Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: Not much new this weekend so I again recommend “A Quiet Passion,” with Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson. Absolutely lovely. TV/Streaming: Catch up with the new season of “The Get Down” on Netflix. And on Sunday check out the season premiere of “Silicon Valley” on HBO. Music: Why anyone would spend to support the career of that a-one asshole John Mayer is beyond me. But if you like this sort of thing, check out “The Search for Everything.” I guess Mayer now thinks he’s Stephen Hawking’s successor. Books: Isn’t it amazing the capacity for liberals to self-flagellate? The rate at which they’re snapping up the what-went-wrong-with-Hillary analysis, “Shattered,” is mind-boggling. Prepare for the miniseries by reading Ms. Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Sports: I’d be happy that the Rangers are still in the NHL playoffs if some of their fans weren’t so racist and homophobic. Finally: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)

What A Week On Broadway!


Four openings this past week: “Indecent,” Paula Vogel’s fascinating, very kinetic story of a classic in Yiddish theater; the “Groundhog Day” musical, whose merits were eclipsed by the injury of its brave leading man, Andy Karl; “The Little Foxes” revival, starring Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon (I enjoyed the production, while wishing I’d seen Linney as Regina and Nixon as Birdie, instead of the reverse); and “Hello, Dolly!“. Why don’t they just hurl the Tony Award at Bette Midler right now and spare her the trouble of having to get prettied up for the awards ceremony?

Shortlist Announced For Literary Prize

Of the books just shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, I’m most eager to read “Compass” and “Fever Dream.” The winner will be revealed at a ceremony in London on 14 June.

She Stole The Show At “Guardians” Premiere

Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki stole the show on the red carpet for the premiere of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” She’s a tall drink of water, and looked smashing in a gold Bottega Veneta number.

Aretha Leads Tribute To Clive Davis

Aretha Franklin led an all-star tribute to Clive Davis following the premiere of a new documentary about the music mogul, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday. The concert at Radio City Music Hall also featured performances from Jennifer Hudson, Earth Wind & Fire, Barry Manilow, Carly Simon and Dionne Warwick.

Dreaming Outside Our Heads

Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks ask: ‘Sooner or later any theory of consciousness must address this question: How can it be that during sleep, but very occasionally in waking moments too, we have experiences that have nothing to do with the world immediately around our bodies? The dominant, “internalist” account of consciousness—based on the assumption that consciousness is generated by neural activity in the brain—has no difficulty in responding to this question. Indeed it’s one of the curiosities of internalism Read more »

Don Cheadle Talks Kendrick “DNA” Video

Yesterday, after releasing his new album DAMN. and delivering a huge headlining set at Coachella, Kendrick Lamar dropped the stunning new video for “DNA.” The clip, directed by Nabil and the Little Homies, stars Don Cheadle as a police officer who interrogates Kendrick before rapping the song. Throughout the video, Kendrick is dressed in a Kung Fu Kenny costume—an homage to Cheadle’s character from the 2001 movie Rush Hour 2. Today, Cheadle spoke to Pitchfork over the phone about his appearance in the video, how he had two days to learn the lyrics, the ad-libbed dialogue from the video, his text conversations with Kendrick, the time he offered Kendrick an acting job, and how he only just figured out that he’s the inspiration behind Kung Fu Kenny.