October, 2017


Kahlil Joseph’s New Film Is Steeped in Harlem’s History…

DANIEL McDERMON That was at the urging of his brother, Noah Davis, a contemporary artist who founded an influential exhibition space in Los Angeles called the Underground Museum. Mr. Joseph was a successful filmmaker at the time, directing music videos for artists like Flying Lotus, and was later nominated for an Emmy as one of the directors of Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade.” Continue reading the main story But in 2014, Mr. Joseph had just completed a 14-minute film that he couldn’t release. It was based on work he’d done forRead More

Hear 9 New Psalm Settings for Challenging Times

JOSHUA BARONE “This text is so timeless, even urgent,” he said. “We seem to live in a time when the differences between us are getting not smaller, but larger. The more vulnerable people need our protection.” Continue reading the main story Mohammed Fairouz, Psalm 14 At its heart, Mr. Fairouz said, this psalm is about “believing in something bigger than yourself,” even while living in divisive times. In writing his setting, “Diversions,” he felt the psalm’s message was ultimately one of hope. The piece unfolds in three parts: a poemRead More

Rock, Reminiscence and Sci-Fi Will Be Part of Under the…

PETER LIBBEY Photo A concert performance of “Parable of the Sower,” an operatic adaptation of two novels by Octavia Butler. Credit Kevin Yatarola The Public Theater’s 2018 Under the Radar Festival will feature pieces inspired by the work of the pioneering science fiction writer Octavia Butler and the influential rock critic Lester Bangs, as well as an autobiographical show from the New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik. The theater on Tuesday announced the lineup of the festival, which, in its 14th year, is dedicated to exposing audiences to works that fallRead More

Jack Bannon, Who Played an Editor on “Lou Grant,” Dies …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Photo Jack Bannon in a scene from “Lou Grant.” Jack Bannon, who played the genial and raffish assistant city editor Art Donovan on the long-running television series “Lou Grant,” died on Wednesday in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where he had lived since the mid-1990s. He was 77. His stepdaughter, Molly Allen, confirmed his death. Mr. Bannon was a regular on “Lou Grant,” a newspaper drama, spun off from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which starred Ed Asner in the title role and was seen on CBS from 1977Read More

Review: Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Is Big-Screen Perfec…

A.O. SCOTT “I want you to be the very best version of yourself,” says her judgmental, habitually disappointed mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf). Video Trailer: ‘Lady Bird’ A preview of the film. By A24 on Publish Date October 31, 2017. Image courtesy of Internet Video Archive. Watch in Times Video » “But what if this is the best version?” Lady Bird responds. It’s a sharp, sardonic line (one of many) and also an anguished existential question. Christine (to use the name Marion gave her) wants to satisfy her mother, which isRead More

After 25 Years, Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Fr…

MICHAEL COOPER Why did you decide it was time? It will be my 75th year when this happens, and will also be my 25th year as music director of the San Francisco Symphony. Almost my entire adult life I’ve been the music director of some organization or another. I have volumes and volumes of almost-completed compositions and stories and poems and collections and all sorts of things. For years I’ve been thinking that if I’m going to be able to devote time to making sure that these things are inRead More

Review: ‘The B-Side’ Is an Extraordinary Masterclass in…

BEN BRANTLEY Before he sets needle to vinyl, Mr. Berryman gives us a bit of matter-of-fact introduction to what we are about to hear and how this performance came into being. Several years ago, he had seen “Early Shaker Spirituals.” While working in a Chinese tea shop as a waiter, he met that show’s director, the Wooster stalwart Kate Valk, and told her he had an idea for her. And so Ms. Valk wound up staging “The B-Side.” It is a task to which she — and a design teamRead More

Vivian Maier, Through a Clearer Lens

PARUL SEHGAL But stories — like snapshots — are shaped by people, and for particular purposes. There’s always an angle. A new biography, “Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife,” by Pamela Bannos, strives to rescue Maier all over again, this time from the men who promulgated the Maier myth and profited off her work; chiefly Maloof, who controlled her copyright for a time. After a legal battle — “the Vivian Mire,” one critic called it — her estate passed into a trust last year, where it will be heldRead More

Review: ‘The Light of the Moon’ and the Trauma of Rape

TEO BUGBEE Photo Stephanie Beatriz in a scene from “The Light of the Moon.” Credit Imagination Films When we meet Bonnie, a young architect in Brooklyn, she’s on her way to a well-deserved night out. Bonnie drinks and dances, swatting away a few overeager hands. After turning down her friend’s offer to split a cab, she stumbles toward home. Bonnie puts on her headphones, she’s in her own world. And then Bonnie is pulled into an alleyway, where she is brutally raped by a stranger. The rape is an earlyRead More

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture Signed, Sealed and Delivered

JOHN WILLIAMS Photo Credit Ron Frehm/Associated Press.. Recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature inevitably see renewed interest in their work, and one publisher is banking on especially high regard for the first literal rock star to win it. Simon & Schuster today released a special edition of Mr. Dylan’s Nobel lecture, which runs to 23 pages. One hundred individually signed and numbered hardcover copies in slipcases are available for $2,500 each. (Next-day shipping is included.) Photo The lecture is also available in a more routine edition for $16.99. AfterRead More