● Benny Andrews: A Life in Portraits This remarkable exhibition features the inventively constructed paintings of family, friends and colleagues that portray the artist’s world and his place in it.
● John Edmonds and the Allure of Africa The photographer’s show at the Brooklyn Museum explores collecting and photography as acts of possession and desire.
● Longtime Board Chairman Steps Down at Apollo Theater Richard D. Parsons, the former Time Warner chief executive who led the Harlem nonprofit’s board for 19 years, will be succeeded by Charles Phillips.
● Dolly Parton Likes to Read by the Fire in Her Pajamas “Especially on a rainy day off … sitting in a comfy chair.”
● How the Avalanches Put Themselves Back Together Again The Australian group known for its sample-heavy music paused for 16 years between its first two albums. Sobriety, and an ambitious new set of inspirations, fuel its latest...
● August Wilson, American Bard Perhaps no playwright has asserted the richness and complexity of everyday Black lives and language so deeply. Now, two screen projects affirm his legacy for new audiences.
● Up to 30 Million in U.S. Have the Skills to Earn 70% More, Researchers Say The findings point to the potential of upward mobility for people without a college degree.
● How So Much Pandemic Aid Went to Just a Few Businesses Just 1 percent of borrowers received a quarter of loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
● The S.U.V.-ification of Everything Comes to Classic British Marques Aston Martin and Bentley are the latest to press further into the sport utility market, where Land Rover made its name and is still riding high.
● Singapore Allows Cruises. Yes, There are Limits. Singapore allows cruises to nowhere, helping a struggling industry. That means socially distanced buffet lines, electronic monitoring and hand sanitizer at the slot machines.
● Oil Refineries See Profit in Turning Kitchen Grease Into Diesel Struggling energy companies are increasing the production of renewable diesel, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
● Best Movies of 2020 The screening rooms were closed. The festivals were virtual. The blockbusters were in storage. Even so, our critics found abundant and inspiring signs of cinematic life in the pandemic.
● Explaining the Frenzy in the Housing Market One long-lasting result of the pandemic may be innovations that make home buying faster.
● 2 Major Movies and a Life Shadowed by Pain and Perfectionism Kemp Powers is the co-director of “Soul” and screenwriter of “One Night in Miami,” but his collaborators may not know just how much of himself is in those films.
● The Newest Hotel Amenity? Virus-Scrubbed Air Hotels, and even some cruise ships, are installing state-of-the-art filtration systems that claim to tackle the coronavirus where it is believed to be the most dangerous: in the air.
● How Nick Kroll Became the Picasso of Puberty His show “Big Mouth” is a seriously funny — and surprisingly mature — exploration of humanity’s most horrifying shared experience.
● Getting Creative for the 2020 Office Holiday Party Because yet another Google hangout is not going to cut it.
● U.S. Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members New guidelines mean that travel visas for China’s 92 million party members will be limited to one month, single entry — if the State Department can figure out who...
● State Poets Laureate Deliver Brightness After Invitation From New York Times The New York Times National Desk asked state poets laureate for some words of gratitude. We got a blizzard of lovely poetry in response.
● U.S. to Limit Service Animals on Planes to Dogs Only Emotional support animals are considered pets instead of service animals under the new rules, which go into effect next month.
● Fast-Food Chain Del Taco to Pay $1.25 Million to Settle Sexual Harassment Suit The company, sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, also agreed to a consent decree to provide anti-discrimination training.
● Federal Labor Agency Says Google Wrongly Fired 2 Employees The workers were involved in labor organizing at the company and participated in walkouts last year.
● 3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now Mark Rothko and Frederic Edwin Church in a sublime pairing; Art Club 2000 during the banal 1990s; and Paul Smith’s pinhole exposures.