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In Bowling Green, an Alsatian Holiday Market

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The Christmas market in Strasbourg, in eastern France, has been going strong since 1570. Later this week it will be setting up a replica in New York for the first time, in Bowling Green. Some 30 wooden chalets have been shipped to New York and will be reassembled, containing boutiques for traditional crafts, Christmas ornaments, beers and wines, and foods like choucroute, quiches, soup, chestnuts and more. Activities for children and a choir will enliven the festivities.

Strasbourg-Alsace Christmas Market NYC, Bowling Green Park, December 6 through 22, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., visit.alsace/en/genuine-french-christmas-market-in-nyc.

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That Banana on the Wall? At Art Basel Miami It’ll Cost You $120,000.

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Remember when Morley Safer famously — controversially — asked on “60 Minutes” whether Marcel Duchamp’s urinal and Jeff Koons’s vacuum cleaners were really art? Now, in the spirit of such questions, comes Maurizio Cattelan’s (somewhat overripe) banana pinned to the wall with gray duct tape.

For three buyers at Art Basel Miami, who paid between $120,000 and $150,000 each for such pieces this week, the answer was unquestionably, Yes.

And two additional artist proofs (also bananas) are going to museums.

Needless to say, the bananas have prompted the very buzz that Mr. Cattelan has long been a master at generating (his golden toilet — recently stolen — being only the most immediate example).

“Bananas! Art world gone mad,” blazed the cover of The New York Post on Friday.

Emmanuel Perrotin, the founder of the gallery that represents Mr. Cattelan (Galerie Perrotin), said the flurry over the artwork “was totally unexpected.”

Soon after his booth at the Miami art fair opened to V.I.P.’s on Wednesday, Mr. Perrotin said the gallery installed a GoPro camera in the booth to capture people’s reactions. “You have a work like the ‘Mona Lisa,’ where everybody is coming to look at it, to take photos with it, to discuss it,” he said.

But is this a groundbreaking work, an expensive inside joke or perhaps Exhibit A in a display of income inequality?

“Cattelan is the Anti-Warhol,” said the art critic Robert Storr. “Andy insisted that the Coke you and I buy was democratic in that it cost us the same as it did Nelson Rockefeller. But obviously Maurizio has grasped that the rich will pay much, much more for a bespoke banana — bruises and all. Let ‘them’ eat $120,000-a-slice banana bread.”

While acknowledging that #cattelan was now a popular hashtag on Twitter — with people posting images of all sorts of items taped to the wall (a croissant, a lemon, Nutella) — Mr. Perrotin stood by the seriousness of the artist, with whom he has worked for 27 years. “Maurizio is a pure genius,” he said. “I see the magic happening on different occasions.”

“Maurizio’s work is not just about objects, but about how objects move through the world,” he added. “Whether affixed to the wall of an art fair booth or displayed on the cover of The New York Post, Maurizio forces us to question how value is placed on material goods. The spectacle, which has been orchestrated so beautifully, is as much a part of the work as the banana.”

Mr. Perrotin likened the artwork to Yves Klein’s “The Specialization of Sensibility in the Raw Material State into Stabilized Pictorial Sensibility, The Void,” in which the French artist sold empty space.

Mr. Cattelan first conceived of the work as a sculpture shaped like a banana, the gallery said, and brought a banana with him when he traveled, hanging it in his hotel room “to find inspiration.” He tested several materials — resin, bronze and painted bronze — before deciding on using a real banana.

The work is aptly titled, “Comedian,” and Mr. Perrotin said that it was the first new art that Mr. Cattelan has presented at a fair in more than 15 years.

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Robert Krulwich Will Retire From ‘Radiolab’ in January

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Robert Krulwich, the longtime journalist and one of the hosts of “Radiolab,” the immensely popular audio program known for its offbeat investigations of big ideas, will retire from the show in January, New York Public Radio announced on Thursday.

Krulwich, 72, has hosted the show, which is produced by WNYC, with Jad Abumrad since 2005.

“There comes a time — and I think it has come — when you get out of the way and let the future come flooding in,” Krulwich wrote in a letter posted online.

Abumrad created an earlier rendition of “Radiolab” in 2002, the same year Krulwich and Abumrad met. When Krulwich came aboard a revamped version, the show was a small, seasonal venture; now it airs weekly across 589 public radio stations.

Each episode poses a scientific or philosophical quandary at the top that Krulwich and Abumrad probe over the course of the show, often leading to surprising conclusions. One recent broadcast began by asking where eels come from; another explored the secret history of square dancing.

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Jordyn Woods Agrees to Take Lie Detector Test on Red Table Talk

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Jordyn Woods‘s time on Red Table Talk is not yet over. 

More than 10 months after she first addressed her involvement in Khloe Kardashianand Tristan Thompson‘s breakup, never-before-seen footage of Jordyn taking a lie detector test is about to surface. On Monday, Dec. 9, RTT hosts Jada Pinkett SmithWillow Smith and Gammy will answer fans’ questions about their most revealing celebrity sit-downs, including an update from Jordyn’s revealing confessional. 

In a preview from the episode, a Facebook Watch viewer asks if Jordyn actually did agree to take a polygraph exam after saying she would during their interview.

The 22-year-old is then shown being strapped in with wires as an administrator asks, “So are you ready to do your polygraph?” Jada then cryptically responds, “Oh, so there it is!”

In the time since Tristan was first accused of cheating on Khloe with Jordyn, she’s worked to distance herself from the scandal both professionally and privately. Just yesterday, Khloe publicly discussed her decision to forgive both the NBA star and his one-time fling for their past actions. 

“My life won’t be consumed with hate,” the E! reality TV star wrote on Instagram. “I’ve chosen to occupy my life with positivity. Every day I choose to find the good in my day. To choose this daily doesn’t mean I don’t have bad days but my good days are so much better than my bad ones We are all human and make mistakes, myself included. Hate is heavy and I am tired of carrying all of that weight around.”

Jordyn would later tweet, “Not every quote that is posted is a sub or a ‘clap back’ and not everything posted is directed towards one person in general. I deal with a lot of different s–t daily. It’s all love. Only positive vibrations.”

During her initial one-on-one conversation with Jada, Jordyn claimed that Tristan kissed at a house party but insisted that they never had sex. 

“The last thing I wanted to do was be that person,” she shared at the time. “I’m no homewrecker, I would never try to hurt someone’s home, especially someone that I love and someone who has a beautiful daughter. I never would try to steal someone’s man. I don’t need your situation. I really just hurt so many more people by not telling the truth.”

Watch the latest episode of Red Table Talk on Monday at 9:00 a.m. PST/12:00 p.m. EST on Facebook Watch.



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