5 Things to Watch, Read, and Listen To in May

Your cultural agenda this month includes a new St. Vincent record, an exhibit of iPhone nudes, and more

A new month is here, and we’ve rounded up some new books, movies, and albums you won’t want to miss.


In her spare time from turning Georgia blue, Stacey Abrams has written a legal thriller, While Justice Sleeps. Abrams has published romance novels under a pseudonym for years, but this is her first work of fiction with her name on the cover. May 11.


Moonlight director Barry Jenkins makes his small-screen debut with The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime, a series adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and starring Thuso Mbedu. May 14.


Did Cruella de Vil need a feminist origin story, or did we just need more cute puppies? See for yourself when Disney’s Cruella—starring Emma Stone and directed by I, Tonya‘s Craig Gillespie—hits theaters.IN theaters and on Disney+ May 28.


Renowned photographer Polly Borland turns the camera on herself. Her solo exhibition at Nino Mier Gallery features contorted iPhone nudes that play off selfie clichés. “It was time for me to do to myself what I do to others,” Borland says. May 15-June 19.


St. Vincent’s sound is more eclectic than ever on her sixth studio album, Daddy’s Home. With tracks like the prickly single “Pay Your Way in Pain,” Annie Clark wrestles with her father being imprisoned for nearly a decade. May 14.

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