Top Picks: a Whole Foods summer initiative, a 1980s miniseries, and more
A new app brings a Chinese folk tale to glowing life, PBS's four-part series 'Queen & Country' explores the British monarchy, and more top picks.
The Lost Beatle
Is there anything about The Beatles we don't know by now? Graphic novelist Arne Bellstorf bets you don't know the tender and tragedy-shortened love story of original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr, the German photographer who created The Beatles' aesthetic, including their signature haircuts. Baby's in Black is a charmingly illustrated account of the scuffling Hamburg days of the Fab Four (then five) and their fateful encounter with two star-struck local art students, who befriended, fed, and groomed them just before they became the greatest pop band ever.
A brush with fantasy
Based on a Chinese folk tale, Dragon Brush tells the story of Bing-Wen, a young boy entrusted with a magic paintbrush. This beautiful new app for iPhone and iPad has mastered the charm and wonder of interactive children's books. While reading the story – or listening to the optional narrator – be on the lookout for interactive flourishes hidden in the scenery. Also, once the characters live happily ever after, draw your own creations with the app's paint mode.
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