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    Critic's Notebook: Mr. Reality TV Goes to Washington

    Critic's Notebook: Mr. Reality TV Goes to Washington


    Donald J. Trump during the luncheon in Statuary Hall following his swearing in as...

    On Inauguration Day, news broadcasters seemed unnerved by the prospect President Donald J. Trump would remain as combative as he had been while the host of “The Apprentice.”
    Artists Reckon With Trump’s Inauguration

    Artists Reckon With Trump’s Inauguration


    Members of Occupy Museums #J20 outside the Whitney Museum of American...

    Cultural counterprogramming. An artists’ strike. A museum’s celebration. Dispatches from coast to coast.
    Ars Longa, Except When MoMA Throws It Out

    Ars Longa, Except When MoMA Throws It Out


    The artist Pat Lasch, whose 1979 cake sculpture was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art as part of its 50th-anniversary...

    The artist Pat Lasch thought that her 1979 cake sculpture was part of the museum’s collection. The museum says otherwise.
    Review: Two Pinch-Hitters, Reveling in ‘Carmen’

    Review: Two Pinch-Hitters, Reveling in ‘Carmen’


    Clémentine Margaine in her debut in the title role of Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Metropolitan...

    Understudies step in to give robust performances in lead roles in Bizet’s opera at the Metropolitan Opera.
    The Smothers Brothers and the Birth of TV Buzz

    The Smothers Brothers and the Birth of TV Buzz


    Tom Smothers, left, and his brother, Dick, on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” in February...

    They didn’t set out to be controversial, but their show sure became so. And the story seems newly relevant.
    Review: They’ve, Sob, Remade ‘Beaches’

    Review: They’ve, Sob, Remade ‘Beaches’


    Cheer up: Nia Long, left, and Idina Menzel star in Lifetime’s remake of...

    A Lifetime do-over of that 1988 tear-jerker movie features Idina Menzel and Nia Long. (And you-know-who still dies.)
    Paula Dell, Pioneering Movie Stuntwoman, Is Dead at 90

    Paula Dell, Pioneering Movie Stuntwoman, Is Dead at 90


    Paula Dell with Bob Gordon at a California beach in an undated...

    Ms. Dell worked as a stunt double in films like “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “The Poseidon Adventure” and in the TV series “Charlie’s Angels.”
    The New Vanguard: For Mara Rosenbloom, Piano as a Remedy and a Force in Jazz

    The New Vanguard: For Mara Rosenbloom, Piano as a Remedy and a Force in Jazz


    Mara Rosenbloom at home in Brooklyn. Her new album’s title, “Prairie Burn,” refers to the clearing of terrain for native plants to...

    When Ms. Rosenbloom’s elbow was injured in a crash, she was told she would never play again. But practice became central to her recovery and growth.
    The Crooner in Chief: Barack Obama’s Musical Legacy

    The Crooner in Chief: Barack Obama’s Musical Legacy


    President Obama, singing “Amazing Grace” at a funeral for a victim of the Charleston church...

    He brought soul and hip-hop into the White House like no president before him. A discussion of Mr. Obama’s most powerful musical moments, on this week’s Popcast.
    Dance in NYC This Week

    Dance in NYC This Week


    From left, the dancer Madison Krekel and Alicja Pismenko working on “Slavic Goddesses — A Wreath of Ceremonies,” a new work by Paulina...

    Our guide to dance performances.
    Residente Chases His Muse, at the Genetic Level

    Residente Chases His Muse, at the Genetic Level


    Residente, once one-half of Calle 13, is releasing a solo album in March that was inspired by what his DNA revealed to...

    Once one-half of Calle 13, this rapper is using his own individual chemistry to affirm global kinship.
    10 Things to Do Now in NYC

    10 Things to Do Now in NYC


    “Untitled,” a 2009 acrylic on PVC panel by Kerry James...

    It’s a big city, with plenty to do, see, hear and watch. Here’s a sampling of cultural highlights this weekend and over the week ahead.
    Having a Sundance Hit May Not Make You Rich Anymore

    Having a Sundance Hit May Not Make You Rich Anymore


    In “Swiss Army Man,” a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) appears to take a selfie with a friend (Paul Dano). The film earned about $4.2 million in theatrical...

    In the last decade, only one film that had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival has earned more than $40 million at the box office.
    Outsider Art 2017: A Top 10

    Outsider Art 2017: A Top 10


    An untitled work by James Castle that uses soot as a...

    Roberta Smith picks her standouts from this year’s Outsider Art Fair, sticking with old favorites, but also including new discoveries.
    A Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Is Coming Soon

    A Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Is Coming Soon


    An illustration by Erin Stead for “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,” an expanded version of an unfinished fairy tale by Mark...

    A fanciful bedtime story that he told his daughters will finally be finished and released, more than a century after he wrote it.
    ISIS Destroys Part of Roman Amphitheater in Palmyra, Syria

    ISIS Destroys Part of Roman Amphitheater in Palmyra, Syria


    The Roman amphitheater, left, in Palmyra, Syria, in 2016. Satellite pictures on the right show the structure before it was damaged, above, and...

    Once done for ideological reasons, the destruction of heritage sites is now thought to be a matter of revenge as the militant group loses territory.
    Review: August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ Magnifies Marginalized Souls

    Review: August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ Magnifies Marginalized Souls


    From left, Keith Randolph Smith, Anthony Chisholm, Harvy Blanks, Michael Potts, Brandon J. Dirden and André Holland in August Wilson’s “Jitney,” at the Samuel J. Friedman...

    With soaring language and an improvisatory jazz spirit, Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s revival brings lives shaped by privation to throbbing life.
    Streaming: Mubi: A Streaming Service With a Ticking Clock

    Streaming: Mubi: A Streaming Service With a Ticking Clock


    Jackie Chan in “Project A,” which was on the streaming service Mubi in December. On Mubi, a new movie is introduced to subscribers every day. After 30 days, it’s...

    The site offers the theatrical equivalent of a limited run: A new movie is introduced every day, but after 30 days, it’s gone.
    Events for Children in NYC This Week

    Events for Children in NYC This Week


    A participant at last year’s Inventgenuity Festival in Brooklyn. The event returns this weekend, with the theme Organic Mechanics. See listing...

    Our guide to cultural events in New York City for families with children and teenagers.
    Art and Museums in NYC This Week

    Art and Museums in NYC This Week


    “Untitled,” a 2009 acrylic on PVC panel by Kerry James Marshall. The work is on view at the Met Breuer in a retrospective, closing on Jan. 29, of Mr. Marshall’s career. See listing...

    Our guide to new art shows, and some that will be closing soon.
    Classical Music in NYC This Week

    Classical Music in NYC This Week


    Maria Agresta is Micaëla in the Metropolitan Opera’s slightly updated production of Bizet’s “Carmen.” See listing...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.

    This Week’s Movies: Jan. 20, 2017


    The New York Times film critics review “The Red Turtle,” “Strike a Pose” and...

    The New York Times film critics review “The Red Turtle,” “Strike a Pose” and “Split."
    Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

    Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week


    Twenty One Pilots (above, at Madison Square Garden in August) will play Barclays Center on Friday. See listing...

    Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.
    Putting Art on a Pedestal in London

    Putting Art on a Pedestal in London


    The finalists for a spot on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth are now at the National Gallery in London. Clockwise from top right, models of sculptures by Heather Phillipson, the Raqs Media Collective, Michael Rakowitz, Huma Bhabha and Damián...

    Models of five artworks, two of which are destined for London’s Fourth Plinth, a sculpture platform on Trafalgar Square, are now at the National Gallery.

    Review: ‘They Call Us Monsters,’ but Do We Deserve Life Sentences?


    This documentary contains excerpts from a film made with the help of juveniles facing trial as adults, who are confronting the possibility of life in...

    This documentary contains excerpts from a film made with the help of juveniles facing trial as adults, who are confronting the possibility of life in prison.

    Review: In ‘Starless Dreams,’ the Young, Female and Detained in Tehran


    This documentary, by Mehrdad Oskouei, depicts a female juvenile detention center in Tehran that offers a benign contrast to its residents’ outside...

    This documentary, by Mehrdad Oskouei, depicts a female juvenile detention center in Tehran that offers a benign contrast to its residents’ outside lives.

    Review: ‘Saving Banksy’ Affirms Graffiti’s Populist Values


    This documentary honors the street-based work of the British artist known as Banksy, and implicitly criticizes those who would try to turn profits from...

    This documentary honors the street-based work of the British artist known as Banksy, and implicitly criticizes those who would try to turn profits from it.
    Film Series in NYC This Week

    Film Series in NYC This Week


    Robert Kramer’s “Ice” (1970) will show this weekend as part of an Anthology Film Archives series called Inauguration of the Displeasure Dome: Coping With the Election. See listing...

    Our guide to film series and special screenings.

    Review: ‘My Father Die,’ Full of Testosterone and Misogyny


    One of the hallmarks of this film, by Sean Brosnan, is the disjunction of the gorgeous and the gag-inducing as father and son try to kill each...

    One of the hallmarks of this film, by Sean Brosnan, is the disjunction of the gorgeous and the gag-inducing as father and son try to kill each other.
    Red Carpet Watch: Viola Davis

    Red Carpet Watch: Viola Davis


    The “Fences” actress usually does fittings in her trailer on the set of her television series, “How to Get Away With...

    The “Fences” actress usually does fittings in her trailer on the set of her television series, “How to Get Away With Murder.”