Chuck Klosterman’s new book, But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past, poses one central question: If so many of our ideas throughout history have been debunked, is it not likely that much of our present “knowledge” will ultimately be overturned as well? What if everything we hold to be true is exposed as a primitive misconception?
It’s official—American Ballet Theatre’s artist in residence, Alexei Ratmansky, has entered the pantheon of great ballet choreographers. Proof is on display at the Metropolitan Opera House, where ABT is performing a Ratmansky-heavy spring season, rich with opportunities to sample his savory dance pieces. At this year’s spring gala performance on May 16, when the company proffered enticing excerpts representative of its overall season, three of the six ballets showcased were choreographed by Ratmansky.
It’s easy to dismiss Shirley MacLaine’s musings as the wacky nonsense of an offbeat celebrity—particularly when she relates tales of her past lives or declares her beliefs in outer space aliens visiting Earth from time to time, as she does in many of her recent best-sellers. But whether you buy into her spiritual travelogues or not, it’s impossible to ignore what a charismatic writer she is.
If you’re simply interested in spending some pleasant time with pretty pictures of ballerinas, Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty is not the exhibit for you. Currently on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the show of 120 rarely seen Degas monotypes—plus 60 related drawings, pastels, prints, sketchbooks and paintings—focuses on the artist’s process and will prove most engaging to art makers themselves or those keen on contemplating the connections between materials and imagination.
Broadway show-tune fanatics will be pleased to hear that the 2016 season of the Broadway By the Year series, judging from its first installment, may be its best ever. Expanded to encompass show music from entire decades, rather than single years as it has in the past, this four-program series of one-night-only musical revues opened on February 22 with a beguiling performance at Manhattan’s Town Hall. Directed, written and hosted by Scott Siegel, the show proffered tunes from 1930s musicals sung by Broadway stars of today.
Every night in February, beginning at 11:57 p.m. and ending at midnight, pedestrians strolling the Crossroads of the World will be observed from on high by a giant kitty.
A thoroughly enjoyable vanity endeavor starring Maurice Hines—the less gifted older brother of tap great Gregory Hines—the autobiographical show Maurice Hines: Tappin’ Thru Life plays like an extended nightclub act, with the 72-year-old Hines singing, dancing and telling stories about his boyhood as a touring performer.