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Goings On About Town: This Week • The shimmering, polychromatic music that Stravinsky composed for “The Firebird” has inspired many productions since the fairy-tale ballet débuted, in 1910. The one that John Taras choreographed for Dance Theatre of Harlem, in 1982—which is streaming on the company’s YouTube channel on Feb. 27—is less Russian than many. Fantastical sets and costumes by Geoffrey Holder combine orchidaceous foliage out of a Henri Rousseau jungle with a Levantine hero and a Japanese villain. The dancing is equally vibrant and warm.
Goings On About Town: Television
Tables for Two: “Bollywood Kitchen”
Comment: Assessing Threats
Dept. of Red Tape: Vaccine Yenta
The Bench: Swat Team
Man’s Best Friend: The Smell Test
The Pictures: Viewfinder
Coronavirus Chronicles: The Covid Conundrum • Why does the pandemic seem far deadlier in some countries than in others?
Shouts & Murmurs: The Advice Gap
Personal History: My Brother’s Keeper • Early in the Cuban Revolution, my mother made a consequential decision.
Profiles: Figuring It Out • How Nicole Eisenman choreographs bodies on a canvas.
Our Local Correspondents: It’s No Picnic • Battling a global pandemic and a long winter, restaurants struggle to survive.
Poem: Related Matters
Books: O Lucky Man! • Tom Stoppard’s charmed and haunted life.
Books: Briefly Noted
Books: Call It Like It Is • In Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Committed,” fiction is criticism.
Performance: Hide and Seek • Acting Black and white onscreen.
Pop Music: Love and Other Drugs • Julien Baker’s songs of addiction and redemption.
Musical Events: Wind Songs • The “Darkness Sounding” festival, in Southern California.
The Art World: Mastering Sorrow • The New Museum’s powerful show of Black American artists.
CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
Puzzles & Games Dept.: The Crossword • A lightly challenging puzzle.