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The Movie Experience in a Broadway Theater

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:28:16 EDT

When eight actors sing Tupac Shakur's "Dear Mama" in the coming Broadway musical "Holler If Ya Hear Me," they will be mere feet away from some audience members.


Bridling at Buggy Ban

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:14:24 EDT

Mayor Bill de Blasio's effort to get rid of the city's horse-drawn carriages is stuck in neutral, hindered by opposition in the City Council.


Art Review: Forms of Illumination

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:25:58 EDT

In the Dallas Museum of Art's "Nur: Light in Art and Science From the Islamic World," spotlighted objects glow like precious jewels.


Kelis Produces 'Food' for Listening and Eating

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:13:52 EDT

Singer Kelis Rogers issues 'Food' the album—and promotes it with food from her other profession, cooking.


A Bigger Home for Country Music

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:20:37 EDT

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum doubles its size as part of a $100 million expansion.


Theater Review: Wounded Warriors

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:00:55 EDT

Fighting to overcome the handicaps dealt by life in "The Cripple of Inishmaan," starring Daniel Radcliffe, and "Violet," starring Sutton Foster. Also reviewed: "The Velocity of Autumn."


Fashion Honors and Media Reports

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:07:27 EDT

The Hollywood Reporter hosted a party to celebrate its New York issue, especially its list of the 35 most powerful people in media, while Violet magazine sponsored a dinner for the fashion brand Honor and its spring 2014 short film.


Masterpiece: Let the Praises Flow

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:34:25 EDT

As a way to advertise the gift of water to Rome no device could be more obvious, but Bernini's "Triton's Fountain" celebrates Pope Urban VIII for more than that.


Music: Nickel Creek Flows Again

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:43:10 EDT

Seven years after breaking up, the celebrated trio are back together for a silver-anniversary album and tour.


Still Grooving to His Own Beat

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:38:49 EDT

Ralph Gardner Jr. chats with composer, conductor and Beat movement pioneer David Amram about a celebration of his life and career by the New York Public Library.


Scarlett Johansson on Balancing Family, Career

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:03:02 EDT

From big-budget blockbusters to acclaimed independent films, Scarlett Johansson's path to success has been anything but obvious. Now pregnant and engaged to be married, the actress discusses the next challenge on the horizon: balancing family and career.


Singer's Visit Aids 'Beautiful' Sales

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:11:14 EDT

Ticket sales for "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" topped $1 million for the first time since the Broadway production opened, boosted by a much-publicized visit by Ms. King herself earlier this month.


The Verse Heard Round the World

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:35:52 EDT

Emerson's patriotic poetry did more than capture the spirit of Lexington. It inspired generations to come.


Don't Miss Exhibition: Dinh Q. Lê

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:23:32 EDT

Works by Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê, on view at a New York gallery, include a four-channel video made from abstracted 9/11 images.


Lawsuit Questions NYPL Overhaul

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:53:37 EDT

A group of scholars has filed a third lawsuit aiming to block the New York Public Library's controversial renovation, this time alleging that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg mishandled the city's environmental review of the project.


No Shrinking From 'Violet'

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:43:19 EDT

Sutton Foster knows how to play outsize personalities who fill up the stage. Now in 'Violet.' she's taking on a character who's the exact opposite—and it's her most challenging role yet.


Taking Another Crack at Short Stories

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:41:47 EDT

In Elizabeth McCracken's first collection of short stories in 20 years, "Thunderstruck & Other Stories," her characters are frequently on the move, whether they are relocating, escaping or vanishing from sight.


Exhibit Offers a Taste of Nature's Eternity

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:35:39 EDT

Spain's Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza explores the connection between Paul Cézanne's still lifes and what he chose to paint in the countryside.


Following a Dancer's Steps to Success

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:29:36 EDT

A documentary having its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, 'Ballet 422' follows the young choreographer Justin Peck as he creates the 422nd new ballet, later titled 'Paz de la Jolla.'


Adele's Collaborator Dan Wilson Goes Solo

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:07:47 EDT

Dan Wilson, who has written songs with Adele, the Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley, Nas and Taylor Swift, releases a solo album.


When the Museum's Your Stage

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:45:15 EDT

As New York's museums are once again starting to present dance performances, choreographers are finding that they are not easy spaces to adapt to.


City Center, Broadway's Bellwether

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:33:58 EDT

Creating a Broadway musical is risky business, but two shows this season, "After Midnight" and "Violet," eased the challenge by following the path set by the Tony Award-winning "Chicago": They transferred from New York City Center.


TV Review: 'Black Box' and 'Nature: Snow Monkeys'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:31:17 EDT

The romance of the mentally ill, the idea that psychosis is a gift, and related ludicrous notions have appealed to creative minds in the TV world for some time now. Add to that the allure of the neuroscience fad and you have a sense of the reason for the creation of "Black Box"—which turns out, despite its baggage, to be a series that's both smart and seductive.


Photographer William Wegman on Elizabethan Music

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:56:59 EDT

Photographer, video artist and painter William Wegman, famed for his photos of Weimaraner dogs, talks about another favorite: Elizabethan composer William Byrd.


Five Films Worth Catching at the Tribeca Film Festival

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:15:21 EDT

The Tribeca Film Festival continues through April 27, with 89 feature films and documentaries, as well as shorts programs. Here's a look at five festival selections worth catching this week.


Matisse's Vivid Cut-Outs: Now in London, Soon New York

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:35:00 EDT

"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" at the Tate Modern, and soon at New York's Museum of Modern Art, aims to show that these later works are more important than some critics have deemed.


New Services to Score Prime Reservations

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:10:31 EDT

As many options as OpenTable offers, it's not the most helpful when trying to get into the city's hot spots. Two new services have cropped up, Killer Rezzy and Zurvu, in hopes of helping consumers in that area.


Concert Bookers Become Stars as Albums Fade

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:55:03 EDT

As musicians play more live shows to make up for diminished album sales, booking agents are moving into the spotlight—and earning more. New duties include creating offbeat venues, events and stunts that will help an artist stand out, especially as record companies do less.


'Impressionist France' at the Saint Louis Art Museum

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:34:22 EDT

Detecting turmoil through the bucolic genre of landscape.


Museum Lets Visitors Play Caravaggio Authenticators

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:09:52 EDT

In "Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship," Boston's Museum of Fine Arts lets visitors play authenticators of two works which may be by Caravaggio.


A Writer Reconsidered

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:36:00 EDT

James Baldwin: This Time, a five-day festival devoted to the late writer's work and ideas, kicks off in New York on Wednesday.


Theater Review: 'Act One,' 'Of Mice and Men' and 'The Library'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:46:07 EDT

Playwright Moss Hart's "Act One" is the best Broadway memoir ever written. Now, finally, a thrillingly well-staged adaptation that does the book justice.


BLUESAmericana: From Kevin Moore to Keb' Mo'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:52:49 EDT

When the guitarist released an album in 1990, it bombed. His next record, 14 years later, came after he'd found the blues.


The View from the Top

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:30:34 EDT

The aerial photographs of Klaus Leidorf capture a different perspective on the world.


Writer of 'Vampire Diaries' Bites Back

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:40:48 EDT

In one of the strangest comebacks in literary history, the former writer of "The Vampire Diaries" is using fan fiction to reclaim her old series.


'Converging Lines' at the Blanton Museum of Art

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:40:30 EDT

Exploring the friendship and mutual influence of Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt.


Going Through the Motions

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:13:43 EDT

Two modern-dance companies struggle to bridge the gap between movement and meaning.


Two Young Actors Take On Gavroche in 'Les Misérables'

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:57:50 EDT

It's probably safe to say that every boy with an interest in musical theater dreams of playing Gavroche in "Les Misérables." Gaten Matarazzo and Josh Colley currently alternate the role in the new Broadway revival.


Exhibit Highlights Formations in the Stone

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:09:24 EDT

A monumental show with something for the specialist and general art lover alike, 'Lost Kingdoms' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines previously overlooked regions in Southeast Asia and a formative period in their history.


Coachella 2014 for Freethinking Fans

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:41:21 EDT

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival may be a three-day showcase of popular music, but magic moments can still be found far from the madding crowd.


What We Want From Sports Movies

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:41:55 EDT

As with most sports films, the new football movie 'Draft Day' takes some liberties with what life is like in the NFL. But how essential is realism in sports movies?


At Tribeca Festival, Nas Looks Back

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:35:25 EDT

The opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival featured the premiere of the Nas documentary 'Time Is Illmatic' and a performance by Nas functioned as a live retrospective of his early career.


Vinyl's Record Resurgence Fuels New Book

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:25:57 EDT

The release of photographer Eilon Paz's first book of photos and interviews with record collectors, "Dust & Grooves," coincides with Record Store Day, a celebration of a medium that has become the fastest-growing music sales format.


Chicago Restoration May Alter View of Caillebotte

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:08:37 EDT

Discoveries tied to the restoration of "Paris Street; Rainy Day" at the Art Institute of Chicago may lead to the relabeling of Gustave Caillebotte as an Impressionist.


Tom Hardy on His Upcoming Roles

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:18:56 EDT

Tom Hardy literally steers the upcoming "Locke." With other movies in the pipeline, will U.S.audiences embrace the British actor, best-known from "Dark Knight Rising"?


A Cinematic Hat Tip to Everything New York

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:38:23 EDT

When the Tribeca Film Festival opens its 13th edition on Wednesday, it will embrace a New York state of mind. For organizers, this year's nod to the Big Apple underscores an underlying reason for the festival.


'Transcendence': If It Only Had a Brain

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:52:25 EDT

Film Review: Critic Joe Morgenstern says "Transcendence" is visually ambitious but the plot is preposterous.


Babs's Baby Sister; a Folk Fest

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:44:35 EDT

Barbra Streisand's younger sister, Roslyn Kind, the Brooklyn Folk Festival, a tribute to Sun Ra and more in the Jazz Scene.


Daniel Radcliffe (and $27 Tickets) Lure Teens to Broadway

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:47:00 EDT

New Broadway show 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' discounts tickets to attract a younger audience.


Duos and Trios: Old Favorites and New Collaborations

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:56:20 EDT

Pet Shop Boys, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo team up as the Both, Erika M. Anderson as EMA and more in this week's Pop Scene.


Revisiting Beehives and Burroughs

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:15:43 EDT

Ronnie Spector sings 1960s hits; Steve Buscemi's tribute to the writer William S. Burroughs and more in this week's Pop Scene.


From Broadway To Heavy Metal

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:26:42 EDT

Most musical theater performers moonlight on the cabaret circuit. But Lena Hall, currently starring as Yitzhak opposite Neil Patrick Harris in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," moonlights as a heavy metal singer in a band called the Deafening.


Building a Better Scrap Trap

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:20:13 EDT

The ORCA is a machine that takes only 24 hours to transform food waste into water that travels harmlessly down the drain, the same way tap water does. Ralph Gardner Jr. checks it out.