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Chasing the dream
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Chasing the dream

Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield, Calif.

Tonight's starters
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Tonight's starters

The lineup board at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield, Calif.

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Summer in Boston 2014

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Some Like It Hot (And Heady): A Night Out in Denton

As the sound of a classical violinist busking across the street floats to me through the warm air, it occurs to me that this sign captures Denton pretty well. Sure, the town has its established acts and its micro-scenes. And if you want to make it, you obviously have to be good. But outside of that, there really aren’t any rules. In such a small town, with such a dedicated group of listeners who recognize that they have something special here, there’s nothing stopping anyone from picking up a drum—or a guitar, or a keyboard, or a microphone—and joining in.

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Broadway Revival of "Death of a Salesman" Wins Over Critics and Audiences

Arts summer columnist Virginia R. Marshall shares with us the dramatic adventure that is Mike Nichols' Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman"

Sardis, Turkey
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Old Bones

The past, it seems, is always present here. It’s in the reconstructed ruins of the Roman gymnasium and the re-laid mosaics of the synagogue, and it’s in those piles of rubble that won’t ever again see their marvelous heights.

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Summer Postcard: The Kumasi Markets
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Summer Postcard: The Kumasi Markets

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Inside an old Shanghai one-story apartment with peeling paint and rusted pipes, a man does work while watching a popular replay of the NBA final. The area around his home, Tianzi Fang, has preserved its antique charm despite its residents leasing spaces for restaurants, boutiques, and cafes that bring both local and tourist foot traffic.

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A canvas bag bearing a typical image of Mao propaganda, merged with Obama's face and name. References to Obama and America crop up in many random places. There is even a club named "Obama Club."

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An elegant pile of garbage in one alleyway.

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Nanjing Road East, a glitzy pedestrian walkway crowded with shops, restaurants, and tourists.

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The dizzying view of Shanghai at night, featuring the Oriental Pearl Tower.

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An "Obama Mart," actually a supermarket, right near Yuyuan, a traditional Chinese garden.

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The Republic of Korea pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo. The tiles contain Korean script. According to a Korean friend, some say silly things like "if you wash your hair with laundry detergent, tomorrow, your hair will be itchy."