10 Songs For The Solar Eclipse


Yeah, the number one was obvious, but the rest of these songs for today’s eclipse are not.

Tallulah Goofs With Martin & Lewis


Hosted by legendary stage actress and personality Tallulah Bankhead, The Big Show began November 5, 1950 on NBC with a stellar line-up of guests. On the December 17, 1950 broadcast, Tallulah did a skit with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.

TV: Sunday-Night Scorecard

Power (pictured): Tommy pops up at Tasha’s place in need of money while she’s on the phone with the dean of the prep school in Connecticut. Tasha makes it clear to Tommy that she’s done: “I can’t clean money for you at the shop anymore. I’m done with things going sideways. I’m done with this life.” Grade: B+. Twin Peaks: The Return: The end of this episode gave us the death of Margaret Lanterman, a.k.a. the Log Lady, a sequence made all the more poignant by knowing that the actress who played her, Catherine E. Coulson, was ill during production and died shortly after finishing her work. Grade: A-. Game of Thrones: Daenerys argued with Tyrion, the King in the North was nearly killed (again), the Stark sisters were at each other’s throats, and one of the three dragons threatening the Queen’s reign perished. Grade: C+.

Solange Is Doing An Art Installation

Christ, do all pop artists have to become artistes? The latest: Solange has announced a new site-specific performance art piece called “Scales.” It’s set to take place October 8 in the field where American artist Donald Judd’s installation “15 Untitled Works in Concrete” is showcased at the Chianti Foundation in Marfa, Texas. View Judd’s installation below. “Donald Judd’s profound work has had tremendous impact on the way in which I see the world,” Solange said in a statement. “I have visited these works at the Chinati in Marfa various times, at landmark moments in my life and am completely and utterly honored to deliver my performance piece, Scales, alongside these phenomenal installations.” The new piece follows Solange’s “An Ode To” interdisciplinary performance at New York City’s Guggenheim museum, in which she re-interpreted songs from 2016’s A Seat at the Table.

Jerry Lewis In “Damn Yankees”


I wasn’t a huge fan of Jerry Lewis — I didn’t even laugh at “The Nutty Professor.” But I thought he did a credible job as the devil on tour in “Damn Yankees.”

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: Take your mind off the news and see “Logan Lucky,” starring Channing Tatum. Directed by Soderbergh, the picture is, to cite that fake-news outlet The New York Times, “ridiculously entertaining.” TV/Streaming: Al Franken and Gavin Newsom are guests on Friday’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Sunday brings a new episode of young Inspector Morse on “Endeavor.” Music: All the Glen Campbell albums topping the charts prove the dictum: “Death can be good for business.” You can watch and listen to the much-praised new Peter Sellars’ production of “La Clemenza di Tito” with a free ten-day subscription to medici.tv. Books: To ease the end of summer, I’m still swimming in the pool of 19th-century fiction: Dickens, Trollope. Sports: While all the sports-media outlets count down to the NFL season, I’m watching reruns of last week’s world track-and-field championships. Finally: August is when people in town pretend that they’re out-of-town.

“Don Giovanni” Thrills At Mostly Mozart

The reviews of this Mostly Mozart evening, presented last month in Edinburgh and this weekend at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, were middling. The spare staging — a couple of black raised platforms and a group of white-bodysuit-clad university students in practical tableaux — was thought to be insufficient to showcase Mozart and Da Ponte’s drama. Bollocks. Performed by the superlative Budapest Festival Orchestra under the baton of Ivan Fischer, this production strips (in more ways than one) away Read more »