Critic’s Notebook: The Playboy Club in 2019: Show Tunes and an Identity Crisis

“Let’s be outrageous,” Brandon James Gwinn murmured into a microphone. “Let’s misbehave.” It was Monday night at the Playboy Club and everyone seemed to be behaving relatively well. People chatted, checked their phones, ate prawns served pink and prone on a bed of crushed ice, like sunbathers stranded atop some glacier. Besides, when a culture…

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Living Near a Major Highway Tied to Developmental Delays in Children

Living near a major highway may be associated with developmental delays in children. Researchers studied 5,825 children living in New York state outside of New York City. Parents periodically filled out a well-validated questionnaire that tracks developmental milestones in children from age 8 months to 3 years. Milestones encompassed physical, verbal and social domains. The…

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Putting the Dress in Dress Rehearsals

LONDON — On a recent spring morning, the Royal Opera House’s revival workroom, which is part of the costume department, was a hive of activity. Amedine Ballo, one of the revival workroom technicians, was hand-sewing gold thread onto a burgundy and pink chorus costume for the opera “Faust,” opening this week, because part of it…

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36 Hours: 36 Hours in Marseille

No city divides the French like Marseille. For every admirer cooing about the sun-warmed sea, craggy coastlines, fish-rich bouillabaisse and the Mediterranean melting pot (thanks to 20th-century immigration from Greece, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria), someone else is grousing about corruption, dirty streets and eroding Frenchness. And where the port city’s champions see…

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Medical News Today: Why does my stool smell foul?

Foul-smelling stool has a particularly bad odor. Often, this is due to the foods that people eat. In some cases, however, foul-smelling stool can indicate an underlying medical condition. This article outlines eight causes of foul-smelling stool, along with information on diagnosis, treatments, and when to see a doctor. 1. Antibiotics and infection In some…

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Getting on a Plane for the Royal Baby

For most people traveling to London, the list of things to do and places to see is long and exhaustive, with stops, perhaps, at the London Eye, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. But Paris Schmidtke isn’t like most people. Her list consists of one thing: See Meghan Markle, and ideally her…

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You Asked: Period. Stop.

Could you address the misconception that a period is necessary for good health? — There’s NO 👏Perfect👏 Candidate (@petitpolatouche) October 25, 2018 Short Take A period itself is not a requirement for good health, but sometimes not getting your period can be a sign of a medical condition that needs investigation and possibly treatment. [Have…

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My Friend, Karl Lagerfeld

I first met Karl in the late ’90s. It was a warm July night in Paris during Couture Week, one of those romantic evenings where you look back and think, That was so memorable and magical. It was Paris at the height of Paris couture. He wanted to invite some “cool younger people” to a…

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Eat Less Meat, Live Longer?

A meat-rich diet could increase the risk for early death, new research suggests. Finnish scientists gathered dietary and health data on 2,641 men ages 42 to 60, following them for an average of 22 years. Over the course of the study, 1,225 of them died. Compared with men who ate less than 2.6 ounces, or…

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