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Goings On About Town: This Week • When MOMA first showed the work of Alexander Calder, in 1930, the museum had been open for little more than a year. The artist’s first retrospective there, in 1943, proved so popular that it was extended by seven weeks. “Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start” (through Aug. 7) explores this nine-decade-long relationship with some seventy works, mostly from MOMA’s collection, including the 1945 standing mobile “Man-Eater with Pennants” (a detail is pictured). Conceived for the sculpture garden, it hasn’t been seen there since 1970.
Tables for Two: Tanabel
Comment: At the Border
Second Acts: Dark Comedy
On the Couch: Common Thread
Dept. of Naming: Would Smell as Sweet?
Dept. of Sous-Chefs: Not a Serious Guy
Annals of Astronomy: The Collapse at Arecibo • The loss of Puerto Rico’s iconic telescope.
Shouts & Murmurs: My Application Essay to Brown (Rejected)
Dept. of Science: Where the Wild Things Go • How animals navigate the world.
Profiles: Past Imperfect • Elizabeth Loftus changed the meaning of memory. Now her work collides with our traumatized moment.
Comic Strip: Visions of the Post-Pandemic Future
Our Local Correspondents: Guns Down • With the number of shooting deaths rising, Shaina Harrison is teaching kids to turn anger into advocacy.
Poem: My Empire
Books: Beyond the Vaccine • Preventing another pandemic will be a political task as much as a medical one.
Books: Briefly Noted
Books: Puzzling It Out • The writer Sybille Bedford never pretended that her life cohered.
Podcast Dept.: Game Over • How athletes began telling a new story about sports.
The Art World: Life Force • Niki de Saint Phalle at MOMA PS1.
On Television: Children’s Hour • “Waffles + Mochi” and “City of Ghosts,” on Netflix.
CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
Puzzles & Games Dept.: The Crossword • A moderately challenging puzzle.