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The New Yorker May 27, 2019

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Jia Tolentino (“Ecstasy,” p. 38) is a staff writer. Her first essay collection, “Trick Mirror,” will be out in August. Mark Singer (“Hello, Darkness,” p. 24), a longtime contributor to the magazine, published, most recently, “Trump and Me.” Malika Favre (Cover), an illustrator, lives in London and Barcelona. This is her eighth cover for The New Yorker. Gregory Fraser (Poem, p. 43) is the author of four collections of poetry, including the forthcoming book “Little Armageddon.” Amanda Petrusich (Pop Music, p. 63), a staff writer, is the author of “Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78 rpm Records.” Brent Crane (The Talk of the Town, p. 23) is a journalist based in San Diego. His work has appeared in the Times and Scientific American, among other publications. Ed…

the mail

LEAVING THE COMMUNITY I relate to Guinevere Turner’s ambivalence in calling the “communities” in which she grew up, the Lyman Family, a cult (“The Others,” May 6th). I was raised not in isolation, as Turner was, but in New York City, within the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Although the Chabad community may seem like a relatively modern Hasidic Jewish sect that is integrated into American society, this perception is far from the truth. The school that my brothers and I attended did not teach the English-language alphabet; we studied the Bible, the Talmud, and Jewish law in Yiddish instead. We also weren’t taught any math or science, lest our impressionable minds be polluted by secular knowledge. Despite immense communal resistance to outside education, I decided, at the age of twenty-three, to study for…

goings on about town: this week

This year’s DanceAfrica festival, at BAM May 24-27, is focussed on Rwanda. Although some of the events invoke the country’s 1994 genocide, the emphasis is on rebound and healing through tradition. The headlining act, Inganzo Ngari, a popular Rwandan folkloric troupe founded in 2006, performs crop rituals and a big-wigged warrior dance alongside the Brooklyn-based BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble, a festival mainstay whose spirited members (including Adia Clarke, pictured above) never fail to bring down the house. MOVIES All Is True Kenneth Branagh does Shakespeare, again. This time, he’s not adapting one of the plays but, rather—fully armed with a false nose and other props—taking on the role of the playwright himself. We find the Bard at the dusk of his career, leaving London—where the Globe Theatre has burned down—and returning to his…

movies: summer preview: movies

The supernatural pervades the season, starting with Jim Jarmusch’s zombie drama, “The Dead Don’t Die” (June 14), which features a cast of Jarmusch veterans (including Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray) and newcomers to his cinematic universe, such as Danny Glover and Selena Gomez. Ari Aster’s “Midsommar” (July 3) is set in a village in Sweden, where a vacationing American woman (Florence Pugh) believes that she has stumbled upon a macabre cult. Movies set in the entertainment world are soon to be prominent. “Rocketman” (May 31), a drama about Elton John’s rise to fame, stars Taron Egerton, as the singer-songwriter, alongside Jamie Bell, who plays his collaborator Bernie Taupin; it’s directed by Dexter Fletcher. In “Late Night” (June 7), directed by Nisha Ganatra, Emma Thompson plays a talk-show host whose…

classical music: summer preview: classical music

Fifty years ago, a West Village riot struck the match of gay liberation. New York City Opera marks the anniversary with the world première of “Stonewall,” by Iain Bell and Mark Campbell, which sets the famous event to music (June 21-28). The New York Festival of Song presents two concerts on the theme. The first includes a song cycle written by a group of mostly lesbian composers; two weeks later, the revived program “Manning the Canon” highlights songs by and about gay men (L.G.B.T. Community Center, June 11 and June 25). The New York Philharmonic sounds a sombre note in John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1, his anguished response to the epochal trauma of AIDS (May 30 and June 1). In a more antic mode, the orchestra brings a free concert…

dance: summer preview: dance

If classical ballet is about beauty, order, and equilibrium, then Marius Petipa’s “The Sleeping Beauty” is the most classical of all. Tchaikovsky’s score provides a thrilling undertow of emotion: light, darkness, longing, and, in the end, an epic sense of scale. In his staging for American Ballet Theatre (at the Metropolitan Opera House, July 1-6), Alexei Ratmansky draws from original notations and period sketches to restore a filigree that had eroded since the ballet’s première, in St. Petersburg, in 1890. What makes Ronald K. Brown’s dances so satisfying is their deep musicality, and their humanity—each work lays out a path toward grace and spiritual renewal. At Bard SummerScape (at the Fisher Center, in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., July 5-7), Brown’s ensemble, Evidence, a Dance Company, will perform an updated version of one of…