“Latin History For Morons” On Netflix


I didn’t see John Leguizamo‘s show onstage, but I have now on Netflix, and I enjoyed it. It’s a history of injustice, stretching from Peru under the Inca to Texas under Trump. There’s a Rat Pack Christopher Columbus, a French poodle de Tocqueville, a cross-dressing Cuban-American Civil War soldier and a deaf uncle with an idiosyncratic way of signing.

Revisiting System Of A Down’s “Toxicity”

Each week, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in its archives is eligible. Here, the site revisits a slice of hyperactive, politicized nu-metal from 2001.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: The new “Grinch” movie for the kids, and “The Front Runner,” starring Hugh Jackman, for the rest of us. TV/Streaming: I’ve been trying without success to get into the new and final season of “House of Cards.” On Sunday, HBO is showing the charming gay-teen movie “Love, Simon.” Music: Bob Dylan, the king of official bootleg, has released “More Blood, More Tracks.” Books: Have you bought your copy yet of “Becoming,” the new memoir by Michelle Obama (the only Democrat would could probably beat Trump in 2020)? Sports: College football rankings shuffle every week — horrible for fans of the powerhouses but encouraging for the smaller programs. Finally: Election 2018: we survived!

Opening Of Big Egyptian Museum: 2020

The opening of the long-delayed Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) near the Pyramids of Giza has slid again, to 2020. As recently as June, officials said the museum would open partially in 2019 for the unveiling of its star attraction—all 5,400 objects from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The full opening was expected to follow in 2022, the centenary of Howard Carter’s discovery of the boy pharaoh’s tomb. The Egyptian government’s new ambition is for the entire 490,000 sq. m complex to open in 2020, says Tarek Tawfik, GEM’s director. The museum was first announced in 1992 and initially scheduled to open in 2012.

Are We Not Entertained?

Maximus Glutinous Bloatimus — Russell Crowe — in all of his Roger Ailes-ian glory. Maximus is playing Ailes in the untitled Showtime biopic that costars Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller and Simon McBurney. Jay Roach‘s Fair and Balanced, the other Ailes biopic, has John Lithgow playing Ailes. The costars are Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon and Malcolm McDowell.

Stars Honor Joni Mitchell On 75th B-day

Rolling Stone reports: ‘Given the jazz-inflected complexities and somber, introspective tone of Joni Mitchell’s most vibrant work, the skill and magnetism of the artists who took the stage on the first of two nights celebrating her 75th birthday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at L.A.’s the Music Center this week felt all the more impressive. Over the course of a breathless two-and-a-half hours, a carousel of musicians — some of her decades-old familiars like Graham Nash and James Taylor, others fresher talents like Brandi Carlile and Norah Jones — took turns paying tribute to the iconic singer-songwriter in a master class of interpretation.’

Marie: Rumania’s Colorful Wartime Queen

Jerry Wade — the Wade of LemonWade — shared with me this story about Queen Marie of Rumania. As the article’s subhead puts it: ‘During the First World War, while politicians prevaricated, Romania’s British queen lobbied for entry on the side of the Allies and courted the international press, becoming the glamorous face of her adopted country’s war effort.’ What a life she led!