The world of pop culture is turning back the clock this weekend to honor and resurrect some of the most compelling artists and narratives of the recent past.
Just as us baby boomers reasserted their prominence in the 2016 presidential election, they will be demonstrating their prolonged significance on the cultural stage as well. Here’s what to check out if you want a fix of nostalgia:
‘Camelot’ Is Ready for Another Close-up
Every American of a certain age remembers where they were on Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The critically acclaimed new film “Jackie” — starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman — puts audiences in the shoes of the then-first lady prior to and after one of the greatest tragedies in American history. The film, which debuts in select cities on Dec. 2, is already garnering tremendous Oscar buzz, and Portman appears to have pulled off a role that she told Matt Lauer’s TODAY she was “terrified” to take on.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Royalty Isn’t Finished With Its Reign
The Rolling Stones, whose members are almost all septuagenarians now, are legendary for their tireless stage performances and blockbuster tours, but they haven’t been as prolific in the recording studio over the last few decades. But on Dec. 2, fans who rocked out with the British rock band from the ’60s through the ’80s will be treated to their first new release in 11 years, “Blue and Lonesome.” Recorded in just over three days, critics have hailed this throwback album of blues covers as a triumphant return to the band’s roots.
Pacino to ‘Say Hello’ to a New ‘Little Friend’
Al Pacino, the Oscar-winning star of “Scarface,” “The Godfather” and countless other classics, will be among the honorees at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 4. The prestigious awards — which tends to skew to an older crowd — will also be paying tribute to 1970s FM radio staple The Eagles, soul music legend Mavis Staples, pianist Martha Argerich and singer-songwriter James Taylor. If recent history is any indication, President Barack Obama should also be in attendance, in what will be a bittersweet final appearance at the ceremony.
Mayberry’s Doors Are Still Open
The big series finale of the weekend for many TV watchers will be HBO’s “Westworld” on Dec. 4 — a sci-fi thriller that could potentially be signing off until 2018. But if that show’s bleak take on the future is too dreary, viewers can take a nostalgic trip to the idyllic world of “The Andy Griffith Show” — a 1960s rite-of-passage for many Americans, starring the late titular actor and a young Ron Howard. All eight seasons of the show are currently streaming on Netflix. Just try to get that theme song out of your head.