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Welcome. Start your weekend with “Keeping Love Close,” an expansive assortment of responses by Asian and Asian-American photographers to the query, “What does love look like in a time of hate?” The photographs are accompanied by an essay by the novelist Celeste Ng. “There is value,” Ng writes, “in choosing how to be seen, in reclaiming the right to select the face you show the world, in insisting that others see you as you know yourself to be.”
It’s April, springtime, and anticipation combined with nervousness could make it onerous to loosen up. The critic Jason Bailey says Emma Seligman’s comedy “Shiva Baby” is “as tense as any thriller, with the strained small talk, copious side-eyes and unapologetic gossip augmented by nervous camerawork, jarring sound effects and a jangling, dissonant musical score,” which convinces me it’s simply the factor to stream this weekend, a sympathetic complement for a season of rapidly shifting moods.
Eric Asimov has a starter equipment for these of us who’d wish to get into wine however don’t know the place to start out (no devices or fragile stemware wanted). And for many who really feel they’ve forgotten find out how to give hugs, inform jokes or supply compliments, Bonnie Tsui has gathered professional recommendation on how to be social again.
There’s lots to look ahead to: A new Prince album. The reopening of Tanglewood and other outdoor performance venues. Patrick Radden Keefe’s new ebook, “Empire of Pain,” on the Sackler household and the opioid disaster, is out on Tuesday.
Try to seek out steadiness this weekend, some peace within the mess of feelings we’re all feeling. It might lie someplace between Elena Boils’s animations of erupting volcanoes and this 30-minute balm of pacifying visuals from Studio Ghibli.
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Ginger Monplaisir in Ridgewood, N.J., is discovering consolation in stand-up comedy.
I’ve all the time been a fan of Mike Birbiglia and have been faithfully listening to his “Mike Birbiglia’s Working It Out” podcast on the every day walks I take with the canine in an effort to escape our full home. He now gives virtual live-comedy shows. I purchased tickets to a present in February for a Valentine’s date with my husband; we advised the children we had been having a basement date and made a pleasant meal and watched the present. We have tix for the subsequent one, “Worldwide Pizza Party.” So hopeful that sometime I can see him dwell!
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