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Saturday, May 11, 2013


Art Review

40 Nations, 1,000 Artists and One Island

Frieze New York A crowd arriving at the fair, on Randalls Island.
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Frieze New York A crowd arriving at the fair, on Randalls Island.

Art fair haters should put aside their disdain and enjoy Frieze New York, whose spacious quarters on Randalls Island feature a strong showing this year.

Theater Review | 'Death of Walt Disney'

A Dream Is a Wish Your Id Makes

Walt Disney’s insistence on steamrolling over, or editing out, those aspects of the world that did not fit his vision is one aspect of him that Lucas Hnath explores in his new play.

Television Review | ‘Family Tree’

Searching for Roots, Finding Characters

With “Family Tree” on HBO, Christopher Guest brings the mockumentary format he pioneered in film to a television scene that’s been saturated with imitations of his work.

Critic’s Notebook

Braving Frostbite in Search of Ratings

Several cable channels are offering reality shows that feature people facing the challenges of very cold climates.

Critic’s Notebook

Country Stars Playing Musical Chairs

Lady Antebellum and Pistol Annies, both of which represent polar ideas of what modern country music can be, are off their mark on their new albums, in part because each is creeping in the direction of the other.

Music Review

Not Just the Standards, but Storytelling, Too

At a Lincoln Center gala, Audra McDonald displayed not only her phenomenal voice, but also her gift of balancing singing and storytelling.

Dance Review

Exploring His Tunisian Roots, With His Father by His Side

The choreographer Jonah Bokaer let down his guard when he performed alongside his Tunisian-born father, Tsvi, at Gould Hall.

Special Section
A Century of Proust

Staffers from The Times and other writers spend a week celebrating the 100th anniversary of “Swann’s Way,” the first volume of Proust’s masterwork “In Search of Lost Time.”

Music Review

Youthful Intensity, Powered by Violin

Benjamin Beilman, a rising 21-year-old, performed chamber works from several masters at Merkin Concert Hall.

Art Review

A Roving Art Fair Finds a Home Court Advantage

The roving NADA NYC art fair finds an unusual but appropriate place to show off objects both large and petite.

Theater Review | 'The Memory Show'

Caregiver and Patient, Bound by Blood and Whining

“The Memory Show,” a musical, reflects the tensions of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease — and being someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Theater Review | 'The Good Boy'

Ever Separated by Sound

“The Good Boy,” Michael Bonnabel’s solo show about his experience as a hearing son with deaf parents, is at Abingdon Theater.

Music Review

Using Darkness, With Enlightenment in Mind

The conductor Paul Haas led a concert on Wednesday under dimmed lights at the Church of the Ascension in Manhattan.

Music Review

Recalling Chimps and Brel, in Her Own Way

The French chanteuse Yvonne Constant, accompanied on piano by Russ Kassoff, sang “Comme d’habitude” in an autobiographical program titled “One of a Kind.”

Music Review

Music for Violin, With Faustian Strings Attached

A program of deviltry and mischief features Miranda Cuckson, violin, and Blair McMillen, piano, at Columbia University’s Italian Academy.

Dance Review

Before You Can Plant, Dance Through the End of the World

Jill Sigman’s “Last Days/First Field” includes apocalyptic dance and a ritual planting of seedlings.

‘Great Gatsby’ Is Poised for a Strong Opening, No Thanks to Critics

The box numbers from Thursday’s late night screenings indicate a first weekend that could be the most successful in Baz Luhrmann’s directing career.

The Saturday Profile

Safeguarding the Past, in an Uncooperative Present

Angelos Delivorrias has led the Benaki Museum in Athens for almost 40 years. Now, in the face of steep budget cuts, he is fighting to protect what he helped build.

NBC Adds 3 More Shows, Including an Updated ‘Ironside’

The other shows are a comedy, “Undateable,” and a spinoff of “Chicago Fire.”


Fort Lauderdale Regional Play

The most successful players at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., regional over the first seven days of April were Robert Rosen, Alan Osofsky, David Berkowitz and Alan Sontag.

Romantic Triangle: Star, Director, City

Greta Gerwig stars in Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” a tribute to life in your 20s and to New York City.

Setting Their Sights on Wider Vistas

“Modern Vampires of the City,” Vampire Weekend’s new album, often turns the group’s music inside out.

Tony Awards

It’s ‘Kinky Boots’ vs. ‘Matilda’ in Tony Nominations

Traditional song-and-dance shows about scrappy underdogs dominated the Tony Award nominations on Tuesday.

In Performance: Alan Cumming of ‘Macbeth’

The actor plays Lady Macbeth in a scene from this new version of Shakespeare’s tragedy on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theater.

The Listings
The Week Ahead

May 5 — 11

Upcoming cultural events of note.

Noteworthy cultural events in the New York metropolitan region this week.

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Chess Column

Federation Agrees to Lead Effort Against Cheating

The announcement came as the number of cheating accusations has mounted, including one at the Cork Congress Chess Open in Ireland the led to an altercation in a bathroom.

Bridge Column

A Defense Play by Jeremy Flint and Jonathan Cansino

Monday’s column, in which Bjorn Fallenius discarded his high diamond queen to deprive declarer of an entry to his hand, reminded me of the diagramed deal.

Arts & Entertainment Guide

Noteworthy cultural events in New York City and beyond.

    When Buyers Lack Perspective

    Sale prices appear to reflect the volume of noise buzzing around an artist.

    Up and Down at Christie's

    A sale of Modern art realizes big prices in a leaden atmosphere.

    Frieze Art Fair Pitches Its Tent in New York

    Frieze New York, which opens its second edition Friday on Randall's Island Park in Manhattan, remains a daring move and a gamble for the London show and its organizers.

    Flemish Artist Carves a Niche in Clay

    The sculptor Johan Creten seeks to elevate the possibilities for clay and porcelain in contemporary art.

    An Impressionist Bonanza

    A major U.S. private collection was put on the block by heirs at Sotheby's in New York and it propelled the auction's sales to a substantial $230 million.

    London Festival Celebrates Role of Design in L'Herbier's Films

    The movie-maker of the 1920s and 1930s wanted to showcase modernist styles of design in the world of cinema.

    The Shifting Perceptions of Ancient Culture

    Edward Dodwell's approach to Ancient Greece offers a startling contrast to the way in which enlightened collectors of recent decades have been responding to artifacts from the Greek and Roman world.



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