Goldens Globe Noms Snub DeNiro, Lupita, “Little Women,” And Gwyneth

Read the list of nominees here.

Kennedy Center: Linda Stole The Show

Linda Ronstadt, Sesame Street, Sally Fields and Earth, Wind & Fire received Kennedy Center Honors over the weekend. The performance was last night and will be broadcast on CBS on December 15th. Ronstadt stole the show on Saturday at a State Dept banquet when Sec. of State Pompeo asked when he would be loved and the singer replied: when you stop enabling Donald Trump.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: Todd Haynes’s “Dark Waters” goes into wide release and “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” — a hit at Cannes — gets a limited release. “The Aeronauts” stars the adorable Eddie Redmayne and the lovely Felicity Jones. TV/Streaming: I’ve been dipping into Hallmark’s Christmas movies and, man, are they sweet — more sugar than a sugar cane! Music: Garth Brooks is burning up the charts again — how did that happen? Books: Am finally catching up with Ocean Vuong’s novel “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” and it’s a beaut…The new collection of Nabokov’s ephemera (“Think, Write, Speak”) is disappointing, in stark contrast to the earlier collection “Strong Opinions.” Sports: Freddie Ljungberg needs some wins with Arsenal if he wants his temporary coaching position to be less temporary. Finally: I have a weakness for Advent calendars: some of them are ingenious.

Time To See “Queen & Slim”?

I didn’t think I wanted to see “Queen & Slim” — it was billed as “the black ‘Bonnie and Clyde.” But Jelani Cobb’s piece in The New Yorker has me changing my mind.

No FinnPoe Romance In New “Star Wars”

Striking a lightsaber into the hearts of “Star Wars” fans, it appears that a romance between Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) will not materialize in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
But that does not necessarily mean there won’t be any LGBTQ representation in the final film in the Skywalker saga, either.
The “Star Wars” fan community latched onto the notion of a romantic connection between Finn and Poe almost immediately after the premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015, ‘shipping the characters with hashtags like “FinnPoe” and “Stormpilot.”
Speaking with Variety at the “Rise of Skywalker” press junket on Tuesday, however, Isaac expressed regret that the “natural chemistry” between Poe and Finn in “The Force Awakens” was not explored in an overtly romantic way in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — and wouldn’t be in “The Rise of Skywalker.”

How Art Basel Transformed Miami

The art world’s tribes converge in Miami Beach for the country’s most important art fair. Here’s your guide to the cultural fray.

My Musical November: Verdi

For his American debut with MusicAeterna, buzzy conductor Teodor Currentzis opted for the Verdi Requiem at The Shed. The Shed is the large, flexible cultural space that is part of the much-derided Hudson Yards development. I like The Shed, and I liked — very much — MusicAeterna’s performance. It was crisp, thrillingly loud, and moving. The accompanying movie by the seminal downtown-NYC filmmaker Jonas Mekas was pretty in its heavy use of florals, but pretty in its heavy use of florals is a description more fitted for a country cottage than to a masterpiece about death. The visual added little to the experience and I suspect that I was not alone in largely ignoring it. Currentzis is big on the ritual aspect of performance: musicians wear cassock-like black uniforms and the lighting is dramatic. Of the four vocal soloists, I preferred the dark beauty of mezzo Clementine Margaine’s singing and the Russian-basso dignity of Evgeny Stavinsky’s.