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twice-told tales: jo nesbø, madeline miller and others revive classic stories

“there is nothing new under the sun,” says the book of ecclesiastes, and writers have been proving that point ever since. chaucer recycled stories from boccaccio. shakespeare borrowed almost all his plots from others. and today’s writers sometimes marry classic tales with their own modern approach. here’s a list of upcoming novels that will give you a feeling of deja vu — but that’s not a problem. some stories, after all, are worth telling again and again. just don’t forget who told them first. (ecco)tale & teller: “the talented mr. ripley,” by patricia highsmith (1955)new version: “tangerine,” by christine mangan (ecco, march 27)graham greene called patricia highsmith “the poet of apprehension.” highsmith’s five tom ripley novels all involve the tension of appr...





a mother and son making beautiful music together

two eminent american musicians, violinist miriam fried and pianist jonathan biss appeared together sunday afternoon in a concert at international student house as part of the phillips music series. the moment the music began, it was as though the audience had been hit by wall of water. except this was no ordinary flood. it was musicmaking so powerful, grounded, earnest, and incontestable that it was all but overwhelming. there was no option but to go with the flow.fried and biss alternately proclaimed and confided the ripe lyricism of brahms’s second sonata with a direct simplicity that could not have been more authoritative had they just walked out of the composer’s studio. bela bartok’s uncompromising second violin sonata from 1922 stands with one foot firmly planted in the rich so...





six concerts in search of a composer: dc fetes bernstein centennial

the jets at nso pops west side story in concert. (scott suchman )leonard bernstein, what do we make of you? your centennial falls at a time when we desperately need heroes in our struggling classical music world. yet somehow you never quite fit. your music is too popular to be strictly high-classical. however we extol your symphonies and “serious” works, the final word always comes down to “west side story.” we want to lionize you but end up with composite portraits of bright colorful scraps, running through our fingers. there were six leonard bernstein tribute concerts in a little more than two weeks at the start of this month. this year, that may be par for the course. the leonard bernstein foundation (more austere and controlling than the man himself ever was) has a website with...





as ‘black panther’ shows, inclusion pays at the box office

new york — a lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. packed movie theaters with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film.the phenomenon of “black panther” had the look and feel of a classic, bona fide blockbuster in route to its record-setting $201.8 million debut over the weekend, or an estimated $235 million friday through monday. much has been made about the film industry’s struggles to tap into pop culture the way it once more regularly did — that tv and streaming options and a dearth of fresh ideas have diminished the power of the big screen.but when hollywood does manufacture a must-see theatrical event, it has increasingly been propelled by the power of inclusivity. just as jordan peele’s os...





french jazz violinist didier lockwood dies suddenly at 62

paris — french jazz violinist didier lockwood, whose eclectic career spanned more than four decades and the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, has died. he was 62.lockwood’s agent, christophe deghelt, said in a statement on twitter that lockwood died suddenly sunday, a day after he performed in paris.president emmanuel macron paid tribute monday to the musician he called a “friend and partner of the greatest” and said possessed “influence, open-mindedness and immense musical talent” that will be missed.as a composer and an improviser while performing, lockwood enjoyed crossing musical genres, from jazz-rock to classical. he was known for experimenting with different sounds on the electric violin.he’s survived by his wife, french soprano patricia petibon, ...





london fashion: erdem shows fancy florals; kane goes for sex

london — london fashion week saw a flurry of shows monday emphasizing romance and femininity, often with exquisite workmanship and dashes of mystery and drama.dresses dominated the runway. christopher kane offered a strong collection of very feminine, sometimes very revealing dresses at his catwalk show at the tate britain museum.canada-born designer erdem moralioglu turned the national portrait gallery in trafalgar square into a showcase for his gorgeous contemporary designs, which featured long, elaborately made dresses, many with floral themes offset by a black background.___christopher kane channels ‘the joy of sex’kane went “old school” for his london fashion week show with a collection that overtly referenced two 70s’ classics: “the joy of sex” and “more joy of sex?...





‘light years’ is a new musical at signature theatre — with the emphasis on lite

sincerity is an undervalued virtue. but as the most prominent characteristic of a musical, it leaves something to be desired.the world premiere of “light years,” the sweet-tempered autobiographical show at signature theatre by singer-songwriter robbie schaefer, is a case in point. a piece closer in design to cabaret evening than book musical, it owes debts to both “fun home” and “passing strange.” still, unlike those coming-of-age musicals by, respectively, jeanine tesori and lisa kron, and stew and heidi rodewald, “light years” tiptoes so lightly around its subject that its imprint is not so much lasting as negligible.that subject is the relationship of the central character, a musician named robbie (played in “fun home” fashion by three actors at varying ages) an...





tv highlights: ‘the frankenstein chronicles’ comes to netflix

listings for feb. 20.(all times eastern.)2018 winter olympics (nbc at various times) snowboarding, bobsled, alpine skiing, figure skating.america’s next top model (vh1 at 8) the contestants create an anti-bullying psa for the national crime prevention council.married at first sight (lifetime at 9) the experts pay a visit to two couples who are struggling.bethenny & fredrik (bravo at 9) tensions are created when fredrik finds out that bethenny looked at a potential investment property with his assistant while he was away.kevin (probably) saves the world (abc at 10) kevin asks kristin to help him repair his friendship with tyler.chopped (food at 10) four fit chefs have to create fun, healthy dishes.premierethe frankenstein chronicles (netflix streaming) this briti...





‘black panther’ slashes its way to the fifth-biggest opening ever

a new king shall reign at the box office: chadwick boseman stars as t’challa, king of wakanda, in “black panther.” (disney/marvel studios)“black panther” has ascended so fast at the box office, it now has a throne of its own.exceeding weeks of projections, the tentpole movie turned cultural milestone just had the biggest opening ever for a stand-alone film, according to studio estimates reported monday, and the second-biggest superhero opening ever.the disney/marvel movie overperformed massively by grossing $201.7 million over the three-day weekend, according to box office mojo — the biggest domestic debut for any film that’s not a character team-up movie or part of a sequel trilogy.directed by ryan coogler, “black panther” is the 18th film in the marvel cinematic unive...





where to find free movies around d.c.

the meyer auditorium at the freer gallery of art regularly features screenings that are gratis. (katherine frey/the washington post)cinephiles in washington have no shortage of movie-viewing options, from imax screens at the smithsonian to film festivals at afi silver theatre to the intimate screening rooms at atlantic plumbing. but shelling out $13 to $15 every time you want to see a flick can leave an orson welles-size dent in your wallet. thankfully, there's plenty of free cinema to be seen in washington — classics, b-movies, even the latest foreign releases.can i kick it?when and where: last tuesday of the month at songbyrd, 2475 18th st. nw.this four-year-old series launched by shaolin jazz demonstrates the connections between hip-hop and kung fu cultures through screenings of st...





erdem shows long, fancy floral dresses at london fashion

london — london fashion week is nearing its conclusion with a flurry of shows emphasizing romance and femininity. there has been a focus on careful, often exquisite workmanship and an embrace of mystery and drama. here are monday’s highlights.erdem builds on a delicate, veiled themecanada-born designer erdem moralioglu has turned the august national portrait gallery in london’s trafalgar square into a showcase for his gorgeous contemporary designs, which featured long, elaborately made dresses, many with floral themes offset by a black background.his london fashion week catwalk show made heavy use of veils — and black veil material — not only to shade the faces of many of the models but also as the fabric for leggings, long gloves and some shawls and capes.the veil material was d...





as ‘black panther’ shows, inclusion pays at the box office

new york — a lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. packed movie theaters with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film.the phenomenon of “black panther” had the look and feel of a classic, bona fide blockbuster in route to its record-setting $192 million debut over the weekend, or an estimated $218 million friday through monday. much has been made about the film industry’s struggles to tap into pop culture the way it once more regularly did — that tv and streaming options and a dearth of fresh ideas have diminished the power of the big screen.but when hollywood does manufacture a must-see theatrical event, it has increasingly been propelled by the power of inclusivity. just as jordan peele’s osca...





religious protests against gay films show divide in romania

bucharest, romania — religious protesters in romania have disrupted the screenings of two movies featuring gay themes, saying they violate traditional values. in response, a new screening of the cannes award-winning movie “120 beats per minute” is going to be held tuesday in bucharest.the dispute illustrates romania’s divided views about homosexuality, which remains a difficult topic in the eastern european union member where more than 85 percent of its people belong to christian orthodox churches. homosexuality was only decriminalized when romania prepared to join the eu in 2002.protesters calling themselves christian orthodox burst into a movie theater on feb. 4 during the french aids drama “120 beats per minute” by french director robin campillo.days later, protesters disrup...





legendary african filmmaker idrissa ouedraogo dies at 64

ouagadougou, burkina faso — colleagues say prolific filmmaker idrissa ouedraogo has died in his home country of burkina faso.the national union of burkina faso filmmakers on sunday announced ouedraogo’s death at the age of 64 from an undisclosed illness.during his career ouedraogo produced more than 40 films including “tilai,” which won the grand prix at the 1990 cannes film festival. in 1993, his film “samba traore” was featured at the berlin film festival where it won the silver bear prize.in a tweet, burkina faso’s president praised ouedraogo’s “immense talent,” saying he had helped to bring “burkina and african cinema beyond our borders.”ouedraogo also had served on the jury at the ouagadougou film festival known as fespaco.copyright 2018 the associated press. a...





religious protests against films expose divisions in romania

bucharest, romania — religious protesters in romania have disrupted the screening of two movies in bucharest, saying they violate traditional values in the eastern european country.the recent protests illustrate divided views about homosexuality which remains a difficult topic in the european union member.recent years have seen traditionalists seeking inspiration in christian orthodoxy, a denomination which claims more than 85 percent of romanians.protesters who called themselves christian orthodox burst into a movie theater on feb. 4 during a showing of french aids drama “120 beats per minute.” days later, protesters disrupted another movie featuring homosexuality.cristian parvulescu, dean of the national school of political studies and public administration, says there’s a “con...





‘three billboards’ wins, women make waves at uk film awards

london — the ferocious female-led tragi-comedy “three billboards outside ebbing, missouri” was the big winner at the british academy film awards in london, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony.martin mcdonagh’s film about a bereaved mother seeking justice won five trophies sunday including best film, outstanding british film and best actress, for frances mcdormand.producer graham broadbent said the movie is “the story of a woman taking on the establishment and status quo.” “it seems more timely now than we could ever have imagined,” he said.writer-director mcdonagh said it was fitting, in the year of the “time’s up” campaign against sexual harassment, that “three billboards” is “a film about a woman who refuses ...





rippon changes mind and won’t accept nbc job

new york — highlights from media coverage of the pyeongchang olympics:no rippon: american figure skater adam rippon agreed to become an nbc correspondent for the duration of the olympic games, but then changed his mind overnight. he told nbcsn on sunday that he was flattered by the offer, “but if i took this opportunity, i would have to leave the olympic team and i would have to leave the (olympic) village.” he said his friends on the olympic team were there for him during his events and he wanted to return the favor. rippon later echoed those sentiments on twitter , which is where he said he initially found out about the opportunity. rippon attracted attention for his colorful and candid interviews, and his apparent ease with the medium.sealed with a kiss: it was a small moment with...





fergie’s nba all-star game national anthem confuses, amuses

los angeles — fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the nba all-star game, and not everybody was cheering.the black eyed peas singer’s slow, bluesy rendition of “the star-spangled banner” on sunday night wasn’t particularly well received at staples center or on social media before the 67th edition of the nba’s annual showcase.a low chuckle rumbled through the sold-out arena after fergie finished the first line of the song with a throaty growl on “the dawn’s early light.”fans throughout the star-studded crowd reacted with varying levels of bemusement and enthusiasm while her languid, 2 ½-minute version of the song continued. although fergie was on pitch, her tempo, musical accompaniment and sexy delivery were not exactly typical for a sporting event...





review: 'a dangerous crossing' by ausma zehanat khan

what is the purpose of detective fiction? for ausma zehanat khan, it’s a perfect tool for getting us to see — really see — problems that are right before our eyes: humanitarian crises and war crimes, for instance. khan, a former immigration lawyer and editor of the now-defunct magazine muslim girl, has created a mystery series starring a muslim police detective, who along with his partner, has not only confronted anti-muslim hate crimes in canada, but has also roamed farther afield to ravaged places like sarajevo, iraq and syria to look at evils the world would rather forget. “a dangerous crossing,” by ausma zehanat khan (minotaur)“a dangerous crossing” is the fifth novel in the series, and it tackles a timely subject: the plight of syrian refugees. according to the united na...





rippon changes mind and won’t accept nbc job

new york — highlights from media coverage of the pyeongchang olympics:no rippon: american figure skater adam rippon agreed to become an nbc correspondent for the duration of the olympic games, but then changed his mind overnight. he told nbcsn on sunday that he was flattered by the offer, “but if i took this opportunity, i would have to leave the olympic team and i would have to leave the (olympic) village.” he said his friends on the olympic team were there for him during his events and he wanted to return the favor. rippon attracted attention for his colorful and candid interviews, and his apparent ease with the medium.sealed with a kiss: it was a small moment with a big impact. kudos to nbc for showing american skier gus kensworthy getting a kiss from his boyfriend matt wilkas. ke...