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Aasif Mandvi’s One-Man Show Will Return to New York

Aasif Mandvi’s “Sakina’s Restaurant” is returning to New York this fall. The actor and writer will perform his one-man show about an Indian immigrant’s experiences working in the food-service industry for four weeks at the Minetta Lane Theater beginning Oct. 5.<p>“Despite 20 years having passed since …

Biographies

Tom Waits makes rare public appearance at Jack White concert

The singer attended the concert and also stole Jack's watch<p>Tom Waits has made a rare public appearance, attending Jack White’s gig in San Fransisco …

Jack White

David Wojnarowicz’s Still-Burning Rage

“History Keeps Me Awake at Night,” the Whitney Museum’s retrospective of the works of the artist, writer, and activist David Wojnarowicz, opens with a mask of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Wojnarowicz made the mask out of cardstock and a rubber band, using a famous photograph of the poet at the …

Art

Likely identity of Oscar Wilde’s American sweetheart ‘Hattie’ uncovered

The circumstantial evidence linking the Crockers with Wilde’s tour and his stay in San Francisco is so strong Matthew Sturgis<p>It was on his famous 1882 lecture tour of the United States and Canada that Oscar Wilde briefly lost his heart to a woman called “Hattie”.<p>He wrote to her: “When I think of …

San Francisco

Patti Smith on Aretha Franklin: 'She’ll never be gone because she left us such an amazing body of work'

On Friday morning during an interview in advance of Pathway to Paris, an upcoming concert at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, the musician, writer and activist Patti Smith was asked for her thoughts on the passing of Aretha Franklin.<p>Smith, who will join artists including Flea, Karen O, Eric Burden, …

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s Regal Rebellion Against Racism

The late Queen of Soul was “a Black woman with no qualms about projecting that Blackness to the world in all of its nuanced beauty,” writes Stereo …

Aretha Franklin

An Introduction to the Beat Poets

In the 1940s and 50s, a new generation of poets rebelled against the conventions of mainstream American life and writing. They became known as the …

Literature

Aretha Franklin Is As Immortal As Can Be

The eternal challenge is to answer grief with something that resembles love. To choose not just to sit around decrying hardship and injustice but instead to uncurl your fists and approach sorrow with grace, power, and, most incredibly, gratitude—not for the hurt itself but for the whole miraculous …

Aretha Franklin

Iggy Pop Recreates Famous Andy Warhol Hamburger Eating Scene for New Music Video

The 71-year-old rocker did it to help out the band Death Valley Girls.<p>Though Iggy Pop has long been a rock ’n’ roll icon—both as the frontman of The …

Soul Icon Aretha Franklin Dies at Age 76

Aretha Franklin—the Queen of Soul and first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose songs like “Respect” and “Natural Woman” …

Music

Keri Russell and Adam Driver Are Headed to Broadway Together

Two stars of the screen, Keri Russell and Adam Driver, are heading to Broadway. The pair has been cast in a revival of Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This,” which will open in March.<p>Both actors are primarily known for their work in television and movies. Ms. Russell has been nominated for three Emmys for …

Star Wars

‘The Velvet Underground Experience’ Exhibition Opening in New York This Fall

Fans of the popular “David Bowie Is” exhibit, which drew more than 2 million visitors to the Brooklyn Museum before it closed last month, may be …

Velvet Underground

Broadway Producer Hits a Bad Note With Critics

Most Broadway producers are accustomed to staying outside the public view and focusing on behind-the-scenes tasks of raising money and putting the show together.<p>But Ken Davenport, producer of the new Broadway musical “Gettin’ the Band Back Together,” has gone the unusual route of also appearing on …

New Jersey

How Jean-Luc Godard Liberated Cinema: A Video Essay on How the Greatest Rule-Breaker in Film Made His Name

Few can think of the very concept of the auteur without thinking of Jean-Luc Godard. That goes for those of us exhilarated by his movies, those of us …

Los Angeles

John & Yoko’s Imagine film re-released with unseen footage

It's back in cinemas on September 18<p><b>John Lennon</b> and <b>Yoko Ono’s</b> impressionistic visual interpretation of the <b>Imagine</b> album is to be re-shown in select …

Music

This Was The End Of Francois Truffaut’s Innocence

Even if he hadn’t started his career with “The 400 Blows,” one of cinema’s defining studies of childhood, Francois Truffaut would have a reputation …

Literature

'After 15 minutes, my audience walked out': standups on their Edinburgh debuts

<b>‘Another act got my review’</b><p><b>Dave Gorman</b><br>I was 19 and nowhere near ready. I had a decent enough act – if there was a full house and everyone was up for it. But I had none of the skills needed for working a small, arms-folded, go-on-prove-it audience. Luckily, the only reviewer who came along didn’t …

Comedy

Watch the moment in rural Alabama when Aretha Franklin became the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76 in her home in Detroit, was an icon of strength and power for her feminist/civil-rights anthem “Respect.” She won 18 Grammys, sold more than 75 million records, and was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone …

Aretha Franklin

Reading Naipaul in Africa

I first read V. S. Naipaul before knowing anything about him—I came under the spell of his prose before I knew not to like him.<p>In the early eighties, when I was serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa, a copy of “A Bend in the River,” published just a few years earlier, passed hand to hand among …

Literature

Edinburgh festival 2018: the 10 best jokes

<b>Athena Kugblenu:</b> Patriarchy is putting Jane Austen on £10 notes the same time as bringing in contactless.<p><b>Christian Talbot:</b> Sometimes even I don’t understand feminism. And I’m a guy.<p><b>Jez Watts:</b> I don’t know why, but for some reason all the cheeses in the dairy aisle have been named after porn search …

Great Depression

Holy Disobedience: On Jean Genet’s ‘The Thief’s Journal’

In the first stirring lines of <i>The Thief’s</i> <i>Journal</i>, <i></i>Jean Genet bares his youthful aspirations, his doctrine as a poet, and his tenets as a man. He offers a single sentence—“Convicts’ garb is striped pink and white”—then embarks on a paragraph of Proustian proportions, where straightaway the reader is …

Literature

Go Inside the Recording Studio for The Bengsons’ Hundred Days Cast Album

The album, which features the cast of the NYTW production, will be released September 21.<p>Ghostlight Records will release an original cast recording …

The Theatre

Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill' at 76: Queen of Soul is surrounded by family in Detroit 'preparing to say goodbye' as friends reveal she is down to 86lb and has been fighting cancer

Aretha Franklin is 'gravely ill' and currently surrounded by family and friends who are preparing to say their final goodbye, it has been …

Music

The Shattering Double Vision of V. S. Naipaul

Over the years, I have kept coming back to an image: a young writer, a twenty-six-year-old Indian man, sits at a desk in a small flat in Streatham Hill, a modest area of South London. It is 1958, and he is working on a long book that will become, in time, one of the great novels of the twentieth …

Literature

Anarchy Around The World: Punk Goes Global

Forty years after it officially crash-landed in our midst, it’s easy to believe punk “sold out” its lofty original ideals, not least because its …

Universal Music

Hunter S. Thompson's 'Red Shark' Lands In Las Vegas For New Cannabis Museum Exhibit

Cannabition, touted as the world’s only cannabis-themed experience of its kind to date, unveiled a most-fitting, first exhibit on Wednesday, August 8. Legendary gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s personal 1973 Chevrolet Caprice convertible has landed in downtown Las Vegas ahead of the cannabis …

Las Vegas

Deep Purple Release 1970 ‘Black Night’ Performance With Unseen Footage

The official Deep Purple YouTube channel has released a split-screen video that will be eagerly received by their legions of fans. It includes …

Deep Purple

'Traditional' theatre lighting and stage design discriminates against black and Asian actors, warns Shakespeare's Globe

The increasing use of black and Asian actors has led some in British theatre to congratulate themselves on the growing diversity of the British stage.<p>But experts have warned that casting ethnic minority actors without paying attention to the way they are lit, or what colour costumes they wear, puts …

William Shakespeare

19 Pieces Of Street Art That Will Take You Literally Out Of This World

Some of these will make you question everything.

Art