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Was Anne Of Cleves Really As Ugly As Henry VIII Said?

The famous Holbein portrait of the king's fourth wife portrays her as nice-looking enough. Yet Henry declared her a "Flanders Mare" and annulled the...

An Immersive Kit Kat Club — How Broadway’s Revival Of “Cabaret” Put Together A...

The lobby became the Vault Bar, with an elevated stage and a rotating disco-ball eye. Upstairs is the Red Bar, with dancers behind beaded...

Things Finally Stabilize At Cleveland Ballet With A Permanent CEO

Larry Goodman, a board member, stepped in as interim CEO after founding chief exec Michael Krasnyansky resigned and his wife, artistic director Gladisa Guadalupe,...

“I Love The Art So Much I Sometimes Weep” — A Former Writing Professor’s...

"We are not a museum, just a neighborhood frame shop in Evanston, Illinois. … The art is unrelenting. … When I get home at...

It’s Been Only Six Years, And TikTok Has Changed The United States

"Here are 19 ways of understanding how TikTok became part of American life. ... Even if you’ve never opened the app, you’ve lived in...

For Estonians, Culture Could Be The Only Thing Keeping Them From Being Swallowed By...

"Because as soon as Estonia doesn’t have its own culture, the country will become fair game for Russian propaganda and Russian aggression. … All...

Conserving Rare Books At (Yes) The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

"Not every workplace features a guillotine. … Fearsome machines are part of daily life at the lab, which serves as a hospital where ailing...

Here’s The Painting That The Fired Museum Employee Put On The Museum’s Wall —...

"'The motive behind (the caper) was to see if the directors of the museum were prepared to practise what they preach,' said one person...

Climate-Protesting Theatre Vandals Convicted In London

"Five Just Stop Oil protesters have been (convicted) of aggravated trespass after they stormed a performance of Les Misérables in London's West End. Two...

New York Philharmonic Launches Independent Investigation Into Revived Assault Allegations And Broader Work Culture

"The New York Philharmonic, which has been facing an uproar since a recent magazine article detailed allegations of misconduct against two players it tried...

PEN America’s Major Events For This Spring Are Falling Apart Over Gaza

"Amid growing criticism over its response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, freedom of expression nonprofit PEN America is facing questions over whether its...

When Inigo Philbrick And I Tried To Cut A Banksy Out Of The Wall...

Orlando Whitfield (as recounted in his new book): “I mean, this is great, but it’s on a fucking wall. A door was one thing,...

An All-Male “Macbeth” Gets Pushback, And The Director Returns It

Alex Burns of Philadelphia's Quintessence Theatre Group has been criticized by a number of female and trans actors for, in effect, robbing them of...

The Pop Star Who’s Dancing A Martha Graham Solo With Graham’s Own Company

FKA twigs (née Tahliah Debrett Barnett), the British singer/songwriter/actor, studied ballet and contemporary dance, including Graham technique, throughout her childhood and teen years. This...

Silent Book Clubs Are (Ahem) Booming

"The rules are always the same: 30 minutes before the meeting’s official start time, people can come, share what they are reading and find...

Italian Government Vacillates Over Tax Incentives For TV And Filmmakers, Driving The Industry Nuts

"After reaping the rewards of a protracted growth spurt, Italy‘s film industry is facing a forced slowdown as the country’s right-wing government dithers with...

Putin’s Government Adds Imprisoned Playwright And Director To List Of “Terrorists And Extremists”

"Russian theatre director Zhenya Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk have been added to an official list of 'terrorists and extremists' as they await trial...

“When The Beginning Is Also The End” — Some Of The Very Greatest One-Hit...

Ralph Ellison. Charles Laughton (as filmmaker). Willis Alan Ramsey, the granddaddy of alt-country. Miguel Adrover, a former fashion designer who made a coat from...

Why The Costumed Performers At Disneyland California Are Unionizing

As one cast member puts it, "After a couple of months … the fairy dust fades away, and you see your friends and people...

Florence Is Drowning In Selfie-Seeking Tourists. One Museum Director Suggests A Solution

The city has 360,000 residents, only 40,000 of whom live in the historic center, but receives 11 million tourists each year. Cecilie Hollberg, director...

Flagship National Museum Of Wales Faces Staff Cuts And Possible Closure

Due to funding cuts and an existing deficit, the main gallery in Cardiff could eliminate up to 90 staff positions, and it may have...

Brooklyn Museum Appoints Its First Composer In Residence

Cellist and composer Niles Luther, 27, "is kicking off his residency by composing three musical arrangements to accompany the exhibition 'Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views...

Hugh Grant, Suing One Of London’s Most Notorious Tabloids, Settles For “An Enormous Sum”

"The actor had accused the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun of phone hacking, unlawful information-gathering, landline tapping, bugging his phone and burgling his flat and office....

How To Install Hundreds Of Solar Panels Atop A 500-Year-Old Church

Said church is the chapel of King's College, Cambridge, where a year-long (and rather delicate) project to place 438 panels on the roof was...

A Small Nation In West Africa Looks To The Arts To Grow Its Economy

The Republic of Benin — one of the two long-and-narrow countries wedged between Ghana and Nigeria — plans to spend €250 million to put...
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