5 Ways to Celebrate Pride Away From the Mainstream

I love Kylie Minogue as much as the next gay man who grew up in the ’90s, but I’m also just as happy with Netflix and a night in. This is always the tension of NYC Pride, a busy lineup of marches and parties that can easily overwhelm even the most extroverted among us. But there are plenty of ways to celebrate Pride away from some of the weekend’s most crowded events — including Ms. Minogue’s Sunday appearance at Pride Island, which is sold out anyway. The heart of Pride…

Suspect Arrested in Killing of Rapper XXXTentacion

A suspect was arrested Wednesday night in the killing of Jahseh Onfroy, the 20-year-old rapper known as XXXTentacion, the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday morning. Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. in Pompano Beach, on charges including first-degree murder — described in documents as “murder dangerous depraved without premeditation” — as well as grand theft of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. A statement from the sheriff’s office said that more details, including Mr. Williams’s arrest…

Kamasi Washington, Still in an Epic Mind-Set on ‘Heaven and Earth’

“The Epic,” the tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s big debut on the national stage three years ago, worked partly because it functioned as a provocation — an act of extravagant ambition. Jazz loses a lot of young people with its fixation on history and esoterica. “The Epic,” though historically rooted, provided the opportunity for another kind of buy-in. It was reaching up, not back, soaring toward some other galaxy, suggesting that late-Obama progressivism could use a strong hit of transcendental thinking to make its optimism real. What Mr. Washington captured was…

Dawes Has Been Tied to the Past. The Band’s New Album Unlocks Its Future.

When the singer and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith entered the new spy museum in Manhattan a few weeks ago — a collection that explores the many manifestations of hacking, espionage and surveillance — he couldn’t help but marvel. “This place looks so cool,” he said, “but also kind of scary.” It’s a balance Mr. Goldsmith, 32, has been considering with great care over the last two years while writing songs for the sixth album from his band Dawes. Titled “Passwords,” the record deals with the pervasively photographed, wildly opinionated and way…

Frances Walker-Slocum, 94, Pioneering Pianist and Teacher, Dies

Frances Walker-Slocum, who overcame childhood burns that left her arm impaired to become a pioneering classical pianist and the first black female tenured professor at Oberlin College and Conservatory, died on June 9 in Oberlin, Ohio. She was 94. Her death was announced by Oberlin, where she had taught from 1976 until she retired in 1991 and was named a professor emerita. “Miss Walker’s playing has sweep and impetuosity,” John Briggs wrote in The New York Times in a review of her debut concert at Carnegie Recital Hall in Manhattan…

Matt Murphy, Master of Blues Guitar, Is Dead at 88

Matt (Guitar) Murphy, a masterful bluesman who played with Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Chuck Berry and Memphis Slim but was best known as a member of the Blues Brothers band, died on Friday in Miami. He was 88. The cause was a heart attack, his wife, Kathy Hemrick, said. Mr. Murphy began his career in Memphis before moving in the 1950s to Chicago, which was then at the epicenter of a new kind of hard-driving, heavily electrified blues. Mr. Murphy’s harmonically sophisticated, jazz-inflected guitar playing established him as a mainstay…

Bonaldo Giaiotti, Stalwart Operatic Bass, Dies at 85

His soccer team had just lost a big game and Bonaldo Giaiotti, a 20-year-old furniture design apprentice, tried to clear the melancholy in the bar for his teammates by imitating a Russian operatic bass he had heard on the radio. A member of the chorus from the local opera, near Udine, in northeastern Italy, was there and took note. He suggested that Mr. Giaiotti sing for the chorus’s director, who not only took him on but also started giving him lessons. The fledgling bass had talent. He soon quit his…

Michael Jackson’s Estate Is Developing a Broadway-Bound Bio-Musical

Michael Jackson is Broadway-bound. The pop singer’s estate, along with Columbia Live Stage, said Tuesday that it had agreed to develop a stage musical about his life, aiming for Broadway in 2020. The musical, reflecting Jackson’s stature, features an unusually acclaimed creative team. The book is to be written by Lynn Nottage, a playwright who has won two Pulitzers, for “Ruined” and “Sweat.” And the show is to be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the artistic associate of the Royal Ballet in London, who won a Tony Award for…

XXXTentacion, Rising Rapper Accused of Violence, Shot Dead at 20

Jahseh Onfroy, the rapper and singer known as XXXTentacion, whose surge in popularity in the last year and a half — including a No. 1 album — came as he was facing accusations of violent crimes against a woman, was shot and killed outside a motor sports store in Deerfield Beach, Fla., on Monday afternoon. He was 20. The Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed the victim was Mr. Onfroy. Videos taken at the scene on Monday and shared on social media showed the rapper’s slumped body in the driver’s seat of…

Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Gets ‘National Treasure’ Designation

The house where the singer Nina Simone was born is in bad shape. The ceiling is crumbling, the walls chipping, the floorboards sagging; stray wooden planks are strewn against the walls. Last year, it seemed inevitable that the house would succumb to time. But, thanks to the teamwork of four artists and a nonprofit, the site has a new lease on life. On Tuesday, the house in Tryon, N.C., was named a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The organization will devise a plan to rehabilitate the…