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STAMP AUCTION (undated) – A block of four “Inverted Jenny” stamps from a single sheet – the only known one – will be on display at Sotheby’s in Manhattan on Thursday in preparation for an auction on June 8th. The well-known quartet is known as the “Plattenblock” and is one of three rarities from the designer and entrepreneur Stuart Weitzman. The other two auction items are the world’s most valuable single stamp, the 1856 one-cent magenta from British Guiana, and one of the most valuable coins in the world, a $ 203 gold piece minted in 1933 and known as the double stamp eagle. By James Barron.

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OSCARS NOMINATIONS (undated) – In a normal year we would have had the Oscars by now. Instead, we’re just getting started. After a marathon awards season extended by two months due to the ongoing pandemic, the Oscar nominations will be announced on Monday at dawn in Los Angeles. It is my job to tell you what to expect, but I think even the voters are not sure what to expect. Kyle Buchanan’s projector.

DUCHESS THEATER REVIEW (undated) – With uncanny timing and daring theatricality: “Duchess! Duchess! Duchess! “- now streamed by the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago – decomposes the phenomenon of black women who, in exchange for privileges, lose their ability to speak or let them be stolen. Review by Jesse Green.

FULFILLMENT BOOK REVIEW (undated) – The Amazon depicted in Alec MacGillis’ Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America is both a cause and a metaphor. It is an actual engine behind the regional inequality that has made parts of the United States “incomprehensible to one another,” he writes. And not just because most jobs don’t pay a lot, although that’s part of it. The company is also tightening economic concentration and directing money to more affluent parts of the country. The result is galloping prosperity for some and relentless precariousness for others. Books of the time by Jennifer Szalai.

PARIS-AIDA-TUMULT (undated) – When Lotte de Bier’s new production of Verdi’s “Aida” recently premiered at the Paris Opera – not in front of a full house, but in front of an audience online – she was just relieved that it happened. The development of her staging took place in the midst of a labor dispute at the Paris Opera, which was quickly followed by a complete shutdown of the pandemic and a transfer of power in the company management earlier than expected. And then there is the ideological swamp into which this “Aida” was born. By Joshua Barone.

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NY-SHED-PERFORMANCES (New York) – The New York art scene is about to reopen yet another milestone: The Shed, a major performing arts venue in Hudson Yards, announced on Wednesday that a number of indoor Events will take place next month performances for a limited audience, with everyone either tested for or vaccinated against the coronavirus. By Michael Paulson.

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AUTHOR COBEN (Ridgewood, NJ) – Thriller writer Harlan Coben has some free advice for anyone interested in asking, “If it’s producing pages, fine. If it doesn’t produce any pages: bad. “With 32 books published and an estimated 75 million printed copies worldwide, he has produced many pages over the course of his career. Despite his success, 59-year-old Coben remains as straightforward as his favorite writing tip. By Elizabeth A. Harris.

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