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The New Yorker March 6, 2017

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Evan Osnos (“Active Measures,” p. 40) has been a staff writer since 2008. His book, “Age of Ambition,” won the 2014 National Book Award for nonfiction. Joshua Yaffa (“Active Measures,” p. 40) is a New Yorker contributor based in Moscow and a fellow at New America. Claudia Roth Pierpont (Books, p. 72) is a longtime staff writer, whose book “American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building” was published last May. Zadie Smith (Fiction, p. 68) has published several books, including “Swing Time,” which came out in November. This piece, “Crazy They Call Me,” is the introduction to “Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill,” a book of photographs by Dantzic. Alexis Okeowo (“Image Consultant,” p. 34) is a staff writer. Emily Nussbaum (On Television, p. 82), the magazine’s television critic, won the…

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the mail

“DEVIL, I GOT YOU NOW” As a Turkish immigrant who has lost many objects and people, I was reminded, reading Kathryn Schulz’s essay about her two seasons of physical, political, and personal loss, of Tying the Devil, a whimsy many Turks practice. (“Losing Streak,” February 13th & 20th). Whenever my mother mislaid a brooch or her keys, and had resigned herself to failure after days of sporadic searching in drawers and in the dark recesses of furniture cushions, she would take a piece of string about twenty centimetres long, walk around the house tying knots in it, and recite, “Devil, I got you now. Let go of what you took from me, and I will let you go.” She was tying knots around the Devil’s penis to hold him hostage before…

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goings on about town: this week

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” from !"#", may be Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece: a Grand Guignol thriller about a barber who slits his customers’ throats and his merry accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, who bakes their remains into pies. In $%!&, Tooting Arts Club staged its immersive version at Harrington’s, one of London’s oldest pie-and-mash shops. The production opens at the Barrow Street Theatre this week, complete with pie, mash, and its stars, Jeremy Secomb (above) and Siobhán McCarthy. THE THEATRE OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS All the Fine Boys Abigail Breslin stars in Erica Schmidt’s play, at the New Group, in which two teen-age girls in nineteen-eighties South Carolina pursue their crushes and grapple with adulthood. (Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. 212-279- 4200. Opens March 1.) Bull in a China Shop Bryna Turner’s comedy,…

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night life: the selector

AT FORTY-FIVE YEARS old, the rock and soul d.j. Jonathan Toubin has established himself as the city’s most reliable jockey for stripped-down rhythm and blues and rock and roll of a mid-century vintage. What started a decade ago as a down-and-dirty allvinyl dance party has blossomed into a local institution, the New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off. This month is its tin anniversary, no small feat for an underground party, especially in New York City. On March -, Toubin celebrates with a jam-packed show at Warsaw, the cozy, woodpanelled live room at the Polish National Home, in Greenpoint—though the event’s legendary dance contest will still be held, this time Toubin won’t spin a single record. The party is Toubin’s signature contribution to New York night life, but he remains…

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classical music: contemporary boston

ANDRIS NELSONS, THE LATVIAN conductor who is in his third season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has been justly criticized— along with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Jaap van Zweden, the music-director designates at the Met and the New York Philharmonic—for lacking a strong profile in the area of contemporary music. But his current series of concerts with the B.S.O. at Carnegie Hall (Feb. 28 -March 2) can be considered a kind of response to that charge, whether intended as such or not. Nelsons’s approach with the series is not only generous but holistic. The middle concert has no new work, but begins with a mid-twentieth-century classic, “Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee,” by Gunther Schuller, a brilliant musical polymath who tried to merge the best of the Germanic…

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goings on about town: above & beyond

Entrepreneurs Festival For the sixth year, New York University invites business- owning alumni to share advice and anecdotes at the largest student-run entrepreneurial event in the country. The festival includes various panels and roundtables exploring the nuances and unforeseen challenges of starting and running a company, and culminates with the Pitch, where attendees pre sent their ideas to an audience of experts. This year’s participants include Scott Harrison, the founder of the nonprofit organization charity:water, and Carley Roney, the co-founder of the online wedding -planning marketplace the Knot. (N.Y.U. Tisch Hall, 40 W. 4th St. nyuef.org. March 3-4.) Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade The Rockaway Beach community comes out in force for this annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The day starts with a mass for peace and justice in Ireland, held at…