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In light of the coronavirus outbreak, some institutions are either closed or offering amended programming as a precautionary measure. Please be sure to double check dates and availabilities with the venues directly.

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Shoes by Christian Louboutin, displayed in the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris.

Fashion is the New Black This month, exhibitions on Parisian shoe designer Christian Louboutin, Palm Beach fixture Lilly Pulitzer, and more

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Nick Knight, “Monday 29th May,” 2017.

La Vie en Rose Nick Knight’s floral photographs are on view now at Waddesdon Manner

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Will Crutchfield at the “Heavenly Rest” concert, 2019.

Opera as It Was

“You can’t turn back the clock and shouldn’t try,” says Will Crutchfield, who in his precocious youth walked away from a likely promotion to chief music critic of the New York Times to pursue dicier adventures as a musicologist-conductor of decidedly antiquarian leanings. Over the past two decades, his summer series Bel Canto resurrected 19th-century Italian masterpieces, many of them unjustly neglected. The pandemic has pushed his newest initiative, Teatro Nuovo, to 2021, making this a fine time to catch up with Crutchfield’s blog, “Will’s Record of the Week” … Read On

Dear Abigail

Readers of Magda Szabó’s other books will not be surprised to learn that, sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, Abigail has a kind of steady, inevitable, and quietly de-stabilizing greatness. Here, a review of the book … Read On

Riccardo Muti and the Orchestra Cherubini.

Armchair Opera

Remember opera in real time, in real space? It’s creeping back. Rigoletto under the trees in Rome, Così fan tutte and Elektra at the Salzburg Festival, Covid fan tutte (!) in Helsinki: these are a few of the temptations dangled before us in the coming few months … Read On

Brigitte Bardot attends the opening of Contempt in Rome with, to her left, actor Michel Piccoli and director Jean-Luc Godard. The author Alberto Moravia stands behind the couch.

Paparazzi Fever

Jean-Luc Godard’s classic 1963 film Contempt—his most commercially successful feature—is best known for its leading lady, Brigitte Bardot, the main event in an all-star cast that included Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, and the legendary director Fritz Lang. It also has the pedigree of its source material: a novel by Alberto Moravia; the sun, sand, and sea of the dazzling Isle of Capri; the modernist Casa Malaparte as its indelible final location; and Godard himself, the foremost exponent of the New Wave, here deconstructing a marriage, a myth, the act of selling out, and cinema itself. As if all that weren’t enough, the lavish production of Contempt served as the springboard for a pair of short black-and-white films, both capturing the Zeitgeist of that glamorous moment. READ ON

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