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Under Lockdown in Italy’s Coronavirus-Quarantine Zone

Feltre, in northern Italy, is not yet within the red zone. Nevertheless, a local health official said that the town has probably been exposed to the virus since January.

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The Faces of a New Union Movement

hg0088“At the end of the day, we’re just trying to secure dignified work,” one young organizer says.

February 28, 2020

On AMC’s “Dispatches from Elsewhere,” Jason Segel Plays with Convoluted Ways of Telling Straight Stories

The show, which thieves profitably from several schools of metafiction, is so lyrical with dream logic that it’s intriguing even when it’s not strictly successful.

February 28, 2020

Looney Dems: Presidential Wannabes, Cartoonified

Six of the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates, in their cartoon essences.

February 28, 2020

Quarantine Cooking: Finding Relief from Coronavirus Anxiety in the Kitchen

hg0088In China, millions of people living under lockdown are using the Internet to re-create the conviviality of sharing a meal.

February 27, 2020

What to Do in New York City This Weekend

Our critics pick the best music, art, theatre, and more.

February 27, 2020
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Fate and Fury in James McBride’s “Deacon King Kong”

The novelist examines an inexplicable act of violence, and the tangled threads of the story behind it.

The TikTok-Ready Sounds of Beach Bunny

The confessional indie-rock band captures the mood of social media, where the misery and humiliation of youth are molded into bite-size pieces of comic relief.

A Grim Take on “West Side Story”

Ivo van Hove’s new interpretation of the iconic musical is an infuriating example of what happens when a powerful style calcifies into shtick.

Watching “The Call of the Wild” with an Audience of Dogs

hg0088The opportunity to see a pug fall into a bucket of popcorn doesn’t come along that often, and you should grab it with both paws.

Goings On About Town

Le Crocodile’s Bold Brooklyn Ambitions

On the ground floor of Williamsburg’s tony Wythe Hotel, the energetic young chefs behind Chez Ma Tante are focussed on perfecting—and occasionally revising—dozens of French classics.

Yuna’s Vibrant R. & B.-Infused Pop

The Malaysian star brings her latest collaborative album, “Rouge,” to Blue Note for six acoustic shows.

Kochi’s Korean Tasting Menu Offers Everyday Indulgence on a Skewer

At this relatively reasonably priced restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, luxury-ingredient upgrades are largely unnecessary.

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A Young Photographer’s Transfixing Portraits of the Women in Her Orbit

It’s familiarity and trust that produce Senta Simond’s images, which are portraits of both obsession and self-possession.

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Stephen Miller, the Immigration Extremist in the White House

How one adviser almost single-handedly engineered the Trump Administration’s nativist policies. Plus: a conversation with Pam Grier, the first action heroine of blaxploitation cinema.

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The stars of the film “Downhill” team up to tackle our Cartoon Caption Contest.