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It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! 4 years after Jim Henson's family donated much of his puppeteer archive to the Museum of the Moving Image ( movingimagenyc) in Queens, “The Jim Henson Exhibition” goes on permanent display this weekend, googly eyes and all. The work includes nearly 4-dozen puppets, plus hundreds of sketches, videos and props from sesamestreet and themuppets, show early commercials, misfired experiments and cult films of the 1980s. Children will no doubt thrill to see Big Bird and #KermitTheFrog, but this exhibition — like many of Henson’s shows — is mainly for adults, concerned with the craft of puppetry and the expansion of broadcast media as much as with lovable frogs and monsters. colewilson photographed Kermit while on #nytassignment at the #JimHensonExhibition, which opens tomorrow. Visit the link in our profile to read more about #TheMuppets taking Queens.

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“I named my cabin ‘The Villa of the Ones Deprived of Love’ because I was the least favorite child in my family. It used to be that in farmers' families, there were maybe 6 children. They would send the one they loved the least out into the mountains to herd sheep. And that was my case.” — Marcel Etcheverry, 63, a shepherd in the Aspe Valley, in the French Pyrenees. 🚗🇫🇷❤️ Not long after the presidential election in France, stefaniarousselle, a journalist in Paris, set off on a #roadtrip. Since then, she has been making her way around France with one subject in mind: love (ou, comme on dit en français, l'amour). When she met Marcel, they talked about his life — one he has mostly dedicated to sheep. But he does have a 22-year-old-daughter. “Until she turned 14, it was wonderful,” he said. “Then, for some reason I can't explain, she rejected me. We haven't spoken in 10 years. I am really disappointed. I don't like humans.” He's also married to a woman named Katia, who he first met years ago. “I was with someone else at the time,” he explained. “And we spent 30 years without seeing each other. But we met again and we got married 10 years ago.” Swipe left to see a photo of Marcel and follow stefaniarousselle to read the full story. #AmourRoadTrip.

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Every day around the U.S., from before sunrise until late into the night, people like Fidel Delgado are being picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. More than 65,000 people have been arrested by the agency since President realdonaldtrump took office, a nearly 40% increase over the same period last year. But I.C.E. is in some ways operating in enemy territory in #California, home to more than 2 million undocumented immigrants and hostile to the idea of mass deportations. Because local law enforcement often won’t turn over undocumented immigrants in their custody, I.C.E. makes most of their arrests at homes, at workplaces and out on the street. Early one recent morning, melissalyttle took this photo as Fidel, 46, was led away by an immigration officer. The team had been looking for his son. But Fidel and his wife had readily admitted to being in the country illegally. A couple of officers debated what to do: Should they take both parents and call Child Protective Services for their youngest son, an American-born citizen? Ultimately, they led Fidel to a van, where he was soon shackled. The handcuffs would leave marks. Visit the link in our profile to read about a day in the field with #immigration enforcers in California.

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“My relationship with my hair has been one of pride and occasional pain,” writes i_am_tinytam, a nytimes editor. “As a child, I relished the sound of beads clinking together at the end of my braids as I jumped rope, but flinched while getting my hair pressed, fearing the sting of a hot comb perilously close to my earlobes.” As she grew older, she became increasingly bewildered by TV shows and glossy magazine covers featuring girls whose hair and skin tone rarely reflected her own. Still, she remained proud of the gravity-defying nature of her dark hair. Last Saturday, she stopped by Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to attend #Curlfest, the signature event from the curlygirlcollective. The festival, a celebration of black beauty, is a product of a growing #naturalhair movement. “You’re able to come into a space and see yourself reflected everywhere,” said Gia Lowe, director of strategic partnerships for curlygirlcollective. The photographer jackiemolloy13 took this photo of the #curlygirlcollective founders.

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andrew_testa photographed the bay at Quidi Vidi, a picturesque fishing port over the hill from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Today, the bay is home to a cozy restaurant called mallardcottage, Todd Perrin ( mallardcottagechef) opened the restaurant in 2013 after cooking at a Swiss resort and other restaurants around the world. In #Newfoundland, he cooks with local ingredients and a menu dictated by the larder. And he’s not working alone. “St. John’s is now full of inspiring or at least aspiring restaurants,” writes Craig S. Smith in nytimestravel. Another one on his list: raymondsnl. “We have all these beautiful ingredients that come from the ocean — stuff like sea urchin and whelk — that weren’t being showcased,” said jeremycharles77, the restaurant’s founder. He, like mallardcottagechef, has gradually built up an informal network of foragers and fishermen, hunters and trappers. “It’s amazing how far we’ve come,” jeremycharles77 said. “People are now beating on the door with a lot of wild edibles, mushrooms, different things from the ocean.” Visit the link in our profile to read more about the menus at a handful of outstanding restaurants in and around Newfoundland’s capital. #Canada

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A Mosul resident whose eyes were injured in a mortar attack. pvanagtmael, a magnumphotos photographer, took this photo while on assignment for a nytmag cover story about Mosul, ISIS’s biggest stronghold in Iraq. "The story is about the battle of Mosul, but we decided to zoom in on one person, rather than show the city itself," says nytmag’s editor in chief, Jake Silverstein. “We wanted to emphasize that violence inflicted on human bodies, rather than on masonry buildings, is war's most brutal and lasting effect.” The battle began officially on Oct. 17, 2016, but the writer James Verini began traveling to northern Iraq last summer as the battle loomed. He hoped to meet “the people making it out of the city and those preparing to go in.” During the battles for Ramadi and Falluja, the biggest campaigns before #Mosul, most residents fled or were evacuated before the fighting. But many residents of Mosul stayed. Some did so because #ISIS was killing people who tried to escape, some because they refused to forfeit homes or leave family, some because they worked for ISIS in some capacity. But many did it because the government asked them to. Visit the link in our profile to read more in nytmag, and to see more photographs by pvanagtmael.

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jasonhenry took this photo of Nasser Alobeid with one of his children outside their apartment in the San Ramon neighborhood of #Fresno, California. Usually, refugees are placed in towns and cities where resettlement agencies help ease their transition to life in a new country. But sometimes they land in places like #Fresno — which aren’t exactly prepared for their arrival. Since late last year, more than 200 Syrian refugees who originally settled elsewhere in the U.S. have made a fresh start there. They’ve been drawn mainly by cheap housing. But behind the low rent is a city struggling with high poverty and unemployment. While some have found jobs, Nasser — who worked as a security guard in Syria and who doesn’t speak English — is still jobless. He and his family get by with a $1,100 monthly welfare check, food stamps and help from the local community. Fresno’s new Syrians are relying on people like Nabih Dagher, a Syrian Christian who has been in the U.S. for 15 years. He sells halal meat, pita bread and other Middle Eastern staples at his market. Flipping through a notebook that holds the names of families and the sums owed him from each visit, he explained his system: “I give each family $20, $50 groceries free. After that, I said you have to pay.” Visit the link in our profile to read more.

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Never say no to prize-winning pie. This maple #blueberrypie, with its generous amount of fruit and sweetness from maple syrup, won the blueberry-division prize in the 2017 National Pie Championships. A few little tricks raise it above others like it. One is the crust. It has a touch of cinnamon and maple sugar, and uses cider vinegar with just a little shortening for structure. The second is the filling. Paul Arguin — the epidemiologist who won the prize — cooks it in a sous-vide machine, which keeps the berries whole but tender. For the top crust, he borrows an idea from cake makers who work with fondant. For Paul, making a pie is all about precision. “For a competition pie, I want it perfectly toothsome and not falling apart and tasting fresh,” he said. rikkisnyder took this photo of this award-winning maple-scented treasure while on #nytassignment for nytfood.

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Street barbers at work in Kashgar, a #SilkRoad oasis town in the deserts of far west China. Kashgar is home to a mostly Sunni Muslim population. Recently, Edward Wong returned there on his final reporting trip as Beijing bureau chief for nytimes. Over the years, Edward has visited Kashgar 5 times — and things have changed. This time, he writes, police surveillance made a greater impression on him than anything else. “I saw regular police patrols, mobile police stations resembling food trucks and officers asking Uighur men for identification. On my first trip, in 1999, I had seen many women wearing full face veils. Now that was absent. And only elderly men and Pakistani traders had long beards.” Not long into this visit, the police ushered Edward’s group — including gillessabrie, who took these photos — into a van and drove them to a station. They were under detention. Officials said they were trying to prevent violent, anti-state episodes in #Uighur areas, which they attributed to separatism, terrorism and religious extremism. Uighur advocates say the harsh security measures fuel resentment. Visit the link in our profile to read more about our Beijing bureau chief’s final reporting trip — and to see more photos of #Kashgar by gillessabrie.

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Every 3 months or so, Javier Tupaz, a father of 6, heads downhill from his clapboard home to work in his cocaine laboratory. Under a black tent in the jungle, he shovels coca leaves into a giant vat with gasoline, then adds cement powder — the first steps in his cocaine recipe. Like everyone in his village, Javier has survived decades of war in #Colombia. Today, he depends on on coca for cash. He churned out his product during the seemingly endless conflict between the rebels and the government, which tried many times to destroy his plants. He simply replanted. But there is one thing that Javier says his crops may not survive: peace. Peace means that soldiers no longer have to shoot their way into rebel-held territory to pull up coca plants or dismantle drug labs. Now the FARC, which formally disarmed last month, is joining forces with the government to wean farmers off coca — one of the first collaborations ever between the old enemies. The photographer juanarre took this photo one recent night in Colombia’s Putumayo Province, where the lack of roads is one contributing factor in the continued cultivation of coca. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

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#SpeakingInDance | In “Rubies,” the second gem of #GeorgeBalanchine’s 3-part ballet “Jewels,” tessreichlen rules the stage like a glittering, mysterious temptress. “I feel that’s my ‘Mean Girls’ moment,” the nycballet principal said. “I’m like, everyone just get out of the way. This is my stage.” The cool, long-legged #dancer isn’t like that in real life. “I’m usually the one who’s in the back corner, quiet,” she said. Teresa reprises her role tomorrow at the Lincoln Center Festival, where, in honor of the ballet’s 50th anniversary, nycballet, balletoperadeparis and bolshoi_theatre unite to perform the 3 sections of “Jewels.” (The other gems are “Emeralds” and “Diamonds.”) For “Rubies,” set to Stravinsky’s jazz and Capriccio for piano and orchestra, Teresa’s renowned interpretation is a vision of austere, otherworldly power. In the past few seasons, she’s tried a different approach: not rehearsing it. “That gives it a different energy,” she told the nytimes writer giadk. “It feels risky, but then I get out there, and it’s OK.” She laughed. “Usually it’s OK.” micaiahcarter, directedbymax and sortahype made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance. (Please note: An original post of this video included music, but it was not timed with the dancer's movements. We have since reposted the video without sound.)

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This summer, we selected 6 #poems by contemporary American poets and asked 6 photographers to let the words inspire them. ✨ vanhoutenphoto read Ada Limón’s “What It Looks Like to Us and the Words We Use.” After meditating on the poem, she decided to visit her family’s farm in North Carolina, where she spent her youth connecting to the land. “I immediately thought of horses when I read the poem — they’re how I connect to nature almost every day, even now,” vanhoutenphoto writes. “Even now, spending time with them is like therapy to me.” Returning to the farm to take photos shaped by the words was, at times, “uncomfortable and surprisingly difficult,” she writes, “because it clarified how much my experiences and beliefs have changed since I left. But what remained was my connection to the land." Swipe left or watch our #InstagramStory to see more photos and to read the poem by #AdaLimón. #poetry

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Perhaps you’ve seen the video: Storm, this 6-year-old golden retriever, paddles toward a brown lump bobbing in the water of Port Jefferson Harbor. Taking the lump — a fawn — in his mouth, he hauls it toward the beach and gently nudges its belly. The fawn barely responds. Storm nuzzles it again. Nothing. He paws at its tiny hooves. Then the video ends. If you haven’t seen it, more than 4.5 million others have. Its canine hero is “the most gentle, gracious dog you ever want to meet,” according to his (arguably biased) owner, Mark Freeley. How the 3-month-old white-tailed deer ended up in the water is not known. Frank Floridia, who runs the Strong Island Animal Rescue League, drove the deer to an animal rescue. It had unexplained lacerations on its head and one closed eye, but it remains in stable condition, drinking baby goat formula from a bowl. Johnny Milano ( grief) took this photo while on #nytassignment. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

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Why would an ambitious chef open a restaurant in a place where rain falls more than 230 days a year, only 3% of the land is arable and the winter’s so long that it’s divided into 2 parts? In 3 bites at his Bergen restaurant, lysverket, Christopher Haatuft conveys everything he wants the food of Norway to be: “nostalgic, sustainable, creative, delicious and witty,” juliamoskin writes. Many New Nordic chefs are guided by solemn manifestoes about nature and culture. They often restrict themselves to #Scandinavian ingredients, eliminating tomatoes, olive oil and peaches in favor of elderflower, sea buckthorn and pine needles. When he returned to Bergen, Christopher had to figure out his relationship with New Nordic cuisine — an inescapable label for modern Scandinavian chefs. Since he’s the opposite of solemn, he coined a new term for his food: neo-fjordic. “If western Norway were a region of France,” he asked himself, “what would the chefs here brag about?” His theory is that the prestigious classic cuisine of France is “farm food that was beautified and refined” to suit the tastes and whims of rich people. In Norway, he said, there was never enough wealth to transform food into cuisine. So traditional Norwegian food is famously bland. But the country has top-quality dairy products, berries that grow sweet in the 18-hour days of summer, complex aged cheeses and fresh seafood. Visit the link in our profile to read more about the #Norwegian chef championing neo-fjordic cuisine, and follow nytfood to see another photo by davidbtorch.

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This is alexandercoggin’s 10th summer of visiting family on Lake Michigan — an occasion he marked with a trip to the National CherryFestival in nearby Traverse City, an annual event that dates back to about 1925. He was blown away by the sheer volume of #cherry products on display from local farmers and vendors. “I missed the Cherry Queen pageant,” he said. “So I’m pretty bummed about that.” What he didn’t miss: everything from these cherry bomb #doughnuts ($2 each) to cherry-shaped stress balls ($3.50). Follow tmagazine to see more. #🍒🍩

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It was a drizzly January morning, but James Church went out anyway. The 55-year-old was eager to get in some fishing as an antidote to a hard week of work. He cast back his pole and let loose the line and sinker. Then, he saw lightning on the horizon. A bolt struck. He remembers a deafening boom and a flash so bright he felt his eyes burn. ⚡ In a state that counts alligators, sharks and hurricanes among its many dangers, add lightning. Florida has more #lightning than any other state in the country (20.8 strikes per square mile) and the most people who die from lightning (54 since 2007). Unlike other states, Florida has all-season thunderstorms, which peak during summer. It also has an outsize number of boaters, beachgoers, fishing enthusiasts and golfers. Lightning likes to strike the tallest thing around. Sometimes it’s a tree; sometimes it’s a human. ⚡ After James was struck, woke up 6 feet away. He felt paralyzed. He knew he had to reach his cellphone to get help but it was locked in his tackle box. “My will to survive kicked in,” said James, who was photographed by scottymacphoto. Visit the link in our profile to read 4 tales of survivors with very different stories that all began with a bolt from the blue.

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The takeaway from the Tate Modern’s new wing can be summed up as this: Art is not an object but an experience. The wing includes subterranean space for performance art and an entire floor devoted to a flexible space for artists and the public “to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life.” As luxury condos proliferate across #London, the evolving Tate Modern is becoming a model for the city’s public spaces. While on assignment for nytimestravel, Reif Larsen stood on the museum’s new 10th-floor viewing terrace, which — with its direct view into a series of luxury towers — asks visitors to “Please respect our neighbours’ privacy.” The visual standoff offers “a perfect distillation of the current battle for London’s soul,” Reif writes. “As more of these luxury towers spring up across the city, transforming neighborhoods into affluent ghost towns, Londoners are facing difficult questions: What kind of city do we want to live in?” Part of the answer may lie in the story of the #TateModern and the Bankside neighborhood it helped spawn. Visit the link in our profile to read more, and to see more photos by andyhaslamphoto.

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For connoisseurs of #cycling, mountain roads provide an optimal vantage point to see a race in person. On flat pavement, riders speed by, but they lumber past on steep climbs. Reaching these roads is no easy task, though. During the Tour de France, prime spectating spots tend to be up several miles of winding pavement, on windswept outcroppings of rock, or cut out of thick woods. And local authorities often close mountain access roads in the days before the Tour passes through. That’s why a kind of pop-up community was on display last weekend on Mont du Chat, the toughest climb during the first mountain stage of this year’s #TourdeFrance. In the days before the race rolled through, fans had little to do but wait. But for many, that was half the fun. The merrymaking was in full swing a full 24 hours before the competitors would ascend the brutally steep French roads on July 9. When the first riders arrived around 4:30 p.m., warrenbarguil of France led the group at one point and inspired crazed cheers of “Allez!” chrisfroome, the 3-time Tour de France winner, was close behind and was mercilessly booed and cursed the whole way up. Crowding the course, the spectators could yell almost directly into the cyclists’ ears and look straight into their eyes. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos by kiehart and to read more about beer, baguettes and bikes on the Tour’s mountain roads. #🚵‍♂️

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Construction workers repaired the traditional tile roof of a house in Dongsi, a neighborhood in #Beijing known for traditional alleyways called hutongs. When China’s leaders began the hurly-burly transition to a market economy, they encouraged dislocated workers to take up their own entrepreneurial pursuits. Many of them started small shops, bars or cafes, in what became known as kai qiang da dong, meaning “to open a hole in the wall.” Now, in Beijing, the holes are being bricked up. Neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block, workers are tearing down unauthorized structures, additions and storefronts. In alley after alley throughout the city, once-thriving businesses now have bricked-up walls where storefronts or doors were not long ago. The work, which sped up in the spring, has convulsed entire districts. Hardest hit have been the old neighborhoods of picturesque, if not always pristine, alleyways called #hutongs. It’s part of a campaign — some say a crackdown — meant to transform Beijing’s bustling, overcrowded city center into a futuristic capital of government, finance, media and technology. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos from Beijing by bdentonphoto.

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“It still hurts,” said Steve Whitmire. For nearly 3 decades, Steve was the voice of Kermit the Frog. But news broke last week that Disney is replacing him. Over the past 27 years, Steve brought the puppet to life in movie theaters and on television screens, making occasional in-person appearances, too. The only other person to have voiced #Kermit? His creator, Jim Henson. Yesterday, 2 starkly different narratives emerged as to why Steve was ousted unexpectedly. Disney, which acquired the #Muppet property from The Jim Henson Company in 2004, portrayed a puppeteer who was hostile to co-workers and overly difficult in contract negotiations. “They were uncomfortable with the way I had handled giving notes to one of the top creative executives on the series,” Steve said. In a nytimes interview, he also spoke about a contract dispute over a small video shoot involving Kermit, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy and an outside company. raymondmccrea photographed Steve Whitmire, who is contemplating a future without Kermit, Ernie, Rizzo the Rat, Statler and the other Muppets he voiced over the years. “Given the opportunity,” he said, “I’d step right back in.”

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