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Old New York springs alive in Francis Spufford’s ‘Golden Hill’

New York in 1746, three decades before “Hamilton” and all that, was a small but industrious town of 7,000, an inkling of the Gotham it would become. “This is a place where things can get out of hand very quick: and often do,” the exquisitely named and clearly clairvoyant Septimus Oakeshott w
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Rapper DMX pleads not guilty to dodging $1.7M tax debt

NEW YORK — Rapper DMX walked free on Friday after pleading not guilty to what the Internal Revenue Service described as a brazen effort to evade $1.7 million in taxes, saying his faith and loyal fans would keep his career on track. “It’s allowed me to not be scared of the situation and face it
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How a Smithsonian kids’ class influenced the look of ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

THE 13-YEAR-OLD boy with the bright eyes is staring straight into the wrap-party camera and speaking with an easy confidence. “I was one of the people responsible,” he says by way of introduction, “for the great special-effects sequences in this film.”The boy, Matthew Jensen, is not talking
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Matthew Heineman on ‘City of Ghosts’ and his affinity for picking (seemingly) futile battles

Matthew Heineman has, at an age when most filmmakers are just getting started, already made a deep dent in the documentary world. After breaking out in 2012 with “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” — a film he co-directed with Susan Froemke, and which was nominated for a Gra
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Original Disney princesses team up in ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Some royally familiar voices are coming back to the big screen in the “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel.The original voices of some of the most beloved Disney princesses have a very special cameo in the film, including “Beauty and the Beast’s” Paige O’Hara, “The Little Mermai
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Jon Stewart made a surprise late-night appearance — and it wasn’t where you would expect

On Thursday, Jon Stewart made a surprise return to late-night TV — but it wasn’t what you would expect from the former “Daily Show” host. Here’s why:1) He didn’t stop by Stephen Colbert’s show.Instead of visiting his best pal at “The Late Show” (as he is occasionally known to do),
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Renwick Gallery’s ceiling installation celebrates the art in architecture

Ribbons of gray, coral and pink swirl overhead in the second-floor gallery at the Renwick Gallery before forming an intricate vaulted ceiling. Illusions of domes and boxes appear and then fall away as viewers move through the room. Realism turns abstract.The overhead magic is created by “Parallax
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At a Kehlani show, the music matters, but it’s not the only thing

“Tonight, you’re at a Kehlani show,” the singer told the sold-out crowd at the Fillmore Silver Spring. “So I’m gonna talk a lot.” Thankfully, the 22-year-old Oakland talent wasn’t all talk on Thursday night as she sang and danced her way through her debut album, “SweetSexySavage,”
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On a scale of Monkees-to-Gorillaz, how should we evaluate fictional music?

In the noisy jungle of pop music, many artists speak their truth by pretending to be somebody else. Singing from the perspective of an alter ego has become standard practice for the likes of Lana Del Rey, the Weeknd, Lady Gaga and every rapper whose stage name doesn’t match what’s printed inside
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Let’s not mince words: Lawrence Osborne’s ‘Beautiful Animals’ is a great book

The globe-trotter Lawrence Osborne is attuned to the often catastrophic clash of civilizations that a mobile world sets in train. One imagines he might endorse fellow British writer David Goodhart’s distinction between the Somewheres and the Anywheres: people rooted profoundly in one place and cul
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