Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: Take your mind off the news and see “Logan Lucky,” starring Channing Tatum. Directed by Soderbergh, the picture is, to cite that fake-news outlet The New York Times, “ridiculously entertaining.” TV/Streaming: Al Franken and Gavin Newsom are guests on Friday’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Sunday brings a new episode of young Inspector Morse on “Endeavor.” Music: All the Glen Campbell albums topping the charts prove the dictum: “Death can be good for business.” You can watch and listen to the much-praised new Peter Sellars’ production of “La Clemenza di Tito” with a free ten-day subscription to Books: To ease the end of summer, I’m still swimming in the pool of 19th-century fiction: Dickens, Trollope. Sports: While all the sports-media outlets count down to the NFL season, I’m watching reruns of last week’s world track-and-field championships. Finally: August is when people in town pretend that they’re out-of-town.

“Don Giovanni” Thrills At Mostly Mozart

The reviews of this Mostly Mozart evening, presented last month in Edinburgh and this weekend at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, were middling. The spare staging — a couple of black raised platforms and a group of white-bodysuit-clad university students in practical tableaux — was thought to be insufficient to showcase Mozart and Da Ponte’s drama. Bollocks. Performed by the superlative Budapest Festival Orchestra under the baton of Ivan Fischer, this production strips (in more ways than one) away Read more »

Brothels & Blossoms: Travel In Japan

From mystical mountains to snowy passes, from samurai swordsmen to sex workers in shop windows, two woodblock artists in the 1830s depicted the astonishing sights on the ancient route from Edo to Kyoto. Pictured is Eisen’s “Fukaya Station,” showing a typical Edo-period brothel with a wooden latticed display window.

Judge Judy Lets The Dog Loose

TV magistrate Judith Sheindlin presided over a canine ownership dispute in a recent episode of Judge Judy, and her no-nonsense solution is going viral.

Stolen De Kooning Returned To University

A New Mexico couple had a stolen De Kooning painting hanging in their bedroom, the local newspaper Silver City Daily Press reports. Woman-Ochre, which was taken from the University of Arizona Museum of Art 30 years ago, resurfaced this month when a New Mexico antiques dealer acquired it as part of an estate sale. When the “good Samaritan” realized what it was, the painting was swiftly returned to the university. Details.

Why Did Pop-Music Tempos Get So Slow?

That’s the question Elias Leight asks, explaining: ‘Part of the slowing is due to the continuing dominance of hip-hop, which now permeates every branch of music, even longtime holdouts like rock and country. “Hip-hop culture is the new pop culture, and our tempo ranges aren’t too fast,” says Sevn Thomas, who helped produce Rihanna‘s Number One smash “Work.” “Rappers can really swag out on slower beats.”

Danish String Quartet Wows At Mostly Mozart

Since making their debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Festival, the members of the Danish String Quartet — Frederik Øland (Violin); Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (Violin);
Asbjørn Nørgaard (Viola); Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin (Cello) — have demonstrated a passion for Scandinavian composers, who they frequently incorporate into Read more »