What’s on TV Friday: ‘Young Ahmed’ and ‘Hamilton’

What’s Streaming YOUNG AHMED (2020) Stream on Criterion Channel; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. A bespectacled Belgian teenager gets swept up by radicalism in this most recent film from the brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. The teenager, a 13-year-old named Ahmed (Idir Ben Addi), falls under the influence of an extremist imam (Othmane Moumen). As …

8 Things to Do This Fourth of July Weekend

Judging by the sharp increase in complaints about illegal amateur firework displays this year, many New Yorkers might have already had their fill. The city’s aerial pyrotechnics typically reach a climax with its official spectacle, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. But this year, New York’s annual Independence Day celebration has been split up into a series of five-minute shows at …

Cultural Life Is Back in Europe. In the U.K., They Talk of Collapse.

Those snap actions reassured arts leaders in the short term, but as the lockdown dragged on many felt the government had become more focused on developing guidelines for reopening than dealing with the financial gloom ahead. In May, Mr. Dowden formed a nine-person “Cultural Renewal Task Force,” made up of industry leaders from sports, the arts and entertainment, to “develop …

The Music Industry Is Wrestling With Race. Here’s What It’s Promised.

What’s the fastest way to put music industry money into the hands of its Black creators? A small Swedish synthesizer manufacturer has a plan. Teenage Engineering, which makes sleekly designed, retro-sounding machines adored by dance-music producers, will soon begin sharing sales revenue with a set of Black musicians and other artists of color in the United States in recognition of …

Carl Reiner Knew TV Like the Back of His Head

Carl Reiner invented TV comedy. I’m overstating things, sure: Reiner, who died Monday at age 98, was one of a group of pioneers who defined the medium in its early years. (Several of them, including Sid Caesar and Mel Brooks, did some of their best work with him.) I’m also understating things: Reiner’s legacy extended to comedy albums and film …

What’s on TV Tuesday: George Lopez and ‘Welcome to Chechnya’

What’s Streaming GEORGE LOPEZ: WE’LL DO IT FOR HALF (2020) Stream on Netflix. The actor and comedian George Lopez jumps right into race and politics in his first Netflix stand-up special. In an early bit, he jokes that Latinos should be able to choose who gets to live in the United States, arguing that deportation could be an easy way …

Disputed African Artifacts Sell at Auction

“These artworks are stained with the blood of Biafra’s children,” wrote Chika Okeke-Agulu, an art history professor at Princeton, in an impassioned Instagram post three weeks ago calling for a halt to the sale of two wooden statues made by the Igbo people of Nigeria. Prof. Okeke-Agulu believes the items were looted in the late 1960s during the country’s brutal …

What’s on TV Monday: ‘And She Could Be Next’ and ‘The Sommerdahl Murders’

What’s on TV OCEAN’S TWELVE (2004) 7:15 p.m. on AMC. This summer’s slate of popcorn movies has been drastically reduced by the pandemic but Steven Soderbergh’s sequel to “Oceans Eleven” could provide some of what moviegoers may be missing. In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis called this crime comedy an “enjoyable, unabashedly trivial caper flick.” George …

Broadway League Pledges Change Amid National Uproar Over Racism

The Broadway League, a trade association that is the closest thing to a governing body presiding over America’s biggest stages, has decided to undertake a sweeping audit of diversity in the industry in response to the unrest over racial injustice that is sweeping the nation. The League, whose members include Broadway theater owners and producers, as well as presenters of …