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    CRITIC’s notebook: Listening to the Throbbing of the Stars

    CRITIC’s notebook: Listening to the Throbbing of the Stars


    For the New York premiere of Claude Vivier’s opera “Kopernikus,” the audience faced projected video as Sebastián Zubieta conducted Meridionalis and the International Contemporary...

    Claude Vivier’s celestial music is still more heard about than heard, but he was the focus of back-to-back performances in New York this week.
    Meredith Monk’s Fantasy of Fascism, Newly Restored

    Meredith Monk’s Fantasy of Fascism, Newly Restored


    A filmed version of Meredith Monk’s multimedia opera “Quarry,” first performed in the 1970s, has been...

    The polymathic artist revisits the making of her 1978 film “Quarry” on the eve of its screening at Anthology Film Archives.
    David Byrne Is Coming to Broadway

    David Byrne Is Coming to Broadway


    David Byrne (left) performing “American Utopia” in Uruguay last...

    The pop artist is retooling his “American Utopia” show for a 15-week run from October to January.

    Lens: These Portraits of Metalheads Go to 11


    Returning to venues where he attended metal shows years ago, Matthew DeFeo captures the vulnerability behind these artists’ angsty...

    Returning to venues where he attended metal shows years ago, Matthew DeFeo captures the vulnerability behind these artists’ angsty facades.
    What Is Actually Happening With Britney Spears?

    What Is Actually Happening With Britney Spears?


    Britney Spears in October when she announced “Britney: Domination,” a residency that was set to run at the Park MGM in Las Vegas. The shows have been put on hold...

    Despite an online campaign by fans to “Free Britney,” there remain more questions than answers about the pop star’s well-being. Here’s what we know.
    Caught in the Middle of #MeToo: Unions That Represent Accusers and Accused

    Caught in the Middle of #MeToo: Unions That Represent Accusers and Accused


    Amar Ramasar performing with fellow New York City Ballet dancer Sara Mearns in 2015. On Saturday they will dance together again after an arbitrator ordered Mr. Ramasar...

    From the shop floors of factories to ballet’s grandest stages, unions are rethinking how they balance their responsibilities in sexual harassment cases.
    Evan Dando Knows He’s Lucky

    Evan Dando Knows He’s Lucky


    The Lemonheads frontman was the poster boy — and prettiest boy — of Gen X. At 52, he’s still enjoying a life of drugs and rock ’n’ roll, on Martha’s Vineyard of all...

    The Lemonheads frontman was the poster boy — and prettiest boy — of Gen X. At 52, he’s still enjoying a life of drugs and rock ’n’ roll, on Martha’s Vineyard of all places.
    Organizers of Woodstock Anniversary Concert Win Partial Victory in Court

    Organizers of Woodstock Anniversary Concert Win Partial Victory in Court


    Michael Lang, an organizer of “Woodstock 50,” flanked during a March news conference by Common, left, and John Fogerty, who are both signed up to perform if the festival goes...

    A judge said that a company that was to finance Woodstock 50 could not unilaterally cancel the festival, but the firm does not have to return the $18 million it had taken back.
    Eva de La O, Soprano Who Promoted Hispanic Composers, Dies at 88

    Eva de La O, Soprano Who Promoted Hispanic Composers, Dies at 88


    Eva de La O in 2007. She performed as a soprano but also founded a chamber music organization dedicated to introducing Hispanic performers and music to the...

    She established Musica de Camara, a chamber ensemble, in 1979 to support classical artists and composers and expose new audiences to their works.
    Reimagining the ’70s Tehran Music Scene, One Party at a Time

    Reimagining the ’70s Tehran Music Scene, One Party at a Time


    Disco Tehran, a performance project and party that combines live music and D.J. sets, recalls the music scene of 1970s...

    Arya Ghavamian and Mani Nilchiani’s New York events, Disco Tehran, spotlight Iranian musicians and a spirit of cultural exchange.
    When Grunge Made Blue-Collar Culture Cool

    When Grunge Made Blue-Collar Culture Cool


    Nirvana in Seattle in...

    Brooding bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden validated the noisy discontent of teenagers everywhere. For me, they looked a lot like home.
    Doris Day, Movie Star Who Charmed America, Dies at 97

    Doris Day, Movie Star Who Charmed America, Dies at 97


    Doris Day in 1965. Between 1948 and 1968, she starred in nearly 40...

    From the perky girl next door in the 1950s to the woman next door in 1960s sex comedies, Ms. Day was the most popular film actress since Shirley Temple.
    Critic’s Notebook: Bored of the ‘Ring’

    Critic’s Notebook: Bored of the ‘Ring’


    Its visual spectacle is still beside the point, but Robert Lepage’s much-warred-over Metropolitan Opera production of the “Ring” now makes for decent...

    Robert Lepage’s much-warred-over Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle now makes for decent drama. But it’s still not worth it.

    Popcast: Vampire Weekend, Indie Rock Heretics Turned Anxious Jam Band


    Ezra Koenig’s literate group has returned, sparking questions about how it was received in the past, and where it stands in the current...

    Ezra Koenig’s literate group has returned, sparking questions about how it was received in the past, and where it stands in the current climate.