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Carol coming to Manhattan

The legendary Carol Burnett is bringing her ongoing stage show to Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre. She’ll be at the Upper West Side venue Sept. 16- 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m.

Hardly someone in need of an introduction, but just in case: Burnett is a foundational figure of television, who hosted her CBS variety series from 1967-78 and, along with Lucille Ball, became one of the best-loved and most influential female performers in TV history. Fans of course recall the show happily, and recall Burnett’s various grace notes and the occasional tug at her ear – a message to her grandmother at home.

Sounds like the Beacon show will be a nostalgia trip too. Per the news release:

During “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” Burnett will take questions from the audience, in a format that harks back to the legendary openings of “The Carol Burnett Show,” where her studio audience engaged Carol with questions and received spontaneous answers.

“I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” Burnett said in a statement. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!’”

– Newsday

LeBlanc to host ‘Top Gear’

Matt LeBlanc, who made his name playing Joey Tribbiani on NBC’s “Friends,” is making history as the first non-British host in “Top Gear” history.

LeBlanc is no stranger to British programming. The actor currently stars as a fictionalized version of himself on “Episodes,” a co-production that airs on both Showtime and BBC Two about a married pair of comedy writers who find themselves saddled with a star they aren’t sure what to make of.

As far as “Top Gear” goes, LeBlanc has been a guest on the show several times in previous years, even hosting a special episode looking back at the best races in the show’s history. “As a car nut and a massive fan of ‘Top Gear,’ I’m honored and excited to be a part of this iconic show’s new chapter. What a thrill!” LeBlanc said Thursday.

– Los Angeles Times

Art fair expands to New York

LONDON – Tefaf Maastricht, Europe’s biggest and most prestigious fair devoted to art, antiques and design, is expanding into New York.

The Netherlands-based event, organized by dealers under the umbrella of the European Fine Art Foundation, a nonprofit body, is collaborating with the New York art advisers Artvest Partners to hold two annual fairs at the Park Avenue Armory, Tefaf said on Wednesday.

Tefaf New York Fall will open in October to showcase dealers specializing in artworks from antiquity to the 20th century. Tefaf New York Spring, scheduled for May 2017, will focus on high-end modern art and design.

– New York Times