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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 June 3rd are below:

The Book: Dagmara Dominczyk’s much talked-about debut novel, The Lullaby of Polish Girls, follows young protagonist Anna from Brooklyn to the Polish town of Kielce, where she develops lifelong friendships that will, over the years, pull her in unexpected, astonishing directions. Out Tuesday.

The Album: This week, Eleanor Friedberger—known for being half of the brother-sister rock duo Fiery Furnaces—releases her second solo effort, Personal Record, a charming collection of highly listenable love songs. Out Tuesday.

The Play: Based on the journals of a young Susan Sontag, New York Theatre Workshop’s Sontag Reborn features Moe Angelos as the show’s namesake intellectual. Opens Thursday.

The Movie: Hot on the heels on Spring Breakers, another set of young women are getting violent. In Violet & Daisy, Oscar nominee Saorise Ronan and sidekick Alexis Bledel go on a bloody rampage through New York City. Opens Friday.

The Exhibit: Work from Sally Mann, Diane Arbus and Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others, makes up Family Portrait, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new exhibit, which explores how photographers see their families. Opens Saturday.