Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Skyscraper” is Dwayne Johnson’s latest, and do you think The Rock cares that the critics have turned up their noses? Vincent Cassel stars in “Gauguin: Voyage To Tahiti.” TV/Streaming: The current season of “Endeavour,” on PBS, has been mildly disappointing, but I keep watching because I’m a complete sucker for whodunits set in Oxford. And I know you’re just tingling because “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” starts streaming Friday on Netflix. Music: The greatest version of “Unforgettable” is not Nat Cole’s it’s Johnny Hartman‘s. Summer for me means classic rock n roll — this year, it’s The Ramones. Books: So wonderful that Andrew Sean Greer’s witty, Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, “Less,” is staying strong on the best-seller lists. Sports: I don’t think Croatia can beat France — but I didn’t think Belgium could beat Brazil. Finally: Love the one you’re with.

New “Mission: Impossible”: Let’s Go!


The reviews are terrific. Variety says: ‘Six movies in, Tom Cruise‘s category-best action franchise shrewdly pays off elements established over the previous films to deliver the series’ most exciting installment yet.’

Trump UK Visit Sparks Arts Backlash

As Donald Trump extends his visit in the UK today, leading art world figures have expressed their anger and concern over the US president’s stance on issues such as immigration and social welfare. Norman Rosenthal, the esteemed former exhibitions secretary at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, says past shows at Blenheim Palace by Ai Weiwei and Jenny Holzer are being “severely compromised” by Trump’s banquet at the historical venue las night. “You could not name two more exemplary, politically prominent artists than Jenny Holzer and Ai Weiwei,” Rosenthal says. “If you want to show artists such as these, you have to accept the moral consequences.” The curator points to Ai’s recent documentary, Human Flow, which highlights the shocking plight of refugees around the world. Trump has been roundly criticized for his restrictive immigration policies.

Kamasi Washington Makes “The Choice”

Pitchfork tells us: ‘On, “The Choice,” a bonus album originally hidden inside gatefold copies of his opus Heaven and Earth, the saxophonist explores his mellower side without breaking any significantly new ground.’

Emmy Noms Are Announced

The nominations for the 2018 primetime Emmys were announced this morning. (Full list is here.) It was all the usual suspects: “Game of Thrones,” “This Is Us,” “Handmaid’s Tale,” “Black-ish,” and, alas, “Westworld.” I don’t know anyone who liked this season of “Westworld.” But that didn’t prevent it from racking up the noms. I’m pissed that Laura Linney wasn’t nommed for “Ozark.” Awards ceremony will be held on September 17.

How NYC Became The Capital Of Tap

New York was the tap capital as early as the 1800s. The dance form’s origin is not well documented, according to Brian Seibert, the tap historian, New York Times dance critic and author of “What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing.” But over hundreds of years, he said, the genre developed as slaves’ traditions from Africa mixed with immigrants’ traditions from Europe (Ireland and Britain, in particular). Learn more here. Pictured is Gregory Hines tappity-tap-tapping in the Broadway musical “Comin’ Uptown” in 1979.

50 Greatest Latin Pop Songs


Rolling Stone tells us: ‘With Latin pop getting heightened visibility in the American mainstream this year, it’s time we call for a history lesson. This summer “Latino Gang” Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin nabbed the Number One spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with their Latin trap hit, “I Like It.” But in sampling the Tony Pabon and Manny Rodriguez-penned single, “I Like It Like That,” this win marks the third time the boogaloo song has cycled through the United States pop chart: first by Pete Rodríguez, whose original recording hit Number 25 in 1967; then again by Tito Puente, Sheila E. and the Blackout All-Stars supergroup in 1996.’