Top Picks: Joe Goddard's 'Electric Lines,' the REI Co-op Guide to National Parks app, and more

The app BringFido lets you find a dog-friendly hotel as well as other area attractions, such as dog parks, trails, and beaches, movie fans should check out Isabelle Huppert's work in the film Things to Come, and more top picks.


Welcoming electronica

Are you put off by the idea of a music genre called electronica? You’re not alone. But Joe Goddard wants to change that by inviting you into the warm and sweet-scented musical world of his new album, Electric Lines. It’s an unexpected pleasure, brimming with gently percolating rhythms, sweet harmony vocals, and inspiring lyrics, all gently cooed by a variety of whispery male and female voices. And you can dance to it. Check out “Truth Is Light” and “Music Is the Answer” for a sampling of Goddard’s captivating mixes.

Park guide

Heading to the Grand Canyon or Rocky Mountain National Park this spring? Try out the REI Co-op Guide to National Parks app, which has information about where to hike and how difficult the route will be, where to camp, and what dinner options are available. The app is free for iOS and Android.


Dogs welcome

Your favorite adventures are the ones with your dog at your side, but will your furry friend be welcome at the hotel you’re staying at or restaurant where you want to have breakfast? With the app BringFido, you can find a dog-friendly hotel as well as other area attractions, such as dog parks, trails, and beaches. The app also has suggestions for dog groomers and where to find pet supplies. It’s free for iOS and Android. 

Past and present

Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, Julieta, stars Emma Suárez as a mother who may have found out where her long-estranged now-adult daughter is. The film also has flashback scenes centering on Julieta, her daughter, and her husband. Monitor film critic Peter Rainer writes that “after a while, past and present create an alluring and sorrowful continuum.” “Julieta” is available on DVD and Blu-ray.  

Oscar alternative

Actress Isabelle Huppert received an Oscar nomination for best actress this year for her role in the 2016 movie “Elle,” but movie fans should also check out her work in the film Things to Come, in which Huppert portrays a college professor going through a divorce. The film is directed by Mia Hansen-Løve and is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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