Christmas in New York abounds with opportunities to see The Nutcracker ballet, which for dance fans is the ultimate holiday treat. Whether you’re an old hand (you went as Drosselmeyer to your last fancy-dress ball) or a total newbie (you keep wondering what ballerinas have against nuts), the city caters to every taste: Options range from the rigorous beauty of New York City Ballet’s marquee classic to a hip-hop rendition and Company XIV's down-and-dirty, NSFW Nutcracker Rouge.
Back in the early 20th century, when Harry Houdini was famous for his vanishing-elephant trick, the architect of the Belasco Theatre assumed that a greenroom should be able to handle a visiting pachyderm. The resulting basement lounge still vaults high above you, but these days the elephant in that cavernous room is Mark Rylance’s talent: You speak to him while carefully not mentioning that he’s one of the greatest actors in the world.
The title of Susan Soon He Stanton’s hilarious, intricate new comedy doesn’t refer to anything in the play itself. Still, Today Is My Birthday is a gift. Most playwrights today get our phone-obsessed, zero-contact reality wrong, but Stanton nails it with a modernization of the epistolary play: Every scene is actually a phone conversation, a voice mail or—at its most ridiculous and painful—a butt dial. Jennifer Ikeda plays Emily Chang, a recent returnee to Stanton’s home state of Hawaii.
Reading now: Emily Wilson's Odyssey (so good), Dauber's Jewish Comedy (perfect reading), The World Only Spins Forward by Kois and Butler (be warned: crying), Priestdaddy (laughs and poetry before bed cure the news blues) and Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu (shut up)
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".