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Goings On About Town: This Week • In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many New York City venues are closed. Here’s a selection of culture to be found around town, as well as online and streaming; as ever, it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements.
Tables for Two: Challahpalooza
Closeup Dept.: Food Story
Mouths of Babes: Slam Dunk
Legacies: Egg Cream Dreams
Making Do Dept.: Dancing With Myself
Letter from England: A Giant Mystery • Is an enormous chalk outline of a naked man an ancient image—or a modern joke?
Sketchbook: Sketchbook by Peter Kuper • A multitude of cicadas emerge from hibernation every seventeen years. Scientists say Brood X, this year’s class, may be the largest hatching seen since its last cycle, in 2004. As temperatures rise, trillions of insects flood the sky—you might hear them.
Shouts & Murmurs: The Heartful Home
American Chronicles: It’s Just Too Much • Has burnout become the human condition?
The Sporting Scene: Blood on the Tracks • Horse racing’s deadly reckoning.
Poem: Under Limestone
Profiles: Hot Topic • Listening to Wendy Williams’s kitchen-table talk.
Fiction: The Party
Poem: In the Cloud
Books: Art Made Flesh • The life of Francis Bacon.
Books: Briefly Noted
On Television: Odyssey • “The Underground Railroad,” on Amazon Prime.
The Theatre: Optical Illusions • Echoes of trauma in “Zoetrope” and “The Forbidden City.”
The Art World: A Trip to the Fair • Frieze returns to New York.
The Current Cinema: Feeling the Heat • “The Dry” and “The Perfect Candidate.”
CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
Puzzles & Games Dept.: The Crossword • A moderately challenging puzzle.