Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Pacific Rim Uprising“? Only if you must. The kooler kids will buy tickets for Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.” TV/Streaming: Check out the documentary “Five Came Back” — about Hollywood directors during World War II — on Netflix. On Friday, PBS is broadcasting “The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo,” about racial injustice in California. Music: Take a listen to the collaboration between Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt: “Found/Tonight.” Books: Support The Trevor Project by buying a copy of “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.” Sports: Everybody’s betting bracket is busted so we should just enjoy the March Madness games. Finally: This is gonna be when of those years when we go from cold to heat within a week.

Mural Gazing With The Dalai Lama

The Art Newspaper speaks to Thomas Laird about his new book on the murals of Tibet and to Michael Rakowitz about his fourth plinth commission unveiled next week. So much beauty!

Kacey Musgraves Has A Disco Jam

Kacey Musgraves has made no bones about the pop music influences on her new LP Golden Hour, but her new song “High Horse” may be the most radical departure yet. Debuted this week on Apple Music’s Beats1, “High Horse” bears the hallmarks of Musgraves’ songwriting, with sharp wordplay, double entendres, and a perfectly executed put down. “Why don’t you giddy-up, giddy-up, and ride straight out of this town,” she sings on the refrain, invoking her home state of Texas as she compares a conceited acquaintance to a prize pony.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Degrades Herself

It’s fine that others have turned her into a pop-culture figure, but I find it depressing that Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is participating in her own mass-marketization. Yes, the bit on Colbert was a wee, silly thing, but are there no institutions left in America that can be above the noisy talk-show fray?

Stolen Cranach Painting To Be Sold

Lucas Cranach the Elder’s portrait of John Frederick the Magnanimous was the one painting stolen from his grandparents that Simon Goodman thought he might never recover. “It had completely disappeared,” says Goodman, who has spent 23 years searching for objects looted by the Nazis from his grandfather Fritz Gutmann, an illustrious Jewish banker with a vast art collection. But the masterpiece miraculously surfaced in a private collection in the US recently, and will be offered for sale on 19 April at Christie’s Old Masters Auction in New York. The auction house negotiated a confidential settlement between the current holders and the Goodman family. It is estimated to fetch between $1 million and $2 million.

Wes Anderson’s Music-Nerd Soundtrack

The only English-language pop song in Wes Anderson’s new movie, Isle of Dogs, is 144 seconds of whispery psych-folk detritus called “I Won’t Hurt You.” Released in 1967 by Los Angeles act the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, the song may be the drowsiest expression of passion ever preserved on vinyl. The chorus simply repeats the title over and over again. Gentle strumming provides a pedestal for lyrics like, “The stars are in your eyes/I’ll take a spaceship and try and go and find you.” Instead of drums, there’s an amplified heartbeat. The singer sounds as though he’s murmuring in his sleep; he may also be suffering from a touch of nasal congestion. It’s not the kind of dramatic song movies normally use to heighten the emotions onscreen—and it’s an especially unexpected choice for a stop-motion epic set in a near-future Japan.

“Pacific Rim Uprising”: Review

THR says: ‘Designed to appeal to adolescents of all ages, Pacific Rim Uprising is a film for anyone whose mental development peaked when they were playing Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. This sequel to the 2013 hit directed by Guillermo del Toro — you know, the guy who won the directing Oscar this year — brings nothing new to the franchise except repetition. Considering that the mania for the similar Transformer films seems to be thankfully abating, it’s hard to imagine that audiences are clamoring for yet more clashes between giant CGI robots. Even if the Pacific Rim movies throw in giant lizards to boot.’