Daily Archives: February 1, 2024

Review: In ‘Jonah,’ Starring Gabby Beans, Trust Nothing, and No One

Gabby Beans shines as a time-hopping protagonist tracing her trauma in Rachel Bonds’s slip-slidey new Off Broadway play.

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How Adele Springsteen Gave Bruce His Rock ’n’ Roll Spirit

Joy and despair, vitality and darkness course through Bruce Springsteen’s songs. The joy, he told the world, came from his mother, Adele Springsteen, who died on Wednesday at 98. When he accepted the Ellis Island Family Heritage award in 2010, Springsteen brought his mother onstage with her sisters, Dora and Eda, and declared, “They put the rock ’n’ roll in …

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Millennials Flock to Instagram to Share Pictures of Themselves at 21

Most of the photos are slightly faded. The hairlines fuller. Some feature braces. Old friends. Sorority squats and college sweethearts. Caps and gowns. Laments about skinny jeans and other long lost trends. This week, Instagram stories the world over have been awash with nostalgic snapshots of youthful idealism — there have been at least 3.6 million shares, according a representative …

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Sandy Liang’s NYC Lunar New Year Party: Pink Bows, Red Gowns

On Wednesday night, more than 400 people flowed in and out of Sandy Liang’s Lunar New Year party held at Boom, the venue at the top of the Standard High Line Hotel. Some guests wore bright red, to symbolize good luck, but many were in looks adorned with bows and ballet flats, emblems associated with Ms. Liang’s playfully nostalgic namesake …

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Jennell Jaquays, Who Unlocked Fantasy Dungeons for Gamers, Dies at 67

Jennell Jaquays, who made luminous fantasy paintings, classic adventures for tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, and distinctive levels in popular video games like Quake II, died on Jan. 10 in Dallas. She was 67. Ms. Jaquays’s wife, Rebecca Heineman, said she died in a hospital from complications of Guillain-Barré syndrome. During Ms. Jaquays’s lengthy career, gaming grew from …

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Amazon Introduces Rufus, an AI Shopping Tool, and Reports Earnings

Amazon entered the consumer chatbot fray on Thursday, announcing a new artificial intelligence personal shopping assistant as the company races to catch up with other tech giants. Customers can ask the tool, Rufus, product questions directly in the search bar of the company’s mobile app, Amazon said in a blog post. The A.I. will then provide answers in a conversational …

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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

As the war in Ukraine enters its third year with no sign of disappearing from headlines, Simon Shuster’s well-timed look at the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, tops our list of recommendations this week. You might pair that one with Guzel Yakhina’s newly translated historical novel, “A Volga Tale,” about a rural villager facing an earlier Russian encroachment — or consider …

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A Shape-Shifting Plastic With a Flexible Future

With restrictions on space and weight, what would you bring if you were going to Mars? An ideal option might be a single material that can shift shapes into any object you imagine. In the morning, you could mold that material into utensils for eating. When breakfast is done, you could transform your fork and knife into a spade to …

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Biden Takes Aim at Grocery Chains Over Food Prices

President Biden, whose approval rating has suffered amid high inflation, is beginning to pressure large grocery chains to slash food prices for American consumers, accusing the stores of reaping excess profits and ripping off shoppers. “There are still too many corporations in America ripping people off: price gouging, junk fees, greedflation, shrinkflation,” Mr. Biden said last week in South Carolina. …

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Review: In These Dances, the Themes Are Lines and Curves

The choreographer Molissa Fenley oversaw one of the most celebrated dance events of the deep pandemic days of 2020: a live-streamed revival of her fierce 1988 solo “State of Darkness,” set to Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and performed by seven illustrious dancers. It made a splash. Since then, Fenley has returned to working quietly on new material, building on her …

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