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Love it or hate it, summer is officially upon us. In addition to extra long, extra hot days, we can also look forward to the usual slew of pop culture distractions. Summer blockbusters, mega tours and page turners typically abound during the summer months and this season is no exception. From Jay-Z and his "Magna Carta Holy Grail" to Johnny Depp as Tonto to the end of "Dexter," this summer is stacked with "musts" to keep you occupied and hopefully able to block out the sweltering heat. Make sure you tune in next week too, because we're putting together a handy weekend guide called "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" It will feature reasons to stay in town and reasons to hit the road between Independence Day and Labor Day. June 27, 2013


Best of the Fests by Sarah McCartan

Hangout Fest / photo by Hana Frenette Just because Hangout, Bonnaroo and Governors Ball have each come and gone, doesn’t mean music festival season is over. In fact, things are just heating up—literally. There’s still plenty of time to frolic to see some of your favorite acts, all in one place, while taking in the food, flare and unique atmospheres of breathtaking locations throughout the continental United States. Taking into account location, lineup and novelties, here are the “Best of the Fests” worth making a trek to, between now and Labor Day weekend.


July 2-7, Milwaukee Touted as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” the lineup includes the Eagles,

New Kids on the Block (with 98 Degrees & Boyz II Men), John Mayer, Rush and Jimmy Eat World. DETAILS:


July 4-7, New Orleans That’s right, Beyoncé, Solange, LL Cool J, Brandy and every R&B superstar imaginable all in one place—the great, and nearby, New Orleans. DETAILS:



Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (+ Legends of the Summer Tour)

Album release date: July 4 In case you've been living under a rock for the past week or so— Jay-Z recently announced that in addition to his co-headlining tour with Justin Timberlake, he's also releasing an album this summer. And he's doing it soon. It's almost like he knows that "Yeezus" ain't going to keep us entertained all summer… I just hope I have time to learn all the new HOV hooks before I see him on tour with JT in San Fran late July.

Jessica's Pick:

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ering (capped at 10,000 attendees) at Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island, on the mouth of the picturesque Newport harbor. DETAILS:





July 12-14, Louisville See the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips, Jim James, Alabama Shakes, the Avett Brothers, Robert Plant and Big Boi, plus partake in environmental workshops and taste some signature bourbon all on the Louisville, Kentucky riverfront. DETAILS:

July 19-21, Chicago Union Park becomes home to Björk, Belle and Sebastian, R. Kelly, the Breeders and Solange, along with a record and craft fair, Flatstock poster event and even a book fort. DETAILS:


July 11-13, Outside Albany This electronic heaven hosted at the Indian Lookout Country Club campground includes the Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar,

Joani's Pick:

Passion Pit, STS9, Animal Collective and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with plenty of hula hoops. DETAILS:

July 26-28, Newport Feist, the Avett Brothers, Beck, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Jim James, Andrew Bird, the Lumineers and Father John Misty perform for a semi-intimate festival gath-

the Magnetic Zeros

Album release date: July 22 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, that fabulous hippy band, is releasing their third album, the self-titled “Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros” on July 22. Also, The Americana Festival of Music tour is my live music dream this summer. It kicked off in West Palm Beach on June 26 and hits over 20 different U.S. cities before concluding in Mountain View, Calif. on Aug. 4.

Brett's Pick:

Tedeschi Trucks Band Made Up Mind

Album release date: Aug. 22 The phenom narrative began instantly for Derek Trucks. As the nephew of Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks, he was exposed to the rock and

Aug. 2-4, Chicago Grant Park boasts Phoenix, The Postal Service, Mumford & Sons, the Killers, the Cure and Vampire Weekend for one of the most talked about festivals of the season, so much so that tickets via the official outlets are sold out—but don’t let that stop you. DETAILS:

Aug. 9-11, San Francisco Golden Gate State Park brings together Paul McCartney, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the National, Grizzly Bear and Willie Nelson, plus offers both beer and wine lands with equally tasteful lineups. DETAILS:


Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Philadelphia Budweiser presents two days of music including Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails, DeadMau5, Phoenix, Queens of the Stone Age and Empire of the Sun. DETAILS: {in}

roll world at an early age. There are videos of him wailing with his uncle's legendary band at age 13. It didn't take long to realize there was more to the guy, though. He eventually built his own unique sound that incorporated slide blues, soul, Indian, and African influences. The Tedeschi Trucks Band combines that guitar-slinging arsenal with the gut-wrenching soul and other-wordly voice of Susan Tedeschi. The husband and wife pair claims that when the two met in 2007, it was instant chemistry, and you can hear it all over the band's 2011 Grammy-winning debut record, “Revolver.” It's safe to expect more of the same from their August release, “Made Up Mind.” With a full horn section, keys, and dual drummers, this band has power. I've watched their music bring grown men to tears in the middle of the day. It's happened to me. It could happen to you.

Samantha's Pick:

Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks

Album release date: Sept. 3 Don’t judge, I love T-Rez. While, coming out on September 3, this technically falls just outside the Labor Day/Summer ending signifier, I’ve got to pay tribute to my high school idol finally coming out with his first album since 2008. And you know, if you wait in line to buy this— OK, let’s be realistic, add to your Amazon shopping cart—right at midnight, that still kind of counts as buying it during the summer, right?

On The Road Again by Joani Delezen

Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z—Legends of the Summer Tour July 17—Aug. 16 A stadium tour if ever there was one—if you want to see a date on this tour you're going to have to trek to an iconic spot like Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park. Sun Life Stadium in Miami is the only Florida date.

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour

For many, myself included, nothing says "summer" like going to a concert. And by "concert" I mean a big, flashy, arena show with all the bells and whistles and crazy lights that come with that kind of thing. You know, the kind of outings where you have to buy tickets months in advance, plan a road trip to Atlanta or some random city in South Florida, pay $10 for a beer and triple that for a T-shirt you'll probably only wear a few times. I know rockstars tour all the time, but something about summer tours just feels bigger, better and more like an event. Here's a round up of some the best tours on the road this summer.

Jason's Pick:

Depeche Mode The Delta Machine Tour

In March, British electronic icons, Depeche Mode, released their 13th studio album, “Delta Machine,” and now they are touring the world in support of it. This tour is quite the extensive and seemingly taxing undertaking. The first date was May 4 in France, and the last will be February 24 in Poland. That’s almost a full year of touring which will take the band all across the globe. I grew up on popular and outlaw country music, because that’s what my parents loved. When I first heard Depeche Mode, I didn’t understand it. Now, however, they are a band I couldn’t live without, and their broad popularity speaks for itself. The closest this world tour will come to us is the Sept. 12 June 27, 2013

Now—Dec. in the U.S. If you've been bummed about missing the first leg of Beyonce's latest tour, you don't have to be anymore. Bey just added twenty plus new dates that are going to keep her on the road through the rest of the year. But July is still probably your best to try and see Mrs. Carter in the flesh since she'll be in NOLA, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Atlanta early in the month.

Lil Wayne's America's Most Wanted Music Festival with T.I. and 2 Chainz July 9—Sept. 1

date in Atlanta. I highly recommend this tour; Depeche Mode is well worth a five-hour trip to Atlanta. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Bat for Lashes is on the road as their supporting act. The tickets that are left, and they are going quickly, are around $60 with fees, but also well worth it to catch a piece of this monstrous effort.

Whitney's Pick:

Blake Shelton Ten Times Crazier Tour

Just finishing his season on “The Voice” with Danielle Bradbery winning for Team Blake, Blake Shelton will probably be rowdier than ever during his summer tour. The closest he will be to Pensacola is Atlanta and Tampa in August. Supporting acts are Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer.

Remember a while back when we all thought Weezy might be gone for good? Darn purple drank and Internet rumors. If you're looking to celebrate the fact that he's alive and well, I can't think of a better way than by catching a date on this tour, which kicks off July 9 in Birmingham, Ala. at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.

Bruno Mars—Moonshine Jungle World Tour

Now—Aug. 30 in the U.S. Even if you aren't a huge fan of Bruno, you might be into his opening acts—Ellie Goulding and Fitz & The Tantrums. Fitz will be on the bill for all the Florida dates in late August, plus Atlanta.

The Postal Service

with Big Freedia, Divine Fits (varies per city)

Now—Aug. 3 Ten years after "Give Up" The Postal Service are finally doing the victory lap that album deserves and it's fans want. Ben, Jimmy and Jenny are still playing coy about whether or not we'll ever get another TPS record, but maybe all the sold-out dates on this tour will be enough to convince them.

The National Rick's Pick:

Satchmo Summer Fest

Festival Date: Aug. 3 – 5, New Orleans There are two summer rules: 1) Don’t wear socks with sandals, and 2) Don’t go to New Orleans in August. The Satchmo Summer Fest just might cause me to break the second rule. Set in the French Quarter, this three-day outdoor festival has all the things I love about New Orleans—jazz, art, food, snoballs and Abita beer. Celebrated on Louis Armstrong’s birthday, the festival includes performances by the top jazz bands, a Sunday morning Jazz mass at historic St. Augustine Church in Treme, a traditional second line parade and a trumpet tribute to close the festival. You won’t ever catch me wearing socks with sandals, but you will find me in the Quarter this August 4 toasting Louis Armstrong.

Aug.—Oct. in the U.S. Touring in support of their latest album “Trouble Will Find Me,” the National has several tour dates in the South spread across Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia in early September. Although just on the other side of Labor Day and technically sneaking into fall, I can't think of a better way to close out a summer. See you in Atlanta, Sept. 9.

Paul McCartney—Out There Tour

Now—Aug. 14 He's not coming anywhere near Florida, but if your summer plans take you in the ballpark of where Sir McCartney is, you better try your hardest to go. That's just a rule when legends tour.

Taylor Swift—The Red Tour

Now—Sept. 21 Confession—I've seen Taylor Swift in concert before. And I'd gladly do it again if somebody offered me a decent seat to one of the Sept. Nashville shows, but I'd bring earplugs this time. Despite being arena shows with stellar sound systems, it's hard to hear anything beyond the high-pitched shrieks of the "Swifties.” But then again, maybe if you're complaining about how loud the kids are, you just shouldn't be there… {in}

Sarah's Pick:


Festival Date: Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, Seattle Because I need you so much closer Ben Gibbard, I feel as though I must choose Bumbershoot as my festival of choice this summer. Although there are several festivals that have certainly caught my eye and are tugging at my heart strings, I can’t get past the thought of Death Cab for Cutie playing their album “Transatlanticism” all the way through. I suddenly find myself wanting to clap along, and maybe even cry along as Ben Gibbard sings, “I need you so much closer.” Ben aside, I also have a girl crush on Tegan and Sara who made this year’s lineup, would love to check out the badass Flatstock poster show, and figure I may as well give Fun. a fair, or at least fighting chance, to win me over. And so, looks like Bumbershoot for the win!

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For The Records by Jessica Forbes

Read All About It by Sarah McCartan

follows 37-year-old Anna Krestler who has just gotten let go from her job, through a selfabsorbed world of discovery.

July 30

Backstreet Boys—“In a World Like This” Allen Toussaint— “Songbook” Robin Thicke—“Blurred Lines” Joan of Arc— “Testimonium Songs”

“The Time Between” by Karen White

This New York Times bestselling author Karen White delivers a novel of two generations of sisters and deep dark family twists and secrets, set in South Carolina Low country.

“Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life” by Ulli Lust

August 6

The Civil Wars—“The Civil Wars” KT Tunstall—“Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon” Elvis at Stax—“Deluxe Edition (3 CD)”

Even without considering the amazing album releases in June and those that come out after our September 2 cutoff (like the New Neko Case album on September 3), July and August hold a host of new releases in all genres. Here are just a few we picked as noteworthy and worth a listen, even if just out of sheer curiosity.

July 4

Jay-Z—“Magna Carta Holy Grail”

July 9

Thundercat—“Apocalypse” Preservation Hall Jazz Band—“That’s It!” Editors—“Weight of Your Love” The Chicago Blues Box—“The MCM Records Story (Box Set)”

July 16

In this debut graphic memoir, an Austrian Cartoonist looks back in time 25 years and provides an autobiographical recount of her summer of hitchhiking through Europe at age 17.

“Sisterland” by Curtis Sittenfeld

August 13

Washed Out— “Paracosm”

August 20

Crocodiles—“Crimes of Passion” No Age—“An Object” O'Brother—“Disillusion” Porcelain Raft—“Permanent Signal” Superchunk—“I Hate Music” Ty Segall—“Sleeper”

August 27

Black Joe Lewis—“Electric Slave” Dent May—“Warm Blanket” Goodie Mobb—“Age Against the Machine” Franz Ferdinand—“Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions” The Dodos—“Carrier” {in}

Perhaps you plan on packing hardback books in your beach bag for extended periods of time spent stretching out and getting lost in someone’s words, while listening to the waves break. Or maybe you plan on reading on your tablet while traveling, or simply while you are on-the-go. Either way, here is a list of summer titles that are sure to keep your interest, regardless of where you find yourself this summer.

Get Them While They’re Hot— Available Now “Snapper” by Brian Kimberling

Kimberling’s debut novel explores a bird watcher’s indoctrination into the Indiana Backwater and its people, while coming to terms with the twists and turns his own life has taken.

Pet Shop Boys—“Electric” David Lynch—“The Big Dream” Mayer Hawthorne—“Where Does This Door Go” Andy Kaufman—“Andy & His Grandmother” Court Yard Hounds—“Amelita”

“The Other Typist” by Suzanne Rindell

July 23

The International Best Selling Author’s latest novel takes on a wide-range of history, including narratives that span more than 150 years, beginning with the first non-stop aerial flight over the Atlantic in 1919; and explores the peace efforts of democracy through four generations of women.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros—“Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros” Gogol Bordello—“Pura Vida Conspiracy” Fuck Buttons—“Slow Focus” Mariah Carey—“Title TBA” Weekend—“Jinx”

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Rose Baker works as a typist for the NYC Police department in the 1920s, documenting confessions of crime. The book is said to explore the changing gender roles of women in the 1920s, as well as views on sexuality.

“TransAtlantic” by Colum McCann

“Note to Self: A Novel” by Alina Simone

This debut novel by Simone takes a witty look at our Internet-connected culture as it

A story following twin sisters born with psychic abilities that bring them back together years later, the novel is said to explore both the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves.

The Wait is Almost Over— Coming Soon

“Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis” by Leo Hollis

The book presents Leo Hollis’ account of urbanization and the wonder of cities, answering assumptions by raising more questions while communicating that cities are not only of people, but also for the people. Available July 16

“Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel” by David Rakoff

Known for his books and radio essays on NPR’s “This American Life” the late Rakoff who built quite the reputation throughout his lifetime, presents an edgy 100 page novel in verse. Available July 16

“Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power” by Seth Rosenfeld A look at the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley in the 1960s: Politician Ronald Reagan, radical Mario Savio, and university president Clark Kerr. Available July 23

“I Could Chew on This and Other Poems By Dogs” by Francesco Marciuliano

The poetic canines in this book give the cats in “I Could Pee on This” a run for their money. Available July 30

“The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing” by Jeff Goins

Step inside the world of waiting, and accepting that change happens gradually, over time. The book focuses on what happens in between the major moments in our everyday lives. Available Aug. 1

“Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke” by Rob Sheffield

A follow up to “Love is a Mix Tape” by this contributing editor at Rolling Stone. Available Aug. 6


“The Good Lord Bird: A Novel” by James McBride The story of a young boy born a slave who joins an antislavery crusade and must pass as a girl in order to survive. Available Aug. 20

Foodie Finds—Coming Soon

The following titles speak for themselves, and serve up something for each palette.

“Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites” by Kate Christensen

ca's top cultural critics by people other than me—like the New York Times—and his new book is just another example of Chuck doing what he does best—making you think seriously about not so serious things. From Bill Clinton to Don Henley to O.J. Simpson nobody is safe as Chuck deconstructs traditional ides of heroes, anti-heroes and everything in between.

Rick's Pick


by Dan Brown

Joani's Pick

I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) by Chuck Klosterman

Available July 9 I have a pretty big crush on Chuck Klosterman. But given that that crush is based almost solely on his writing and only a little bit on his adorably nerdy glasses, I don't think it should make you take my excitement about his new book less seriously, OK? Chuck is widely regarded as one of AmeriJune 27, 2013

Available now This third installment in The DaVinci Code series has more conspiracies, puzzles, plot twists and double-crosses than an Escambia County Commission meeting, which is why it’s the perfect summer read. Dan Brown brings back Harvard professor Robert Langdon and throws him into stopping a maniacal millionaire’s plot to destroy a third of the world’s population. Of course, the villain can’t do it without leaving a trail of complex clues. Otherwise the book would only be two sentences—“I killed your friends. Sorry.” But don’t let your practical side spoil this thriller. The clues, this time, are based on Dante’s epic poem “The Inferno.” Brown weaves history, literature and fiction masterfully, and the book keeps your attention as you try to solve with Langdon the puzzles set before him as he travels Italy. You don’t to have read the other two books in this series, “The DaVinci Code” and “The Lost Symbol,” to follow the story. If you have them, you won’t be disappointed with “Inferno,” which I consider the best of the series.

Available July 9

Available July 25

“Vegan for Her: The Women's Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet” by Virginia Messina with JL Fields

“The Catch: Sea-to-Table Recipes, Stories & Secrets” by Ben Sargent with Peter Kaminsky

Available July 9

“Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans” by Lolis Eric Elie Available July 24

“On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta” by Jen Lin-Liu

Stephanie's Pick

Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer by Peter Turchi

Available now It’s not often that a book in the genre of literary criticism can capture your imagination and have you unable to put it down— but Turchi has managed to create such a book in “Maps of the Imagination.” Imagine having coffee—or a great glass of scotch on the rocks—with an eccentric, intellectual millionaire who has traveled all over our world and the worlds of every beloved author you’ve ever known. That’s what this book is like. If you’re passionate about books, writing or storytelling of any kind, this beautifully illustrated volume is what you’ve been searching for but just didn’t know it until you found it. I was amazed at the amount I was able to learn from each page and how I could approach the rest of my “summer reading” with a renewed sense of wonder. Bookworms and aspiring-writers should put this gem at the top of their stacks.

Sarah's Pick

Daily Rituals, How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Available now I wish I could say this book came to me in a dream, but that would be a lie. As luck would have it, the book came to me as a part of NPR’s “Indie Booksellers Pick Summer’s Best Reads.” In “Daily Rituals,” Mason Currey looks at how creative legends over the course of time have managed to

Available July 30

“A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese” by Michael Paterniti Available July 30

“Beyond the Pale: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.” by Ken Grossman Available August 5 {in}

get things done and does some myth busting while he is at it. Personally I can’t wait to read in hopes the book will shed some light on my own processes and give me food for thought regarding how to better manage my creative time, and perhaps enlighten me with a brilliant idea or two.

Samantha's Pick

Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-FirstCentury Parenthood by Drew Magary

Jessica's Pick

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Available July 9 Robert Kolker’s "Lost Girls" examines the lives and wanting police investigation of the murders of five women, all Internet prostitutes, in New Jersey in 20092010. Sounds like a depressing, but worthwhile and thought provoking read.

Jeremy's Pick


by Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Available now Honestly, I’ll probably be checking this out via audiobook in-between wrangling my two crazy kids, but that’s probably fitting. Written by GQ correspondent and columnist for Deadspin and Gawker Drew Magary, this book relays his frequently humorous battle to survive parenthood intact. It apparently includes parts about drunk trick-or-treating, watching as his kid purposefully pees in a hotel pool, and other fun stuff. Maybe reading—well, listening—about someone else’s child-rearing horror stories will make me feel better about my toddler putting a pillow over his baby sister in an attempt to get her to stop crying—true story.

Available now, paperback edition coming in July As a young doctor, migraines and a taste for psychedelics sparked an interest in hallucinations. Last fall, author and neurologist Oliver Sacks published "Hallucinations," taking a look at the visions we see that aren't really there. They are brought on by intoxication, sensory deprivation, illness and injury. Where do they come from, and why? This is the NYU School of Medicine professor's 12th book. It explores what hallucinations tell us about our brains, how they have influenced culture and why they are a "vital part of the human condition."


Tune In by Jessica Forbes

The Bridge

For those couch potato days, this summer’s lineup of TV show premieres will provide numerous hours of indoor lazing entertainment. From the slapstick to serious, the summer 2013 lineup has to hold at least one new favorite for everyone.



Premieres Wednesday, July 10 on NBC A comedy about a summer camp starring Six Feet Under’s Rachel Griffiths. Could be great or terrible, but, at the very least, good for a few laughs.

Premieres Wednesday, July 10 on FX This crime drama focusing on a set of serial murders in the neighboring border towns of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico features Diane Kruger (“Inglorious Basterds”) as an American detective and Demian Bichir (“Weeds,” “A Better Life”) as her Mexican counterpart working the case.


Premieres Sunday July 23 on BBC America Season 2 of the period crime drama— kind of a mash up of “Gangs of New York” and “The Departed”—debuts with new mysteries set in 1860s New York City.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Premieres Tuesday, July 23 on TLC A TV producer thought to make genealogy interesting to the masses by examin-

ing the heritage of celebrities. The product is an entertaining and enlightening program that takes celebrities all over the world while tracing their roots.

Breaking Bad

Premieres Sunday, August 11 on AMC The much-awaited fifth and final season of this drama will reveal the fate of anti-hero Walter White in only eightepisodes.


Orange is the New Black: My Year in Women’s Prison July 11 ”Weeds” creator Jenji Cohen is the writer and producer of the series, the next in Netflix’s expanding catalog of original programming. {in}

Low Winter Sun

Premieres Sunday, August 11 on AMC Following “Breaking Bad” is no short order, but AMC has placed this Detroit-based crime drama, an American adaptation of a British miniseries, in a primo time slot in hopes it will be the network’s next big hit.



The Complete Third Season July 9

The Walking Dead

The Complete Third Season August 27

Boardwalk Empire

The Complete Third Season August 20

Sons of Anarchy Season 5 August 27

Showing Some Class-ics Everyone seems to have at least one classic Hollywood film among their favorites, or several they've long meant to watch. Most people only ever get to see old movies at home, on the small screen. If you need a break from heat-of-summer couch surfing or the mega-theater routine, take a step back in time with The Saenger Classic Movie Series. Starting in July, The Saenger Theatre will present a landmark film most every Saturday night through September. All seats are only $5. Concessions are sold in 414 1

the lobby and permitted in the theatre, so be sure to bring a few extra dollars for popcorn, too. The perfect plan for a unique night out: enjoying the classics on the big screen, their original home.

August 10

July 13

"African Queen"

"Some Like It Hot"

July 20

"Singing in the Rain"

July 27

"A Streetcar Named Desire"

August 3

"North By Northwest"

"West Side Story"

August 24

"Rear Window"

August 31

September 7

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

September 21

"The Godfather"

September 28 "The Sound of Music"

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Premieres Sunday, June 30 on Showtime The end is here! I say that reluctantly, while making unsuccessful attempts to hold back tears. June 30 marks the premiere of the eighth and final season of Showtime’s moneymaker, “Dexter.” Across the span of the past eight years, I have watched this show religiously, growing, stretching, and changing with the characters, who have become like distant family to me. I mourned character deaths as if I knew them, I celebrated the birth of Dexter’s son, Harrison, and I sat with my teeth clenched in suspense of what would possibly happen next. Now, the last chapter of the saga will be poured out across 12 one hour-long episodes. I find myself in anticipation, primarily for the excitement this new season brings and the possibility of closure, but also for the dread which endings can bring if they aren’t pulled off neatly. With what I’ve experienced from the show so far, I fully expect the writers to stick the landing.

Brett's Pick:

Drunk History

Premieres Tuesday, July 9 on Comedy Central Can a man write a proper preview

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of Comedy Central's upcoming adaptation of the Funny or Die web series “Drunk History” without a drink in his hand? Didn't think so. The series uses drunk— sometimes, hammered—celebrities to re-enact famous historical events. Danny McBride as George Washington. Will Ferrell as Abraham Lincoln. Don Cheadle as Frederick Douglass. Crispin Glover as Thomas Edison! It's always fun to see actors out of their comfort zone and not taking themselves so seriously. This series is bound to prove that possible, and then some.

Joani's Pick:

The Newsroom

Premiers Sunday, July 14 on HBO If you aren't hooked on HBO's “The Newsroom” yet, I'm going to go ahead and assume that's only because you haven't seen it. Written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jeff Daniels, the dramatic series chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at a fictional news network called ACN that's a lot like a notso fictional network you probably used to watch (yeah CNN, I'm talking about you). Daniels is beyond perfect as anchor Will McAvoy, but it's really the ensemble cast that runs the show on the fictional “News Night 2.0” and steals it on HBO. John Gallagher, Jr. and Alison Pill are my personal favorites but Emily Mortimer, Dev Patel

and Olivia Munn are great too. My only warning: Each episode is built around a major news event from the recent past—so prepare yourself for some déjà vu moments.

Sarah's Pick:

Brother vs. Brother

Premieres Sunday, July 21 on HGTV When it comes to TV, it appears I am a sucker for clean-cut fancypantsy men and nice houses. In real life, this is hardly the case. That said, when I go over to my mom’s house and reenter the fantastical world of cable, I get lost in HGTV most often. I look forward to seeing “property brothers” Drew and Jonathon Scott battle it out in the new home renovation series "Brother vs. Brother," as the duo leads their respective teams in upping the value of two separate houses.

Rick's Pick:

Magic City

Currently airing on Starz Ike Evans has a problem. His partner in his struggling Miami hotel, Miramar Playa, is mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. The first season had the two locked in a life and death battle for control of the hotel while trying to legalize casinos in Florida. Set in the early

1960s, the series caught my attention as only a cable series can. Power and morality played out on the sunny beaches of Miami kept me from turning the channel. This season Evan’s has a plan to rid him and his hotel of Diamond, but he will need the help of Diamond’s boss in the Chicago mob, played by James Caan. It will be fun to see if Evan’s long-shot gamble pays off and at what price. Or will Ike Evans’ world implode?

Jessica's Pick:


Currently airing on ABC ”Mistresses” began on ABC in early June and while sometimes ridiculous, the show is entertaining and suited for letting you turn off your brain, kind of like a late night soap opera.

Whitney's Pick:

True Blood

Currently airing on HBO True Blood is back! In the sixth season, the HBO series has gone in a completely different direction than the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse books, and I’m still watching. The season just started on June 16 and the premier didn’t disappoint with suspense and curiosity with Vampire Bill, Jessica and, of course, Sookie.

Samantha's Pick:

Under the Dome

Currently airing on CBS A giant dome. Over a city. Creepy stuff is sure to happen. What more could you want? This new series, based on a Stephen King novel has all the promise to fulfill my intermittent desire to see supernatural events happen to people in Maine. No more Netflixing "IT" and having late night marathon viewings of "The Stand" necessary to get my Stephen King fix.

Edwin's Pick/Prediction:

House of Cards

Premiere date TBD Binge viewing. Thanks Netflix for the new television vernacular. Its what happens when you have an entire season of a TV show on a streaming service and can watch as many as you want, back to back. This past year, Netflix released is original show “House of Cards” all at once and changed television programming forever, seemingly overnight. The show is dark, dry, intelligent and riddled with humor. Who would have known that the underbelly of politics could be so evil and sexy? The second season is in production now. Online rumor mill is predicting a late summer premier or at the latest early fall.


Pick A Flick by Joani Delezen


“Despicable Me 2” Gru and the adorable minions return, along with a slew of new characters.

“Lone Ranger”

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer join forces to battle greed and corruption. And because it wouldn't be a Depp film without Helena Bonham Carter, she's there too as the Madam of Brothel.


“The Way, Way Back”

One of the greatest joys of summer is actually escaping it for a few hours and disappearing into a dark, overly air conditioned movie theatre. I honestly think that's why Hollywood invented the "summer blockbuster." Well that and people needing something to do with their out of school kids, I guess. Mega movies like “Man of Steel” and “World War Z” might have already kicked off the season earlier this month, but don't you worry. There's still plenty more to come in the way of movies this summer. From Channing Tatum saving the White House to a classic Woody Allen New York story to a "documentary" about teen heartthrobs One Direction—there's something for everybody coming soon to the big screen. Start saving your popcorn money now.


“White House Down”

Jamie Foxx as the president and Channing Tatum as the hunky hero? Yup, that sounds like a perfect summer action flick to me.

“The Heat”

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy team up in a classic buddy cop comedy— with a girl power edge. Directed by Paul Feig of "Bridesmaids" fame. 616 1

Not really sure about this one. But it does star Anna Sophia Robb—the adorable actress who plays a teenage Carrie Bradshaw on TV. So at least there's that.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 “Grown Ups 2”

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade team up for the sequel to their 2010 blockbuster.


“ Turbo ” Turbo is a cute little snail who's kind of an underdog but kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed.


“Girl Most Likely”

Kristen Wiig as a playwright who fakes a suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, but instead gets forced into the care of crazy ass mother.


Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds star as two cops dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from the otherworld.

“The Conjuring”

Just in case your summer needs a horror flick. This one is based on a true story of a haunted farmhouse in Harrisville, R.I.

MONDAY, JULY 22 *“Springsteen & I”

A documentary project on The Boss made by the fans, for the fans—seriously. Director Baillie Walsh incorporated video submissions from over 2,000 fans from across the world into the film.

There's something for everybody coming soon to the big screen. Start saving your popcorn money now.

FRIDAY, JULY 26 “The Wolverine”

Comic book fans rejoice—one of most iconic characters of the X-Men universe is finally getting a movie all to himself.

*“Blue Jasmine”

Described as "the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife" "Blue Jasmine" sounds like a classic Woody Allen flick if ever there was one. Cate Blanchett stars as said fashionable housewife.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 “The Smurfs 2”

The basic plot of this sequel—the eternally evil Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties and they try and steal the magical Surf-essence.

FRIDAY, AUG. 2 “2 Guns”

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington star as two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on run together.


“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” Sea of Monsters—aka Bermuda Triangle—is just one of the many "evils" Percy and his pals must face on their quest to save the world.

FRIDAY, AUG. 9 “Elysium”

Matt Damon. Jodie Foster. The year 2159. Need I say more?

“Disney's Planes”

A spin-off from the hit "Cars," the "Planes" story centers on Dusty and his dreams of competing as a high-flying air race plane.

“We're the Millers”

Jason Sudeikis stars a pot dealer with a heart of gold in this comedy, which also features Jennifer Aniston, Ed Helms and Emma Roberts.


Amanda Seyfried stars as iconic porn star Linda Lovelace. The film follows her rise to

fame and her subsequent transformation into feminist, anti-pornography supporter Linda Marchiano.

FRIDAY, AUG. 16 “Kick-Ass 2”

Amateur superheroes abound—including Jim Carrey—in this sequel.

“The Butler”

Inspired by a Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler for eight presidents and stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah. Can you say, "Oscar bait?"


This flick might be an Oscar contender too, if it doesn't suck. And given that they cast the always if-y Ashton Kutcher as iconic Apple founder Steve Jobs, it could easily go either way.


“The World's End”

Don't let the name fool you—this isn't another doomsday action flick. The World's End is a bar and this movie is about an attempt to recreate an epic pub crawl.

“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

Demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and half-angel warriors called Shadowhunters—if that sounds like your cup of tea, this movie is for you.

FRIDAY, AUG. 30 “Getaway”

Ethan Hawke as a former racecar driver and Selena Gomez as a character called "The Kid." Sounds weird, right? Just not sure if it's going to be good weird or bad weird. But I'm totally going to watch it.

“One Direction: This is Us”

1D in 3D? Where do I sign up? Don't lie, you know you want to see Harry Styles on the big screen, too. {in}

*Indicates indie flicks and documentaries— who knows

when (or if) these movies will open locally, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

made up entirely of computeranimated dessert critters. I have the utmost confidence that this lawman-to-outlaw story is going to showcase the best of what this team has to offer.


Stephanie's Pick:

The Lone Ranger

Wednesday, July 3 I can’t really deny my bias on this one. Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski, and Disney? Sign me up. But seriously, let’s just break this one down. The director of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, teamed up with incomparable Depp with the deep pockets of Disney to fund the project—how could this possibly be anything but awesome? On top of those pretty formidable advantages, it’s based on a beloved classic cowboy adventure series. Flawless. It’s important to note that Verbinski and Depp have already teamed up on a whimsical take on the classic Western genre in the animated film “Rango,” which won an Oscar for Best Animated Film in 2012. If you haven’t seen it, you should. “Rango” was gritty, funny and thrilling—and that was with a cast

Jason's Pick:

Pacific Rim

Friday, July 12 To be perfectly honest, when the trailer for “Pacific Rim” first crossed my screen, I yawned and waited for Channing Tatum’s face to pop up. I thought, “Great, here’s that Halo movie we’ve been waiting fo….” The thought alone put me to sleep. However, something I didn’t expect popped up in lieu of Mr. Tatum’s face: “Written & Directed by Guillermo del Toro.” If you’re unfamiliar with that name, del Toro is an accomplished Mexican director and screenwriter. He is most well known for more popular action movies, like “Hellboy” or “Blade 2.” However, his true genius shines in the fantasy/horror genre, as displayed in more obscure releases “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.” As with most of his movies, an air of mystery surrounds “Pacific Rim” and the trailer doesn’t provide a whole lot of information. The movie takes place in the future, there is a war between giant sea creatures and giant robots, and Charlie Day plays a doctor. Again, Charlie Day plays a DOCTOR. I’m sold.

Rick's Pick:


Friday, July 19 My favorite superhero isn’t Iron Man, Superman or, heaven forbid, Thor. It’s Bruce Willis. Nothing says summer action flick more than a Willis film. And better yet this one also has John Malkovich and Helen Mirren two of my favorite more serious actors as his sidekicks. Willis plays retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses who reunites his unlikely team of

elite operatives, which includes Malkovich and Mirren, for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. Not original plot, but it’s Willis that will make this film fun and entertaining. Moses is another version of John McCain, but who cares? Explosions, fights and car chases accompanied by wisecracks are what we look for in summer flicks. Bruce Willis can be counted to deliver all three. Thank God, there are still some things we can believe in.

Sundance Film Festival, and a plot that sounds satisfyingly dramatic and depressing, I’m pretty much already sold on this movie without having seen it. Separated when he takes the fall for a crime while his wife escapes, the movie follows Bob Muldoon’s (Casey Affleck) prison escape and potentially hopeless search for his wife (Mara) and daughter whom he's never met, since she was born during his incarceration. See? Already heartbreaking, my kind of movie.

Jessica's Pick:

Joani's Pick:

Blue Jasmine

Friday, July 26 Woody Allen is back, with a stateside-focused flick featuring Cate Blanchett and a host of other critically acclaimed actors (and Louis C.K.!). Blue Jasmine is Allen’s treatment of the west coast, namely San Francisco. Critics are already praising the flick as solid Allen comedy.

Samantha's Pick:

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Friday, Aug. 16 With a cast that includes Rooney Mara, the badass heroine of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," the winner of U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award at the 2013 June 27, 2013

The Bling Ring

Hopefully any day now (nationwide release was June 21, but it's still not showing locally) In my eyes, Sofia Coppola can do no wrong. I know a lot of people don't "get" her style—it's slow, overly saturated visually and beyond subtle. But I don't care—I love it. I also (not so secretly) love cheesy stories about celebrities—what they wear, who they are dating, how expensive their shoes are… I know I shouldn't care, but I do. So when I heard that my girl's latest film was about the true tale of fameobsessed teens who robbed celebrities like Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson a few years ago, I got a little too excited. It's been out for weeks, but hasn't made it's way here yet… fingers crossed it happens soon. 17

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