Trump’s Choice For Arts Medal: Jon Voight

For the first time, Trump is awards the National Medal of Arts. Recipients will include Trump supporter Jon Voigt and the five U.S. military bands. Surprising!

“The Mandlorian”: Not Bad

The verdict is in, and Disney+’s The Mandalorian — arguably the flagship of the streaming service’s original programs at launch — is a hit with critics… to an extent. Early critical word on the first live-action Star Wars series is generally positive, with some notable reservations. Details.

“High School Musical: The Musical”

It starts today on Disney’s new streaming channel and some people like it.

My Musical November: Petrenko

My packed two weeks of musical performances began this weekend with the Bavarian Radio Symphony at Carnegie Hall. Originally scheduled to be conducted by Mariss Jansons, the evening changed character when Jansons fell ill and Vasily Petrenko picked up the baton. Just having arrived in New York to rehearse “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Met, Petrenko was making his Carnegie Hall debut. He acquitted himself well. The Overture to von Weber’s “Euryanthe” was crisp, as was the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23, with Rudolf Buchbinder the clarity-rich soloist. The program’s second half consisted of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. I had just read Julian Barnes’s novel “The Noise of Time, about the Russian composer, and his long and tortured and sometimes craven relationship with Stalin’s regime. To the symphony, Petrenko brought razor-sharp attack. It was only the final movement, however that brought me to the edge of my seat. The sprint to the finish was thrilling.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Doctor Sleep” looks like a very scary sequel to “The Shining.” And “Last Christmas” will give you a sugar hangover. TV/Streaming: The Lincoln Center Theater glorious production of “The King and I” is on PBS on Friday. In other matters royal: Netflix’s “The King” has a frenchified Robert Pattinson telling TImothee Chalamet’s Henry V that he, Henry, as “big balls but a leetle cock.” O-kay! Music: Hootie & the Blowfish are back! And so is Miranda Lambert! And George Michael has a new single! Books: I’m always amazed that people are suckered with a book written by “Anonymous.” Latest title to use this gimmick: “A Warning.” Sports: My 76ers lost this past week and I’ve been trying to dig out of that funk. Finally: It’s Veterans Day weekend: salute our bravest and best!

Superman Dead — And It Wasn’t Kryptonite

New George Michael: “This Is How”

The track is the first release of original material from the late singer in seven years and is used in the final scene of Paul Feig’s ‘Last Christmas,’ inspired by the music of the British pop star and Wham.