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In light of the coronavirus pandemic, some institutions that recently opened have again closed or are offering amended programming as a precautionary measure. Please be sure to double check dates and availabilities with the venues directly.

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Hats Off! This month, exhibitions on designers Philip Treacy and Halston pay extravagant tribute to headwear

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A Symphony For Our Time Conceived by the conductor Marin Alsop with the imprimatur of Carnegie Hall, “Global Ode to Joy” collects clips by concert royalty around the world

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Huniford At Home A new book collects the interiors of James Huniford, ranging from Connecticut barns to his own Tribeca loft

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Old-School Cultural and racist stereotypes aside, films like Dangerous Minds suffer from a deeper flaw. Two professors turn to its predecessor, The Corn Is Green, for clues

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A World Apart Never-before-published photographs by Steve McCurry bring faraway places and cultures into radiant focus

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Come Together In lieu of an American tour, 21-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason records Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals at Abbey Road alongside his musical siblings

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To the Hills

J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy spent nearly two years on The New York Times’s best-seller list and was hailed as a look at Appalachia’s lost generation. Now this caustic memoir is getting a screen adaptation from Netflix and the Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code). Screenwriter Vanessa Taylor, who co-wrote the 2018 best-picture winner, The Shape of Water, has adapted the text. READ ON

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A Family Affair

Shakespeare’s plays, culminating with The Tempest, are master classes in the shifting undercurrents between parent and child, a theme from which the late Sir Peter Hall took continuous inspiration. The father of six children from four marriages, and arguably Britain’s greatest theater director, Hall chose this powerful play to be his first for the National Theatre, in 1974 (he’d been appointed director a year earlier), and revisited it 15 years later, casting the actress Jenny Hall—his daughter from his marriage to French actress Leslie Caron—in the role of Prospero’s daughter, Miranda. READ ON

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