What to see, read and listen to in June
In Neil Young Journeys, a new documentary by Jonathan Demme, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee reveals how he decides if a song is up to snuff. “I can tell if I like the music,” he says from behind the wheel of a black ’56 Crown Victoria, “by listening to it in a car.”
It’s fitting, then, that Demme should choose to anchor his third Young concert film in the 85-mile drive from the folk rocker’s hometown of Omemee, Ontario, to Toronto for the last two nights of his 2011 world tour. Watching it feels like you’re taking a run to the 7-Eleven with your uncle, as Young points out his former haunts. At one point in the film, he recounts the time an older neighborhood kid convinced him to eat tar off the road. “That,” he says with a wry smile, “was the beginning of my close relationship with cars.” JUNE 29
1. There are automobile collections, and then there are automobile collections that hold Guinness world records. Harold and Nancy LeMay’s fleet — from which 500 cars, including a 1930 Duesenberg Model J and a custom 1958 Pontiac Bonneville, have been drawn to create the new LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Wash. — is one of the latter. JUNE 2
2. If you’re among those who watched Disney’s Cars and thought it might be nice to spend some time in Radiator Springs, take the family to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif., this summer. Its new Cars Land offers racing rides, Flo’s V8 Café and the chance for little ones to get towed around by ‘Mater. JUNE 15
3. Andy Warhol’s preoccupation with Americana didn’t stop at soup cans. More than 40 automobile-themed works by the artist (plus a 1979 film of him painting the BMW race car shown above) will be in the spotlight at “Warhol and Cars: American Icons” at Alabama’s Birmingham Museum of Art. JUNE 24
Economist Dan Ariely, the man behind the mind-bending bestseller Predictably Irrational, is back with The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, a surprising look at why we lie and what keeps us honest. Here’s one of his characteristically clever experiments.
1. Students were given 20 problems to solve and were told they’d be paid 50 cents per correct answer. After five minutes, one group turned in their sheets, while the other shredded theirs and reported how many they got right. The former solved an average of four; the latter claimed six.
2. The study was repeated, only this time the reward for a correct answer ranged from 25 cents to $10. Shredders still reported an average of two more solved problems than the others. However, those offered $10 per answer actually cheated less.
3. To see if fear of getting caught was a factor, Ariely had one group not shred, one half- shred (so evidence remained) and another shred before leaving the room and paying themselves out of a big bowl of money outside. Amazingly, the level of cheating remained stable. Find out why on JUNE 5.