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Is This L.A.’s $600 Million Man?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:00:27 GMT

Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in front of Chris Burden’s “Urban Light.”Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has a provocative vision for his museum and his adopted city.

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Insult Tonya Pinkins? She Got There First.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:40:24 GMT

The actress Tonya Pinkins in 2015.The actress finds herself the subject of taunts. She knows the culprit.

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Museum Trustee, a Trump Donor, Supports Groups That Deny Climate Change

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:05:33 GMT

A trustee of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan donates millions to organizations skeptical of climate change.A leader of the American Museum of Natural History has been using her family’s millions to finance organizations that some say undermine the museum’s mission.

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Russian Dissident Artist Will Seek Asylum in France

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:51:43 GMT

The Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky and his partner, Oksana Shalygina, in Paris. The couple deny the sexual assault allegations by an actress at an avant-garde theater, saying that an encounter was consensual and that the case is politically motivated.The authorities in Russia questioned the performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky and his partner after an actress accused them of sexual assault.

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What ‘Embeds’ Gets Right and Wrong

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:44:56 GMT

The cast of “Embeds” includes, back row from left, Andre Jamal Kinney, Caleb Harris, Taylor Zakhar and Carrie Lynn-Neales; and, front, from left, Kelsey Asbille, Max Ehrich and Charles Stransky.A former network TV reporter who was embedded with political campaigns talks about this series from Go90, Verizon’s new mobile streaming service.

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Books of The Times: Review: Rachel Cusk’s ‘Transit’ Offers Transcendent Reflections

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:51:20 GMT

Honesty is like pollen as the narrator moves from person to person in this novel, which bears down on topics like power, freedom, fate and love.

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A Feminine Dance Work, Made ‘in a Very Brutal Way’

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:10:54 GMT

Alexandra Bachzetsis at the Museum of Modern Art, where “Massacre: Variations on a Theme” is showing. Alexandra Bachzetsis presents her new, ruthless, repetitive and violent installation, “Massacre: Variations on a Theme,” at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Review: ‘Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire,’ Portrait of an Artist in Chaos

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:42:49 GMT

Leonard Cohen in 1972, in Tony Palmer’s documentary “Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire.”Tony Palmer’s documentary follows this singer-songwriter in an early phase of his career, during a somewhat disordered 1972 European tour.

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Critic's Notebook: Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:08:09 GMT

President Obama in the Oval Office during an interview with Michiko Kakutani on Friday.In an interview seven days before leaving office, Mr. Obama talked about the role books have played during his presidency and throughout his life.

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Op-Ed Columnist: This Year, #OscarsSoBlack?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:21:21 GMT

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis as a long-married couple in “Fences,” which Washington directed. They’re almost sure to get Oscar nominations in the best actor and best supporting actress categories, and “Fences” could get a best picture nod, too.Against a backdrop of tense race relations, three widely praised movies should bring needed diversity to this year’s Academy Award nominations.

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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The End,’ on the Obama White House, and ‘Six’

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:25 GMT

President Obama, delivering his farewell address in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017. CNN trails President Obama and his staff as they prepare for the transition of power. And “Six” tells fictional stories inspired by a Navy SEAL team.

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James S. Ackerman, Author of Enduring Books on Architecture, Dies at 97

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:30:40 GMT

James S. Ackerman in an undated photograph.Mr. Ackerman’s passion for architecture was kindled while serving in Italy with the Army. His studies of Michelangelo and Palladio are classics in the field.

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She Rotates, She Floats, She Glides on Her Toes

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:22:15 GMT

Wendy Whalen and Robert Fairchild of New York City Ballet performing “La Sonnambula” in 2014.Our dance critic walks viewers through Balanchine’s Gothic “La Sonnambula.”

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Review: ‘Six’ Follows Rough-Edged Navy SEALs in a War on Terror

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:21:24 GMT

Juan Pablo Raba in “Six,” starting Wednesday on the History channel.This shallow-focused television drama on History is mostly a grim, uncomplicated shoot-’em-up of war-weary good guys against savage bad guys.

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Review: ‘Mope’ Examines Porn, Where a Man’s Just the Sum of His Parts

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:06:54 GMT

Eric T. Miller, left, and RJ Brown in “Mope,” at the Ensemble Studio Theater.Paul Cameron’s Hardy’s new play at the Ensemble Studio Theater focuses on two actors, one a success in pornography, the other just a journeyman player.

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‘Hamilton’ Casts Its Next Lafayette and Jefferson

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:39:21 GMT

James Monroe Iglehart, who won a Tony Award for his performance as the Genie in “Aladdin,” will join the cast of “Hamilton” in mid-April.

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Second Old Master Painting a Fake, Sotheby’s Says in Lawsuit

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:26:41 GMT

“St. Jerome,” attributed to the circle of the 16th-century Italian artist Parmigianino, has been determined to be a modern fake, according to a complaint filed by Sotheby’s auction house in United States District Court in New York on Tuesday.Signs of a widening old masters’ forgery case after scientific testing of paint from “St. Jerome.”

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Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon Among National Book Critics Circle Finalists

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:18 GMT

From left, Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon, Jane Mayer and Ann Patchett, all finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards.Jane Mayer and Ann Patchett are also among the 30 finalists in six categories.

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Maria Balshaw Named Director of Tate Museums

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:17 GMT

Maria Balshaw has served for the past decade as the director of the Whitworth in Manchester, England, and since 2011 as the director of Manchester City Galleries.Ms. Balshaw, who runs the Whitworth in Manchester, will oversee the four museums in the group, including Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Maggie’s Plan’ and ‘Throwing Shade’

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:00:12 GMT

Maya Rudolph, left, and Greta Gerwig, who plays the title character in “Maggie’s Plan,” directed by Rebecca Miller.A young New Yorker’s ambitions go awry when life happens in “Maggie’s Plan,” starring Greta Gerwig. And “Throwing Shade,” the popular current-events podcast, comes to television.

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For Ben Franklin’s Birthday, His First Piece of Printing Reappears

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:00:01 GMT

The Benjamin Franklin broadside from 1723, along with the scrapbook in which it was found, will be on view at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center until Feb. 10.On the founding father’s 311th birthday, the newly rediscovered first piece of Franklin’s printing is going on display at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dick Gautier, Who Played a Rock Star in ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Is Dead

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:40:43 GMT

Dick Gautier as the vain Conrad Birdie in the 1960 Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”The comic actor, who was also known for his role as a robot on the TV show “Get Smart,” was 85.

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Springsteen Tribute Band Pulls Out of New Jersey Inauguration Gala

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:41:56 GMT

The B-Street Band, with Willie Forte, center.The B-Street Band, booked before Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy, reacted to indignation from fans.

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Review: ‘[Porto]’ Features a Bar Regular Looking for Love

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:54:56 GMT

From left, Julia Sirna-Frest, Leah Karpel and Jorge Cordova in “[Porto].”This Kate Benson play is set in a Brooklyn spot that promises company and conversation, especially for a lonely woman who wants to attract a man.

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Muslim Comics in a Mordant Act of ‘Resistance’

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:36:06 GMT

Dean Obeidallah, creator of “The Big Brown Comedy Hour,” at the Comic Strip Live club in Manhattan on Sunday.The jokes at Comic Strip Live’s “Big Brown Comedy Hour” took on a more urgent tone in the countdown to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration.

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Critic's Notebook: Andrew Norman’s ‘Play,’ a Symphony That Levels Up

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:21:27 GMT

The composer Andrew Norman.The work has taken on an otherworldly reputation, and has been acclaimed by critics as among the finest compositions of the century.

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Review: ‘Made in China,’ With Romance, Polemics and Puppets

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:14:41 GMT

Puppeteers act out a relationship between two lonely souls while exploring American consumerism and human rights abuses in “Made in China.”This enchanting, unclassifiable show swings freely between political commentary and surrealistic comedy.

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Transition Television, From PBS and CNN

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:11:05 GMT

Two episodes of “Frontline” on PBS titled “Divided States of America” go inside the national rift. A CNN program, “The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House,” looks at the transfer of power.One program documents the national division, another examines the delicate transfer of power.

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Irma Boom’s Library, Where Pure Experimentalism Is on the Shelf

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:55:47 GMT

Irma Boom at her office in Amsterdam.The Dutch designer, one of the world’s pre-eminent bookmakers, doesn’t call herself an artist, but many view her creations as works of art.

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Books of The Times: ‘Class’ Takes Satirical Aim at Brooklyn Grade-School Parents

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:46:03 GMT

The heroine of Lucinda Rosenfeld’s stiletto-sharp novel tries to do the right thing about race, class, nutrition, poverty, parenthood and plastics.

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Lisa Kron Awarded Kleban Prize for Musical Theater

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:49:59 GMT

Lisa Kron, who won the award for most promising musical theater librettist.Daniel Zaitchik also won the award, which comes with $100,000.

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The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ and the ‘La La Land’ Soundtrack Top the Chart

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:43:01 GMT

The Weeknd, whose “Starboy” is atop the chart for its second week in a row, and the third time since the album was released in November.The surge of the “La La Land” soundtrack, after the film won seven Golden Globes, is the biggest news.

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Transcript: President Obama on What Books Mean to Him

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:31:12 GMT

President Obama in the Oval Office on Friday during an interview with Michiko Kakutani, the chief book critic for The New York Times.Michiko Kakutani, our chief book critic, met with Mr. Obama to discuss the books and writers that have influenced his life and presidency.

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Review: ‘Art’ and ‘Saint Joan’

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:01:49 GMT

Paul Ritter as Marc, left, and Rufus Sewell as Serge in “Art.”The new production in London of Yasmina Reza’s play about a painting has a sting. But the revival of Shaw’s portrait of Joan of Arc feels bland.

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What’s on TV Monday: ‘13th’ and Civil Rights Documentaries

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:13 GMT

Deborah Small in “13th.”In honor of Martin Luther King’s Birthday, stream “13th,” Ava DuVernay’s film about the mass incarceration of African-American men. Or take your pick of civil rights documentaries on TCM.

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The Affair: ‘The Affair’ Season 3, Episode 8: People See What They Want to See

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:01:01 GMT

Ruth Wilson in “The Affair.”“The Affair” got back to Montauk with an Alison-and-Cole episode.

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Review: ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’: Oh Gosh, I’ve Turned Into My Mother

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:00:14 GMT

Marie Mullen, left, and Aisling O’Sullivan in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.”A revival of Martin McDonagh’s play features Marie Mullen as the mother, Mag; almost 20 years ago she played Maureen, Mag’s daughter.

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Homeland: ‘Homeland’ Season 6, Episode 1: Carrie’s a Civilian — and a Brooklynite

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:01:01 GMT

Patrick Sabongui and Claire Danes in “Homeland.”Things aren’t so happy though, despite the nice brownstone, and the return of Quinn.

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2016 Was a Bad Year for Celebrity Deaths, by These Measures

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:13:19 GMT

Confirming an unusual number of deaths in a given year is tricky, since celebrity is a subjective quality. But several media tallies point to a trend.

Bucharest Journal: Keeping Alive a Haven for Yiddish Culture in Modern Romania

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:04:16 GMT

Actors at the State Jewish Theater in Bucharest, Romania, after a performance this month. The theater stages mostly Yiddish plays in a city with a tiny Jewish population.Bucharest is home to one of only a handful of Yiddish theaters left in Europe, which remained open even as Romania was gripped by anti-Semitism during World War II.

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Hot on the Trail of ‘La La Land,’ Here Come More Movie Musicals

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:07:56 GMT

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the title characters in “Beauty and the Beast,” scheduled for release in March.When a song-and-dance film earns $132 million this fast, others will follow — with Emma Watson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Josh Gad, for starters.

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Estate of Amber Lightfoot Walker Gifts $15.5 Million to Support Literature

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:33:35 GMT

An interior of the Morgan Library & Museum, a beneficiary of the estate of Amber Lightfoot Walker, who died in 2014.Money from the estate of the socialite has been donated to Lincoln Center Theater, the Morgan Library & Museum and other institutions.

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Critic's Notebook: Trump, Twitter and the Art of His Deal

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:28:13 GMT

Donald J. TrumpPresident-elect Donald J. Trump has always been hooked on recognition. More than ever, tweeting has given him a fitting outlet.

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Reader's Notebook: Lie to Me: Fiction in the Post-Truth Era

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:26:39 GMT

Like reality-TV fans and some Donald J. Trump supporters, today’s novel readers may recognize the artifice before them but form a bond of “shared culpability.”

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Tony Rosato, of 1981-82 ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast, Dies at 62

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:01:53 GMT

Tony Rosato in a January 1982 sketch on “Saturday Night Live.”Mr. Rosato’s comedy career, which began in Toronto with the Second City troupe, ground to a halt because of mental illness and his incarceration.

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Donald Trump News Conference Gets the ‘S.N.L.’ Treatment

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:46:14 GMT

Alec Baldwin mocked Donald J. Trump on a range of subjects on “Saturday Night Live” after Mr. Trump’s first news conference as president-elect.The actor Alec Baldwin, in a parody of Mr. Trump’s first news conference as president-elect, began by vowing to answer what he said was “the question that’s on everyone’s mind.”

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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘The Young Pope,’ ‘Victoria’ and ‘Homeland’

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:00:29 GMT

Jude Law, starring in “The Young Pope.”Call it “Vatican of Cards”: “The Young Pope” is sometimes so bad it’s almost good, our critic says. And Season 6 of “Homeland” brings a note of comfort in troubling times.

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Jennifer Holliday Decides Not to Sing for Trump After Opposition

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:42:18 GMT

Jennifer Holliday said on Saturday that she would no longer take part in any events affiliated with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president.The singer said she had been influenced by an article about how her planned appearance was heartbreaking to her gay fans.

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