual choice to sell items from Richardson’s collection, considering that he opened the New York office of its rival, Christie’s, in the 1970s. Ms. Wanger said that both houses competed for the sale but that the two grandnieces who are his heirs “just felt very strongly about Sotheby’s.” One of theContinue reading

Zizi Jeanmaire, French Star of Ballet, Cabaret and Film, Dies at 96

Zizi Jeanmaire, the ballerina, cabaret singer and actress whose gamine haircut, corseted costume and charismatic, erotic performance made an indelible impression in the 1949 ballet “Carmen,” died on July 17 at her home in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva. She was 96. Her daughter, Valentine Petit, confirmed the death. Over the course of a six-decadeContinue reading

Trump’s Briefings, ‘The Apprentice’ and the Perils of the Second Season

The pinnacle of Donald J. Trump’s TV career lasted one night, and he has never stopped trying to relive it. The finale of the first season of “The Apprentice” in 2004 was the top-rated show on TV. Afterward the host, finally a mass-media star after decades of courting fame, believed that giving people twice asContinue reading

The Rembrandt Self-Portrait That Has Long Captivated Pat Steir

Rembrandt van Rijn painted and etched his own image dozens of times over the course of his life, but it’s one of his earliest self-portraits, from around 1628, that haunts the New York artist Pat Steir. In this work, simply titled “Self-Portrait,” the 22-year-old Dutch master in the making renders himself in heavy chiaroscuro, hisContinue reading

12 Artists On: The Financial Crisis

As the pandemic continues to derail the global economy, artists share works that reflect on uncertainty, capitalism and racial injustice. Source link

A More Inclusive View of MoMA’s Sculpture Garden

In this new series, The Artists, an installment of which will publish every day this week and regularly thereafter, T will highlight a recent or little-shown work by a Black artist, along with a few words from that artist, putting the work into context. Today, we’re looking at a piece by Carrie Mae Weems, knownContinue reading

Concerts Aren’t Back. Livestreams Are Ubiquitous. Can They Do the Job?

Finding the sweet spot between what fans are willing to pay and what artists need to charge to make it profitable continues to be tricky. The veteran rapper Murs has been livestreaming for years, mostly via the gaming platform Twitch, but admitted that, despite the post-lockdown uptick, it’s been “a grind.” He’s on Twitch forContinue reading

Erykah Badu Is Blazing a New Trail (From Badubotron)

When the Covid-19 shutdown hit the music industry, an artist who has never taken the conventional route started rethinking how she’d produce, play and interact with fans at concerts. Source link

Jackie Robinson’s Inner Struggle – The New York Times

Try they did — and Robinson succeeded mightily, becoming a pioneering major leaguer, a Hall of Famer and, in that most tired but still accurate of phrases, an American icon. Moments after Hamburger shared his words of wisdom, reporters asked Robinson what he’d do if a pitcher threw at his head. “Duck,” Robinson replied. He’dContinue reading

Trevor Noah Praises Fox News Host for Actually Questioning Trump

“Chris Wallace did two things right there that Trump absolutely hates: He proved him wrong, and he made him do homework.” — TREVOR NOAH “Come on, Chris. Trump didn’t come on Fox News to get fact-checked. Talk to your colleagues.” — STEPHEN COLBERT “When asked yesterday about his statements that downplay the severity of theContinue reading

What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Landless’ and ‘Frontline’

Camila Freitas’s documentary embeds with Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement. And the latest “Frontline” installment examines a lack of coronavirus protections of agricultural workers. Source link

Producer Takes Academy to Task in Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — Tension within the stately Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spilled into public on Monday when a prominent producer sued the organization over a procedural matter and in the process attacked officials over the troubled state of the Oscars. Michael Shamberg, a producer and executive producer of “The Big Chill” (1983),Continue reading

How Michaela Coel Shaped ‘I May Destroy You’

LONDON — Before she sent scripts to the BBC, Michaela Coel sent mood boards. Her series “I May Destroy You,” which airs on HBO in the United States, had been greenlit by the broadcaster without executives having “a clue” what she was planning, Coel said in a recent Zoom interview. So she collected images fromContinue reading

Gavin Brown Closes His Gallery and Joins Forces With Barbara Gladstone

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, one of the most consistently provocative contemporary art galleries in Manhattan, will close after 26 years. Its founder, the British artist-turned-dealer Gavin Brown, will become a partner in Gladstone Gallery, which announced the merger. Gladstone will also represent 10 artists who showed with Mr. Brown’s gallery. The closing of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise,Continue reading

Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation, which grants prestigious awards to young singers, removed David N. Tucker from its board of directors on Monday evening. Mr. Tucker, a son of the distinguished tenor for whom the foundation is named, was removed after an uproar over racially charged comments that he made on a Black singer’s FacebookContinue reading

Emitt Rhodes, 70, Dies; Singer-Songwriter Vanished After a Splash

By 1965, the teenage Mr. Rhodes was playing drums in a garage band, the Palace Guard, which, like many groups of that era, took musical cues from the Byrds and the Beatles and cultivated a sartorial gimmick; theirs was the red uniform of royal British guardsmen. In his next band, the Merry-Go-Round, which was signedContinue reading

Ailey II Drops Director, Citing ‘Inappropriate’ Communications

Troy Powell was dropped as the artistic director of Ailey II, the junior troupe of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, after an outside investigation concluded that he had engaged in “inappropriate communications” with adult students in the company’s training program, a spokesman for the company said on Monday. Mr. Powell was put on aContinue reading

Without Music, Tanglewood Is Empty, Eerie and Beautiful

LENOX, Mass. — André Bernard was three months old when he attended his first concert at Tanglewood: Benny Goodman playing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, in 1956. For nearly every one of the next 63 years, he has made a pilgrimage to the lush, sprawling lawn of this summer music mecca here in the Berkshires. He hasContinue reading

Remembering Ennio Morricone, the Film Score Maestro

Ennio Morricone, who died this month at 91, was for decades the most innovative and irreverent composer of film scores working. Best known for his collaborations with Sergio Leone on his spaghetti westerns, Morricone scored approximately 500 films, working with a who’s who of landmark directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Terrence Malick, John Carpenter,Continue reading

A Glimpse Inside the Workshops of the World’s Finest Panama Hat Makers

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Roff Smith shares a collection of photographs from the workshops ofContinue reading

‘It’s a Risk for Everybody’: Why a Jazz Pianist Chose to Perform

On Saturday, four months and 10 days since his last public performance, the Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Charlap came out to play. It was the torrid start of a July heat wave, and though he knew the club where he was headed to in the Pennsylvania hamlet of Delaware Water Gap would not be air-conditionedContinue reading

Juice WRLD’s ‘Legends Never Die’ Earns the Year’s Biggest Debut

Juice WRLD, the rapper and singer from Chicago who died in December at age 21, has landed the biggest opening week of the year so far with a posthumous release, “Legends Never Die.” “Legends Never Die,” compiled from unreleased recordings and featuring guest appearances by Trippie Redd, Marshmello, the pop singer Halsey and others, openedContinue reading

A Retelling of American History — in Neon

In this new series, The Artists, an installment of which will publish every day this week and regularly thereafter, T will highlight a recent or little-shown work by a Black artist, along with a few words from that artist, putting the work into context. First up is a piece by Maya Stovall, who is bestContinue reading

For Some Artists, Election Season Means ‘Enough of Trump’

Voters heading to the polls this election season in battleground states like Michigan and Pennsylvania may find themselves facing billboards, projections and even cornfield cutouts designed by the country’s leading artists with a simple refrain: “Enough is enough.” “We are at a precipice in this country, and we are either going to move forward orContinue reading

The Japanese-American Sculptor Who, Despite Persecution, Made Her Mark

By April of that year, with Umakichi already imprisoned in New Mexico, Asawa, her mother and her siblings — with the exception of a younger sister who had been living in Japan on an extended visit, where she would remain throughout the war — had been told to pack up their lives and join theContinue reading

‘I Have to Go in and Decolonize’: Europe’s Black Theater Makers Discuss the Scene

LONDON — Last week, a coalition of American theater artists issued a statement, “We See You, White American Theater,” calling for an overhaul of the country’s theater landscape. There should be term limits on theater industry leaders to improve representation, it said, and at least half of casts and creative teams should be people ofContinue reading

In a Time of Crisis, Is Art Essential?

For the last two summers, T has published an online art issue in which we celebrate artistic freedom in the face of overwhelming odds. Traditionally, these odds have revolved around an international supply chain largely fueled by greed: The small but powerful ecosystem that we refer to as “the art world” has always exploited artistsContinue reading

Oliver Stone’s Reel History – The New York Times

For a screenwriter, Stone has a notably languid and elegant prose style — at times downright novelistic — even if some passages can be rough to read. “Full daylight revealed charred bodies, dusty napalm and gray trees,” he writes about the aftermath of a battle near the Cambodian border. “Men who died grimacing, in frozenContinue reading

Building Accessibility Into America, Literally

A public building has everyone as its client, after all. Does its design evolve out of a truly collaborative process that engages, upfront, the diversity of users, including those with disabilities, who know best what they need and want? “There is only so much that legislation can ever do,” Xian Horn, a disability rights advocate,Continue reading

What’s on TV Monday: ‘Ip Man 4: The Finale’ and ‘Intervention’

What’s Streaming IP MAN 4: THE FINALE (2019) Stream on Netflix.; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. In this martial arts film Ip Man (Donnie Yen), a real-life Wing Chun master who inspired the series, leaves Hong Kong for San Francisco, where he finds that the popularity of his student, Bruce LeeContinue reading

‘Perry Mason’ Season 1, Episode 5 Recap: Leaps of Faith

Season 1, Episode 5: ‘Chapter Five’ It begins with the death of a lawyer and ends with the anointing of a new one. In between, this episode of “Perry Mason” covers a good deal of ground with nearly all of its characters, from the fed-up Black cop, Paul Drake, to the true-believer evangelist, Sister Alice,Continue reading

Nakotah LaRance, Acclaimed Native American Hoop Dancer, Dies at 30

Nakotah LaRance, a nationally acclaimed Hopi-Tewa hoop dancer who performed with Cirque du Soleil, died on July 12 near the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico. He was 30. His father, Steve LaRance, said he died after falling while climbing a bridge in Rio Arriba County, N.M. Mr. LaRance’s career began when he was 4Continue reading

Krip-Hop Nation Showcases Rappers With Disabilities. Meet 5 Standouts.

This playlist is part of a series exploring how the Americans With Disabilities Act has shaped modern life for disabled people. Share your stories or email us at [email protected] Since 2007, Krip-Hop Nation has been releasing mixtapes that showcase a worldwide network of hip-hop artists with disabilities. Here are five songs by members of itsContinue reading

To Buy This Basquiat, Swipe Right

Testing the notion that blue-chip art can be sold with a swipe, the former Christie’s executive Loic Gouzer on Monday will use his new app as the auction block for a large drawing by Jean-Michel Basquiat that is estimated to sell for $8 million to $9 million. The app, called Fair Warning, started as aContinue reading

The Met Opera Tries to Find Paying Customers in a Pandemic

After the coronavirus pandemic forced concert halls and opera houses to close this spring, online performances proliferated. The Metropolitan Opera began streaming nightly operas from its extensive video archive, and in April it presented an At-Home Gala, broadcast over smartphones from the homes of singers around the world. The classical music and opera offerings thisContinue reading

Luther Price, Experimental Artist and Filmmaker, Dies at 58

Luther Price, a multimedia artist and prolific experimental filmmaker known for his haunting, often transgressive work — as well as for never revealing his real name — died on June 13 at his home in Revere, Mass. He was 58. His death was announced by Callicoon Fine Arts, his New York representative, which did notContinue reading

After #OscarsSoWhite, Disability Waits for Its Moment

There’s Richard Shaw, known as Bushwick Bill, a member of Geto Boys who was born with dwarfism (he died in 2019), and MF Grimm, who lost his sight and hearing and was paralyzed from the waist down when he was shot in 1994. And Brother Ali, who was born with albinism and is blind. EvenContinue reading

‘Demagogue’ Remembers a Vintage American Bully

“It’s not often that a man’s name becomes an ism,” Larry Tye writes in his new biography of Joseph McCarthy, the senator from Wisconsin whose crusade against Communism ensured that his name would endure as “a synonym for reckless accusation, guilt by association, fear-mongering and political double-dealing.” Tye writes in his preface that while theContinue reading

Why Intellectuals Support Dictators – The New York Times

She introduces the Polish brothers Jacek and Jaroslaw Kurski, who marched with the dissident labor union Solidarity in the 1980s. After the Soviet empire dissolved, Jaroslaw kept the liberal faith and now edits a major opposition newspaper, but Jacek hooked up with Law and Justice and became the director of Polish state television and “chiefContinue reading

What’s on TV Sunday: ‘The Last Dance’ and ‘United Shades of America’

THE LAST DANCE Stream on Netflix. After debuting on ESPN in May, all 10 hours of this Michael Jordan documentary are available to stream. The series, which was produced by ESPN Films, Netflix and Jordan himself, chronicles the athlete’s legacy and time with the Chicago Bulls, including the team’s storied 1998 season. As Wesley MorrisContinue reading

Entering a Paris Theater, Warily, and Finding a Weight Lifted

After three months of coronavirus-related restrictions, the anxiety doesn’t go away readily. Setting foot inside a Paris theater for the first time in late June, I worried that it was too soon. The audience sat on three sides of the Espace Cardin’s smaller stage — with appropriate gaps — and many people looked at oneContinue reading

‘The Painted Bird’ Review: Horrors That Can’t Be Unseen

The closure of theaters would seem to have gravely wounded “The Painted Bird,” whose nonstop horrors and nearly three-hour length demand a concentrated immersion. Whether the Czech screenwriter-producer-director Vaclav Marhoul’s ambitious adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s 1965 novel quite translates to the screen is another matter. A boy (Petr Kotlar) who barely speaks and, until theContinue reading

‘Flannery’ Review: Stories About a Writer

This biographical documentary of the writer Flannery O’Connor, directed by Mark Bosco and Elizabeth Coffman, is sporadically informative. But it mostly underscores the shortcomings of the varied methods it uses. There are archival talking-head interviews with contemporary figures (including the critic Hilton Als and the author Brad Gooch, who wrote a 2009 biography of O’Connor),Continue reading

‘Blessed Child’ Review: Leaving the Fold, but Not Family

A former member of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church interrogates her relationship with the movement, widely regarded as a cult. Source link

‘Dirt Music’ Review: Damaged Lovers and Dreamy Landscapes

Every so often, a movie comes along that isn’t particularly good, yet somehow gets to you — even as your eyes start to roll, they can’t look away. “Dirt Music” is one of those, a strangely fascinating delivery system for so much visual beauty that its flaws scrabble to gain a purchase. Rocky coves andContinue reading

‘Father Soldier Son’ Review: Service and Sacrifice

Lately, in need of comfort and with time on your hands, you may have stumbled upon the YouTube genre of the military reunion video. Men and women from all branches of the armed forces rejoin their families in bite-sized morsels of uplift: With a shriek and a skitter of sandals on linoleum, a beaming figureContinue reading

Now That Studio Ghibli Is Streaming on HBO Max, Where Do You Start?

For decades, Studio Ghibli has broken mold after mold of what we expect films for kids to be. The Japanese animation house — founded by the filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki — has spent 35 years telling winding, complex stories that stretch the bounds of what animation can do. In one, aContinue reading

Brigid Berlin, Socialite Who Joined Warhol’s World, Dies at 80

Here is one way to make a first impression. “A car pulled up outside my apartment and out came Brigid, topless, wearing a red sarong around her neck and a toy stethoscope, and carrying a fake alligator doctor’s bag filled with amphetamines and a giant syringe. She came up and chased me around the roomContinue reading

Learning to Heal, With a Little Fur Machine

Everyone knows you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but many of us do it anyway. In the case of Joan Bauer’s 14th novel, RAISING LUMIE (Viking, 288 pp., $16.99; ages 10 to 13), you might see the jacket photograph of a fuzzy yellow Labrador retriever puppy and assume you’re in forContinue reading

Travel The World With Your Ears

At this point in the summer — and the pandemic — the desire to escape to a place far away might be overwhelming. Even with so many borders closed, podcasts can transport you elsewhere, making them a good alternative to real, out-of-the-house travel. Here’s a collection of immersive audio experiences that are almost as immersiveContinue reading

Family-Friendly Movies Made by Diverse Filmmakers

For parents trying to figure out how to talk to their children about racism, film can be a useful tool for generating empathy. But many family-friendly movies with diverse casts are told from a white perspective, for a white audience. That can rob people of color of their turns as the hero, nullifying their voices.Continue reading

Learn to Write Fiction – The New York Times

Though some people have knocked out an entire short story in a single sitting, it’s more realistic to see writing a story not as an inspiration-fueled creative binge but as a multiweek project. It’s one you’re a lot likelier to finish if, rather than waiting for the muse, you create the possibility for inspiration byContinue reading

How the Creators of ‘Cursed’ Conjured a Fresh Take on King Arthur

Merlin, King Arthur, the Lady of the Lake. Yeah, we all know the story. Or maybe not. Imagine a version in which Merlin is a heavy drinker who has lost his magic; Arthur is a scrounging but ambitious nobody with questionable scruples; and the Lady of the Lake is a teenage fairy with powers sheContinue reading

A Vintage Vampire-Slaying Kit Is Up for Auction

Vampires, beware. The ornate velvet-covered box may look like a treasure chest. But open it, and instead of gems and jewels, you’ll find the ingredients to fight off a bloodsucking monster: a pistol, three crucifixes, rosary beads, some shark’s teeth and a 19th-century Bible. At least that’s the lore, according to Hansons Auctioneers of Derbyshire,Continue reading

Do Cinematographers Have a Signature? Let’s Try a Test

Last month the film enthusiasts of Twitter took up a new meme: A user would post the line “these two movies have the same cinematographer” and add two images. The joke was that it was hard to believe that, say, Janusz Kaminski, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of “Schindler’s List,” could count among his credits the VanillaContinue reading

The Time I Saw Angela Lansbury Instead of the Horse Show

That she was terrific — more Lady Macbeth than Ethel Merman — is hardly surprising. What does surprise me is that it was possible to see her at all. Tickets that cost less than $9 were part of it, as was abundant free parking. Not especially wealthy teenagers could swing it on their summer salaries.Continue reading

The Horror Novel Lurking in Your Busy Online Life

To someone living exclusively online, many of Freud’s “primitive beliefs” would be literal truths. The dead live on in their videos and social media feeds. Thanks to targeted advertising, a pair of boots we put in our cart months ago stalks us at every turn. The notion that a single utterance can turn a randomContinue reading

Things To Do At Home This Week

Here is a sampling of the week’s events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication. Monday Round up your little ones for a story time that pairs the love of reading with the joys of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Annelisa Purdie, aContinue reading

When a Corporate Picnic Plus Shakespeare Is Anything but Routine

For a long time after the Sept. 11 attacks, Cantor Fitzgerald curtailed corporate outings. When I arrived as a lawyer in 2002, things were still too raw, busy and fraught. But in 2003, our longtime outside lawyer invited our general counsel, my boss, to attend an event. He picked “Henry V” at Shakespeare in theContinue reading

New in Paperback: ‘Wildhood’ and ‘Beaten Down, Worked Up’

WILDHOOD: The Astounding Connections Between Human and Animal Adolescents, by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers. (Scribner, 384 pp., $18.) “You don’t even need to anthropomorphize to find some of the similarities between animal and human teenagers uncanny, and the lessons they have to learn remarkably similar,” our reviewer, Judith Newman, noted about this sequel toContinue reading

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Father Soldier Son’ and the Dance on Camera Festival

FATHER SOLDIER SON Stream on Netflix. This documentary, which was directed by the New York Times journalists Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis, has been 10 years in the making. Though much has been reported about the hardships some soldiers and their families face upon returning home from combat, this film focuses on one family andContinue reading

Shakespeare Lost His Son to Plague. A Novel Asks How It Shaped His Art.

HAMNETA Novel of the PlagueBy Maggie O’Farrell “Hamnet” is an exploration of marriage and grief written into the silent opacities of a life that is at once extremely famous and profoundly obscure. Countless scholars have combed through Elizabethan England’s parish and court records looking for traces of William Shakespeare. But what we know for sure,Continue reading

Christopher Nolan Says ‘Tenet’ Will Come Out This Summer. Should It?

I’m dying to see Christopher Nolan’s new film “Tenet.” But would I actually die to see it? These are the things we must mull about movies now that the pandemic has turned Nolan’s $200 million spectacle into a high-stakes test case. After months of being shuttered, movie theaters in many states have begun the tentativeContinue reading

Comfort Viewing: 3 Reasons I Love ‘Supermarket Sweep’

It was an entirely different time in life when there was very, very little to do. I was a middle schooler during the first half of the ’90s — the age of devil sticks, hair wraps, the Delia’s catalog and my burning aspiration to morph into Angela Chase. While you may have hit junior highContinue reading

A Portuguese Artist’s Chilled Tomato Soup

In “One Good Meal,” we ask cooking-inclined creative people to share the story behind a favorite dish they actually make and eat at home on a regular basis — and not just when they’re trying to impress. When summer hits the Iberian Peninsula, everyone starts eating cold tomato soup. Spaniards, of course, prepare gazpacho —Continue reading

Gabriella Tucci, 90, Dies; Italian Soprano and Met Opera Mainstay

Ms. Tucci continued her studies at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Rome conservatory, working with the vocal coach Leonardo Filoni. They married in 1955; he died in 1993. In addition to her granddaughter, Ms. Tucci is survived by two sons, Fabio and Andrea Filoni. She made her debut in a leading role asContinue reading

Jane Walentas, Who Planted a Carousel in Dumbo, Dies at 76

Jane Leslie Zimmerman was born on May 6, 1944, in Teaneck, N.J. Her father, Sam, was a dentist; her mother, Shirley (Bloom) Zimmerman, was a homemaker. She graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia in 1966. In 1984, she earned a master’s in printmaking from New York University. Her husband and herContinue reading

Brandis Kemp, Character Actress and ‘Fridays’ Original, Dies at 76

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. If you were looking for insight into the future in the 1980s, you probably wouldn’t want to pay $75 for a Creative Palm Reading. In that recurring sketch on the late-night show “Fridays,” a chain-smoking,Continue reading

The Fall of ‘Terrace House’

Japan’s heartwarming reality TV hit ended in tragedy when the participant Hana Kimura killed herself after a wave of online abuse. But “Terrace House” was always more complicated than it appeared. Source link

‘Richard II’ Review: A Radio King With a Tottering Crown

There were several solid performances: Phylicia Rashad, as the grieving Duchess of Gloucester, revealing an almost physical grief; Dakin Matthews, chewing on John of Gaunt’s meaty dying speech; and Jacob Ming-Trent, with the arresting energy of a preacher at a pulpit as Carlisle. Sean Carvajal, in one of the more idiosyncratic performances, wore his ShakespeareContinue reading

NYC Museums Won’t Be Allowed to Reopen Monday, Says Gov. Cuomo

Whitney Donhauser, the director of the Museum of the City of New York, had hoped that, come next Thursday, the museum’s halls would play host to its first masked, socially distanced visitors. Not so fast, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Friday. Mr. Cuomo said that when New York City enters Phase 4 of its reopeningContinue reading

In Contemporary Trinidad, a Widow Rediscovers the Meaning of Home

There can be a hollowness in the word “love,” if it’s used incorrectly, invoked in the place of, say, anger or empathy, self-examination or remorse. Consider Derek Walcott’s poem “Love After Love,” which implores us to “Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, / the photographs, the desperate notes, / peel your own imageContinue reading

‘30 Rock’ Reunion Review: A Few Laughs, a Lot of Blergh

Yesterday’s satire is today’s news. It is one of the iron laws of reality in 2020, and it was awkwardly proved by the weird, recursively ironic reunion “30 Rock: A One-Time Special” Thursday night, in which a sitcom that spent years spoofing corporate TV’s desperate salesmanship took part in the big shill seriously. But jokingly.Continue reading

‘The Old Guard’ | Anatomy of a Scene

Gina Prince-Bythewood narrates a sequence from her film featuring Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne. Source link

Drake Clears His Throat With DJ Khaled, and 10 More New Songs

Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week’s most notable new songs and videos. Just want the music? Listen to the Playlist on Spotify here (or find our profile: nytimes). Like what you hear? Let us know at [email protected] and sign up for our Louder newsletter, a once-a-week blastContinue reading

How Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne Spar in ‘The Old Guard’

In “Anatomy of a Scene,” we ask directors to reveal the secrets that go into making key scenes in their movies. See new episodes in the series each Friday. You can also watch our collection of more than 150 videos on YouTube and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne know howContinue reading

A Novel That Unfolds in a Day, and Other Historical Fiction

One of the many pleasures of Marina Endicott’s exhilarating new novel, THE VOYAGE OF THE MORNING LIGHT (Norton, 400 pp., paper, $15.95), is its celebration of life on the open sea. From the very first pages, when the barque Morning Light sets sail from Nova Scotia in 1911, Endicott’s heroine knows she’s in a newContinue reading

A Roaring, Full-Throttle Thriller, Crackling With Tension and Charm

BLACKTOP WASTELANDBy S. A. Cosby Thumb through the crime fiction canon, round up all the private detectives who have prowled the streets of Los Angeles — you could field a football squad. Philip Marlowe at quarterback, Easy Rawlins at strong safety, and a fierce defensive line of framed shamuses. The other teams in the league?Continue reading

An Artist Captures 4 Months of Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

The Diary Project The next messages are yours for the making. Esther Pearl Watson is a painter and comics artist, and the author of the graphic novel “Unlovable.” She lives in Los Angeles with her French bulldog, Gherkin. The Diary Project is a weekly visual assignment series produced by Alicia DeSantis, Jennifer Ledbury, Lorne ManlyContinue reading

Fary Isn’t Joking About Race in France Right Now

His comedy club, Madame Sarfati, is named after one of the most famous characters in French comedy: The parody of a Jewish mother played by Élie Kakou, who died in 1999. Modeled after North American clubs, it is one of only a few venues in Paris that offers near-daily performance opportunities for French comedians. ItContinue reading

Alex Trebek Is Still in the Game

Trebek also realized that others would tell their own versions of his life. He and his publisher learned that an unauthorized biography, by the writer Lisa Rogak, was scheduled to appear on July 21. Another “Jeopardy!” book about the history of the show is due out this fall. Trebek realized this could be his lastContinue reading

What’s on TV Friday: Freestyle Love Supreme and ‘The Sims Spark’d’

What’s Streaming WE ARE FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME (2020) Stream on Hulu. Devoted followers of Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t need any convincing to stream this new documentary about “Freestyle Love Supreme,” the improvised rap show that Miranda had a hand in creating early in his career. But here’s an enticement anyway: Somewhere in the first 10 minutesContinue reading

Trump’s Campaign Manager Wasn’t the Problem, Late Night Agrees

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. We’re all stuck at home at the moment, so here are the 50 best movies on Netflix right now. This Will Fix Everything President Trump made a surprising changeContinue reading

Pressed Between the Pages of a Book, Flora Becomes Art

During a recent move, an illustrator makes some beautiful discoveries as she packs and unpacks her books. Source link

How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our TV critic Margaret Lyons 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 … an hour, and I like stand-up ‘Hannibal Buress: Miami Nights’When to watch: Now, on YouTube. Hannibal Buress has theContinue reading

Missing Theater Under the Stars (Even the Bugs and the Rain)

In any year but this one, outdoor theater is part of the rhythm of summertime. We base our migrations on it, making pilgrimages to favorite seasonal spots. As ancient as Western drama itself, open-air theater is for the most part not happening right now — no queuing for hours to snag a coveted free ticketContinue reading

How ‘I May Destroy You’ Got Its Stunning Soundtrack

In the world of “I May Destroy You,” the critically hailed HBO/BBC series written, co-directed by and starring Michaela Coel, few things are ever static. The show, like its central characters — young, exuberantly liberated but inherently vulnerable Black Britons navigating sex, power and friendship in a very recent London — is held together byContinue reading

Online Map Collection Provides a Peek at New York Over the Centuries

When Alexander Hamilton stepped foot in New York City in 1772, the then-village of Brooklyn was more agricultural than artisan, more traditional than trendy. Thanks to a collection of nearly 1,500 maps introduced online today on the Brooklyn Historical Society’s website, modern Brooklyn residents can now locate their homes and apartments on an 18th-century gridContinue reading

As Galleries Reopen, Two Critics Find Rewards Eclipse the Angst

Holland Cotter In the New York art world, normal is still a long hike down the pike, but some of the city’s galleries are tiptoeing in that direction with socially distanced reopenings. Walk in, and you instantly feel what months of virtual visits couldn’t give: the immediate experience of texture, scale and color; the sensualContinue reading

Eddie Gale, Deeply Spiritual Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 78

Eddie Gale, a spiritually minded jazz trumpeter and educator who performed with the avant-garde giants Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra, and who saw the music he made with his own bands as a conduit for communicating the richness of African-American life, died on July 10 at his home in Northern California. He was 78. TheContinue reading

At the Hirshhorn, a Battle Over Plans for Its Sculpture Garden

Advocates for the preservation of modernist landscapes in Washington have taken on another fight. After beating back the National Geographic Society’s plan to demolish “Marabar,” the 1984 sculptural installation by Elyn Zimmerman on its campus, they are now battling the Hirshhorn Museum’s proposal to redo its sunken sculpture garden by the architect Gordon Bunshaft andContinue reading

Joanna Cole, Who Imagined Fantastical Bus Rides, Dies at 75

Joanna Reid Basilea was born on Aug. 11, 1944, in Newark. Her father, Mario, was a house painter, and her mother, Elizabeth, was a homemaker. An influential science teacher she had as a child was part of the inspiration for Ms. Frizzle, Ms. Cole often said, though that character’s look — frizzy hair, colorful outfitsContinue reading

7 Things to Do This Weekend

Interviewing members of the Ku Klux Klan about white nationalism for CNN seemed far-fetched to the comedian W. Kamau Bell, but he went for it anyway. “When I pitched the Ku Klux Klan idea, I didn’t think they’d actually let me do it,” Bell joked in a stand-up bit that opened the debut of “UnitedContinue reading

10 New Books We Recommend This Week

UTOPIA AVENUE, by David Mitchell. (Random House, $30.) Mitchell, the British master of formally intricate, elaborately interconnected and often fantastical novels, has long demonstrated a passion for music. That love, deployed with his usual narrative high jinks, is on full display in this story of a London rock band’s rise to fame in the SwingingContinue reading

The ‘Black Lives Matter’ Murals That Contain Multitudes

The first word, Black, was designed by Tijay Mohammed, a Ghanaian-born artist, and used vibrant Kente fabric design and Adinkra symbols, which represent concepts like royalty, unity and legacy. Sophia Dawson, a Brooklyn-based visual artist, took the second word, lives. The “L” contains the faces of the mothers who have lost their children to policeContinue reading

Theater Streams See Stars Pop Up in Unexpected Places

One of theater’s great pleasures is watching actors bring characters to life. The era of online performing arts has added a remarkably democratic element by allowing high-caliber casts to pop up in everything from revisited classics to fresh-from-the-oven efforts by young playwrights. Most stars are available on short notice these days, after all, and nowContinue reading

Leonardo Villar, Venerated Brazilian Actor, Dies at 96

Leonardo Villar, whose star turn as Donkey Jack in “The Given Word” (also known in English as “Keeper of Promises”) made him one of Brazil’s most revered actors and helped the film clinch the top prize at Cannes in 1962, died on July 3 in São Paulo. He was 96. The film producer Anibal Massaini,Continue reading

Charlie Kaufman Is Sorry, He’s a Bit Distracted

Which subjects do you wish more authors would write about? I fear being alone in this apartment for so long is adversely affecting my mental health. I talk to myself a great deal now, but tend not to listen to what I say. I’m like an old married couple. Sometimes I ask myself, Are youContinue reading

‘The Sunlit Night’ Review: A Trip to the Arctic to Find Her Muse

There are many reasons Jenny Slate is a distinctive performer — her voice, her balance of liveliness and calm — but one of her more practical gifts onscreen is that she nails millennial professional anxiety, acting in the registers between deference, exhaustion and indifference. In the travelogue drama “The Sunlit Night,” she plays Frances, anContinue reading

To Make Orchestras More Diverse, End Blind Auditions

During the tumultuous summer of 1969, two Black musicians accused the New York Philharmonic of discrimination. Earl Madison, a cellist, and J. Arthur Davis, a bassist, said they had been rejected for positions because of their race. The city’s Commission on Human Rights decided against the musicians, but found that aspects of the orchestra’s hiringContinue reading

Opera Can No Longer Ignore Its Race Problem

There was a collective sigh of exasperation at the mention of how Blackness in opera more or less ends onstage. “In 20 years, I’ve never been hired by a Black person; I’ve never been directed by a Black person; I’ve never had a Black C.E.O. of a company; I’ve never had a Black president ofContinue reading

The New Must-Have Museum Souvenir: Face Masks

LONDON — On Monday lunchtime, a steady trickle of people wandered into the gift shop of the National Gallery in the British capital, browsing souvenirs to mark their first visit to a museum since Britain started emerging from lockdown. Staying socially distanced, visitors glanced around the racks that held National Gallery umbrellas, National Gallery ginContinue reading

Black Artists on How to Change Classical Music

With their major institutions founded on white European models and obstinately focused on the distant past, classical music and opera have been even slower than American society at large to confront racial inequity. Black players make up less than 2 percent of the nation’s orchestras; the Metropolitan Opera still has yet to put on aContinue reading

‘Fatal Affair’ Review: Close Stalker

Nia Long and Omar Epps ignite a dangerous obsession in this hackneyed romantic melodrama. Source link

Late Night Thinks the Trumps Are Full of Beans

“Donald Trump is clearly upset that he can’t hold rallies anymore now that attendance is so bad they look like Tuesday afternoon Mets games. So, yesterday, he lured reporters to the Rose Garden by pretending to hold a press conference, but decided instead to hold a little campaign rally for himself, which quickly devolved intoContinue reading

Can’t Match Netflix? At Least You Can Buy Some British Shows

When you want to start a streaming service and your most established competitor has for years been spending billions of dollars making and acquiring exclusive series, what do you do? Disney+ and Apple TV+ chose to go halfway when they debuted last year, addressing Netflix’s unassailable lead with offerings of original shows that, in eachContinue reading

What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Brave New World’ and ‘Little Voice’

What’s Streaming BRAVE NEW WORLD Stream on Peacock. Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian novel, “Brave New World,” has been ripped from the hands of your high school English teacher and thrown onscreen with this new TV adaptation. One of the highest-profile titles from NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, the show brings to life the futuristic NewContinue reading

Playwrights Horizons Details First Season Under New Leadership

In his first season at the helm of Playwrights Horizons, Adam Greenfield is sending a message: The organization may be staging fewer shows because of the pandemic — four in its 2021 season, down from the six that were slated for the 2019-2020 season — but it is committed to showcasing work by writers ofContinue reading

You May Not Know These 15 Songs. But You’ve Heard Them.

“Sampling Is (a) Creative or (b) Theft,” read a New York Times headline in 1997, summarizing a debate that has raged ever since songs started incorporating parts of other songs. The truth? It’s a little of both, and that’s what’s so fun about it. Nowadays the theft is in a “great artists steal” sense —Continue reading

Hollywood Stays Away From Facebook Ad Boycott

LOS ANGELES — More than 1,000 companies have halted their Facebook advertising over the past month as part of a protest over the social network’s handling of hate speech, with most major industries represented in the boycott. The pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Bayer have joined the anti-Facebook campaign. So have Microsoft and Verizon. Also representedContinue reading

‘Eat the Buddha’ Reports From the ‘World Capital of Self-Immolations’

Those who self-immolate today are the grandchildren of those who participated in the early uprisings, Demick writes. Having imbibed the Dalai Lama’s teachings of nonviolence, they can only bear to hurt themselves. They bear the scars of the “Democratic Reforms”in eastern Tibet that began in 1958. “Tibetans of this generation refer to this period simplyContinue reading

Smithsonian Chief Says He Will Look Into Staff Complaint of Racism

Lonnie G. Bunch III, who last year became the first Black secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, said in an interview Wednesday that is he reviewing complaints in a letter sent by former employees and board members of its National Museum of African Art that described it as a bad place for Black employees. “This isContinue reading

In Publishing, ‘Everything Is Up for Change’

A wave of deaths and retirements prompted publishers to name new leaders. Now the industry is in a rare moment of transformation that promises to influence the books put out into the world. Source link

Molly Neptune Parker, Basket Maker and Tribal Elder, Dies at 81

Molly’s first language was Passamaquoddy. She went to school on the reservation and was taught by nuns, as most in her generation were; following the culture-busting practices of the time, she was punished if she spoke her Native language. The nuns even changed her name from Molly to Jeannette Katherine when they created a birthContinue reading

Imanbek, a 19-Year-Old From Kazakhstan, Made ‘Roses’ a Hit

Imanbek Zeikenov is 19 years old and lives with his parents in the small village of Aksu in Kazakhstan. He studied railway engineering at school, and until last December, held a day job at his local train station. But everything changed in the summer of 2019, when he discovered a song called “Roses” by theContinue reading

Complaint Faults Museum Director for Hanging His In-Law’s El Greco

It was a chance to borrow a rarely seen El Greco for a museum that had only a single painting by the old master. So the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts courted a wealthy Dallas collector to arrange for a loan of the painting, “St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata,” and it now hangsContinue reading

Country Music Struggles to Meet the Moment. Again.

Scornful and indignant, Eric Church — the most accessible of country music’s contemporary heretics — begins his new single, “Stick That in Your Country Song,” with an image of a decayed America: Take me on up to Detroit cityJails are full, the factories emptyMommas crying, young boys dyingUnder that red, white and blue still flyingContinue reading

How Artists Are Trying to Solve the World’s Problems

Janine Soleil’s passing was sudden and shocking. She died a week after her 75th birthday in May, which was spent in hospice care after contracting the novel coronavirus. And once she was gone, her son, the artist Dylan Gauthier, found her digital imprint everywhere: on the dating websites where she found love, on the insuranceContinue reading

Metropolitan Museum of Art to Reopen Five Days a Week in August

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Wednesday that its landmark location on Fifth Avenue will welcome visitors five days a week, Thursday through Monday, when it reopens to the public on Aug. 29. The museum, which had not been closed for more than three days in a row in over 100 years before itContinue reading

Five Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now

When things are tough at home, I sometimes search Instagram for street photographers abroad. It’s not that I’m looking for happy scenes, necessarily. It’s just reassuring to be reminded that the world is so much larger than our national news cycle. (Scrolling through digital feeds is also the safest way to travel these days, notContinue reading

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Names New Host: Tyra Banks

A day after Tom Bergeron, the longtime “Dancing With the Stars” host, announced on Twitter that ABC had not invited him to return for the show’s 29th season, the network revealed his replacement: Tyra Banks, the former supermodel and businesswoman. Banks, whose reality TV credits include hosting “America’s Next Top Model” and “America’s Got Talent,”Continue reading

His Mother Was Neglectful, Drunk and Absolutely Riveting to Him

FILTHY BEASTSA MemoirBy Kirkland Hamill I read the final pages of Kirkland Hamill’s “Filthy Beasts” as the Los Angeles solidarity march reached my apartment off Sunset Boulevard. I arrived downstairs to hundreds of rainbow flags framed between Mexican fan palms and the jagged Hollywood Hills. A question scrawled on a piece of cardboard stopped meContinue reading

Hannibal Buress Meets the Moment

In his dynamite, accidentally topical new special “Miami Nights,” released for free on YouTube over the July Fourth weekend, Hannibal Buress describes himself as “medium famous,” which he says translates to: “I constantly talk people out of recognizing me.” Comedy has traditionally been more difficult to those in the middle. A-list stars are given everyContinue reading

The Herculean Effort to Build an American Army

THE RISE OF THE G.I. ARMY, 1940-1941The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl HarborBy Paul Dickson Paul Dickson’s “The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940-1941” recounts the remarkable story of how the United States built its Army from scratch before World War II. In 1939 the Army comprised fewer thanContinue reading

‘Just Let Those Kids Dance’: Finding a Way for the Show to Go On

RANDALLSTOWN, Md. — On a sweltering Sunday afternoon in July, families sat in folding chairs arranged in socially distant clusters in the half-empty parking lot of a strip mall. No one was under the impression that it was an ideal spot for a dance recital. The backdrop behind the small, makeshift stage was a gasContinue reading

Republicans Won’t Do Much Convening in Florida, Colbert Thinks

“Well, at least they don’t have a lot of old people down there. Or at least, thanks to their governor, they won’t in about three weeks.” — STEPHEN COLBERT “As one G.O.P. representative put it, ‘Everybody just assumes no one is going.’ Yeah, even the R.S.V.P.s say, ‘Check one: “Not attending,” “What? No!,” or “I’mContinue reading

ViacomCBS Fires Nick Cannon, Citing Anti-Semitic Podcast Remarks

The television star Nick Cannon was fired by ViacomCBS on Tuesday for making anti-Semitic remarks during a recent podcast in which he discussed conspiracy theories about Jewish people and praised a minister notorious for anti-Jewish comments. ViacomCBS is the parent company of MTV and the cable channel TeenNick, both of which prominently showcased Mr. CannonContinue reading

What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘First Cow’ and ‘The Line’

What’s Streaming FIRST COW (2020) Buy on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. At a settlement in the Oregon Territory in the mid-19th century, two men set up shop on a patch of ground. Their product, fried dough with modest garnish, sells out almost instantly. The secret ingredient? Stolen milk. The buddies who cookContinue reading

Andy Samberg Makes Each Day Count With Thundercat and ‘Not Too Much’ Bourbon

As a Hollywood multihyphenate, Andy Samberg reads — and rejects — a lot of scripts. But about 30 pages into “Palm Springs,” he started thinking that the answer was going to be a rare yes. “I get sent things all the time, and sometimes I get sent really good things,” Samberg said. “But I don’tContinue reading

After 43 Years, Mossy Kilcher’s Folk Songs for Alaska Get a Second Life

In her first memory, Mossy Kilcher, then 3 years old, is standing on a windswept Alaskan beach in 1945, holding her father’s hand as thundering waves crash at their feet. Surrounded by rugged cliffs and the seemingly endless expanse of Kachemak Bay, she realizes for the first time that any of this can kill her.Continue reading

‘Dateline-Saigon’ Review: Challenging the Official Story

The documentary “Dateline-Saigon” reconstructs the early rumblings of the Vietnam War — mainly from 1961 through 1964 — through the eyes of five print reporters who were on assignment in Saigon. Professionally, they were rivals. During the period in question, Malcolm W. Browne, Peter Arnett and the photojournalist Horst Faas worked for The Associated Press;Continue reading

Obies Honor ‘A Strange Loop’ and ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’

“A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson’s meta-musical about race, sexuality and musical theater, and “Heroes of the Fourth Turning,” Will Arbery’s play about faith and politics in a corner of the conservative Catholic world, were the most-honored shows Tuesday night at the annual Obie Awards. The creative teams and ensembles of both productions were givenContinue reading

Naya Rivera’s Death Ruled Accidental Drowning

The actress Naya Rivera died in an accidental drowning, the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday, a day after her body was found in the California lake where she had disappeared. In a document shared by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the medical examiner said autopsy findings were “consistent with a drowning.” No traumaticContinue reading

Blaine Kern, Architect of Lavish Mardi Gras Floats, Dies at 93

At one point the family was unable to pay rent, and Blaine, along with his mother and three sisters, moved in with neighbors who were retired schoolteachers. Mr. Kern credited his time in their book-filled house, where he read H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs and other authors, with awakening his imagination. In the 1950s Mr.Continue reading

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Host Tom Bergeron Is Out After 15 Years

After spending nearly a quarter of his life as the host of “Dancing With the Stars,” Tom Bergeron, the 65-year-old host of the one-time ABC ratings juggernaut, has been dropped from the show, he announced on Twitter on Monday evening. “Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me,” he wrote. “It’s been an incredible 15-yearContinue reading

For a New Series, Black Artists in Dance Tell Their Stories

Watch: Black Dance Stories In the absence of live dance performances, interviews with artists in the field, presented online, have become a way to stay connected until it’s safe to gather again. A new series in that spirit, Black Dance Stories, favors storytelling over interviewing, while giving artists a chance to meet and chat theContinue reading

Telluride Film Festival Cancels 2020 Edition Due to the Pandemic

After months of vowing to persevere despite the pandemic, the Telluride Film Festival capitulated Tuesday, announcing the cancellation of this year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 3-7 in the tony Colorado enclave. The festival is viewed as a key stop in the run-up to the Oscars: in the past decade, seven best-picture winners, including “The ShapeContinue reading

Seeing Native Americans Nowhere, and Everywhere

On Monday, the N.F.L. team in Washington announced that it would be retiring the name “Redskins” and its feather-topped Indian head logo, abruptly reversing its staunch defense of a name long considered as a racial slur. But there’s one unexpected place where the team’s logo will be preserved, at least through 2027: in the NationalContinue reading

Andrew Cuomo Ascends to the Mountaintop With His Pandemic Poster

Mao Zedong wrote poetry. Bill Clinton played saxophone. Winston Churchill and George W. Bush both turned to painting. For some politicians, only art can calm the passions after a long day — and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, now steering New York to a cautious reopening after the deaths of 32,000 citizens, has lately taken solace inContinue reading

Billboard Tweaks, but Doesn’t Repeal, a Chart Rule Over Album ‘Bundles’

This spring, the country singer Kenny Chesney narrowly beat the typically chart-dominating rapper Drake to a Billboard No. 1 debut using a marketing tactic that has been increasingly common in recent years — the ticket bundle, which includes an artist’s new album as a redeemable bonus when fans pony up to see them in concert.Continue reading

Frieze’s London Fairs Are Art World’s Latest Cancellations

This October’s Frieze London and Frieze Masters art fairs, the double-headed centerpiece of the British capital’s busiest art market week, have been canceled “in light of continued unprecedented challenges regarding Covid-19 (coronavirus),” the organizers said Tuesday. Like the May edition of Frieze New York, which was also canceled because of the pandemic, the London fairsContinue reading

The Fight Over the Future of the Democratic Party

But there’s a problem with this narrative: Watson would later go on to help refound the Ku Klux Klan, though you won’t learn about that here. Frank mentions “the South Carolina demagogue Ben Tillman” without noting that only a few years earlier, Pitchfork Ben had stood high in the populist pantheon. He writes glowingly ofContinue reading

This Year Will End Eventually. Document It While You Can.

“The meaning of masks has shifted over the course of these past several months,” Ms. Hofer said. “Early on, the ones we were collecting were being sewn by people who were trying to aid medical workers, when there were all those fears about shortage of P.P.E. — last resort masks. And they’ve more recently becomeContinue reading

‘F11 and Be There’ Review: Burk Uzzle, a Photographer Worth Knowing

Documentaries about photographers seem to grow on trees these days. Burk Uzzle, the subject of this unusually distinctive one, doesn’t have the name recognition of Bill Cunningham or Jay Maisel, two lensmen highlighted in recent features, but he should. The title, “F11 and Be There,” is Uzzle’s mantra, particularly in his photojournalistic pursuits. F11 isContinue reading

Review: Peacock’s ‘Brave New World’ Is Neither Brave Nor New

Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World” famously imagined a future society in which people were enslaved to pleasure. The future’s diversions were so absorbing that they commanded attention over everything else. If only you could say that about its latest TV adaptation. Dull, generic and padded, the series, one of the premiere offerings forContinue reading

Famous Paintings Go on Show, Without a Canvas in Sight

BORDEAUX, France — On the walls inside of a former World War II submarine base, a huge Gustav Klimt tree expands its branches and a gold Paul Klee fish floats by. The bright, changing colors of these projections are reflected by four saltwater pools. Visitors walk along gangways, watching the floor-to-ceiling digital animations based onContinue reading

‘Gotham Refuses to Get Scared’: In 1918, Theaters Stayed Open

Before the flu started wreaking its havoc, producers’ biggest worry had been the proposed doubling of a hefty war tax on theater tickets — a move they tried to shame senators out of by reminding them that the enemy, the German kaiser, had at least one positive feature: his staunch support of the stage. ItContinue reading

Grant Imahara, Engineer Who Co-Hosted ‘MythBusters,’ Dies at 49

Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer who co-hosted the pop science show “MythBusters” on the Discovery Channel and operated robots in the “Star Wars” prequels and other major Hollywood films, has died. He was 49. Mr. Imahara’s death was confirmed by Discovery Communications on Monday night. A company spokeswoman said the cause was believed to beContinue reading

What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Dirty John’ and ‘The Business of Drugs’

DIRTY JOHN: THE BETTY BRODERICK STORY 10 p.m. on USA. Following the success of its first season, which adapted the hit podcast “Dirty John” for television, this anthology series tracks the very public unraveling of a marriage. It stars Amanda Peet as Betty Broderick, and Christian Slater as her husband, Dan, who seemed to leadContinue reading

Jimmy Fallon Predicts Trump Will Say He Was the First to Wear a Mask

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. Many of us are stuck at home at the moment, so here are the 50 best movies on Netflix right now. Another Presidential First Late-night hosts returned from vacationContinue reading

Pop Smoke and ‘Hamilton’ Shake Up the Billboard Chart

The posthumous debut album by the Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, who was shot and killed in February, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart this week, arriving as one of the biggest releases of a slow summer in the music business, one of countless industries greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “Shoot forContinue reading

Body of Naya Rivera Is Found at California Lake, Authorities Say

Investigators on Monday were “confident” they had found the body of Naya Rivera, a star in the series “Glee,” almost a week after she was reported missing at a lake in California, the authorities said. Speaking at a news conference, Ventura County Sheriff William Ayub said Ms. Rivera’s body was found near the surface ofContinue reading

Judy Dyble, a Singer in Fairport Convention and Beyond, Dies at 71

Judy Dyble, a singer and songwriter who was in the first recorded lineup of the British folk-rock institution Fairport Convention before going on to an extensive, though interrupted, recording career, died on Sunday in Oxfordshire, England. She was 71. Her death, at a hospital, was announced on her Facebook page. No specific cause was given,Continue reading

Violin Vigils Honor the Memory of Elijah McClain

Ashanti Floyd couldn’t sleep. As a Black man, Mr. Floyd was accustomed to being agonized by cases like that of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old who died while being detained by the police in Aurora, Colo., last summer. But as he read in June about the case, one of many deadly encounters between Black people andContinue reading

A Colorful Townhouse With Nods to James Turrell

After purchasing a majestic but dilapidated 19th-century brownstone in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood, a husband-and-wife couple — she a public-school art teacher and artist, he a tech venture-capital investor — set about finding an architect to revive the four-story, four-bedroom house. Built in 1899, the 3,600-square-foot landmarked building had been abandoned for over 20 years,Continue reading

How I Came Out About My Disability

Three writers share how they revealed their disability, to a family member, to a love interest on a dating app and to oneself. Source link

‘Brave New World’ Arrives in the Future It Predicted

Ready for a thought experiment? Imagine a society that has solved the problems of overpopulation and environmental collapse. Crime is a nonissue, as are homelessness and hunger. Racism? Sexism? Homophobia? Sorted. Science has conquered disease and disability. Everyone has useful work, perfect skin, total emotional equilibrium. Every day is a pleasure. Every night is aContinue reading

David Lee Roth Is Letting His Art (Mostly) Do the Talking

Typically, David Lee Roth spends his days, or at least his nights, “in tactical spandex, moving at 134 beats per minute,” he said. But now the 65-year-old Van Halen singer is just like the rest of us: stuck at home and obsessing about pandemics. However, the past few months in quarantine have led Roth toContinue reading

‘Perry Mason’ Season 1, Episode 4 Recap: A Final Verdict

As the director, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, alternates between tight close-ups on their tear-streaked faces, we watch Jonathan break down over the injustice he’s attempting to inflict on this innocent woman. And in the end, he can’t go through with it. If he committed suicide because he’d run out of options, it’s to his credit thatContinue reading

In ‘Pew,’ a Mysterious Stranger Tests a Small Town’s Tolerance

The genderless, racially ambiguous and seemingly mute narrator of Catherine Lacey’s third novel makes the people of a Southern town nervous. Source link

How to Shoot a Sex Scene in a Pandemic: Cue the Mannequins

Of all the weird ways that Covid-19 has affected life in this country, one of the most bizarre is taking place on a soundstage in Los Angeles. That’s where actors on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” have been shooting intimate scenes with mannequins. “At first, we took out the love scenes,Continue reading

Behold Vermont, From Above – The New York Times

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Caleb Kenna shares a collection of drone photographs from Vermont. EverContinue reading

Kelly Preston, ‘Jerry Maguire’ Star, Dies at 57

Kelly Preston, an actress known for her role as a hardhearted fiancée of the Tom Cruise character in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire,” died Sunday at 57. The cause was breast cancer, her husband, the actor John Travolta, said in an Instagram post on Monday. “It is with a very heavy heart that I informContinue reading

What’s on TV Monday: ‘CMA Best of the Fest’ and ‘Foodie Love’

What’s Streaming FOODIE LOVE Stream on HBO platforms. In this Spanish-language series by the prolific director and screenwriter Isabel Coixet, a man and a woman, played by Guillermo Pfening and Laia Costa, meet through a dating app and bond over their shared loved of food and distaste for the culture that has sprung up aroundContinue reading

Lil Marlo, a Rising Atlanta Rapper, Is Shot and Killed at 30

Rudolph Johnson, the up-and-coming Atlanta rapper known as Marlo, who loomed large among his city’s rap heavyweights even as he remained an underground figure and ambivalent local celebrity, was shot and killed there on Saturday night, the police said. He was 30. The Atlanta Police Department said that officers had initially responded to a single-vehicleContinue reading

Eastward, Ho! Even Art Is Leaving for the Hamptons

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. — The art collectors were finally coming out of hiding here recently, albeit quietly and tentatively. The artists were, too. The lure? All of a sudden, they have a lot more gallery options lining the immaculate streets of this famously upscale summer town, a seemingly unexpected development in the middle of aContinue reading

Marlo, a Rising Atlanta Rapper With Big Connections, Is Shot and Killed at 30

Rudolph Johnson, the up-and-coming Atlanta rapper known as Marlo, who loomed large among his city’s rap heavyweights even as he remained an underground figure and ambivalent local celebrity, was shot and killed there on Saturday night, the police said. He was 30. The Atlanta Police Department said that officers had initially responded to a single-vehicleContinue reading

Bonnie Lucas, Still Playing With Dolls

For the past 41 years, Bonnie Lucas, a Syracuse native who graduated from Wellesley College in the same class as Hillary Clinton, has been making intense, memorable collages of dolls, toys and craft implements at home in her tiny NoLIta walk-up. The collages, often bubble gum pink, are powered by a painful ambivalence toward conventionalContinue reading

‘The Old Guard’ Review: Fighting to the Death, and Beyond

“The Old Guard” could just as well have been called “The New Blood,” since that’s what it tries to pump into the weary superhero genre, with a reasonable degree of success and quite a lot of, well, blood. With the familiar movie-studio franchises in lockdown, Netflix has the opportunity to introduce a new squad ofContinue reading

The Timely Agitation of Run the Jewels

The racial justice protests that have spread across the United States (and the world) in recent weeks have had many soundtracks. But what’s striking about Run the Jewels’ music is how it can feel like it anticipated the current moment. The partnership of Killer Mike and El-P has been active for just under a decade.Continue reading

The Dance on Camera Festival, When Dance Is Only on Camera

The dance is intercut with naturalistic flashbacks of their budding relationship, the relationship now under pressure. And that pressure has a sound: police radio, James Baldwin’s voice, protesters chanting “I can’t breathe.” As the tension mounts, she seems, at one point, to pledge allegiance to him and, at the next, to pin him to theContinue reading

Exit Arias: What Opera Can Teach Us About Dying

Two years ago, I heard the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sing the great final lament from Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” in Hamburg. Its text consists of just two sentences: When I am laid in earth, let my wrongs create no trouble in thy breast. Remember me, but ah! forget my fate. Purcell sets the words overContinue reading

Carl Reiner, Perfect – The New York Times

At the end of the film, I got another practical tidbit. He invited me to a “color temperature” screening, a mysterious affair where the movie is shown to the director and cinematographer to determine if the color is accurate. We watched without sound and at double-speed to make the process easier. At the end ofContinue reading

‘Action Park’ Looks Back in Amusement and Terror

In 1980, when he was 16 years old, Andy Mulvihill stood at the top of a water slide called Cannonball Loop at Action Park, the beloved and notorious New Jersey amusement park founded in 1978 by his father, Gene Mulvihill. The Cannonball Loop included an “improbable” 360-degree vertical turn near the finish. Andy had beenContinue reading

‘Perry Mason’ Season 1, Episode 4 Recap:

As the director, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, alternates between tight close-ups on their tear-streaked faces, we watch Jonathan break down over the injustice he’s attempting to inflict on this innocent woman. And in the end, he can’t go through with it. If he committed suicide because he’d run out of options, it’s to his credit thatContinue reading

Redman, Mehldau, McBride and Blade Take Another Spin, 26 Years Later

Mr. Mehldau’s pieces bear his characteristic, across-the-bar-line pull, especially “Moe Honk,” with its spiraling, five-beat polyrhythm. Mr. Redman’s slithering tenor saxophone melody glides upward, then slowly drops back down toward terra firma with a series of clean, detached notes. All along, the rhythm section cuts against its own forward movement, and Mr. Redman’s assured gripContinue reading

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

EXERCISE OF POWER: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World, by Robert M. Gates. (Knopf, $29.95.) With decades of experience at the highest levels of government, Gates presents a critique of past mistakes in American foreign policy and provides a guide for policymakers in the future. “Gates says whatContinue reading

Digital Dior. Remote Chanel. What’s Couture With No Runway?

Is this a front row anyone really wants to join? After three days seated at my dining room table, watching what was effectively Quibi for fashion — which is to say, the first streamed digital couture “shows,” forced online by the coronavirus pandemic and transformed into bite-size nuggets that ranged from ersatz music videos toContinue reading

What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ and ‘Snowpiercer’

MUCHO MUCHO AMOR: THE LEGEND OF WALTER MERCADO (2020) Stream on Netflix. Made in the months before his death, this documentary chronicles the larger-than-life existence of the Puerto Rican television and radio astrologer, Walter Mercado. Mercado became an icon — for his elaborate costumes, focus on positivity and as a gender nonconforming entertainer — andContinue reading

How André Holland and Company Brought ‘Richard II’ to Radio

“That was really great, man!” Ali said. Holland smiled. Then, a moment later, he grimaced. He let out an expletive and, holding up the recorder, said, “It’s dead.” Even when the technology cooperated, Mother Nature sometimes had other plans. On the last full day of recording, Reza Salazar, who plays the Welsh captain in chargeContinue reading

Ziwe Fumudoh Asks: ‘How Many Black People Do You Know?’

How many Black friends do you have? Is it “between four and five?” If so, then you have something in common with several guests on Ziwe Fumudoh’s Instagram Live show. In it, she interviews people who have been canceled — meaning that their personal views, whether political or artistic, are no longer welcome — butContinue reading

Keep Your Friends Close, and Keep Holding Them Closer

BIG FRIENDSHIPHow We Keep Each Other CloseBy Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman We all have problem friendships. They nag at the back of our minds, like taxes undone and laundry unfolded. Nothing forces us to resuscitate faltering friendships, where talk of the weather and office politics replaces deep intimate sharing. Or worse, where subtle barbsContinue reading

Behind the Legend of Butch Cassidy

BUTCH CASSIDYThe True Story of an American OutlawBy Charles Leerhsen A quirky subgenre of narrative history has emerged in recent years that explores the lives of iconic heroes of Hollywood westerns. A good example is Charles Leerhsen’s worthy biography of Butch Cassidy, the former Mormon farm boy and leader of the Wild Bunch, a gangContinue reading

New in Paperback: ‘How We Fight for Our Lives’ and ‘Exhalation’

THE GIFTED SCHOOL, by Bruce Holsinger. (Riverhead, 560 pp., $17.) While this “suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner” may go down “as easily as a gin and tonic on a summer day,” our reviewer, J. Courtney Sullivan, cautioned, winking at the elitism of “gifted and talented,” it’s ultimately “an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class,” and itsContinue reading

‘This Is Not a Boring History of Nagging Spinsters’

Elaine Weiss, journalist and author: The term was made up by a journalist in The Daily Mail in London. It was 1906, and he was making fun of the more militant suffragists in the U.K. — and so he used the diminutive “-ette” to belittle them. But then they turned around, as often happens inContinue reading

How to Make Beads From Your Newspaper

For so many reasons, right now is the perfect time to start a soothing and gratifying craft project. It’s even better when you can use what you have, like the very newspaper you are holding. People have been making rolled paper beads for many years using wallpaper scraps, magazine pages and newspaper. The templates hereContinue reading

3 Picture Books: How to Hike, Camp, Relax in the Great Outdoors

On limited outings in my Brooklyn neighborhood, children I see riding atop their dads’ shoulders or lounging in strollers are all wearing masks. Without having much to compare it to, their sci-fi pandemic version of life is, simply, life. No telling what sort of impact all this will have on their tender psyches. The wide-openContinue reading

Modern Mothers and Daughters, in Three Novels

From long-lost friends, to a woman caring for her aging mom, to a biologist struggling with her maternal identity, these protagonists reveal facets of contemporary womanhood. Source link

Yacht Rock Revue Kicks Off First Night of Drive-In Concerts in Indiana

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — On a breezy, 80-degree summer night, more than a thousand, mostly middle-age smooth rock fans, many of them sporting cargo shorts and captain’s hats, danced for two hours to tunes from the 1970s and ’80s by Yacht Rock Revue, who were performing in an Indiana parking lot. A couple who looked toContinue reading

TikTok Users Respond to Potential Ban

Since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Monday that the United States was considering banning TikTok over national security concerns, a sentiment echoed by President Donald Trump in an interview on Tuesday, TikTok users have been scrambling. Some have engaged in open revolt, retaliating by posting negative reviews of President Trump’s 2020Continue reading

Metropolitan Opera Will Livestream Its Biggest Stars

For months, the Metropolitan Opera has been streaming operas from its extensive video archive each night, a program that has helped it attract tens of thousands of new donors. The At-Home Gala the company broadcast in April, with live performances filmed on smartphones by singers around the world, was watched by 750,000 people. All thatContinue reading

Debating ‘Hamilton’ as It Shifts From Stage to Screen

The first time around, I found that after “Helpless” and “Satisfied,” the personal aspects of the story lost a bit of focus and intensity. The politics seemed to be Miranda’s main interest, and Hamilton’s family life and the women in it drifted to the margin. I assumed that the writing was the reason, but IContinue reading

Gerard Way Sneers at the Apocalypse, and 12 More New Songs

“We’ll all get through this,” insists Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance, in a song that directly connects surging punk guitars to the Rolling Stones’s “Gimme Shelter,” complete with Judith Hill’s soul-charged backing vocals — “Can you feel it?” she wails. Much of what he sings, over handclaps and a two-chord stomp, isn’t so optimistic.Continue reading

Review: A Legal Battle Over Adoption in ‘The Copper Children’

Finding loving homes for young orphans is a mission so admirable, one should be hard-pressed to find fault with it, let alone try to derail it. But apparently the “Anglos” who prevented Mexican families from becoming foster parents in 1904 Arizona never got the telegram about charity and kindness. To nobody’s surprise, racism and bigotryContinue reading

From Catherine Opie, a Visual Diary of the Recent Past

The photographer Catherine Opie has always been interested in the subversively domestic. In one of her best-known early works, “Self-Portrait/Cutting” (1993), her naked back is carved with a still-bleeding childlike drawing of a home, two women stick-figures in the foreground. That image, now in the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, nods to the queer B.D.S.M. scene inContinue reading

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

Welcome to the weekend. Though the pandemic has put so much on hold, we can still salvage something from plans gone awry. If you were supposed to be getting down on the dance floor at a wedding this summer, why not blast these D.J.s’ classics and dance around your home instead? And as we faceContinue reading

A Novel About 3 Generations of Cherokee Women (and No-Good Men)

CROOKED HALLELUJAHBy Kelli Jo Ford There’s a scene in Kelli Jo Ford’s first novel that tugged at me long after I finished her book. In it, a depressed, defeated man stands in a North Texas pasture watching his horses nibble at a round bale of hay. As his wife watches from their trailer home, aContinue reading

When K-Pop Fans Scold Their Idols

The statue of the Hindu god Ganesha flashed onscreen for just seconds in the music video by Blackpink, an all-female K-pop band. The elephant-headed deity was shown on the floor, near a bejeweled Aladdin lamp, as a member of the band preened and rapped on a golden throne. That glimpse of Ganesha in the videoContinue reading

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’ and ‘Unidentified’

BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS (2020) Watch through virtual cinemas. This film is neither a documentary nor fiction, but rather an experimental combination of the two. Without giving too much away, it centers on a dive bar called the Roaring ’20s, and the last night of debauchery there before it closes its doors for good (orContinue reading

Murder, Murder, Everywhere

In Marilyn Stasio’s new column, the bodies pile up so fast it’s hard to keep count. Source link

Marga Richter, Composer in a Male-Dominated Era, Dies at 93

Marga Richter, a prolific composer whose determination to be heard in a male-dominated field once led her to rent Merkin Concert Hall to stage a program of her own works, died on June 25 at her home in Barnegat, N.J. She was 93. Her biographer, Sharon Mirchandani, reported the death. Ms. Richter, born into aContinue reading

TikTok Users Respond to Potential U.S. Ban: ‘It Would Be Like Losing a Little Bit of Me’

Since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Monday that the United States was considering banning TikTok over national security concerns, a sentiment echoed by President Donald Trump in an interview on Tuesday, TikTok users have been scrambling. Some have engaged in open revolt, retaliating by posting negative reviews of President Trump’s 2020Continue reading

Appeals Court Sends the Case of a Pink $40 Million Diamond to Trial

The legal battle over the true ownership of an exquisite pink diamond valued at $40 million is headed to trial after an appellate court in New York delivered a ruling in favor of the descendants of an Italian politician who are trying to prove that the stone is rightfully theirs. The diamond, named the Princie,Continue reading

An Open Letter on Free Expression Draws a Counterblast

“But the fact is there are a lot of people, particularly Black and trans, expressing very valid concerns about the climate right now,” she said. “Letting this very lofty position go unanswered didn’t feel like it was benefiting anyone.” The prominence of the Harper’s signers has been a flash point in the conversation, with someContinue reading

Christie’s New Auction Technique: The Global Gavel

Roy Lichtenstein’s iconic 1994 Pop canvas, “Nude With Joyous Painting,” valued at $30 million, proved to be more in tune with billionaires’ current collecting tastes. From the series of nudes that the artist painted during the last five years of his life, and never seen at auction before, this piece sparked a nine-minute battle betweenContinue reading

Earl Cameron, Barrier-Breaking British Actor, Is Dead at 102

In the 1930s, Mr. Cameron joined the British Merchant Navy, sailing to New York and other ports. He arrived in London in 1939 on a ship called the Eastern Prince and remained there during the Blitz. As a Black man from the colonies, he later recalled, he had great difficulty finding a job and endedContinue reading

Theater Artists of Color Enumerate Demands for Change

Rename half of all Broadway theaters. Impose term limits for theater industry leaders. Require that at least half the members of casts and creative teams be made up of people of color. A coalition of theater artists, known by the title of its first statement, “We See You, White American Theater,” has posted online aContinue reading

Inside an Eclectic Retreat on Shelter Island

Shelter Island, N.Y., a sylvan splash of land positioned between the tines of Long Island’s North and South Forks, is only a 10-minute ferry ride from Sag Harbor and the rest of the Hamptons. And yet, with its weather-beaten clapboard houses and unmanicured lawns — and its lack of tony boîtes and traffic lights —Continue reading

When ‘Keep Your Distance’ Has Been a Way of Life

The Diary Project Quarantine life puts a son’s relationship with his mother into a new light. Long before the pandemic, I’d been distancing myself from one person in particular: my mother. Our relationship has always been distant. She was in prison for most of my childhood. Every graduation, most birthdays and holidays — she isContinue reading

Newark Artists, Thriving Amid Crisis and Catharsis

NEWARK — This city prides itself on its resilience, and its artists share in that spirit. Ever since the coronavirus arrived, Newark’s creative community has been on the front lines, responding to the crisis and, now, the catharsis. Like elsewhere, the shock was abrupt. Anchor institutions closed their doors in mid-March, among them the NewarkContinue reading

Auctions Are Crimped as the Pandemic Forces Them Online

Just about every area of personal finance has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. That economic shock reaches all the way to some of the most aspirational purchases on the planet: art, cars, watches and wine. The mechanism to buy and sell many of these objects — frothy, in-person auctions, with attendees dressed smartly andContinue reading

James Murdoch Set to Acquire Large Stake in Art Basel Fairs

James Murdoch, the son of the billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is set to take a significant stake in the M.C.H. Group, the Swiss owners of the Art Basel fairs. Investment from Mr. Murdoch’s company, Lupa Systems, will help transform the company from a traditional events business into one focused on “future-oriented platforms and communities,”Continue reading

Sweet Dreams: Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman Becomes an Audio Drama

When Neil Gaiman devised his influential fantasy comic-book series The Sandman for DC Comics in the late 1980s, he was a 26-year-old literary neophyte with a few short stories and graphic novels on his résumé and untested ambition. “In retrospect, I think I got DC to do it because they really didn’t know what itContinue reading

Gina Prince-Bythewood Made a Summer Blockbuster. It’s About Time.

The year 2020 is a watershed one for the director Gina Prince-Bythewood, even if it doesn’t look exactly like she thought it would. A few months ago, as Prince-Bythewood began to put the finishing touches on her new Charlize Theron action film, “The Old Guard,” she was eager to share her moment with directors likeContinue reading

Review: Covid Responders Have Their Harrowing Say in ‘The Line’

In his many years as a paramedic, Ed (Jamey Sheridan) has delivered emergency care to soldiers and citizens in Kashmir, Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq. At a makeshift hospital 250 yards from the front line in Mosul, as sniper fire flew through the blown-out windows, he and his team made curtains out of body bags. Still,Continue reading

What’s on TV Friday: ‘Expecting Amy’ and ‘Palm Springs’

What’s Streaming EXPECTING AMY Stream on HBO Max. In March of last year, the comedian Amy Schumer released a stand-up special, “Growing,” that was filmed while Schumer was pregnant. Making it, Schumer said, was the most difficult challenge of her career. “I’m ecstatic and furious,” she told The New York Times shortly before the special’sContinue reading

What Is the Hardest Part of Writing?

A cartoonist gets down to the crux of what makes putting pen to paper so difficult. Source link

‘Palm Springs’ Review: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti star in a fresh and funny comedy that might remind you of something you saw before. Source link

Melania Trump Statue in Slovenia Set on Fire

LONDON — After a wooden statue of Melania Trump was burned near her birthplace in Slovenia over the weekend, the American artist who commissioned it said that he now wants to interview the arsonist as part of a new project. The life-size, rustic sculpture of Mrs. Trump, which was carved out of a linden treeContinue reading

7 Things to Do This Weekend

Not even Harry Potter has a spell to defeat the coronavirus, but that boy wizard’s charms — the literary ones, at least — can often cure cabin fever. To enhance that power, Wizarding World Digital is presenting the free online hub Harry Potter at Home, which offers themed activities along with videos of celebrities readingContinue reading

With Stores Closed, Barnes & Noble Does Some Redecorating

The chief executive of Barnes & Noble, James Daunt, who took over last summer, thought the company’s stores were badly in need of some sprucing up. His plan, over the next two years or so, was to close locations on a rotating basis for a few weeks at a time to refurnish and refurbish. ThenContinue reading

How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our TV critic Margaret Lyons 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 … a few minutes, and I need good role models ‘Bluey’ When to watch: Friday at 8 a.m., on DisneyContinue reading

New York Zoos and Aquarium Plan to Open this Month

The sea lions may get an audience soon enough, but they shouldn’t expect sold-out shows. After more than four months of coronavirus lockdown, four city zoos and the New York Aquarium are preparing to open to the public on July 24 at limited capacity. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates the five facilities, announced onContinue reading

My Favorite Summer Blockbuster – The New York Times

Not long ago, in the Before Times, talk of masks conjured one precise image in my mind: a snot green face, bald as a ball of Play-Doh, contorted into a roguish smile. And Jim Carrey was the man behind “The Mask,” that deranged comedy about a spineless bank clerk named Stanley Ipkiss who, upon donningContinue reading

Storm King Reopens for the Art-Starved

CORNWALL, N.Y. — This week Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all regions of New York except New York City have entered the fourth and last phase of reopening, which authorizes museums, historical sites and other cultural institutions to welcome visitors once more. Not so fast. From Albany to Suffolk County, almost all of the state’sContinue reading

Netflix Renews ‘The Crown’ for a Sixth Season After All

Netflix announced on Thursday that “The Crown,” its hit drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, would film a sixth and final season, months after saying the series would come to a close with Season 5. Peter Morgan, the writer and creator of “The Crown,” said that the possibility of a reversal was raisedContinue reading

2 Art Gallery Shows to Explore From Home

Gerhard Richter Through July 24. Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, Manhattan, and online at mariangoodman.com. Some of New York’s now-shuttered museum exhibitions — the Museum of Modern Art’s precise Donald Judd retrospective, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s grand survey of Mexican painting — will go back on view later this summer, butContinue reading

Pop Smoke Arrests: L.A.P.D. Has Taken 5 Into Custody

Five people, including three adult men and two minors, were arrested early Thursday in connection with the February killing of Pop Smoke, a rising New York rapper, the Los Angeles Police Department announced. No additional information about the arrests or potential charges was provided by the department, which has been investigating the case for months.Continue reading

A Swiss Dada Pioneer Finally Gets Her Spotlight

In 1937, the Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp wrote a letter to a friend, noting her exclusion from an avant-garde exhibition in Paris. While a male Belgian artist in her circle was refused entry too, “as a woman it is ten times harder to hold your position in this caldron.” And therein lies a tale, oneContinue reading

N.Y.C. Paints ‘Black Lives Matter’ in Front of Trump Tower

New York City began painting “Black Lives Matter” in large yellow letters on the street outside Trump Tower on Thursday, the latest flare-up in a yearslong feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Trump, who rose to fame as a Manhattan real estate developer. Shortly after 10 a.m., city Department of Transportation workers beganContinue reading

Outdoor Dining Offers Fresh Air and Fantasy to a City That Needs Both

A new design genre was born last month when New York City began allowing restaurants, which had been closed for on-premises dining since March, to take over miles of sidewalks and streets for outdoor seating. Traditionally, the city’s sidewalk cafes tended to be dull to look at, crowded rows of tables hemmed in by plainContinue reading

‘Tito’ Review: An Oddball Character Study

Looking like a cross between Crispin Glover and PJ Harvey, the perpetually hunched-over, often furrow-browed Tito skulks around in fear with a red emergency whistle around his neck. His employment and source of trauma both remain vague. The Canadian director-actor-writer Grace Glowicki plays the title role in her debut feature, gender-bending as a male characterContinue reading

‘The Tobacconist’ Review: Playing Dress-Up in 1930s Vienna

The coming-of-age costume drama “The Tobacconist” is set in Vienna during the rise of Nazism, leading up to the German occupation of Austria. But despite taking place during one of the most traumatic periods of modern civilization, the movie itself feels like little more than an amusing trifle, a chance to play dress up withContinue reading

A Day-by-Day Re-creation of Truman’s Decision to Use Nuclear Weapons

COUNTDOWN 1945The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the WorldBy Chris Wallace with Mitch Weiss On April 12, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt, beloved by the American people, was sick and depleted. Convalescing in Georgia after an exhausting summit with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin about ending the war and creatingContinue reading

New York as a Biking City? It Could Happen. And It Should.

Getting through this whole crisis depends on city leaders’ capacity to think ahead, not hunker down. Robert Moses, New York’s storied planning czar, plotted during the depths of the Depression so he could be ready when the money materialized. Whatever else one might say about Moses, he knew how to get stuff done. By contrast,Continue reading

Theater Review: 'Staged' and 'Talking Heads'

“Staged,” a six-episode sitcom, and “Talking Heads,” a remake of a group of vaunted monologues, show what good can come of a bereft theatrical scene in Britain. Source link

Naya Rivera, ‘Glee’ Actress, Is Missing at California Lake

Naya Rivera, 33, who starred in six seasons of Fox’s “Glee” as the sharp-witted cheerleader Santana Lopez, was missing on Wednesday night as a search team scoured Lake Piru in California, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said that it was searching for a “possible drowning victim” in the lake. TheContinue reading

What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ and ‘Stateless’

What’s Streaming ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984) Rent on Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. In the 1960s, the Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone and the Italian composer Ennio Morricone created a distinctive, sweeping vision of the Old West in movies like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Once Upon a TimeContinue reading

‘The Far Side’ Cartoonist Gary Larson Shares First New Work in 25 Years

“So glad to see you back at the drawing board! Well a digital one,” said another fan, who signed his name as Roger. “Thank you for the years of laughter and also the dark warped lens with which I currently view the world.” “The Far Side” became a phenomenon after it first appeared in TheContinue reading

All in the Family Dynamics: Donald Trump’s Niece on the President’s Clan

That dysfunction is abundantly chronicled in this book, as Mary describes how the five Trump children of her father’s generation all struggled to make do in a household where their mother’s chronic health problems left them at the mercy of a patriarch who was both uncaring and controlling. The oldest, Maryanne, was the uptight goodContinue reading

‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Simpsons’ and the Problem With Colorblind Casting

But however well-intentioned, there are complications that come with works that aim to use colorblind casting to highlight people of color who wouldn’t otherwise be represented. Creators may cast blind, thinking their job done, failing to consider that a Black man cast as a criminal or a Latina woman cast as a saucy seductress —Continue reading

Lady Antebellum Sues the Singer Lady A Over Name Change

When the country trio Lady Antebellum announced last month that it would change its Civil War-referencing band name to Lady A out of respect for Black people, the group credited the widespread protests against police brutality for revealing “blind spots we didn’t even know existed.” Barely a day later, another blind spot made itself known:Continue reading

Ida Haendel, Violin Virtuoso With ‘Fire and Ice’ in Her Playing, Dies

Ida Haendel, the Polish-born prodigy with a fiery sound and unassailable technique who became one of the foremost violinists of her generation, died on July 1 in Pembroke Park, Fla. Ms. Haendel had been ill with kidney cancer, said her nephew Richard Grunberg, who confirmed the death, in a nursing home. Her age was aContinue reading

Court Ruling in Monaco Ends One Piece of a $2 Billion Art Dispute

A long-running dispute, between Yves Bouvier, a Swiss businessman who sold $2 billion worth of artworks, and Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian billionaire who bought them, took a decisive step in Mr. Bouvier’s favor Wednesday when a Monaco court upheld a lower court’s ruling to dismiss the criminal investigation against him because the prosecution of himContinue reading

Review: ‘Little Voice’ Is a Twee Musical Fairy Tale

If you’re particularly hungry to escape current realities, and have a susceptibility to industrial-strength sentimentality wrapped in tastefully autumnal lighting, then “Little Voice” on Apple TV+ might appeal to you. A half-hour dramedy premiering Friday about an aspiring singer-songwriter who tends bar, teaches music and walks dogs on the suspiciously clean streets of New York,Continue reading

Graffiti Is Back in Virus-Worn New York

The Seventies called. They want their walls back. While most New Yorkers grudgingly accepted New York City’s lockdown in March, one community eagerly embraced it: graffiti writers. Deserted commercial streets with gated storefronts offered thousands of blank canvases for quick tags or two-tone throwies, while decorative murals in gentrifying neighborhoods were sprayed over as theContinue reading

Digital Theater Isn’t Theater. It’s a Way to Mourn Its Absence.

This isn’t about lacking a sense of proportion or danger, then. And live theater, though overwhelmingly M.I.A., isn’t gone for good. But its absence is profound and lingering — for Broadway, through the rest of the year at least. So it’s not overdramatic to speak of grief, a freighted word that we associate most withContinue reading

It’s Christo’s Final Show. But Is It the Last We’ll See of Him?

The exhibition was scheduled to open on March 18, but it was postponed when France went into lockdown because of the coronavirus. Christo didn’t live to see it. The wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe is not the only Christo work that is planned to be installed posthumously. His New York-based collaborators — led byContinue reading

What Was the Problem With ‘Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas’?

In the debut season of his topical HBO comedy series, Wyatt Cenac resolved to tackle the challenging issue of police reform in America. The show, “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas,” drew on its host’s experience as a former correspondent for “The Daily Show,” allowing him to meet with activists, law enforcement officials and elected leaders acrossContinue reading

‘Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo’ Review: Prison, Recovery, Stardom

The actor Danny Trejo, with more than 300 movies under his belt, doesn’t mind being what some people call “typecast.” In this engaging documentary about his should-be-legendary life, directed by Brett Harvey, he acts out a typical exchange with an interviewer: “Danny, aren’t you afraid of being typecast?” “How so?” “You’re always the mean ChicanoContinue reading

‘The Beach House’ Review: No Fun Memories for These Vacationers

Two college-age hotties, Randall and Emily (Noah Le Gros and Liana Liberato), have won the jackpot — a romantic getaway to his father’s beautiful, empty house, with direct access to a beautiful, empty beach. Correction: The house is not quite empty after all. An older pair of guests, Mitch and Jane (Jake Weber and MaryannContinue reading

The Chicks Are Done Caring What People Think

When “Gaslighter” was released, in March, it sent fans scrambling to decode its seemingly autobiographical clues. One particularly evocative line — “Boy, you know exactly what you did on my boat” — instantly converted Chicks supporters into a squad of maritime sleuths. They noted that the Chicks had written the album, also called “Gaslighter,” asContinue reading

Colin Jost Knows What He Has: ‘A Very Punchable Face’

Though Colin Jost has worked at “Saturday Night Live” for nearly 15 years, it wasn’t until this past spring that he was able to watch his show the same way its audience does: from home on a Saturday night with a sense of anticipation and uncertainty. The circumstances were not ideal. Amid the coronavirus pandemic,Continue reading

Randy Rainbow’s (Upper) West Side Story

The YouTube star Randy Rainbow was 10 when his family relocated to South Florida from Commack, N.Y. For those who are fond of identifying silver linings, the unfortunate move furnished young Randy with a keen sense of purpose: getting back to New York as soon as possible. “All the movies and TV shows I loveContinue reading

Henry Martin, Wry New Yorker Cartoonist, Is Dead at 94

A naked man perched atop a bookcase asks his wife, “Have you noticed, Myrna, that I’m getting more and more neurotic?” An executive sitting behind a massive empty desk buzzes his intercom to tell his secretary, “Miss Tompkins, connect me with somebody.” An angel greets a newly risen man with a questionnaire: “And twelve: howContinue reading

What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Scary Stories’

What’s on TV MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) 9 p.m. on Syfy. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Charlize Theron looked back on her experience shooting this “Mad Max” sequel. “I feel a mixture of extreme joy that we achieved what we did, and I also get a little bit of aContinue reading

New List of Unproduced Plays Tallies Those Disrupted by Pandemic

Trying to salvage a spring and summer of shelved and scrapped scripts, the Kilroys, a group of female-identified playwrights and producers, is spotlighting new plays and musicals by female, transgender and nonbinary writers that have had their runs disrupted by the pandemic. More than 140 planned productions by writers ranging from the Pulitzer Prize winnerContinue reading

Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate.’ Reaction Is Swift.

An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by luminaries including Margaret Atwood and Wynton Marsalis, argued for openness to “opposing views.” The debate began immediately. Source link

A Designer Who Makes Rugs Based on Screenshots

“It’s almost a distasteful color,” says the British rug-maker Tom Atton Moore of the vivid chile-pepper red that appears in many of his handmade wool and acrylic creations. The fiery, cautionary shade, little seen within living rooms, is characteristic of his work as a whole, which often has an almost defiantly undomestic feel. Emblazoned withContinue reading

Kevin Rafferty, ‘Atomic Cafe’ Co-Director, Dies at 72

Kevin Rafferty, who with two co-directors turned archival material created to ease Americans into the nuclear age into “The Atomic Cafe,” a darkly comic 1982 documentary that both highlighted the absurdity of an earlier generation’s propaganda and suggested the unsettling possibility that we are still being so manipulated, died on Thursday at his home inContinue reading

MacDowell Colony Drops the Word ‘Colony,’ Citing ‘Oppressive Overtones’

The century-old artists’ retreat known as the MacDowell Colony is removing the word “colony” from its official name in response to a petition from staff members that pushed for the change, the organization said on Tuesday. Founded in 1907, MacDowell offers a haven in Peterborough, N.H., for artists to work without distraction in private studiosContinue reading

‘Greyhound’ Review: At Sea in World War II, With Tom Hanks in Command

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, a huge challenge for its military was getting to where the fighting was, safely. Troops and equipment had to be moved over the water, even when protection from airborne forces was sporadic. In the Atlantic, this left Allied convoys vulnerable, for harrowingly long periods, toContinue reading

Elizabeth Murray Estate Moves to Gladstone Gallery

Elizabeth Murray was represented by Pace Gallery for more than two decades. But now, almost 13 years after her death, her estate has chosen Gladstone Gallery to show and sell the pioneering Neo-Expressionist painter’s work. For Barbara Gladstone, the gallery’s owner, including Murray’s work in group shows with more contemporary artists to expand her audienceContinue reading

Richard Di Liberto, Expert Photographer of Museum Art, Dies at 82

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. As the chief of photography at the Frick Collection on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Richard di Liberto was one of the “upstairs” employees — the curators, conservators and administrators who run the museum.Continue reading

School of American Ballet’s Gutsy Kids: ‘They Just Have to Dance’

It’s not your usual ballet recital. The rite of passage at the School of American Ballet known as the annual Workshop Performances dates to 1965 when the dancing academy hosted its first student showcase. Ever since, it has been the embodiment of hope and hard work, and — more often than not — that magicalContinue reading

Ellie Goulding Likes Her ’90s Rock Political and Her Social Media Inspiring

The British pop star, who’s releasing her first album in five years, “Brightest Blue,” also has Kate Bush and an Almodóvar film on her list of cultural must-haves. Source link

Julianna Barwick Left Her Ghosts in New York. Then the Healing Began.

When Julianna Barwick began to cry while singing in bed, she knew she had found what she’d wanted from California. After 15 years in Brooklyn, the singer shipped everything she owned, including her grandmother’s piano, to Los Angeles in December 2016. In New York, Barwick had emerged as a surprising star of experimental music, turningContinue reading

Who Saves an Emergency Room Doctor? Her Patients

Still reeling, Harper moved to Philadelphia to work at a hospital where she was eventually passed over for a promotion by an apologetic (white, male, liberal) department chair who said: “I just can’t ever seem to get a Black person or a woman promoted here. That’s why they always leave!” From there, Harper went toContinue reading

A Survivor of Sexual Assault Speaks Out

NOTES ON A SILENCINGA MemoirBy Lacy Crawford Inevitably, when a woman comes forward with an allegation of a sexual assault from many years ago, a certain type of person will ask, “Why now?” The question dogged Christine Blasey Ford during her Senate testimony in 2018 and was used in an attempt to discredit women victimizedContinue reading

Simon & Schuster Names Dana Canedy New Publisher

Mr. Karp said that while Ms. Canedy doesn’t have experience at a publishing house, not every publisher does. He was at Random House when Harold Evans, a former editor at The Sunday Times of London, came on as publisher in the 1990s. Ms. Canedy, he added, knows what a prizewinning book looks like from herContinue reading

Actors’ Equity Signs Off on Live Theater in the Berkshires

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic erupted, Actors’ Equity is agreeing to allow a few of its members to perform onstage. The union, which represents 51,000 actors and stage managers around the country, said it had given the green light to two summer shows in the Berkshires region of Western Massachusetts: an outdoorContinue reading

What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘The Truth’ and Jim Jefferies

What’s Streaming THE TRUTH (2020) Rent or buy on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu or YouTube. Lovers of French cinema will delight in this new drama by the writer and filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Shoplifters”). Catherine Deneuve plays Fabienne, an acclaimed French movie star who publishes a memoir titled “The Truth.” To celebrate its release, Fabienne’sContinue reading

Cherokee Women Aim for a Better Life in ‘Crooked Hallelujah’

Cans of Aqua Net. Screen doors that flap. Ford Pintos. Wood-grained contact paper on toilet lids. Cheap Zebco fishing reels. Sinead O’Connor cassette tapes. Establishments with names like Padlock Pizza and DoRight Donuts. In her more than promising first novel, “Crooked Hallelujah,” Kelli Jo Ford summons the details of minimum-wage life in the last quarterContinue reading

In Nick Cordero’s Death, a Reminder of Covid-19’s Unknowns

Mr. Cordero died on Sunday, more than three months after he was stricken with the coronavirus. Doctors have been continually surprised by the progression of Covid-19 in different patients, but they have painted a general trajectory: Those who develop symptoms do so within two weeks of infection; patients who are saddled with severe disease tendContinue reading

Paapa Essiedu Knows ‘I May Destroy You’ Is Hard to Watch

This interview includes spoilers for the fourth and fifth episodes of “I May Destroy You.” In a show that confronts viewers again and again with raw depictions of events they’re unlikely to have seen on television, the sexual assault of a young man in the fourth episode of “I May Destroy You” stands out asContinue reading

‘Hamilton’ and the Historical Record: Frequently Asked Questions

When “Hamilton” premiered onstage in 2015, the musical attracted a big following among historians, who were delighted by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s unabashedly nerdy attention to primary documents and the scholarly literature. But historians being historians, they also offered plenty of footnotes, criticisms and correctives, which weren’t always appreciated by the show’s ardent fans, who saw aContinue reading

Broadway Actor Nick Cordero Dead at 41 of Coronavirus

Nick Cordero, a musical theater actor whose intimidating height and effortless charm brought him a series of tough-guy roles on Broadway, died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 41. His death was announced on Instagram by his wife, Amanda Kloots. The couple, who moved from New York to Los AngelesContinue reading

Dulce Nunes, Bossa Nova Star of the 1960s, Dies at 90

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Dulce Nunes seemed poised to become a movie star, with her face plastered on the cover of national magazines and a high-profile marriage to one of Brazilian cinema’s leading men. But instead she took aContinue reading

How a Brooklyn Artist Is Making Black Women Her Focus

The faces of the women in her portraits are often partly covered by a mask tied behind their heads, tugging at braids, low buns or tufts of curls. They are dressed in uniforms that show their essential jobs, but their style and charisma shine through their everyday armor. They are Black women who work inContinue reading

Charlie Daniels, Who Bridged Country and Rock, Dies at 83

NASHVILLE — Charlie Daniels, the singer, songwriter and bandleader who was a force in both country and rock for decades, bringing a brash, down-home persona and blazing fiddle work to hits like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” died on Monday in Nashville. He was 83. His publicist announced the death, at Summit Medical CenterContinue reading

University of Kentucky Is Sued Over Mural With Slavery Scene

For years, there has been a simmering debate over what to do with a New Deal-era mural at the University of Kentucky that students have denounced as a racist sanitizing of history and a painful reminder of slavery in a public setting. The wall-length mural, a 1934 fresco by Ann Rice O’Hanlon, is covered withContinue reading

Jarvis Cocker Keeps Hearing That Voice

Especially when you come from a musical background, you hang out with people who don’t look after their health like they should. You have a group of friends, and as time goes on, some people keep drinking, some people stop drinking, some get into yoga. That’s what that song is trying to get at. SomeContinue reading

Ennio Morricone, Oscar-Winning Composer of Film Scores, Dies at 91

Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose atmospheric scores for spaghetti westerns and some 500 films by a Who’s Who of international directors made him one of the world’s most versatile and influential creators of music for the modern cinema, died on Monday in Rome. He was 91. His death, at a hospital, was confirmed byContinue reading

U.K. Announces $2 Billion Bailout to Help Keep the Arts Afloat

LONDON — Britain’s arts sector, largely shuttered since March because of the pandemic and warning of an imminent collapse, is being given a lifeline through what Prime Minister Boris Johnson described as a “world-leading” rescue package for cultural and heritage institutions. The organizations will be handed 1.57 billion pounds, about $2 billion, the culture ministryContinue reading

From ‘Game of Thrones’ to Digital Couture

In March, it was decided that the couture collections as everyone knew them — the ultimate visual extravaganzas of fashion artistry, handmade for the very few — should be canceled, because of the coronavirus pandemic. But then designers and the industry bodies that represent them said fah! to all that and declared the shows wouldContinue reading

Commuting, and Confronting History, on a Remote Canadian Railway

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Chloë Ellingson shares a collection of photos from a remote railwayContinue reading

What’s on TV Monday: ‘The God of High School’ and ‘Personal Problems’

What’s Streaming THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL Stream on Crunchyroll. In East Asian animation, educational institutions are more than just common settings. They’re often portrayed as crucibles within which the transformation from childhood to adult life occurs. The main character in this new series from Crunchyroll, an adaptation of the online comic by Yongje Park,Continue reading

‘Perry Mason’ Season 1, Episode 3 Recap: If the Teeth Fit …

Take the plight of E.B. Jonathan, who is Perry’s de facto boss and Emily’s lawyer. Over the course of this episode, we see him suddenly struggling with what ought to come naturally to him. He repeatedly loses his train of thought. He bobbles a statement to the press. He seems perpetually one step behind inContinue reading

Nick Cordero, Tony Nominated Broadway Actor, Dies at 41 from Battle with Coronavirus

Nick Cordero, a musical theater actor whose intimidating height and effortless charm brought him a series of tough-guy roles on Broadway, died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 41. His death was announced on Instagram by his wife, Amanda Kloots. The couple, who moved from New York to Los AngelesContinue reading

Nick Cordero, Nominated for Tony as Tap-Dancing Tough Guy, Dies at 41

Nick Cordero, a musical theater actor whose intimidating height and effortless charm brought him a series of tough-guy roles on Broadway, died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 41. His death was announced on Instagram by his wife, Amanda Kloots. The couple, who moved from New York to Los AngelesContinue reading

‘Family Romance, LLC’ Review: Werner Herzog’s Comfort for Hire

Ishii Yuichi is the real-life proprietor of the Japanese company that gives this new Werner Herzog movie its title. Yuichi and his handful of associates are impersonators of whomever their clients want them to be. In a world in which we increasingly turn to technology to satisfy our desires, there’s still a need for theContinue reading

‘The Outpost’ Review: At War, in a Worst-Case Scenario

U. S. soldiers in Afghanistan fight to defend themselves against the Taliban in this fact-based war drama from Rod Lurie. Source link

‘Bungalow’ Review: Young, Restless, Drifting

Ulrich Köhler’s first film, newly available in the U.S., is a secretive and beautifully observant study of teenage disaffection. Source link

Seeing Paradise From Behind a Dashboard

I loved it. As I said earlier, our trips to the movies were few and far between, so when we went, the experience of seeing one on a big screen was usually, for me, pretty overwhelming. Trips to theaters were, for me, practically like going to religious services; the communal aspect, the lighting, the temple-likeContinue reading

‘Bébé’s Kids’ Shared a Lesson About Racial Injustice

“The Boondocks,” “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “Dear White People,” “Sorry to Bother You” — there are a few shows and movies that have dared to use comedy to address the grim state of Black people in America. But lately, I’ve been thinking about a movie I hadn’t seen in more than 20 years: “Bébé’s Kids.” This animatedContinue reading

Review: ‘Les Blancs’ Is an Anguished Play for an Anguished Moment

Farber is a powerful director, not a subtle one. But the play, unfinished and purposefully unresolved, has a way of sidestepping easy moral judgment. Not that Hansberry indulges relativism or both-sides-ism. She portrays whiteness, not blackness, as the “other,” and refuses to see the revolution as more violent than the regime that provokes it. Charlie’sContinue reading

Smithsonian’s Leader Says ‘Museums Have a Social Justice Role to Play’

The notion of simply pulling down statues means that you’re not really bringing historical insight. What you really want to do is use the statues as teachable moments. Some of these need to go. But others need to be taken into a park, into a museum, into a warehouse, and interpreted for people, because they’reContinue reading

‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Defies and Exceeds Expectations

In “The Baby-Sitters Club,” the charming Netflix adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s wildly popular children’s book series, there’s a witch. Not the cauldron-stirring, spell-casting sort of witch. This isn’t that kind of kids’ adventure story. Instead, Esme Porter (Karin Konoval) is a “spiritual practitioner” who hosts “share-a-monies” in suburban Stoneybrook, Conn. “Witch,” she says, isContinue reading

The Gallery Where Stevie Wonder Was a Regular

This summer, Linda Goode Bryant, the pioneering art dealer, received the 2020 Berresford Prize from the nonprofit United States Artists, which is awarded annually to “a cultural practitioner who has contributed significantly to the advancement, well-being and care of artists in society.” In 1974 Bryant founded the gallery Just Above Midtown on 57th Street, whichContinue reading

‘The Truth’ Review: Being Catherine Deneuve

When Catherine Deneuve appears in “The Truth” she isn’t simply in character. She comes in accompanied by a multiplicity of other roles and previous performances, by former directors and co-stars, old loves and scandals and triumphs, all crowding around her like phantoms. That’s often the case now with Deneuve, who, like any enduring star, hasContinue reading

Review: Apple-Picking Time Again, in ‘And So We Come Forth’

It’s that seeming extraneousness that leaves me slightly less satisfied with “And So We Come Forth” than I was with any previous Apple iteration. An epidemic does not make a very good antagonist, at least in a family where everyone is now well and in a state that has flattened the curve. The way theContinue reading

What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Ganja & Hess’ and ‘Outcry’

GANJA & HESS (1973) Stream on Amazon Prime, Kanopy, Mubi and Shudder. Horror as a vehicle for deeper societal commentary may be having a moment with the success of films like “Get Out” and “Parasite,” but it’s not a new phenomenon. During the Black independent film movement of the 1970s and ’80s, the actor, playwrightContinue reading

Coldcut + Tony Allen and African Artists = Studio Electricity

Keleketla! isn’t a group. It’s a studio assemblage of British, South African, Nigerian, American and more musicians that recorded mostly in South Africa and England, produced by the English electronic-music duo Coldcut. From its beginnings in the 1980s, Coldcut — Matt Black and Jonathan More — has embraced far-reaching sampling and genre-mixing, with an earContinue reading

TikTok Stars Tati and Devin Will Meet

On Saturday, Tatayanna Mitchell, 21, will fly from Michigan to Newark, N.J., to spend two days with a boy she met on TikTok. Ms. Mitchell’s TikTok videos have become a fixture of the app’s For You page over the last month. She traffics in a format known as the “duet,” a reaction or response videoContinue reading

Freddy Cole, Performer Who Emerged From Nat’s Shadow, Dies at 88

Freddy Cole, a pianist and vocalist who spent much of his musical life in the shadow of his brother Nat King Cole, but whose durable talents carried him through a triumphant late-career resurgence, died on Saturday in Atlanta. He was 88. The cause was complications of a cardiovascular condition, his manager, Suzi Reynolds, said. Mr.Continue reading

10 New Books We Recommend This Week

SHADOWPLAY, by Joseph O’Connor. (Europa, $26.) In this vibrantly imaginative narrative of passion, intrigue and literary ambition, set in the garish heyday of a Victorian-era British theater company and artfully splicing truth with fantasy, O’Connor revisits the events and relationships that inspired Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Reviewing it, Miranda Seymour applauds O’Connor’s exploration of the shadowsContinue reading

Comfort Viewing: 3 Reasons I Love ‘Grand Designs’

These days, it’s easy to assume the internet will eventually put every TV show and movie worth watching in front of my eyes somehow. Even if it’s made very far away. All TV worth gorging works that way, I thought, right? Right. Except, apparently not! Because there’s a TV show in Britain that’s been onContinue reading

Marc Fumaroli, Defender of French Culture, Is Dead at 88

PARIS — Marc Fumaroli, a leading French historian, public intellectual and defender of the French language and culture against American influence and what he called “globish English,” died on June 24 in Paris. He was 88. His death was announced by the Académie Française, the official council of guardians of the French language, and theContinue reading

Nikolai Fadeyechev, Elegant Bolshoi Dancer, Is Dead at 87

Nikolai Fadeyechev, one of the Bolshoi Ballet’s greatest dancers, who was hailed for his distinctive noble style and his chivalry as a partner to the Russian company’s leading ballerinas from the 1950s to the ’70s, died on June 23 in Moscow. He was 87. His death, from heart failure, was announced by the Bolshoi Theater.Continue reading

How ‘365 Days’ Became One of Netflix’s Worst-Reviewed Big Hits

Two years ago, Michele Morrone was working as a gardener in a tiny northern Italian village. Newly divorced, broke and severely depressed, he had given up on his TV acting career after being repeatedly told that he was too attractive for the roles on offer. “In Italy, if you’re a good-looking guy, you’re not anContinue reading

Netflix’s ‘Eurovision Song Contest’: Here’s What You May Have Missed

LONDON — The Eurovision Song Contest consistently manages to unite Europe and confuse America. This year’s installment of the music competition was canceled because of coronavirus, but you can get your annual fix of high camp via Netflix’s new film starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as two Eurovision hopefuls from a small town inContinue reading

Black in America, Through a Camera

It would look like an improvised family gathering, children in the foreground, elders stalwart at the rear, were it not for the masks and kaleidoscopically colorful costumes. Those are central to a group portrait by Joshua Kissi, the image captured last winter at Mardi Gras, its subjects draped in a raucous mélange of Native andContinue reading

What to Do At Home This Week

Here is a sampling of the week’s events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication. Monday Raise a toast to the artist Frida Kahlo on what would be her 113th birthday (though Ms. Kahlo, a passionate Communist, was known to claim that her birthdayContinue reading

8 Picture Books That Let Young Minds Wonder and Wander on Their Own

I DREAM OF A JOURNEY Written and illustrated by Akiko Miyakoshi. A plaque, next to rows of glimmering keys, reads “Solitude Hotel.” It is late in the grainy black-and-white night, and the eyes of the anthropomorphic innkeeper, who stands still behind the desk, are soulful. Later, as he closes them, he yearns to go “far,Continue reading

Newt Gingrich and the Dawn of a Toxic Political Era

To hear President Trump use the term, “corruption” can do double duty as a hand grenade and a safe word — a ready-made epithet to yell out whenever he’s feeling the squeeze. It’s a tried-and-true strategy in the frantic trajectory of American politics since the 1970s. As Julian Zelizer shows in his briskly entertaining (ifContinue reading

Where You Can See the Stars of ‘Hamilton’ Now

When a hip-hop musical chronicling the life of a Treasury secretary made its way uptown to Broadway in 2015, a fair number of the faces onstage were still relatively unknown. Many know the story of what would come next: “Hamilton” became an instant hit, sweeping up praise and accolades and drawing an army of devotedContinue reading

‘I Am Here to Prove You Wrong’

The Look At Miss Muslimah USA, a pageant for young Muslim women, the complexity of modesty is on full display. Photographs by Farah Al Qasimi Text by Liana Aghajanian Last year, on a Thursday in June, long before live events and large gatherings bore the threat of contagion, the ballroom of the Ford Community andContinue reading

Beyond Broadway, the Show Does Go On

Watching through windshields. Audiences of two. An elbow bump instead of a kiss. Theaters across the country find novel ways to play in a pandemic. Source link

Lifting the Cone of Silence From Black Composers

A cone of silence hangs over the work of Black composers from Africa and its diaspora. It is not that Black men and women have not written music, but too often it has been ignored — and thus assumed not to exist at all. The work of Black composers is more often heard if theyContinue reading

Frederick Douglass, Seen Up Close

In 2006, the historian David Blight had just given a talk about Frederick Douglass in Savannah, Ga., when he was introduced to Walter Evans, a retired surgeon and collector. Dr. Evans invited him to stop by the house and see his Douglass collection. Dr. Blight was cautiously intrigued. But later, as Dr. Evans began layingContinue reading

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Family Romance, LLC’ and Fireworks

FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC (2019) Stream on Mubi. You may not be able to choose your family, but a thriving rental industry in Japan allows you to get pretty close. In his latest film, a hybrid work of fiction and documentary, Werner Herzog goes inside the country’s rent-a-family industry, which pairs actors with those in needContinue reading

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ and Disney +: A Timeline

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s relationship with Disney started inauspiciously. He wrote a song on spec for a holiday show. The company rejected it. “It was a holiday song, called ‘Holidays at Our House,’ and I will never play it for you,” he recalled recently. “It was not very good.” But in the years since, the partnership hasContinue reading

Kanye West Dips a Toe in the Moment, and 10 More New Songs

Anxiety permeates “Wash Us in the Blood,” the first song from a forthcoming Kanye West album, and one that harmonizes some of his various dissonant threads. It’s a “Yeezus”-era take on “Jesus Is King” subject matter that’s lyrically impressionistic, with nods to mass incarceration and other moral concerns. (Even Travis Scott chimes in with someContinue reading

Rudolfo Anaya, a Father of Chicano Literature, Dies at 82

His mother, Rafaelita Máres Anaya, came from a family of farmers; his father, Martín, came from a family of vaqueros, who herded cattle and sheep around the Llano Estacado, the tablelands encompassing parts of eastern New Mexico and northwestern Texas. “We were all poor, and had the curaderas — the healers — that helped,” Mr.Continue reading

Lonnie Wheeler, 68, Dies; Helped Ballplayers Tell Their Stories

Lonnie Wheeler, a sportswriter and columnist who collaborated with the Baseball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson and Mike Piazza on their autobiographies, died on June 9 in Cincinnati. He was 68. His wife, Martie (Kuhl) Wheeler, said the cause was cardiac arrest. Mr. Wheeler received a diagnosis of muscular dystrophy many years ago.Continue reading

Saroj Khan, Choreographer Who Made Bollywood Sparkle, Dies at 71

Ms. Khan was born in that room, the first of six children. She recalled dancing with shadows there as a toddler, fascinated even then by what would become her calling. To supplement the family’s income, her father managed to get her work in Mumbai’s booming film industry as a child actress at the age ofContinue reading

Opinion | Goodbye to a Symbol That Told Black Americans to ‘Know Your Place’

Together, the flags presided over the message soon delivered: the all-white jury’s acquittal of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, the men who would later brag to Look magazine about murdering the child. There is yet another message, implicit in the imagery of the photograph. If the Confederate battle flag alone could signify virulent and dangerousContinue reading

We Got ‘Hamilton.’ Why Can’t We Stream Every Broadway Show?

MTI has also partnered with the ticketing company ShowTix4U and Broadway Media Distribution to bundle licensing, ticketing, streaming and collecting royalties — making the process easier for schools, for example. Why can I watch some streams whenever I want but for others I have to log in at a specific time? There are three basicContinue reading

Protesting U.S. Immigration Policies, Artists Aim for the Sky

CASSILS The urgency of “In Plain Sight” has become paramount as people began to die from Covid-19 in detention camps. We had initially planned for this project to occur without any press, but when the pandemic hit, we launched our Instagram page that features short interviews with our artists and calls to action. It’s beenContinue reading

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

The tragic history of “I can’t breathe.” Why you can have a kid or a job right now, not both. How Brooklyn Drill went global. Farewell, Carl Reiner. And more. Source link

Margaret Morton, Photographer at Home With the Homeless, Dies at 71

From her apartment on East 10th Street in Manhattan, Margaret Morton had a front row view of the homeless encampments that engulfed Tompkins Square Park in the late 1980s. As she walked to work at Cooper Union, where she was a professor, she began to photograph these improvised structures, showing the ways people were movedContinue reading

Queer Kids, Nerds and Sword Fights: It’s the Hot School Play

There was more fine-tuning to come as the show, like a shape-shifter with a high constitution score, has kept on changing. When stay-at-home orders went up in the spring, directors with planned productions had to scramble. David Marconi of Cranford High School, in New Jersey, started working on an audio version for a podcast. AsContinue reading

Playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Changed How I Hear Them

For my senior piano recital in college, encouraged by my teacher, I took on an ambitious program. I opened with an elaborate Haydn sonata and ended by pairing a Chopin nocturne with his teeming Ballade in G minor. I also played the first three of Schoenberg’s Five Piano Pieces — intensely complex, atonal works thatContinue reading

Don’t Call Him Machine Gun Kelly

The rapper and actor has a real name: Colson Baker. And he’s finding his voice during the lockdown. Source link

What Keeps America Divided? – The New York Times

In essence, “Let Them Eat Tweets” revisits the title question of Thomas Frank’s classic “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” Sixteen years after the publication of Frank’s book, the question he raised remains the most important one in American politics: namely, how has the Republican Party achieved so many victories when its economic policies are soContinue reading

15 Songs That Shook New York’s Queer Dance Floors in the 1970s and ’80s

Constrained and faddish during the 1960s, D.J.-led dance culture discovered its kinetic, kaleidoscopic potential in the space of a few transformational months in early 1970. Two key party spaces — the Loft and the Sanctuary — positioned New York City at the epicenter of the new phenomenon as countercultural revelers flung themselves into a dynamic, participatoryContinue reading

New in Paperback: ‘The Yellow House’ and ‘Night Boat to Tangier’

THE NEED, by Helen Phillips. (Simon & Schuster, 272 pp., $17.) With “forensic precision” and “nods to both sci-fi and horror” — according to our reviewer, Harriet Lane — this darkly comic novel mines the “cosmic precariousness” of newish motherhood, heightened when the mother in question, a plant fossil expert, is left alone inside withContinue reading

What’s on TV Friday: ‘Young Ahmed’ and ‘Hamilton’

What’s Streaming YOUNG AHMED (2020) Stream on Criterion Channel; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. A bespectacled Belgian teenager gets swept up by radicalism in this most recent film from the brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. The teenager, a 13-year-old named Ahmed (Idir Ben Addi), falls under the influence of anContinue reading

How Do We See Each Other in a ‘Market Society’?

A graphic review of Karl Polanyi’s seminal work “The Great Transformation,” which charted the social effects of capitalism. Source link

Masks On in a Near-Empty Hall: Germany’s Theaters Return

MUNICH — After months of darkened stages and hundreds of canceled productions, Germany’s theaters have begun to emerge from their corona-induced slumber, cautiously feeling their way back to live performance. From abridged presentations and monologues to other solutions that seem closer to happenings than plays, theatermakers are adapting to changed circumstances as restrictions are eased.Continue reading

Cuts to the Arts Help Philadelphia Address Huge Budget Gap

PHILADELPHIA — Across the country, cultural organizations have been hard hit by the economic fallout from the pandemic, but the impact has been felt particularly hard here where the city has eliminated its funding for two institutions, reduced it for others and completely shuttered its Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. The cutbacksContinue reading

How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our TV critic Margaret Lyons 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 … a few hours, and I want to expand my mind ‘The Midnight Gospel’When to watch: Now, on Netflix. ThisContinue reading

Guggenheim Opens Investigation Into Basquiat Show After Racism Complaints

Responding to criticism by staff that its executives had created “a culture of institutional racism,” the Guggenheim Museum’s board of directors has hired a lawyer to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding its 2019 exhibition of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The decision, announced Wednesday evening, is the museum’s latest attempt at soul-searching followingContinue reading

‘Jurassic Park’: Where the Wild Things Are

Our critics and readers make a return trip to the movie that kicked off a franchise. Does the blockbuster hold up in a summer without one? Source link

Berkshires Museums Announce Reopening Plans Under Phase 3

Three major cultural institutions in the Berkshires will reopen this month, following the greenlight from Charlie Baker, the governor of Massachusetts, who said on Thursday that the state would move into Phase 3 of its reopening plans. In a joint statement, Mass MoCA, the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Clark Art Institute outlined the programmingContinue reading

Hugh Downs, Perennial Small-Screen Fixture, Is Dead at 99

Hugh Downs, whose honeyed delivery and low-key but erudite manner helped make him a familiar face and voice on television for half a century, and whose career included long stints as host of both “Today” on NBC and “20/20” on ABC, died on Wednesday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 99. His familyContinue reading

8 Things to Do This Fourth of July Weekend

Judging by the sharp increase in complaints about illegal amateur firework displays this year, many New Yorkers might have already had their fill. The city’s aerial pyrotechnics typically reach a climax with its official spectacle, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. But this year, New York’s annual Independence Day celebration has been split up into aContinue reading

‘Liberty Bell’ Tolls for Sites Where History Is Alive and Kicking

Little did she know. Back in the spring of 2019, when the Los Angeles artist and curator Nancy Baker Cahill entered into discussions with Art Production Fund about a public art project to be unveiled on July 4, 2020, her vision was still modest. She wanted to create a piece conceptualized around Philadelphia’s Liberty BellContinue reading

Turner Prize Was Canceled, but Organizers Still Gave Out the Cash

LONDON — A photographer who captures Black British life, an artist who works with industrial air-conditioners and a mixed-media practitioner who made his mother the star of a show are among 10 artists being given grants of 10,000 pounds each (about $12,500) as a replacement for this year’s Turner Prize. The prize, perhaps Britain’s mostContinue reading

Revisiting a New York That Doesn’t Currently Exist

Welcome. I spent too much time this morning looking around the internet for a Jay McInerney short story that I thought was called “Cigarettes.” (It’s actually called “Smoke,” and you can buy a digital copy if you like, or find it in “How It Ended,” his 2009 collection of stories.) I was interested in revisitingContinue reading

Can a New Arts Center Revitalize Provincetown?

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — There was only one destination of choice for the literary set looking to leave New York City during the sweltering summer of 1916: Provincetown, at the outermost tip of Cape Cod. Once there, writers like John Reed and Louise Bryant, the playwright Eugene O’Neill, and an assorted cast of Greenwich Village radicalsContinue reading