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Tips and Articles in Manhattan

What stood out for you at Cannes this year? A highlight was the digital restoration of Luchino Visconti’s seminal 1963 Il Gattopardo, financed by Gucci and the Film Foundation. What other festival is worth the trip? The Berlin film festival (...
“The first time I visited the Library of Congress, I flew from my home in New York to Washington, D.C., holding eighty-seven manuscripts in the hand of George Gershwin to be delivered to the library. I was in my twenties and had been working as th...
These are a few of Bette Midler’s unfavorite things: litter on sidewalks; cars idling curbside; mattresses dumped along woodland trails; a grocery bag snagged in the branch of an elm. It is things like these that make Bette Midler indignant, and B...
This spring the New York City Ballet celebrates the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center with seven world-premiere ballets and, for the first time, set designs by Santiago Calatrava. Look for the acclaimed Spanish architect’s geometric permutations—...
The emotionally volatile Spanish women of Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown arrive on Broadway in a new musical by David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane. Sherie Rene Scott stars; Bartlett Sher directs (opens Nov. 4; Belasco Theat...
Chicago Conductor Riccardo Muti takes over as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with a free concert in Millennium Park (Sept. 19; cso.org), then a Berlioz double bill (Sept. 23–28). Barbara Gaines, founder of the Chicago Shakespea...
Paris With close to 200 works, including figures and still lifes, “Claude Monet (1840–1926),” at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Sept. 22–Jan. 24; monet2010.com), offers a complete overview, from the artist’s travels along the Normandy a...
Ladies who lunch and Eloise fans have something to rejoice about, now that New York City’s landmark Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel (doubles from $1,150; tea service $45) has reopened for breakfast, lunch, and tea. The relaunch, following a 15-month...
No one can agree precisely when it started, let alone where it starts. South of Houston Street? 14th? 23rd? Does it include the farther-flung galleries of Chelsea? The Financial District? Do the leafier blocks of the West Village still count, or ...
There’s never been a better time to get to know your agave. Artisanal tequilas are turning up on cocktail menus across the globe thanks to the arrival of small-batch, handmade bottlings such as Casa Dragones (casadragones.com; $275), a sipping teq...
Forget the mini-bar: New York City’s The Surrey (doubles from $800) is bringing cocktail hour to your bedside. A personal bartender is on hand 24 hours a day to shake up pitch-perfect concoctions, whether you crave a vanilla Old Fashioned or a bla...
“Very good, and for you, sir?” You is me and I just don’t know. “What I will have…obviously…is…. What I shall in fact have is the…the….” Now, this kind of dithering is very much not what I’m about. You can ask anyone. When it comes to acting dec...
“The first time I visited the Delacorte, I was with my mother, and we saw Raul Julia in Othello. I must have been twelve years old. At one point during the performance a giant white egret took flight. The image was stunning—for the play, of course...
The stereotype of the surly Parisian maître d’ may be losing currency nowadays, but for the determined efforts of one man: Philippe Pinoteau, owner of Le Baratin, a bar à vin/bistro in the 20th Arrondissement. A skilled sommelier and manager, Pin...
At the dazzlingly futuristic Yas Hotel, in Abu Dhabi, the curvilinear buildings are draped with a giant, LED-lit glass veil and straddle a Formula One racetrack. The structure resembles a multicolored UFO waiting to take off. For the inside, the b...