From Top Boy to Warhol: A Complete Guide to This Week’s Entertainment | Culture
Exit: Movie theater
The metamorphosis of birds
Shot on 16mm, Portuguese director and screenwriter Catarina Vasconcelos’ poetic documentary essay begins with the Vasconcelos’ grandfather, Henrique, and traces a thoughtful path through a family dynasty, using voice-over, archival and photography. to create a multi-generational collage.
Featuring probably the best use in a movie of ‘NSync’s Bye Bye Bye, and certainly the best use in a movie of Simon Rex, a regular in the Scary Movie franchise, Sean Baker’s scuzzy modern Lolita fable mixes objectionable behavior with a sunny, upbeat pop sensibility to create a fable of a former porn star and her sordid dreams.
A convicted murderer (Georg Friedrich) forms an unlikely bond with Hans (Franz Rogowski), a man imprisoned multiple times for homosexuality, in post-war Germany, in Austrian director Sebastian Meise’s second feature.
A subtle Scottish horror drama from debut director Ruth Paxton, A Banquet sees an anxious widowed mother (Sienna Guillory) confront familiar parental concerns through a less familiar supernatural lens. Catherine Bray
March 12 to 19; the tour starts in Glasgow
Last summer’s excellent Screen Violence, the Scottish synth-pop trio’s fourth straight top 10 album, saw Chvrches shed the outside pop producers that cluttered 2018’s muddled Love Is Dead. spinning again, this sprint around the UK’s biggest theaters should have a party atmosphere. Michael Cragg
O2London, March 16
Colombian superstar Maluma becomes the first male artist from South America to headline London’s windswept arena. Since he’s worked with high-profile collaborators including Madonna, Shakira and The Weeknd, expect a plethora of big-screen guests. MC
Queen Elizabeth HallLondon, March 16 to 18
The Emersons have been at the top of the string quartet tree for more than 40 years, but they are considering parting ways. Their farewell to London spectators is a cycle of Shostakovich’s 15 quartets; they are giving the first three recitals in this series this week, with the rest to follow in November. Andrew Clements
Cadogan Hall, London, March 13
Guitar great Bill Frisell, the Jimi Hendrix of jazz, edgy country music, electronica and eccentric Americana, returns for a one-man show in the UK – coupled with a journey into soundscapes bewitching gifts always at hand, and the launch of the book of his biography, Beau rêveur. John Fordham
To kill a mockingbird
Gielgud Theatre, London, to August 13
Aaron “West Wing” Sorkin’s stage version of Harper Lee’s classic novel was a smash hit on Broadway. Rafe Spall stars as Atticus Finch, the attorney who defends wrongfully accused Tom Robinson in a racially-torn Alabama. Miriam Gillinson
Nora: a dollhouse
Theater of the Royal Exchange, Manchester, April 2
Stef Smith’s imaginative adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House spans 100 years and includes three Noras, all living at critical times for women’s rights. This new production is directed by Bryony Shanahan and stars Jodie McNee, Kirsty Rider and Yusra Warsama. MG
bush room, London, March 18
A master of the blisteringly fast-paced, dense and precise set, the Mock the Week regular is back on the scene after turning 30 last year – a milestone that will no doubt trigger some millennial-friendly riffs. on the aging process. Ivo Graham, Felicity Ward and Thanyia Moore provide stellar support. Rachel Aroesti
Transform the festival
Various locations in Leeds, to April 9
Some intriguing dance premieres in this international festival of performances, including Jamal Gerald’s Jumbie, reimagining a Montserrat trance ritual as a dance of queer black joy, and Frontera | Border by choreographer Amanda Piña, which has its roots in a resistance dance performed by young people living on the Mexican-American border. Lyndsey Winship
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, March 15 to August 29
David Hockney’s latest self-portraits are casual images of a veteran still enjoying his job (above). They feature here in an investigation of his use of technology to experiment with the nature of images.
Guide: Larry Achiampong & JMW Turner
Contemporary Turner, Margate, at 19 June
A film about Britain, set during a pandemic – sound familiar? – and starring Perside Rodrigues as the Wanderer, a girl who travels from Hadrian’s Wall to Margate, witnessing inequality and exclusion. Achiampong also shows other works, including his Relic Traveler project, selects paintings by Turner and provides a games room.
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, at 29 May
Images of the English countryside often feature blank faces, from Mr and Mrs Andrews of Gainsborough to the rural workers of Stubbs. Instead, Pollard photographs black men and women in the British countryside, subverting the myths of pastoral English. This retrospective includes films, installations and artist books as well as his provocative landscape photographs.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as of January 8, 2023
You know one thing about this pop sculptor and so do I: he created the public artwork Love, with its red letters on a blue and green background and which O. Love is a graphic icon that has turned into a chunky sculpture. This exhibition shows it within the framework of its larger vision. jonathan jones
Stay at home: Streaming
netflix, March 18
It may have been revived by Canadian musician Drake, but this heart-pounding, naturalistic crime drama set in Hackney is all about showcasing great British talent: series four sees model Adwoa Aboah join the cast, while Kano and Ashley Walters reprise their lead roles, and tinsel rapper Little Simz returns as Caregiver Shelley.
Apple TV+, March 18
Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway lead this adaptation of the hit podcast, which charts the rise and fall of the revolutionary WeWork lifestyle movement for office space providers. While it doesn’t quite fit the drama bracket of fashionable crooks, as a business study based on charisma, daring and little else, it’s extremely 2022 TV.
TVI, March 14
A murder mystery set in a small Irish village may look like the epitome of conventionally cozy ITV fare, but Holding – adapted from Graham Norton’s bestselling debut novel and directed by Kathy Burke – has a dark sense of humor and shifted.
Amazon Prime Video, now available
The sci-fi sitcom from comedy giant Greg Daniels (the man responsible for The US Office, Parks and Recreation and many classic Simpsons episodes) imagines a future where death simply means moving on to your virtual afterlife favorite – although, as the second series continues to prove, eternal happiness is never without complications. AR
Stay at home: Games
Released March 16PC, Xbox One
An endearing game featuring a cartoon fox with a small sword. Drawing inspiration from adventure classics such as Zelda, it’s beautifully animated and inviting.
Grand Theft Auto V
Released March 15PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
If you’re one of the 149 people who haven’t purchased GTA V in the past nine years, this better-than-ever version of the anarchic, misanthropic game of urban chaos is releasing this week on top consoles. Keza MacDonald
Stay at home: Albums
Jenny Hval – Classic Objects
Norwegian musician and occasional novelist Jenny Hval returns with her sixth album, her first since signing with independent label 4AD. Created in the midst of the pandemic, her relative simplicity was inspired by a desire to strip things down and figure out who she was as an “artist without the art.”
Orange Rex County – Who Cares?
While the title of Alex O’Connor’s fourth album suits his studio-crumpled singer-songwriter attitude, musically Who Cares? more positive bias. Recent single Amazing hops around syrupy strings and a lilting chorus (“don’t change a thing, you’re amazing”), while flippant Keep It Up does its best to promote self-confidence.
Bryan Adams – So Glad It Hurts
Everyone’s favorite gravel-voiced crooner of the early ’90s returns with his 15th album, co-produced by (Everything I Do) I Do It For You host Robert “Mutt” Lange and featuring – why not? – actor John Cleese. Brilliantly, the title track feels like all the soft-rock wedding reception classics rolled into one.
Ho99o9 – Skin
New Jersey noise mongers Yeti Bones and theOGM return with their second collection of seething hardcore punk, industrial squalls and pulverized deadly rap. Produced by Mr Kourtney Kardashian, aka Travis Barker, and released through his label, its highlight, Nuge Night, is a smashing 90-second ode to controversial hip-hop label Death Row Records. MC
Stay at home : brain food
Andy Warhol’s Diaries
Netflix, now available
After the BBC’s sociopolitical docuseries Andy Warhol’s America, Netflix and producer Ryan Murphy create their own story of the pop artist, taking his posthumously published diaries as their source. An intimate glimpse of a complex and guarded figure.
The Big Hit Show
Host Alex Papademas’ in-depth series on how works of art become cultural phenomena traces the legacy of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s album To Pimp a Butterfly in its second series. Pappademas documents Lamar’s creativity through his own words.
In defense of the “building of gentrification”
Journalist Jerusalem Demsas plays devil’s advocate in this intriguing video essay for Vox, arguing that new housing developments in urban areas aren’t always signs of gentrification, but can instead have a positive impact on their neighborhoods and residents. existing. Ammar Kalia