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Goings On About Town: This Week • The Public Art Fund’s “Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days,” on view in City Hall Park through Nov. 28, offers a fifty-year survey of the American sculptor’s career with six steel sculptures that unite abstract and symbolic forms. Like all the works here, “Song of the Broken Chains” (pictured), from 2020, accrues power from its location: the park is part of the site of the African Burial Ground, a Colonial-era cemetery for people of African heritage, and has become a locus of Black Lives Matter activism.
Tables for Two: The New Carry-Out Cuisine
Comment: Viral Theories
Hustings Dept.: Street Summit
Dept. Of Haunts: Back Home in Harlem
Mommy’s Little Helper: Influencing 101
The Age of Spandex: Self-Belief
Annals of Education: Going Home • Black families begin teaching their own children.
Shouts & Murmurs: A Lexicon for the Late Pandemic
Onward and Upward With the Arts: Opus One • The mysterious Renaissance man who helped turn composition into an art.
A Reporter at Large: Year of the Bunny Hill • As China prepares to host the Winter Olympics, the country gets on skis.
Poem: The Wind is Loud
Profiles: L’homme Du Jour • Omar Sy’s breakout moment.
Fiction: The Coast of New Zealand
Poem: Unconditional Belief in Heat
Books: The Deep • When we mine rare metals from the ocean floor, what other riches will be lost?
Books: Briefly Noted
Sketchbook: Father’s Day
A Critic at Large: Maps Without Places • The transformative power of turning numbers into pictures.
On Television: Killing It • Two shows reconsider the comedy of relationships.
The Current Cinema: With the Flow • “In the Heights” and “Undine.”
CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
Puzzles & Games Dept.: The Crossword • A lightly challenging puzzle.