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The Scion of a Pakistani Political Dynasty Comes Out

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:29:28 GMT

The artist Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the grandson and namesake of the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party (P.P.P.), explores the intersection of Islam, sexuality and masculinity.The artist Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, grandson and namesake of the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party, is queer, Muslim and proud.

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An African Funk Pioneer Gets a Second Chance on a Global Stage

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:49:09 GMT

Hailu Mergia, an Ethiopian piano luminary, has been working as a Washington cabby, but now he’s releasing “Lala Belu,” his first collection of new music in two decades.The Ethiopian pianist Hailu Mergia, 71, had become a taxi driver. But after a reissue revived his career, he is releasing his first new collection in two decades.

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Critic’s Notebook: French Olympic Ice Dancers Make Skating as Ethereal as Ballet

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:09:36 GMT

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, skating to Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, expanded the idea of virtuosity with the way they completely tuned in to each other.A dance critic’s take: They didn’t win the gold, but no team matched the artistry of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.

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Kobe Bryant Could Add an Oscar to His Record of Wins

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:27:22 GMT

Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane. The animator didn't know basketball; that's why the athlete chose him.The ex-basketball star worked with animation and music stars to make the short “Dear Basketball.” It’s an academy front-runner, though it’s drawn #MeToo protests.

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Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:51:07 GMT

Glenda Jackson, taking a break from rehearsals for “Three Tall Women,” which will mark her return to Broadway after 30 years.After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”

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The Carpetbagger: An Oscar-Nominated Transgender Director on His ‘Authentic Self’

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:01 GMT

Yance Ford, the director of the documentary “Strong Island.”“People are saying thank you for showing this isn’t something black people have been imagining,” says Yance Ford, director of “Strong Island.”

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From the Prairie to the City, Dancing to Invoke the Dawn

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:49:11 GMT

Rehearsing Jennifer Monson’s “bend the even”: Ms. Monson (on the floor), Mauriah Kraker and Zeena Parkins on harp. The piece comes to the Chocolate Factory this week.The choreographer Jennifer Monson has long been drawn to the natural world. Her “bend the even” was born on the Illinois prairie.

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Critic’s Notebook: How Balanchine Turns a Fairy Story Into Tragedy

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:41:20 GMT

Megan Fairchild and Joaquin de Luz in New York City Ballet’s “Divertimento From ‘Le Baiser de la Fée.’” This heart-stopping moment is a turning point in the ballet.Our dance critic walks us through the finale of George Balanchine’s “Divertimento From ‘Le Baiser de la Fée,’” the work of a master dramatist.

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‘Frankenstein’ Manuscript Comes to Life in New Publication

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:56:30 GMT

Pages from Mary Shelley’s draft of “Frankenstein” in a 2014 exhibition in New York. A facsimile of the manuscript will be published next month.A facsimile of the “Frankenstein” manuscript will be published in March by SP Books to mark the bicentennial of the novel’s publication.

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22 Musicals, Plays, Concerts and Festivals You Can’t Miss This Spring

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:18:45 GMT

“Mean Girls” is coming to Broadway.Highlights from the worlds of theater, pop music, dance and classical, recommended by Times critics.

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Minnie Driver Calls for ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ Model to Combat Sexual Assault

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:43:44 GMT

The actress Minnie Driver during the Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles this month. On Tuesday, she spoke about the #MeToo movement at an event in London.The British actress was speaking at an event focused on the #MeToo movement and organized by The New York Times and the How To Academy. Here are highlights of the interview.

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In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:07:22 GMT

Using tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology, researchers were able to discover new insights into “La Miséreuse accroupie,” a 1902 painting by Pablo Picasso from his “Blue Period.”Scientists used a variety of tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology to discover hidden details in the artist’s paintings and sculptures.

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3 Young People to Watch in Theater This Spring

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:22:29 GMT

Rileigh McDonald, a 13-year-old actress in the play “Good for Otto”; Andrew Burnap, the star of “The Inheritance” in London; and Hammaad Chaudry, the playwright of “An Ordinary Muslim.”Get to know the playwright Hammaad Chaudry, the 13-year-old actress Rileigh McDonald and the actor Andrew Burnap.

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Beyond BFF

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:06:04 GMT

Women are coining and co-opting titles for their closest companions.

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‘Torch Song’ Set to Return to Its Original Broadway Home

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:30:25 GMT

Michael Urie, left, as Arnold and Mercedes Ruehl as Ma in “Torch Song” at Second Stage Theater.The revival of Harvey Fierstein’s multipart play about the life of a drag performer will open at the Helen Hayes Theater in November.

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Books of The Times: Marilynne Robinson’s Essays Reflect an Eccentric, Exasperating, Profound and Generous Mind

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:19:01 GMT

The essays in “What Are We Doing Here?” take aim at orthodoxies on all sides of civic and theological debates.

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Review: ‘Semiramide’ Returns to the Met, Unglamorous but Excellent

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:47:58 GMT

Angela Meade starring in the title role of “Semiramide,” as the queen who murders her husband and unwittingly tries to marry her son.The sprawling Rossini tragedy hasn't been done by the company in 25 years. It’s back, with a cast that lacks big stars but is game for its challenges.

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Nonfiction: Who Owns the Elgin Marbles?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:25 GMT

In an 1868 painting by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Phidias shows off the Parthenon frieze.In “The Real Life of the Parthenon,” Patricia Vigderman visits classic sites of the ancient world, exploring their complex, contested heritage.

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Nonfiction: In a New Biography of the Bouvier Women, Jealousies Rule

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:25 GMT

Princess Lee Radziwill, left, and her sister Jacqueline Kennedy on camel in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1962.“Jackie, Janet & Lee,” by J. Randy Taraborrelli, reveals bonds as fierce as the scandals that threatened them.

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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Born in Flames’

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:14 GMT

Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: Ragnarok.”“Thor: Ragnarok” arrives on streaming services. And women lead a revolution in the newly restored fantasy film “Born in Flames.”

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The Alienist: ‘The Alienist’ Season 1, Episode 5: Look at Your Bird, Laszlo

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:00:01 GMT

Stephen Louis Grush in “The Alienist.”This week Dr. Kreizler came face to face with a killer — and with how much he has yet to learn.

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Review: ‘George,’ Like Its Fluxus Subject, Is Playful and Prankish

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:21:41 GMT

George Maciunas, with a copy of his manifesto, as seen in Jeffrey Perkins’s documentary “George.”A documentary details the rise of the avant-garde art movement founded by George Maciunas, though Fluxus remains as hard as ever to pin down.

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‘Black Panther’ Is No. 1 on the Album Charts, Too

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:13:41 GMT

Kendrick Lamar performed Friday as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. He helped put together the soundtrack for “Black Panther,” which debuted at No. 1 on the albums chart.The superhero film has broken box office records, and now its soundtrack, featuring Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and SZA, has opened in the top spot.

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Review: Lee Krasner Gets the Upper Hand in ‘Pollock’

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:31:17 GMT

Married artists, in love and competition: Jim Fletcher as Jackson Pollock and Birgit Huppuch as Lee Krasner in “Pollock.”This bio-play about the married artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner is a surreal sparring match, steeped in alcohol and dripping with paint.

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An Unlikely Youth Revolution at the Paris Opera

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:32:23 GMT

A scene from Romeo Castellucci’s production of Schoenberg’s “Moses und Aron” at the Paris Opera in 2015. The company’s 2018-19 season is part of a long-term focus on theatricality.Nearly 100,000 people younger than 28 came to see the centuries-old company last season, contradicting a worldwide trend of aging opera audiences.

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Watch Ping-Pong Make Its New York Philharmonic Debut

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:39:39 GMT

The composer Andy Akiho during a rehearsal for his Ping-Pong concerto, “Ricochet,” at David Geffen Hall. The piece uses an array of found instruments.Table-tennis-playing soloists swing paddles, hand drums, small gongs and even a wine glass in Andy Akiho’s unconventional concerto, “Ricochet.”

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Violin, Percussion … and Ping-Pong?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:39:31 GMT

Two U.S. national table tennis champions play each other — at the New York Philharmonic. The unique performance uses sounds from an intense match alongside a full symphony orchestra.

Review: In ‘Athena,’ Two Teenage Fencers Parry Ordinary Life

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:26:52 GMT

Abby Awe, left, fences with Julia Greer in “Athena,” a new play by Gracie Gardner. The fierce and lovely comedy runs through March 3 at Jack.Girls train, talk and bond in Gracie Gardner’s play, one of several recent works telling the important stories of young women growing up.

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Books of The Times: A Pulpy New Novel and Juiceless Old Essays From Mario Vargas Llosa

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:20:49 GMT

“The Neighborhood” finds an influential Peruvian industrialist caught in a tabloid scandal, and “Sabers and Utopias” is a collection of political essays from the past five decades.

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Tech Tip: Finding Closed-Caption Content Online

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:00:16 GMT

Many streaming video providers offer movies and television shows with embedded text descriptions for those who cannot hear the words being spoken.

American Is Charged With Stealing Terra-Cotta Warrior’s Thumb

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:15:05 GMT

Michael Rohana was attending an event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia when he entered a closed exhibition room and vandalized the 2,000-year-old statue, the authorities say.

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A Director’s Apology Adds Momentum to South Korea’s #MeToo Movement

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:57:36 GMT

“I am ready to take all punishment, including legal responsibilities for my crimes,” said Lee Youn-taek, a theater director accused of sexual harassment.

Essay: The Iceman Cometh Out

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:15 GMT

One of Marvel’s X-Men, Iceman, has finally accepted that he is gay in a comic book series that is breaking new ground for the genre.

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Nonfiction: An Irish Flâneur, Greeting the Past on His Present Wanderings

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:18 GMT

John Banville at the Grand Canal at Percy Place.John Banville’s “Time Pieces” takes the acclaimed novelist back to the Dublin of his youth, recalling people and places that still live in his memory.

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Still Making Art, and Sly Jokes, at Age 91

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:14 GMT

Geta Bratescu working in her studio in Bucharest in December.Geta Bratescu spent most of her career in obscurity in Communist Romania. Late in life she came to international recognition, and now has a major show in Los Angeles.

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What’s on TV Monday: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ and ‘The Dog’

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:18 GMT

Spelman College’s class of 1898, as seen in “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.”Stanley Nelson traces the history of historically black colleges, while “The Dog” reveals the real-life star behind “Dog Day Afternoon.”

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A Female Composers’ Competition Announces Its First Winners

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:00:22 GMT

Emma O’Halloran is a winner of the first Hildegard Competition.National Sawdust’s Hildegard Competition, for rising female and non-binary composers, announced three winners, who will present new work on June 12.

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Here and Now: ‘Here and Now’ Season 1, Episode 2: Empathy and Fear

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:19:09 GMT

Andy Bean, left, and Daniel Zovatto in “Here and Now.”This week’s episode questioned whether empathy remains a viable mode of personal or political action.

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Review: ‘Is God Is’ Reinvents the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 02:45:29 GMT

From left, Alfie Fuller, Dame-Jasmine Hughes, Anthony Cason and Caleb Eberhardt in “Is God Is” at Soho Rep.Aleshea Harris’s sensational new play, at Soho Rep, sends twin sisters into a wild, wild West on a bloody mission of vengeance.

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Time’s Up Descends on Baftas as ‘Three Billboards’ Wins 5 Awards

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:05:45 GMT

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won five awards, including best film, at the Baftas on Sunday. From left, its director, Martin McDonagh; Peter Czernin, a producer; Sam Rockwell, who won best supporting actor; Frances McDormand, who won best actress; and Graham Broadbent, a producer.“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was celebrated at the ceremony, the British equivalent of the Oscars, as sexual harassment was roundly protested.

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What Makes Public Radio ‘Very Personal’ Magnifies Its #MeToo Cases

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:10:37 GMT

Garrison Keillor in 2014 at Minnesota Public Radio, which cut its ties with him in November. Because public radio creates “what feels like an intimate, one-on-one relationship” between its hosts and listeners, said Vivian Schiller, a former chief executive of NPR, “the potential for backlash is that much greater.”Public broadcasting, which fosters an intimate relationship with its listeners and counts on their donations, is scrambling after the ouster of prominent figures over allegations of misbehavior.

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George London Awards Given to Six Young Singers

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:17:19 GMT

The mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis at the George London Foundation Awards Competition on Friday.The group of rising opera singers was chosen after a finals concert on Friday at the Morgan Library & Museum.

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With $218 Million Haul, ‘Black Panther’ Smashes Box Office Records

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:59:56 GMT

Chadwick Boseman stars as the superheroic T’Challa in “Black Panther,” which arrived to scorching ticket sales.The movie’s Presidents’ Day weekend ticket sales in North America — and a global total of $387 million — have upended Hollywood myths.

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Hear How ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Became a New-Music Showcase

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:54:07 GMT

Lola Kirke on the podium in “Mozart in the Jungle.”The daffy Amazon comedy, whose fourth season began streaming on Friday, has emerged as an unlikely destination for some of today’s hippest composers.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Inside the Fevered Minds of Sports Fans

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:00:01 GMT

To write “Superfans,” George Dohrmann spoke to everyday fans, academics and scientists about what it is that drives our vicarious competitive mania.

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Did You Watch ‘Black Panther’? Let’s Talk Spoilers

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:03:15 GMT

Marvel’s “Black Panther” is one of the year’s most anticipated films so far.Eight very specific thoughts on the blockbuster Marvel movie.

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I Took 7th Graders to See ‘Black Panther.’ Here’s What They Said.

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:35:58 GMT

Students from P.S. 282 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music before the screening.Brooklyn students are enthusiastic — and frank — about the movie. While they were taken with the superhero’s suit, they also saw deeper meanings at work.

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What’s on TV Sunday: The Baftas and the N.B.A. All-Star Game

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:00:13 GMT

The seating plan for the 2018 British Academy Film Awards.“The Shape of Water” leads the way at the Baftas. And John Oliver returns to the desk on “Last Week Tonight.”

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11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:43:44 GMT

Our art critic reviews the Obamas’ official portraits. Dan Barry on the distinctly American ritual of school shootings. Norway then and now in the Olympics. WeWork’s plans for world domination. And more.

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Jake Shears, of Scissor Sisters, Stages His Own Comeback

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:52:06 GMT

Jake Shears, formerly of the glam-rock band Scissor Sisters, in his Broadway dressing room. He stars in the musical “Kinky Boots.”After years of self-imposed exile, the glam rocker returns to the limelight on Broadway, and with a new memoir chronicling a saucy slice of Downtown New York.

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Books News: A Prisoner Got a Book Deal. Now the State Wants Him to Pay for His Imprisonment.

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:32:23 GMT

Curtis Dawkins in an undated family photo.Curtis Dawkins, a fiction writer who is serving a life sentence for murder in Michigan, says his children shouldn’t have to pay for his sins.

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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Medicine for Melancholy’ and ‘Tragedy Girls’

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:00:14 GMT

Tracey Heggins and Wyatt Cenac in “Medicine for Melancholy.”A brief love affair turns into a day of wonder in “Medicine for Melancholy.” And the comic horror film “Tragedy Girls” arrives on Hulu.

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Weinstein Company Fires David Glasser, Its President

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:45:03 GMT

David Glasser, the president and chief operating officer of the Weinstein Company, was fired for cause on Friday.The move to get rid of the man the Weinsteins called their “third brother” comes at an urgent moment for the troubled company.

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André Harvey, Sculptor of the Natural World, Is Dead at 76

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:13:41 GMT

André Harvey working on a sculpture of a sea turtle at a foundry in Chester, Pa., in 2010.Mr. Harvey was renowned for his intricately detailed, realistic bronze representations of pigs, frogs, turtles and even the occasional human.

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Obama Portraits ‘Push Us to Think More,’ Readers Say

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:30:51 GMT

The portraits of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were unveiled on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.Times readers said the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unconventional, not unlike the former first couple, while others felt it didn’t capture their spirit.

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‘Unmasked,’ a Musical Celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber, to Open at Playhouse in N.J.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:08:06 GMT

“Unmasked” will cover Andrew Lloyd Webber’s career and life.The production, created by Richard Curtis and John Doyle, will feature new songs by the composer and some of his most well-known.

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That Decisive Moment: Yannick, Sooner: The 8 Best Classical Music Moments of the Week on YouTube

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:52:19 GMT

Jaap van Zweden conducting the New York Philharmonic this week.The Philharmonic's next music director, Bach and a piece from the Harlem Renaissance were among the highlights.

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Review: ‘A Small Oak Tree Runs Red’ Unties a Century-Old Noose

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:34:00 GMT

R.J. Foster and Kyra Riley play husband and wife in “A Small Oak Tree Runs Red.” The flawed and devastating play runs through March 4 at the Billie Holliday Theater.This flawed and devastating play argues that in remaining ignorant of our history, we risk remaining mired in its violence.

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How to Fit All of Asia (and a Food Cart) Into a Museum Cafe?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:27:49 GMT

The chef Deuki Hong (center) with Bin Chen (left) and Andrew Chau, the founders of Boba Guys, an artisanal bubble-tea chain. They are rethinking food at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, where the Taiwanese artist Hung Yi’s sculpture “Dragon Fortune” guards the front steps.The chef Deuki Hong and two partners won the job of revamping the menu at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco by breaking the rules.

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