Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “In the Heart of the Sea” is the whale of a tale. “The Big Short” is the holiday movie at the top of my list. Television: Lidia Celebrates America” on Friday serves up hearty holiday food to PBS. Sunday brings the final episode of the year of “The Good Wife.” Music: Meghan Trainor’s “Title” is a fun, poppy alternative to all the holiday dreck. Worth a listen: Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducting Mahler’s Tenth. Books: Adam Thirlwell’s novel “Lurid & Cute” is making a lot of year-end ten-best lists. Sports: I tried to watch an ice-skating event the other day: it’s all about the quads. No artistry left in that world anymore. Finally: “The more I see of human beings, the more I prefer dogs” — Mark Twain.

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