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In light of the coronavirus outbreak, some institutions are either closed or offering amended programming as a precautionary measure. Please be sure to double check dates and availabilities with the venues directly.

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Gordon Parks, Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956.

Southern Gothic New exhibitions at London’s Alison Jacques Gallery spotlight Black photographer Gordon Parks’s work chronicling the American South and more

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Bruce Adolphe at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in New York City.

Hidden Tunes “Whatever story I’m telling, I tell it through music.” An interview with Bruce Adolphe, the mind behind the wildly popular Piano Puzzlers

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An Introvert’s World

Paul Valéry’s colossal Notebooks dwarf the slim body of poetry—comprising fewer than one hundred poems along with several verse dramas—that the author published during his lifetime. According to his friend and publisher André Gide, Valéry himself said that he couldn’t care less about poetry. And yet it was his poems that first established Valéry as a precocious talent in the late 19th century, and later brought him literary celebrity, writes Max McGuinness in a review of the book … Read On

Lucy Dawidowicz, then Lucy Schildkret, in Munich, 1946.

The Anti-Intellectual

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Soprano Renée Fleming performing live at the Dumbarton Oaks estate in Washingon, D.C., on August 1, as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Met Stars Live in Concert series.

All the World’s a Stage Met favorites get star treatment in the New York opera house’s new series

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On the Road

“From the day I went to work for Andy at Interview, my life became one of great contrast,” says Bob Colacello. “Until then it was all about being in the middle. Suddenly I found myself swung from one extreme to the other, from drag queens to European royals.” Colacello, Warhol’s right-hand man and the editor of Interview magazine from 1970 to 1982, carried a Minox 35 EL camera around with him starting in 1976. In fact, he and Warhol had bought matching Minoxes in Bonn. It was the first miniature camera capable of making full-frame 35-mm. photos, and Colacello would “keep it inside my jacket pocket, and take it out when I saw someone doing something interesting.” READ ON

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Liquid Assets

Last winter, Tabula Rasa Dance Theater—the fledgling Manhattan-based contemporary-dance company—was rehearsing for its third season when the coronavirus lockdown hit. An ambitious spring program, Border of Lights, was canceled, the company lost crucial revenue, and 9 out of 11 dancers caught the virus. READ ON

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Open-Air Revival

The coronavirus has revived the drive-in from the dead, and scores of alfresco screens are sprouting up wherever crickets gather. After all, what better, safer place to catch a film than from inside the bubble of a car? Or, for that matter, on the tranquil waters of a socially distanced boat, with perhaps a picnic basket packed? (So French.) Read On

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