From Ticket to Paradise to This England: A Complete Guide to This Week’s Entertainment | Culture


Go out: Movie theater

Ticket in Paradise
out now
Sometimes it feels like Hollywood is just playing the same old hits, but sometimes that’s great news! Who could resist a traditional rom-com starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts as exes trying to meddle in their daughter’s love life? Original? Not welcome? Yes.

funny pages
out now
A talented young aspiring comic book artist (Daniel Zolghadri) decides to pursue his dreams by moving out of his parents’ comfortable middle-class home and into one of the most disgusting celluloid apartments ever, in this hilarious but so revolting from director Owen Kline. A real riot.

Lunar Reverie
out now
There are only a handful of stars, in or out of the music business, with the power of the man known as Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke – that is, the one, the only, David Bowie. We can therefore forgive that this doc on him clocks in at 2h 14m: there is almost too much brio to explore.

bloody oranges
out now
At film festivals, there’s always a notorious entry that critics raise their eyebrows for or whisper about its shock value. At Cannes in 2021, that film was Bloody Oranges, a wild and transgressive French comedy that isn’t particularly tasteful but is worth watching, starring socially-escalating lawyers, sex maniacs and of tax evasion. And no, it’s not about the British government. Catherine Bray


Go out: Gigs

5 seconds of summer
Uploaded… 5 Seconds of Summer. Photography: NBC/Ralph Bavaro/Getty Images

5 seconds of summer
Royal Albert Hall, London, September 22
To help launch their fifth album, 5SOS5, the Australian pop-rock princes will play the hallowed Albert Hall as part of – hello 2020/21! – a global live stream. Promising songs from the new album, the concert will also feature reimagined versions of their hits alongside an orchestra and choir. Michael Cragg

Glamorgan Valley Festival
Various locations, Cardiff, 22-30 September

Two major works by John Luther Adams form the highlights of the South Wales New Music Festival. The Carducci Quartet give the European premiere of Adams’s Lines Made By Walking, while at Cardiff’s Bute Park a massive percussion ensemble will perform their Inuksuit, inspired by the Arctic megaliths of the Inuit. Andrew Clements

Madeleine Peyroux
Sage Gateshead, September 21; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, September 22
Discovered as a busker in the 90s, and soon hailed as the successor to Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, the seductive singer-songwriter – one of the great performers of poetic lyrics in modern music – is touring in the UK, celebrating the reissue of her platinum-selling 2004 album, Carefree Love. John Fordham

Ne Yo
September 20-29; the tour starts in Newcastle upon Tyne
The three-time Grammy winner arrives in the UK to support July’s ninth album, Self-Explanatory, a mildly nostalgic take on 90s R&B. Miss Independent – ​​who is expected to get the biggest reaction on this eight-date tour. CM


Go out: Art

Incipit to the Gospel of Matthew, Lindisfarne Gospels, c700
Incipit to the Gospel of Matthew, Lindisfarne Gospels, c700. Photograph: The British Library Board

The Lindisfarne Gospels
Laing Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 17 September to 3 December
A masterpiece of early medieval art returns home. This richly crafted illuminated manuscript was created at Lindisfarne, the religious center off the northeast which would later be attacked by the Vikings. It is now on loan from the British Library for an exhibition that revives the mystery of its abstract flourishes.

Maria Bartuszova
Tate Modern, London, from September 20 to April 16
Delicate white plaster sculptures were how this Prague-born Slovak artist revolted against the communist regime. In 1960s Czechoslovakia (as it then was), Bartuszová began casting abstract shapes in plaster from children’s party balloons. The resulting objects are ethereal ghosts of freedom. Bartuszová, working in Košice, kept surrealism alive and dreamy.

Michael Armitage With Seyni Awa Camara
White Cube Bermondsey, London, September 21 to October 30
No one knows why Armitage hasn’t won the Turner Prize yet, as he unveils even more alluring, comical and intricate paintings. Gauguin of the 21st century, Armitage artfully subverts exotic colonial daydreams with fine irony. Here, his powerful works are juxtaposed with sculptures by Senegalese artist Seyni Awa Camara.

Infinite Beauty
The Arc, Winchester, to November 16
Nature inspired artists long before the climate crisis. The best testimony to what the Earth looked like before industry can be found in the paintings of Bruegel, Constable and Bellini. Here, modern artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Elisabeth Frink, David Nash and Maggi Hambling continue this love affair with nature. jonathan jones


Go out: Arrange

the Royal Ballet.
Northern exposure… the Royal Ballet.

The Royal Ballet
Distribution, Doncaster, 23 and 24 September
The Royal Ballet rarely performs outside of London (apart from overseas tours), so this is a coup for Doncaster and a treat for ballet fans up North. There will be two gala performances featuring excerpts from classical and modern ballets, performed by some of the best dancers in the country. Lyndsey Winship

the crucible
National Theatre: Olivier, London, until November 5
Lyndsey Turner leads Arthur Miller’s boiling cauldron from one room, over a city engulfed in suspicion and fear. Brendan Cowell plays the inflexible John Proctor and Erin Doherty (The Crown) the fierce Abigail Williams. Miriam Gilinson

Accidental death of an anarchist
Sheffield Theatres: Playhouse, September 23 to October 15
Talented comic book writer Tom Basden adapts Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s grotesque examination of police power. Daniel Rigby stars as the arrested fraudster who turns his interrogation into a disturbing comedic affair. MG

Doug Stanhope
September 17-24, tour begins Southampton
With the recent cancellation of Jerry Sadowitz, the comedy world has become a bit colder for acts that make crafty offense their USP. Currently on tour in the UK, the often brilliant, always brutal Doug Stanhope is back to test the temperature of the times and the stomachs of his audience. Brian Logan


Staying In - Saturday Mag illo

Stay at home: Diffusion

Kenneth Branagh and Ophelia Lovibond in This England.
First mover… Kenneth Branagh and Ophelia Lovibond in This England. Photography: Phil Fisk/Sky UK

This England
September 21, Sky Atlantic and Now
Much of 2020 now seems like a fever dream, but this five-part series promises to take us back, and behind the closed doors of #10. Director Michael Winterbottom is well qualified and Kenneth Branagh seems to have nailed the Johnson’s staggering gait – but is it too soon?

blood lands
September 18, BBC One and iPlayer
Hope you caught up with the first series of this thriller set in Northern Ireland because – spoiler inbound – we now know the identity of legendary assassin Goliath, and DCI Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) knew it all along. When a rogue accountant is murdered and his gold disappears, it adds another layer of lies to unravel. Or maintain.

Star Wars: Andor
September 21, Disney+
Diego Luna reprises his role as Cassian Andor, thief-turned-hero of the Rebel Alliance, in this prequel series to Rogue One, set five years earlier. Writer-director Tony Gilroy, the plot master behind the Bourne trilogy and Michael Clayton, is also back, so expect your Star Wars story to be delivered with a cerebral spy side.

sydney
September 23, Apple TV+
When Sidney Poitier who died in January, obituaries struggled to sum up his immense legacy. This thoughtful and far-reaching documentary can indeed pull it off. It’s produced by Oprah Winfrey — who knows a thing or two about being a black American icon — and features contributions from Denzel Washington and Spike Lee. Ellen E. Jones


Stay at home: Games

Back to Monkey Island
24 Hour Me Hearty People… Back to Monkey Island. Photography: Devolver Digital via Tinsley PR

Back to Monkey Island
Available now, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch
The original creator of the pirate comedy classic, Ron Gilbert, returns with an all-new point-and-click adventure. Expect bizarre puzzles, surreal jokes and insulting sword fights.

Moving Jack
Released September 20, Nintendo Switch, PS4, XboxOne
This characterful and stylish cyberpunk pixel-art game about a vigilante hacker has major 90s vibes. Keza MacDonald


Stay at home: Albums

Rina Sawayama
Girl in red… Rina Sawayama. Photography: Thurstan Redding

Rina Sawayama – Hold the Girl
out now
Taking inspiration from Lady Gaga, Shania Twain and the Corrs, this second album from the Japanese-British pop superstar welds precise lyrics about identity, family and trauma to gold-plated melodies. This Hell, for example, is a country-tinged, line-dancing classic about raising the finger on homophobes.

Mura Masa – Time of Demons
out now
Two years after veering into scratchy lo-fi indie on second album RYC, producer Alex Crossan returns with the consciously fun follow-up, the playfulness of which was all over recent single Bbycakes.

Blackpink – born pink
out now
K-pop’s biggest girl group, AKA Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa, returns with their second album, the follow-up to 2020’s The Album, which peaked at No. 2 on both sides of the Atlantic. Debut single Pink Venom is typical Blackpink, all chant-like hooks, weird tempo changes, and a brilliant chorus that weaves its way through your brain quickly.

The Volta of Mars – The Volta of Mars
out now
Inspired by singer-songwriter Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s experiences with the Church of Scientology, the progressive rock duo’s seventh album — their first since splitting in 2013 — is also their most direct. CM


Stay at home: brain food

Tracey Emin back when she was YBA.
Artist at work… Tracey Emin back when she was YBA. Photography: PA

Sensationalists: The Bad Boys and Girls of British Art
September 20, BBC Two
September marks the 25th anniversary of the Royal Academy exhibition that launched the controversial careers of young British artists, including Tracey Emin. This three-part series details the genesis of the show, starting in the British art schools of the 80s.

The place of the sun
Podcast
Founded in the 1960s in Santa Monica as an experimental rehabilitation center, the Synanon Beach resort grew into a cult promising it could cure all ills. This drama series tells the story of its fall through the testimony of its inhabitants.

The great art explained
Youtube
Curator James Payne presents this series of informative videos, touching on famous paintings and art movements throughout history. There are the usual entries on Mona Lisa and The Scream, plus glimpses of Edward Hopper’s influence on Hollywood. Ammar Kalia

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