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Three American Ballet Theater Dancers Plan Their Last Steps

This season, three principal dancers will bid American Ballet Theater farewell: Paloma Herrera and Xiomara Reyes dance their final performances, both in “Giselle” on Wednesday (Ms. Herrera in the afternoon and Ms. Reyes in the evening), while Julie Kent follows suit in “Romeo and Juliet” on June …

Performing Arts

Easy recipe for these delicious Hotel Chocolat 'Crownies'

Are you ready for The Crownie? Combining the best of a cookie with the yum factor of a brownie, these are so simple to make.


What …


Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake Is the Best Thing to Happen

• In a large bowl, beat cream on high speed until soft peaks form.
• On a flat serving plate, arrange 7 to 8 cookies side by side in a circle, keeping one …


Sacramento Ballet Cancels Shows, Lays Off Dancers; Board President Says Ballet Will Return This Fall

Correction: 12:45 a.m. May 21: The Sacramento Ballet plans to return in Fall 2015.

UPDATE 3:55 p.m.:

Capital Public Radio Arts Contributor Jeff Hudson …


Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipes, For When You Need A Little Extra Chocolate

There's a lot of debate about what makes a great chocolate chip cookie. Chewy vs. crisp, small vs. the size of your head. Some folks believe that it is the chocolate chips themselves that make for an inferior cookie, touting the virtues of chopped chocolate instead, which melts into the cookie …


Lauren Santo Domingo, Giovanna Battaglia, Indre Rockefeller Celebrated American Ballet Theatre’s 75th Anniversary

Last night, American Ballet Theatre celebrated its 75th anniversary with a stunning retrospective performed by what felt like all of the most talented ballet dancers in America. The Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House was filled to the brim, not only with everyday ballet lovers, but with a …

American Ballet Theatre

BBC takes classical music scheme Ten Pieces to teens

BBC Music's Ten Pieces scheme - designed to engage a new generation of children with classical music - is being expanded to secondary schools.

Teenagers will be introduced to a new list of 10 classical pieces from "a wide range of styles and eras".

They include Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, Wagner's Ride …

Music (UK)

A New Image of William Shakespeare Has Been Discovered, Historian Says

Mark Griffiths found the image in the 1598 The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes written by the playwright's friend John Gerard

A historian claims he has discovered the only surviving image of William Shakespeare that was produced in his lifetime.

Mark Griffiths, who is also a botanist, found …


Peter Dinklage sings ode to dead 'Game of Thrones' characters

This post/song contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.

Careful, Tyrion, don't jinx yourself.

In honor of NBC's charity event, Red Nose Day, Peter Dinklage teamed up with the band Coldplay to create a Game of Thrones musical — including this ode to all the fallen folks of Westeros.

Red Nose Day has been …

Peter Dinklage

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake Recipe | Two Peas & Their Pod

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

by Two Peas on May 18, 2015

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes-chocolate cupcakes with silky chocolate ganache and the BEST


Big Noise orchestras praised by researchers | Classical Music


The initial findings of a long-term study show that Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise orchestras are having a positive effect on the local …

Classical Music

The Sneaky Game of Thrones Death Sentence You Might Have Missed

Warning: This article is full of details from Season 5, Episode 6 of Game of Thrones, titled “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken.” It is also enhanced by some light book knowledge though no actual book plots will be spoiled. All the same, proceed with caution and consider this your final warning.

Tonight’s …

Game of Thrones

Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes - Recipe

There's a secret I've been fostering for quite some time now. I love vegan cupcakes — even more than "regular" cupcakes. Their flavor is intense, …


Boston Ballet Caps Season With A Classic Balanchine And Comical Robbins

The Boston Ballet ends its 52nd season with “Thrill of Contact,” an engaging and varied quartet of dances at the Opera House through May 24. A …

Public Broadcasters

How Did Shakespeare's Kitchen Differ From Today's?

Think four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie is only a nursery rhyme?

Think again.

According to Francine Segan, author of Shakespeare’s Kitchen– an introduction for contemporary cooks to the foods of William Shakespeare’s world–during the Elizabethan era in England, people entertained their …


Game of Thrones: 9 Gruesome Execution Scenes

Beware! Spoilers for all of HBO's Game of Thrones through the fifth episode of Season 5 await you...

Even though rigid rulers and mad kings like Tywin …


Check out Christina Tosi’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Recipe!

cornflake-chocolate-chip-marshmallow cookies

makes 15 to 20 cookies

I am neither brave nor bold enough to make just a chocolate chip cookie. Everyone’s …


You should cocoa: sumptuous recipes for chocolate cakes and brownies

As good as it is to bake with chocolate – chopped, grated, melted, in slabs, chipped, or shaved into wafer-thin curls – every chunk of the stuff that I put into a cake batter or brownie mix is one less chunk for me just to snaffle at the kitchen counter. It can feel wasteful – and expensive – to …


Gourmet Symphony: Classical music goes to the saloon - The Washington Post

Did you miss the splashy Valentine's Day debut of the Gourmet Symphony, which paired gourmet food with classical music? Now you have a chance for an even more intimate eating, drinking and musical experience with the group.

On May 20, three performers will play four musical selections at Beuchert's …

Classical Music

How Amateur Musicians Are Shaking Up New York's Classical Music Scene

The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (PACS) has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, toured China, and is a three-time winner of the American Prize Competition in Orchestral Performance -- but the orchestra members are not professional musicians.

PACS, based in New York City, is technically an …

The Arts

Misty Copeland celebrates 75 years of American Ballet Theatre

The charismatic, extraordinarily gifted and physically flawless Misty Copeland, only the third African-American soloist with the world-renowned …

American Ballet Theatre

Review: ‘Don Quixote’ Ballet Unites Lovers, Dryads and Toreadors

Don Quixote, viewing the world through the lens of his fantasies, mistakes a windmill for a giant and has visions of what isn’t actually there. But during the vision scene of “Don Quixote,” which Gelsey Kirkland Ballet presented at the Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University on Thursday, …

Don Quixote

Watching Maya Plisetskaya

The great Bolshoi ballerina Maya Plisetskaya died on Saturday at 89. I saw her only once, in 1988, at a gala in her honor in Boston; an announcer proclaimed the priceless words: “And now Maya Plisetskaya will dance her immortal Dying Swan” — which she validated by dancing it twice. And that’s what …


Amar Ramasar’s Unlikely Path to Becoming a Prince for City Ballet

Amar Ramasar was 11 when he first saw ballet. It was a video of the New York City Ballet dancers Heather Watts and Mel Tomlinson, in Balanchine’s radical 1957 ballet “Agon,” the dancers clad in minimal leotards and tights, performing spiky, extraordinary movements to Stravinsky’s astringent score. …

Performing Arts

Hazelnut Crust Chocolate Tart

Preparation time:1 hour, 10 minsCooking time:40 minsServes:6 Serves


1 cup plain flour
• ½ cup hazelnut meal
• 2/3 cup icing sugar mixture
• 125g …


16 Spectacularly Sweet Recipes Starring Chocolate Chips

Most people probably have a bag or two of chocolate chips sitting in the pantry. According to Today, this baking staple was invented in 1941 thanks …


Chocolate banana cake


1. Line the base and sides of a loaf tin, about 25cm by 11cm, with non-stick paper.

2. Put the chocolate and butter in a mixing bowl.

3. In a …


Be Mesmerized by These Incredible Ballet GIFs

In honor of A.B.T’s 75th anniversary, see the twirling stars of the ballet company like you never have before: as GIFs!

When the American Ballet Theatre was founded in 1940, not much was expected from the fledgling company—after all, ballet was an art dominated by Paris, London, and Saint …