Met Opera Strikes Deal With Stagehands Over Pandemic Pay

The Metropolitan Opera has reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with the union that represents its stagehands, increasing the likelihood that the company will return to the stage in September after its longest-ever shutdown. The deal was reached early Saturday morning, and the union is planning to brief its leaders and members after the Fourth of July holiday, […]

Selena Gomez in La’Mariette Swimsuit Collection: Photos

La’Mariette’s collab with Gomez features six styles, including a one-piece, two bikini tops, two bottoms and a sarong. The pieces are all in a purple tie-dye print called “Aura,” and they’re available in sizes XS-XXL. In a statement published by People, Gomez said: “After going through swatches, my favorite color was purple; I wanted to stay away from colors I’m […]

With ‘Summer of Soul,’ Questlove Wants to Fill a Cultural Void

Twenty years later, I received a note asking me to meet with my two future producers, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein, about a Harlem cultural festival that was like a “Black Woodstock.” Instantly, the music snob in me said, “I’ve never heard of that.” So I looked it up online. It’s not on the internet, so I was highly skeptical. […]

‘It Taunts the Eye’: Footwork’s Fast Moves Loom Over Chicago

Footwork, the Chicago-born music-and-dance form, is famous for its speed. D.J.s deliver a tense, polyrhythmic mix of stuttering samples at the jacked-up rate of 160 beats per minute, and dancers meet the challenge with an onslaught of swivels, kicks and scissoring steps even more bewilderingly quick and intricate than the music. This summer, that speed is finding a match in […]

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes Celebrate Anniversary: Photos

“happy anniversary Kuko,” Cabello said on her own post dedicated to her boyfriend. “here’s to more joy, more friendship, and more love.” Cabello and Mendes, longtime friends who began dating in 2019, posted photos of themselves kissing, sharing a meal and being silly at the beach over the weekend. They’ve opened up about their relationship in the past. In November, […]

Taylor Swift Shares James Reynolds’ ‘Renegade’ Photo

In Reynolds’ snapshot, Swift stands amid a bright blue sky while wearing a white patterned dress and holding a small colorful cloth. The collage also features a publicity photo of Big Red Machine, along with images of water droplets and red roses. Lyrics from “Renegade” — “I tapped on the window on your darkest night” and “The shape of you” […]

Britney Spears Takes On Her Conservatorship

Britney Spears has been living under a conservatorship of her person and her estate since 2008, and in recent years, that arrangement has come under increased scrutiny. Last week, the singer spoke out publicly in a court hearing about her frustrations with the arrangement in a passionate speech that explained how she felt living under other people’s control. “I’ve been […]

George Porter Jr. ‘Cryin for Hope’ Video: Watch

Legendary bassist George Porter Jr. has released the video for “Crying for Hope,” a powerful anthem that combines the signature sound of Porter’s iconic funk group The Meters with a message of  resistance and urgency for 2021. The New Orleans funk master and Meters founding member released the title track for his 2021 album on March 26 via Controlled Substance Sounds […]

Retooling ‘La Bohème’ for Pandemic Performances

LONDON — It’s an evening of drinking and revelry at Café Momus. A group of young men chatter away as a femme fatale tries to get their attention, jumping on tables and tossing undergarments. But the night spot is not as crowded as usual. There are few waiters in attendance, and by the windows in the back three patrons dine […]

‘Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular’: How to Watch

The traditional Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show will return to New York City this weekend after the pandemic forced changes to the celebration in 2020. The fireworks will be launched from five barges in the East River starting at 9:25 p.m. on Sunday (July 4), said Will Coss, executive producer of the show. The show will be broadcast live […]

Company Set to Manage Britney Spears’s Estate Asks to Withdraw

The wealth management firm that was set to take over as the co-conservator of Britney Spears’s estate, alongside her father, has requested to resign from the arrangement, according to a document filed in court on Thursday, throwing her conservatorship into greater turmoil. Bessemer Trust, a professional wealth management firm that manages more than $100 billion in assets, said in a […]