Recorded at a Baptist church in South Los Angeles in 1972, the album is an artist reaching another level.
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In “Moonlight,” “Murphy Brown,” “Blues Brothers” and more, Ms. Franklin’s catalog was called on to sweeten or deepen a scene.
With hits like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” she defined a female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable.
With the medieval-fantasy satire, the creator of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” throws in a story along with jokes.
Ryan McHenry left detailed instructions for “Anna and the Apocalypse,” based on his feeling that “High School Musical” would be “better if Zac Efron were eaten by zombies.”
The singer, songwriter and pianist’s catalog showcased the range and power of one of the greatest vocalists of all time.
A production with same-sex leads is one of many signs that directors are approaching the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic with new eyes.
He has always been most comfortable as a supporting player. The longest tenure on the show and an Emmy nomination have helped change that state of mind.
Time to sell years of theme-park memorabilia.
There was something about the fact that she looked like our aunts, mothers, sisters and neighbors that made her thrilling and untouchable and relatable.
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Stream a new irreverent animated series on Netflix. Or watch the biographical drama “Darkest Hour” on HBO.
The song “Respect” helped Aretha Franklin soar to fame and became an anthem for the women’s rights movement. But radio royalties for the song went to its writer, Otis Redding.
The rapper’s account of an encounter with Elon Musk set social media on fire. But that wasn’t the last word. Not by a long shot.
“I never expected — or wanted — to have to be a whistleblower,” Cara Mund, the winner of Miss America 2018, wrote in a letter.
“Black people will be free,” said Ms. Franklin, who throughout her career remained passionate about progress for African-Americans and women.
Hear tracks from Cat Power, Janet Jackson, Doja Cat and others.
Remembering Ms. Franklin’s last-minute substitution for Luciano Pavarotti at the Grammy Awards was a highlight of the week.
The Queen of Soul leaves a towering legacy. How will we remember her?
Our critic spent the week at the Time Spans festival, which provides a good smattering of contemporary styles — and some works that seem undercooked.
Monteverdi’s Poppea, Strauss’s Salome and Rossini’s Isabella aren’t usually grouped together. But all are negotiating a world dominated by men.
Dogs, cops, cupcakes.
The very best kids’ books — like these — help the under-10 set work through their fears.
Benefits were held for Guild Hall, East Hampton Library and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species.”
Back in 2012, Macy, a journalist, wrote articles about suburban heroin addiction. In a new book she’s widened her lens, exploring the roots of the national opioid crisis.
Nine actors talk about how their accents — and culture — helped and hindered them as they forged screen careers.
The hip-hop master from Run-DMC talks about his new Netflix comedy series, music, religion and his legacy.
How combat deeply affects relationships is the theme of “Extinction” and “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.”
Beach Sessions Dance Series heads to Rockaway; Afropunk continues its inclusive tradition; and another film from the star of “Girls Trip” lands in theaters.
The director Jon M. Chu explains his visual choices for a scene in which rumors about a couple (Henry Golding and Constance Wu) are spread through social media.
Jon M. Chu narrates a sequence from his film.
Amar Ramasar, Brittany Pollack and Craig Salstein get a chance to stretch on Broadway. With Justin Peck, they talk about the challenges and rewards.
The father of the pop star Dua Lipa has started a festival that he hopes will change the way people think about his country.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Chris Feliciano Arnold’s “The Third Bank of the River” is a reported and personal look at the problems plaguing the Amazon and its people.
Hans Werner Henze’s opera, based on Euripides’s “The Bacchae,” returns this month to the Salzburg Festival, the site of its premiere in 1966.
Andrea Gabor’s “After the Education Wars” looks at efforts to reform the classroom through technology and standardized testing.
Marilyn Stasio’s selections take readers to a North Carolina swamp, a peak in Minnesota and a jungle in Laos, with a pit stop at a California beach.
In “Rising,” Elizabeth Rush surveys the new contours of an America already changed by rising waters.
In “Never Anyone but You,” Rupert Thomson reimagines the lives of the Surrealist icons Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore.
Stephen Colbert gave a blunt assessment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statement. “That is the dumbest thing you can say as a politician,” Colbert said.
An exhibition at the Uffizi gallery in Florence shows how the city benefited from dialogue with the Muslim world.
Ben Brantley and his London counterpart Michael Billington find much that’s enthralling about the state of playwriting in their countries.
A new romantic comedy, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” is on Netflix, and the Season 5 finale of “The Great British Baking Show” is airing.
Can a relationship built on lies ultimately be good for you?
This wan resuscitation of the 1990 movie about a Cinderella prostitute is likely to make you nostalgic for Julia Roberts’s original performance.
At the Hammer, one of the strongest biennials; at the Fowler, the most beautiful sculpture show in recent memory; and at LACMA, Iranian superheroes.
Two books explain the contributing factors, while a young adult novel shows the toll it takes on a teenager.
Our guide to dance performances happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
Our guide to new art shows and some that will be closing soon.
Our guide to film series and special screenings.
Our guide to cultural events in New York City for children and teenagers happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.
The Queen of Soul sang the most empowering popular song ever. But even though she was brimming with it, we don’t think of her as an artist with swagger.
Tracy Franz’s “My Year of Dirt and Water” considers the paradoxical experience of being married to a Buddhist monk, cloistered in a Japanese temple.