Cultural Commentary

Taking advantage of his newly granted artistic freedom, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist created a visionary album that defined the sound of 1970s soul.

October 26, 2022

With its technique, unity and wide-ranging repertoire, the Danish String Quartet—currently on a U.S. tour—gives new life to a faded form.

October 25, 2022

The actress, who died on Oct. 11, merged darkness and comedy across her lengthy career on stage and screen—in memorable characters such as Eleanor Iselin of ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ Mrs. Lovett of ‘Sweeney Todd’ and Jessica Fletcher of ‘Murder, She Wrote.’

October 12, 2022

Central Park is not only a shining example of outdoor design, but also one of the greatest works of American art.

October 5, 2022

As the theater season gets underway one of our critics reminisces about Playbill magazine and what it means to her.

October 3, 2022

On the 100th anniversary of the arrival of jazz in Russia, the music’s message of freedom and individuality is more important than ever.

September 27, 2022

The director best known for the ‘Pink Panther’ series used comedy to depict the frustrations of existing in a physical body and the human need to be understood.

September 19, 2022

The Franco-Swiss filmmaker, known for ‘Breathless,’ ‘Contempt,’ ‘Band of Outsiders’ and his sometimes inscrutable aesthetic, died at age 91 near Lake Geneva on Tuesday, Sept.13.

September 13, 2022

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch was not so much a patron of the creative class as fodder for it, becoming in the process a living work of historical art.

September 9, 2022

Just short of the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, budgetary issues have closed the doors of one of the most intimate memorials and therapeutic gathering places for survivors, victims’ families and the general public.

August 31, 2022

The influential soundtrack album for the 1972 blaxploitation film remains a prime example of social realism and messaging through soul music.

July 22, 2022

European cities have rebuilt many of their destroyed architectural monuments. Why can’t New York do the same?

July 21, 2022

The 1955 romantic drama starring Katharine Hepburn, available from the Criterion Collection and restored in 4K, marks a turning point in filmmaker David Lean’s career.

July 13, 2022

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