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Top Picks: The Detour app, '20th Century Women' on DVD and Blu-ray, and more

The Yonder app can help if you're looking for inspiration for an outdoor adventure or thinking of recommending one you had to others, Adam Driver stars in director Jim Jarmusch’s latest movie, 'Paterson,' and more top picks.

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Music inspiration

Sometimes when you’re feeling confused about where to find new music, you just need check out a good blog. Here are three excellent ones to keep you in the know: The Brooklyn-based blog Alt Citizen is full of contemporary indie picks and good humor, specializing in quirky mixtapes and in-depth reviews. The blog All Things Go features seemingly endless new music recommendations and artist profiles from decades past in the “adult education” section. And The Fader mixes music news with a strong side of international culture stories, behind-the-scenes peeks, and their renowned “13 Songs You Need in Your Life This Week.” 

Activity recommendations

Looking for inspiration for an outdoor adventure or thinking of recommending one you had to others? With the app Yonder, you can post about a recent activity like rock climbing or cycling to let others know to check it out; if you need ideas, see what other users have done outside lately. The app is free for iOS and Android.

Knowledgeable tour

Looking to explore a new city with a knowledgeable guide like Ken Burns or Philippe Petit? With the app Detour, you can stroll around a new area and bring along an audio guide that tells you what you’re seeing. Detour is currently available in cities including San Francisco; Austin, Texas; Barcelona, Spain; and Marrakech, Morocco, and is free for iOS and Android.

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Marvelous performance

In the movie 20th Century Women, actress Annette Bening plays Dorothea, mother to a teenage boy (Lucas Jade Zumann) in 1970s Santa Barbara, Calif. Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning costar, and Bening delivers a performance that Monitor film critic Peter Rainer calls “a watchful and laid-back marvel.” The film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.  

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Jarmusch’s latest

Adam Driver stars in director Jim Jarmusch’s latest movie, Paterson, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film follows bus driver Paterson (Driver) for one week as he works; spends time with his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani); and composes poetry. Monitor film critic Peter Rainer writes that Driver has “low-key charisma” in the role.

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