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Heard the One About Asia’s Comedy Scene? First, You’ll Need a Permit

The Chinese government requires him to submit scripts in advance of his commercial performances — that gets him a permit to tell jokes. He also has to provide video of someone reading the comedy lines aloud. Government censors have told him to remove jokes not for political content, but for being too rude. “They’ll decline you if it’s too obscene ...

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Born in Auschwitz, Israeli Artist, 102, Harnesses the Dark and the Light

“The color returned to me,” Ms. Berlinski said. “Not to my life, but to me. I don’t know why.” It has been more than 20 years since her solo “Black Flowers” exhibition was held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, one of the peaks of a long career. But this month, Ms. Berlinski, now a widow, is emerging once again ...

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Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun

Your power blender may be able to link to a device on your wrist that’s been tracking your diet, then check in with your freezer and your kitchen scale. It could set up the right smoothie recipe based on what’s on hand, how much weight you’ve gained and which fruit you prefer. Photo The crowd at the Smart Kitchen Summit ...

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We Work. We Live. We Work Out. Eventually We Die.

The goal of “We,” as executives refer to the company, is to overtake any conceivable venue for entrepreneurial-minded up-and-comers who are drawn to a clubby sense of community and the turnkey ease (if impersonal feel) of communal spaces. Photo Welcome to the all-gender hot tub and sauna. Credit Emily Andrews for The New York Times “We” wants to go from ...

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Harvey Weinstein May Get Kicked Out of the Oscar Club

Late Friday, Amazon decided not to move forward with a Weinstein-produced mafia series from David O. Russell that had previously received a two-season commitment and was estimated to cost $160 million. Photo The headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. The academy’s 54-member board will hold an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss ...

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Waiting for Bruce – The New York Times

“I was weeping from the second song in,” said Ms. Chavkin, who was nominated for a Tony earlier this year for her direction of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” “There is a purity to how he delivered his stories. I knew the songs were good — ‘Thunder Road’ is one of the greatest songs ever written. But ...

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Astros Edge Yankees, Who Are Confounded Again by Dallas Keuchel

In an era of hard and harder throwers, Keuchel, a left-hander with a House of David beard, is a throwback of another sort — a pitcher who cuts, fades and darts the ball in and out, living on the edges of the plate and rarely in the center of it. His fastball is a misnomer, barely eclipsing 90 miles per ...

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Surf and Safari: Packages Offer Two Hotels, Two Experiences

Photo Barton Creek Cave in Belize. Credit Chaa Creek City or country, jungle or beach, safari or surf? Hotels are taking the decision-making out of travel by offering guests packages that combine different destinations into one vacation. In New York, AKA’sfive all-suite Manhattan hotels have partnered with Richard Gere’s Bedford Post Inn, an eight-room property located on 14 acres an ...

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Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?

Getting everything done will be difficult. Doing it while preserving the neighborhood’s patchwork charms — the artist studios and craft-makers, the surviving heavy industry, the hypnotic, sulfur-scented quiet of the canal on a Sunday morning — might be impossible. “There’s something compelling happening in this place, the mix is interesting and creative and we want to preserve it,” said Brad ...

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Iran, California, Harvey Weinstein: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Our resident expert on the Affordable Care Act says that the move could end up costing the government more in the long run. Continue reading the main story On Thursday evening, we hosted a TimesTalk with our executive editor and two White House correspondents, about how we cover the Trump administration. Here are seven takeaways from the talk, and you ...

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