Linda Bernstein

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Wendy Whelan: The First Time I Danced a Balanchine Ballet (the Day He Died)

My first performance in a Balanchine ballet took place 34 years ago, on April 30, 1983. It was a day that will forever be marked in the history books because it also happened to be the day Balanchine died.<p>I was given the sad news about the legendary choreographer around 11 a.m. as I was prepping to …

Ballet

Taking Flight: Julie Kent at Washington Ballet

WASHINGTON — Almost exactly two years ago, the ballerina Julie Kent stood onstage at the Metropolitan Opera House, eyes brimming with tears, and bade farewell to her 30-year dancing career at American Ballet Theater. (She was 45.) Her ballerina days were over, but she didn’t have much time to …

The Arts

Review: Alexei Ratmansky’s Ballet ‘Whipped Cream’ Is a Candyland Triumph

American Ballet Theater’s gala at the Metropolitan Opera House on Monday was a triumph on many levels. Alexei Ratmansky’s two-act “Whipped Cream,” an exuberantly nutty piece, new this March, in which a candy shop coming to life is only the start of the tale’s subversive craziness — made its New …

The Science of Adolescent Sleep

Why do children wake up early when they are young but want to stay in bed till noon as teenagers?<p>Experts say it’s biology. Adolescents’ bodies want to stay up late and sleep late, putting them out of sync with what their school schedules demand of them. So kids have trouble waking up, and they …

Wellness

On the Frivolities of Ballet, the Contradictory Art

Is ballet a serious art or a frivolous one? Very often, it’s both at the same time. Since frivolous means “lacking in seriousness” — also lightweight, flippant, of little weight or importance — that would seem a contradiction in terms.<p>But ballet abounds in self-contradictions. It continually shows …

Misty Copeland, a Ballerina With Real Acting Chops

Misty Copeland isn’t one of those principals who step onstage a few times a season. She dances. A lot.<p>“It’s crazy how I took jumping for granted all these years,” Ms. Copeland, 34, said as she stretched out on the floor between rehearsals at American Ballet Theater’s studios. Stella Abrera, a …

Ballet

Shakespeare's Birthday

Celebrating Shakespeare's birthday<p><b>Sunday, April 23, 2017, noon to 4:00</b><p>Happy Birthday, Will!<p>Join the Folger for this beloved annual tradition, as we …

Royal Family

Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration Parade 2017

Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations 2017 organised by Shakespeare’s Celebrations, the initiative jointly lead by Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council and …

Royal Family

'Homeland' finale recap: Sad, inevitable death of a friend

<b>Spoiler alert: The following story contains significant details from Sunday’s Season 6 finale of Showtime’s Homeland.</b><p>In the end, there was nothing gray about Peter Quinn's departure from <i>Homeland</i>. The author of so many nefarious deeds done in the name of his country died a clear-cut hero.<p>Although …

TV

Homeland Recap Season 6 Episode 12 Finale Ending

How quickly the tables turned in the season 6 finale of <i>Homeland</i>. In fact, it’s a mere 34 days after Madame Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) officially takes the office as president before the entire White House falls to shit. No longer is the Washington seen on this Showtime series an admirable state. It’s …

TV

‘Homeland’ EP Talks Season Finale, Emmy Bid & Damian Lewis’ Return

<i>SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s Season 6 finale of Showtime’s</i> <b>Homeland.</b><p>“We really hope that this year’s finale sets up the …

TV

Critic's Notebook: 'Homeland' Closes Repetitious Season 6 With Death, Paranoia and Sadness

Can Carrie protect President Keane? Should Carrie protect President Keane? And can Quinn ever find peace? The Showtime entry concludes another season …

Homeland finale recap: 'America First'

We gave it a <b>B</b><p>Maybe Carrie should have stayed abroad after all. Maybe if she had, she wouldn’t be ending <i>Homeland</i>‘s sixth season staring warily at Capitol Hill the way Brody once did, unsure of whether her country’s turned its back on her.<p>So <i>that’s</i> what this season was all about, the fact that …

America First

‘Homeland,’ Season 6, Episode 12: In the Finale, Carrie Deals With Death and Betrayal

What a harsh and sudden goodbye we faced, in the last episode of “Homeland” this season. And as the screen went black, it was hard to sort out what to feel and what to think.<p>We’re heartbroken about Quinn, of course — though we really have no right to be. He chose his moment, consciously, eyes wide …

TV

Sleep Is the New Status Symbol

At M.I.T.’s Media Lab, the digital futurist playground, David Rose is investigating swaddling, bedtime stories and hammocks, as well as lavender oil and cocoons. Mr. Rose, a researcher, an inventor-entrepreneur and the author of “Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and the Internet of Things,” …

Bedtime Stories

Paul A. Young's Bourbon chocolate crispy cake recipe

In the video above, Master Chocolatier Paul A. Young shares his recipe for a bourbon chocolate crispy cake, a grown up version of a childhood favourite.<p>This is the sixth video in our <i>Ultimate Chocolate Recipes</i> series, where Paul demonstrates eight deliciously decadent recipes to satisfy your sweet …

Dessert

Shakespeare's most murderous play comes to the Fine Arts Theatre

William Shakespeare’s work has been adapted to other cultures and time periods more than most other famed playwrights. Perhaps it’s his honest …

Notebook written by unknown 17th-century William Shakespeare scholar leaves Antiques Roadshow expert 'trembling'

A 17th-century notebook containing the jottings of perhaps the world’s first Shakespeare scholar has left experts “trembling” in anticipation of what it may contain.<p>Entitled <i>Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragedies</i>, it was discovered among the collection of 18th Century antiquarian John Loveday of …

William Shakespeare

Is This Notebook the Work of Shakespeare’s First Theater Critic?

Titled, “Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragedies,” the matchbook-sized notebook is written in a 17th century hand in Latin—believed to be the notes of a …

Literature

‘House of Cards’ Stars Join ‘Julius Caesar’ at Shakespeare in the Park

Elizabeth Marvel and Corey Stoll, veterans of political intrigue on the small screen, are among the initial cast members announced for the Public Theater’s production of “Julius Caesar” for Shakespeare in the Park this summer.<p>The play, which is to run May 23 through June 18 at the Delacorte Theater …

House of Cards

We’re on the brink of an epic Lyme disease outbreak

A bumper crop of acorns could be putting the US on the brink of an unprecedented outbreak of Lyme disease, experts warn.<p>An estimated 300,000 …

Disease

This is the precise time to go to bed if you want to wake feeling refreshed tomorrow

Are you sick of waking up feeling groggy every morning, doing battle with the snooze button as you try to grab a few more minutes precious shut-eye?<p>If you feel you're not getting enough sleep, you're far from alone: 39 per cent of people in England are suffering from disrupted sleep or insomnia …

Sleep

When Can My Child Mow the Lawn?

Can your 8-year-old vacuum yet?<p>Assigning new jobs for children as they mature will develop their work ethic, says Gregg Murset, CEO of BusyKid, a chore and allowance tracking app based in Scottsdale, Ariz. “The most important thing is to challenge them,” he says. “Once they have some proficiency …

Kids

Homeland Recap: Season 6, Episode 11, "R for Romeo" | The House Next Door

Tonight's episode of <i>Homeland</i>, “R for Romeo,” divides its characters into three factions. First there are those who dwell in the light, like …

TV

Homeland Recap Season 6 Episode 11 R Is For Romeo

The penultimate episode of <i>Homeland</i> season 6 goes out with a literal bang. While not on the same level of the explosion back in season 2, in which the CIA building blows up and 238 lives are taken, in “R For Romeo,” a slew of FBI agents lay dead or severely injured after a surprise blast goes off at …

TV

Homeland recap: 'R Is for Romeo'

We gave it a <b>B+</b><p>Back in the city, Saul pushes through throngs of protesters to get to the site of Keane’s press conference, the one she insisted upon after the release of a doctored video depicting her son as a cowardly soldier. The president-elect calls the video an attack on her presidency and …

‘Homeland,’ Season 6, Episode 11: Is Quinn Just a Natural Killer?

It may well be the most inadequate utterance in all of human history.<p>Quinn has just beaten to death the scruffy blond formerly known as Watch Cap Man. Blood and — we presume — brains are everywhere.<p>“Wanna talk about it?” Carrie says.<p>He does not — and yet he does — and when he goes on to talk about …

TV

Pie recipes ripe for Passover

My late mother baked only at Passover. She mostly used kosher-for-Passover box mixes, and I remember the brownies fondly. I waited all year for the …

Gluten

States Give New Parents Baby Boxes To Encourage Safe Sleep Habits

For Jernica Quiñones, the reality of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, hit close to home this year when a friend woke up on New Year's Day and discovered the lifeless body of her baby girl.<p>That's why Quiñones' 4-month-old son, Bless'n, has spent a lot of his life so far sleeping in a cardboard …

Babies