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This Week in Culture

Your cheat sheet to the next seven days in the arts—highbrow and low (plus everything in between)

Each week, there’s an avalanche of upcoming albums, films, books, theater and art—from monumental new voices in culture to guilty pleasures worth indulging in. We’re here to help narrow down what deserves your attention. Our picks for the week of May 20th are below:

The Album: Daft Punk—the costumed musical duo consisting of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo—has always been a bit offbeat. That’s never been more enjoyable than on Random Access Memories, their inspired, exciting fourth studio album. Out Tuesday.

The Book: Since his 2003 debut The Kite Runner, novelist Khaled Hosseini has sold millions of books around the world. His latest, And The Mountains Echoed, a multi-generational story of one family and how their lives intersect, is poised to keep his immense popularity on trend. Out Tuesday.

The Play: John Turturro plays a high-flying architect haunted by a woman from his past in a production of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Opens Tuesday.

The Movie: It’s been 18 years since Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy were first paired in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, which made the pair one of film’s most beloved couples. This week, a third installment in their story—Before Midnight—hits theaters. Opens Friday.

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