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It’s Memorial Day weekend, so what better place to go than outside? We’ll help you figure out what to do when you get there.
Go to an outdoor/rooftop movie: Summer means huge movie releases, but let’s face it: a first run in the theater — plus snacks — can be a costly proposition. Checking out a new or classic film screened on a lawn or rooftop near you is a much more reasonably priced alternative, plus makes a fun community event. Check out outdoor films city-wide in cities like Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles (where I’d totally be going for the 25th anniversary screening of Say Anything this Saturday night downtown), Chicago, Philadelphia, or wherever you happen to be. They’re popping up all over the place.
Rolling Thunder, the 27th run of motorcycles from all over the country to the nation’s capital in recognition of the hopeful return of POWs/MIAs after the Vietnam War is a sight to see — and a lot of sounds to hear, too. The weekend is full of events for veterans, and with the parade down Constitution Avenue within walking distance of all of the major monuments, it’s a great day to check out the National Mall, too.
Selfies get a lot of love — or none, depending. NASA’s compilation of 36,422 images into the first ever global selfie? It’s in a class by itself. It includes people from every continent, curated from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr. If you can’t get outside due to weather or because your house is just too darned comfy, zoom in on the larger image to explore individual shots — and travel the world without leaving your house.
Nothing says summer like the top — or at least the windows — down and the music cranked up. The Black Keys are my #1 pick out of all bands these days, and their latest release made it official. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s new album, Turn Blue, is their first to go #1, knocking no less than a new set of posthumous tunes by Michael Jackson from the top spot this week. You can purchase the album through their website, or use the handy record store locator they provide to find an actual brick and mortar spot near you to purchase it. (If you’re more into what the new Michael Jackson is all about, check out XScape, too.) (Turn Blue, iTunes, $10.99)
Say what you will about Facebook, but if you choose your friends carefully, a “What should I read next?” thread yields all the book recs you could possibly need to keep you busy all summer. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple was the clear winner among responses to my recent query, and that bumped it to the very top of my digital nightstand, because I really need a pool book. It’s a modern epistolary novel — e-mails and texts take the place of letters, in this case — about a mom who flees Seattle and her daughter who tries to find her. Our book maven Bethanne Patrick also recommended it, particularly because of its portrayal of the “Runaway Mom.” I can’t wait to read it, which shows you that I really do trust my friends. (Amazon, $13.49, Kindle, $9.99)
If you’re headed outside, you need some skin protection — especially on these early summer weekends when it’s easy to overdo after a winter indoors. Consumer Reports just released a list of the top sunscreens for 2014. One of the picks is Neutrogena’s Ultimate Sport Plus 70+ SPF. They say it stands up to “water, rubbing, sweat, or wiping,” and is oil and PABA-free, so it’s worth a spin this weekend. Be ye not the accidentally Memorial Day-burnt. Besides the unfortunate lines that it leaves behind all summer, it’s way better for your health to cover up. (Neutrogena, $10.99)