NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning. His official start date has not been determined, but he will begin working with the orchestra July 1, as he plans the timing of
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The most delightful heroine since Elizabeth Bennet

Standing at the shoreline on a calm, moonless night, you can hear a low-pitched roar. Some say it’s just the waves; others claim it’s a winged monster swimming through the watery depths. But it’s actually the sound of thousands of fans cheering for “The Essex Serpent,” an irresistible new
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Tackling race in opera — at center stage

One step in the convoluted and unpredictable process of creation is considering why one artistic form is better suited to a given message than another. Why is this particular story being told as a film, as a novel, in a painting — what does this medium bring to it than no other medium can?I ponder
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A new book by Lemony Snicket and other best books for young readers this month

In Goldfish Ghost (Ages 3-7) Lemony Snicket and illustrator Lisa Brown tell a tenderly funny story about what might happen after a beloved pet dies. “Goldfish Ghost was born on the surface of the water in a bowl on the dresser of a boy’s room,” begins this wistfully spooky tale. Pale and tran
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TV highlights: ‘The Jim Jefferies Show’ debuts on Comedy Central

(All times Eastern). America’s Got Talent (NBC at 8) The auditions continue. Downward Dog (ABC at 8) Nan attempts to date an attractive fellow dog owner. Pretty Little Liars (Freeform at 8) Emily grudgingly teams up with Mona to get ahead of A.D.’s game. Also, Hanna’s mom (Laura
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NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan’s last title in 1998

CLEVELAND — The first two games of the NBA Finals are the most-watched since Michael Jordan’s final championship in 1998.Despite two lopsided outcomes, Golden State’s two home wins over Cleveland averaged 19.6 million viewers, according to numbers released Monday by the Nielsen company.That’
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‘Wonder Woman’ is a hit that even Hollywood can’t ignore

NEW YORK — Batman is the superhero with the calling-card beam of light, but Wonder Woman sent a signal over the weekend that even Hollywood couldn’t miss.Patty Jenkins’ ”Wonder Woman” grossed $103.3 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry ex
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Box office top 20: ‘Wonder Woman’ revised up to $103.3M

NEW YORK — “Wonder Woman” was even mightier than expected. Warner Bros. has revised the film’s weekend haul up to $103.3 million.The studio on Monday said the tickets sold on Sunday turned out to be even higher than it estimated over the weekend. Warner Bros. previously had announced a $100.
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With the planet in peril, arts groups can no longer afford the Koch brothers’ money

Over the weekend, as the political talk shows debated the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, I thought of a painting that was on view in Washington last year as part of the National Gallery’s Hubert Robert exhibition. The French artist’s 1796 “Imaginary View of the Gran
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Does ‘Wonder Woman’ have the best romantic chemistry of any superhero movie?

Spoilers ahead.RICHARD DONNER’s “Superman” spoiled us. When the Man of Steel first soared toward the heavens with Lois Lane on an exhilarating flyover date, the 1978 movie heightened our expectation for most superhero films to follow: Future costumed crimefighters with love interests would sur
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