Exit: Movie theater
Paris, 13th arrondissement
French author Jacques Audiard is back, and in a lighter form than his searing prison drama A Prophet. In this beautifully shot contemporary black-and-white romance, modern Parisians do their best to understand their love life and life in general. Call her Emily from the beholder thinking of Paris.
The Phantom of the Open
Mark Rylance kicks off a feel-good underdog golf story that’s sure to score a hole-in-one with UK audiences craving something lighter after all those awards season heavy films earlier in the year. Based on a true story and directed by likeable actor-turned-director Craig Roberts, it also features Sally Hawkins.
A new horror flick from the excellent Ti West is always a source of excitement, but this one has a particularly enticing premise for fans of the genre: starring Jenna Ortega, Mia Goth and Brittany Snow, it follows a group of adult movie stars as they travel to a remote location to film their latest opus.
The first film to win the top three awards at the Sundance Film Festival, this understated drama is based on the true story of a woman who becomes an entrepreneur against all odds after her husband disappears during the War of the End of the Year. 90s in Kosovo. . Catherine Bray
Bill Laurance and the Royal Academy of Music Big Band
Ronnie Scott’s Club, London March 21st6:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Keyboardist Bill Laurance, co-founder of jazz-funk band Snarky Puppy and imaginative genre-blending composer, shares Jazzwise magazine’s 25th anniversary celebrations with a hard-hitting big band – and a program of Snarky hits, early originals and new testifies to his cinematic use of jazz, world and classical music. John Fordham
Islands of the future
March 23 to April 2he; the tour starts in Manchester
Nearly a decade after a viral performance on Letterman sent the band — and frontman Samuel T Herring — into orbit, their modus operandi hasn’t really changed. New single King of Sweden continues his love of synthesizer-driven art-rock, adding another hands-on live favorite to the Future Islands canon.
19 to March 29ch; the tour starts in Brighton
Since winning the 2021 Brits Rising Star award, pop newcomer Griff has scored a Top 20 single with Black Hole, landed a Top 5 with his debut mixtape One Foot in Front of the Other and shared a few tokens with Taylor Swift. This delayed UK tour may well be the last chance to catch him in small venues.
Total immersion BBCSO: Frank Zappa
Barbican Hall, London, March 19
The latest of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s all-day specials is dedicated to the unclassifiable, free-spirited genius of Frank Zappa. This celebration focuses on his ensemble and orchestral works, including a rendition of his latest album, The Yellow Shark, alongside some of the modernist scores by Stravinsky, Webern and Varèse that so influenced him. Andrew Clements
The burnt city
Woolwich works, March 22 to August 28fair
Immersive theater maestros Punchdrunk return to London for the first time since 2014 with their biggest ever production. Spreading across two Grade II listed buildings in Greenwich, it’s a futuristic take on the downfall of Troy. Epic. Miriam Gillinson
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, until March 26ch
A gripping take on Kafka’s dark and gripping story about a man who wakes up to find he’s a giant insect. This international co-production show received rave reviews before closing at the start of the lockdown. MG
Ashcroft Center for the Arts, Fareham, March 24; The wharf, Sudbury, March 25
A slow-burning success story, Ruffell is the kind of seasoned, self-assured stand-up whose well-honed skills make her an extremely comforting presence on stage. Drawing inspiration from her childhood in working-class Portsmouth and her experiences with homosexuality, the 36-year-old makes class and sexuality the cornerstones of her matey and giddy routines. Rachel Aroesti
Barbican Hall, London, March 24 to March 27chthen turned
The pioneering ballet company is celebrating 20 years of spotlighting Black and Asian dancers with a new ballet, Say It Loud, tracing the history of the company itself. Plus a premiere by South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma titled Black Sun, with music by Kano producer Mikey J Asante. Lyndsey Winship
Kyōsai: The Israel Goldman Collection
Royal Academy of Arts, London, until June 19
Japanese art experienced a revolutionary golden age in the early 1800s that culminated in Hokusai’s 1831 masterpiece, The Great Wave. But what happened next? This exhibition argues in favor of Kawanabe Kyōsai, who continued to create fantastic images of ghosts and courtesans until his death in 1889, as a great modern.
Six Portraits: Surviving the Holocaust
Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, until June 6
The people in these paintings have been dignified and advanced for years, but they’ve been through the worst hell in history. Jenny Saville’s portrait of Ziggi Shipper is the most daring, seeing it through a brown and gray wash that suggests old photos of this abyss.
Tate Britain, from March 21 to January 22
Hew Locke’s sprawling assemblages can fill the central hall of Tate Britain without trying, and its ramshackle collage aesthetic should play effectively against its cold classical architecture. The building’s suggested empire history may give it some good ammunition, but it can get a bit scattered throwing stuff together.
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 22 March – 30 October
A celebration of the remarkable art collector Alice de Rothschild, whose brother Ferdinand built Waddesdon Manor as a neo-Renaissance castle in the 19th century. This overview of his life and his passions is full of beautiful things. jonathan jones
Stay at home: Streaming
Then Barbara met Alan
9pm, March 21, BBC Two and iPlayer
From disability advocate and screenwriting king Jack Thorne, and deaf actress Genevieve Barr, comes this docudrama about disabled cabaret performers Barbara Lisicki and Alan Holdsworth, whose protests against condescending coverage and government cuts have changed the lives of people with disabilities.
March 25, Netflix
Shonda Rhimes’ fantastic period returns after the colossal success of her debut at the height of the lockdown, which made overnight stars Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page. The second season focuses on Bridgerton’s older brother, Anthony, with new love, Kate Sharma, continuing the refreshing and inclusive approach to racing.
March 25, Apple TV+
Adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Min Jin Lee, this epic 20th-century saga chronicles four generations of a Korean family that emigrated to Japan. Named after a Japanese arcade game, the lives of its characters are shaken up by chance in a world as unpredictable as a slot machine.
8pm, March 20, BBC One and iPlayer
David Attenborough tells this series about animals fighting for the survival of their children. Puma mothers must distract males, baby elephant twins fight mud, and cheetahs fend off hyenas. AR
Stay at home: Games
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass
Another release for the game that has entertained millions of families over the past few years, featuring remastered tracks from the N64, Wii, Game Boy and all other classic Nintendo consoles.
Outside March 25PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X
This paranormal action game has you running and fighting through the streets of a deserted Tokyo. Essentially a game about ghost punching.
Stay at home: Albums
Rosalia – Motomami
Divided into two moods – the half-aggressive “moto” and the softer “mami” – Spanish superstar Rosalía’s long-awaited third album can give you a boost. As Saoko and the ridiculous Chicken Teriyaki happily play with the limits of reggaeton, Como Un G, co-written with James Blake, slowly bleeds the wound left by a broken relationship.
Charli XCX – Crash
Swapping the PC Music-assisted hyperpop of his latest releases for a more sociable concoction (the TikTok-focused UK garage of Beg for You, for example), Charli XCX returns with his brilliant fifth album. Originally billed as “Janet’s album”, Miss Jackson’s influence (if you’re naughty) can be heard on the recent sweaty single Baby.
Midlake – For the Love of Bethel Woods
Nine years after their fourth album, Antiphon, Texas quintet Midlake return after years of solo projects and interior design with their most musically diverse offering. While 1970s-influenced folk-rock is still their foundation, songs like six-minute Noble gracefully meander around sighing electronics and fractured guitars.
Babeheaven – Dive Inside Me
West London alternative pop practitioners Babeheaven make music for lonely 4am bus rides. Their debut album, titled 2020’s Home for Now, reflected life locked down, and while this atmospheric follow-up continues that sense of disconnect, songs like the swirling climax The Hours, for example, offer glimmers of hope. CM
Stay at home: brain food
Authentic: The Tablo Story
Host Dexter Thomas Jr traces the bizarre story of Korean rapper Tablo in this fascinating podcast. Billed as a hip-hop pioneer, Tablo’s career was derailed in 2010 when a conspiracy theory about his background spread on the internet.
This addictive YouTube series from tech magazine Wired brings together a range of chatty experts to answer the most asked questions from Twitter users. Among the highlights, a sleep expert explains why naps make us more tired.
Bad vegan: fame. Fraud. Fugitives
Another fast-paced docuseries filled with larger-than-life characters from Chris Smith, the director of Netflix’s 2019 Fyre festival viral film, this four-parter follows the fortunes of a vegan restaurateur who finds himself on the run with 2 million stolen dollars. Staff.