‘Black Panther’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ Lead Soundtrack Resurgence

Film soundtracks are experiencing their highest level of commercial and cultural clout in decades, driven by an unusual number of music-themed movies and the rise of streaming services and their playlist-loving users.

Capping a year when music from films like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “The Greatest Showman” challenged major pop and hip-hop releases on the charts, soundtracks are now vying for some of the top prizes at the Grammy Awards this weekend.

‘Nobody Likes Valentine’s Day Anymore.’ Retailers, Florists Cash In on ‘Galentine’s Day,’ a Ladies-Only Spin

What should you get your friend for Galentine’s Day? Everyone from Hallmark to Walmart suddenly has an idea.

Women across the country are embracing a ladies-only spin on Valentine’s called Galentine’s Day, a celebration of female friendship marked by brunches, pink drinks—and each other. “No boys allowed,” says 35-year-old project manager Amanda Nietzel, who is hosting a Galentine’s Day brunch Feb. 9 in Brooklyn, N.Y.


‘Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving’ Review: Searching for the Artist

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Fridalandia! The vast exhibition that just opened at the Brooklyn Museum is officially titled “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” but a more apt moniker might have paralleled what she called the U.S.: Gringolandia. This display of more than 325 objects, from photographs to clothing to orthopedic corsets to lipsticks and eyebrow pencils, takes visitors on a trip through Kahlo’s world, from her comfortable childhood to her tormented medical history to her troubled marriage with renowned painter Diego…

Colombian Drug Epic ‘Birds of Passage’ Takes Flight

In “Birds of Passage,” a new film exploring the growth of Colombia’s drug trade in the 1960s and ’70s, the family at its center lives by a code that wouldn’t seem out of place in “The Godfather.”

“If there’s family, there’s respect,” says the matriarch of the marijuana-trafficking clan. “If there’s respect, there’s honor.”

“Birds of Passage,”…

Crank Up the Flavor: Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

IN THE EARLY 1970s, my mom decided to raise chickens. Our three-story home in Saigon lacked a yard for them to scratch around in, but she craved the fresh eggs and tasty homegrown birds of her youth. So she bought a bunch of chicks, and we five kids delighted in having the fuzzy cuties around. Then one of our housekeepers, a cheerful, large woman, stepped on a chick and killed it. My siblings and I freaked out, and Mom realized her city kids weren’t ready for animal husbandry.

In late-April 1975, my family boarded an American…

Tokyo to San Francisco in 5½ Hours? If All Goes Well, Yes

It’s been 50 years since the first Concorde took her maiden test flight, inaugurating the era of supersonic passenger travel, and almost 16 years since that era drew to a close, back in 2003. Since then we’ve had indulgent A380s and efficient 787s, but the truth is, we never really got over the Concorde. It’s still the one that got away, memorably beautiful if rather high-maintenance. Now several manufacturers are planning to eclipse those memories with planes that are cleaner, quieter, and yes, quicker than the Concorde. Up first: Denver-based Boom Supersonic, which is hoping to fly a prototype this year, and if all…

Is Rosé Champagne Ready to Pop?

WHILE OTHERS MAY ponder more serious matters, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about rosé Champagne. Specifically, I’m wondering why wine drinkers don’t love it more than they do. Nielsen marketing statistics show that sales of still rosés increased by 42% this past year and sales of sparkling wines overall were up by 30%. Rosé Champagne sales, meanwhile, barely moved, increasing just 6.4% over the year before.

Price may be a factor. Even basic non-vintage rosé Champagne isn’t cheap. I’ve found few good bottles under $40….

Is the Gown Dead? An Awards-Season Debate

WITH THE Super Bowl safely behind us, we armchair commentators can turn to the real winter sport—the perilous procession of gowns down the red carpet. Come awards seasons, elite coaches armed with double-sided tape prep competitors like Lady Gaga and Emma Stone to face the cameras and the harping critics. The rest of us can lazily pass judgment, but would we dare to wear such gowns ourselves? Would we even want to in an era when the legendary stylist Grace Coddington dressed down in pajamas for the Met Gala?

We asked Kelly…