State Dining Room To Re-Open

The State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace remains closed, more than 16 months after damage was discovered in a timber beam that helps hold up the ornately gilded ceiling. Initially a palace spokesperson had played down reports that the room would need to be closed for official functions and visitors for up to six months. Subsequent investigations revealed a serious problem, requiring emergency stabilisation and a crash-deck scaffold. The room had been lined with full-length portraits from the royal collection, which had to be removed. A new steel support for the plaster ceiling has been added. With structural repairs nearing completion, a collection spokeswoman told The Art Newspaper that the room should be ready for the opening of Buckingham Palace to visitors on 22 July. Read more »

Bob Dylan Gives A (Rare) Interview

A new interview with Bob Dylan by rock journalist/MTV executive Bill Flanagan has appeared on the songwriter’s official website to promote his upcoming standards three-disc set Triplicate. It’s the first extensive interview with Dylan since he spoke to AARP a little over two years ago. Given the interview was posted on his own website, he appears to have had more control over the editorial process. Still, the extensive Q&A provides numerous fascinating nuggets to glean from the singer-songwriter. Here are nine things Rolling Stone learned from the long article.

Madoff Movie Stars DeNiro & Pfeiffer


HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies,” directed by Barry Levinson, pops on Saturday, 5.20 — right in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival. Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff and Michelle Pfeiffer is wife Ruth, who of course knew everything. Based on the same-titled book, it costars my old pal Alessandro Nivola and Nathan Darrow as Madoff’s sons, Mark and Andrew plus Lily Rabe, Kristen Connolly and Hank Azaria.

Invade & Conquer: Film’s Return To Horror

“Get Out,” “Life” and “Alien: Covenant” are gruesome reminders that being taken over by something is as terrifying as ever. Why the fascination with bodies being taken over? One explanation.

Sondheim B-day Tribute: “Follies”


I forgot to wish Stephen Sondheim a happy 87th birthday yesterday so I’m doing it now. To celebrate, here’s a fascinating match of the score from his “Follies” with black-and-white footage from the Roxy.

Inside Kamasi’s Ode To Unity

Rolling Stone reports: ‘Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington, whose “Harmony of Difference,” a multimedia piece featured in the just-opened 2017 Whitney Biennial (on view through June 11th), is Washington’s first new work since “The Epic,” his acclaimed 2015 triple-CD debut.

Sophie Calle Haunts The Cemetery

Have something to get off your chest? In April, the French artist Sophie Calle’s interactive installation Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery—a marble obelisk with slots for visitors to share their secrets on slips of paper—will début at the historic Brooklyn burial ground and remain on view for 25 years. The piece, presented by the New York-based arts non-profit Creative Time, is the first US iteration of a similar 20-year work installed last year in a Geneva cemetery. The work provides an “opportunity for people to unburden themselves in [a] moment of catharsis, and also a communal sharing of secrets”, says Katie Hollander, Creative Time’s director, who says the project resonated with the organisation as “reflective in terms of our current political as well as emotional state.”