From The Batman to Hannah Gadsby: A Complete Guide to This Week’s Entertainment | Culture


Exit: Movie theater

The Batman
out now
The cast couldn’t be juicier: who wouldn’t want to see Robert Pattinson, one of our most unpredictable actors, face off against the no more charismatic Zoë Kravitz (above) and always intriguing Paul Dano? The fact that they play Bat, Cat, and Riddler in Gotham City’s seedy underworld is almost incidental to the appeal.

The holiness from space
out now
Mountaineers-turned-filmmakers Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson combine archival, self-portraits, endurance reporting and a celebration of the great outdoors in this ambitious, adventurous documentary that takes a sideways look at what really drives explorers of the noblest and most forbidden environments. of the planet .

Ali and Ava
out now
From director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) comes the story of an unexpected romance, which blossoms between Claire Rushbrook’s Ava and Adeel Akhtar’s Ali. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s classic Ali: Fear Eats the Soul feels like an influence, with Bradford’s contemporary setting proving an invigorating new context.

rebel terror
out now
A portrait of British counterculture icon Don Letts, the eponymous ‘rebel terror’. For some audiences, this documentary will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane, while for others its archive and memories will provide valuable missing information about a key part of a London scene that included bands like the Clash, the Sex Pistols and Rough Trade. Jeannette Lee. Catherine Bray


Exit: Gigs

Yves Tumor
Yves Tumor.

Yves Tumor
5 for March 11; the tour starts in Bristol
Restless art-pop experimenter Yves Tumor (above) has released one of the best albums of 2020 in the form of Heaven to a Tortured Mind, a rock record that traded early noise experiments for carnal anthems and panting. While this sound continued on last year’s excellent EP The Asymptotic World, sonic shapeshifting is also a fundamental part of their DNA.

Country 2 Country Festival
11 to March 13; The O2, London; OVO Hydro, Glasgow; 3 Arena, Dublin
The annual arena-based hoedown returns, a little later than expected, but with an impressive lineup of country music big names. Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Luke Combs headline all three days and three cities, with support from Kip Moore and American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. Michael Cragg

The golden rooster
Hackney Empire, London E8, March 5; tour until May 30
The centerpiece of English Touring Opera’s spring touring program is a new production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s last opera, a satire on imperial expansionism and military incompetence based on a poem by Pushkin. The Golden Cockerel is directed by James Conway and led by new ETO Music Director Gerry Cornelius, with Grant Doyle as sleepy Emperor Dodon. Andrew Clements

Nikki Islands
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, March 5; Ronnie Scott, Sun, March 6
British pianist-composer Nikki Iles has long been a gifted interpreter of the piano genius of American legend Bill Evans, as well as a visionary conductor. These concerts by bassist Dave Green, celebrating his 80th birthday, vocal star Norma Winstone (March 5) and his own 18-piece big band (March 6) showcase these two formidable talents. John Fordham


Exit: Art

AR Penck
AR Penck – Die Spaltung des R-Problems 3, 1983. Photo: DACS 2022/White Cube/Ollie Hammick

AR Penck
White Cube Mason’s Yard, London, 9 March at 14 April
Today we drink street art all the time, not wondering if it’s good, but this powerful German artist has shown how simple forms of graffiti (above) can be truly expressive. This exhibition focuses on the visceral, primitivist paintings of cavorting stick figures that the pseudonymous Penck produced in the early 1980s after fleeing East Germany.

Carlo Crivelli
Ikon Gallery, Birminghamat 29 May
It is a joyous encounter with Renaissance art, free from any artificial veneration or heavy academicism. It’s fun for everyone and really beautiful. Crivelli painted trompe-l’oeil ripe fruit that burst into his religious scenes and overshadowed the saints. Her jeweled canvases look great in a contemporary “white cube” space.

Jesse Darling: No medals, no ribbons
Oxford Modern Art, 5 March at 1 May
Warped metal ladders stretch around the gallery like broken roller coasters. Drunken sandbags and bags of sprouting vegetation litter the ground. Darling’s installations depict a chaotic world. And so it is, for they strive to expose the weakness and mutability of the political and social order.

Alice Theobald
South London Gallery,9 March at 5 June
If you’re a fan of the French television comedy Call My Agent, regular cast member Thibault de Montalembert appears in this cinematic installation based on Eugène Ionesco’s play La Leçon. It shows an absurd language lesson in which Theobald herself appears, pondering the loss of her mother tongue French. jonathan jones


Exit: Stage

Our generation
Class Act…Our Generation by Alecky Blythe. Photography: Johan Persson

Our generation
National Theater at April 9
Alecky Blythe, author of the extraordinary musical verbatim London Road, has created another work composed entirely of real interviews. Our Generation will weave five years of conversation with 12 young people from across the UK.

children
Dundee Rep, until March 19
The Scottish premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s dazzling and thoughtful play. Two retired nuclear scientists are locked in an isolated cottage as the world comes crashing down. What are they hiding from and will their past catch up with them? Miriam Gillinson

Hannah Gadby
Tour 6 to March 19, starts Manchester
Few stand-up shows have had such a seismic impact as Gadsby’s 2018 Netflix special Nanette, which unceremoniously deconstructed the way comedy can exacerbate trauma. By comparison, the Aussie’s latest show, Body of Work, is an exercise in joy: heeding observations about marriage and the hypocrisy of Jeff Bezos. Rachel Aroesti

Dance Reflections Festival
Various London locations, March 9-23
A lively new festival featuring now classic works such as Dance by Lucinda Childs and Set and Reset by Trisha Brown, alongside a group of European artists. Lyndsey Winship


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Stay at home: Streaming

The Witch Hunter
Sweet charm of success… Tim Key and Daisy May Cooper in The Witchfinder. Photography: Gary Moyes/BBC/Baby Cow Productions

The Witch Hunter
BBC iPlayer, March 8
Finally: a true television vehicle for the inimitable comedic talents of stand-up poet Tim Key. Created by the Gibbons brothers (known for their work on all things Alan Partridge), the series follows the titular protagonist as he tries to pursue the very carefree Thomasine (Daisy May Cooper) in 1640s East Anglia.

The last days by Ptolemy Gray
AppleTV+, March 11
Based on the novel by Walter Mosley, this lightly sci-fi drama stars Samuel L Jackson as a ninety-year-old man with dementia who undergoes an experimental medical procedure that allows him to remember of his life in great detail – a superpower he uses to investigate his nephew’s recent death. AR

Our house
TVI, March 7
A woman, returning to her south London home, is stunned to find it occupied by new owners. That’s the absolutely bizarre premise of this thriller about marital and monetary strife, starring Tuppence Middleton and Martin Compston.

Andy Warhol’s Diaries
Netflix, March 9
Take away the carefully constructed image, the knack for building hype, and the self-aware mystery, and what’s left? This documentary from super-producer Ryan Murphy aims to unearth the man behind the Warhol brand via diary entries and rarely seen footage. AR


Stay at home: Games

happy death
Happy death. Photography: Perfect World Entertainment

happy death
Tuesday, CP
The Grim Reaper leaves to kill himself, to compensate for the laziness of his employees (above). An expressive and beautifully animated action game.

Little Orpheus
out now, consoles, PCs
A charming and beautifully sounding adventure about a hapless Russian cosmonaut on an alien planet, with classic animation aesthetics and a sharp sense of humor. Keza MacDonald


Stay at home: Albums

Nilufer Yanya
Nilüfer Yanya. Photography: Molly Daniel

Nilüfer Yanya – Painless
out now
A sense of modern disquiet pervades the music of London-based alternative pop practitioner Yanya. In 2019, acclaim-reviewed gender-agnostic debut album Miss Universe explored the false culture of wellness, while in this follow-up, Yanya (above) turns her gaze inward, unraveling rifts relationships and loneliness on a refined sonic palette of angular guitars and scuzzy drum machines.

Stromae – Multitude
out now
Belgian superstar Paul Van Haver, who has collaborated with Kanye West, Lorde and Coldplay, returns with his first album in nine years. While the mischievous first single Health celebrates the unsung heroes of lockdown, with a dance routine, the searing sequel Hell attempts to find hope in the fog of depression.

Dolly Parton – Run, Rose, Run
out now
After helping fund the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, country music titan Dolly Parton is returning to music for her 48th (!) album. Showcasing his penchant for lyrical storytelling, the 12-track album is a companion to Parton’s novel, co-written with James Patterson, which focuses on an up-and-coming singer-songwriter on the run.

Guided By Voices – Cathedral of the Crystal Sisters
out now
Over their nearly 40-year career, the prolific indie rock heroes have featured 32 different members in their lineup and recorded 35 studio albums. Last year they released two albums, while in 2020 it was three. Crystal Nuns Cathedral marks its first edition in 2022 and features the amazing Never Mind the List. CM


Stay at home: brain food

The driver
The driver. Photography: Cargo Film & Liberation

The driver
Tuesday, 8 p.m., Sky Arts
Director Bernadette Wegenstein films one of classical music’s foremost female conductors, Marin Alsop (above), in this gripping documentary charting her journey in a male-dominated industry to become Leonard Bernstein’s protege and ultimately training the next generation of stars.

me reading stuff
podcast
Artist Robyn O’Neil hosts this short-form esoteric podcast that does what it says on the tin: plays her pick of poems, literature, and letters. The joy is in O’Neil’s impeccable taste and delivery, meandering from Nabokov to Creeley.

genius
In line
Launched in 2009 to allow hip-hop fans to rate their favorite lyrics, the Genius.com website has since become not only a repository of nearly all popular recorded lyrics, but also hosts fascinating granular analysis. Ammar Kalia

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