From King Richard to Adele: A Complete Guide to This Week’s Entertainment | Culture


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Go out: movie theater

King Richard
Out now
This biopic of Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, starring Will Smith, tells the story of a parent / coach who was so dedicated to his job that his daughters would change tennis forever. It’s a much overused sentence, but the man is literally a game changer.

Petite Maman
Out now
A tender, autumnal 72-minute dream of a film, the latest film from French director Celine Sciamma, finds a little girl who connects emotionally with her mother in a magical, realistic time warp in which they are both eight years old. Highly recommended, and not as twee as this premise suggests.

Drive my car
Out now
Ryusuke Hamaguchi is a smart and brilliant film based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s stately adaptation takes the time to create an intimate portrait of a Japanese theater director grappling with his late wife’s infidelity, a fear he expresses through his work directing a production by Uncle Vanya.

Out now
Halle Berry directs and plays Jackie Justice, a disgraced former mixed martial arts fighter who has to return to the ring to support her son, whom she gave up as an infant after his father died. An underdog story that is both about the feelings and the fights. Catherine Bray

Go out: Appearances

Priya Ragu.
Tamil period … Priya Ragu.

Priya Ragu
Manchester, November 22; London, 2November 3rd
The Swiss-Sri Lankan newcomer brings her “Raguwavy” genre with her, a hypnotic mixture of R&B, hip-hop and South Indian music, as presented on her mixtape Damnshestamil. This two-city getaway feels like a forerunner to bigger things. Scenes from the wild
Southwark Cathedral, London, November 25th & 27th
The City of London Sinfonia celebrates its 50th anniversary with the world premiere of a specially commissioned song cycle by Cheryl Francis-Hoad, based on Dara McAnulty’s Wainwright-winning book, Diary of a Young Naturalist. Andrew Clements

London Jazz Festival
Various venues, November 20th & 21st
The closing weekend brings saxophone-sized Charles Lloyd (Barbican Hall, Sa). Other highlights include two very different virtuoso pianists, Stefano Bollani (Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sa) and Brad Mehldau (Barbican Hall, So). John Fordham

Go out: Arts

A detail from Albrecht Dürer's Lot and his daughters.
Moving images … A section from Albrecht Dürer’s Lot and his daughters. Photo: National Gallery of Art

Dürer’s travels
National Gallery, London, November 20 to February 27
Albrecht Dürer is the Leonardo of the north, an infinitely curious spirit. This exhibition traces his restless Renaissance spirit by following his travels to Venice, where he loved the soldiers, and to Flanders, where he saw and praised Aztec art. His pictures of new landscapes and strange animals are absolutely beguiling.

Lubaina Himid
Tate Modern, London, November 25th to July 3rd
Himid’s art is not everyone’s concept of “modern”. After all, she won the Turner Prize with an installation that Hogarth re-stages and paints puzzling and disturbing narrative scenes. Nevertheless, she switched to conceptual art to theoretically dissect media images. This show should be an exciting intellectual blast.

Faberge in London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, November 20 to May 8
Fabulous for fashionistas … and historians of Russo-British relations. This exhibition shows how Peter Carl Fabergé, the Tsar’s egg maker, set up a London branch in 1903 to sell ornate marvels, including a jeweled cigarette case, to the oligarchical Edwardian elite. It’s a glittering portrait of a gilded age.

Howardena Pindell
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, through May 2nd
78-year-old Pindell has been fighting against racism for decades. She combats injustice with direct, explicit interventions like her 1980 video Free, White and 21 and paintings that deal with the history of slavery and apartheid. But she also creates wonderfully sensual abstract canvases that breathe the politics of beauty. Jonathan Jones

Go out: stage

Outsmart the devil of the Akram Khan Company.
Khan do … outsmart the devil. Photo: Jean Louis Fernandez

Outsmart the devil
Sadler’s Wells, London, November 23-27
UK premiere of choreographer Akram Khan’s interpretation of the Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh. The show opens a season celebrating the 20th anniversary of Khan’s storytelling. Lyndsey Winship

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club
Playhouse Theater, London until May 14th
Tickets (very expensive tickets) are still available for this immersive restart of Kander and Ebbs’ powerful musical that was set in a Berlin nightclub in 1929. Jessie Buckley, Eddie Redmayne and Omari Douglas are the stars; The director is the equally talented Rebecca Frecknall.

A Christmas song
Sherman Theater, Cardiff, November 26th to December 31st
Another week, another Christmas carol, though each one is different. Joe Murphy is running his first show since taking over the theater in 2019 and this adaptation was written by Gary Owen, whose work is always so daring and direct. It is set in Victorian Cardiff with a Scrooge woman played by Hannah McPake. Miriam Gillinson

Mark Watson
Folkestone, 20 Nov; Tour until July 31st
After two decades of his career, Watson is one of the most accomplished alternative standups in the country: always different and interesting, but never easy to laugh about. His latest show, This Can’t Be It, turns his recent existentialist meltdown into bold sectarian comedy. Rachel Aroesti

Stay in
Illustration: Lalalimola / The Guardian

Stay in: Streaming

Sofia Karemyr and Ylvali Rurling in Partisan.
Down on the farm … Sofia Karemyr and Ylvali Rurling in Partisan. Photo: MÃ¥rten Tedin / Walter Presents

Available now, all 4
Life on an organic farm isn’t as idyllic as it first appears in this creepy Swedish drama that was named Best Show at the Cannes International Series Festival last year. Fares Fares (Westworld, Chernobyl) plays a new recruit who is unsettled by his increasingly strange surroundings.

I’m a star … get me out from here!
2November 1st, 9 p.m., ITV; then ITV Hub
This long-running reality show does more than just generate sponsorship deals. Now based in Wales, the competition is most entertaining when it plays with our collective nostalgia, taking famous faces from pop culture’s past and putting their personalities up for a public vote.

The princes and the press
November 22nd, 9pm, BBC Two
The media representation of William, Harry, Kate and Meghan is in itself a fascinating unit: In addition to the life of the New-Gen-Royals, it shows the agendas of various newspapers and the deeply rooted prejudices of society. In this two-part series, BBC media editor Amol Rajan reveals coverage for the past decade.

Hawk Eye
From November 24th Disney +
If you’re already struggling to keep up with developments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, brace yourself: the fifth MCU TV show of 2021 is just around the corner. Hawkeye follows Jeremy Renner’s eponymous master archer who trains a young superfan named Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). RA

Stay in: Games

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shiny Pearl.
Switch hit … Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. Photo: The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shiny Pearl
Out now
These Switch remakes of classic Pokémon games will hit the nostalgia spot for the Zoomers, who were kids in 2006.

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
Out now
Video games are the best way to start a mystery story, and developer Frogwares has a good pedigree with the Holmesverse.

The door of death
From November 23rd
A sleek adventure game about a little grim reaper that appears like a morbid Zelda through Studio Ghibli is coming to Switch, PS4 and PS5 after debuting on PC and Xbox earlier this year. Keza MacDonald

Stay in: Albums

She is back! … Ladyhawke. Photo: Jessie Casson / The Guardian

Smile – Phantom Island
Out now
Swedish producers Björn Yttling (Lykke Li) and Joakim Ã…hlund (Charli XCX), AKA Smile, are back with a second album of psychedelic pop. Highlights come from other Swedes, with singer-songwriter Freja the Dragon cooing on the sad Eon, while Robyn lights up Call My Name’s 70s soft rock.

Adele – 30
Out now
The music industry’s Christmas present comes in the form of Adele’s fourth album, the follow-up to 2015 which sold 25 million euros. Inspired by their recent divorce, lead single Easy on Me is stadium size while working with producers Inflo (Little Simz). and Ludwig Göransson (Childish Gambino) push the Voice in new directions.

Elbow – Flying Dream 1
Out now
Elbow’s ninth album, written remotely in London and Manchester – the successor to 2019 British chart-topping Giants of All Sizes – began as “little love notes” sent between band members. The song sketches were then perfected in the empty Brighton Theater Royal, the intimacy adding an extra touch of melancholy to the songs.

Ladyhawke – Time flies
Out now
Synthpop exponent Pip Brown returns after a period of illness with a sparkling fourth album, a hook-laden recall to the self-titled breakthrough of 2008. The other New Zealanders Broods give the lead single Guilty Love clout, while the shrill, disco-hued highlight Think About You requires you to be played on a glowing dance floor. MC

Stay in: Brain food

Wirecard: the billion dollar lie.
Money is migrating … Wirecard: The billion dollar lie. Photo: Sky UK

Wirecard: the billion euro lie
November 25, 9 p.m., Sky Documentaries
German tech company Wirecard, once a big star in European finance, collapsed in 2020 after nearly € 2 billion disappeared from its accounts. This fast-paced document covers his CEO’s subsequent arrest and the ongoing scandal.

The Paris Review
The literary magazine recently launched the third season of its inventive podcast, offering interviews on craft and composition with respected writers such as George Saunders and Joan Didion.

OpenLearn is affiliated with the Open University and offers more than 1,000 short online learning courses ranging from introductions to poetry analysis to forensic psychology and modern languages. Ammar Kalia


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