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Every 2 years, December gets a little brighter when the #dancers of the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo fasten their #tutus, lace up their point shoes and leap into @thejoycetheater. Led by the artistic director Tory Dobrin, the group, at the Joyce through December 30, has a robust repertory that slyly skews classics like “Swan Lake” and “The Little Humpbacked Horse.” This season, after a 15-year break, the Trocks will revive Robert La Fosse’s sparkling “Stars and Stripes Forever” (inspired by George Balanchine’s 1958 ballet). With gender issues so front and center right now, the #Trocks — both imaginative and playful — are especially relevant. For them, femininity and masculinity are facets of characterization. Each dancer has a female and male persona and individual comic flair. As Tory put it, “You can’t force #LucilleBall to be Gracie Allen.” @sashafoto shot this photo of Duane Gosa, a member of @lesballetstrockadero, at rehearsal. Visit the link in our profile to see more.

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Ready for your new favorite chocolate chip #cookie? This wildly popular (and delicious) treat was developed by @alisoneroman. “I’ve always found chocolate chip cookies to be deeply flawed,” she writes. “Too sweet, too soft, or with too much #chocolate, there’s a lot of room for improvement, if you ask me. But no one asked me, and rather than do a complete overhaul on the most iconic cookie known to man, I took all my favorite parts and invented something else entirely.” Behold, the Salted Chocolate Chunk #Shortbread Cookie. @melinahammer took this photo for @nytcooking. Visit the link in our profile to get the #recipe. #🍪

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On a Monday night in Midtown #Manhattan, a group of approximately 20 men were baring their #souls. “I’m angry that my health is deteriorating. I’m not ready to be an old man,” said Jeff Nichols who’s 70. Ranging in age from 30 to 70, the men were gathered as part of the @themankindproject (MKP), a 33-year-old nonprofit with 24 chapters in the U.S. and 11 regions abroad. It focuses on things like men’s emotional well-being, drawing on elements like Carl Jung’s theories of the psyche, nonviolent communication, breath work and Native American customs. Men, who are less likely than women to seek out individual therapy, are increasingly looking for outlets in this fraught cultural moment of political acrimony, widespread economic instability and major societal reckoning over their behavior. At MKP, membership is at an all-time high and enrollment is up 8% over the last year, said Boysen Hodgson, the director of marketing and communications. “With Time’s Up Now and #MeToo, many men know they have to be more accountable,” Boysen said. “A lot of them are saying, ‘I don’t want that to be me. I don’t want that to be how #men are seen in the world.’” @caseykelbaugh took this photo during an MKP weekly meeting in Manhattan. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

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Mayra Ayala’s husband and 2 of her sons were murdered by members of the street gang MS-13. Now, she and most of her remaining children are in hiding. In #ElSalvador, the American government has poured money and force into efforts to stop the violent street gangs. Salvadorans are wary. In some ways, the involvement has increased safety. But Mayra’s husband was accused of being an informant after speaking with officials, who were trained by American advisors to build rapport with locals. “Talking to the police is a death sentence,” she said. “But it is good to have the police at the districts, because if they weren’t here, we wouldn’t be alive.” Forensics, policing, courts — American involvement reaches every layer. It’s part of an effort to send $760 million into Central America’s violent Northern Triangle. President Trump has periodically threatened to walk away from the program, spouting rhetoric, like saying that most Salvadoran immigrants are gang members in disguise. Officials from both countries say it would be disastrous to end the American involvement. @meridithkohut took this photo of the Ayala family visiting the 3 relatives’ grave. Visit the link in our profile to see more.

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Ask almost anyone in Tijuana, Mexico, about the U.S.-Mexico border wall, or “la linea,” and you are likely to be met with a shrug: The wall is always present, but not a constant problem. Daily life in Tijuana is defined less by the wall as an impenetrable obstacle than by the ebb and flow of movement across it — or, for many, the distant hope for such a journey. As many as 150,000 people travel north toward #SanDiego on foot or in cars every day through 2 border crossings. Thousands of trailers roll through a separate crossing, carrying Mexican-made goods on their way to American stores and factories. This passage is a daily ritual for many who are U.S. citizens, or Mexican citizens with green cards or visas that allow them to move freely. “We live very comfortably here,” said Elizabeth Quintana, 73, who runs a small restaurant from her house on a dead-end street that runs into the wall. @limauricio took this photo of Elizabath in #Tijuana, #Mexico, right next to the border fence to the U.S. Visit the link in our profile to read more.

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In @nytmag | For our annual #GreatPerformers issue, we asked 12 of the year’s best actors to star in short films choreographed and directed by @justin_peck that incorporate #dance into everyday actions. In this short film, titled “Coffee to Go,” a barista (Olivia Colman) watches as 2 customers (#EmmaStone and Rachel Weisz) do battle over a cup of #coffee. You can find these stars in the film “The Favourite.” Visit the link in our profile to see more videos from our Great Performers series. This video was produced by @nytmag and @mamagstudios, and the music is by @carolineadelaideshaw.

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With anti-immigrant populists on the rise across Europe, and even the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, retreating from her open-door refugee policy, Europe’s long struggle to reconcile political reality with human sympathy for refugees has come to an end in the forested hills along northwestern #Bosnia’s border with Croatia. Now, as winter settles in, thousands of migrants, many of them men from Pakistan and #afghanistan, are trapped in Bosnia, unable to push further into Europe. Those trying to sneak into Croatia and enter the European Union are returning battered and bruised, injuries they say they received at the hands of the Croatian police. Croatia’s Interior Ministry said it strongly rejects accusations made by people who, by passing borders illegally, “are violating a whole series of national and European regulations.” @lauraboushnak took this photo of migrants standing in line to receive food at a shelter in #Bihac, Bosnia. Visit the link in our profile to see more.

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Where in the world is @nytimestravel? @historiassencillas took this photo while on assignment for a story we’re publishing this week. Where do you think he was when he captured this scene? Check back on Wednesday for the answer. #🌍 #🔍

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In @nytmag | For our annual #greatperformers issue, we photographed 12 of the best actors from this year’s movies, including @juliaroberts, @lakeithstanfield3, @yalitzaaparicio, Glenn Close and @ethanhawke. Each year, film critics @wsslyy and A.O. Scott choose actors from 10 of the year’s best films, and then we cast them in works of our own. This year, @nytmag and @mamagstudios produced 10 short films inspired by #dance, choreographed and directed by @justin_peck and with music composed by @carolineadelaideshaw. Visit the link in our profile to see the full films in which the year’s best actors show off their moves. This year, @philipmontgomery photographed the performers, including this photo of Julia Roberts. Swipe left to see more from his shoot.

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