If you’re lucky enough to have a wood-burning fireplace, cold weather comes with a silver lining: an excuse to build a roaring fire. “Fire becomes this really amazing focal point for a room, whether it’s traditional or modern,” said the New York-based interior designer Thom Filicia . “There’s just something poetic, sexy and inviting about gathering around a fireplace.” But before you build that first fire, make sure you’re ready. That means not just decorating the mantel — which, of course, steals attention during the holidays — but choosing the right tools and accessories to ensure that your fireplace looks good and works well. We asked Mr. Filicia and other designers for advice. Assess the Situation Not all fireplaces are attractive. In older homes, some have beaten-up mantels and damaged surrounds; in newer homes, they may not have much personality. In either case, a simple change — or a few tweaks — can give a fireplace a new look without tearing everything … [Read more...] about Is Your Fireplace Ready for Winter?
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Former President Donald Trump has become “his own worst enemy,” according to conservative radio legend Michael Savage, who slammed Trump’s recent meeting with “scum” rapper Kanye West and “Nazi” Nick Fuentes, claiming that the move — which harmed the GOP and “set [Republicans] back 30 years” — won’t be forgotten easily. Appearing on the weekend’s broadcast of Newsmax TV’s The Count , Savage — who was one of the first to endorse Trump for president — was asked why the former president “[made] this mess for himself” after hosting West and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes for dinner at his Florida home last month, noting that Trump “has kind of been a little mum on what Fuentes and Kanye West bring to the table.” “Well it’s anyone’s guess,” Savage responded. “I think it was bad judgment in plain English.” “We can mince words all we want but Mr. Trump made a mistake — hubris, nemesis, catharsis — he became his own nemesis, his own worst enemy,” he added. According to … [Read more...] about Michael Savage on Trump Meeting with ‘Scum’ Kanye, ‘Nazi’ Fuentes: ‘He Became His Own Worst Enemy’
Reading a lot of books in one genre, too close together, can start to drive you senseless, the way saying the same word over and over drives sense from the word. I can get to this point with poetry, especially reading many poems from the same year. Literature is a cliché-generating machine — we belong to the age, we sound of its spirit. Yet, every year, some books shake me out of my zeitgeist hypnosis. They send me back to reread and keep giving up more meaning, not less. They generate language, and meaning, in me, too — when I love a book, I want to describe it. One of the most thrilling books I’ve read in a while, HYPERPHANTASIA , by Sara Deniz Akant, is so topsy-turvy I initially thought a printing error in my copy was intentional. (It’s backward, with Page 1 at the end.) The poems reminded me both of John Berryman’s “Dream Songs” — these, too, are haunted by spectral presences — and of the Gurlesque school of the aughts, its grotesque camp. Take “Renovation Song”: … [Read more...] about The Best Poetry of 2022
Sam Primack almost made it. “All I see is sky …” he sang. Then the actor, who was playing Evan Hansen on Broadway, paused, looked out at the 1,025 faces in the sold-out Music Box Theater. He shifted. Choked up. Looked down. “… for forever,” he finished, wiping back a tear as he let out the final two words of the show. It was the closing night of “Dear Evan Hansen,” the musical about a socially awkward teenager who tells a terrible lie. The audience — including superfans in striped blue polos; a handful of first-timers with suitcases who’d arrived straight from the airport; the musical’s creators, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson; and its director, Michael Greif — broke into a thunderous round of applause. (Five Evans — Andrew Barth Feldman, Stephen Christopher Anthony, Jordan Fisher, Michael Lee Brown and Zachary Noah Piser — arrived onstage later for a final bow.) Since its Broadway debut on Nov. 14, 2016, and with Sunday’s performance, “Dear Evan Hansen” had been … [Read more...] about Waving Goodbye to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
See the article in its original context from January 27, 1988 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. IT may be possible to have a terrible time at ''The Phantom of the Opera,'' but you'll have to work at it. Only a terminal prig would let the avalanche of pre-opening publicity poison his enjoyment of this show, which usually wants nothing more than to shower the audience with fantasy and fun, and which often succeeds, at any price. It would be equally ludicrous, however - and an … [Read more...] about Stage: ‘Phantom of the Opera’
Andrew Lloyd Webber looked pleased. He was standing over the large orchestra pit of his musical “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Majestic Theater on Broadway, hearing the instrumental “Entr’Acte” from the top after a half-hour of detail work — more emphatic delivery here, more passionate lyricism there. He held his hands at his hips, a contented smile on his face. “That’s great, much better,” he said after the ensemble finished. “It just needs to be played like it’s on the edge, all the time.” Lloyd Webber, the composer of some of the most famous musicals of the past five decades — in a wide stylistic range from the radio-ready rock of “Jesus Christ Superstar” to the maddening tunefulness of “Cats” and the lush Romanticism of “Phantom” — was in town from Britain to prepare for the reopening on Friday of the longest-running show in Broadway history. Visits from composers are rarely afforded to musicals as settled in as “Phantom,” which opened at the Majestic … [Read more...] about Andrew Lloyd Webber Brings the Music of the Night Back to ‘Phantom’