Hitmaking movie director Alan Ladd Jr. dies at 84

Alan Ladd Jr., who as a producer and studio executive guided many blockbuster films, none greater than ‘Star Wars’, which he championed when its young director, George Lucas, struggled to do so, died on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84 years old. Kathie Berlin, who worked with him for years at … Read more

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Cécile McLorin’s album Salvant tackles a new archive: hers

Salvant has since recorded “Ogresse,” which features a 13-piece chamber orchestra conducted by Darcy James Argue, and she intends to release it as an album. She is also working on an animated feature to accompany the music, using her own drawings. Salvant grew up in Miami surrounded by music, but she wasn’t immediately interested in … Read more

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The Outsider Art Fair returns, in great shape

It’s been two years since the Outsider Art Fair last met, with over 60 galleries strong, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. But now it’s back and the atmosphere is, unsurprisingly, festive. The dealers are happy to see each other again. Many participants present new material, little-known or totally unknown works. Ask them. And the … Read more

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Review: The sound of a soprano floods the Met in “Ariadne”

“Did you see ‘Ariane’ last night? a friend wrote to me on Wednesday. “If you were in Brooklyn, you might have heard it again.” I had I saw him, and knew immediately that by “it” he meant “she”: soprano Lise Davidsen, who as the main character of Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” filled the mighty Metropolitan … Read more

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Take a look: ‘Reading Rainbow’ goes live, with new friends to know

In a bustling Upper Manhattan kitchen, Kendall Joseph, a young actor wearing fire-engine red oven mitts, stood by the stove. As a cheerful song played and a director shouted “Action!”, he opened the oven and pulled out a baking dish. Rolling cameras focused on the treat inside: a butterfly-shaped chocolate cake. “Remember? ‘Butterfly in the … Read more

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‘Star Trek: Picard’ Recap: Leave Jean-Luc Alone

Season 2, Episode 1: “The Star Gazer” Why can’t poor Jean-Luc Picard be left alone in retirement? Really, there must be other people to save the universe at this point. As “Picard” season 2 kicks off, the retired admiral seems so at peace in his vineyard. He picks grapes. Petting his dog. He smiles without … Read more

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Anna Netrebko, diva with ties to Putin, is out at the Metropolitan Opera

Anna Netrebko, the superstar Russian soprano, will not appear at the Metropolitan Opera again this or next season after failing to comply with the company’s request to distance herself from Russian President Vladimir V. Putin as he wages war on Ukraine. The end of Ms Netrebko’s engagements, which the Met announced on Thursday, came after … Read more

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