ALAN SMALL / MUSIC
Music lovers -- this is your week
If you love music and you can't find a big act to your liking in the next seven days, maybe you should stick to the soccer. Outside the folk fest, it's the city's biggest week of the year for live sounds. The Winnipeg International Jazz Fest has legends Arturo Sandoval (June 19) and Ellis Marsalis (June 20). The fest's pop acts then take centre stage with Juno-winning rapper Shad (June 20), sensation John Legend (June 21) and critics' darling St. Vincent (June 22). Like classic rock? There's Queen with Ryan Lambert (June 21), Heart and Jason Bonham (June 22) and Creedence Clearwater Revisited (June 25). The biggest shows might just be Cher (June 20) and Michael Bublé (June 26) at the MTS Centre. Like I said, one busy week of music.
BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / BOOKS
Hamlet getting the Gone Girl treatment
One of William Shakespeare's best-known tragedies is to be retold by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn as part of a series of reworking's of the Bard's most beloved plays. Flynn will offer her re-interpretation of Hamlet as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, which has also enlisted such scribes as Margaret Atwood (who will take on The Tempest), Anne Tyler (The Taming of the Shrew), Jeanette Winterson (The Winter's Tale) and Jo Nesbo (Macbeth).
BRAD OSWALD / TV
More comedians. More cars. More coffee.
If it's true that Seinfeld really was a show about nothing, then how might one describe Jerry Seinfeld's latest project, the online series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? Well, "brilliant" might be a start, and if you're a comedy fan but you haven't seen it yet, the Thursday, June 19, arrival of Season 4 of Comedians on Crackle.com is a good time to start. The concept is simple -- pretty much nothing, really -- with Seinfeld and a guest comedian touring around town in a cool car, then sitting down for coffee and chatting about whatever happens to amuse them at that moment. The new season's guest list includes Robert Klein, Jon Stewart and Sarah Jessica Parker. Also a must-see for comedy fans is Seinfeld's recent sit-down chat with David Letterman at L.A.'s famed Paley Center for Media. The entire hour-long interview can be seen at http://wfp.to/X2N.
JILL WILSON / MUSIC
S is for super
Fans of bittersweet, string-laden indie rock should mark June 25 on their calendars -- that's the day S. Carey plays the Park Theatre. The drummer and supporting vocalist for Wisconsin's Bon Iver is touring in support of his latest release, Range of Light, a beautiful, gently stirring album that celebrates the glory of the natural world without getting too twee about it. Tickets are $16.50 at ticketfly.com; show starts at 8 p.m.