In 1978, when writer-director Maya Forbes was 10 years old, her mother went away to graduate school, leaving Forbes and her little sister in the care of their mentally ill dad. The girls, and even their mom, didn't fully understand his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Doctors still called it manic-depression in those days.
Kacey Musgraves, "Pageant Material" (Mercury Nashville)
Kacey Musgraves strives for a classic '60s country sound on her second album, "Pageant Material."
If you've heard of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" already, it's probably because it had the unique misfortune of being the favorite of many at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it also won the top prizes.
"The Ultimatum" (William Morrow), by Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf, a producer whose credits include the "Law & Order" TV franchise, is also a terrific novelist. His latest book, "The Ultimatum," is the third thriller to feature New York police Detective Jeremy Fisk, and it's Wolf's best yet.
Hudson Mohawke, "Lantern" (Warp)
Scottish electronic music producer Hudson Mohawke is out with his sophomore album, "Lantern," a lush blend of edgy vocals and smartly managed mixes that are ripe for hip lounge listening.
“The Walls Around Us,” by author Nova Ren Suma, is a dark and lyrical tale of friendship, guilt and justice.
The personal stories of Cole County soldiers are pieced together with historic context in the latest book by local military historian Jeremy Amick.
Rocksteady Studios proved with 2009's "Batman: Arkham Asylum" that a video game inspired by superhero mythology could be an impeccably cerebral affair, not just another name association money grab.
Third Eye Blind, "Dopamine" (Mega Collider)
It's been a few years since Stephan Jenkins pulled together some new musicians to call themselves Third Eye Blind. But regardless of what the band was during its megahit heyday and what it is now, Jenkins remains a consistent and capable leader on the latest album, "Dopamine."
Maria Schneider Orchestra, "The Thompson Fields" (ArtistShare)
Maria Schneider's big band has remained together nearly 25 years, extending into the 21st century the orchestral jazz tradition exemplified by Duke Ellington and her mentor Gil Evans.
"The President's Shadow" by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central)
A visit to the Rose Garden by the first lady opens "The President's Shadow," the latest historical thriller from Brad Meltzer, and the twists and turns that follow will keep even the most jaded reader up all night.
"Ted 2" asks a question that we never needed, or particularly wanted, to know the answer to: Is Ted, the magical, foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear, a person in the eyes of the law?
"The Fixer" (Dutton), by Joseph Finder
Joseph Finder takes a familiar story and gives it a unique spin in his latest page-turner, "The Fixer."
From 1 p.m. Saturday through 12:59 p.m. on Sunday in Jefferson City, amateur radio operators will hold a Field Day exercise operated by volunteers.
The 16th annual Bittersweet Garden Tour has five distinctive Jefferson City area sites lined up for the 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday event.