Decline, fall & rise
On “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again.”
On Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: Herself Alone by Charles Moore.
On Great Society: A New History by Amity Shlaes.
Considering the late philosopher’s intellectual and moral legacy.
On the suppression of those labeled “too clever by half.”
On Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice at the Signature Center, A Soldier’s Play at the American Airlines Theater, and West Side Story at the Broadway Theater.
On the re-imagined British decorative arts galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
On “True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870” at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
On Rosa Feola in recital at the Park Avenue Armory, a new piano concerto by Esteban Benzecry, a new cello concerto by Brett Dean, and a performance of Winterreise by Peter Mattei and Lars David Nilsson.
On the pianist Yuja Wang at Carnegie Hall.
On recent performances of Boieldieu’s La Dame blanche and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle.
On a program of dance by Miami City Ballet.
On dogs, Raphael & Percy Bysse Shelley.
On a revival of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.