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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 pictures 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 blended with nervousness could make it exhausting to calm down. 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 shortly shifting moods.
Eric Asimov has a starter equipment for these of us who’d like to get into wine however don’t know the place to begin (no devices or fragile stemware wanted). And for individuals who really feel they’ve forgotten how to give hugs, inform jokes or supply compliments, Bonnie Tsui has gathered professional recommendation on how to be social once more.
There’s loads to look ahead to: A brand new Prince album. The reopening of Tanglewood and different outside efficiency venues. Patrick Radden Keefe’s new e book, “Empire of Pain,” on the Sackler household and the opioid disaster, is out on Tuesday.
Try to discover stability this weekend, some peace within the mess of feelings we’re all feeling. It could 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 finding comfort in stand-up comedy.
I have always been a fan of Mike Birbiglia and have been faithfully listening to his “Mike Birbiglia’s Working It Out” podcast on the daily walks I take with the dog in order to escape our full house. He now offers virtual live-comedy shows. I bought tickets to a show in February for a Valentine’s date with my husband; we told the kids we were having a basement date and made a nice meal and watched the show. We have tix for the next one, “Worldwide Pizza Party.” So hopeful that someday I can see him live!
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