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Your Oscars-Watching Guide For 2019

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Sunday is Academy Award night again. We'll tell you how to find the ceremony, where to find our coverage and how to brush up before your friends start asking who should win.

She Designed Wakanda — And Might Win An Oscar For It

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Hannah Beachler is the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for production design. Her work creating the cinematic world of Black Panther earned her the nod.

Peter Tork Of The Monkees Dies At 77

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An adept musician in a pop band dismissed as made-for-TV, Tork became famous with the Monkees in the 1960s. Their reunion tours lasted well into the 2000s.

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A Journey Through The Music Of The Oscar-Nominated Film 'Roma'

Roma director Alfonso Cuarón handpicked artists to make music inspired by the characters from his Oscar-nominated film. The results are stunning.

Books | Arts

EXCLUSIVE: Aspen Words Literary Prize Unveils Its Finalists

Five books remain in the running: Tommy Orange's There There' Tayari Jones's An American Marriage; David Chariandy's Brother; Jennifer Clement's Gun Love; and Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

Entertainment | Arts

'You Get Paid For Doing Therapy': Stand-Up Comedians On Anger

For centuries, people have turned to jesters for relief from the miseries of life. As it turns out, some stand-up performers turn pain and rage into their own coping and catharsis.

Entertainment | Arts

The Documentary Is In — And Enjoying — An 'Undeniable Golden Age'

With a proliferation of streaming services to distribute their work, and a boom at the box office, budgets and opportunities are rising for documentary filmmakers.

Arts | Music

Queen And Lambert To Rock The Oscars

Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about Queen's late frontman Freddie Mercury, is up for five awards. Two surviving band members will play at Sunday's ceremony, joined by Adam Lambert singing lead.

Arts

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Debuts 'Lazarus' To Celebrate 60th Anniversary

The hour-long piece was created by choreographer Rennie Harris, who formed the first and longest running hip-hop dance touring company. Harris tells NPR's Michel Martin all about the new work.

Books | Arts

A Chance Meeting Changes Lives In Sophie Kinsella's Latest

The author of the bestselling Shopaholic series is back, with a new novel about a woman who's addicted not to shopping but to fixing the lives of the people around her — at the expense of her own.

Arts | Food

Colonial Williamsburg Serves Up The Past So You Can Try A Taste Of History

The living-history museum in Virginia re-creates 18th-century recipes in its restaurants using ingredients grown in the traditional way onsite. But some modern palates aren't too keen on the taste.

Entertainment | Arts

Not My Job: We Quiz Matt Smith, Prince Philip On 'The Crown,' On Prince

The actor, who stars in Doctor Who, Mapplethorpe and Charlie Says, has also famously played a British prince. So we asked him to answer three questions about the Minnesota Prince.

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Who Was The 'Lady In White'? Titian Painted A Mystery Masterpiece

The elegant woman — wearing pearls, a long dress, and a slight smile — has captivated historians and art lovers for centuries. Was she a daughter? A wife? A lover? No one knows for sure.