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    For Disney’s Iger, a Bold Move That Will Define His Legacy

    For Disney’s Iger, a Bold Move That Will Define His Legacy


    Robert A. Iger has made several high-profile purchases as Disney’s chief executive, but his deal for 21st Century Fox dwarfs them...

    Disney has achieved great success under the leadership of Robert A. Iger. But he is likely to be judged on the success of his 21st Century Fox deal.
    Morgan Spurlock: ‘I Am Part of the Problem’

    Morgan Spurlock: ‘I Am Part of the Problem’


    Morgan Spurlock at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards last year. Mr. Spurlock admitted to sexual misconduct and stated that he was “part of the...

    The filmmaker stepped down from his production company Thursday, after he wrote that he had engaged in sexual misconduct dating to his college days.
    Critic’s Notebook: You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren’t So Sure

    Critic’s Notebook: You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren’t So Sure


    It seems every podcast company is starting its own counterintuitive take on history. But how effective are they at actually illuminating our...

    It seems every podcast company is starting its own counterintuitive take on history. But how effective are they at actually illuminating our past?
    What Is Your Choice for Word of the Year?

    What Is Your Choice for Word of the Year?


    Oxford Dictionaries selected "youthquake" as the international Word of the Year for...

    Oxford Dictionaries choice of “youthquake” as Word of the Year has inspired a revolt. Do you have a better idea?
    Life on the Meme Council: Meet the Internet’s Gatekeepers

    Life on the Meme Council: Meet the Internet’s Gatekeepers


    From left: the very meme-able “Bee Movie,” “Rick and Morty” and Johnny...

    Know Your Meme, a database for the internet’s inside jokes, runs with the help of 38 volunteer moderators known as the meme council. These are their stories.
    New York Police Investigate Rape Claims Against Russell Simmons

    New York Police Investigate Rape Claims Against Russell Simmons


    Following mounting reports accusing the music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct, law enforcement is conducting a preliminary...

    Following mounting reports accusing the music mogul of sexual misconduct, law enforcement is conducting a preliminary investigation.
    Surrounded by Violence, and Contemplating Its Toll on Us

    Surrounded by Violence, and Contemplating Its Toll on Us


    Carrie Mae Weems created this photo collage of herself using an original photograph by James Ewing of the Board of Officers Room at the Park Avenue Armory. The space will be used during an all-day event on Sunday for presentations and performances...

    Carrie Mae Weems, Theaster Gates, Lynn Nottage and other artists, poets and writers devote a day to exploring power in its various forms at the Park Avenue Armory.
    Mar-a-Lago Has a Feisty New Neighbor

    Mar-a-Lago Has a Feisty New Neighbor


    Beth Rudin DeWoody, collector and owner of the Bunker, a new art space, with wallpaper commissioned from Fallen Fruit (the artist duo David Burns and Austin Young), “West Palm Beach — All Tomorrow’s...

    Beth Rudin DeWoody opens a space for her vast collection of provocative contemporary art in West Palm Beach.
    The Best Art Books of 2017

    The Best Art Books of 2017


    The Times’s art critics select their favorite art books (and books about art) of the...

    The Times’s art critics select their favorite art books (and books about art) of the year.
    He Knows Melodrama When He Sees It

    He Knows Melodrama When He Sees It


    Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman in “Magnificent Obsession,” part of the series “Emotion...

    From Douglas Sirk to Todd Haynes and points in between, Lincoln Center’s Dennis Lim discusses the Film Society’s sprawling series “Emotion Pictures.”
    Critic’s Notebook: How to Fall Under a Butoh-like Spell

    Critic’s Notebook: How to Fall Under a Butoh-like Spell


    Raja Feather Kelly and Mina Nishimura in Kota Yamazaki’s “Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or...

    Change is glacial in Kota Yamazaki’s “Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination”; Indah Walsh’s “homespun” is playful and benign.
    Smiley’s Martin Luther King Stage Show Scuttled in Wake of Misconduct Allegations

    Smiley’s Martin Luther King Stage Show Scuttled in Wake of Misconduct Allegations


    Tavis Smiley was to narrate a stage production based on “Death of a King,” his 2014 book written with David Ritz. The touring show was canceled after accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr....

    The production company canceled a 40-city tour scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s death.
    10 Things to Do Now in NYC

    10 Things to Do Now in NYC


    Alexis Branagan, left, and Carmella Lauer in Keith Michael’s “The Nutcracker” in...

    It’s a big city, with plenty to do, see, hear and watch. Here’s a sampling of cultural highlights this weekend and over the week ahead.
    Review: ‘The Merry Widow’ at the Met, Its Charm Exhausted

    Review: ‘The Merry Widow’ at the Met, Its Charm Exhausted


    Susan Graham, her voice mellow and intimate, plays the title role in “The Merry Widow” at the Metropolitan...

    Susan Graham and Paul Groves star in a tired revival of Lehar’s operetta after spending a night off during rehearsals singing karaoke.
    Dance in NYC This Week

    Dance in NYC This Week


    Alexis Branagan, left, and Carmella Lauer in Keith Michael’s “The Nutcracker” in...

    Our guide to dance performances.
    Critic’s Notebook: At Alvin Ailey, Finding Shelter in One Another

    Critic’s Notebook: At Alvin Ailey, Finding Shelter in One Another


    Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s “Shelter” (1988), from left: Samantha Figgins, Linda Celeste Sims (middle front), Jacqueline Green (middle back); Jacquelin Harris (right front), Rachael McLaren (right middle) and Ghrai DeVore (right...

    Two 1980s dances return to the Ailey repertory: “Shelter,” a potent statement about homelessness, and the rambunctious “Stack-Up.”
    What’s New in NYC Theater

    What’s New in NYC Theater


    Billy Crudup in “Harry Clarke.” See listing...

    Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.
    How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

    How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?


    From left, Eleanore Pienta, Tallie Medel and Sunita Mani in “Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat...

    Funny dads, art-house comedy, Gilmore-like snappiness: A delightful weekend is there for the taking.
    Don’t Be the Parent You See in Holiday Films

    Don’t Be the Parent You See in Holiday Films


    Dads in “Daddy’s Home 2”: From left, Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow and Will...

    Beloved characters in some of our favorite holiday films set truly poor examples. What were they thinking?
    For Russians Tired of ‘Swan Lake,’ a Contemporary Alternative

    For Russians Tired of ‘Swan Lake,’ a Contemporary Alternative


    The Perm Ballet performed “The Firebird”, choreographed by Alexey Miroshnichenko, part of the Stravinsky triple bill at the Context...

    Diana Vishneva’s Context is a high-profile festival devoted to contemporary dance in a country synonymous with ballet.
    ‘He’s All Impulse’: Making Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ Naughty Onstage

    ‘He’s All Impulse’: Making Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ Naughty Onstage


    Joe Idris-Roberts, center, as the title character in “Pinocchio,” a National Theater adaptation of the animated Disney...

    The National Theater’s adaptation of this animated classic adds more music and mischievousness — all in the hands of the director of the new Harry Potter show.
    ‘Youthquake’ Is Oxford’s Word of the Year. Sorry, Broflake.

    ‘Youthquake’ Is Oxford’s Word of the Year. Sorry, Broflake.


    Young voters take selfies with Jeremy Corbyn, Britain's opposition Labour Party leader, in May. "Youthquake" first surged in coverage of Britain's June...

    A term apparently coined to describe 1960s Swinging London came back in coverage of Britain’s elections, and beat out contenders like “Antifa” and “kompromat.”
    Review: Finding Serenity in a Tempest-Tossed ‘Twelfth Night’

    Review: Finding Serenity in a Tempest-Tossed ‘Twelfth Night’


    From left, Jessie Austrian as Olivia, Emily Young as Viola and Noah Brody as Orsino in the Fiasco Theater’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” at the Classic Stage...

    Fiasco Theater’s agreeable production of a much-performed play finds the clarity in a comedy of confusion.

    #MeToo Comes for a Hip-Hop Pioneer


    The media mogul Russell Simmons is accused of raping three women. Our culture reporter Melena Ryzik talks about The New York Times’s investigation into Mr. Simmons and the significance of women of color speaking out about alleged predatory...

    The media mogul Russell Simmons is accused of raping three women. Our culture reporter Melena Ryzik talks about The New York Times’s investigation into Mr. Simmons and the significance of women of color speaking out about alleged predatory behavior.
    Classical Music in NYC This Week

    Classical Music in NYC This Week


    Christine Rice as Hansel and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel in the Met’s 2014 production of the opera “Hansel and Gretel.” See listing...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.
    Film Series in NYC This Week

    Film Series in NYC This Week


    Daniel Day-Lewis, right, and Dillon Freasier in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood.” See listing...

    Our guide to film series and special screenings.
    Art and Museums in NYC This Week

    Art and Museums in NYC This Week


    Ai Weiwei’s “Arch,” at Washington Square Park. See listing...

    Our guide to new art shows, and some that will be closing soon.
    Events for Children in NYC This Week

    Events for Children in NYC This Week


    The northern mockingbird, part of Feed the Birds Day. See listing...

    Our guide to cultural events in New York City for families with children and teenagers.
    Comedy in NYC This Week

    Comedy in NYC This Week


    Michelle Buteau comes to Union Hall in Brooklyn. See listing...

    Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows.
    Channeling His Youth, Rem Koolhaas Redesigns the Stedelijk’s Collection Display

    Channeling His Youth, Rem Koolhaas Redesigns the Stedelijk’s Collection Display


    The newest wing of the Stedelijk in Amsterdam will display about 700 highlights from the museum’s permanent collection, including works by Alexander Calder, Marlene Dumas and Yves...

    For the Amsterdam museum, which he visited often as a teenager, the architect oversaw the mounting of 700 artworks by the likes of Jeff Koons and Kazimir Malevich.
    ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Will Return for Season 10

    ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Will Return for Season 10


    Larry David, left, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The show has been renewed for a tenth...

    Larry David’s cringe humor sitcom, which returned this fall after a long hiatus, will begin production on a new season in the spring.
    ‘Tesseract’ Shoots for the Stars, but Half of It Falls to Earth

    ‘Tesseract’ Shoots for the Stars, but Half of It Falls to Earth


    In the second half of “Tesseract,” at the BAM Harvey Theater, live video is projected onto a scrim, behind which the dancers...

    The filmmaker Charles Atlas works with the choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener in this multimedia production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
    London Cancellation of Play About Abuse of Power Draws Criticism

    London Cancellation of Play About Abuse of Power Draws Criticism


    Max Stafford-Clark, who was a co-director of a production of “Rita, Sue and Bob Too” that was slated for a short run at the Royal Court Theater in...

    The Royal Court Theater has pulled a staging of “Rita, Sue and Bob Too” after allegations of misconduct by its co-director emerged.
    Art Review: Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction

    Art Review: Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction


    A detail of Josef Albers’s “Study for Sanctuary,” from 1941-42. The ink drawing is part of the Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition “Josef Albers in Mexico,” which contrasts Albers’s little-known photographs of Mexico’s Mesoamerican monuments...

    A radiant Guggenheim exhibition grounds the proto-Minimalist abstract paintings of Josef Albers in the geometric grandeur of Mesoamerican monuments.
    Sag Harbor’s Historic Cinema Saved

    Sag Harbor’s Historic Cinema Saved


    The Sag Harbor Cinema, known for its arty programming, was destroyed after a fire last year, driven by the wind, ripped through the village’s main...

    Fire destroyed the art-house movie theater a year ago. Locals came to its rescue, exceeding their $8 million fund-raising target for its restoration.
    Scene City: Causes for All Seasons

    Scene City: Causes for All Seasons


    Galas were held for Conservation International, New York Stage & Film, Central Park Conservancy and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and...

    Galas were held for Conservation International, New York Stage & Film, Central Park Conservancy and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
    Luke Skywalker Speaks

    Luke Skywalker Speaks


    Mark Hamill considered saying no to returning to the saga but realized “I’d be the most hated man in...

    Mark Hamill has always embraced his “Star Wars” legacy, but when he was invited back for “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” he hesitated: “I was just really scared.”
    The Fate of ‘The Last Jedi’ Is in His Hands

    The Fate of ‘The Last Jedi’ Is in His Hands


    The director Rian Johnson at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif. Picking up “Star Wars” where J.J. Abrams left off, Mr. Johnson got to write Luke Skywalker’s next...

    Picking up “Star Wars” where J.J. Abrams left off, Rian Johnson got to write Skywalker’s next lines. He also had to contend with Carrie Fisher’s death.
    The All-Stars of ‘Star Wars’

    The All-Stars of ‘Star Wars’


    From left, Andy Serkis, the director Rian Johnson, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, John Boyega and Kelly Marie...

    Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and their “Last Jedi” comrades discuss the difficulties of new relationships, the joys of villainy and those porgs.