Critic’s notebook: ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Going Out Fighting. So Will Its Audience.

The arguments over HBO’s dark fantasy made it the signature show of an era when no one agrees on anything.
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In Their Words: Remembering I.M. Pei

The Modernist master left his mark on generations, from Renzo Piano and Norman Foster to David Adjaye and Billie Tsien.
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the Tony Awards: 30 Minutes Before Curtain: Hugs, Prayers, Laughter and Noise

Things are tense and tingly enough before the curtain rises at any time of the year. What’s it like during prize season?
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Critic’s Notebook: I Ignored ‘Game of Thrones’ for 8 Years. Then Inhaled It in 5 Weeks.

For more than 70 hours, Wesley Morris caught up with the dragons, beheadings and brinkmanship before the series finale. Here’s what he learned.
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The Met Will Turn Down Sackler Money Amid Fury Over the Opioid Crisis

The decision by one of the world’s leading museums could spur other institutions to turn down philanthropy from the family behind OxyContin.
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Heavenly or Hellish? Our Critics Debate the Broadway Season

Adventurous directors and galvanizing performances made for unexpected — and very welcome — departures on what once felt like the Staid White Way.
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Game of Thrones: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 5 Recap: The Bells Toll for Daenerys

In Sunday’s thrilling, horrifying, frustrating episode, the Last War engulfed King’s Landing, and this season’s death toll shot up significantly.
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Venice Biennale’s Top Prize Goes to Lithuania

“Sun & Sea (Marina),” which features opera singers on an artificial beach, was the second successive performance piece to win the Golden Lion for best national participation.
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Diary of a Song: ‘Old Town Road’: See How Memes and Controversy Took Lil Nas X to No. 1

TikTok dances. Nine Inch Nails. Billy Ray Cyrus. How an unknown Atlanta artist and a Dutch bedroom producer joined forces online to make a record-breaking, chart-topping smash.
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whitney biennial: The Whitney Biennial Called. How Will They Answer?

For these eight first-time artists participating in the biennial, it’s a surefire résumé builder. But it also exposes them to heightened scrutiny.
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How Björk Brought Her Sci-Fi, Feminist Fairy Tale to Life

“Cornucopia,” the iconoclastic artist’s new live extravaganza at the Shed, features a 50-member choir, seven flutists and music describing a feminine, hopeful future.
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James Holzhauer Was Told to Smile to Get on ‘Jeopardy!’ He’s Smiling Now

He rarely did his homework in school. But Holzhauer’s persistence in mastering “Jeopardy!” has helped him rack up winnings at a clip the show has never seen.
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Game of Thrones: ‘Game of Thrones,’ Season 8, Episode 4: Daenerys on the Brink

There were plenty of broken hearts to go around on Sunday, but one will have world-shattering repercussions.
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A New Wotan Reigns in the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Ring’

What makes a great Wotan, the king of the gods in Wagner’s “Ring” cycle? Three writers dissect Michael Volle’s triumph in the role.
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Martin Puryear, Citizen-Sculptor

On the eve of the Venice Biennale, the artist’s shaping hand frames a view of his troubled, and troubling, homeland
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At Auschwitz Exhibition, a Witness to a History He Can Never Forget

A survivor of the Nazi concentration camp toured a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage that depicts the horrors of Auschwitz.
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Woody Allen Pitched a Memoir. Publishers Weren’t Interested.

Executives at several houses said they passed on the material and in some cases declined to read it because of controversies surrounding him.
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The Avengers Just Took Over Our World. We Need to Talk.

With “Endgame” hijacking the box office — and the cultural conversation — five writers assembled to discuss these superhero-saturated times we live in.
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Tony Award Nominations 2019: ‘Hadestown’ Leads the Pack

The new musical received 14 nods, while two high-profile hit plays, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Network,” were ignored in the best new play category.
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John Singleton, ‘Boyz N the Hood’ Director, Dies at 51

His first film, which he began shooting when he was in his early 20s, earned an Oscar nomination for best director — the first for an African-American.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Conquers the World With a $1.2 Billion Opening

The superhero movie took in roughly $ 350 million in North America, easily beating “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It was the No. 1 movie in at least 54 countries.
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Want a Break in the 3-Hour ‘Avengers’ Movie? You’ll Need a Passport or a Time Machine

Some theaters overseas are providing an intermission for the blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame,” but American moviegoers who want to step away must strategize.
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Spring Gallery Guide: Over 40 Art Shows to See Right Now

From Bushwick to Harlem, with many stops in between, our art critics take stock of the best shows this spring.
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How These Black Playwrights Are Challenging American Theater

Jackie Sibblies Drury, Jeremy O. Harris, Antoinette Nwandu and Jordan E. Cooper, on influences, gatekeepers and helping “the young black theater nerd find work that looks like them.”
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As Durst Murder Case Goes Forward, HBO’s Film Will Also Be on Trial

Robert Durst’s lawyers plan to attack the veracity of a documentary that played a major role in the decision to charge him with murdering his friend.
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Diary of a Song: Watch Lizzo Make ‘Juice,’ a Pop Anthem as Irresistible as She Is

How a flute-playing, twerking, social-media-dominating rapper and singer built a song that packs all her joy and charm into three danceable minutes.
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Game of Thrones: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2 Recap: The Things We Do for Love

All over Winterfell, people gathered for a final bit of human tenderness before next week’s big White Walker clash.
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Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Gentleman Jack’ Finds a Swaggering Woman in Want of a Wife

Suranne Jones is a force of nature in a rollicking HBO period piece, created by Sally Wainwright.
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Amy Schumer, Ali Wong and the Rise of Pregnant Stand-Up

Doing stand-up while pregnant used to be frowned upon. Today you can spot babies on the way on comedy club stages, late-night shows and television specials.
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City Ballet Ordered to Reinstate Male Dancers Fired Over Inappropriate Texts

An arbitrator ruled that City Ballet overstepped by firing Zachary Catazaro and Amar Ramasar. Mr. Ramasar will return; Mr. Catazaro has decided not to.
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Critic’s Pick: Celestial Visions on the Met Roof

High above Manhattan, Alicja Kwade’s planetary sculpture captures the music of the spheres.
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Streaming Movie Review: Beyoncé the Creator: ‘Homecoming’ Review

Built around her 2018 Coachella performance, the Netflix documentary is, above all, about Beyoncé, who wrote, directed and executive produced.
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A Miracle of Timing: The Statues That Escaped the Notre-Dame Fire

Sculptures of the Twelve Apostles and four evangelists had been removed from the cathedral for restoration just days before the fire in Paris on Monday.
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Here’s What Those Cryptic ‘Game Of Thrones’ Symbols May Mean

Richard Dormer and experts analyze what’s really going on with the White Walkers.
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Game of Thrones: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 1: Dragon Rides and Awkward Reunions

Sunday’s soapy but generally satisfying setup for the final run of “Game of Thrones” included new conflicts and old grudges as the sides coalesced in Winterfell and King’s Landing for the wars to come.
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Did ‘Game Of Thrones’ Just Burn Ed Sheeran’s Cameo?

The HBO show may have revealed what happened to Sheeran’s character.
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Less Blabbing, More Stabbing: How Spectacle Won ‘Game of Thrones’

As the fantasy saga heads for the explosive finale it has promised, I’m hoping for a little more conversation and a little less action.
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Every Actress Deserves A Movie Like ‘Her Smell’

Operating at full speed, Elisabeth Moss rages against the machine as a frenzied punk rocker. It’s destined to be one of the year’s great performances.
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Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ Debuts After Coachella Set as Childish Gambino

The musician and TV creator’s new project, a 55-minute film with Rihanna, is available now to stream on Amazon.
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Less Blabbing, More Stabbing: How Spectacle Won ‘Game of Thrones’

As the fantasy saga heads for the explosive finale it has promised, I’m hoping for a little more conversation and a little less action.
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‘Little’ Is Charming Enough, But The Body-Swap Genre Has Grown Stale

Issa Rae, Regina Hall and “Black-ish” breakout Marsai Martin headline the familiar new comedy.
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Lil Nas X’s Smash Makes Country Wonder if Rap Is Friend or Foe. Again.

The viral success of “Old Town Road” has turned the 20-year-old rapper into an overnight sensation and rebooted conversations about who is allowed to represent the rural experience.
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Critic’s Notebook: It’s a Crumbling Road to Despair. Can New York Fix the B.Q.E.?

There are a number of promising plans to repair the detested Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. But solving the problem will take an act of collective will.
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The Grossest ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Theory Gets Pooh-Poohed Away

Is it time to dump that viral “Avengers” theory?
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On Comedy: In Venezuela, Comedy Is Protest. Until the Government Finds Out.

With TV and radio controlled by the state, stand-ups like Nacho Redondo see the stage as an outlet. But even that wasn’t safe and the comic is now in exile.
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Some ‘Game Of Thrones’ Theories May Be ‘Dangerously Close’ To What Happens

But here’s why that doesn’t faze actor John Bradley.
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A Netflix Nature Series Says to Viewers: Don’t Like What You See? Do Something About It

“Our Planet” depicts melting glaciers, plummeting walruses and other effects of climate change in real time. The series creators share their behind-the-scenes stories.
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Tyrion And Sansa Could Still Be Married On ‘Game Of Thrones’

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The Shed Opens: What Our Critics Think

Soundtrack of America, “Reich Richter Pärt” and work by Trisha Donnelly were on offer during the arts center’s inaugural weekend.
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‘Shazam!’ Doesn’t Need To Make Sense To Be Fun

Wait, didn’t this movie already come out in the ’90s with Sinbad?
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Avicii’s Death Left Many Questions. Will His New Music Provide Answers?

A year after the E.D.M. songwriter and producer’s suicide, his family and collaborators are announcing an album called “Tim” that will carry on his musical legacy.
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‘Workin’ Moms’ Will Give You, And Your Saggy Postpartum Boobs, A Lift

This Netflix mom-com following four women trying to have it all will delight, and terrify, parents and non-parents alike.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Is Ending. But You Can Still Visit Westeros.

As the spiritual and production home of HBO’s sprawling fantasy drama, Northern Ireland has been transformed by the show. We take you there.
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The Public Private Life Of Young Love In Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’

In the Irish author’s second novel, two teens explore sex, secrets and what intimacy is worth.
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Will ‘Game of Thrones’ Ever Really Be Over? Unlikely

The phenomenally popular (and lucrative) HBO show could go the way of “Star Wars,” Harry Potter and Disney’s Marvelverse.
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Nipsey Hussle’s Work In The Black Community Went Deeper Than You Think

Before his death, the rapper was involved in projects focused on revitalizing his South LA neighborhood and supporting STEM among black and brown youths.
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‘Game of Thrones’: 9 Questions for the Final Season

When winter finally comes to the HBO epic with one last batch of episodes, it has a lot to answer for.
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Fan May Have Found A Hidden Spoiler In New Promo

Did fans just uncover a huge clue to the HBO show’s Season 8?
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Hannah Gadsby on Autism and the Risk of Failing After ‘Nanette’

The comedian who said she was quitting stand-up is back with a new show, “Douglas,” that is sold out in Australia. “I don’t care if this fails,” she says.
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4 Years Later, This ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Is Still Getting Trolled

But actor Brenock O’Connor is proud he was such a recognizable part of the show.
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Diary of a Song: A Staple Gun. A Dental Drill. See How Billie Eilish Made a Haunted Pop Hit.

The fastest-rising pop star of the moment is 17 and writes off-kilter songs with her older brother. Go behind the making of “Bury a Friend” and their new model for making it big.
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After Decades In The Business, Mary Kay Place Is Finally A Leading Lady

We talked to the beloved character actress about Martians, partying with Penny Marshall and the affecting new movie “Diane.”
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Review: A ‘Twilight Zone’ Trying to Find Its Dimension

Jordan Peele’s reworking of the spooky classic is sleek and well-made, but it’s still looking for its voice.
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Critic’s Notebook: Agnès Varda: The Filmmaker as Rigorous Friend

Putting herself onscreen, the director, who died Friday at 90, suggested that making movies could be a communal act of looking and feeling.
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New Book Reveals Stunning Misconduct And Dysfunction At ABC’s ‘The View’

“Ladies Who Punch” details some of the never-reported scandals that plagued the hit TV talk show.
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Director Amy Berg on Why the Adnan Syed Case Still Matters

In 2014, “Serial” made a 15-year-old murder a cultural phenomenon. Berg’s HBO docu-series, which concludes Sunday, has raised more questions about the case.
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Inside ‘The OA’ And Its Most Outlandish Twist Yet

Star Jason Isaacs weighs in on Part 2’s insane finale, spoilers and all.
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Hudson Yards: New York Chased the Olympics. It Got the Shed Instead.

How the city’s most ambitious new cultural institution in years — with a commitment to creating new work and reaching diverse audiences — rose in the wake of failed Olympic dreams.
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Taco Bell And Weed Smoke Inspired Harmony Korine’s Surprisingly Sweet ‘The Beach Bum’

The provocative director returns with a sunny stoner comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg. We talked to him about, well, everything.
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‘10 Things I Hate About You’: When Heath Ledger Was Just Breaking Through

Cast and crew members recall the making of the now-beloved teen comedy as a memorable summer with lasting effects on their careers and lives.
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Jussie Smollett’s Charges Are Dropped, Angering Mayor and Police

Rahm Emanuel spoke out after Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges against the “Empire” actor, who had been accused of staging a hate crime attack on himself.
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High School ‘Alien’ Production Wins Internet Raves

For just $ 3,500, the drama club at North Bergen High School recreated Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror thriller on stage, reaching a global audience, too.
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Why Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Us’ Voice Sounds So Creepy

The story behind one of the year’s most haunting vocal performances.
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Felicity Huffman: Desperate Housewife, Devoted Parent and Now a Defendant

When the actress was implicated in the college admissions scandal, it stunned people in her acting circles and at the prestigious high school her older daughter attends.
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Anthony Pellicano, Notorious Detective to the Stars, Walks Free From Prison

The Los Angeles private eye spent more than a decade in prison for illegal wiretapping and other crimes in a case that exposed Hollywood’s underbelly.
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‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Revisits a Tale That Refuses to Die

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, creators of the original mockumentary, talk about the new TV adaptation and the hassles of never dying.
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This Is Lupita Nyong’o. Hollywood, Please Keep Up.

The Kenyan-Mexican star of “Us” and “Black Panther,” who seems to excel at everything — even rap — is an exception in her industry, for better and worse.
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Doors Open for Women and People of Color at Top Ranks of American Theater

Artistic directors, the faces of local theater and tastemakers in their communities, have long been white men who have held the posts for many years. That’s changing.
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Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes: What to Read, Watch and Listen To

Alex Gibney’s new HBO documentary “The Inventor” is only the latest retelling of the Silicon Valley fraud that captivated the public imagination.
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When Extremes Attract: Dance and Horror’s New Pas de Deux

Gaspar Noé’s “Climax” is the latest movie to push the ecstatic, frightening qualities of dance into horror. A body holds plenty of space for terror.
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Iggy Pop Is Fine With Being the Godfather of Punk

In an interview, the influential proto-punk frontman discusses the Sex Pistols, Lester Bangs, drugs and “Punk,” his new documentary series on Epix.
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A Soprano Survived a Vocal Crisis. The Met Found Its Brünnhilde.

Christine Goerke nearly quit opera before becoming one of the world’s top dramatic voices. Now she faces her biggest test: Wagner’s “Ring” cycle.
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‘Billions,’ ‘Succession’ and the Making of Wealth Porn

How modern billionaire TV shows capture the lifestyles of the 1 percent of the 1 percent.
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Amy Schumer Doesn’t Care What You Think (That Much)

Taking harsh criticism and facing motherhood, the comedian acknowledged mistakes, saying, “I’m down to evolve.” Then again, she doesn’t want to be too careful.
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With Shows Like ‘The Other Two,’ Comedy Central Looks Beyond Its Core

The network’s primary audience has long been young white guys. A slate of new shows demonstrate how the brand is expanding beyond that more than ever before.
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Critic’s Notebook: Nine Concerts in Seven Days at the World’s Most Famous Concert Hall

Carnegie Hall manages to present the vast sprawl of the classical field in the 21st century better than almost anywhere else.
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critic’s notebook: Two Flamenco Divas, Two Kinds of Showmanship

Sara Baras’s show is like a pop diva’s concert. Soledad Barrio’s is bare bones — with nothing to hide behind, nothing to get in the way.
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‘Mockingbird’ Play Publisher Demands $500,000 From Harper Lee Estate

A filing seeking arbitration says the estate allowed eight theaters around the United States to stage “To Kill a Mockingbird,” then flip-flopped at the last minute.
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Aidy Bryant Found Her Confidence on ‘S.N.L.’ On ‘Shrill’ She Found Herself.

The bittersweet Hulu comedy, based on the memoir by Lindy West, has deep personal resonance for the “S.N.L.” veteran.
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Adam Driver and Keri Russell Share a Stage and Then, Maybe, Lightsabers

Before the force is with them, Keri Russell and Adam Driver, who will both appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” bring an unruly love story to Broadway.
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Her Husband Did the Unthinkable. This Is a Play About Everything After.

When her husband was arrested on child pornography charges, Maddie Corman watched her world fall apart. Then she made a play about it.
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Pritzker Prize Goes to Arata Isozaki, Designer for a Postwar World

The architect synthesizes Western and Japanese influences without ceding to one style.
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Michael Jackson Fans Are Tenacious. ‘Leaving Neverland’ Has Them Poised for Battle.

A new documentary detailing allegations of sexual abuse has the pop star’s most activist supporters ready to jump on Twitter and YouTube to defend his name.
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HBO Film Revives Lurid Claims, Imperiling Thriving Michael Jackson Estate

Mr. Jackson died deep in debt. Now his estate is worth billions. Will the new film, “Leaving Neverland,” focused on two men’s accounts of sexual abuse, damage his posthumous career?
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Critic’s Notebook: At New York City Ballet, Progress but Not Equality

Wendy Whelan has been chosen to run City Ballet with Jonathan Stafford, but her professional title is missing a prefix, as in co-artistic director.
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Critic’s Notebook: New York Has a Public Housing Problem. Does London Have an Answer?

After listening to residents, Hackney upgraded its council estates with sleek new apartments, mixing subsidized and market-rate tenants.
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Michael Jackson Cast a Spell. ‘Leaving Neverland’ Breaks It.

In a new documentary on HBO, two men accuse the star of sexually abusing them as children. Our critic wrestles with their stories, and his own fandom.
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Critic’s Pick: Review: The Grand, Exhausting Life of Pamela Adlon’s ‘Better Things’

The impressionistic family comedy on FX captures the labor of love better than ever in its third season.
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The Carpetbagger: The Oscars Finds Its Way Through an Identity Crisis — for Now

After so many scrapped plans, the fact that the show found an appealing groove is encouraging. But the academy faces many unresolved questions.
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The Best and Worst Moments of the 2019 Oscars

A more diverse winners’ list, a best-picture blunder, a joyous victory and misbegotten acceptance — these were the highs and lows as we saw them.
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Reporter’s Notebook: The One Big Awards Show That Didn’t Lock Out Women Directors

The Independent Spirit Awards nominated a record number of female directors. Why did no other award-giving groups come close to following suit?
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R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Sexual Abuse in Chicago

The R&B singer was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were underage. His attorney said “there’s no merit to any of this.”
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What to See in New York City This Spring

Broadway, Wagner’s “Ring,” the opening of the Shed: what our critics and writers are looking forward to this season.
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Jussie Smollett’s Bond Set at $100,000

The Chicago Police said Thursday that the “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, upset over his salary, staged a fake assault.
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The Obama Presidential Library That Isn’t

The Obama Presidential Center in Chicago won’t include a research library and archive. To some historians, that’s a problem.
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Game of Thrones: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: Here’s What We Know

Here are a few details about the new season. And sign up for our preseason newsletter, which begins next week!
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Critic’s Notebook: A Man You Can Bait with a Skit

Wounded by a “Saturday Night Live” spoof, President Trump reacts with part heavy-handed threat, part celebrity ego.
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On ‘S.N.L.’, Alec Baldwin Mocks President Trump’s Emergency Declaration

In one of his increasingly infrequent appearances as Trump, Baldwin lampooned the president’s Rose Garden news conference, including its strange singsong portion.
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Ryan Adams Album Release Canceled Amid Report of F.B.I. Inquiry

“Big Colors,” the first of three albums scheduled for this year, is on hold after the musician was accused of explicit communication with an underage fan. He denies the claims.
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A Pop Culture Shock After the Trip of a Lifetime

Our 52 Places Traveler thought she could rely on downloads as armor against the unknowns of global travel. That’s not how it went down.
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What Will Win Best Picture? 20 Oscar Voters Spill Their Secrets

None would go on the record, but these members of the academy did reveal their candid opinions — and biases. News flash: It’s not all about merit.
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Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid a Price.

Several women say Adams offered to jumpstart their music careers, then pursued them sexually and in some cases retaliated when they spurned him. He denies the claims.
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Critic’s Notebook: Who Can Split-Screen Trump?

The Democratic race may be, in part, a shadow contest over who can steal the TV president’s spotlight.
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The Best and Worst of the Grammys

Drake showed up (and got cut off), Brandi Carlile provided a thrill and Alicia Keys brought the chill. From powerhouse performances to mismatched collaborations, here’s how we saw the show.
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Landmark Broadway Deal Gives Actors a Piece of the Profits

Performers and stage managers who help develop hit shows will share in the riches following an agreement reached Friday between their union and producers.
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Lagos, City of Hustle, Builds an Art ‘Ecosystem’

West Africa’s new art destination is a sprawling megacity with a generation of artists, gallerists and collectors powering the scene.
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Can the Grammys Please Anyone?

The awards show made a series of changes in the past year to address its lack of diversity. But whether new nominees will win — or big names will show up — isn’t guaranteed.
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Critic’s Notebook: Trump, Political TV’s Protagonist, Now Has to Share the Spotlight

The State of the Union address suggested that America’s political drama was becoming an ensemble, not a one-man show anymore.
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MoMA to Close, Then Open Doors to More Expansive View of Art

Don’t plan to visit MoMA this summer. It’s closing for renovations that will put a new focus on work by women and artists of color. The results will shake up every gallery.
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The Best and the Worst of the Super Bowl Movie Trailers

Marvel movies like “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” stood out; “Alita,” what were you thinking?
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At the Paris Opera, a Biblical Tale Told With Rothko and Children

The director Romeo Castellucci explains some of the striking imagery in his staging of Scarlatti’s “Il Primo Omicidio.”
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A Word With: Kelly Rowland on Playing Gladys Knight: ‘I Just Wanted to Soak Her Up’

Rowland discusses her role in BET’s “American Soul,” the politics of the Super Bowl, R. Kelly and the message she’s bringing at this stage in life.
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Critic’s Notebook: The Sundance Film Festival Comes Through (Again!)

With “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” “Clemency” and more, this year’s festival had plenty of good and even great movies if not a consensus favorite.
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On Comedy: Instead of Killer Punchlines, Killer Choruses

In a loose-knit scene packing audiences into intimate New York spaces, comedians are getting big laughs with original songs.
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You Know the Lorena Bobbitt Story. But Not All of It.

In the 1990s, she was the topic of tabloid headlines and comedy skits. Now, as a documentary series takes on the story, she opens up about how that one night changed her life.
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Ellie Kemper: What I Learned From the Cast of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

As the Netflix series ends, Kemper writes about saying goodbye to Kimmy and what she learned from colleagues like Tina Fey.
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‘Rent Live’ Review: How Do You Measure a Show You Were Never Meant to See?

Fox’s TV production of the hit musical hardly went off as planned. What to make of this barely live show?
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Steve Martin Plays Roger Stone on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Wearing a pinstripe suit and projecting his voice at maximum volume, Martin played Stone, the longtime Trump adviser who was arrested on Friday.
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Roy Wood Jr. Is Following in the Comedy Footsteps of Dick Gregory

The comedian has a new Comedy Central special, “Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You.” But he was never supposed to make it this far.
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‘Hamlet’ in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

A joint production by a Boston theater company and Google hopes to bring high-quality Shakespeare to wider audiences, and new audiences into theaters.
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What Penn Badgley Wants Us to Learn From ‘You’

When viewers swooned over his creepy character on the hit series, Badgley fired back on social media. Now, he reflects on his tweets and the show’s impact.
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‘Green Book’ and ‘Miss Daisy’ Fuel a Racial Fantasy. Mookie Knew Better.

In many Oscar bait movies, interracial friendships come with a paycheck, and follow the white character’s journey to enlightenment.
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Oscar Nominations 2019: ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Black Panther’ Break Ground

Netflix got its first best picture nod. The 91st Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24.
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Can Conan O’Brien Reinvent ‘Conan’?

On Tuesday, O’Brien returns to his TBS late-night show, which has a new half-hour format. Will that make the program competitive, and is that even what he wants?
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On Display at the People’s House: A Century of Persistence

Chirlane McCray sets a populist tone with an exhibition of female artists, long underrepresented at Gracie Mansion.
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His Art, Their Ideas: Did Robert Indiana Lose Control of His Work?

Private text messages entered as evidence in a legal dispute raise new questions about whether the artist fully designed his final works.
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To Get This Artist’s Message, You Have to Look Really Closely

With “This Land,” David Opdyke melds art and activism, hoping to inspire urgent changes in vision, one postcard, and viewer, at a time.
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Yalitza Aparicio of ‘Roma’ and the Politics of Stardom in Mexico

The film’s star was on her way to being a teacher when she landed the role. Now she’s part of a conversation about Indigenous people and inequality.
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The Carpetbagger: What Do the Oscars Gain by Losing a Host?

With Kevin Hart gone and a plan to proceed with no comic in charge, the show theoretically should be shorter. But the host’s importance is both overrated and underrated.
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M. Night Shyamalan’s Biggest Twist? Coming Full Circle

The director said his new film, “Glass,” was the toughest he has ever made. Yet the man once called “the Next Spielberg” says he is back where he wants to be.
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The Hunt for the Nazi Loot Still Sitting on Library Shelves

The art stolen by the Nazis has gotten more attention, but millions of books were also looted from Jews, and others, and have yet to be returned.
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Why It Could Be Hard to Mute R. Kelly

Many people have called for repercussions against the R&B star following a documentary about his treatment of women, but legal and commercial hurdles stand in the way.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings ‘Hamilton’ to a Troubled but Appreciative Puerto Rico

The show’s creator hopes its 17-day run in San Juan will call attention to the struggling island’s needs as well as its riches.
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A Real-World Battle Over Dancing Avatars: Did Fortnite Steal the Floss?

Three performers are suing the makers of the video game Fortnite, saying it is selling their dance moves without their permission. Can they win?
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‘The Sopranos’ 20th Anniversary: Here’s Your Complete Guide to Rewatching It

New to the series? Already a fan? Our spoiler-light guide offers several different watching strategies, based on your commitment level.
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The Carpetbagger: Wakanda for Oscar?

Director Ryan Coogler and his female department heads helped bring “Black Panther” to life. Will they get the credit they’re due?
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‘Bird Box’ Is Full of Plot Holes. We Tried (and Sometimes Failed) to Plug Them.

For a certain type of fan, half the fun of watching a movie is pointing out the logical inconsistencies. “Bird Box” gave us plenty.
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The Carpetbagger: Why the Golden Globes’ Surprise Wins Aren’t So Surprising

How did “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” prevail while big hits like “A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther” stumbled?
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Critic’s Notebook: How ‘Chappelle’s Show’ and ‘The Boondocks’ Kept Us Laughing at R. Kelly

In the early 2000s, it was easier to mock the singer than wrestle with his alleged crimes. The documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” makes that difficult now.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Game of Thrones’ Does Not Say What Donald Trump Thinks It Does

The president’s appropriation of the show’s tagline and imagery suggests he doesn’t know what happened to the wall — or what it really means.
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Ellen DeGeneres: Academy Should Reinstate Kevin Hart as Oscars Host

In an interview released Friday, DeGeneres told Hart that she called the academy to ask it to make him the host of the award.
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‘Broad City’ Is Ending. Be at Peace With That. The Creators Are.

In a freewheeling interview, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, stars of “Broad City,” explain why they ended the show and why they look forward to life without it.
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Mexico City as the Director of ‘Roma’ Remembers It (and Hears It)

Alfonso Cuarón revisits the sights and sounds of the neighborhood that inspired his critically acclaimed film.
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10 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2019

A Frida Kahlo show. A live “Great Gatsby” marathon. “Fleabag” takes the stage. Here are some of our most anticipated events of the early new year.
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A Father Confronts His ‘Spider-Verse’ Problem

His sons identify so deeply with the Afro-Latino hero that a conversation about the movie’s deep structural flaw is impossible.
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