Going out or staying in? Doesn't matter. News Arts Editor Jeff Simon has tips for how to enjoy the weekend.
1. Live Jazz. The Masten Jazz Festival – Free music from 3 to 8 pm. Saturday featuring the group of Bobby Watson and Curtis Lundy as well as local jazz groups on the South Side Lawn of the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.
2. Movie. “Southpaw.” Well, yes, it relies a bit overmuch on the aged template for boxing movies but this redemption tearjerker is well-directed by Antoine Fuqua and Jake Gyllenhaal is first-rate in the lead role as a light heavyweight champ in need of a new life and new boxing style.
3. Book. “On Writing” By Charles Bukowski (Ecco). It’s a tossup whether Bukowski was more famous for his poems and stories or for his alcoholism and its attendant “lifestyle.” Even though they were inextricable from one another, he was an authentic American literary treasure for his 73 years on earth.
4. Television. “I Am CAIT.” Nobody really wants to watch Caitlyn Jenner’s reality show. Nobody really wants to tweet or post about it on social media during or after either. Nor will they want to talk about it on Monday at the office. But it’s amazing how many people in America will anyway. Its first of eight parts begins at 8 p.m. Sunday on the E Network.
5. Disc Box Set. “Miles Davis: At Newport 1955-1975) (Columbia Legacy, four discs). Sensational recordings of Miles recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival from the time when he was “re-discovered” playing “Round Midnight” at the festival in 1955 to his extraordinary ’50s and ’60s quintets with John Coltrane and then Wayne Shorter and his phenomenal “Bitches Brew” music and after at its best. When Miles Davis was on fire in live performance, few ever burned hotter.