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Best Weekend: Amy Schumer’s Special, Janet Jackson’s New Album + More

What we'll be listening to, watching, and reading to sate our pop culture needs.

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So many awesome women doing so many great things and so little time to enjoy them! From Amy Schumer’s new special to Michaela Watkins’s new show, we’ve got a jam-packed weekend all laid out for you. 

‘Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo’

She wrote and starred in one of the biggest movies of the summer, won an Emmy in September, scored a multi-million-dollar book deal, and just this past Saturday hosted SNL. Schumer’s not about to slow her roll now. This Saturday HBO premieres her special, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, and we can’t get enough. 

Janet Jackson—‘Unbreakable’

Oh, nbd, Janet Jackson just scored her SEVENTH number-one album when she released Unbreakable last week. After a seven-year hiatus for the R&B icon, it’s as if no time at all has passed. Especially when we’re blasting “Burn It Up” featuring none other than Missy Elliott. Ms. Jackson, welcome back. 

‘Room’ starring Brie Larson

Adapted by Emma Donoghue from her best-selling novel of the same name, Room is the story of a woman (played by Brie Larson) held captive for seven years by her kidnapper, rapist, and, now, father of her son, five-year-old Jack. Larson’s excruciating perseverance makes the claustrophobic film as moving as it is uncomfortable. 

‘Casual’ starring Michaela Watkins

She captured our hearts during her too-brief stint on SNL then secured our love on the short-lived Trophy Wife. Now, Michaela Watkins is the reason we’re tuning in to Hulu—she stars in Casual, their new Jason Reitman–directed show, about a newly divorced single mom living with her brother and daughter. Hopefully this television home will stay around awhile.  

‘Chelsea Girls’ Reissue by Eileen Myles

Chelsea Girls, the quintessential cult classic collection of short stories by Eileen Myles first published in 1994, has been reissued for a whole new generation wanting insight into 1970s New York, East Village mystique, and what life was like for a poet at the Chelsea Hotel. The semiautobiographical account also dips into Myles’s turbulent adolescence and unabashed “lesbianity.” Pair it with her new book of poetry, I Must Be Living Twice, selected from her nearly 40-year oeuvre.  

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