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The comedian @michelleisawolf is having a moment: She’ll be the featured entertainer this Saturday at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Then on May 27, her new comedy series, “The Break With Michelle Wolf,” will make its debut on @netflix. These are opportunities that she sees as sources of both prestige and anxiety — the fruits of her hard work and obligations to make herself work even harder, while she waits for the bottom to drop out. “I think I’m a good joke writer,” she said. “I’m also very scared that the last joke I wrote is the last joke I’ll ever write.” In performance, @michelleisawolf can be her own harshest critic, then suddenly turn that scathing sensibility on her audience and its unexplored assumptions. She was relieved to hear that President @realdonaldtrump won’t attend the dinner (for the 2nd year in a row). Still, she said, there was little value in standing in front of a crowd and cracking a bunch of knee-jerk jokes about the president. “The audience cheers, but that isn’t comedy,” she said. “It’s just a rally.” She added: “You don’t want to say what people want you to say. You want to say what people didn’t know they wanted you to say.” @laurelgolio took this photo of #MichelleWolf. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

The caravan of weary migrants that the Trump administration has called a threat to U.S. began to arrive on the northern border of Mexico yesterday, a month after the group started its journey at the country’s southern border with Guatemala. About 130 migrants, most of them women and children, arrived in Tijuana, the group’s final destination in Mexico. Several hundred caravan members were expected to follow, most of them fleeing poverty and violence in Central America. Such mass migrations have become an annual rite. The size of the group provides protection against the criminals who lurk along the path. It also helps to draw public attention to their plight. This year’s group — more than 1,200 people in the journey’s early stages — may have gone by unnoticed. But after the story ended up on @foxandfriends, President @realdonaldtrump sent a number of tweets that warned of dangers from the group. @meghandhaliwal took this photo aboard a bus bound for Tijuana. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

A lynching memorial is opening — and the United States has never seen anything like it. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opens tomorrow on a 6-acre site overlooking Montgomery, Alabama, is dedicated to the victims of white supremacy. It demands a reckoning with one of the nation’s least recognized atrocities: the lynching of thousands of black people in a decades-long campaign of racist terror. Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the @eji_org, the nonprofit organization behind the memorial, decided that a single memorial was the most powerful way to give a sense of the scale of the bloodshed. For Bryan, the plans for the memorial and an accompanying museum were rooted in decades spent in Alabama courtrooms, witnessing a criminal justice system that treats African-Americans with particular cruelty, or indifference. And the museum is not a conventional one. It's probably better described as the presentation of an argument, supported by firsthand accounts and contemporary documents, that the slavery system did not end but evolved: from the family-shattering domestic slave trade to the decades of lynching terror, to the suffocating segregation of Jim Crow to the age of mass incarceration. @audramelton took these photos of @mempeacejustice and @legacymuseum. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

@rogerballen is an internationally renowned artist with nearly a dozen books to his name. He’s spent much of his life taking photos, like the images you see here. But he didn’t start thinking of himself as an artist until his late 40s. He stopped working as a geologist only in his 50s. And in his early 60s, he directed his first viral music video (for the South African group @dieantwoord). Today, his artistic evolution is continuing. Recently, he released “Ballenesque, Roger Ballen: A Retrospective,” the first retrospective book of his career, which @thamesandhudson. But his quest for meaning, he said, is “an endless end,” a puzzle with no solution. But as long as he continues to work, he said, he’ll continue to search for answers, and to seek new avenues for expressing himself and his vision. “I need to be inspired by my own work,” he said. “There’s no point being inspired by Picasso. It’s OK, but it doesn’t help you. If you’re an artist, you have to thrive on what you do and believe in what you do and be obsessed with it.” Visit the link in our profile to see more of #RogerBallen’s work from #Ballenesque on the #NYTLensBlog.

#SpeakingInDance | “It’s a Zen moment,” @tilerpeck said of the pas de deux in George Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements.” For Tiler, it’s about two bodies becoming one: “The entire thing is about intertwining. There’s an ethereal kind of quality where you’re not fully human.” It also creates definite mood swing in this otherwise driving, vibrant ballet, set to #Stravinsky. (It's part of @nycballet’s spring season, opening this week at @lincolncenter.) Here, Tiler dances with Taylor Stanley, who described their duet as a wonderland. “I don’t know what inspired the moment where we both stare out into the audience, but I see this wide open space,” he said. “Even though it’s dark, I feel like we’re progressing through land or over water. There’s an essence of nature.” The dancers enter from opposite edges of the stage with snaking arms. “We’re two people creeping out of the wings so slowly,” Taylor said. “It’s so curious and quirky. In some moments, I feel like we’re shadows for each other.” Tiler lit up. “Oh, I like that!” she said. “We’re going on a journey together for sure.” @mosadek made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.

@beautycon NYC is best described as a cross between Sephora, a music festival and Disney World. The 3-day event took place last weekend at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Among the central themes this year: empowerment and inclusivity. “For a long time, beauty was a dictated culture, and it was about covering up what’s wrong with you,” said @beautycon’s CEO, @mojism. “Now it’s about an expression of power and creativity.” While @beautycon’s mission is also to sell, its leadership aims to diversify a historically homogenous industry. While on assignment for @tmagazine, @dina_litovsky captured all the glitter of #BeautyconNYC — including Chelsea, a 2-month-old who was dressed for the occasion. Swipe left, or follow @tmagazine and @dina_litovsky to see more.

Every big city has at least one street that’s a must-see for visitors. In Kabul, Chicken Street has been a magnet for generations of foreign visitors looking for Afghan exotica. It’s a shabby lane full of competing aromas, lined with shops selling jewelry, antiques, knickknacks, artworks and, especially, Oriental rugs. There are no chickens on Chicken Street in Kabul. And now, there are no customers, either. Foreign visitors are now so rare that their arrival creates a sensation. A steady spate of ever-worsening suicide bombings, including a recent one close to Chicken Street; a lack of faith in a corrupt police force; and rampant crime have done to Chicken Street what a Russian invasion, decades of civil war and even urban combat couldn’t do — driven shoppers away. Embassies and international organizations, most aid groups and foreign contractors have banned their employees from shopping there, depriving Chicken Street of customers who bargain poorly and pay dearly. @erintrieb took this photo of boys playing badminton on Chicken Street. Follow her to see more photos.

Melania Trump’s choice of headgear made quite a statement on the 2nd day of the French state visit. How do you interpret a hat like this one? Our fashion director, Vanessa Friedman, offered her thoughts: “The scrutiny and symbolism that would be attached to every part of the first state visit of the Trump administration cannot have escaped either the Macron camp or the Trump camp,” she writes. Online commenters had a variety of interpretations. Some, of course, saw @beyonce. Others saw Jude Law in “The Young Pope” and Olivia Pope from @scandalabc. “When Olivia wore her white hat, which matched her white coats, it was always to demonstrate she was really one of ‘the good guys,’” Vanessa writes. “Could it be the same for the first lady? After all, according to the folks at Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of ‘white hat’ is ‘one who is admirable and honorable.’” Of course, it’s possible that @flotus “just, well, liked the idea of the decorum of a hat,” Vanessa notes. @nytmills photographed the Trumps during a ceremony outside the White House today. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

Burning coal is a part of daily life in Poland. As a result, the country has some of the most polluted air in the European Union, and 33 of its 50 dirtiest cities. The problem? The country’s love affair with coal. In all of the European Union, 80% of private homes using coal are in Poland. Commonly referred to as “black gold,” coal is seen as a patriotic alternative to Russian gas. But some 48,000 Poles are estimated to die annually from illnesses related to poor air quality. And Greenpeace estimated that 62% of Poland’s kindergartens are in heavily polluted areas. In response, the government announced that it will spend $8.8 billion by 2028 to combat smog. Still, many are not optimistic things are headed in the right direction. In Belchatow, where @macieknabrdalik took this photo, Poland maintains Europe’s largest coal-fired utility plant, at the edge of a coal mine 8 miles long and 2 miles wide. It shows no signs of slowing, and continues to belch out carbon at an astounding rate. It’s the largest carbon emitter in Europe. Follow @macieknabrdalik to see more in his Instagram Story.

Last month, the @nytimes visual journalist @malinfezehai went behind the scenes with a Chinese opera troupe in #Bangkok. The troupe, Sai Yong Hong, is one of about 20 Chinese opera troupes in Thailand. Their performances mix elements of martial arts, singing and dancing. Lines are delivered in Teochew, a dialect originating in Southern China. And the shows, which are commissioned by shrines, are free. “We don’t perform for people, we perform for the gods,” said the group’s manager, Tatchai Obthong. In the act, his troupe is helping to preserve one of the world’s oldest dramatic art forms. Backstage, actors spent hours applying layers of makeup, transforming into gods and goddesses, heroes and villains from Chinese folklore and mythology. One audience member, 63-year-old Wandee Tengyodwanich, said that Sai Yong Hong is Thailand’s best Chinese opera because of its elaborate costumes. The audience @malinfezehai met consisted mostly of older Thai-Chinese adults, some with grandchildren in tow. As audiences dwindle, though, some fear that the art will die out. But Obthong is confident. “As long as Chinese shrines exist and people continue praying,” he said, “the Chinese opera will be here.” Watch our Instagram Story to see more.

@cleowade loves you. She really does. “I don’t need to know you to love you,” the Instagram poet told @alexhawgood. She was seated on the floor of her living room in the East Village, biodegradable botanical wallpaper and lavender-scented incense all around her. It’s the type of place where one would imagine she dreams up her fortune-cookie-size poetic self-affirmations. ✨“Self-love: it costs nothing and you gain everything” ✨ Her motivational mantras have been splattered across Times Square, used in ads for @gucci and stenciled on @nike sneakers. And now they’ve been compiled in a book, “Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life.” “If people treat ‘Heart Talk’ less like a book and more like a best friend, I would really like that,” the 29-year-old said. @cleowade grew up poor in a biracial family in New Orleans. Her parents divorced when she was 5, and she fell in love with writing at 6, after taking a summer course in poetry. In more recent years, her social calendar and political activism have been chronicled in @vogue and @marieclaire. Her brand of pin-able prose and emotional transparency appeals to a social media generation that expresses their hopes and fears through the brevity of Instagram posts and political T-shirts. @amandajasnowskipascual photographed #CleoWade while on assignment for @nytimesfashion. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

North America was once a loose, sprawling conversation between landscapes. During a dry spell, lightning might spark a fire that burned for miles and days on end, relenting only when it hit a lake or river. Remove fire, and this dialogue gets interrupted. “Ruderal junk — that’s what happens without fire,” said Bill Kleiman, project director at Nachusa Grasslands, a 3,600-acre preserve operated by @nature_org in Illinois. Bill’s team runs controlled burns every spring and fall. For thousands of years, indigenous Americans ignited the landscape to bring bison and deer to hunt, and berries and tubers to harvest. European colonizers took these strategies, but a few catastrophic wildfires in the early 20th century helped convince land managers that fire should be vanquished. Eventually, cologists suspected fire suppression was disrupting natural life cycles. In the 1960s, scientists encouraged policymakers to allow for natural processes like fire. Last spring, the photographer @_lyndonfrench_ caught a glimpse of a controlled burn at Nachusa — and the life that sprung up a few weeks later. Swipe left to see some of his photos.

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