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Critic’s Notebook: You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren’t So Sure

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:09:07 GMT

It seems every podcast company is starting its own counterintuitive take on history. But how effective are they at actually illuminating our past?

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Mar-a-Lago Has a Feisty New Neighbor

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:11:24 GMT

Beth Rudin DeWoody, collector and owner of the Bunker, a new art space, with wallpaper commissioned from Fallen Fruit (the artist duo David Burns and Austin Young), “West Palm Beach — All Tomorrow’s Parties.”Beth Rudin DeWoody opens a space for her vast collection of provocative contemporary art in West Palm Beach.

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A Word With: Zendaya Doesn’t Need a Safety Net

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:00:32 GMT

Zendaya last year in Los Angeles.She talks about her leap from the Disney Channel’s “K.C. Undercover” into adult fare as a trapeze artist in “The Greatest Showman.”

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New York Police Investigate Rape Claims Against Russell Simmons

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:35:19 GMT

Following mounting reports accusing the music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct, law enforcement is conducting a preliminary investigation.Following mounting reports accusing the music mogul of sexual misconduct, law enforcement is conducting a preliminary investigation.

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Hito Steyerl Is an Artist With Power. She Uses It for Change.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:30 GMT

Hito Steyerl in Berlin in November.This German filmmaker, writer and philosopher has been named the most influential person in the art world by a British magazine. But she sees value in even the poorest image.

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He Knows Melodrama When He Sees It

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:18:15 GMT

Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman in “Magnificent Obsession,” part of the series “Emotion Pictures.”From Douglas Sirk to Todd Haynes and points in between, Lincoln Center’s Dennis Lim discusses the Film Society’s sprawling series “Emotion Pictures.”

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Review: ‘The Merry Widow’ at the Met, Its Charm Exhausted

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:09:08 GMT

Susan Graham, her voice mellow and intimate, plays the title role in “The Merry Widow” at the Metropolitan Opera.Susan Graham and Paul Groves star in a tired revival of Lehar’s operetta after spending a night off during rehearsals singing karaoke.

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Don’t Be the Parent You See in Holiday Films

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:26:08 GMT

Dads in “Daddy’s Home 2”: From left, Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow and Will Ferrell.Beloved characters in some of our favorite holiday films set truly poor examples. What were they thinking?

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What Is Your Choice for Word of the Year?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:58:48 GMT

Oxford Dictionaries selected "youthquake" as the international Word of the Year for 2017.Oxford Dictionaries choice of “youthquake” as Word of the Year has inspired a revolt. Do you have a better idea?

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Review: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Embraces the Magic and Mystery

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:20:15 GMT

In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Adam Driver returns as Kylo Ren, a charismatic villain who has modeled himself on Darth Vader.With charm and wit, the latest “Star Wars” movie unites the past and present as it looks toward the future.

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‘The Last Jedi’: 6 Burning Questions (and Answers) Before You Watch

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:33:10 GMT

A porg in “The Last Jedi.”What is a porg, how did Leia become a general and what happened in the last movie?

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The All-Stars of ‘Star Wars’

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:39:25 GMT

From left, Andy Serkis, the director Rian Johnson, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran.Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and their “Last Jedi” comrades discuss the difficulties of new relationships, the joys of villainy and those porgs.

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Luke Skywalker Speaks

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:40:07 GMT

Mark Hamill considered saying no to returning to the saga but realized “I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.”Mark Hamill has always embraced his “Star Wars” legacy, but when he was invited back for “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” he hesitated: “I was just really scared.”

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The Fate of ‘The Last Jedi’ Is in His Hands

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:39:40 GMT

The director Rian Johnson at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif. Picking up “Star Wars” where J.J. Abrams left off, Mr. Johnson got to write Luke Skywalker’s next lines.Picking up “Star Wars” where J.J. Abrams left off, Rian Johnson got to write Skywalker’s next lines. He also had to contend with Carrie Fisher’s death.

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Anita Hill to Lead Hollywood Commission on Sexual Harassment

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:30:31 GMT

The Hollywood commission will be led by Anita Hill.Kathleen Kennedy, Nina Shaw and other female powerbrokers spearheaded the idea, and top agents, studio chief executives union leaders have signed on.

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For Disney’s Iger, a Bold Move That Will Define His Legacy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:33:31 GMT

Robert A. Iger has made several high-profile purchases as Disney’s chief executive, but his deal for 21st Century Fox dwarfs them all.Disney has achieved great success under the leadership of Robert A. Iger. But he is likely to be judged on the success of his 21st Century Fox deal.

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That Decisive Moment: Humble Cinderella: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments of the Week on YouTube

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:30:08 GMT

The Danish String Quartet in 2014.Leontyne Price, "Messiah" and "Carmen" were among the highlights.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Black Thought Freestyles for 10 Minutes and 11 More New Songs

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:24:11 GMT

Black Thought of the Roots freestyled for more than 10 minutes on Funkmaster Flex’s radio show.Hear the most notable new music out this week, from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamildrops team-up with the Decemberists to a Thelonious Monk reissue.

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Review: ‘Permanent,’ About the Hairstyle, Falls Flat

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:20:03 GMT

Kira McLean, left, and Patricia Arquette in “Permanent.”Rainn Wilson and Patricia Arquette play the parents of a girl who gets the titular treatment in this unsuccessful comedy.

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Critic’s Notebook: How to Fall Under a Butoh-like Spell

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:03:46 GMT

Raja Feather Kelly and Mina Nishimura in Kota Yamazaki’s “Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination.”Change is glacial in Kota Yamazaki’s “Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination”; Indah Walsh’s “homespun” is playful and benign.

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Encounters: Anna Chlumsky of ‘Veep’ Sniffs Around Bleecker Street for Gifts

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:00:16 GMT

Anna Chlumsky sampling some of the different fragrances at Jo Malone.Before heading to rehearsals for the Off Broadway play “Cardinal,” Ms. Chlumsky shopped for candles, perfumes and other holiday presents.

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Smiley’s Martin Luther King Stage Show Scuttled in Wake of Misconduct Allegations

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:23:29 GMT

Tavis Smiley was to narrate a stage production based on “Death of a King,” his 2014 book written with David Ritz. The touring show was canceled after accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Smiley.The production company canceled a 40-city tour scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s death.

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10 Things to Do Now in NYC

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:56:45 GMT

Alexis Branagan, left, and Carmella Lauer in Keith Michael’s “The Nutcracker” in 2012. It’s a big city, with plenty to do, see, hear and watch. Here’s a sampling of cultural highlights this weekend and over the week ahead.

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Scene City: Causes for All Seasons

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:30:37 GMT

Galas were held for Conservation International, New York Stage & Film, Central Park Conservancy and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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Disused Distillery Becomes the Antwerp Art Scene’s Newest, Biggest Thing

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:21:51 GMT

Axel Vervoordt said his new Kanaal project in Antwerp, Belgium, was “about creating the best place for art.”The Kanaal complex designed by the art dealer and interior designer Axel Vervoordt reinforces the Belgian city’s resurgence as a cultural hub.

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Streaming: Sex and Power: The Provocative Explorations of Catherine Breillat

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:00:32 GMT

Isabelle Huppert as a French filmmaker who had a stroke in Catherine Breillat’s “Abuse of Weakness.”The French director’s films, currently on the streaming site Filmstruck, have more to say to us now than they ever have.

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Life on the Meme Council: Meet the Internet’s Gatekeepers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:41:28 GMT

From left: the very meme-able “Bee Movie,” “Rick and Morty” and Johnny Depp.Know Your Meme, a database for the internet’s inside jokes, runs with the help of 38 volunteer moderators known as the meme council. These are their stories.

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For Russians Tired of ‘Swan Lake,’ a Contemporary Alternative

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:20:29 GMT

The Perm Ballet performed “The Firebird”, choreographed by Alexey Miroshnichenko, part of the Stravinsky triple bill at the Context festival.Diana Vishneva’s Context is a high-profile festival devoted to contemporary dance in a country synonymous with ballet.

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What’s in a Rick Owens Retrospective? Whatever He Wants

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:23:20 GMT

Rick Owens’s globular sculpture at the Triennale di Milano.The designer’s exhibition in Milan, which opens today, includes his fashion designs but also a sculptural intrusion — globular, coiled, ominous.

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The More We Learn About ‘Dido and Aeneas,’ the Less We Know

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:25 GMT

Mark Morris’s choreographed version of “Dido and Aeneas” became one of his most acclaimed dances.A scholar reflects on new information — and new confusion — about Purcell’s operatic masterpiece over the past three decades.

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Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Thinks Allegations of F.B.I. Bias Are Overblown

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:59:07 GMT

Trevor Noah did not seem particularly surprised that an F.B.I. agent had sent text messages criticizing President Trump during the 2016 campaign.An F.B.I. agent criticized President Trump during the 2016 campaign, and now conservatives are saying the agency is biased. Mr. Noah isn’t convinced.

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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ and ‘Deepwater Horizon’

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:00:26 GMT

Jean-Claude Van Damme in “Jean-Claude Van Johnson.”Jean-Claude Van Damme pokes fun at his meathead persona in a new Amazon series. And Mark Wahlberg tries to save the Gulf Coast in “Deepwater Horizon.”

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‘He’s All Impulse’: Making Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ Naughty Onstage

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:30:18 GMT

Joe Idris-Roberts, center, as the title character in “Pinocchio,” a National Theater adaptation of the animated Disney movie.The National Theater’s adaptation of this animated classic adds more music and mischievousness — all in the hands of the director of the new Harry Potter show.

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Review: Finding Serenity in a Tempest-Tossed ‘Twelfth Night’

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:45:26 GMT

From left, Jessie Austrian as Olivia, Emily Young as Viola and Noah Brody as Orsino in the Fiasco Theater’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” at the Classic Stage Company.Fiasco Theater’s agreeable production of a much-performed play finds the clarity in a comedy of confusion.

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The Carpetbagger: Chile and South Africa Make Cut for Foreign-Language Oscar

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:59:54 GMT

Daniela Vega in “A Fantastic Woman,” directed by Sebastián Lelio.Films from Europe and the Mideast also made the nine-title list, which the academy will cull to five in January.

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#MeToo Comes for a Hip-Hop Pioneer

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:28:21 GMT

The media mogul Russell Simmons is accused of raping three women. Our culture reporter Melena Ryzik talks about The New York Times’s investigation into Mr. Simmons and the significance of women of color speaking out about alleged predatory behavior.

‘Youthquake’ Is Oxford’s Word of the Year. Sorry, Broflake.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:28:30 GMT

Young voters take selfies with Jeremy Corbyn, Britain's opposition Labour Party leader, in May. "Youthquake" first surged in coverage of Britain's June elections.A term apparently coined to describe 1960s Swinging London came back in coverage of Britain’s elections, and beat out contenders like “Antifa” and “kompromat.”

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The Best Art Books of 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:50:10 GMT

The Times’s art critics select their favorite art books (and books about art) of the year.

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Classical Music in NYC This Week

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:35:44 GMT

Christine Rice as Hansel and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel in the Met’s 2014 production of the opera “Hansel and Gretel.” See listing below.Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.

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Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:31:48 GMT

Lil Uzi Vert comes to Terminal 5. See listing below.Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.

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Film Series in NYC This Week

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:25:20 GMT

Daniel Day-Lewis, right, and Dillon Freasier in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood.” See listing below.Our guide to film series and special screenings.

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Art and Museums in NYC This Week

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:16:06 GMT

Ai Weiwei’s “Arch,” at Washington Square Park. See listing below.Our guide to new art shows, and some that will be closing soon.

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Events for Children in NYC This Week

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:02:32 GMT

The northern mockingbird, part of Feed the Birds Day. See listing below.Our guide to cultural events in New York City for families with children and teenagers.

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Comedy in NYC This Week

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:54:32 GMT

Michelle Buteau comes to Union Hall in Brooklyn. See listing below.Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows.

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Dance in NYC This Week

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:43:29 GMT

Alexis Branagan, left, and Carmella Lauer in Keith Michael’s “The Nutcracker” in 2012. Our guide to dance performances.

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What’s New in NYC Theater

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:37:34 GMT

Billy Crudup in “Harry Clarke.” See listing below.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Will Return for Season 10

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:38:26 GMT

Larry David, left, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The show has been renewed for a tenth season.Larry David’s cringe humor sitcom, which returned this fall after a long hiatus, will begin production on a new season in the spring.

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Surrounded by Violence, and Contemplating Its Toll on Us

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:49:01 GMT

Carrie Mae Weems created this photo collage of herself using an original photograph by James Ewing of the Board of Officers Room at the Park Avenue Armory. The space will be used during an all-day event on Sunday for presentations and performances exploring the subject of violence.Carrie Mae Weems, Theaster Gates, Lynn Nottage and other artists, poets and writers devote a day to exploring power in its various forms at the Park Avenue Armory.

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How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:49:46 GMT

From left, Eleanore Pienta, Tallie Medel and Sunita Mani in “Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone.”Funny dads, art-house comedy, Gilmore-like snappiness: A delightful weekend is there for the taking.

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Channeling His Youth, Rem Koolhaas Redesigns the Stedelijk’s Collection Display

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:43:15 GMT

The newest wing of the Stedelijk in Amsterdam will display about 700 highlights from the museum’s permanent collection, including works by Alexander Calder, Marlene Dumas and Yves Klein.For the Amsterdam museum, which he visited often as a teenager, the architect oversaw the mounting of 700 artworks by the likes of Jeff Koons and Kazimir Malevich.

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‘Tesseract’ Shoots for the Stars, but Half of It Falls to Earth

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:30:32 GMT

In the second half of “Tesseract,” at the BAM Harvey Theater, live video is projected onto a scrim, behind which the dancers perform.The filmmaker Charles Atlas works with the choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener in this multimedia production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Review: ‘Wormwood’ Confirms That Errol Morris Is Our Great Cinematic Sleuth

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:21:24 GMT

Bob Balaban in “Wormwood,” Errol Morris’s latest film.The American filmmaker chases down clues and tries to exorcise demons as he tackles the biggest case of his career.

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London Cancellation of Play About Abuse of Power Draws Criticism

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:06:21 GMT

Max Stafford-Clark, who was a co-director of a production of “Rita, Sue and Bob Too” that was slated for a short run at the Royal Court Theater in January.The Royal Court Theater has pulled a staging of “Rita, Sue and Bob Too” after allegations of misconduct by its co-director emerged.

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Critic’s Notebook: At Alvin Ailey, Finding Shelter in One Another

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:39:36 GMT

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s “Shelter” (1988), from left: Samantha Figgins, Linda Celeste Sims (middle front), Jacqueline Green (middle back); Jacquelin Harris (right front), Rachael McLaren (right middle) and Ghrai DeVore (right rear).Two 1980s dances return to the Ailey repertory: “Shelter,” a potent statement about homelessness, and the rambunctious “Stack-Up.”

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Review: In ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson,’ Van Damme Gives Us the True Hollywood Story

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:26:23 GMT

Jean-Claude Van Damme makes fun of himself in the new Amazon series “Jean-Claude Van Johnson.”In Amazon’s “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” we learn that films like “Bloodsport” and “Timecop” were covers for a career as a secret agent. That’s a relief.

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Morgan Spurlock: ‘I Am Part of the Problem’

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:42:06 GMT

Morgan Spurlock at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards last year. Mr. Spurlock admitted to sexual misconduct and stated that he was “part of the problem.”The filmmaker stepped down from his production company Thursday, after he wrote that he had engaged in sexual misconduct dating to his college days.

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Art Review: Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:12:04 GMT

A detail of Josef Albers’s “Study for Sanctuary,” from 1941-42. The ink drawing is part of the Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition “Josef Albers in Mexico,” which contrasts Albers’s little-known photographs of Mexico’s Mesoamerican monuments with his abstract paintings.A radiant Guggenheim exhibition grounds the proto-Minimalist abstract paintings of Josef Albers in the geometric grandeur of Mesoamerican monuments.

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Review: ‘Birdboy,’ a Disturbing Animated Feature from Spain

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:58:27 GMT

“Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” is an animated film adapted by Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez from Mr. Vázquez’s graphic novel.The movie has talking animals, but it’s not necessarily for kids.

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Sag Harbor’s Historic Cinema Saved

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:24:37 GMT

The Sag Harbor Cinema, known for its arty programming, was destroyed after a fire last year, driven by the wind, ripped through the village’s main drag.Fire destroyed the art-house movie theater a year ago. Locals came to its rescue, exceeding their $8 million fund-raising target for its restoration.

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Happy No More, Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D Want to Wake You Up

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:32:22 GMT

Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley of N.E.R.D are returning with a jagged album filled with outrage.A song about joy vaulted Mr. Williams into the stratosphere, but now his long-running side project is returning with an album filled with outrage.

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