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Wednesday

The late Hasidic composer Ben Zion Shenker sings, wearing a yarmulke and holding a mic, at a male-only sing along known as a kumzits that took place in an Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn. Jon Kalish hide caption

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A new website reports on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community

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Tetiana Lytvynenko and her 9-year-old daughter Darina, seen at the Ukrainian Museum in New York City, are living rent-free with a family in Brooklyn, where they cook borsht and crepes for their hosts. Jon Kalish hide caption

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In New York, a nonprofit helps Ukrainian refugees make a home

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Tuesday

Director Bing Liu (center) with his mother and half-brother. Bob Bolen hide caption

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What happens when a director's camera is pointed at their own families?

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In Town Destroyer, the debate over a mural leads to an outpouring of activism and opinions about how to look at art and how to confront racism in America. Fatosh Arabacioglu hide caption

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Fatosh Arabacioglu

Thursday

The Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band is gearing up for its first concert in more than two years. Maude King hide caption

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Maude King

Community bands are back after being battered by the pandemic

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Wednesday

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A group of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn is reviving the golden age of cantorial music

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Saturday

Alyosha Levstein's father was a prominent jazz musician who played with Duke Ellington, and his grandfather was a beatnik in St. Petersburg who recorded several albums. Jon Kalish hide caption

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How Russian musicians are raising money for Ukraine

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Tuesday

When Black Boys Die, a gunplay written and directed by William Electric Black. Jonathan Slaff hide caption

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How the arts can help children think about gun violence

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Monday

Mazel Tov Cocktail Party's influences are global, but the sound they create is uniquely their own. Laura Carbone/Kathleen Tagg hide caption

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Mazel Tov Cocktail Party: Take an ounce of hip hop, dash of polka, then square dance

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Thursday

Several pyramids in the morning light in the royal burial grounds in Meroe, Sudan. Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York hide caption

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Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York

Friday

A typical sight during the 2019 Village Halloween Parade in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images hide caption

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New York City's Village Halloween Parade comes back to life, saved by a serious fan

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Wednesday

A Vermont Man Needed Assistance To Kayak. His Community Got To Work To Change That

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Wednesday

What Residents Of NYC's Little Haiti Think About The Killing Of Haiti's President

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Friday

Toots Hibbert, of Toots and the Maytals, performing in London in 1980. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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Trojan Records, Legendary Reggae Label, Resurrects A Long Out-Of-Print Trove

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Sunday

Bob Fass, longtime radio host for WBAI, died Saturday. His show, Radio Unnameable, aired for more than 50 years. Jon Kalish hide caption

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Bob Fass, Free-Form Radio Pioneer, Dies At 87

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Wednesday

Wednesday, April 21, 2004 DOONESBURY © G. B. Trudeau. Reprinted with permission of ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION. All rights reserved. ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION hide caption

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'I Just Followed My Interests': Garry Trudeau On 50 Years Of 'Doonesbury'

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Friday

Online Miniature Puppet Parade Will Replace New York City's Annual Halloween Parade

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Sunday

"The Writing On The Wall" art installation projects writings by incarcerated people onto the sides of buildings, such as The New York State Supreme Court Building, above. Chemistry Creative hide caption

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'The Writing On The Wall' Finds Poetry Behind Bars, Projects It Onto Buildings

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Saturday

The whole family came along to drop Kent Garrett off at college in fall 1959. He's pictured above in Harvard Yard with his sister, aunt and mother. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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'We Were Curiosities': One Of 'The Last Negroes At Harvard' Shares His Story

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Monday

The Archive of Contemporary Music in New York, which houses more than three million recordings dating back to the 1920s, is leaving its longtime Manhattan home due to rising rents. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Archive Of Contemporary Music — And Its 3 Million Recordings — Is Leaving NY

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Saturday

Irving Burgie at his home in Queens in 2017. Burgie, who rewrote the lyrics to the traditional Jamaican song "Day-O," died Friday at the age of 95. Susan Watts/NY Daily News via Getty Images hide caption

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Irving Burgie, Songwriter Who Helped Bring Calypso To America, Dies At 95

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Monday

Paul Krassner, Comedian Who Captured The Zeitgeist Of The '60s, Dies At 87

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