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The New York Times covers the arts like no other newspaper. The Washington Post is great at covering politics and what is going on in the District--or inside the Beltway, as the expression goes. But to really keep up with the arts read the Times. For instance, on 30 May the Times carried articles about London England's Globe Theatre, giant murals in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, obituaries for Gavin MacLeod (who gained fame as Murray Slaughter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show before going on the captain the Love Boat for 10 seasons) and B.J. Thomas( who sang such songs as" Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and "Hooked on a Feeling" and won five Grammy Awards. And these are by no means the only arts related articles in the Times. The instances in which I bought the Sunday NYT I read it for the week, maybe longer. I'm a great supporter of the arts (and a playwright) so you can bet that much of my time was spend reading book and theatre reviews as well as many other arts related. The same is still true today.

Links to all four articles are below.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Onstage. A Nightmare Off It.

Shakespeare’s Globe survived Elizabethan plagues. Today’s version got through the coronavirus pandemic, but tough times lie ahead.

‘Good for the Soul’: Giant Murals Turn São Paulo Into Open Air Gallery

Officials in São Paulo, Brazil, once hounded graffiti artists and muralists, treating them as vandals. Now the city champions, and even funds, their art, and it’s everywhere and supersized.

B.J. Thomas, ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’ Singer, Dies at 78

Mr. Thomas, who won five Grammys, helped introduce a smooth, down-home sensibility to the AM radio airwaves in the 1960s and ’70s.

Gavin MacLeod, ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ and ‘Love Boat’ Actor, Dies at 90

After years as a journeyman with a long list of credits but little name recognition, he found stardom on two of the biggest television hits of the 1970s and ’80s.

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