‘PUNK LUST: RAW PROVOCATION 1971-1985’ at the Museum of Sex (through Nov. 30). This show begins with imagery from the Velvet Underground: The 1963 paperback of that title, an exploration of what was then called deviant sexual behavior and gave the band its name, is one of the first objects on display. Working through photos, album art and fliers by artists like Iggy Pop, the New York Dolls, Patti Smith and, yes, the Sex Pistols, the exhibition demonstrates how punk offered a space for sexual expression outside the mainstream. In the story told by “Punk Lust,” much of it laid out in placards by the writer and musician Vivien Goldman, one of the show’s curators, graphic sexual imagery is a tool for shock that frightens away the straight world and offers comfort to those who remain inside. While some of the power dynamic is typical — underage groupies cavorting with rock stars — images from female, queer and nonbinary artists like Jayne County and the Slits make a strong case for sex as an essential source of punk liberation. (Richardson) 212-689-6337, museumofsex.comGO TO STORE
In its attempt to block the deal, the Justice Department had two allies from the community of writers: The Authors Guild and PEN America. “The lack of competition among book printers has already caused a bottleneck and increased publishing costs, and a merger between these two companies could exacerbate this situation by creating a monopoly,” the Authors Guild said in a statement in March.GO TO STORE
The Origi goal had set the Liverpool fans off into a lusty version of “Allez Allez Allez,” the converted Italian disco hit that has been their soundtrack for a year. It was a welcome release for these fans, some of whom had surely traveled and watched their team fall to Real Madrid in last season’s final in Kiev.GO TO STORE
“Tolkien” opens in the trenches of the Somme during World War I. The young J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult), a second lieutenant delirious with fever and exhaustion, rushes through bloody, muddy, fetid pathways desperately looking for a friend. Over the tops of the trenches he sees fire that looks like dragon’s breath; eventually he will see, yes, a dragon. Following Tolkien on what seems a fool’s errand is a boyish, worried, unfailingly loyal adjutant named, you guessed it, Sam.