Legendary Detroit Jazz Saxophonist Yusef Lateef, 93

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“He gained notoriety as early as the 1950s in Detroit for his prescient experiments with what would come to be known as “world music,” grafting exotic instruments like the Egyptian arghul and the melodic contours and rhythms of Africa and the Middle and Far East onto the trunk of hard-swinging modern jazz.”

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Spike Jonze’s Abandonment Issues

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“He keeps making movies in which extremely needy people get what they are seeking (a ghost orchid, an escape from mom, fifteen minutes inside John Malkovich, an O.S. for a girlfriend) but can’t keep it.”

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ENO’s Income Up 12%

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“Increased performances and audience numbers together with a 71% increase in income from sponsorship and donations gave English National Opera a 12% boost in total income to just over £40 million in the year to the end of March.”

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A 21st-Century Star of Ancient Sanskrit Theater

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“Not many women in India choose a Sanskrit theatre that’s more than 2,000 years old as their profession. But Margi Sathi not only picked koodiyattam, she also contributed immensely to the evolution of a strong feminine narrative of the ancient art form, while resuscitating nangiarkoothu, a women-only offshoot that dates back to the 10th century.”

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What May Surprise You About Duck Dynasty

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Virginia Cannon: “Admittedly, a reality show about a hunting clan of self-proclaimed rednecks in West Monroe, Louisiana, sounded problematic to me, too – like having to spend time at home with a southern branch of the Palins. But what is remarkable about the show, at least what I’ve seen of it, is its gentle nature.”

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How to Do Contemporary Dance

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“Look no further than this instructional video by Contemporary Eric, which carefully demonstrates the 15 foundational steps of the genre,” such as the “Zombie With Emotion” and the “Why Is Your Head in My Hand?”

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