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Review: Marilyn Monroe Goes to War in ‘Norma Jeane Baker of Troy’

Review: Marilyn Monroe Goes to War in ‘Norma Jeane Baker of Troy’

Marilyn Monroe is falling to pieces again. That most endlessly analyzed of Hollywood sex goddesses is now being subjected to an especially rigorous process of deconstruction — or is it evaporation? — at the Shed, the new, $475 million arts center of Hudson Yards, where

Watching ‘Our Planet,’ Where the Predator Is Us

Watching ‘Our Planet,’ Where the Predator Is Us

One of the hallmarks of a past generation’s nature documentaries was the animal-in-peril scene: the cub hunted by the jungle cat, the fledgling teetering at the edge of its nest. It was like the terror of a thrill-park ride, one that usually came with the

It’s a Crumbling Road to Despair. Can New York Fix the B.Q.E.?

It’s a Crumbling Road to Despair. Can New York Fix the B.Q.E.?

Sometimes life in New York can seem like an endless exercise in simply keeping bad from getting worse. Last week, crowds gathered in Brooklyn Heights to stick a collective finger in yet another crumbling dike, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Notoriously choked with traffic, a clattery, belching,

Harlem School of the Arts Announces $9.5 Million Renovation

Harlem School of the Arts Announces $9.5 Million Renovation

The Harlem School of the Arts on Wednesday announced a renovation that will give its facility a major face-lift. Called “The Renaissance Project,” the $9.5 million revamp will be funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and is scheduled to begin in August. The architect Ulrich

‘Little’ Review: Too Much Caution and Not Enough Regina Hall

‘Little’ Review: Too Much Caution and Not Enough Regina Hall

“Little” is about what happens when an adult woman (Regina Hall) is punished for her bullying, vainglorious ways by turning into her 13-year-old self (Marsai Martin). As the premise for a comedy, this kind of body switch is just about foolproof. “Big,” “13 Going on

Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim: One Work, Many Layers to Love

Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim: One Work, Many Layers to Love

For me, the 2018-19 art season will always belong to the Swedish painter Hilma af Klint (1862-1944). I say this simply as a measure of the psychic and historical shift caused by the Guggenheim Museum’s extraordinary full-dress retrospective of her nearly 40-year career. The exhibition,

At the Friars Club, When the Laughter Stopped

At the Friars Club, When the Laughter Stopped

For decades, the Friars Club has been America’s temple of comedy, a fraternity of jokesters and others who relish the rimshot and proudly regard bad taste as a core virtue. How bad? Jack Black showed up to be roasted and dropped his pants on the

Tayla Parx Helped Ariana Grande Evolve. Now It’s Her Turn.

Tayla Parx Helped Ariana Grande Evolve. Now It’s Her Turn.

For 15 weeks since the fall, the top spot on the Billboard singles chart has been occupied by one of two Ariana Grande mega-smashes — “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings” — that drip with the mettle and coquettish swagger of a pop diva, while

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