Welcome to Culture Hound, InsideHook’s deep dive into the month’s most important (pop) cultural happenings.
Turns out Brook Power, the Oahu-based Native American who was just crowned the 58th Playmate of the Year, makes psychedelic
WATCH: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Guy Ritchie turns the sword-in-the-stone tale into a
Look out for our full summer movie guide, coming May 4.
READ: Everybody Lies
Fan of Freakonomics and outside-the-box analysis like Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell? Try this. Former Google data scientist and Harvard-trained economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz uses big data to answer really uncomfortable questions about racism, gaming the stock market, violence in entertainment, parenting skills and “How many people actually read the books they buy?” If you buy this, read it. (May 9)
GO: Whipped Cream
Prepare yourself for the likes of something previously unimaginable. Yes, you’re going to the ballet. But you’ll be privy to a Viennese pastry shop with dancing candies and a surreal revolution. Artist Mark Ryden is bringing his other-worldly taste to the pristine stage of the American Ballet Theater for all to (over)indulge. (5/22 - 7/1)
GET READY: New Worlds With Bill Murray, Jon Vogler & Friends
“I am bathing in this experience, really. I can’t get enough of it.” Those are the words
WATCH: Twin Peaks
Showtime’s really playing up the “mystery” part of their revival of David Lynch’s murder mystery ... there’s exactly one new scene (tracking footage of a forest) that’s leaked. That said, the original cast plus Eddie Vedder, Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Michael Cera, Jim Belushi and Jennifer Jason Leigh? Worth another look. (May 21)
VISIT: Art New York and CONTEXT New York
All of the art you could shake a stick at descends upon this fair(ish) city. It's two shows, 1,200 artists, 120 galleries and 50 countries coming together to culture up Pier 94. (5/3-5/7)
EXPERIENCE: Obscura Day
Atlas Obscura, the alternative travel guide to the world’s weirdest attractions, puts on 170 unusual/cool cultural events around the globe during the first week of May.
A new print mag built from a website where great photographers showcase beautiful implied nude photography. Porn? No, art.
LISTEN: Our monthly Spotify playlist
Eagerly awaited new tunes from Beth Ditto, Gorillaz, Soulwax and The War on Drugs, plus soon-to-be-classics from youngsters Royal Blood, White Reaper and Strange Bones.
And don’t forget: It’s a three-way tie for the “best book title of the month with the author’s name as part of the title” between The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’ 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud