What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Selena + Chef’ and ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’

What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Selena + Chef’ and ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’

SELENA + CHEF Stream on HBO Max. At the start of this quarantine cooking program, Selena Gomez makes a confession: “I can’t even fix eggs properly,” she says. The show pairs Gomez with famous chefs who teach her to do that and more. First up: a video call from the French chef and restaurateur Ludo Lefebvre, who instructs Gomez in the finer points of omelet making (a piece of advice: “give a little massage to the eggs with the butter”), before ramping up the difficulty, moving swiftly to soufflé. Other guest chefs during the show’s 10 episodes include Nancy Silverton, Roy Choi and Tanya Holland.

JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY (1960) Watch on Film Forum’s virtual cinema. If the eyes of concertgoers at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival ever wandered from watching the likes of Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong and Mahalia Jackson onstage, they might have caught the photographer Bert Stern lugging camera equipment through the heat, capturing footage for this concert movie. Filmed in color with intimate, close up shots of musicians interspersed with atmospheric fly-on-the-wall scenes from the audience and around Newport, the documentary gives a lyrical look at the 1958 festival, whose performers also included Dinah Washington and the trombonist Jack Teagarden, who duetted with Armstrong. When the film debuted in New York in 1960, Bosley Crowther wrote in his review for The New York Times that it delivered, sonically, “as generous a dish of top jazz music as any cat could take in one gulp.” But while Crowther wrote that the shots of the musicians “are superior in the photographic sense,” he felt that the cinematic asides tended toward the pretentious (“A better title for this picture — more descriptive of it, at least — might be ‘Jazz on a Photographer’s Field Day,’” he wrote). The musicians’ notes — and their sweat — should be clearer than ever in a new restoration of the movie, which is now available to watch through Film Forum’s virtual cinema.

JEXI (2019) 6:30 p.m. on Showtime. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s comedy “Jexi” takes the basic man-smartphone romance premise of Spike Jonze’s “Her” and gives it a few extra cranks of absurdity. Adam Devine plays Phil, a young San Francisco journalist who chases a romance with a bike shop owner named Cate (Alexandra Shipp). That pursuit is complicated when Phil buys a new smartphone that comes installed with a virtual assistant, Jexi (voiced by Rose Byrne). Jexi falls in love with Phil, and tries to sabotage his budding romance. The whole thing is “more amiable than you’d expect from a movie by the writers of ‘The Hangover,’” Glenn Kenny wrote in his review for The Times. “While its mode of argumentation gets weaker as the standard-issue boy-meets-girl-meets-carpe-diem plot progresses,” he added, “the appealing cast and brisk running time help ‘Jexi’ not wear out its welcome.”

CORONAVIRUS AND THE CLASSROOM 8 p.m. on NBC. Lester Holt will anchor this hourlong special, in which NBC correspondents will report on the state of pandemic return-to-school plans, and experts will offer advice for families with school-age children.

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