Picks of the week: New classics

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There’s nothing like a good nostalgia fest: reading classic books, watching old movies and listening to music you loved as a kid. But do you know what else is just as great? Discovering new art to expand your horizons. These picks give you the best of both worlds, with some new classics to check out as well as some familiar fan favorites.

Anytime: Badlands by Halsey

The much-anticipated debut album from the Internet’s beloved up-and-coming pop princess dropped last week, and it certainly lives up to the hype. Halsey’s gritty, dark electro-pop sounds as if somebody took Ellie Goulding’s instrumentals, layered them under Lana Del Rey’s sultry and risque lyrics, and churned them out through an inverted funhouse mirror version of Taylor Swift’s 1989. Listen to the album and mourn the fact that you hadn’t heard of her sooner her show Nov. 16 at the Fillmore in San Francisco is already sold out!

Thursday: “To Kill a Mockingbird” at United Artists Berkeley 7

Whether you read the book in high school or just watched the film to fudge a book report, you can’t deny that “To Kill a Mockingbird” is an American classic. Celebrate the release of Harper Lee’s long-awaited sequel, “Go Set a Watchman,” and catch a throwback-Thursday screening of the film based on the book that started a literary legacy.

Friday: Nathan Fielder at Pauley Ballroom

Christen the re-opened Pauley Ballroom in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union with ASUC SUPERB’s Late Night Comedy Night at Night: Reloaded. The event will feature Nathan Fielder, star of Comedy Central series “Nathan for You.” The event page also hints at the possibility of a few special guest appearances, so be sure to get your tickets — you never know who might make an appearance.

Sunday: Aaron Carter at Berkeley Hillel

Craving some “Candy”? Make your preteen dreams come true by seeing the early-2000s dreamy pop icon in person! The night is sure to be full of Aaron Carter’s throwback hits, so grab your tickets while you still can.

Rosemarie Alejandrino is the assistant arts & entertainment editor. Contact her at [email protected].