VIRUS DIARY | He draws, and a world opens up for his mother

I cannot draw. I am unable to sketch anything past the outlines of a simple flower or a house no one would want to live in. For my verbally delayed

Drive In | In ‘Painter and the Thief,’ an unlikely friendship

The documentary “The Painter and the Thief” has a few wrinkles to add to the old Picasso adage that great artists steal. “The Painter and the Thief,” by Norwegian filmmaker Benjamin

Branson’s Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit failed yesterday in its first test launch of a new rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the

One Good Thing | Indonesian choreographers provide digital stage for dancers

Before the coronavirus pandemic arrived, 2020 seemed fated to be a great year for Siko Setyanto’s dance career: touring Germany and South Korea, performances in Indonesia, classes and more classes. Now

Author Murakami DJs ‘Stay Home’ radio show to lift spirits

Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show from home, painted a brighter side of the world with his favorite music, and said the fight against the coronavirus

Detective, nurse, confidant: Virus tracers play many roles

Health investigator Mackenzie Bray smiles and chuckles as she chats by phone with a retired Utah man who just tested positive for the coronavirus. She’s trying to keep the mood light

One Good Thing | Donation brings a bit of Mardi Gras to hospital workers

Emily Bauman is a believer in the power of music. So when she got her stimulus check, she put that power to work -- for New Orleans’s hospital workers and

Beaches, nightclubs? Europe mulls how to get tourists back

The Mediterranean resort town of Ayia Napa is known for its boisterous parties. Each summer, thousands of young foreign tourists pack the dance floors of its nightlife district after a

Sri Lanka newlyweds cancel wedding party, help poor instead

As couples do all over the world, Darshana Kumara Wijenarayana and his fiance, Pawani Rasanga, spent months planning a grand wedding. And everything was on course for the Sri Lankan couple

Drive In | A grotesque, inglorious look at Capone’s last year

Al Capone lived out his final years on a grand estate in Palm Island, Florida, with his wife, Mae, by his side and grandchildren running around the property. It sounds

Retirees, isolated by virus, become DJs for new radio hour

Tucked away inside his room at a senior care facility, Bob Coleman knew he couldn’t go out into the world with the coronavirus raging. But he could share with the

The architect of rock ‘n’ roll | Jagger, Dylan react to death of Little Richard

Little Richard, one of the chief architects of rock ‘n’ roll whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America,

Court: ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ is Seinfeld’s show

Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” was his creation despite copyright claims by a one-time collaborator who helped direct the first episode, an appeals court said Thursday. The 2nd U.S.

Drive In | An out-of-this-world experiment in ‘Spaceship Earth’

During lockdown, have you taken a moment to appreciate that at least you’re not quarantined with eight free-thinking adventurers in a terrarium of depleting oxygen levels? Matt Wolf’s documentary “Spaceship Earth”

Rugby: Sam Cane named All Blacks captain, succeeding Kieran Read

Sam Cane has been selected as the New Zealand All Blacks captain, succeeding Kieran Read, who retired from test rugby after last year’s World Cup. New coach Ian Foster made the

Technology | Here come Covid-19 tracing apps – and privacy trade-offs

As governments around the world consider how to monitor new coronavirus outbreaks while reopening their societies, many are starting to bet on smartphone apps to help stanch the pandemic. But their

tTunes | Lucinda Williams channels her anger into song

Lucinda Williams has come up with an album for our times — at least if you’re as angry as she is. “Good Souls, Better Angels” is anything but subtle. Williams takes

Drive In | A six-decade romance story in ‘A Secret Love’

Terry Donahue, the subject of the new Netflix documentary “ A Secret Love,” was a catcher for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Yes, kind of like Geena Davis’ character Dottie

Emerging from lockdown: ‘46 days in the house was enough’

From the United States to Europe and Asia, people in many parts of the world are emerging from their homes as virus-related restrictions begin to ease and springtime temperatures climb. But

Streaming films eligible for Oscars, but for one year only

Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only for this year. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences yesterday

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