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What’s Even The Purpose Of Political Writing Anymore?

Osita Nwanevu: "The morsels of rage and misery we offer might not have much political effect, but they do feed an online writing economy...

A New Movie Revives A Surprisingly Old Genre: Black Westerns

Just as there really were African-Americans in the Old West, Westerns with Black casts (first shown to segregated audiences) were made from the 1930s...

Afghan Singers Recount Their Flight From The Taliban

The BBC interviewed half a dozen musicians who have had instruments smashed, relatives killed, and threats issued since the extremists took over Afghanistan last...

In Crimea, Russian Government Is Trying To Wipe Out Tatar Heritage: UNESCO Report

"The report ascribes a goal of erasing traces of their cultural presence on the peninsula and weakening 'the fundamental role of the indigenous Muslim...

Myanmar’s Arts Community Is Caught Between Military Dictators, Floods, Economic Turmoil, And COVID

"People are focused on survival … and caring for their loved ones," says one artist in Yangon. Adds another, "It's dangerous to do a...

Why This Filmmaker In Myanmar Is A Fugitive From The Junta

Director Na Gyi and his wife (and leading actor) would be in hiding even if their latest film weren't about a lesbian romance: they...

Jane Powell, Wholesome Star Of Classic Movie Musicals, Dead At 91

"An actress and singer who first appeared in movies as a teenager, (she) became a sunny stalwart of Hollywood musicals in the 1940s and...

Here’s The First-Ever Piano With 108 Keys

The instrument, designed and handmade by Wayne Stuart of Stuart & Sons in Australia, has a nine-octave range, two octaves more than a standard...

Stephen Sondheim, At 91, Is Working On A New Musical

As he told Stephen Colbert this week, "I've been working on a show for a couple years with a playwright named David Ives, and...

A Previously Unknown Van Gogh Is Now On View In Amsterdam

"Study for 'Worn Out,' as the drawing is being called, has lived in a private Dutch collection since the first decade of the 20th...

Paris’s Musée d’Orsay ‘Can No Longer Be A Tourist Factory,’ Says Its New Director

That would be Christophe Leribault, until now director of the city's Petit Palais and, before that, of the Musée Delacroix. He replaces Laurence des...

‘Learned Behaviour’ At The Royal Ballet: How A Case Like Liam Scarlett’s Could Happen

Luke Jennings: "His behaviour (was) egregious and exploitative, but his is not an isolated case. It is symptomatic of a culture I have seen...

Liv Ullman And Jessica Chastain On Playing The Same Role In ‘Scenes From A...

"Forty-eight years after the original aired, Ullmann is still aghast at her character's decision to have a later-in-life affair with her ex-husband — 'In...

Playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie Dead At 85

" was a mainstay of the experimental theater world, … especially known for America Hurrah, a form-bending trio of one-acts that opened in 1966...

Missing For Two Years Now, Where Is Maurizio Cattelan’s Golden Toilet?

The fully functional 18-carat commode, titled America, became world-famous while on exhibit at the Guggenheim. (The Trump White House wanted to borrow a van...

Soprano Carmen Balthrop Dead At 73

Part of the third generation of Black opera singers to become international stars, she performed throughout Europe and the US, achieving wide fame in...

Unknown Tennessee Williams Story Sees Print At Last

"Honored worldwide as a playwright, Williams also wrote dozens of short stories. A rarely seen piece, 'The Summer Woman,' set in Italy, appears...

Scaffolding At Stonehenge As First Repairs In 63 Years Get Underway

Workers will stabilize cracks and holes in the stones of the 4,500-year-old monument and will replace concrete mortar used in the 1958 repairs with...

San Antonio Symphony Management Demands To Slash Orchestra’s Size By 40%

In renegotiations for the final year (2021-22) of the current contract, management had proposed cutting salaries in half, down to $17,710 per year. Their...

After 35 Years, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls To Depart

" decision, which he said was not made under any kind of internal or outside pressure, brings the exit of Chicago theater's premier auteurist...

Jaap van Zweden To Leave New York Philharmonic In 2024

" announced that he would leave his post at the end of the 2023-24 season, saying that the pandemic had made him rethink his...

Britain Has A New Culture Secretary (And It Looks Like She’s A Doozy)

"Boris Johnson has appointed Nadine Dorries as culture secretary, giving a first Cabinet post to an outspoken MP who has previously accused the BBC...

This A Cappella Quintet Can Mimic Your Electronic Devices

"Traditional a cappella groups cover pop lyrics and full music beds with impressive skill. But one group in South Korea, called MayTree, is taking...

It’s Not Easy To Be Both A Professional Dancer And Religiously Observant

"By and large, the North American dance community is secular and leans politically to the left. For Orthodox Jews as well as some evangelical...

Why Short, Soft-Spoken, Fey Truman Capote Was So Popular With The Strong And Powerful

"In the beginning, they'd look down on him. But everybody who took the time to speak with him was captivated by his intellect; it...