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Former Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald recorded a standup comedy special in his living room before he died in the fall of 2021. The special, which is set to be released on Netflix this month, was something he wanted to leave for his fans if he were to die unexpectedly. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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2022 Pulitzer Prizes in arts and letters go to 'Fat Ham' and 'The Netenyahus'

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Study of the 1931 Josephine Baker poster by Jean Chassaing. Helicline Fine Art hide caption

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Photos: The Golden Age of Broadway is celebrated in a new online exhibit

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Critics say Ron Carter left a big footprint in music, especially for bassists. Didier Baverel/Getty Images hide caption

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85-year-old bassist Ron Carter has no plans on slowing down

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Mazel Tov Cocktail Party's influences are global, but the sound they create is uniquely their own. Laura Carbone/Kathleen Tagg hide caption

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Mazel Tov Cocktail Party: Take an ounce of hip hop, dash of polka, then square dance

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Dariya Medynska gathers with other members of the Voloshky Ukrainian dance ensemble before the International Spring Festival at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Rachel Wisniewski for NPR hide caption

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A Ukrainian dance troupe in the U.S. fights disinformation, one high kick at a time

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MONTGOMERY, AL - MARCH 30: Sydney Duncan holds a sign during a rally at the Alabama State House to draw attention to anti-transgender legislation introduced in Alabama on March 30, 2021 in Montgomery, Alabama. There are so far 192 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the United States. Of those, 93 directly target transgender people. Getty Images hide caption

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How to tell a captivating story — from a wedding toast to a job interview

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The seven actresses in POTUS, now on Broadway. Julie White (left, top), Lilli Cooper, Rachel Dratch, Vanessa Williams, Lea DeLaria, Julianne Hough (front left), Suzy Nakamura Jenny Anderson/POTUS hide caption

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Broadway's 'POTUS': Should these women save the president?

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Under the Do LaB's colorful tent, the crowds get doused with water guns. Juliana Bernstein hide caption

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Coachella's music fan fave Do LaB is back!

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Jared Grimes (l) as Eddie Ryan and Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl Matthew Murphy/Funny Girl hide caption

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From Fanny to Barbra to Beanie: 'Funny Girl' comes back to Broadway

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Charles Mingus is often regarded as one of the greatest jazz composers of the 20th century. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

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How the late jazz great Charles Mingus is being remembered 100 years later

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Comedian Nigel Ng at the Dream Downtown hotel in Manhattan April 11, 2022. Kholood Eid for NPR hide caption

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Keep screwing up egg fried rice. It makes Uncle Roger happy

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(from left) McKennzie Boyd, Taylor Lafayette and Anya Jimenez are among the teenage playwrights chosen to present their work about gun violence, marking the 23rd anniversary of the Columbine shootings. #Enough hide caption

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Young playwrights confront gun violence with their art and say #Enough

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August Wilson often wrote in diners - in the exhibit, visitors can immerse themselves in one the playwright loved. Tara Geyer/AWAACC hide caption

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Walk into August Wilson's life and plays in immersive new exhibit

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James McAvoy stars in the London production of Cyrano de Bergerac, now playing in Brooklyn. Mark Brenner/BAM hide caption

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A stripped-down 'Cyrano' — a London import — is all about language

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