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July 03 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and Disney +: A Timeline

Disney+ is streaming a live-capture film of “Hamilton.” It’s just the latest chapter in a deepening relationship between the company and the musical’s creator.

Frederick Douglass, Seen Up Close

Yale has acquired a renowned private collection relating to the abolitionist and orator, including rarely seen family scrapbooks that offer a window onto his complicated private life.
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July 02 2020

‘Liberty Bell’ Tolls for Sites Where History Is Alive and Kicking

Nancy Baker Cahill uses augmented reality to explore the meaning of historical sites from the Rockaways in New York to Selma, Ala. Is public art embellishing our heritage, or defacing it?

‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Defies and Exceeds Expectations

With a fresh voice and a winning cast, this Netflix update of the popular book series is the throwback that 2020 needs.

Seeing Paradise From Behind a Dashboard

Drive-ins are a rarity these days, but they were a formative moviegoing experience for many Americans, including an impressionable young boy who went on to become a director.

A Summer Without Superheroes

A real-world catastrophe has forced us to hit pause on enjoying the spectacle of our own domination. Maybe that’s a good thing.

‘Jaws’ Is Still Devouring Us. SOS!

In 1975, this thriller freaked out the world, scaring us out of the water and creating the summer-blockbuster template. It was also a warning.

Netflix’s ‘Eurovision Song Contest’: Here’s What You May Have Missed

The new film starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams lovingly references many of the competition’s most memorable moments, and features many Eurovision stars.

Can a New Arts Center Revitalize Provincetown?

In saving the Mary Heaton Vorse home, Ken Fulk hopes to help rescue an arts colony under siege from gentrification. But artists still need cheap studio space.

July 01 2020

‘Wayne’s World’ & Me

As a kid, I identified with Garth Algar, the shy sidekick of the 1992 movie, who taught me about how to be a real person in a branded world.

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Mozart

We asked Mark Hamill, Condoleezza Rice, Mitsuko Uchida and others to pick the music that moves them. Listen to their choices.

June 30 2020

‘Hamilton’ Review: You Say You Want a Revolution

The filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s founding-father Broadway musical arrives just in time — vital and more challenging than ever.

2004: ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and a Country at War With Itself

In this moment of polarization and racial justice, our critic looks back at Michael Moore’s smash documentary about the Iraq war and ‘The Notebook.’

Carl Reiner, Multifaceted Master of Comedy, Is Dead at 98

Mr. Reiner was a gifted comic actor, but he spent most of his career slightly out of the spotlight — writing, directing and letting others get the laughs.

Ten Signature Images From Milton Glaser’s Eclectic Career

In his graphic designs, he mingled Dürer with de Chirico, Breuer with Klimt, Islamic ornament with African textiles.

Pop Smoke Took Brooklyn Drill Global. Fivio Foreign Is Carrying the Torch.

Our latest episode breaks down “Big Drip,” a defining anthem of the local hip-hop subgenre with roots in Chicago and the United Kingdom. The song is now the soundtrack to a summer of unrest.

'Unsolved Mysteries' Returns Because 2020 Isn't Scary Enough

A new version of the long-running docu-series, which mixes true-crime stories with more paranormal tales, debuts Wednesday on Netflix.

June 29 2020

Concerts Disappeared. Piano Sales Survived.

With their showrooms closed this spring, instrument dealers around the country report surprise at the robust numbers.

Milton Glaser’s Unseen Design for New York: ‘Together’

A conversation with the graphic designer, who, until his death at 91, was still thinking about how his craft could help his beleaguered city.

Broadway Will Remain Closed Through the Rest of the Year

The industry said it would refund tickets through Jan. 3, and hopes that shows would be able to reopen “over a series of rolling dates in early 2021.”
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