From Titanium to Wolf Alice: A Complete Guide to This Week’s Entertainment | Culture
To go out: Movie theater
Wow ! The shot in the arm that cinema needs right now, Julia Ducournau’s Titanium – starring Agathe Rousselle as a runaway serial killer – draws on the work of directors such as David Cronenberg, to deliver a juicy, thrilling and auto-erotic thriller that’s not for the faint of heart.
Cinderella: Met Opera 2022
Start 2022 the way you want it by getting up from bed on New Year’s Day, arguably fresh and without a hangover, and treat yourself to this 90-minute adaptation of Jules Massenet’s lyrical version of the classic fairy tale, live from the New York Metropolitan Opera. Isabel Leonard plays the eponymous heroine.
Louis Wain’s electric life
Even if you’ve never heard of prolific artist Louis Wain, you’ve probably seen his work before – his distinctive anthropomorphic cat images have a magic all their own. This quirky biopic explores the man behind the kittens, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.
Writer-director Stephen Karam adapts his winning play Tony to a terrific effect, as the Blake family gather in downtown Manhattan to celebrate Thanksgiving in a pre-war apartment building that has seen better days. The stellar cast includes Amy Schumer, Richard Jenkins and Steven Yeun. Catherine bray
To go out: Concerts
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, January 6 & 7I
Lo-fi R&B practitioner Joji started life as hugely popular YouTube prankster Filthy Frank before releasing comedy songs as Pink Guy. In late 2017, he focused on a more serious exit as Joji, a move that paid off, with both of these shows celebrating 2020’s Top 10 album, Nectar.
5 to Jan. 31uary; start glasgow
Released unanimously last summer, Wolf Alice’s swashbuckling third album, Blue Weekend, finally has its chance to shine in theaters across the country. Full of polished alternative rock and big screen, this is a record designed for festival slots, so consider these shows just a warm-up. Michael cragg
Barbican Hall, London, January 6
The first performance of Unsuk Chin’s second violin concerto, Scherben der Stille (Shards of Silence), with Leonidas Kavakos as soloist, opens the London Symphony Orchestra concert. Simon Rattle conducts and follows with Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony and the suite to Bartók’s ballet score, The Miraculous Mandarin. André Clement
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, January 1 to 7
When Hamilton swinging was born in 1954, John Coltrane upset traditional jazz-sax thinking. But if the American once seemed out of step with progress, his musicality has conquered successive generations of fans. His regular London trio are joining this New Years trip. John fordham
To go out: Art
Artist rooms: Louise Bourgeois
Tate Liverpool, to 16 January
An exceptional selection of works by the artist who brought surrealism into the 21st century. A bourgeois can destabilize with a stuffed character, terrorize with a drawing. She helped invent the art of our time with her poetic installations. Yet his work is full of memories of a lost world.
The late police officer
Royal Academy of Arts in London, to 13 February
The blast of a winter day enters the art gallery in this brilliant exhibition. The agent’s last few years have been really cold. Yet the melancholy artist created his most romantic and expressive works, unforgettable forests, wild seas and skies etched in pain. A contemplative treat for the start of the year.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield, to 24 Aprhe
If you fancy an invigorating New Years walk, the epic and memorable scenery of Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a great outing. And, in addition to strolling through the paths and meadows, one can see the sensual and disturbing art of this sculptor who creates swarms of naked Rodinesque bodies in white porcelain.
British Museum, London, to 20 February
Party with hallucinogenic pottery and ecstatic burial shrouds on this eye-opening journey through millennia of South American art. Over 2,000 years ago, the Nasca people not only drew vast hummingbirds and spiders in the earth, but also depicted severed heads, drugged musicians, and convicted prisoners on portable objects. A delight. Jonathan jones
To go out: Stage
Russian Siberian State Ballet
St David’s Hall, Cardiff, January 2; on tour until March 26ch
This troupe (above) may not be in the Premier League of Russian Ballet, but they are bringing classical dance to more places in the UK than anyone, so get your tutu fix here, along with some ‘a live orchestra. Lyndsey Winship
Almeida Theater, London, until January 22uary
Rupert Goold directs Tony and Olivier’s award-winning musical about a group of teens growing up inside and outside the classroom. Dazzling and devastating theater. Myriam Gillinson
Leicester Square Theater, London, 4 to 13 January; on tour until July 3Yes
Resuming their canceled tour, Snowflake / Tornado, the stand-up returns to take a side look at Culture Wars. Don’t expect liberal pats on the back from the echo chamber; expect exasperated riffs on other comedians. Rachel Aroesti
Kings Theater, Edinburgh, January 16uary
As a tribute to the longtime panto clown, Andy Gray, Allan Stewart and Grant Stott revive their heartbreaking double act, as silly as ever. MG
Stay at home: Diffusion
Anne Williams’ son Kevin was 15 when he died in the Hillsborough disaster: she would spend the rest of her life fighting for justice for him and the other Liverpool fans who were killed that day. Maxine Peake (above) plays her in a drama honoring her indomitable activism.
There’s something distinctly old-soho about Steven Toast, the mustached character with the imperious boom (naturally – he’s played by Matt Berry). Yet on his last outing, he traded dusty ads for sparkling studios: Will Hollywood give this gloriously disconnected snob the recognition he certainly doesn’t deserve?
Memory loss thrillers have a moment: After the Connie Nielsen / Christopher Eccleston drama Close to Me comes this backcountry mystery from the creators of Baptiste. A Briton (Jamie Dornan) wakes up in the hospital not knowing who he is; unfortunately, the nefarious figures of his past have not forgotten him.
This extremely evocative high school sitcom sees Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine relive the abject trauma of early adolescence playing their 13-year-old selves in the middle of a sea of real teenagers. Now he’s saying woefully awkward farewells with a final batch of episodes delayed by Covid. RA
Stay at home: Games
Animal crossing: new horizons
New year, new start, right? Over the past few months, players have been doing some amazing things with the new content and updates from Animal Crossing (above), so there’s no shortage of inspiration to refresh your Virtual Island. If you haven’t played in a while, now is the time to come back.
Grand Theft Auto Online
PlayStation, Xbox, PC
If you can cope with the sheer and violent anarchy of GTA, Rockstar recently released a new storyline starring Grand Theft Auto V star Franklin now a celebrity fixer in which you have to track down unreleased music from the real Dr Dre. Keza MacDonald
Stay at home: Albums
Moses Sumney – Live from Blackalachia
Recorded last summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, this 14-track live album captures the musical polymath (below) performing in front of an audience of trees with “The Grasshoppers Our Background Singers.” Sumney also directed the accompanying film, Blackalachia, with songs from Aromanticism from 2017 and Græ from last year.
Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Keyboard fantasies reinvented
Glenn-Copeland’s cult electronic opus from 1986 Keyboard Fantasies (above) – reissued with huge success in 2016 – is reworked by Bon Iver, Blood Orange and Kelsey Lu. Haunted and Hollow, Arca’s piano remix brave Let Us Dance stands out.
Itzy – Iyou Itzy
After making inroads in America, the K-pop girl group has now set their sights on Japan. This brilliantly titled compilation, which features reworkings of their greatest Japanese singles, is also accompanied by a selection of their mind-blowing choreographed videos.
Spector – Now Or every time
Outside January 7
True to their Twitter biography of “Part-time rock band”, London art-rock quartet Spector returns with their third album since forming in 2011. The five singles of Now or Whenever have so far been slipping between indie disco galloping of No One Knows Better and I ‘m Not Crying You’re Crying, the pocket symphony of the 80s. MC
Stay at home: Brain food
Andy Warhol’s America
BBC two, January 6
This expansive three-part documentary (above) examines how Andy Warhol’s development of pop art intersected with 20th century American history. We open on his rise to glory and the astute analysis of American consumerism in his early works.
Things you should know
Airing since 2008, this acclaimed podcast from hosts Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark shows no sign of running out of things we should be learning. The episodes take a light approach to everything from hysteria to dentistry.
Celebrating the art of written correspondence, this archive from the creator of Letters of Note displays intriguing letterhead designs of famous personalities. Among the curiosities are the Looney Tunes cartoons by Warner Bros. and the serpentine scribble by artist Ray Johnson. Ammar Kalia