No One Should Ever Wear This Yellow

Pictures Of The Jazz Age

Regina Marler writes: ‘The celebrated photographer Berenice Abbott (pictured), who began her career as Man Ray’s darkroom assistant in Paris from 1923 to 1926 and shot her first portraits on his studio balcony, does not appear in his four-hundred-page autobiography, Self-Portrait (1963). This omission was “rather dirty,” Abbott felt, even “bitchy,” and seemed to show that Man Ray was still miffed at her early success, as Julia Van Haaften recounts in her comprehensive new biography, Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography. Abbott and Man Ray had been good friends for years, meeting soon after her arrival in New York from Ohio as a journalism student in 1918; they were so close in New York, in fact, that Man Ray had asked if she would do him the favor of being named as co-respondent in his divorce case.’

Janelle Monae: Tour Dates, New Video


Janelle Monae has announced a tour in support of her forthcoming record Dirty Computer. The North American trek kicks off in Seattle in June. It’s currently scheduled to wrap up on August 4 in Atlanta. St. Beauty, the Wondaland duo of Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino, will join Monáe on her tour. Check out the schedule here. In addition to the tour announcement, Monáe has shared a new music video for “I Like That.”

TV: Sunday-Night Scorecard

Westworld (pictured): The show returned with a time-jumping, storyline-hopping, ultra-violent hour-plus premiere and if you’re already totally confused you have come to the right place. Grade: C+. The Good Fight: The episode dives into microtargeting, the process by which advertisers use ad dollars to zero in on very specific groups of people in order to influence their actions. Unexciting. Grade: B-. Billions: Dollar Bill comes to Axe with a short option on a pharmaceutical company that’s about to go belly-up because of a whistleblower looking to expose the animal cruelty in the lab. Grade: B.

Beyoncé Slays Coachella A Second Time

Rolling Stone describes the show from over the weekend: ‘Prancing onstage, Queen Beyoncé looked every bit the royal in a silver-spangled Balmain bodysuit, cape and headdress that once again recalled Queen Nefertiti. The palette this weekend shifted not only from ebony and gold to silver, but also from bumblebee yellow to an eye-popping pink in the leotards, uniforms and college-casual sweatshirt Beyoncé wears in the first half of the show.’

Revisiting “I, Jonathan”

Each week, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in its archives is eligible. Here they explore the highlight of Jonathan Richman’s rich and varied solo career.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: Amy Schumer does her Amy Schumer thing in “I Feel Pretty.” “Godard Mon Amour” gives us the greatest living French moviemaker. TV/Streaming: On Friday, PBS brings us a “Live from Lincoln Center” with Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff but I’d rather watch what PBS is airing immediately after: a concert with will.i.am and friends. Music: I didn’t care for “The Great Showman” (songs were catchy but sounded the same), but its CD continues to sell. Books: Get on the Eve Babitz revival train, starting with “Eve’s Hollywood.” Sports: Attendance for MLB games is alarmingly down this month, and I don’t think it’s just the cold weather up north. Finally: My dog never barks but when Donald Trump flashed on my TV screen the other night my dog barked up a storm!