Go out: Movie theater
Alex Garland is one of the most electrifying voices in science fiction, with Ex Machina and Annihilation the two best explorations of their themes. His latest is less sci-fi, more horror, but all stunning. Looking at misogyny from a surreal angle, it features Jessie Buckley and several creepy Rory Kinnears.
Set on Fårö, the island where director Ingmar Bergman lived, this drama sees a couple of filmmakers attempt to work on their scripts without being too intimidated by the ghosts of past legends. It’s a small ark, but a likeable cast (Tim Roth, Vicky Krieps) keeps it going.
Director Rob Savage is one of the great recent success stories of British horror, with his film host Zoom in the age of the pandemic electrifying confined audiences. Now it takes the horror spectacle of found footage on the road, layering twist upon twist into the very definition of a mad dash.
Met Opera Live’s Hamlet
To see or not to see? That is the question. And the answer is ‘yes’, given that the Hamlet in question is Australian composer Brett Dean’s acclaimed production, presented live from the Met tonight, in the hottest slice of event cinema of the year, starring the tenor Allan Clayton playing the Dane. Catherine Bray
Go out: Gigs
Royal Festival Hall, London, June 10
This year, Meltdown opens with an intimate performance by its curator, otherworldly pop culture icon Grace Jones. Billed as “Up Close and Orchestral”, it features hitmaker I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You) performing some of her favorite songs alongside previously unreleased material.
Yeah yeah yeah
O2 Apollo, Manchester, June 5; O2 Academy Brixton, London, June 7 & 8
With new music on the horizon – their first since 2013 – the New York art-rock trio, fronted by the inimitable Karen O, arrive in the UK for a whirlwind tour ahead of a summer of festivals. With four albums under their sweat-stained belts, expect an expansive lesson in crafty noise-making. Michael Cragg
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, June 5; Sherman theatre, Cardiff, June 8; on tour until July 18
Carry-over from last year, Music Theater Wales premiere Tom Coult’s first opera at the Aldeburgh Festival before filming their production, directed by Jude Christian and directed by Andrew Gourlay. With a libretto by playwright Alice Birch, Violet is the story of one woman’s escape from boring routine as time speeds up and society crumbles around her. Andrew Clements
Leeds Jazz Festival
various places,to June 12
Expatriate American saxophonist and clarinetist Michael Moore, an ingenious manipulator of crossovers between mainstream and avant-garde jazz, makes a rare UK appearance on June 4 in Leeds. Another hot ticket is Issie Barratt’s all-female exchange (June 5), featuring saxophonist Helena Kay and pianist Zoe Rahman.
Go out: Art
David Hockney loves life Drawings 1963 to 1977
Holburne Museum, Bathat September 18
Hockney is a magician with a pencil or pen, his drawn line seemingly casual but bewilderingly precise. He draws on the lineage of his hero, Picasso. This exhibition of sketches and finished works on paper from the 1960s and 1970s (pictured work, above) should live up to its title, its motto: love life.
Serpentine Gallery, London, June 10 to October 16
This year, the Serpentine summer pavilion is not designed by an architect, but by the multi-talented radical artist Gates. Its building, called Black Chapel, is inspired by religious spaces but also by the giant pottery kilns of the industrial revolution of Stoke-on-Trent. It’s art, but solidly built in collaboration with Adjaye Associates.
Gagosian Grosvenor Hill, London, June 9 to August 26
A specter haunts Mayfair: the specter of a summer exhibition inspired by Marxism, in this very successful capitalist gallery. Whatever the argument – something about ghosts of a lost future – there are enough notable artists, including Ed Ruscha, Rachel Whiteread, Jim Shaw, Jenny Saville and Urs Fischer, to guarantee something good.
Tramway, Glasgow, to August 14
Christelle Oyiri’s art is rooted in the Parisian dance scene. This first solo show draws on her experience as a DJ and performer, as well as on her Ivorian and Guadeloupean heritage. A red vinyl bed, a hand holding a candle, a montage of memory and protest: it’s a gathering of fragments of history. jonathan jones
The car man
Royal Albert Hall, London, June 9 to 19
Matthew Bourne transports Bizet’s Carmen to small-town America in the 1960s. It’s a searing drama of jealousy, lust and revenge – one of Bourne’s best. The 2000 show is redesigned and expanded to fill Albert Hall (above) with 65 dancers, a live orchestra and new creations by Lez Brotherston. Lindsey Winship
Revenge of a Blonde
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London, at July 2nd
Courtney Bowman stars as Elle Woods in this musical version of Legally Blonde. Directed by Lucy Moss, co-director and co-creator of Six, the Tony-nominated musical.
Kabul Goes Pop: Afghanistan Music Television
Harlow Playhouse, June 8, on tour until June 20
Waleed Akhtar’s first play is inspired by Afghanistan’s first musical youth television. Two presenters bring global pop hits to their teenage audience against the backdrop of a resurgent Taliban. Miriam Gillinson
Leicester Square theatre, London, June 9 to 11
London venues can’t get enough of cult American stand-ups right now, but Birbiglia isn’t the flavor of the week. He’s an alternative-comedy stalwart whose sprawling resume encompasses everything from Orange Is the New Black to This American Life — and, most recently, a late-night stint for a Covid-afflicted Jimmy Kimmel. Rachel Aroesti
ten June, 9:30 p.m., BBC One & iPlayer
Romesh Ranganathan (above) plays the sweet, unassuming Jonathan in this sweet, unassuming sitcom about a man forced to deal with maddening passive behavior for a lifetime when his wife (Jessica Knappett) leaves him.
all i know about love
June 7, 10:40 p.m., BBC One and iPlayer
Dolly Alderton’s compulsively readable coming-of-age memoir is heading to the small screen, bringing with it plenty of Fleabag-style emotional mayhem, a coming to terms with millennials with the ambiguities of coming of age, and heartbreaking celebration. of female friendship – plus some delightfully nostalgic flashbacks to the early 2000s.
We own this town
June 7, 9 p.m., Now & Sky Atlantic
Wire creator David Simon returns to Baltimore with another serious, gritty critique of modern American policing. This six-parter about how the city’s gun-tracing task force went rogue is disturbing, sophisticated, and incredibly entertaining — thanks in part to a stellar performance from Jon Bernthal as the ringleader of the corrupt cops.
June 8, Disney+
Yes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting almost ridiculously heavy at this point, but this new series – helmed by British stand-up artist Bisha K Ali – about an Avengers-obsessed Pakistani-American teenager who becomes a proper superhero feels like a refreshing and necessary addition. in comic book canon. AR
out now, PC, Nintendo Switch
A lively, well-written game about cheating at cards in an 18th century French drawing room – and getting away with it.
Released June 10, PS4/5, Xboxcomputer
A horror game where your choices determine the fate of nine camp counselors, trapped together in a remote American forest. It can only go well, right? Keza Macdonld
Stay at home: Albums
Tom Aspaul – Plastic Life
On his second album DayGlo, Wolverhampton bop dealer Tom Aspaul (above) dates back to the late 90s, referencing Ace of Base, Aqua and Steps. There’s even room on the MNEK-assisted rebounder What is Real Anymore? for a touch of summer-ready British garage. Plastic life? It’s fantastic. (Sorry.)
Post Malone – Twelve Carat Toothache
Featuring artists like The Weeknd, Doja Cat and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, this fourth album from the austere hip-hop billboard explores the emotional turmoil of recent years. While recent oppressive single Cooped Up focuses on obvious frustrations, Love/Hate Letter to Alcohol dives deep into his struggles with addiction.
iamamiwhoami – Be here soon
Arriving in 2009 via a series of mysterious viral videos, iamamiwhoami, Swedish singer-songwriter AKA Jonna Lee and producer Claes Björklund, gradually built their own audiovisual world. On their fourth studio album, Lee explores the relationship between motherhood and art on songs that trade electropop for something more organic.
Angel Olsen – Big Time
Written about her recent experience of coming out as gay, Angel Olsen’s sixth album finds her moving away from the opulent alt-rock sadness of 2019’s All Mirrors in favor of something more rustic. On the crumpled title track, for example, the overwhelming rush of new love is augmented with a delightful country twang. CM
Reinvent the orchestra with Charles Hazlewood
June 6, Sky Arts
As founder of the Paraorchestra – a pioneering ensemble of disabled and able-bodied musicians – conductor Charles Hazlewood (above) has first-hand experience of how music can be radically inclusive. This fascinating documentary sees him explore how orchestras can adapt more.
Poet Camille Dungy takes us on an ASMR-inducing journey around New York’s Met Museum in this series. Focusing each episode on a different material – from paper to clay and seashells – Dungy weaves an impressionistic narrative around their artistic uses.
BBC Writers room script library
The BBC’s in-house script development program contains a hidden online gem: a library of scripts for some of its best-known shows. Budding writers and fans can read episodes of Doctor Who, Luther and more. Ammar Kalia