Need to fill your down time? From new music to highly-anticipated movies, here are our top picks in entertainment this month.
We don’t know much about Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams’ latest project, Lovecraft Country, based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel, but we do know it’s a must-watch. Atticus Freeman heads out on a road trip to find his father with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George. The road trip sends the three into 1950s Jim Crow America. The journey becomes a struggle to survive and overcome racism, and the monsters they encounter are inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s stories. Available for streaming Aug. 16 on HBO.
Disney pivots one of its latest releases from theaters to Disney+ this month. The One and Only Ivan, available Aug. 21 for streaming, is the tale of a gorilla named Ivan who’s trying to learn about his past with the help of Stella the Elephant as the pair plans to escape captivity. Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie and Bryan Cranston lend their voices to this animated film.
English electronic music duo Disclosure closes out summer break with their new album Energy, dropping Aug. 28. Known for dance hits like “Latch,” featuring Sam Smith, and “Magnets,” featuring Lorde, this newest installment from brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence is the perfect soundtrack for Labor Day parties. Energy features collaborations with Aminé, Common, Kehlani and Kelis, among others.
Akwaeke Emezi’s newest novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, tells the story of one family’s love and loss. A mother in a southeastern Nigeria town opens her front door to find her son’s body, wrapped in fabric, at the doorstep. The family is then sent on a journey to learn about a child they never really knew. Dive into a tale that will tug at heartstrings on Aug. 4.
Aug. 1–9: 47th Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft Show, Virtual; rehobothartleague.org
Aug. 7: 12th Annual Harry K Foundation 5k Run/Walk & 1.5 Mile Noncompetitive Walk, Milton; raceroster.com
Aug. 7: Delaware Art Museum’s Art Is Tasty event, Virtual; delart.org
Aug. 1-31: Customer Appreciation Month; fiferorchards.com