The Small, Black-Owned Record Label That Made a Big Impact in 1970s D.C.

In the mid-1970s, more often than not, the news coming from Washington was dreary. TV screens filled with images of the Watergate hearings, the war in Vietnam and an economy turning cold. But under the shadow of the Capitol, the city’s thriving Black community — making up three-fourths of its population — was in the midst of a renaissance. Listen …

Second City Is Trying Not to Be Racist. Will It Work This Time?

He and other leaders want Second City to be “an agent of change,” he added. When productions are honed in front of homogeneous, majority-white audiences, it rewards their point of view, he said. Now, the theater needs to take stock as an artistic entity: “That’s what those folks find funny. Is that what we want our shows to be? Is …

A Black Nurse Saved Lives. Today She May Save Art.

SAN FRANCISCO — In June, Laura Voisin George, a graduate student, was writing a scholarly article about a series of W.P.A. frescoes at the University of California, San Francisco. The ten panels of “History of Medicine in California,” completed in 1938 by Bernard Zakheim, a Polish-born muralist, show such scenes as Native Americans offering herbs to doctors and a trapper …

Boundary-Pushing Books for Fans of Narrative Experiments

NATURAL HISTORYBy Carlos FonsecaTranslated by Megan McDowell 303 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27. Fonseca, a Costa Rican-Puerto Rican novelist and academic, follows the curator of a New Jersey museum of natural history, whose article on the wing patterns of tropical butterflies catches the eye of a celebrated fashion designer, Giovanna Luxembourg. They discuss a collaborative exhibition but their clandestine …

She Explains ‘Mansplaining’ With Help From 17th-Century Art

This story begins, as so many do these days, on Twitter. Last May, Nicole Tersigni, a Detroit-based writer, logged onto the social media platform at the end of a long day. She was tired and frazzled from looking after her 8-year-old daughter, who was home sick at the time. “So I go online just to kind of scroll through Twitter …

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Who Made the Talmud More Accessible, Dies at 83

Surprisingly, Rabbi Steinsaltz was raised in a secular household and was drawn to observant Judaism only as a teenager, when he studied with a Lubavitch rabbi. “By nature I am a skeptical person,” he said in an interview with The Times a decade ago, “and people with a lot of skepticism start to question atheism.” He was born on July …

‘Godspell’ Review: Musical Theater Rises From the Dead

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — And it came about that the faith of the devoted was sorely tested during the months of famine, and there was a great hunger to believe again. Thus on a hazy night in August, several score of them gathered, with their lower faces hidden as the times demanded, in a parking lot in a small city in …

Rick Gates, Ex-Trump Aide and Mueller Witness, Is Publishing a Memoir

News of Mr. Gates’s book was reported earlier by Business Insider. “Wicked Game” will be published this fall.Credit…Simon & Schuster Other books from former Trump aides and associates are in the pipeline, including a memoir from Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, who is serving a three-year prison sentence for campaign finance violations and other crimes that were part …

Turn Your Newspaper Into a Basket

Months into the pandemic, you’ve most likely spent more time decluttering — and assessing the amount of joy sparked by forgotten discoveries — than you’d ever expected. Now you’re on to organizing, and baskets are a great way to collect all of those little things floating around your home. You can transform your newspaper into a receptacle to keep things …