The Arts

George Lucas Museum Gets Approval From Los Angeles City Council

LOS ANGELES— The City Council here formally endorsed a plan to allow “Star Wars” creator George Lucas to build his long-planned art museum, the expected finale to a saga that stretched from Chicago to San Francisco.<p>The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to green light the $1.2 billion …

Museums

Mike Tyson on 'Love Is the Message'

Mike Tyson, 50, is a former professional boxer who simultaneously held the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. He is the author, with Larry Sloman, of “Iron Ambition: My Life With Cus D’Amato” (Blue Rider). He spoke with Marc Myers.<p>When I was 10, I was living on the streets of the Brownsville …

Music

'Big Four' arts bodies face cut to funding in name of diversity

The Arts Council has cut funding to the nation’s most eminent arts organisations and allocated the money to smaller companies outside London that can demonstrate a commitment to diversity and disadvantaged communities.<p>The Royal Opera House, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company have taken …

Royal Opera House

How Pablo Picasso Hacked Willpower to Produce Almost 50,000 Works of Art

In 1895, had his sister not died, Picasso may never have picked up a paintbrush again.<p>He had made a pact with God. At age 13, he promised to give up …

Artists

Boosted by Gagosian’s Record Bid on Beckmann, Christie’s Notches a $190M Impressionist and Modern Sale

Auctions<p>Strong Asian bidding propelled Christie's to its strongest total since 2010.<p>,<p>Aided by strong Asian bidding and a record for Max Beckmann, …

Vincent Van Gogh

Legendary Ballerina Cynthia Harvey’s Second Act as Artistic Director of the ABT JKO School

Cynthia Harvey, the legendary American Ballet Theatre ballerina, is on the edge of her seat. Deborah Wingert, former New York City Ballet dancer and …

Ballet

Photographer Captures Stunning Vertical Panoramas of Churches in NYC and Around the World

A photographer who got his start taking photos of NYC skyscrapers and church ceilings is now jet-setting around the world, capturing all he sees in …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Revolutionary Mexican Modernism exhibition highlights exclusive Kahlo and Rivera paintings

For nearly two decades, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has committed to presenting the greatest of Latin American art, so it’s too not surprising …

Museums of Fine Arts

Review: Francis Spufford’s First Novel Is a Swashbuckling Tale

<b>GOLDEN HILL</b><br>By Francis Spufford<br>302 pages. Scribner. $26.<p>The English writer Francis Spufford has long been a bit of a cult figure. It’s an ardent cult. Once you’ve read his intelligent and ingenious books, many other nonfiction writers seem merely to be issuing, to steal a phrase from a Charles …

Books

Bringing Whipped Cream to American Ballet Theatre Audiences

ABT's artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky breathes new life into the 1924 Richard Strauss ballet.<p>“I cannot bear the tragedy of the present time. I …

Ballet

9 pictures which prove a selfie-stick ban makes total sense

They are as ubiquitous as they are annoying. Now the selfie stick could be banned by the travel companies and boat operators co-ordinating swimming with dolphin expeditions.<p>The first global standards for trips to view whales and dolphins are being discussed in Durban this week, with selfie sticks …

MOMA

The art of the sunrise and sunset: How the greats have captured Nature’s finest display

A truly spectacular sunrise or sunset is one of Nature’s greatest achievements. Jay Griffiths explores our timeless desire to capture them in words, …

Vincent Van Gogh

Does the Body Think? Do Your Neurons Dance?

“Pin a thought to the brain map!”<p>“Have a brain-freeze cocktail!”<p>“Tug of war! Left brain versus right brain!”<p>The voices came from all directions, competing for the attention of a dozen or so audience members in the lobby of New York Live Arts. The choreographer Jody Oberfelder had just introduced us …

The Brain

An Insider's Guide to Touring Bordeaux

SPRAWLING VINEYARDS, cavernous wine cellars, formal, interminable meals—that’s Bordeaux, right? Yes, but that’s only half the bottle. France’s fifth largest city, the riverside port of Bordeaux rivals Paris when it comes to historical monuments. Among the most notable head-turners: the 15th-century …

Museums of Contemporary Art

Mitridate, re di Ponto review: Soprano Lucy Crowe brings down the house

Nobody ever talks about Graham Vick’s 26-year-old production of <i>Mitridate, re di Ponto</i> – it seemed to have sunk without trace – but Covent Garden’s …

Royal Opera House

With Chemistry And Care, Conservators Keep Masterpieces Looking Their Best

Behind the scenes at major art museums, conservators are hard at work, keeping masterpieces looking their best. Their methods are meticulous — and sometimes surprising.<p>The painting conservation studio at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is filled with priceless works sitting on row …

Art History

Ballet dancer seriously injured by box truck in hit-and-run

A ballet dancer has been seriously injured by a truck in a Rhode Island hit-and-run but is recovering.<p>Police say the crash happened near Hope High …

Ballet

Salvador Dalí’s body is being exhumed for a paternity test

A judge has ordered the exhumation of the famous surrealist’s body as part of a lawsuit against the Spanish state, now a woman is claiming to be Dalí’s daughter<p>A Spanish tarot card reader is in the process of taking legal action against the Spanish state to prove that Salvador Dalí is her father. …

Culture

8 of the best, affordable weekend getaways in America

If you're smart when planning, putting together a budget-friendly weekend ≠ nixing all the things that make vacations most enjoyable. Here, 8 destinations where you'll find iconic attractions, gratis museum admission, highly-celebrated cheap eats, and chic but cost-effective accommodations.

Art Galleries

Heard of the Jimmys? It’s the Tonys, for Teenagers

Ben Platt, the 23-year-old Tony award-winning star of “Dear Evan Hansen,” loves the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Or to use his words, he is “totally obsessed” with the competition, also known as the Jimmy Awards, now in its ninth year.<p>The Jimmys take over Broadway’s Minskoff Theater …

Dear Evan Hansen

They Think We Can Do Better

From Islamists to angry populists to militant environmentalists, liberal democratic societies face growing pressure from movements that want to shatter the status quo and replace it with a new and (to them) better order. In “Radicals Chasing Utopia,” the British journalist Jamie Bartlett sets out …

Opinion

This Quirky So You Think You Can Dance Audition Will Make You Smile

It's getting harder and harder to stand out on <i>So You Think You Can Dance</i>, but some contestants are stepping up to the challenge. Enter Kaylee Millis, …

Ballet

James McNeill Whistler | La Vielle aux Loques | The Met

Howard Mansfield <i>A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Drypoints of James Abbott McNeill Whistler</i>. Caxton Club, 1909, cat. no. 21.<p>Edward Guthrie …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

National Theatre and Southbank Centre lose £1.3m as Arts Council spreads funding around

Sir Nicholas Serota said London's leading arts institutions had been "selfless" in taking a cut to boost smaller organisations<p>A number of London’s …

The Theatre

Best of Late Night: Russian Help to Become President

<i>Welcome to Best of Late Night, a</i> <i>rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get</i> <i>paid to watch comedy.</i> <i>What do you think of it? What</i> <i>else</i> <i>are you interested in? Let us know:</i> <i>thearts@nytimes.com</i>.<p><b>Back From Russia, With No Love Lost</b><p>Stephen Colbert said he was glad to be back from Russia, where he spent four …

Stephen Colbert

Take a Sneak Peek at Roundabout's Napoli, Brooklyn

Watch clips from the production, which opens Off-Broadway June 27.<p>Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Meghan Kennedy’s <i>Napoli, Brooklyn</i> …

Broadway Theatre

Creative country: 98% of Australians engage with the arts

The arts play a role in the lives of 98% of the Australian population, according to a new survey, Connecting Australians, released by the Australia …

Sydney Opera House sails to light up every sunset with Indigenous art

The late Aboriginal artist Lin Onus hoped his art would create "some sort of bridge" between Indigenous and European cultures, yet it is unlikely he …

Australia

Folklife Festival's 50th aims its attention on the Big Top!

“We need 500 juggling balls,” a project coordinator tells the supply coordinator with a straight face. In the final days leading up to the 2017 …

Smithsonian

MoMA Summer Thursdays concert series: 2017 lineup

MoMA has announced this year’s Summer Thursdays series, which brings live music to the museum’s Sculpture Garden every Thursday in July and August. …

MOMA