In Marina’s New Album, a Pop Star Reflects on the Worries of the World (But in a Fun Way)

Once an endless cycle of Top 40 hits and one-hit wonders, the pop genre is now grittier and more reflective of the times, with artist like Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo creating work that feels unapologetically raw. Marina has always worn her heart on her sleeve, but Ancient Dreams is her boldest, most emotional outing yet. She wrote much of the record during the pandemic, when she felt the world’s pressing issues becoming harder to ignore. “I felt this anger at myself for the life I’ve been living and we’ve all been coaxed into living,” Marina says. “The way that

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Staten Island summer festivals 2021: Every Saturday through August, roads will close for food and fun on Van Duzer Street

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Bring on the empanadas and soul food! Each Saturday for 12 consecutive weeks starting this weekend, restaurants and small businesses will be the draw to the heart of Stapleton with regular block parties. The section of Van Duzer at Wright and Beach Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic on those days to promote community gatherings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Van Duzer Street Civic Association has organized the family-friendly series through NYC’s Open Streets car-free program. It will continue from June 12 through the rest of the summer.

Chicken empanadas at Amira’s in

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Christian Louboutin is the step father of fun shoes

Louboutin – who speaks excellent English in long, lyrical sentences – spent much of the first wave of the pandemic at his house in the beach town of Comporta in Portugal (he also has homes in Paris, the Vendée, Brazil and a houseboat in Egypt), where he retreated to see out the lockdowns with his young twin daughters and their mother, a close friend of many years. “To be perfectly honest, I didn’t dislike the experience of lockdown,” Louboutin tells me as we settle in. “I’m perfectly aware that for most people it’s been really awful, but for me it

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Stark County weekend fun includes Sonny and Cher, flea market, art

Sonny and Cher tribute

Sonny and Cher fans will have an opportunity to see a tribute show on Saturday, and again in June.

Reservations are required for this weekend’s performance and can be made at and by calling 330-327-2087.

Tickets cost $39.50 for dinner and the show at La Pizzaria at 3656 on Dressler Road NW in Jackson Township.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for Saturday’s retro music-and-comedy show. A cash bar and live band are featured.

The second Sonny and Cher show is 7:30 p.m. June 26 at the Lions Lincoln Theatre at 156 Lincoln Way E in

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First Thursday to offer a fun mystery to solve, art and music to enjoy

MUNCIE, Ind. — May’s First Thursday gallery walk will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, around downtown Muncie.

First Thursday attendees are invited to join in solving a “Wizard of Oz”-themed crime during the second Muncie Mystery event. 

Between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, investigators of all ages are invited to visit 10 participating downtown businesses, question suspects (the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion, Glinda the Good Witch and the Mayor of Munchkinland) and look at crime lab reports on several possible “weapons.”

Participating businesses are YWCA, Aspect 6, Kirk’s Bike Shop, Inland Design, Vahalla (21+), Ivy

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Karate, Wonton, Chow Fun: The end of ‘chop suey’ fonts

Written by Anne Quito, CNN

This feature is part of CNN Style’s new series Hyphenated, which explores the complex issue of identity among minorities in the United States.

Here’s a thought experiment: Close your eyes and imagine the font you’d use to depict the word “Chinese.”

There’s a good chance you pictured letters made from the swingy, wedge-shaped strokes you’ve seen on restaurant signs, menus, take-away boxes and kung-fu movie posters. These “chop suey fonts,” as American historian Paul Shaw calls them, have been a typographical shortcut for “Asianness” for decades.
Shaw traces the fonts’ origins to the Cleveland Type
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