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“It was a big highlight,” @michaelbjordan said, then looked down shyly into his lap. The actor was explaining what it meant to him when film critics wrote that his breakthrough performance in “Fruitvale Station,” 5 years ago, reminded them of a young Denzel Washington. Possibly complicating matters was the fact that Denzel — whose career spans more than 40 years and 50 films — was sitting next to him at the table. “When someone says you’re like your idol,” @michaelbjordan said, “It’s like: ‘Really? You see that in me?’ I’d only done that one movie. But then I started using it as motivation,” he said. “I wanted to pop up on Denzel’s radar. He’s the OG. If I could get recognition from him, I know I’m going down the right path, you know?” Finally, Denzel broke in with a booming laugh: “And here we are, Mike! Looks like it’s working out already,” he said. @andrewwhitey photographed the 2 stars at the Lambs Club in Manhattan (a Diet Coke for #DenzelWashington, a sauvignon blanc for #MichaelBJordan). They traded notes about creating characters and the socially minded work that really matters to them. Swipe left to see Denzel, and visit the link in our profile to read excerpts from their conversation, which touched on black superheroes and #MeToo.


The audience strolled down the red carpet, fetched their popcorn and filed into the movie theater. That’s a common a sight around the world. But in Saudi Arabia, it was a watershed moment: the first opening of a commercial cinema in more than 30 years. The VIP screening of @blackpanther on Wednesday was part of a wider social opening in the kingdom championed by the 32-year-old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The prince, who’s next in line to the throne, has been trying to reorient the Saudi economy away from oil and moderate its official religious rhetoric. But he’s also trying to make life more enjoyable there. Saudi officials hope that expanding entertainment options will also help the economy. @tasneemalsultan took this photo as audiences were entertained by mimes and actors on Wednesday. Visit the link in our profile to read the full story, and follow @tasneemalsultan to see more photos from #SaudiArabia.


90 minutes north of Phoenix, in central Arizona, Sedona attracts hikers scaling its buttes and New Age pilgrims seeking the fabled vortexes — or energy centers — said to be squired in the rocks. Over the past decade, though, the high desert has begun to drawn wine lovers, too. Today, 18 wineries operate in an area known as the Verde Valley, where the vines are stressed by rocky soils and altitudes above 3,200 feet moderate temperatures to produce mineral-accented, juicy fruit. “People think it’s cactus and tumbleweed but Arizona is very diverse, with pine forests and snowcapped mountains,” said Corey Turnbull, the winemaker at Burning Tree Cellars. “You’ll find vineyards between 3,200 to 5,200 feet.” @caitlin_oh photographed this woman running across Devil's Bridge in Sedona. Visit the link in our profile to take a tour of Sedona’s wine region.


In 2002, the pediatrician Harvey Karp wrote “The Happiest Baby on the Block,” a book about newborn sleeping and soothing techniques. Since then, it's sold more than a million copies and it’s accompanying DVD is the most watched child-rearing video ever. These days, Karp, who no longer practices medicine, is hoping to sell parents on his new product: a $1,160 robotic bassinet called SNOO. He and his wife, Nina Montée, have raised $30 million in 2 rounds of funding. The SNOO rocks and plays white noise continuously and has sensors that respond to a baby’s cry by changing intensities; it keeps the baby swaddled and fastened inside the crib and can be controlled from afar on a smartphone. “It turns out that in the womb, babies have cues,” Karp said. “So what calms babies down? Bouncing them, rocking them, shushing them, enveloping them, letting them suck. These are all imitative of their experience in the womb.” Karp developed his concept of the “missing 4th trimester” early in his career. Human babies are born about 3 months prematurely, the theory goes, because their heads, which grow rapidly, need to be able to fit through the birth canal. But despite criticisms of that theory, Karp insists that it explains why babies can be lulled back into a womblike “trance” during the first months of life. @_hannahwhitaker took this photo while on assignment for @nytmag. Visit the link in our profile to read more.


There can be a strange air to soccer played not for points or for trophies, but for its own sake. Think flat, rootless preseason tuneups, or international friendlies, where mindless waves sweep through indifferent crowds. To most fans, those occasions are something to be endured before the real business — soccer for a purpose — can start again. Games between teams made up of retired players should, if anything, be worse, even more meaningless. And yet, one afternoon in Liverpool in March, nearly 55,000 people were there when the former @liverpoolfc defender Bjorn Tore Kvarme scored the game's final goal. These days, lots of clubs stage veterans’ games in support of charitable foundations, and a raft of organizations and tournaments have sprung up to meet the rising demand. And for the players it can mean bringing back camaraderie. “You do not earn a fortune for playing in these games: maybe a bit of spending money for while you are there,” said Viv Anderson, once of @manchesterunited and @england. “But it means you can speak to people you have not spoken to for years, and to live the same life you had 20 years ago, even if it’s just for a few days.” @andrew_testa took this photo of fans before. match between former #Liverpool and #BayernMunich players. Visit the link in our profile to read more.


This lemon olive oil ice cream is a taste of sunshine. It’s sweet and creamy from the dairy and eggs, tart from lemon zest and juice, and a little savory, from a glug of olive oil and a bit more salt than you might be used to in your #icecream. Serve it with even more olive oil, flaky salt and a shower of finely grated lemon zest if you want. If you’re somewhere a little warmer than New York, where the spring bounty has arrived, a few sliced strawberries wouldn’t be out of place on top. @craigleephoto took this photo for @nytfood. Visit the link in our profile to find the recipe. #🍨


By the time @antoniobanderasoficial shaved off his eyebrows and hair to play Pablo Picasso — his lifelong hero, his towering standard of greatness — he had already been asked to portray Picasso twice. “Oh, yes,” he said. “Twice before.” The Picasso he plays for National Geographic’s “Genius” — an anthology series that will focus on the artist in its 2nd season — is 67 years old. When he was shooting, he assumed the posture of a 67-year-old. But when he wasn’t, he was Antonio Banderas, a human exclamation point, his face an orchestra of intense expressions: 😄, 😂, 😭. Antonio is a beloved fixture in American cinema — a masked avenger, a Latin lover, a mariachi, a matador, an assassin posing as, oh yes, a mariachi. Over time, he's been rewarded with the chance to play historical figures: Dalí, Mussolini, Pancho Villa, and #Picasso. Now, he's finally playing play his boyhood hero and bringing pride to Málaga, Spain — both his and Picasso’s hometown. When Antonio was growing up, his mother would stop in front of the house where the artist was born every time they passed it and say, “Look, Antonio.” Now, in the home he owns in Málaga, Antonio can see that house from his terrace. @gatescharlie took this photo of #AntonioBanderas while on #nytassignment. Visit the link in our profile to read more. #🎨


#SpeakingInDance | “It is the hardest piece of choreography that I’ve ever danced,” said Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry of his part in Lar Lubovitch’s “Little Rhapsodies,” an elegant male trio included in @lubovitch’s 50th anniversary program at the @thejoycetheater this week. “Much of the solo is done off balance. I’m thinking about the clarity of the steps, how they meld with the music and how I can play with shifts of weight.” In the dance, set to Schumann’s Symphonic Études (Op. 13), @jojodanzer fills the stage with the kind of lush, flowing movement that Lar is known for. The choreographer described it as “a bit like swimming.” In keeping with the music, Lar sees the dance as an étude, a study; it needs to be performed simply, without embellishments or affectation. The movement sets the tone — and the dancer, too. “I never give a dancer a line reading,” he told the @nytimes writer @giadk. “I never tell them what to think or feel. They have their own poetry to bring to the piece and it naturally comes to life because of the dancers I choose. I’m looking for poets.” @arowanafilms made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.


Puerto Rico’s pre-eminent amateur baseball league has played every season since 1940. After the hurricanes last year, it vowed this one wouldn’t be different. At the Estadio Hermanos Marrero, a baseball stadium in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, parts of the roof over the grandstand are gone or twisted back. The Cayey Toritos played their 2018 home opener there because their stadium is still too damaged to use. Before the first pitch, a team prayer in the dugout ended with a rallying cry, “This is for our community!” The players are far from the millionaires who play in major league games; they’re students, salesmen, barbers, teachers and cooks. And they have lived the hardships of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, yet still take the field despite the aftermath, or because of it. The hurricanes devastated #PuretoRico, a baseball-loving island. But 7 months later, the Toritos and other teams in the island’s predominant amateur 18-and-over league have provided a semblance of normalcy by pressing on with their games. @dennismanuel took this photo of the roof of the stadium in Aibonito. Visit the link in our profile to read more.


Barbara Bush, the widely admired wife of one president and the fiercely loyal mother of another, died this evening at her home in Houston. She was 92. On Sunday, the office of her husband, former President George Bush, issued a statement saying that after consulting her family and her doctors, she had “decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.” Dedicated to her family and largely indifferent to glamour, #BarbaraBush played down her role in her husband’s political success. But she was a shrewd and valuable ally, becoming a sought-after speaker in at least 4 national campaigns. While first lady, from 1989 to 1993, she generally refused to talk publicly about contentious issues. But she was vocal in championing causes of her choosing. Literacy was one, and so was civil rights. She often insisted that she stayed out of her husband’s concerns, but few who knew her believed that she would ever hesitate to tell him her views. “You have to have influence,” she said in 1992. “When you’ve been married 47 years, if you don’t have any influence, then I really think you’re in deep trouble.” Our staff photographer George Tames took this portrait at the vice president’s official residence in 1984. Visit the link in our profile to read the @nytimes obituary for Barbara Bush.


Built in 1748, the dazzling Margravial Opera House — a @unesco World Heritage site in Bayreuth, Germany — reopened to the public today after a 6-year renovation. The changes cost 29.6 million euros ($36.6 million) and returned the building’s ornamental details, murals and trompe l’oeil effects to something approximating their original brilliance. “Today, Bayreuth is the cultural capital of Bavaria,” Markus Söder, the minister president of Bavaria, said before the gala opening of the theater last week. The rededication program included a performance of an opera that had been a part of the theater’s 18th-century opening: Johann Adolf Hasse’s “Artaserse,” from 1730. “It’s easiest to imagine early operas here rather than more common 19th-century works that require larger forces and benefit from bigger houses,” writes our reporter A. J. Goldmann. Visit the link in our profile to see more of @gordonwelters’s photos from inside this operatic jewel.


“It seemed only right that, at a certain point in an unpredictable conversation with Parker Posey, the topic of true evil in the universe would arise,” writes our reporter @ditzkoff. They met to talk about her portrayal of the devious Dr. Smith in a new @netflix reboot of “Lost in Space” — a rare TV role on a résumé full of quirky indie-film protagonists, and the first honest-to-badness villain she’s played in a while. “Can she just not help herself?” she wondered aloud in her ethereal voice. “Am I going to save the world? Am I going to destroy it?” She concluded that her Dr. Smith was the “dark Medusa force” of the resuscitated “Lost in Space” show. “She can go under and take everyone with her,” @itsparkerposey said. “But she also has the strength to save herself and others.” More than 25 years into her career, @itsparkerposey continues to embody the irrepressible energy she has brought to films like “Dazed and Confused.” But she’s also continuing to expand into other forms of media. She’s finishing her first book, called “You’re on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir,” that will be published in July. The title? It’s supposed to evoke a conversation she might have with a fellow passenger on a plane “that is a little bit tell-all and a little bit, I’ll never see you again.” Visit the link in our profile to read the full interview with #ParkerPosey, who was photographed here by Clement Pascal (@cgbp).


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