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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.

The Arts Intel team

Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role of Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten.”

Deepening the Dye From bird-watching to Warhol-watching, the lockdown is an exercise in patience and concentration

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“I felt I was in some unimaginable country where everything was possible,” said Italian-born Bo Bardi when she arrived in Brazil.

Lina’s World The radical architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi transformed Brazil with her ambitious creations

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Ted Turner at the CNN launch party on June 1, 1980.

Before Cable Was Cool A new book tells the story of CNN, Ted Turner, and the birth of the 24-hour news cycle

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A silver and silver-gilt necklace by Jean Deprés, to be auctioned by Sotheby’s Paris for an estimate of €8,000 to €10,000 (about $9,000 to $11,000).

Artful Offerings

This season’s online jewelry auctions bring pink sapphire butterflies from Christie’s, giant ear clips from Phillips, and a collection of Jean Després’s modernist pieces from Sotheby’s … Read On


Music fills the halls of the Basilica di San Vitale, in Ravenna, Italy.

Classical Music Inches Toward Re-Opening

For classical singers, the thaw has begun. In May in the German city of Wiesbaden, the Austrian bass Günther Groissböck sang songs of Schubert and Mahler to an audience capped at not even 200 in a baroque jewel box that seats 1,000. In Ravenna, Salzburg, and Rome, there are stirrings, too … Read On


Arde Madrid, available on MHz Choice, centers on the maid and chauffeur who work for Hollywood star Ava Gardner played by Debi Mazar.

Screen Time

What to watch in the coming weeks, from the French espionage thriller The Bureau to the action-packed world of MHZ Choice. Read On


Death in London

If you avoid plague novels like their subject and, for now at least, Middlemarch is more than you can chew, I’d recommend The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey … Read On


Michael Volle as Scarpia and Anna Netrebko in the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca.”

The Week in Opera: Through June 6

Tips for navigating the week’s virtual offerings, with standouts from Riccardo Muti, Opera Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera … Read On


The sculptor Camille Claudel at work, 1887.

Feat of Clay

Being Rodin’s muse and mistress was no easy thing. After her death, Camille Claudel finally got a museum of her own, now open to visitors again … Read On

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