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In light of the coronavirus outbreak, most institutions are postponing or rescheduling events as a precautionary measure. Please be sure to double check dates and availabilities with the venues directly.

The Arts Intel team

Movie still from The Red Shoes, 1948.

Beauty and the Ballet How did The Red Shoes, a movie about classical dance, make almost every list of the greatest movies ever made?

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The sculptor Camille Claudel at work, 1887.

Feat of Clay

Being Rodin’s muse and mistress was no easy thing. After her death, Camille Claudel finally got a museum of her own, now open to visitors again … Read On

A still from One of Us, a 2017 documentary directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.

Is Unorthodox Inauthentic? A dissenting take on the popular Netflix mini-series, one among a growing genre of escape-from-Judaism stories

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Janet Biggs, Crew 181, First EVA, Sol 2.

Across the Universe With companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin pioneering a new era in space exploration, artists show what’s at stake

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Michael Volle as Scarpia and Anna Netrebko in the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca.”

The Week in Opera: May 30 – June 6

Tips for navigating the week’s virtual offerings, with standouts from Riccardo Muti, Opera Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera … Read On


Arde Madrid, available on MHz Choice, centers on the maid and chauffeur who work for Hollywood star Ava Gardner played by Debi Mazar.

Screen Time

What to watch in the coming weeks, from the French espionage thriller The Bureau to the action-packed world of MHZ Choice. Read On


Death in London

If you avoid plague novels like their subject and, for now at least, Middlemarch is more than you can chew, I’d recommend The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey … Read On


Isabella Boylston and Joseph Gorak in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty.

Spring Sans Ballet

This year, May will come and go without dance at Lincoln Center, leaving an unprecedented gap. But memories can be sustaining, especially hopeful ones … Read On


Party Time

Though the Public Theater doesn’t have complete records going back to its first year of operation—1954, when Joseph Papp founded the New York Shakespeare Workshop; it became the Public in 1967—annual celebrations have been the norm. This year is no different, despite the pandemic that has brought the city that never sleeps to a hyper-alert standstill. “Just because we are hobbled by this medical crisis doesn’t mean we’re allowed to put down our mission,” Oskar Eustis, the Public’s beloved artistic director, tells AIR MAIL. READ ON

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