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The triple bill of dances by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor on Sunday at @lincolncenter — presented by @paultaylordancecompany — was bound to be historic. No single program has ever brought together work by all 3 choreographers before, though their histories were interconnected. But would it be good? “The whole program shone,” writes our chief dance critic @alastair.macaulay. While there used to be hostilities among devotees of the 3 choreographers, @alastair.macaulay explains that “now, it’s easier to find room in our hearts to love all 3.” He concluded his review on a hopeful note, expressing his desire that this one-off event won’t be the last time the 3 giants share a program. @andrea_mohin, who photographs dance for @nytimes, took this photo of Sean Mahoney and Parisa Khobdeh dancing amid fellow members of @paultaylordancecompany during a recent performance of Martha Graham’s “Diversion of Angels” at @lincolncenter.

New York City is made up of 66,000 blocks, each a little world unto itself. To know them all is to know the city in its infinite variety. (It’s impossible, but we try.) Just about every year, as the mayor offers a State of the City address, we ask @nytimes readers to paint a crowdsourced municipal portrait by telling us the state of their blocks. Between the human inclination to use surveys as an opportunity to complain — the average grade readers gave was a C+ — and our dive into the 311 database, there was inevitably some accentuating the negative. But complaining about the city is a recognized art form. And if the song of the block is a symphony of complaint, there are bright passages amid the squawking — starting with these photos @samuelhodgson took for our crowdsourced portrait of NYC. He took this photo of Atlantic Avenue at Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn earlier this month. Visit the link in our profile to read more about New York at its noisy, gentrified, garbage-strewn best.

Children dressed up as #pandas to celebrate the first public appearance of Bao Bao, the 3-year-old panda that arrived in China last month. #BaoBao was born in August 2013 to Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, 2 pandas on loan to the @smithsonianzoo in Washington. By agreement, pandas provided by China are considered loans. Before a young panda turns 4, it must be sent to China in preparation for breeding. At today’s ceremony, several U.S. diplomats and dozens of reporters and other guests were on hand to greet Bao Bao. Although they were clearly excited to see her for the first time, waving their hands and shouting her name to get her attention, Bao Bao seemed unimpressed. She spent most of the time sitting in her outdoor playground, munching on bamboo. @gillessabrie captured this scene while on #nytassignment at the Dujiangyan base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province. Swipe left to see a photo of Bao Bao setting into the land of her ancestors. #🐼

@johnmayer knows he messed up. But after more than 5 years of self-imposed pop exile, the guitar virtuoso wants another blockbuster album. Then he wants to settle down. A generational guitar talent and reliable soft-rock hitmaker, @johnmayer’s also a master conversationalist prone to verbal solos. That’s what got him into trouble. “The elephant in the room is that we’re sort of talking about the double-headed dragon of the @rollingstone interview and the @playboy interview,” he said. (Quick refresher: @johnmayer used the phrase “sexual napalm,” chronicled his masturbation in horrific detail, referred to his male anatomy as David Duke and somehow separately used a racial epithet.) Yet across 4 hectic days this month, as @johnmayer finished his big-budget new album and filmed a music video, he seemed to especially relish reflecting on his 2010 undoing. “What has to happen for a guy to believe that he’s totally well-adjusted and be that far out of touch?” he asked in an interview with @nytimes reporter @joecoscarelli. But perhaps the bigger question is this: How did #JohnMayer end up dancing with pandas? Visit the link in our profile to read more and to see photos by @elizabeth_weinberg.

The artist Doug Wheeler is known for creating environments in which light and space are experienced in the way they might be in the realms of mystical vision or psychedelic drugs. His works may seem simple, but they’re tough, and expensive, to achieve. Doug has long dreamed of work that incorporates another sense, sound — or the near absence of it. His latest work, “PSAD Synthetic Desert III,” opens on Friday and runs through August at the @guggenheim. His inspiration: solitary desert sojourns in Northern Arizona, and elsewhere in the West. The sensory work has been in the works for several weeks. It required the construction of a kind of floating room-within-a-room, resting on gaskets so that the chamber absorbs as little sound as possible from the structure of the museum itself. Groups of 5 will be allowed in through a series of sound locks. “The room is so silent that any footfall or coat rustle or stomach gurgle, even the sound of swallowing, registers as a kind of thundering violation,” writes @nytimes critic Randy Kennedy. The @nytimes photographer @cenicola0 took this photo of the work by #DougWheeler at the #Guggenheim . Visit the link in our profile to read an interview with the artist.

Chris Paul (@cp3,) the @laclippers’ ball-hawking guard, has paid a price for collecting more steals than any other active @nba player. During an interview with @nytimes, the 31-year-old #basketball player examined his crooked knuckles and the surgical scars that form tiny road maps on his hands. “I’ve got the worst fingers,” he said. Yet he knows his hands are indispensable tools of his trade. While growing up in North Carolina, @cp3 developed hand speed and coordination by studying how other players dribbled and passed. Although he broke his right hand — the one he uses to shoot — last April, he continues to play with 16 pins and a metal plate embedded in his palm. And last season, he jammed his left thumb, tearing his ulnar collateral ligament — not to be confused with his radial collateral ligament, the one he tore on his right thumb training for the 2012 Olympics. @alexiscuarezma photographed the @nba star while on #nytassignment in Los Angeles. Swipe left to see his hands and visit the link in our profile to read more.

To see higher education in New York City being transformed, you just have to pick your vantage point. @karstenmoran, a photographer for @nytimes, traveledto Roosevelt Island to photograph the site of @cornelluniversity’s new Cornell Tech campus. The first phase of the 12-acre, $2-billion project will open later this year — but the full project isn't expected to be finished until 2043. @Columbia and @nyuniversity are expanding their campus footprints in NYC, too. Focusing on advanced technology and the sciences, these building projects are supposed to help the city lure and retain people to compete with places like Silicon Valley and Boston. Visit the link in our profile to read more about the impact of these developments on NYC’s urban and economic landscape.

Today, authorities announced that a 52-year-old man with a long criminal record carried out the deadly attack outside the British Parliament on Wednesday. The man, Khalid Masood, a native of England, had been investigated for ties to violent extremism. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the assault. “Yesterday, an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy,” @ukprimeminister Minister Theresa May told Parliament, addressing colleagues who a day earlier had been placed on lockdown. “We are not afraid, and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism.” She called the violence “an attack on free people everywhere.” Parliament observed a minute of silence for the victims this morning. Queen Elizabeth II expressed sympathy for the victims. And in the evening, crowds gathered at #TrafalgarSquare for a memorial vigil, photographed here by @andrew_testa. Visit the link in our profile to read more from #London .

The majestic beauty of California’s Sierra Nevada never fails to impress. But the mountain range, which stretches hundreds of miles, is more than a stunning vista. It’s a linchpin that helps make living in an arid state possible. That’s because one of California’s most important water supplies is melted snow. Knowing how much snow has accumulated is crucial for farmers and water managers. @nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, known as the Airborne Snow Observatory, has been using measurements gathered by specialized instruments on a plane to gain an unprecedented understanding of the amount of water present in the Sierra’s snow. As the plane circles the mountains it fires laser pulses toward the ground. By measuring how fast the pulses bounce back, the scientists are able to create detailed topographical maps. Recently, @nytimes staff photographer @jimwilson125 accompanied the crew. From up above, he photographed huge snowdrifts near the western cliffs of the Minarets in the central Sierra Nevada. Swipe left to see trees on a slope in the snow-covered eastern Sierra Nevada and skiers at Mammoth Mountain, and visit the link in our profile to see the full story.

In 2008, @selenagomez was 15 and one of the biggest stars on the @disney channel when she optioned the rights to “Thirteen Reasons,” a best-selling young adult novel about a girl in highschool who commits suicide. Nearly a decade later, the series @13reasonswhy will premiere on @netflix next week, and @selenagomez is serving as an executive producer. Like the novel’s protagonist Hannah Baker, the pop star and actress has dealt with issues of isolation and bullying, often publicly on social media. Right before production on the show, she took a 90-day career sabbatical for her health. @selenagomez has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression. She told @nytimes that it felt like the story was “was mirroring what was going on in my life.” @davidwalterbanks took this #portrait of #SelenaGomez in Los Angeles. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

#regram from @nytarchives | In October 1971, our photographer Donal F. Holway caught Chuck Berry doing his famous #duckwalk during a performance at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival concert at @thegarden. With his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties, #ChuckBerry did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years. On Saturday, he died at the age of 90. “While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob,” writes our pop music critic Jon Pareles, Chuck Berry “was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves.” His #rocknroll was a music of joyful lusts, laughed-off tensions and gleefully shattered icons. And the duck walk? On film and in concert, he dazzled audiences with the guitar-thrusting strut, which involved kicking one leg forward and hopping on the other. How did Chuck Berry become a rock ’n’ roll mastermind? Visit the link in our profile to listen to our Popcast. #tbt

When Paola Mathé moved to New York in 2009, she was struck by how often strangers stopped her to ask where she bought her headwraps. “I’d look at them like they were insane,” she said. “Like, just go to a fabric place.” But the curiosity and compliments got her thinking. In 2014, Paola (@findingpaola) introduced her label, Fanm Djanm — “strong woman” in Haitian Creole. While she knew early on that her wraps would be for all women, she wanted her ad campaigns to prominently feature women of color. “I created images I would have loved to see as a young black girl in Haiti,” the 30-year-old said. @fanmdjanm wraps are made with cotton from the Netherlands and occasionally from Senegal, raw silk and linen from Italy, and denim from around the United States. While @findingpaola is quick to admit that black women have been covering their heads “forever,” she believes she helped turn a coverup into a coveted accessory. “Why not wear a headwrap on the red carpet instead of just to cover your head to run errands?” she said. “It’s this beautiful, powerful accessory that promotes strength and power and culture.” Eric T. White (@mrwhite_) took this portrait of @findingpaola.

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