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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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An untitled painting by Harold Ancart, part of David Zwirner New York’s “Traveling Light” exhibition.

Good Wood This fall, artists take inspiration from the nature around them

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Daphne Merkin holds her 2017 memoir, This Close to Happy. Her latest book, 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love, is a novel about erotic obsession.

Feminist of One She wrote about spanking before Fifty Shades of Grey and profiled Soon-Yi Previn when no one else would go there. Daphne Merkin explains what’s missing from today’s strand of feminism

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“Stalin was as evil as Hitler but Hitler was more catastrophically ambitious”: John Kelly, author of the upcoming Saving Stalin, looks at W.W. II transactionalism through a 2020 lens.

In Search of Lost Morals Transactionalism has been a part of our politics since our founding. And, even during World War, it’s coexisted with decency. Not anymore

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Forced Entertainment’s table-top productions screen live through late November.

The Soul of Wit “Table Top Shakespeare,” comprising brief adaptations of the bard’s works, launches an At Home edition

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Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese at Talese’s Midtown Manhattan home on the day of their interview with François Busnel, 2017.

Flak Catchers In an interview never before published in English, old friends Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe discuss American taboos, Trump, and his women

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Across the Universe Fifty years after the Beatles parted, their enduring magic still lights up rock’s firmament

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2020 Alibi A coronavirus whodunit

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Everything and Nothing, by Dana Schutz, who encourages viewers to “finish” her paintings.

Cloud Atlas Dana Schutz, the artist behind the Emmett Till controversy, debuts her first solo show in London, “Shadow of a Cloud Moving Slowly”

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It’s taken a new medium—and a new vision—to recover the old magic of Karate Kid.

Wax On, Wax Off Cobra Kai, a TV-series sequel to The Karate Kid, pays worthy homage to the original while undoing it

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Cinema Paradiso

“The world’s oldest surviving cinema celebrated the 125th anniversary of the first screening of a film yesterday but complained that the global movie industry had ignored the anniversary,” wrote Adam Sage in The Times of London on September 21. Quite vexing, no doubt, yet such oversight is understandable. The global movie industry has a lot on its mind, much as the captain of the Titanic did when the iceberg went bump. But in a pandemic year when movie houses worldwide have sat silent and dark, the popcorn machines under wraps, cinema’s quasquicentennial ought not to go unheralded. With nearly everything on pause for the indefinite future, the consolations of history are darn near all we’ve got until the new James Bond and Wonder Woman are allowed to leave the hangar. READ ON

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