Favorites of the week: Recommendations from the SZ Editorial Team – Culture

Western Museum in Lone Pine

Western Film History Museum in Lone Pine, California.

(Photo: Museum)

Well, admittedly, it’s not around the corner. But if someone has to come to Lone Pine, California in the near future: be sure to plan a little stop at the Museum of Western Film History. You can’t miss it, Lone Pine is basically only Main Street and the museum is right at the entrance to town if you’re coming from LA. It’s about a three hour drive from there (when the traffic is light, otherwise you’d be a three hour drive from Los Angeles, which is always the case with a toddler in the back seat). Of course, the low-rise building of the Western Museum doesn’t look as impressive as the massive, multi-story American Film Academy Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles – but it has much more appeal.

And when it comes to artifacts from movie history, Lone Pine doesn’t need to hide from the big city either. One reason for this is that Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan of the museum, and among other things, she gave him the Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) from “Django Unchained”. It is located directly in the entrance area between the ticket office and the museum shop. Since it seems like every second of Hollywood’s Golden Age West has been filmed around Lone Pine in the Alabama hills, there are also a number of exhibits from the John Wayne era. Once tickets were purchased, the friendly old lady at the front desk began to list the many stars who had come to work here: Clint Eastwood, Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Gregory Peck, Spencer Tracy, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon, Natalie Wood. About 400 films have been made here, she explains proudly. The creators of some episodes of “Star Trek”, “Iron Man” and “Transformers” have already used the breathtaking mountain panorama over Lone Pine as a backdrop. You can see it’s on the so called “movie road” a little in the mountains for a short walk. And since you’re already there: Death Valley, where Michelangelo Antonioni filmed “Zabriskie Point,” not far from Lone Pine, too. David Steinitz

Pianist Super Chili Gonzalez

This week's favorite: Canadian pianist Chili Gonzalez.

Canadian pianist Chile Gonzalez.

(Photo: Sven Thielmann/Imago Images)

Before a pandemic, war, or other disaster is prevented, you should catch a concert from the Summer Tour by Canadian pianist and Colony artist Chile Gonzalez. In a coordinated industry, his specialty is innovation, surprise, and improvisation. The only sure thing is that he’ll play the piano – but whether he’ll reinterpret the electronic music from Plastikman’s ‘Consumed’, perform his minor compositions from ‘Solo Piano’ albums 1 to 3, or something completely different again, you only know when you’re there. . Born in Montreal in 1972, he is as versed in jazz as he is in Hungarian classical music and cultivates his fondness for the Christmas scene genre. The tour begins June 6th in Hamburg and continues across Europe and Canada, and it’s going to be a celebration! Nils Minkmaar

Best podcast episode

Favorites of the week: Podcasts

The “Reply to All” podcast created one of the brightest episodes: “The Missing Strike Case.”

Could there be the best podcast episode in the world? Can. “Reply All” was created by the American production company Gimlet. But a very charming online podcast in all its dazzling ways is now coming to an end: Both moderators are vomiting after rebooting after the editorial office’s racism allegations have already failed. Marking the end of Reply All, the best podcast episode must now be acknowledged: The Missing Strike Case. A man suffers from the catchy tone, lyrics and melody of a pop song from his youth that no one else, including the Internet, is ignorant of. In a very funny and accurate investigative mission, “Reply All” searches for the missing song, makes the band bring it back from memory shards, and when you think there can’t be a ’90s radio song that’s gone – it comes out different. Aureli von Blazekovic

mastodon european tour

Favorites of the week: Finally Party Again: The Band

Finally, concerts again: the mastodon band.

(Photo: Peter Richter)

In the end, Bran Delors stood in front of a large number of happy people in Clara Zetkin Park in Leipzig on Wednesday and gave a speech. American drummer and singer mastodons He was happy on his part: “I don’t know how I spent the past two years, but I was sitting at home,” and that was “foolishness.” “It is better here: we are together again, we make music, you listen to music …” It’s that simple. that it So Quite simply no: you must be able to utter fear and at the same time solemnly admire the skill of talented musicians. Mastodon’s latest record has received praise here. Now their European tour has begun and they are living they are almost better in crazy post-pandemic fun. Peter Richter

Felsenbühne Rathen . reopens

Favorites of the week: Watching the renovated rock theater at Rathen.

View of the restored rock stage at Rathen.

(Photo: Steffen Unger/IMAGO)

The Swiss city of Saxony is filled with wonders, but nowhere else is a child beauty like the Wehlgrund. There, below the stronghold, is the Rathen Rock stage, and it doesn’t even need all the superlatives sometimes thrown in. “The only natural theater in a national park in Germany”, “the most beautiful natural theater in Europe” – all true, but in no way replaces the real feeling of sitting here on a mild summer day under the teeth of the Elbe sandstone and gently swaying treetops. On the field: Variation preferably based on Karl May, with galloping horses, transparent show fights and crackling shots of merrily smoking fake pistols. In deceptive memory, it never rained here – and if it did, it was only a short shower.

This rock stage has been renovated for two and a half years at a cost of €18.4 million. This weekend, the facility will reopen with a concert at State and Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen theaters, followed this summer by Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a production of Wilhelm Hof’s Cold Das Heart https://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/.” The Flying Dutchman “will be experienced,” Freischütz, “Carmina Burana” by Karl Orff. And those who are already there will organize an aperitif with a view somewhere in the nearby countryside or take the boat directly from Dresden to Rathen. As a mad Saxon anyway, you have to be careful, or else you’ll drown in too much romance – but Felsenbühne has always been a good, organized place in that regard and will always be so again. It was never the center of any kind of class pride or, like other cultural sites, geared toward an explicitly socially defined audience. It’s what remains an empty promise on cardboard banners elsewhere, a “for all” place, and there really aren’t many of them. Cornelius Bulmer

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