News: Arts

What’s making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening and viewing
Glen Weldon, Mark Blankenship, Cate Young, Linda Holmes, Fi O'Reilly | May 13, 2022
Disney/Pixar This week, there was too much new music to keep track of, Eurovision fans prepared for a Saturday full of sequins, and the Pulitzer Prizes were announced. Here's what NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and what you should check out this weekend. Ncuti ...
Iranian-American playwright is set on breaking expectations
Jeff Lunden | May 13, 2022
Playwright Sanaz Toossi just won a major playwrighting award for her first produced play. Zack DeZon | Playwrights Horizons It's not every day a playwright gets two productions at major non-profit theaters within a few months, much less a playwright who had previously never had a single play staged. "English ...
‘Conversations with Friends’: Sally Rooney on screen, take two
Linda Holmes | May 13, 2022
Melissa (Jemima Kirke), Bobbi (Sasha Lane), Frances (Alison Oliver), and Nick (Joe Alwyn). Enda Bowe | Hulu It's tempting to say that if you saw the 2020 Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People, you know a lot about how you'll feel about the 2022 Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney's ...
The late Norm Macdonald left fans a surprise stand-up special
Dustin Jones | May 13, 2022
Former Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald recorded a standup comedy special in his living room before he died in the fall of 2021. The special, which is set to be released on Netflix this month, was something he wanted to leave for his fans if he were to die ...
A fight to the glitter end: Your guide to Eurovision 2022
Glen Weldon | May 13, 2022
Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band favored to win Eurovision, performing during the semifinals. Sarah Louise Bennett/EBU The Eurovision Song Contest is back, replete with the requisite amounts of fire and lasers and smoke and sequins. And this year, ESC producers have added still another element to the already overstuffed visual ...
Three female authors show us how writing can turn adversity into beauty
Sharmila Mukherjee | May 13, 2022
Meghan Collins Sullivan | NPR What does this perilous time of disease and destruction ask of us as readers and writers? Three new books spotlight the power of the written word to foster creative responses to confinement and oppression — and to inspire deep change within us. Azar Nafisi's Read ...
‘Pleasure’: A young woman’s matter-of-fact pursuit of porn stardom
Aisha Harris | May 13, 2022
Sofia Kappel is Bella Cherry in Pleasure. NEON While the screen is still black and as the opening credits begin rolling, the unmistakable sound of sex fills the space for several seconds: men grunting and panting, a woman gagging and panting, slaps, expletives, groans of implied ecstasy. This is how ...