Tag: Surfacing 2019

How a Prison Play Goes on Tour

Surfacing Thirty Colorado inmates staged “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for nearby prisons. For some, it was the first time in years they were outside 20-foot walls and razor fences. ImageInmates of Sterling Correctional Facility rehearsing “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” before they  performed the play at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.CreditTrent Davis […]

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For These Black Women in Texas, Rodeo Is a Way of Life

Surfacing Raising children, keeping a job and riding horses for a cheering crowd — life on the all-black professional rodeo circuit. Image“I rodeo because I like the competition and the family and the togetherness and the adrenaline rush,” Azja Bryant said.CreditWalter Thompson-Hernández/The New York Times Azja Bryant is a pharmacy technician. Jazmine Bennett works for […]

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Want to Feel Like a Russian Ballerina? Start With the Tutu

Surfacing A trove of lush Soviet-era tutus can be found hidden in the back room of a small school near Chicago. ImageJulianne Pankau, a ballet student in Tatyana’s Mazur’s class. The gown she wears was brought from the Ukraine, originally made for a role in “La Esmeralda.”CreditWhitten Sabbatini for The New York Times Written by […]

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What Draws Hundreds to This Lake Bed? Spellbinding Crystals

Surfacing Welcome to Gem-O-Rama, California’s new gold rush. ImageReeve Peterson, a gem dealer, feels for pink halite crystals at Gem-O-Rama in Trona, Calif.CreditBrian Guido for The New York Times Rockhounds dig for hanksite, borax, trona and other minerals during the “Mud Trip.”CreditBrian Guido for The New York Times At the 77th Annual Gem-O-Rama last October, […]

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Meet the ‘Orchestra of the Street’ Bringing Classical Music to Rio’s Favelas

SURFACING In a city known for samba, “nobody expects a black, poor woman to play the violin.” ImageLucas Nascimento, front, and members of Orquestra da Rua regularly perform around Rio de Janeiro.CreditWalter Thompson-Hernández/The New York Times Morro da Providência is one of Rio de Janeiro’s oldest favelas. For Gláucia da Silva, a young classical musician, […]

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Who Mows the Lawn at Storm King, New York’s Largest Sculpture Park?

SURFACING It takes a crew of eight to maintain the 500 acres at Storm King Art Center, where art lives in the landscape. ImageMaya Lin’s “Storm King Wavefield,” (2007-08) gets a haircut.CreditThomas Prior for The New York Times Joel Longinott and Robert Finch dig a hole for a new installation. Mark di Suvero’s “Figolu” (2005-11) […]

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It’s Slime. And It’s Satisfying.

SURFACING The internet has become synonymous with stress itself. Is slime, that substance between liquid and solid, an antidote? ImageSlime has emerged as a bright, bouncy symbol of girlhood.CreditYael Malka for The New York Times One of the internet’s greatest features is satisfaction on demand. Dial up a video tagged “satisfying” and conjure a mesmerizing […]

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For One Los Angeles Artist, Cars Are Her Canvas and Rainbows Are Her Brush

SURFACING Peggy Noland has given a Toyota Corolla a pelt and slapped “buff Powerpuff Girls” on a pickup truck. Objects in mirror are as bitchin’ as they appear. Text by Kathleen Massara Photographs and Video by Amy Harrity Image“Even tough guys in giant trucks are giving me the thumbs up. I really don’t see people […]

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A Brooklyn Drag Show Celebrates Arab Queens

SURFACING At a new cabaret, queens and L.G.B.T.Q. Arabs can party freely. ImageThe drag queen Koko Rokoko performing in New York in May.CreditDevin Yalkin for The New York Times On a humid Friday evening in May, Ana Masreya rushed from her job at a talent agency in Midtown East to her Bedford–Stuyvesant apartment. She only […]

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In Turkey, Keeping a Language of Whistles Alive

Surfacing Before cellphones, Turkish “bird language” allowed farmers to communicate across long distances in the Pontic Mountains. Video Muazzez Kocek, 46, is considered one of the best whistlers in Kuşköy, a village tucked away in the picturesque Pontic Mountains in Turkey’s northern Giresun province. Her whistle can be heard over the area’s vast tea fields […]

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