News: Arts

Greg Tate, a powerful chronicler and critic of Black life and culture, has died at 64
Andrew Limbong | December 7, 2021
Greg Tate, in 2016.Nisha Sondhe | Duke University Press Greg Tate, the essential music writer, cultural critic and journalist, has died. He was 64. The news was confirmed by a spokesperson at Duke University Press, his publisher. No further details were provided. Starting in 1987, Tate was a longtime staff ...
Mel Brooks says his only regret as a comedian is the jokes he didn’t tell
Terry Gross | December 7, 2021
Mel Brooks (shown here in 1984) calls comedy his "delicious refuge" from the world: "I hide in humor and comedy. I love it."Larry Ellis | Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images As a child in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Mel Brooks assumed he would grow up to work in Manhattan's garment district. That's what ...
‘Drive My Car’ may be the most absorbing ride you take all year
Justin Chang | December 7, 2021
Misaki (Tôko Miura) is the personal driver to a grieving actor (Hidetoshi Nishijima) in Drive My Car.Festival de Cannes Don't be scared off by the epic running time of Drive My Car; it may run just shy of three hours, but it flies by like a dream. The director Ryûsuke ...
3 YA graphic novels that highlight the timelessness of teenage themes this autumn
Etelka Lehoczky | December 7, 2021
Meghan Collins Sullivan | NPR It's evident that 2021 has been a bumper year for graphic novels aimed at the high-school set. Among the flood of titles competing for youthful eyeballs, though, a few stand apart this fall for their unorthodox stories, deft artwork and potent themes. Though their settings ...
No black-tie dinner with the Swedish king for this year’s Nobel Prize winners
Mia Estrada | December 6, 2021
Abdulrazak Gurnah, a Tanzanian-born novelist and academic who lives in the U.K., poses with his 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature medal after being presented it at the Swedish ambassador's residence in London.Matt Dunham | AP Nobel Prize winners usually attend a royal banquet inside the glittering Stockholm City Hall, where ...
Kieran Culkin is having fun with ‘Succession’ — and he hopes you are too
Terry Gross | December 6, 2021
Kieran Culkin says the cursing on Succession has affected his speech: "The F-word just slides out of me."Macall B. Polay | HBO Succession co-star Kieran Culkin has grown up on screen. His first gig (when he was 6) was in a commercial, followed by a small part in the 1990 ...
In debut poetry collection, Amanda Gorman looks at America today through its past
Jeevika Verma | December 6, 2021
How does a person's history intersect with that of a community? And what can a communal past teach us about survival, love, and carrying it all forward? Call Us What We Carry: Poems, by Amanda GormanViking In her debut collection Call Us What We Carry, Amanda Gorman, who this year ...
Olga Neuwirth’s bold gender-bending opera has won the Grawemeyer Award
Steve Smith | December 6, 2021
Olga NeuwirthPriska Ketterer | Courtesy of the University of Louisville Olga Neuwirth, a groundbreaking Austrian composer and multimedia artist known for the technical virtuosity and elemental power of her work, is the newest recipient of one of classical music's most prestigious and lucrative honors. On Monday, Neuwirth was announced as ...
Kennedy Center honors creative excellence in the arts at annual gala
Elizabeth Blair | December 6, 2021
The 2021 Kennedy Center honorees: (left to right) opera star Justino Díaz, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and Motown founder Berry Gordy.Scott Suchman | Kennedy Center This year's Kennedy Center honorees Joni Mitchell, Bette Mider, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels and Justino Díaz were ...