Going out: Cinema
There are two charming new travel films in UK cinemas this week. In this film, Olivia Colman and charming newcomer Charlie Reed play a pair of mismatched misfits on a scenic drive through County Kerry, Ireland, in a stolen taxi…
…and this one follows a middle-aged couple and their two sons – one young man, the other a boy – as they travel through the Iranian countryside. From Panaha Panahi, son of recently detained film director Jafar Panahi, this is an auspicious, open debut film.
fire of love
For two decades, Katya and Maurice Kraft documented volcanoes together until they died in a volcanic explosion in 1991. This documentary, directed by Sarah Dosa, explores their work, relationship and legacy.
Do you know those movies that you never bothered to watch? If this Wim Wenders classic is on your cinematic wish list, there’s no better way to finally celebrate it than with this big-screen re-release – part of Curzon’s retrospective on the director’s work. Katherine Bray
Going out: concerts
O2 Ritz, Manchester, Tue; KOKO Electronic, London, 2 and 3 August
To coincide with the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Oshin, New York-based shoegazers DIIV played two shows in the UK. While this fragile dream-pop album will take center stage, it will likely be mixed in with highlights from 2019’s more muscular Deceiver.
2 until August 6; tour starts in Scarborough
The big-voiced superstar arrives on a tour that includes a night at the London O2 (August 5) and Brighton Pride on August 6. Expect songs from May’s Spanish-language album, Aguilera, mixed with the career-defining hits of her ’00s heyday. Michael Cragg
Ealing jazz the festival
Walpole Park, London July 30 and 31
Afrobeat, grime and funk musicians Binker and Moses headlined the jazz festival. Highlights include Nigerian saxist Camille George, pianist Sarah Tandy, and the Ronnie Scott Jazz Chamber Orchestra. John Fordham
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, July 31 until August 31
Just a month after the end of this year’s Aldeburgh Festival, the summer program at Snape Maltings is expanding its network a little wider. There are many high class classical concerts as well as folk and country music, jazz and blues programs. Andrew Clements
Going out: Art
Taste for Impressionism
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, up to 13 november
Van Gogh’s newly discovered self-portrait is one of the highlights of this Scottish take on the French avant-garde from Degas to Matisse. It tells how Scottish collectors invested early and wisely in the Impressionists and showcases the resulting wealth of Monet, Gauguin and others in the national collections.
framesEdinburgh, up to 8 October
This seasoned Japanese photographer is well versed in the items we leave behind, personal items that tell stories of disappeared people. She makes cool color images of human relics, including her late mother’s shoes and lipstick, and Frida Kahlo’s clothes and makeup. Ghostly artist of silent poetry.
Young & Wild?
Ashmole Museum, Oxford, July 30 until November 20
Rough expressionism has again become an artistic fashion. This show revisits 1980s Germany to see how the human figure was portrayed with raw passion and caustic irony by artists of the neo-expressionist movement. With drawings and watercolors by Salome, Elvira Bach and the godfather of the movement, Georg Baselitz.
Traces: Renaissance Drawings for Flemish Prints
Courtauld Gallery, London, up to 25 September
Pieter Brueghel the Elder is the unsung treasure of this collection. Courtauld has the best of Brueghel’s work in Britain, including his tiny but epic mountain view, Landscape with Flight into Egypt. He also owns some of his greatest drawings, including a reckless depiction of a carnival. Jonathan Jones
Going out: Internship
The jungle book
Dukes Theatre, Lancaster through 28 August.
The duke’s summer show has become a beloved local tradition. This year, Williamson Park will be transformed into a jungle for a walking production of Rudyard Kipling’s classic fairy tale.
soho theatre, London, until July 30
A master of large-scale musicals, intimate plays, farces and family treats, Chris Bush’s talent runs deep. Here’s one last chance to catch a layered romance about food, class, weirdness, and cultural appropriation. Miriam Gillinson
Care House Project
Harlow City Park, until August 6
A free family festival based on the idea of caring and community. It was invented by choreographer Rhiannon Faith, who presented her show 9 Acts of Care performed by professional dancers and local residents. lindsey winship
Basingstoke, August 1; Portsmouth, August 2; Crawley August 3 and 4
August sees much of the comedy world flee to Edinburgh – the deadpan stand-up stays much closer to home, ending his Cynic’s Mixtape tour with a special series of performances. Rachel Aroesti
Staying in: Streaming
August 221:00 Sky Atlantic&NBlimey
This mind-blowing meta-series from French director Olivier Assayas, which stars Alicia Vikander in the TV show of the same name, is too layered to be explained in a short synopsis. Let’s just say that fans of anagrams, remakes, self-reflection and cinematic satire are in for a treat.
5th of August, netflix
After decades of languishing in Hollywood development hell, Neil Gaiman’s hugely influential comic book series is finally coming to the screen with a host of brilliant British acting talent: Gwendolyn Christie, David Thewlis, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry join Tom Sturridge as Morpheus. .
Three Busy Debras
August 4All 4
Returning in Series 2, this quirky satire of a suburban housewife stars Sandy Honig, Alyssa Stonoha, and Mitra Juhari as three borderline sociopaths and generally very strange women named Debra, who spend their lives plotting and squabbling in an eerily impeccable city Lemoncurd.
August 421:00 Sky Comedy & Now
Daniel Mays plays the best AI cop brought back to life, if not to his former level of competence, in this concept cop farce that returns in the third series. The great Steven Graham is his desperate partner tasked with keeping this unfinished robot cop on track. augmented reality
Stay in: Games
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Out, Nintendo Switch
Come fight robots on beautiful alien planets in this sci-fi RPG, but stick with the British-accented actors.
The Sims 4: High School Years
Now, PC Playstation, Xbox
If for some weird reason you want to relive your high school days in your favorite life simulation game, now it’s possible. Except it’s American, so you’ll most likely be acting out scenes from 80s/90s coming of age movies. Keza McDonald
Stay in: Albums
Beyoncé – Renaissance
It’s been six years since the release of the family crisis opus Lemonade, and even more have passed since the release of the new LP, not shrouded in mystery. Spearheaded by the ’90s house explosion Break My Soul, Renaissance was billed by the 28-time Grammy winner as “a place to scream, loosen up and feel free.”
King’s Princess – Hold on baby
On her second album, New York’s Michaela Straus reveals the end of a relationship, honoring those who helped her get through the fallout. Two of her best friends are celebrated in the electro tint of “For My Friends” while “Changing the Locks” featuring Aaron Dessner hacks into intimacy.
Jamie T – The Theory of Anything
Ever since Londoner Jamie Trace established himself as a dirty, spitting street poet on the classic 2007 debut album Panic Prevention, he’s been playing a less interesting style of sad indie. This fifth album – and the first in six years – aims to bring them together.
Maggie Rogers – Surrender
The 28-year-old singer describes this follow-up to her 2019 debut album Hard It in a Past Life as “wild joy.” Such is the case with urgent recent single Want Want, which breaks out of its traps and barely settles down within three minutes. In the meantime, Horses is slowly blossoming out of its more sedate folk-rock beginnings. CM
Staying in: food for the brain
The Future of Storytelling
For those of us who work within the traditionalist juggernaut of print media, this podcast from Charlie Melcher is a welcome breath of fresh air. Every week he interviews someone, breaking the usual methods of telling the story.
The American Journal of Ideas recently launched a digitized archive that makes available every issue of the magazine since it was launched in 1857. Check out the works of authors such as Emerson, Hemingway, and Martin Luther King.
This is Amapiano
A musical phenomenon in South Africa, the house-inspired amapiano genre has gone global in recent years and can be seen on releases from Drake and Burna Boy. This film explores the origins of the genre in the township and its dance sound. Ammar Kaliya