The latest in headlines in the syndicated world of the arts.
New York Times Arts
- Wayne Miller, Photographer of War and Peace, Dies at 94
Mr. Miller’s images, whether taken of the front lines, the streets of Chicago or the birth of his own son, intimately chronicled a world remaking itself.
- Morris Renek, Novelist of Hard-Boiled Stories, Dies at 88
Mr. Renek was a critically admired New York writer who crafted comic tales about historical criminals and modern urban life but never achieved the commercial success he sought.
- Georges Moustaki, French Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 79
Mr. Moustaki, who wrote “Milord” for Édith Piaf, was known for his poetic sensibility and melancholy ballads.
- ArtsBeat: Michael Cera on the Return of ‘Arrested Development’
Mr. Cera discusses narrative dead ends, favorite episodes and accidental impersonations of Jesse Eisenberg.
- ArtsBeat: Collection of Detroit Institute of Arts Cannot Be Sold, Its Director Says
Graham W. J. Beal, the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, said he believed the museum’s collection was “held in the public trust” and could not be sold by the city to help pay down its multibillion-dollar debt.
- ArtsBeat: More Staff Members Leave Granta
The publisher of the magazine’s book imprint, Philip Gwyn Jones, is leaving, the latest in a string of departures.
NPR Arts & Entertainment
- A Lost And Found 'Wonder': Pearl S. Buck's Final Novel
Before her death in 1973, Pearl S. Buck wrote one final novel. But The Eternal Wonder languished in a Texas storage unit for decades until its discovery last fall.
- Transcending Hardships By Saving Others In 'Constellation'
In his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra takes readers to the war-torn republic of Chechnya. People disappear, informers betray and those with humanity endure great hardships.
- Two Songs That Led Keith Carradine From Screen To Broadway
One of Keith Carradine's most famous roles in recent years was as Wild Bill Hickok on the HBO TV show Deadwood. But Carradine is also a musician, and it was a song that jump-started his career — and another that drew him to his latest Broadway role.
- Three-Minute Fiction Readings: 'Geometry' And 'Snowflake'
NPR's Bob Mondello and Susan Stamberg read excerpts of two of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. They read Snowflake by Winona Wendth of Lancaster, Mass., and Geometry by Eugenie Montague of Los Angeles.
- More Time Together, Though 'Midnight' Looms
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke return for the third in Richard Linklater's loosely peerless Before series, and they've never been more persuasive — nor has the storytelling. (Recommended)
- Meet London's Master Architects In Jell-0
London duo Sam Bompas and Harry Parr have made names for themselves with their wild, experimental food installations. From pineapple islands and banana vapors to re-creations of famous architectural monuments, their work playfully pushes the boundary of how we experience food.
Washington Post Museums and Galleries
- TV Reviews: 'Ruby' and 'Too Fat for 15,' patiently exhibiting reality's rare virtues
Hank Stuever reviews Style network's "Ruby" and "Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back," two reality shows that patiently portray the lives of the obese, without the emphasis on fast results.
- Calder's whimsy shows up in wire
An exhibit of Alexander Calder's wire sculptures at the National Portrait Gallery presents evidence of how the sculptor continued to create new art forms.
- Galleries: Nicholas and Sheila Pye at Curator's Office and the Phillips
Nicholas and Sheila Pye's divorce doesn't end their artistic collaboration.
- Art review: David Wojnarowicz's 'Spirituality' at PPOW gallery in New York
"A Fire in My Belly," the David Wojnarowicz video seen briefly at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, recently reappeared in its natural habitat, hanging beside his uncensored works in the artist's longtime New York gallery, PPOW.
- For National Gallery midday concert, Rotunda shapes up superbly
The challenges of performing in the National Gallery of Art Rotunda were turned into advantages in a Wednesday midday concert by the New Music Ensemble.
- Oscar-nominated 'Waste Land' gives grace (and art) to garbage
"Waste Land," a film about the Brooklyn-based, Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz, recounts a celebrated artist using his work as an instrument to promote social justice.
Washington Post Theatre
- 'Spider-Man' on Broadway: No superpowers needed to sniff out this stinker
NEW YORK - If you're going to spend $65 million and not end up with the best musical of all time, I suppose there's a perverse distinction in being one of the worst.
- Landless Theatre mixes it up with its Mash-Up Play Festival
What do you get when cross the sunshine-and-singalongs premise of "Glee" with the murderous '90s teen angst of "Scream"? Or the jazzy choreography of Bob Fosse with the jitters of "Jaws" attacks and kitsch of "Beach Blanket Bingo"?
- Talent, mayhem mix for divine 'Comedy of Errors'
- 'American Scrapbook' passes muster with its young Kennedy Center audience
For a show that ostensibly beats the drum for poetry, "American Scrapbook: A Celebration of Verse" doesn't place much faith in words. Sure, the performers in this world premiere deliver lively interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee," Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" and other poems ...
- Backstage: '24, 7, 365' pursues happiness at Atlas
What makes people happy? Playwright Jennifer L. Nelson asks the cosmic question in her new comedy, "24, 7, 365," which will run Feb. 10-27 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
- 'His Eye Is on the Sparrow,' soaring only when Bernardine Mitchell sings
Bernardine Mitchell is playing the early 20th-century jazz and blues singer Ethel Waters in "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," and both women deserve better treatment than they get in the show. Playwright Larry Parr's historical revue is a bland biography-by-numbers: facts, then a song, more facts, ano...
- NYPD investigating Amanda Bynes sex assault allegations
Investigators were looking into allegations made by actress Amanda Bynes that New York Police Department officers sexually assaulted her when she was arrested Thursday.
- Making The Mandela Tapes
Producer Robin Benger describes how he obtained broadcast access to interviews Nelson Mandela recorded in the 1990s. A CBC Radio Ideas program on the Mandela tapes airs May 28.
- Rolling Stones to rock with Mississauga choir
The Rolling Stones take to the stage in Toronto Saturday night, accompanied by a Mississauga high school choir, for the first of three hotly anticipated Canadian concerts.
- Robert Bateman Centre to promote more than artist's work
Celebrated Canadian nature artist Robert Bateman is opening a new gallery in Victoria this weekend, but the artist says the aim is to do much more than showcase his work.
- FILM REVIEW: The Hangover Part 3
In a final outing with the wolf pack, the joke's on us, says Eli Glasner. The Hangover Part 3 is a strangely serious and laugh-free sequel in the popular, offensive and raunchy series.
- Fast and Furious 6, Epic and Picture Day
PM Eli Glasner takes a quick look at three new films: Picture Day with rising star Tatiana Maslany, the audaciously entertaining Fast and Furious 6 and a nature-themed cartoon for the kids called Epic.
- Ann Arbor musician Abigail Stauffer stretching out with new album, headlining The Ark
Abigail Stauffer Last fall I once again had the pleasure of taking my 107one morning show out on the road for a series of "Music and Mocha" broadcasts, which took place at some of the finest coffee houses in Washtenaw...
- Andrew WK to play late Saturday night to benefit Community High
Ann Arbor native and "Party Hard" rocker Andrew WK will play a special set tonight at a to-be-announced location as a benefit for Community High School....
- Huron Players to present original student work in 'Finale! 2013'
The Huron Players will perform original student works in "Finale! 2013."Photo provided by Huron PlayersHuron High School's theater troupe, the Huron Players, will present the final show of its 2012-13 season, "Finale! 2013," a showcase of student-written, student-directed one act...
- Ann Arbor area pools and water parks open to the public this weekend
Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of public pools and waterparks. Ann Arbor's three public pools are set to open Saturday along with the new Independence Lake County Park Splash Pad and recently renovated Rolling Hills Water Park.
- Chris and Mike Farah to film cable reality show pilot in Plymouth
Chris and Mike Farah, on the set of the feature film "Answer This!" Ann Arbor native brothers (and filmmakers) Chris and Mike Farah will be shooting a new project in the area - this time, a (not yet named) cable...
- Ann Arbor's Sisters of Mary lose 'American Bible Challenge' finals but win fan favorite vote
A three-woman team from Ann Arbor’s Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist competed on the season finale of Game Show Network’s “American Bible Challenge” on Thursday, May 23, but after a great run during the regular season, the...