This Week in Culture

Our definitive guide to the music, art exhibits, and movies (including the summer's weirdest) that should be on your radar.

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All the glitz, glam, and grit of a rock tour—what's not to love?
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As both a former music journalist and the director behind the classic coming-of-age rock 'n' roll tale, Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe is no stranger to the wild magic of band life. His new show, Roadies, debuting on Showtime later this week, follows the stories of the people who do the dirty work behind the scenes of a big rock tour. You'll experience the joy and heartbreak of the touring circuit through the eyes of industry rookie Kelly Ann (Imogen Poots), along with a host of scenes featuring a slack-jawed Luke Wilson simply basking in the glory of it all.

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Premieres on Showtime June 26

Art Gets Experimental

In 2013, in a dome at MoMA PS1, the National played their song "Sorrow" over and over for six hours straight. Staged and filmed by Icelandic multimedia artist Ragnar Kjartansson, the National's musical marathon was both an epic display of endurance and a sensitive portrait of musicians who are endlessly supportive of one another. As the hours go by, and one musician's strength wanes, another musician will pick up the slack. In doing so, the National's "Sorrow" evolves throughout the performance. Kjartansson's resulting film, A Lot of Sorrow, which opens this week at the Art Institute of Chicago, dares viewers to sit through all six hours of the band's show, a challenge in and of itself.

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On view June 23–October 2 

This month, Dusseldorf's Julia Stoschek Collection, a private contemporary exhibition space, comes to Berlin with Welt Am Draht, an exciting new digital art show. The exhibit features the bright young stars of the growing movement (all born in the mid– to late–'80s), among them Rachel Rose, each of whom celebrates, and scrutinizes digital culture's absurdity through immersive film installations, sculpture, and performance.

On view through September 18

The Most Magical Dance Groups

Craig Black and Emily Proctor of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet holding on tight. Photograph courtesy of Rosalie O'Connor
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A New Mexico dance company takes to the stage in Massachusetts this week at the Jacob's Pillow dance festival. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will open the performance space's season with an East Coast premiere of Huma Rojo, a syncopated work by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, as well as a performance of Alejandro Cerrudo's poetic, abstract work Silent Ghost, a contemporary ballet set to rock and folk music by Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, and more. Traditional flamenco performances by Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe will put Spain's rich culture on display with rapid footwork, dramatic prop work, and infectious energy.

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June 22–26

Nederlands Dans Theater's productions are notable for their unexpected stage elements, like rain, chalk, and confetti.

After 14 years, the Nederlands Dans Theater returns to Melbourne for a showcase of the groundbreaking company's recent work. Following in the footsteps of dance legend Pina Bausch, choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have orchestrated productions that combine classical ballet with elements like lighting, chalk, and flowing fabrics, heightening the visual spectacle of their work. In Crystal Pite's all-male piece Solo Echo, dancers move fluidly in the chiaroscuro of the stage lights, as manufactured snow falls from above. With the Dans Theater's tour coming to Australia once more, this performance is not to be missed.

June 22–25

Films That Will Warm Your Heart

The season's weirdest film, coming to a theater near you.
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In Swiss Army Man—maybe the strangest movie of the summer—a stranded castaway (Paul Dano) finds a corpse, played by Daniel Radcliffe, on a desert island. From there, a beautiful bromance blossoms (no, really). Dano and Radcliffe (still dead, sort of) embark on a magical realism-tinged adventure, resulting in an almost incomprehensibly bizarre comedy that truly has to be seen to be believed.

In theaters June 24

Get ready for a road trip with a difference.

In The Fundamentals of Caring, a retired writer (Paul Rudd) and a deadpan teen with muscular dystrophy (Craig Roberts) head out west on a road trip to see the "lamest roadside attractions," from the world's biggest bovine to the world's deepest pit. Picking up a runaway teen (Selena Gomez) along the way, their journey takes a spirited turn, transforming what was a halfhearted adventure into a charming tale about the meaning of friendship.

On Netflix June 24

What's New in Food

Oysters cooked with seaweed—but, of course!

Summer is the best season for oysters, but why keep eating the same old recipe on the half shell? Zadie's Oyster Room, which opened last Thursday in New York City's East Village, nods to the oyster bars of old New York, but serves up more than just your expected raw varieties. The menu features a selection of pickled, steamed, poached, fried, and broiled oysters, but with a secret twist: The star isn't the oysters at all, it's the seaweed they're prepared with!

Now open

Sound Waves

Worthy Farm in Somerset, England is the stage for Glastonbury.

Glastonbury may be the largest greenfield festival in the world, beloved for its stellar lineup year after year—a list that, in 2016, includes Adele, Disclosure, James Blake, and LCD Soundsystem, by the way—but the five-day fest is notable for more than just the big-name artists. What's the coolest venue on the roster this summer? The Sisterhood, a women-only space that's been described as "intersectional, queer, trans, and disability-inclusive." Rock on!

June 22–26

Fresh, new mood music for you this week.

Need new music for your summer playlist? You're in luck! Broods's sophomore album, Conscious, is dropping this week. The sister-brother indie-pop duo from New Zealand formed in Auckland in 2013, and have since captured fans with their dreamy synth sounds and dark, brooding (if we may) lyrics. Look out for the killer collaborations with Tove Lo and fellow Kiwi Lorde.

"Conscious" drops June 24

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