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Sure, it’s the unofficial start of summer and a long holiday weekend – time to hit the beach, picnic in the park or otherwise enjoy the great outdoors (weather permitting). But when you’re not grilling stuff or quaffing rosé all day, these six worthwhile diversions will make your Memorial Day 2017 weekend pop. 

Mark Mothersbaugh

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Mark Mothersbaugh’s ‘Myopia’ Art Show

Mark Mothersbaugh might be known first for his work in the band Devo, along with his soundtrack work for Wes Anderson films plus beloved kids’ shows Rugrats and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Yet as proven by his show Myopia, currently open to the public at the Grey Gallery in New York City, full of creepy-colorful pop art painting and sculpture,  there’s so much more to this man’s ouevre than just “Whip It.” 

'Baywatch'

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‘Baywatch’

Sure, Peter Travers didn’t give it the hottest review on the planet. But this big-screen adaptation of the Nineties TV hit still features The Rock and Zac Efron running around on the beach in a “self-aware summer jigglefest.” Plus, this is the time of year where just a few dumb, fun hours at the cinema are mandatory. So why not this? 

'The United States of Anxiety' Podcast

‘The United States of Anxiety’ Podcast

Produced by WNYC, this new show profiles “culture warriors, past and present, who have influenced debates over race, religion, science, sexuality, gender and more.” Looking at the birth of climate change denial to a killing in Kansas that’s changing the relationship between America and its South Asian community, the podcast explores how, exactly, we got to this particularly weird moment in American history – and how we can possibly move forward. 

'Meet Me in the Bathroom' by Lizzy Goodman

‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ by Lizzy Goodman

A rock and roll oral history that should get placed alongside Please Kill Me and Everybody Loves Our Town on your bookshelf. Lizzy Goodman has produced an instant classic by putting together the stories of the bands that made up the NYC rock scene in the early aughts. All the Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Ryan Adams gossip you’ve ever wanted to know is right here in this epic, loving look at a very different New York City. 

'The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America'

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‘The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America’

Now available on DVD, The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America sees Mick, Keith and the rest of the gang on a trek through ten Latin American cities in 2016, culminating with an unforgettable, historic concert in Cuba in front of 1.2 million people. This is a tour documentary that not only spotlights beautiful locations like Brazil and Uruguay, but also reminds us just how good the Rolling Stones remain when they hit the stage. 

'Give a Girl a Knife' by Amy Thielen

‘Give a Girl a Knife’ by Amy Thielen

Amy Thielen, a James Beard Award-winning cookbook writer and former New York City line cook who worked for some of the biggest names in the industry, from Daniel Boulud to Jean-Georges Vongerichten, has penned one of the best coming-of-age food memoirs you’ll ever pick up. 

'David Lynch: The Art of Life'

‘David Lynch: The Art of Life’

Now available across streaming platforms like iTunes, there’s no better time than the present to watch this documentary on the man behind the newly-returned Twin Peaks, Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive. David Lynch: The Art of Life is a documentary made over the course of four years and over twenty interviews, and gives a rare glimpse into how this singular artist makes his strange, brilliant visions into cinematic reality.

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