Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Jurassic World” if you must. “The King” is for Elvis fans and political junkies. TV/Streaming: A new season of “The Great British Baking Show” hits PBS on Friday. The big Chinese hit romance “Us and Them” is now on Netflix. Music: The Vaccines, an indie Brit band, have drawn comparisons to The Ramones. I don’t quite buy it, but I have enjoyed the driving beat of their videos, including “If You Wanna.” Books: Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to re-read a couple of doorstop-length classics: “War and Peace” and “Middlemarch,” probably. Sports: As von Clausewitz once said, the World Cup is a continuation of politics by other means. Finally: The hotter it gets, the more people flee the big city, and the more people who flee the big city the happier I am.

Why Capote Abandoned The Theater

In 1966, Truman Capote—hot off the publication of In Cold Blood—talked about the musicals Holly Golightly and The Grass Harp and The House of Flowers (pictured, with Pearl Bailey) and why he would never again write for the stage.

The Trouble With Johnny Depp

Rolling Stone has posted a big article about the sad slide of the Deppster: Multimillion-dollar lawsuits, a haze of booze and hash, a marriage gone very wrong and a lifestyle he can’t afford.

Future For Jazz: Bleak Or Buoyant?

Steve Provizer writes: ‘The future for jazz looks challenging, particularly as it is overtaken by (or absorbed) into hip hop, R&B or pop. Playing-gigs as well as teaching-gigs may become harder to come by.’

Dusty Was Not A Diva


That, apparently, is the point of view of “Dusty,” a new musical about 1960s singer Dusty Springfield. Details.

Jamie Bell To Join Elton John Movie

Jamie Bell is in talks to join Taron Egerton in the Elton John biopic, “Rocketman.” The Kingsman actor will star as the famed singer-songwriter, from his days at the Royal Academy of Music to his rise on the rock ‘n’ roll scene of the 1970s and ’80s and his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction in the ’90s to international superstardom. Bell would play songwriter Bernie Taupin, a lontime collabrotor of John’s, who worked on tracks like “Tiny Dancer,” “Bennie and the Jets” and the titular “Rocketman.”

Warhol Exhibit: For The Instagram Age

The Whitney Museum of American Art is pulling out all the stops for its forthcoming Andy Warhol blockbuster, opening in November. Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again (Nov. 12-March 31, 2019) will take over more than half of the Renzo Piano-designed museum downtown—almost the equivalent of its entire former home in the Breuer building, says the Whitney’s director, Adam Weinberg. The first Warhol survey exhibition organized by a US museum since 1989, it will travel in 2019 to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.