Service Advisory: ArtsBeat Is Finished.


In 2014, ArtsBeat wrote about David Chase and the finale of “The Sopranos,” which ended its run on June 10, 2007, just as the blog was beginning.Credit Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

This is post No. 23,231 on the ArtsBeat blog. And it is the last one.

But don’t fret, faithful readers! None of the content that appeared here is being lost. Links will persist, and past posts should be easily found through search. The Times’s online culture coverage will still be delivered on our website and to mobile devices and apps. Although posts will no longer be published on ArtsBeat, our critics, reporters and editors will continue to deliver our signature reviews, news and features for digital readers at And the Arts, Briefly column will continue in print.

ArtsBeat came to life on April 27, 2007, when The Times was still based on West 43rd Street, and our digital publishing systems were less nimble than they have become. It was a more innocent time: before the debut of “Mad Men,” the arrival of Lady Gaga and the first performances of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” on Broadway. Beyoncé and Jay Z had not yet married, much less taken over the cultural world.

In those nine years, the features that made the blog such an appealing alternative to our traditional publishing tools — agility, the ability to embed digital content and a chance to use a livelier voice — have largely been absorbed into the rest of our work. But before shutting off the lights, we wanted to highlight a few of the neat things that happened here.

It was on ArtsBeat that we solicited reader questions for Big Bird, Barbra Streisand and the “Game of Thrones” showrunners.

We covered literary pie-throwing, how the creators of “Avenue Q” dealt with the death of Gary Coleman, and that one time Wiz Khalifa was arrested for refusing to get off of a hoverboard.

Cumulatively, our writers and editors spent several days live-blogging any number of awards shows.

And we…

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