Dawoud Bey’s Portrait of ’70s Harlem, Gathered for Today

July 25th, 2012

ONE day in early 1969, a 16-year-old black high school student from Queens named David Smikle decided to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which he had never visited. He’d heard on the radio that people were upset about an exhibition there, “Harlem on My Mind,” and he wanted a firsthand look. To his […]

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Movie Review: ‘Ruby Sparks,’ Written by and Starring Zoe Kazan

July 25th, 2012

Merrick Morton/Fox Searchlight Pictures “Ruby Sparks” stars Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. Ms. Kazan also wrote the screenplay. Who hasn’t entertained a fantasy of romantic omnipotence in which a dream partner complies with your every wish? In the language of “My Fair Lady,” “Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly?” But wait. Would unquestioning obedience really answer […]

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Still Life: Dog Ownership and Video Games

July 24th, 2012

Brad Vest/The New York Times Pet ownership has more than a little in common with video games. Viewed as a video game, Dog Ownership is, to be honest, not a good one. The dog-walking mini-game can become particularly wearying after a while. Its objectives and collectibles are scatological. The controls — a leash that can, […]

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Theater Review: ‘Warrior Class,’ a Political Play at Second Stage Uptown

July 24th, 2012

A restaurant in Baltimore or a sleek New York apartment: It’s all one big back room, where political horse trading is conducted with ruthless intensity and oily smiles in “Warrior Class,” an absorbing new play by Kenneth Lin that opened on Monday night at the McGinn/Cazale Theater as part of the Second Stage’s Uptown season. […]

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Rare Book School at the University of Virginia

July 24th, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — On a steamy morning last week Mark Dimunation, the chief of the rare book and special collections division at the Library of Congress, was in a windowless basement room here at the University of Virginia, leading a dozen people in a bibliophile’s version of the wave. He lined up the group and […]

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Danny DeVito in ‘The Sunshine Boys’ in London

July 23rd, 2012

LONDON — Danny DeVito never wanted to be a stage star. He took acting classes in 1960s New York on a lark while studying to be a makeup artist and then used Off Broadway plays like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as a steppingstone to Hollywood. He wanted to be famous in the movies, […]

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Critic’s Notebook: Hurdles Grow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

July 23rd, 2012

Monica Almeida/The New York Times The Museum of Contemporary Art???s ???Art in the Streets??? show. Maybe two out of three isn’t bad. Los Angeles has gotten two quite effective museum directors from New York. Ann Philbin went from the Drawing Center to head the Hammer Museum. Michael Govan went from the Dia Art Foundation to […]

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Theater Review | ‘Uncle Vanya’: ‘Uncle Vanya’ With Cate Blanchett at City Center

July 23rd, 2012

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in the Sydney Theater Company’s production of “Uncle Vanya.” Love has no dignity — no, not a shred — in the Sydney Theater Company’s glorious “Uncle Vanya,” which runs (and lopes and dances desperately) only through Saturday at City Center. In Tamas Ascher’s heart-bruising production, […]

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‘Dark Night,’ Sales High but Below Expectations

July 22nd, 2012

LOS ANGELES — The mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater on Friday dented ticket sales for “The Dark Knight Rises,” but not by much. The film, which is the culmination of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, took in about $ 162 million in North America over the weekend. That huge No. 1 total fell below […]

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Bronx River Now Flows by Parks

July 22nd, 2012

By David Frank A River Recovering: The Bronx River was once among the most polluted waterways in America. Now a new generation is discovering and helping to save it. Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic, tours the river. PERHAPS the most unsung patch of heaven in New York City is a tiny sliver of riverfront parkland tucked […]

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