From King Richard to Adele: A Complete Guide to This Week’s Entertainment | Culture
Go out: Movie theater
Starring Will Smith, this biopic of Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, tells the story of a parent / coach so dedicated to his job his daughters will transform tennis forever. It’s a very overused expression, but man is literally a game-changer.
A delicate and autumnal 72-minute film dream, the latest of French director Céline Sciamma finds a little girl in emotional connection with her mother, in a magical and realistic time loop where they are both eight years old. Highly recommended, and not as twee as that premise might suggest.
Drive my car
A clever and brilliant film based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s majestic adaptation takes its time to paint an intimate portrait of a Japanese director struggling with the infidelities of his late wife, an anxiety he expresses through his directing work of Uncle Vania.
Halle Berry directs and stars as Jackie Justice, a disgraced former mixed martial arts fighter, who must return to the ring to support the son she abandoned as a baby after his father died. A story of outsider as much on the sensations as on the fights. Catherine bray
Go out: Concerts
Manchester, November 22; London, 2Nov 3
The Swiss-Sri Lankan newcomer brings her genre “Raguwavy”, a hypnotic mix of R&B, hip-hop and South Indian music, as shown by her mixtape Damnshestamil. This two-city getaway feels like a precursor to bigger things. Scenes of nature
Southwark Cathedral, London, November 25-27
The City of London Sinfonia is celebrating its 50th anniversary season with the first performance of a specially commissioned song cycle by Cheryl Francis-Hoad, based on Dara McAnulty’s Wainwright Award winning book, Diary of a Young Naturalist. André Clement
London Jazz Festival
Various locations, 20 & 21 nov.
The closing weekend brings the great saxophone Charles Lloyd (Barbican Hall, Sat). Two very different virtuoso pianists, Stefano Bollani (Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sat) and Brad Mehldau (Barbican Hall, Sun) are among the other highlights. John fordham
Go out: Art
National Gallery, London, November 20 to February 27
Albrecht Dürer is the Leonardo of the North, an infinitely curious mind. This exhibition continues his restless Renaissance spirit by following his travels to Venice, where he loved soldiers, and to Flanders where he saw and praised Aztec art. His images of new landscapes and strange beasts are quite alluring.
Tate Modern, London, November 25 to July 3
Himid’s art is not everyone’s idea of “modern”. She won the Turner Prize, after all, with an installation that features Hogarth and paints enigmatic and disturbing narrative scenes. However, she switched to conceptual art to theoretically dissect media images. This spectacle should be an invigorating intellectual explosion.
Fabergé in London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from November 20 to May 8
Fabulous for fashionistas… and historians of Russian-British relations. This exhibit shows how Peter Carl Fabergé, the Tsar’s egg maker, opened a branch in London in 1903 to sell ornate wonders, including a jeweled cigarette case, to the Edwardian oligarchic elite. It is a glittering portrait of a golden age.
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, until May 2
Pindell, 78, has been fighting racism for decades. She fights injustice with direct and explicit interventions such as her 1980 video Free, White and 21, and paintings that evoke the history of slavery and apartheid. Yet she also creates beautifully sensual abstract canvases that exude the politics of beauty. Jonathan jones
Go out: To organise
Outsmart the devil
Sadler’s Wells, London, November 23-27
UK premiere of choreographer Akram Khan’s interpretation of the Mesopotamian epic poem Gilgamesh. The show opens a season celebrating 20 years of Khan’s storytelling. Lyndsey Winship
Cabaret at the Kit-Kat Club
Theater theater, London, to May 14
Tickets (very expensive tickets) are still available for this immersive reboot of the powerful Kander and Ebb musical, which takes place in a Berlin nightclub in 1929. Jessie Buckley, Eddie Redmayne and Omari Douglas star; it is directed by the equally talented Rebecca Frecknall.
A Christmas Carol
Sherman theater, Cardiff, November 26 to December 31
Another week, another Christmas carol, although everyone is different. Joe Murphy is directing his first show since taking over the theater in 2019 and this adaptation is written by Gary Owen, whose work is as bold and direct as ever. It is set in Victorian Cardiff, with a woman Scrooge played by Hannah McPake. Myriam Gillinson
Folkestone, 2Nov 0; on tour until July 31
Two decades after the start of his career, Watson is one of the most accomplished alternative stand-ups in the country: always different and interesting, but never light-hearted. His latest show, This Can’t Be It, turns his recent existentialist collapse into a toned confessional comedy. Rachel Aroesti
Stay at home: Diffusion
Available now, the 4
Life on an organic farm isn’t as idyllic as it first appeared in this spooky Swedish drama, which won Best Show at the Cannes International Series Festival last year. Fares Fares (Westworld, Chernobyl) embodies a new recruit who is disturbed by his increasingly strange surroundings.
I’m a celebrity … take me out from here!
2November 1, 9 p.m., ITV; then ITV Hub
This long-running reality show does more than just generate sponsorship deals. The competition now held in Wales is most entertaining when it plays with our collective nostalgia, taking famous faces from the pop culture past and putting their personalities to a public vote.
The princes and the press
November 22, 9 p.m., BBC Two
The media portrayal of William, Harry, Kate and Meghan is a fascinating entity in itself: it chronicles the agendas of various newspapers as well as the deeply ingrained prejudices of society alongside the lives of new generation royals. In the two-part document, BBC media editor Amol Rajan deciphers coverage of the past decade.
From November 24, Disney +
If you’re already struggling to keep up with the evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, get ready: the fifth MCU TV show of 2021 is upon us. Hawkeye follows Jeremy Renner’s eponymous master archer as he coaches a young superfan named Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). RA
Stay at home: Games
Pokémon Shiny Diamond & Shiny Pearl
These Switch remakes of classic Pokémon games will reach nostalgia for Zoomers who were kids in 2006.
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
Video games are the best way to experience a mysterious story, and developer Frogwares has a good pedigree with the Holmesverse.
The door of death
Released on November 23
A sleek little grim reaper adventure game, much like a morbid Zelda via Studio Ghibli, is coming to Switch, PS4, and PS5 after debuting on PC and Xbox earlier this year. Keza MacDonald
Stay at home: Albums
Smile – The Ghost Island
Swedish producers Björn Yttling (Lykke Li) and Joakim Åhlund (Charli XCX), AKA Smile, return with a second psychedelic pop album. The highlights come from fellow Swedes, with singer-songwriter Freja the Dragon cooing on sad Eon, while Robyn lights up the ’70s soft rock of Call My Name.
Adele – 30
The Christmas giveaway from the music industry arrives in the form of Adele’s fourth album, the sequel to 25, which sold 22 million in sales in 2015. Inspired by her recent divorce, the debut single Easy on Me is by the size of a stadium, while collaborations with producers Inflo (Little Simz) and Ludwig Göransson (Childish Gambino) grow this voices in new directions.
Elbow – Flying Dream 1
Written remotely in London and Manchester, Elbow’s ninth album – the follow-up to Giants of All Sizes topped the 2019 UK charts – began as “little love notes” sent between band members. The song sketches were then perfected in the empty Brighton Theater Royal, the privacy giving the songs an extra layer of melancholy.
Ladyhawke – Time flies
Synthpop exhibitor Pip Brown returns after a spell of ill health with a sparkling fourth album, a hook-laden reminder to the eponymous 2008 breakthrough. Fellow New Zealanders Broods add punch to debut single Guilty Love, while Think About You, a sashayant moment tinged with disco, demands to be performed on a light-up dance floor. MC
Stay at home: Brain food
Wirecard: the lie of a billion euros
Nov 25, 9 p.m., Sky Documentaries
Once the star of European funding, German tech company Wirecard collapsed in 2020 after nearly € 2 billion disappeared from its accounts. This quick document covers the subsequent arrest of its CEO and the continuing scandal.
The Parisian review
The literary magazine recently launched the third season of its inventive podcast, featuring craft and composition interviews with revered writers such as George Saunders and Joan Didion.
Operating in affiliation with the Open University, OpenLearn is a treasure trove of free curated knowledge, hosting over 1,000 short e-learning courses, ranging from introductions to poetry analysis, forensic psychology and modern languages. Ammar Kalia