What We’re Doing: December


It’s the most wonderful time of the year.♪ You feel that too, right? Get the lowdown on four ways we’re spending one of our favorite months.

Listen: “Awaken, My Love!” by Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover) is one of those guys who seems to be able to do it all: acting, writing, music, etc. etc. And if you get over your envy for just one minute, you’ll admit he’s having quite the year. He’s been cast in the upcoming “Spider-Man” and “Star Wars” movies, debuted on the FX show “Atlanta,” and is about to release a follow-up to his 2013 album “Because the Internet.” Get a preview of the latter by listening to the first single, “Me and Your Mama.” It starts off with whimsical chimes and a female chorus before breaking into a mash-up of rock, soul, and psychedelic effects. (Translation: You’ve probably never heard anything like this before.)



Read: “How Jon Stewart Took Over The Daily Show and Revolutionized Late-Night TV: An Oral History” by Chris Smith for “Vanity Fair”

Chris Smith has a book coming out about “The Daily Show,” but if sitting down and reading a book makes your skin crawl, give this excerpt a skim instead. It recaps Jon Stewart’s early days behind “The Daily Show” desk. In the 16 years that followed, the show became culturally significant (it even won almost two dozen Emmys) and was a big jumping-off point for guys like Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.



Download: Bandsintown

Want to put an end to those sinking feelings you get when you hear one of your favorite bands is in town, but by the time you’re in the loop it’s sold out? Of course you do. Here’s the fix: Download Bandsintown and let it sync with the music on your phone (or your Spotify) and social media accounts. You’ll get a popup when the bands you listen to—or similar artists that the app’s wizards think you might be into—are coming to your city.



Watch: “Silence”

When you need a break from family chaos during the holidays (because, let’s face it, you will), hightail it to the movies. There are plenty of feel-good options this time of year, but if you want something you can really dive into and forget about all of the passive aggressiveness happening at home, go for “Silence,” which follows Portuguese priests (played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) as they try to spread Christianity to Japan in the 1600s. The “LA Times” reports director Martin Scorsese has been working on it for 25 years (yes, YEARS), and it’ll finally come to the big screen in select theaters on December 23, strategically timed for award season. Well played, Scorsese.




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