Baghdad Artists Get a Premiere, and Other Culture Highlights From This Week's Issue

From left, a detail of Sat'aar Darweesh's ; Christopher Brownfield in Baghdad with an artist requesting anonymity. Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Brownfield

In this week's issue, meet ex-Navy seaman Christopher Brownfield, who's launching Baghdad fine artists into New York's gallery scene. Marion Maneker compares Random House CEO Peter Olson, reportedly pushed out of the company, to the last Don. Jada Yuan divides the celebrities at this year's Met Costume Institute gala into Bruce Waynes, X-Men, and Catwomen. Deborah Jowitt takes a close look — a really close look — at the tutu. Vulture's Dan Kois and Lane Brown suggest some other beloved character actors who could ride superhero roles to a hit — Samantha Morton as Wonder Woman, anyone? New York checks out 67 different bands on a recent Saturday night and lets you know who really stood out. David Edelstein calls Joachim Trier's Reprise "Speed Racer for the bohemian intelligentsia, complete with crash and burn." Jeremy McCarter can't help but wish that Boeing-Boeing was better, but calls Mark Rylance's performance "one weirdly inventive, punishingly funny moment after another." And Jerry Saltz praises Elizabeth Peyton's "tiny, dazzling portraits of radiant middle age."