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Rap legend Rakim unleashes booming free concert for N.J. fans: review

Typically, you get what you pay for with a free concert: Local or largely unknown acts playing second fiddle to farmers markets and food truck festivals. But Thursday night, Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center squashed the stereotype, booking rap legend Rakim to rock its outdoor Chambers Plaza — an opportunity to see Mr. “Paid in Full,” free of charge.
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Misia Wore a Cotton-Candy Gown to Perform the Japanese National Anthem at the Olympics

Japanese singer-songwriter Misia blew us away with her amazing performance outfit at the Olympics opening ceremony. While performing the Japanese national anthem, "Kimi Ga Yo," Misia looked absolutely stunning in a rainbow gown. The 43-year-old singer lit up the stadium in her multicolored gown by designer Tomo Koizumi. In case you need a refresher, the designer made a splash on the New York Fashion Week scene for fall 2019 with an extravagant presentation of rainbow-colored gowns.
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The Mystery of M. Night Shyamalan

There’s a song in Old, the thirteenth movie by the director M. Night Shyamalan, that I can’t get out of my head. It’s sung by the New Zealand actress Thomasin McKenzie, who plays an incarnation of Maddox, a member of a family who show up on a mysterious island amidst a motley crew of strangers, only to discover that time operates at a terrifyingly accelerated pace here. It’s a sort of lullaby, with the kicker, “I will remain,” a meditation on what aspects of a life might erode or persist after death. The melody is pretty, the words haunting, but there’s something more to the song, an insistent quality I can’t put my finger on but that feels of a kind with the movie itself, with all of Shyamalan’s movies for that matter. It lodged in my brain and I’m not sure why. I want to hear it again, but I can’t find it on Google.
New York City, NYThe New Yorker

Lauren Redniss and the Art of the Indescribable

In the world of arts and letters, there isn’t anyone quite like Lauren Redniss. Since her poignant pen-and-ink microhistories in the New York Times’ Op-Art section, Redniss has plowed a furrow between word and text, facts and fantasy, that, for lack of a better term, might be called visual nonfiction. Her first book, “Century Girl” (2006), related the life and times of Doris Eaton Travis, the last surviving member of the Ziegfeld Follies, with a zany bricolage of drawing, ephemera, and hand-lettered text. Four years later, Redniss released “Radioactive,” a stunning twin biography of Marie and Pierre Curie that intertwined the scientists’ love story with their collaborative discovery of radioactivity. (A film adaptation, directed by Marjane Satrapi and starring Rosamund Pike, came out in 2019.) Moving from the vanishingly small to the unthinkably vast, in “Thunder and Lightning” (2015), Redniss sang of fog, hail, and heat, as well as war, dominion, and profit; politics, always in the background in her biographies, moved to the fore, as she made visible the forces that shape and are shaped by the atmosphere. The following year, Redniss won the MacArthur “genius” grant, for work that “enriches the ways in which stories can be conveyed, experienced, and understood.”
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I Visited a Fancy Passport Photo Studio and Left With a Photo That Doesn’t Look Like a Mugshot

Over the course of the past nine years and three months, I have been routinely forced to gaze upon the same photo of a box-dyed-haired, too-tanned, 21-year-old version of myself taken under the fluorescent lighting of my hometown CVS. To make matters worse, I’m also periodically forced to show it to other people, namely for the sake of being granted access into another country or, for that matter, reentry into my own. I’m talking, as you’ve probably guessed, about my passport photo, which, despite its significance, could also just as easily pass as my mugshot.
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Charlamagne tha God gets late-night talk show with Stephen Colbert

The word of “God” is coming to late-night television. Charlamagne tha God is bringing the holy trinity of comedy, culture and social consciousness to Comedy Central with a new talk show, “Tha God’s Honest Truth.”. The weekly broadcast, executive produced Stephen Colbert, 57, is set for debut on Sept. 17...
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‘Old’: Alex Wolff on M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘eerie’ and timely ‘Bergman blockbuster’

Life goes by in the blink of an eye. Such is a primary theme of the past year and of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old,” in theaters Friday. Based on Pierre-Oscar Lévy’s graphic novel, “Sandcastle,” the film follows a family of four spending a day of their tropical vacation on a mysterious beach, which ages them — and the few others on the beach — decades in a matter of hours.
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Sculptor Uses Chinese Immigrant Communities as Inspiration

This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. Anne Wu, an emerging sculptor and installation artist, uses her creations to reflect the material culture and experience of Chinese immigrant communities. Her latest display, A Patterned Universe, features architectural materials from her immigrant neighborhood in Flushing, Queens. Wu traveled to four Chinatowns in the U.S. to search for examples of shared cultural imagery, finding that each had its own unique backstory, whether it was built by tourists or actual Chinese communities. Wu’s exhibit based on her findings is on display at The Shed in New York City through August 1. Art in America.
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The Book Of Moron, A Comedy That Tackles A Culture of Hype, Spin And Stupidity, Opens Off Broadway Next Month

Sometimes, in the midst of all the madness, it’s just better to laugh. The Book of Moron, written and performed by Robert Dubac, will make you do just that. In this 90 minute show, that debuts at The SoHo Playhouse on August 12, Dubas asks the question, “which truth can we trust?” He talks about the state of the nation and the world at large.
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Roundup: For Better or Worse, Olympics are Here; Best Rap Verses of the Year; The Ageless Nelson Cruz

.. The Olympics are a mess but the athletes can still save them ... Brooks Kriske had a nightmarish night for the New York Yankees ... Here's Ted Lasso's shortbread recipe ... Chinese floods continue to wreck havoc ... Best rap verses of the year so far ... Full Olympics streaming schedule ... No more stressful moments than the ones spent waiting for Domino's pizza ... Communication around masks is still terrible ... Cannonball Run, only with scooters ... NFL players pitching a fit about new vaccination guidance ... Anna Faris and Michael Barrett eloped ... Texas and Oklahoma appear not long for the Big 12 ... New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp has died following bicycle crash ...