What I Want For Christmas This Year

The Signature Theater in Virginia is selling them on its website — even though its production of “Passion,” to which the lyric of course refers, closed this past weekend.

Kingelez’s Building Fantasies

Lucas Adams writes: ‘Every year, it becomes clearer that New York is being reimagined as a city for the rich…It makes the experience of an average commute both dull and tragic: a city without surprises, conspicuously lacking the public and private spaces that inspire and provoke new thoughts and experiences. This state of architectural affairs is what makes MoMA’s current exhibition, “Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams,” such a thrilling divergence. In the late 1970s, the Congolese sculptor Kingelez (1948-2015) began crafting what he called “extreme maquettes,” fantastical buildings constructed out of whatever he could get his hands on. He built most of his “extreme maquettes” in the city of his birth, Kinshasa, capital of the former Zaire, where he lived and worked as a teacher and museum conservator before becoming a full-time artist.’

The Unheard “White Album: First Listen

Rolling Stone tells us: ‘Everything we know about the White Album is about to change. The Beatles’ 1968 masterpiece has always been been the deepest mystery in their story—their wildest, strangest, most experimental, most brilliant music. But as it turns out, the White Album is even weirder than anyone realized. Especially when you’re hearing it in Abbey Road, the fabled London studio where the band spent five long months making it. Over a couple of sunny days (and late nights) in Abbey Road, Rolling Stone got a one-on-one exclusive tour of the previously unheard gems from the new Super Deluxe Edition of The Beatles (due November 9), forever known as the White Album. Producer Read more »

“The Deuce” Goes To L.A.

I don’t love the series, but I loved the opening of last night’s “The Deuce”: CC (Gary Carr) opens up a car trunk and takes out his pimp cane. He is at the airport, taking his first flight. “Will I need my coat in the plane?” he asks Lori (Emily Meade), who is playfully teasing him about his naivety and lack of understanding about time zones. “We go back in time? I don’t play that shit,” he says after being told about the three-hour difference between his native New York and Los Angeles, the emerging hotbed of porn that the couple are due to visit for an adult awards show.

Met Cedes Whitney To Frick

Brace yourself, traditionalists: Henry Clay Frick’s venerable Old Master paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and porcelain seem destined for a change of scene. In an unusual game of musical chairs, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Frick Collection has announced that the Met will vacate the Brutalist Breuer building on Madison Avenue in 2020. Its departure will make way for the Frick to move in late that year while its mansion undergoes a renovation and expansion five blocks away.The Met has leased the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 1966 Breuer building as a temporary exhibition space for Modern and contemporary art since 2015, when the Whitney moved into its new home downtown. The Met says it is now ready to resume plans for expanding galleries devoted to Modern and contemporary art at its Fifth Avenue flagship building.

Rediscovering “3 Feet High And Rising”

Each week, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in its archives is eligible. Here, the site revisits the 1989 debut album from hip-hop legends De La Soul.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: Blowhard Michael Moore is back with “Fahrenheit 11/9.” Keira Knightley plays the supremely sensuous French writer “Colette.” TV/Streaming: “American Horror Story/Cult is now available on Netflix. Nice to see that the new episode of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” doesn’t start with an Old Master. Music: Willie Nelson’s new CD is out-selling the new Tony Bennett/Diana Krall. What? You’ve never listened to the Bruch Violin Concerto? Remedy that deficiency here. Books I can’t wait to read Ben Macintyre’s latest — “The Spy and the Traitor.” Sports: Why do I feel that the Yankees will be bounced in the first round? Finally: Have you had your first pumpkin-spice anything of the season yet? I have!