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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 6th are below:

The Album: Georgia-reared rock band Deerhunter‘s latest, Monomania, is perhaps the group’s most aggressive and spirited effort yet. While bandleader Bradford Cox might be known to some for his solo project, Atlas Sound, he’s also worked as an actor and will appear in the forthcoming Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Still, we like him best as a musician. Out Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

The Book: Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier is best known for his film work—both acting and directing—and his humanitarian efforts, which won him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. Get ready to know another side of him: the novelist focused on science fiction and intrigue whose debut work, Montaro Caine, drop this week. Out Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

The Exhibit: The heralded new exhibit from the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, PUNK: Chaos to Couture tracks the influence of the 1970s counterculture youth movement on the world of high fashion. Expect to see McQueen, Westwood and a recreation of the bathroom from infamous New York City dive CBGB. Opens Thursday, May 9, 2013.

The Movie: We’re all accustomed to seeing Venus and Serena Williams on the tennis court, but thanks to the new documentary Venus and Serena, the sisters’ private life will be what’s on display. The film, from directors Maiken Baird and Michelle Major follows the Williams sisters throughout their rather turbulent 2011. Opens Friday, May 10, 2013.