Two for the price of one

Two for the price of one

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review a New Hampshire revival of A Garden Fête, one of the eight plays from Alan Ayckbourn’s Intimate Exchanges cycle, and the Lincoln Center Theater premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s Shows for Days, which stars Patti LuPone. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Alan Ayckbourn’s “Intimate Exchanges,” first performed […]
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Replay: Raymond Massey in Abe Lincoln in Illinois

An excerpt from Abe Lincoln in Illinois, starring Raymond Massey as Abraham Lincoln. The film, released in 1940, was directed by John Cromwell and adapted by Robert E. Sherwood from his original stage play, which opened on Broadway in 1938 and ran for 472 performances. This scene is a fictionalized portrayal of one of the […]
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Almanac: Alexander Hamilton on our national mission

Almanac: Alexander Hamilton on our national mission

“It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country to decide, by their conduct and example, the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their […]
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What color is Othello?

And what color should he be? That’s the subject, more or less, of my “Sightings” column in today’s Wall Street Journal. Here’s an excerpt. * * * In this country, Steven Berkoff is mostly known (if at all) as the villain in “Beverly Hills Cop.” In his native England, by contrast, he is known as […]
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Mimi's In The Marigny Gives Up Live Music Permit For Good

Mimi's In The Marigny Gives Up Live Music Permit For Good

The popular Marigny bar will focus on its upstairs tapas restaurant, and can have 9 live shows a year. After a two year long battle with annoyed neighbors, beloved Marigny bar Mimi's In The Marigny has agreed to give up its live music permit, Richard A. Webster reports.  As part of the agreement, owner Mimi Dykes can get a special events permit to have music nine times a year, which will likely happen on New Years Eve, Halloween, during Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, but she must inform neighbors three weeks in advance. Since the popular bar's various dance nights and live shows became shaky grounds as of 2013, Mimi's has been tapping into a new business model focusing on its legit upstairs tapas restaurant run by chef Heathcliffe Hailey.
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Discovery's Shark Week To Feature New Music from Composer J. Ralph

The symphonic composition “Theodora” can also be heard at SharksRescored.com.
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Thicke: Distracted by failing marriage during music case

Thicke: Distracted by failing marriage during music case

NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Thicke says the deposition for the “Blurred Lines” case took a backseat to his crumbling marriage, in his first interview since he and Pharrell lost the lawsuit in March.
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Prince pulls music from most online streaming services

Pop icon Prince has opened a new chapter in his fraught relationship with the Internet as he suddenly pulled his music from most streaming services. The sole streaming service that still carried the “Purple Rain” legend's music as of early Thursday was Tidal, which was re-launched this year by rap mogul Jay Z. It streamed much of a peace concert held by Prince in May in Baltimore in the wake of the death of an African American man in police custody.
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Lincoln Center’s dark legacy

Lincoln Center’s dark legacy

My essay in the July/August double issue of Commentary is about Lincoln Center. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Lincoln Center, the first major urban performing-arts center in America, was well on its way to completion a half-century ago. The New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, and the New York Philharmonic had […]
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Almanac: Somerset Maugham on self-sacrifice

“‘A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her,’ he said, ‘but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account.’” Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
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Dr. Dre's legendary 'Chronic' album makes exclusive streaming debut on Apple Music

Dr. Dre's legendary 'Chronic' album makes exclusive streaming debut on Apple Music

Voted one of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' by Rolling Stone magazine, Dr. Dre's album “Chronic” will be exclusively available on Apple Music from June 30, the publication reports. The subject of much legal dispute over the last 16 years, Dr Dre’s lauded album “Chronic” joins Taylor Swift’s “1989” to be exclusively available for streaming on Apple Music, once it re-launches on June 30. The music streaming service will be released alongside the iOS 8.4 update, and will be followed shortly after by Apple’s radio station Beats 1.
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Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber Unveil "Where Are U Now" Music Video

Justin Bieber gets painted in the new music video.
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Billboard to host first ever Hot 100 Music Festival

Billboard to host first ever Hot 100 Music Festival

Billboard music magazine has announced that it will hold a music festival August 22-23 in the state of New York. Produced in partnership with LiveNation, Billboard magazine will host its first Hot 100 Music Festival at the Jones Beach Festival Grounds. Over 30 artists will perform on three main stages over the two-day music festival.
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Music Review: Joy Williams goes solo and bares soul

Joy Williams, “Venus” (Sensibility/Columbia)
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Music Monday (6/29): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Music Monday (6/29): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Big Sean, Tinashe, and Mogwai, plus brand new streaming music from Toro y Moi, Owen Pallett, Low, Frog Eyes, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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Apple Music: Everything You Need to Know About the Launch

Apple will officially enter the music streaming subscription market on Tuesday with the launch of Apple Music and its accompanying Beats 1 radio station. An estimated 41 million people paid for a streaming music subscription service in 2014, according to IFPI, a London-based recording industry trade group that represents more than 1,300 record labels. Apple's huge advantage: With more than 800 million iTunes accounts, Apple Music has the opportunity to quickly amass a following.
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Almanac: Paul Scofield on glamour and the serious actor

Almanac: Paul Scofield on glamour and the serious actor

“Glamour is a trap if you go just for that. It does not develop the ability. At first when one starts acting one is really searching for an identity. Work is really the sole means of an education. I don’t mean by that either you or I were not educated properly when we were at […]
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Just because: Paul Scofield in King Lear

An excerpt from Peter Brook’s 1969 film of King Lear, starring Paul Scofield as Lear, Jack MacGowran as the Fool, and Irene Worth as Goneril: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
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