From RoboCop to Harry Styles: A Complete Guide to This Week’s Entertainment | Culture
To go out: Movie theater
One of the greatest corporate satires of all time, re-released in a sparkling new 4k restoration? I would buy it for a dollar! Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi classic (above) is as delightfully and surprisingly violent as ever. Age cannot wither RoboCop!
Scary kids have inspired all kinds of scary stories, from The Midwich Cuckoos to The Sixth Sense. In this Norwegian thriller from writer-director Eskil Vogt, children who discover they have potentially dangerous powers are played with a rare skill that makes everything a little more believable – and therefore unnerving.
If there was ever a match made in biopic heaven between filmmaker and subject, it has to be director Terence Davies – a masterful storyteller with a particularly keen eye for repression, class difference and the tragedies of chance. – with the war poet Siegfried Sassoon.
You know that bit at the end of Get Out when Daniel Kaluuya’s hero thinks the cops have arrived – and he’s terrified? The Emergency is a crazy one-night stand at college that’s informed by a similar dynamic, asking: what if the kids in movies like Superbad or Booksmart had good reason to be genuinely terrified of the police ? Catherine Bray
To go out: Gigs
May 21 to 26; the tour starts in Birmingham
Talent show contestant turned YouTuber turned Taylor Swift collaborator Todrick Hall (below) is bringing his brilliant pop to the UK. Along with 2019’s catnip hit Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels, expect a handful of songs from next month’s 80s-influenced fifth album, Algorhythm.
Abba Arena, London, from May 27 to December 4
Housed in a purpose-built arena and featuring virtual “Abbatars” of the Swedish greats as they were in 1977, this unusual residence is part tech exhibit and part Abba-themed club night. Why not shell out a ‘dance booth’ ticket, giving you all the space you’ll need once Dancing Queen takes the stage? Michael Cragg
Glyndebourne Opera House, nr Lewes, 21 May to 24 June
Glyndebourne’s summer season opens with the first full-scale professional staging in over 70 years of Ethel Smyth’s best-known stage work. The production of Melly Still uses the original French version of the libretto and is directed by Robin Ticciati, with Karis Tucker and Rodrigo Porras Garulo as doomed lovers, Thirza and Marc. Andrew Clements
Manchester Jazz Festival
Band on the Wall, Escape to Freight Island and various locations, until May 29
The innovative, admired and now 26-year-old Manchester Jazz Festival has begun a 10-day run, with stars such as Mercury-nominated British saxophonist Nubya Garcia a potent blend of contemporary jazz, African and Caribbean music (May 26); and Ethiopian jazz great Mulatu Astatke (May 27). John Fordham
To go out: Art
Grosvenor Gallery, London, until May 28
The artist also known as Vic Reeves reveals an unexpected pastoral side to his imagination in this exhibition of new paintings (above). The comic known for his disconcerting surrealism painted birds. Not birds doing weird things or having cryptic conversations in bubbles. Just birds, perched on branches.
Temple of Peace, Cardiff, until June 18; Woolwich Public Market, London, until July 24; on tour in Belfast and Edinburgh
This ecstatic installation will have you seeing intense colors, crystal caverns and who knows what else is in your head. It’s a marriage of art and science that sees flashing lights stimulate your visual brain when you look at them with your eyes closed. Everyone experiences it differently: a delight.
STATUS needs a global interlude
modern instituteGlasgow, to June 18
Four quirky talents combine in this collective exhibition. Sue Tomkins does cut-outs and Michael Wilkinson paints Merseyside sunsets. Eva Rothschild has created an eerie dark vinyl wall that turns out to be a curtain dividing the gallery. Color genius Jim Lambie shows off pink washing machines.
Timothy Taylor, London, until June 25
Is this great American a pop artist? His terse, deceptively simple style is rooted in New York art magazine illustrations of the 1950s. His paintings have much in common with early Warhol drawings. But while Warhol became fascinated with the reproduced images, Katz continued to look and paint, beautifully. jonathan jones
To go out: Arrange
The house of shadows
Almeida Theatre, London, until June 18
Beth Steel’s ambitious new play is set in the changing industrial landscape of Britain’s working class. Anne-Marie Duff plays the matriarch at the heart of this large-scale family drama.
Home, Manchester, until May 28; tour until June 25
Masters of creating playful and ingenious plays, female collective RashDash – who have all recently had babies – return with this “fever dream” show about motherhood. Miriam Gillinson
Theater at the Mill, Stillington, NR York, May 23-June 10; on tour until July 28
Deep and experimental, but rarely at the expense of laughs, Kitson has spent two decades establishing himself as a singular comedic force. His cult status is such that he can bill his new show, Outside, as “relatively rickety” and still ensure it’s an extremely hot ticket. Rachel Aroesti
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, May 27 & 28
Natalia Osipova embodies the fiery heroine of Prosper Mérimée in a new dance piece by Didy Veldman. In a double narrative, we see the performers play their characters but also watch their relationships unfold behind the scenes. Isaac Hernández and Osipova’s real-life partner Jason Kittelberger also star. Lindsey Winship
Stay at home: Diffusion
Obi Wan Kenobi
May 27, Disney+
This miniseries (above) was originally conceived as a spin-off film directed by Stephen Daldry. Picking up a decade after the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, it sees Ewan McGregor’s Jedi Master reunite with his former protege Anakin Skywalker, now Sith Lord Darth Vader.
May 22, 9 p.m., Channel 4 & All4
A troubled detective with an inappropriate personal interest in his latest case isn’t exactly a new premise for a TV series – especially when James Nesbitt plays the protagonist in question. But Suspect’s real appeal comes from its star-studded supporting cast, which includes Anne-Marie Duff, Richard E Grant and Joely Richardson.
May 27, Netflix
“Every ending has a beginning,” goes the tagline of the penultimate outing of the ’80s sci-fi streaming sensation. In season four, its protagonists grapple with an opportunity to end once and for all. all to the horror of Upside Down.
May 26, Sky Max and now
The first series of this stylish thriller had a twisting mystery built into its premise: heavily drinking flight attendant Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) wakes up to find her one-night stand brutally murdered. To keep the plot going, season two takes an even more surreal approach: Now a CIA asset, Cassie is haunted by a sinister doppelganger. AR
Stay at home: Games
Elite Sniper 5
Released May 26, PC, Xbox, PlayStation
Fight your way through occupied France as a lone sniper in 1944, in this stealth shooter (above) – if you can stomach its unsettling slow-motion kill-cam.
Released May 24, PC
Solitary and atmospheric, this space game asks you to disassemble and salvage parts from derelict spaceships (and try not to blow everything up in the process). Keza Macdonald
Stay at home: Albums
Harry Styles – Harry’s House
After making the transition from heart-throb boyband to bonafide artist on 2019’s Fine Line, Harry Styles (above) returns with solo album number three. While lead single As It Was – a number 1 in the UK and US – hints at a more electronic sound, there are still plenty of acoustic singer-songwriter confections on this 13-year-old opus. securities.
Lykke Li – Eye
After dabbling in R&B and trap on 2018’s So Sad So Sexy, the Swedish alt-pop practitioner is pulling it all off for her fifth album. Recorded in his room in LA under a set of self-imposed rules — no click tracks, no headphones, and no digital instruments — it promises to interrogate all facets of grief.
Canal – Palace
Influenced by a post-world tour move to a remote coastal town, Australian producer Harley Streton’s third album weaves snippets of delicate field recordings around shards of electronic discord. The party’s apocalyptic vibes are assisted by Danny L Harle, Caroline Polachek and Damon Albarn.
Uffie – Sunshine Factory
Twelve years after debuting in a cult classic, Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans, the French house’s bratty neighbor Uffie (below) returns with the official sequel. While that early game is evident on recent single Sophia, she also effortlessly settles into laid-back, bleached alt-pop on Cool. CM
Stay at home: brain food
Lucy Worsley investigates
May 24, BBC Two and iPlayer
Historian Lucy Worsley puts aside her usual period costumes for a more sober look at the past in this four-part series. Each episode re-examines a societal-shattering moment in British history, beginning with the horrific witch trials of the 16th century.
Ta-da! It’s Windows
From Netflix’s “tudum” to Mac synth thump, startup sounds are a weird facet of our digital lives. This special two-part podcast from Twenty Thousand Hertz delves into the fascinating history of Windows themes, from Brian Eno to the orchestra.
UK Library Sounds
With over 50,000 files of music, interviews and field recordings, the British Library’s Sounds collection is an audiophile’s treasure trove. Recently updated gems include the Oral History of British Jazz and the English Folk Music Collection. Ammar Kalia