Russian Artists Feel a New Cultural Chill in the West

“No Looking Back” premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, last weekend. It was cut from the lineup at the Cleveland International Film Festival that gets under way later this month. The movie from Russia is a black comedy about an ex-convict trying to reclaim her daughter by force. It is … Read more

NYU Shakes It Off With Taylor Swift Class

Lydia Cohen was picking classes for her last semester at New York University when she saw it: an entire class about Taylor Swift. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I need to get into this class,’ ” said Ms. Cohen, a devoted fan of the musician who listens to her songs as soon as she … Read more

New York to Drop Indoor Mask Mandate for Businesses

Nine states have said this week they plan to roll back masking requirements indoors and, in some cases, in schools as Covid-19 case numbers decline and public pressure to return to normal life rises. Officials in New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island said Wednesday that rules requiring masks or proof of vaccinations intended to … Read more

India Arie, Graham Nash Plan to Leave Spotify, Following Neil Young’s Protest of Joe Rogan

Singer-songwriters Graham Nash and India Arie said they plan to pull their music from Spotify Technology SA, SPOT 3.75% following Neil Young in objection to the platform’s star podcaster Joe Rogan. Their announcements are the latest in a string of similar moves made by other musicians in recent days who say they also are critical … Read more

The Theodore Roosevelt Statue has been removed from the New York Museum of Natural History

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt that stood in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for decades was removed, the result of years of debate over a monument that, according to critics, glorified colonialism. A crane lifted the bronze portion of the statue up from the museum’s Central Park West … Read more

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not run for governor

Bill de Blasio said he had decided not to run for New York’s highest office. Photo: Luiz Rampelotto / Zuma Press Updated January 18, 2022 at. 11:09 ET Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not run for governor of New York. “I will use all my being to fight inequality … Read more

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not run for governor

Bill de Blasio said he had decided not to run for New York State’s highest official. Photo: Luiz Rampelotto / Zuma Press Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not run for governor of New York. “I will use all my being to fight inequality in the state of New York,” … Read more

Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Others Sued Over Cryptocurrency Promotion

Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Jr. , and Paul Pierce are among a number of celebrities being sued for allegedly leading investors into a cryptocurrency “pump and dump” scam. The celebrities and other defendants are accused of making “false or misleading statements to investors about EthereumMax through social media advertisements and other promotional activities,” according to … Read more

What is ‘Flurona’? What you need to know about co-infections of Covid-19 and influenza

“Flurona” is not a new Covid-19 variant. Nor is it a new disease or any kind of medical designation. The word flurona has gained popularity as a way to describe the condition by testing positive for both Covid-19 and influenza at the same time. As the flu season intensifies in the United States and other … Read more

‘Don’t Look Up’ Breaks Netflix Record for Weekly Viewership

Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio star in ‘Don’t Look Up,’ a satire about a comet that is on a collision course with Earth. Photo: NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX Updated Jan. 6, 2022 3:07 pm ET “Don’t Look Up” is topping the charts.  The film had more than 152 million hours of viewership on Netflix Inc. NFLX -2.51% … Read more

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