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Prospero
An enchanting mix of literary insight and cultural commentary, in the spirit of the hero of “The Tempest”
Let there be light
An American musical about mental health takes off in China
The protagonist of “Next to Normal” has bipolar disorder. The show is encouraging audiences to open up about their own well-being
The legacy of apartheid
Sue Williamson’s art of resistance
Aesthetics and politics are powerfully entwined in the 50-year career of the South African artist
Lost, found and lost again
What happened to the “Salvator Mundi”?
The recently rediscovered painting made headlines in 2017 when it fetched $450m at auction. Then it vanished again
Writers’ lives
Ernest Hemingway: the man, the myth, the legend
A new documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explores the writer’s own image-making
Dying species
Inside HYMAG, the world’s largest collection of magazines
Its founder hopes to digitise the 150,000 volumes for the benefit of future generations
Artistic posterity
Reinstating Florence Price’s place in Western music history
The work of the celebrated composer was ignored after her death. That oversight is being corrected
Techno-babble
Silicon Valley lingo separates the insiders from the outsiders
Do you know your chaos pilots from your french fries?
Representation on screen
Indigenous film-makers are gaining prominence
Industry initiatives, as well as social-justice movements, have drawn attention to their stories
Ways of seeing
For Claude Monet, familiarity bred respect
His paintings of the same scenes capture something of the lockdown experience
Rock’n’roll star
They don’t make music titans like Alan McGee any more
Even “Creation Stories”, a new biographical film, struggles to capture the importance of his record label to Britain’s indie scene
Salvage operation
The long, expensive gestation of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”
Why did Warner Bros give the director $70m to remake a box-office flop?
Classical music
Missy Mazzoli’s operas defy pigeonholing
She is one of the first women to receive a major commission from the Metropolitan Opera in its 137-year history
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