From the Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent to Grace and Frankie: A Complete Guide to This Week’s Entertainment | Culture
To go out: Movie theater
The unbearable weight of massive talent
Don your metafiction glasses as Nicolas Cage plays fading star Nick Cage in a postmodern parody of the kinds of action adventures that made his name. Tiffany Haddish is also on board as a CIA agent recruiting the fictionalized version of Cage on a mission to save his loved ones and hopefully his career as well.
Young actress Anamaria Vartolomei anchors a challenging but rewarding film by Audrey Diwan, set in 1960s France, where schoolgirls are encouraged by their peers to embrace freedom from the permissiveness of the counterculture – but then do face nightmarish consequences when their choices clash with mainstream society. What’s more, it’s changing!
Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore returns with an epic documentary celebrating the life of much-loved spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone, who passed away in 2020, and whose distinctive and endlessly referenced film scores will be intimately familiar to you even if you don’t. never watched a Sergio Leone western in your life.
From Lord of the Flies to Grange Hill, the occasional cruelty of children has been well documented. After scooping Best Debut Film at the London Film Festival, this Belgian feature arrives crowned with critical acclaim. It’s a taut, taut addition to the mini-genre of childhood brutality dramas, done with sensitivity and verve. Catherine Bray
To go out: Gigs
April 23 on May 1; the tour starts in Manchester
After a string of attitude-packed, critically acclaimed pop songs since arriving in 2018, 24-year-old London-born singer-songwriter Muller landed a bona fide hit with the disco-tinged US hit from last year, Better Days. This UK tour should be the perfect victory lap ahead of new music. Michael Cragg
23 for April 25; the tour starts in Glasgow
Although OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder is still one of the most sought-after pop songwriters and producers (recent credits include Lil Nas X and Justin Bieber), he’s not giving up on his pop-rock project anytime soon. . This not quite arena tour supports last year’s fifth album, Human. CM
Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Montpellier Gardens/Various Locations, Cheltenham, April 27 for May 2
The popular festival returns with a glitzy six-day event featuring vocal stars Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum and Emeli Sandé, a 70-piece orchestra Guy Barker, saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Iain Ballamy and American trumpeter Dave Douglas, drummer Mobo-winning Moses Boyd. John Fordham
Birmingham representative, 28 to April 30
After ten years in planning, Michael Zev Gordon’s opera receives its premiere under the auspices of the Barber Opera and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. It reveals the “contemporary psychological heart” of the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, and “how parental expectations and aspirations risk harming our children”. Andrew Clements
To go out: Arrange
Royal ExchangeManchester, to May 14
Winner of the Bruntwood Award for New Writing, Tim Foley’s bubbly comedy is set in a monastery where dwindling numbers and a distinct lack of divine inspiration threaten closure. Could a council-funded robot nun be the answer? Miriam Gillinson
For black boys who’ve thought of suicide when the tint gets too heavy
Royal CourtLondon, to April 30
It’s your last chance to catch Ryan Calais Cameron’s dazzling play about six young black men who meet for group therapy and let their hearts and imaginations run wild. Really wild. MG
as of April 30; the tour begins Glasgow
Some comedians thrive on their audiences’ discomfort, but Maria Bamford manages to tackle deeply dark subjects (mental illness and, most recently, her mother’s death) in a disarmingly silly surreal way – an approach that has made of stand-up a cult sensation. and critical darling from across the pond. Rachel Aroesti
Let’s dance international borders
Various locations, Leicester, April 29 for May 8
Annual Leicester Dance Festival of the African and Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, with a reputation for attracting lesser-known performers in the UK. This year’s program includes New York’s Ballet Hispánico, which has celebrated Latinx culture for 50 years but is only making its debut on an English stage. Lyndsey Winship
To go out: Art
The Photographers Gallery, London, to June 12
Album covers are an art form in their own right and photographers have created unforgettable ones, including Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. This exhibition ranges from jazz photography, such as Francis Wolff’s covers for Blue Note, to intricate album designs by Hipgnosis for Pink Floyd, to arty covers by Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin.
Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate, April 24 to June 19
The most viscerally truthful artist of our time shows new self-portraits and sculptures that ponder disease and mortality. Emin’s courageous and unflinching analysis of his own life gives his work a seriousness and humanity that goes beyond the fashion of the art world to touch your heart, in Margate where it began.
Rhododendrons: enigma, obsession, threat
Inverleith House, Edinburgh, until June 5
This famous genus of shrub is explored by contemporary artists, including Turner laureate Simon Starling, alongside Victorian botanical art and scientific photography. Edinburgh botanists were at the forefront of understanding these plants; now, experts have worked with artists Stefanie Posavec and Ray Interactive on a digital artwork about rhododendrons and biodiversity.
Serpentine South Gallery, London, at September 4
If you’ve ever dreamed of an alien lover, this extraterrestrial love exhibit might be your thing. On the other hand, Gonzalez-Foerster is more a creator of spectacular snippets of pop culture and enigmatically allusive installations than sci-fi erotica, so don’t get excited: this is concept art from Venus. . jonathan jones
Stay at home: Diffusion
Grace and Frankie
Netflix is a notoriously fickle mistress, which makes it especially heartening that the streamer’s longest-running show revolves around two women in their 60s. Now the charming comedy-drama, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, returns for the final part of its seventh and final season.
10 p.m., April 25BBC Three and iPlayer
After the 2018 People Just Do Nothing finale, the gang behind the brilliant mockumentary series seemed to fall apart. Truly, they were working on a slew of new comedies: hot on the heels of The Curse comes this sitcom written by Steve Stamp, starring Allan Mustafa (AKA MC Grindah) as a personal trainer suddenly scared off by his superficial lifestyle.
This twisty serial killer mystery – based on the 2013 novel by Lauren Beukes – stars Elisabeth Moss as a Chicago woman left bizarrely scarred by a gruesome assassination attempt by a man (Jamie Bell ) who is somehow able to track his victims through time and space.
Rob and Romesh vs.
9 p.m., April 28Now TV
Granted, the genre of “comedians trying new things” is now a bloated genre, but you don’t get funnier newbie guides than Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan. The pair return for a fourth round of their knockabout show, with the challenges of this series involving strongman competitions and restaurant management. Rachel Aroesti
Stay at home: Games
King Arthur: A Knight’s Tale
Outside April 26, PC, PS5, Xbox
An undead King Arthur and Sir Mordred face off in this horror-tinged RPG, a sort of gothic sequel to medieval legend.
Trolley Trouble, Inc
Out now, PC
Based on the titular moral dilemma, this game has you make ethical decisions in hypothetical scenarios, then compares your answers with those of the rest of the world. Keza MacDonald
Stay at home: Albums
Spiritualized – Everything was beautiful
Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce used the ‘beautiful solitude’ of lockdown to make sense of the complicated mixes needed to nail his band’s ninth album. Featuring string and brass sections, choirs and chimes from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, it’s a distinctively heady concoction.
Bonnie Raitt – Just like that…
Six years after the release of Dig in Deep, 72-year-old roots legend Raitt returns with his 18th album. The bluesy debut single Made Up Mind is joined by Al Anderson-penned Something’s Got a Hold of My Heart, a song Raitt had in his back pocket for 30 years.
Fountains DC – Skinty Fia
The Grammy-nominated Irish post-punkers release their third album in three years. Written in Dublin during the pandemic, before recording took place at late-night sessions in London, his often doom-laden songs explore Irishness in England. The title is an Irish substitute for an expletive, FYI.
Hatchie – Giving The World
Australian singer-songwriter Harriette Pilbeam (Hatchie is her surname) returns with her second album, a mix of feather-light dream-pop and wispy shoegaze. Co-created alongside producer Jorge Elbrecht (Sky Ferreira), highlights Quicksand and Lights On conjure up the soundtracks of 1980s indie films, all the pumping emotions and chest-tearing drama. MMichael Cragg
Stay at home: brain food
They call me magic
A kind of factual companion to Sky Atlantic’s current series Winning Time, about the rise of the Lakers basketball team in the 1980s. This documentary chronicles the life of its star player, Earvin “Magic” Johnson .
Those & Too much
Economic historian Adam Tooze has been a leading commentator on the chaos of recent years, and this podcast sees him apply his usually wordy analysis to the data points that explain the week’s headlines.
The National Archives blog
More than just a resource for scholars, the National Archives houses over 1,000 years of important British national records. His blog regularly develops a key selection, from citizen research projects to rare manuscripts. Ammar Kalia