The Calendar

June 2017: Entertainment


–Wonder Woman, the live-action film starring Gal Gadot as the female superhero (reportedly in a new uniform), is set during WWI; Chris Pine co-stars – June 2

–Dean is comedian Demetri Martin’s melancholy comedy about the grieving process; he wrote, directed, and stars – June 2

–In Band Aid, a couple, played by Lister-Jones and Adam Pally, can’t stop fighting, so they decide to turn their fights into songs – June 2

–In Beatriz at Dinner, Salma Hayek and John Lithgow confront race and class – June 9

–Universal’s remake of The Mummy emerges from the crypt, starring Tom Cruise – June 9

–Brett Haley’s The Hero stars Sam Elliott as a man facing issues of aging and mortality in his personal and professional life – June 9

–Night School is a documentary that follows three students trying to graduate from their high school in Indianapolis – June 9

–Rough Night is the tale of a group of friends who get crazy at a bachelorette party and accidentally kill a male stripper – starring Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon – June 16

–All Eyez on Me is a biopic about Tupac Shakur; Demetrius Shipp Jr. stars – June 16

–Transformers: The Last Knight opens – June 23

–Rom-com The Big Sick is the tale of a stand-up comic headed toward an arranged marriage who instead falls in love with a heckler who then becomes gravely ill – June 23

–Netflix’s film The Incredible Jessica James stars Jessica Williams as a playwright dealing with a breakup – June 23

–The Beguiled, directed by Sophia Coppola and starring Nicole Kidman, is a gothic remake of the 1971 film about a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) who finds his way to a Confederate girls’ boarding school in the waning months of the Civil War – June 23

–Baby Driver, starring Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Hamm, is a crime thriller about a getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort); the film set SXSW on fire in March – June 28

–The House pairs SNL stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as suburban parents who set up a basement casino to raise funds for their daughter’s college education – June 30


–I’m Dying Up Here is Showtime’s new series set in the 1970’s comedy scene in LA – June 4

–Charles Esten hosts the 2017 CMT Music Awards live in Nashville – June 7

–The new season of Orange is the New Black drops on Netflix – June 9

–BBC America’s Orphan Black is in its final season this summer – June 10

–In TNT’s Claws, Niecy Nash plays the leading role in a dark comedy that follows a group of five Florida nail-salon employees tangled in a life of crime and violence – June 11

–Our all-time favorite summer show, So You Think You Can Dance, returns to Fox – June 12

–The 57th Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival will feature the premiere of Sony’s new series Absentiaand a lifetime achievement award for Helen Mirren – June 16-20

–Ava DuVerney’s hit show Queen Sugar returns to OWN – June 20

–Set in the ‘80s, the comedy Glow on Netflix showcases Alison Brie as a struggling actress who gets involved in pro wrestling in the hopes of revitalizing her career – June 23

–The 2017 BET Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles – June 25

–Younger breezes back onto TV Land with the luminous Sutton Foster – June 28


–The Chichester Festival Theater stages Tennessee Williams’s Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Marcia Gay Harden in her U.K theatre debut as Alexandra del Lago, a fading Hollywood legend seeking refuge in a small town; previews June 2, official opening June 9, running through June 24

–The Oerol Theaterfest in Terschelling, Netherlands creates site-specific theater and arts projects on a small island – June 9-18

–The Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder will feature a female lead (Lenne Klingamen) in a production of Hamlet; there will also be performances under the stars – June 11-Aug 13

–The 71st Annual Tony Awards return to Radio City Music Hall, televised live on CBS; Kevin Spacey hosts; James Earl Jones will receive a lifetime achievement award – June 11

–While in NYC, Kevin Spacey performs Clarence Darrow, a 90-minute one-man play about the famous litigator, for two nights only at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the Bronx – June 15-16

–The long-delayed Sam Gold production of Hamlet, starring Oscar Isaac and featuring Keegan-Michael Key, begins previews June 20 at the Public’s Anspacher Theater and opens on July 13 for a limited engagement through Sept 3

–George Orwell’s 1984 moves from London and opens for a limited engagement on Broadway at the Hudson Theater – June 22

–The Williamstown Theater Festival in the Berkshires will feature premieres by playwrights Harrison David Rivers, Jason Kim, Anna Zeigler and Halley Feiffer; Tony-nominated Jessica Hecht stars in a new production of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl – June 27-Aug 20

Popular Music.

–The Governors’ Ball music festival kicks off on Randall’s Island with Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Wu-Tang Clan, Tove Lo and over 60 other artists – June 2-5

–Phil Collins returns to the stage with the Not Dead Yet tour. The short 18-show tour kicks of at Echo Arena in Liverpool on June 2. Blondie joins him in Dublin on the 25th and at Hyde Park in London on the 30th.

–The Ravinia Summer Music Festival, held just outside Chicago, is a showcase for several genres of music – June 3-Sept 17

–In addition to headliners Lorde, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper, the 16thannual Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival in Manchester, Tennessee will feature a performance from U2, currently on tour to honor the 30th anniversary of its fifth album, ‘The Joshua Tree,” performing the work in its entirety (the band touches down at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on June 28th) – festival runs June 8-11

–Katy Perry’s new album, Witness, drops – June 9

–The annual Playboy Jazz Festivalnow a co-production with the L.A. Philharmonic and Herbie Hancock (its creative chair for jazz) hosts its 38th edition at the Hollywood Bowl – June 10-11

–The Songwriters Hall of Fame will honor a rapper for the first time at its 48th annual induction ceremony: Jay Z joins Babyface, Berry Gordy Jr. and several others for the Manhattan ceremony – June 15

–The Telluride Bluegrass Festival is June 15-18

–The Monterey International Pop Festival is celebrating its 50th year – the 3-day music festival will honor musicians who got their start at the event: Jimi Hendrix, the Who and the Grateful Dead; headliners include Norah Jones – June 16-18

–New Zealand’s Lorde drops her sophomore album, Melodrama – “Green Light” is an instant candidate for 2017 song of the summer – June 16

–LA’s Hollywood Bowl opens for the season when The Moody Blues headline the opening night concert – June 17

–The Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, UK features Solange, Katy Perry and Lorde – June 21-25

–At the 16th edition of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, 2017, more than 1,500 artists will perform over 325 shows at 19 venues in Rochester, NY – June 23-July 1

–The Saratoga Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary; over 20 jazz artists will take the stage in Saratoga Springs, NY – June 24-25

–John Legend’s Darkness & Light Tour touches down in New York City – June 27-28

–Summerfest is an 11-day music festival with 800 acts on 11 stages at a park on Lake Michigan, now in its 50th year; The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink are headlining and there will also be hip-hop, classic rock, Latin and reggae music – June 28 – July 9

–The 51st annual Montreux Jazz Festival features Herbie Hancock, Usher, The Lumineers, Mavis Staples and Solange – June 30 – July 15

–Hit-maker Calvin Harris drops his latest, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1; “Slide” with Frank Ocean and “Heatstroke” with Pharrell and Ariana Grande are getting strong early buzz – June 30

–The Essence Festival arrives at the Superdome in New Orleans for its 23rd edition; headliners include Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Solange and Chaka Khan – June 30-July 2


–The second season of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History on Panoply returns for more social analysis served up in an accessible and light-hearted way – June 1

–Invisibilia on NPR returns for its third season, examining all of the elements that make us human; Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin host – June 1

–The Sam Sanders Project on NPR will feature the political reporter in a talk show format with a wide variety of people and topics – June 15

–Ear Hustle, a new podcast on Radiotopia, will tell stories of life within prison from the perspective of the incarcerated – June 20

–30 for 30 Podcasts, based on ESPN’s acclaimed documentary series, debuts with five episodes, including a piece on the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; the history behind the infamous “Yankees Suck!” cheer; and the story of how twenty ordinary women from the United Kingdom answered the call to become Arctic explorers 20 years ago – June 27


–Arundhati Roy returns to writing fiction with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness; it’s her first new novel since her 1997 Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things, and tells the story of several troubled people from across India finding love in unlikely places – June 6

–Camino Island by John Grisham is a suspense tale about the hunt for five stolen F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts – June 6

–In Swell, Jill Eisenstadt’s latest, three generations of a family uproot their lives in Manhattan in the wake of 9/11 to resettle in a ramshackle Rockaway beach house – June 6

–Maile Meloy’s novel Do Not Become Alarmed is inspired by the 1929 novel A High Wind in Jamaica,about kids who are accidentally abducted by pirates (the pirates don’t want them, and the kids love being there) – June 6

–Comedian Kevin Hart releases a memoir, I Can’t Make This Up – June 6

–Alain Mabanckou’s latest novel, Black Moses, was long-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize; it’s the story of a boy in the Congo coming of age – June 6

–The Magpie Murders is a twisty brainy thriller by Anthony Horowitz – June 6

–In The Answers, Catherine Lacey’s sophomore novel, a woman suffering from a debilitating illness participates in the “Girlfriend Experiment,” the brainchild of an eccentric actor determined to find the perfect relationship, to fund her medical treatment – June 6

–At Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, Jonathan Swift 350 will explore the writings of the author of “Gulliver’s Travels,” with exhibits and lectures to mark the year of his 350th birthday – June 7-9

–Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body is the sixth book (and the second this year) from essayist, novelist and short-story writer Roxane Gay – June 13

–The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brannen is a wild ride through Earth’s five previous mass extinctions and a glimpse of our possible future – June 13

–Accomplished Guest is Ann Beattie’s latest collection of 13 new stories; Kirkus says “travel or a visit of some sort is the common thread, mortality the common theme” – June 13

–Kingdom Cons by Mexican novelist Yuri Herrera is the third installment of a saga set in a court where the power of the king is unquestioned, and the new and subversive work of a popular artist threatens the ruling order – June 13

–Believe Me by Eddie Izzard is the British comedian’s memoir — June 13

–The Changeling by Victor LaValle is the latest offering from the horror master; its the tale of a New York man abandoned by his father who has recently become a parent — June 13

–Mad is Chloé Esposito’s debut novel, a thriller about a woman behaving badly – June 13

–The Force is the latest crime novel from Don Winslow, set in the South Bronx, and buzz is already high – Stephen King has praised it as “The Godfather, only with cops” – June 20

–Our Little Racket is Angelica Baker’s debut novel, the story of a Greenwich, CT family during the year the father’s investment bank goes bankrupt – June 20

–How to Fall in Love with Anyone is based on Mandy Len Catron’s wildly popular 2015 NY Times essay, which explores the science of how and with whom we fall in love – June 27

–The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen is a sassy novel set in the glamorous Aegean, featuring beautiful people behaving badly – June 27

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