From Dune to Duran Duran: The Complete Guide to This Week’s Events | Culture






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Go out: Movie theater




Sing out loud… Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Terence Blanchard, broadcast from the Met Opera.



Sing out loud… Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Terence Blanchard, broadcast from the Met Opera. Photograph: Timothy A Clary / AFP / Getty Images

Bigfoot hunters
Outside now
Going back to the days when first-time directors borrowed a camcorder and made virtually zero-budget debuts, Zach Lamplugh’s kind mock documentary is a low-fi antidote to the big-budget show, in which a crew of futures reporters are trying to hunt down Bigfoot for some online influence.

Dune
Outside now
Where David Lynch’s 1984 attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s tale of intergalactic empires and deadly sands worms stumbled, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve somewhat succeeded, thanks to the daring high-risk strategy of play it absolutely right. It’s a serious saga, in every sense of the word.

The French dispatch
Outside now
A whimsical anthology set in and around the French offices of an American magazine, Wes Anderson’s latest is perhaps his most Wes Andersonian film to date. Its high-caliber stars include Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Jeffrey Wright.

Fire Shut your mouth in My Bones – Metropolitan Opera
Selected cinemas, STo
Terence Blanchard, jazz trumpeter and composer of Spike Lee’s films, becomes the first black to score for the New York Met with this opera, on a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou). Catherine bray

Go out: Concerts




Joël Corry.



Hot series… Joel Corry. Photography: Ryan Saradjola

Joel corry
Sat to Oct 29; the tour starts in glasgow
The ex-competitor of Geordie Shore turned producer of platinum dance-pop, continues his hot streak with the dates adjacent to the week of these young people. Head & Heart, topping the charts last year, has since been joined by banger Bed assisted by David Guetta and the ridiculous Out Out with Charli XCX, so don’t bet on a ballad break.

Wet leg
sat to October 26; the tour starts in Manchester
Over the course of two idiosyncratic indie pop singles, Isle of Wight duo Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers AKA Wet Leg assembled a coterie of famous fans, including Iggy Pop and Florence Welch. Catch them while you still can on this tour of smaller places. Michael cragg

John Law Congregation
Wiltshire Music Center, Bradford on Avon, STo; Kings Place, N1, Wed.
Pianist Crossover Law is known to have simultaneously released personal interpretations of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and gnarly pieces for powerful jazz groups. Witness his appetite for genre surprises with these concerts for his quartet of the Congregation. John fordham

Alim Beisembayev
St George’s, Bristol, Fri
The Kazakh musician is giving his first solo recital in Britain since winning the 2021 Leeds Piano Competition. Beisembayev’s program spans five centuries, from Scarlatti’s sonatas to Ligeti’s studies, including Sonata Op 111 by Beethoven and the Firebird by Stravinsky. André Clement

Go out: Art




architecture through the lens of Hélène Binet.



Abstraction… architecture through the lens of Hélène Binet. Photography: Hélène Binet

Anne Seymour Damer
Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, to 3 Jan
This Georgian sculptor was the goddaughter of Horace Walpole, the art lover and writer of the Castle of Otranto, who made Strawberry Hill his Gothic sanctuary. His brilliant neoclassical marble images are the subject of a special exhibition.

The Divine Comedy
Bodleian Library, Oxford, to 14 Nov
Dante’s medieval masterpiece that takes you on a quest from purgatory to paradise has fascinated artists since its writing in the 1300s. This exhibition includes the oldest surviving manuscript as well as large illustrated editions, from Gustave Doré to a manga interpretation.

Helene Binet
Royal Academy of Arts, W1, to 23 Jan
The camera loves architecture. He excels at seeing the mystery in the hollows of large buildings. Binet is a leader in the field whose black and white images turn reality into abstraction. Here, 90 of his works explore deconstructed forms such as Le Corbusier and Zaha Hadid.

Laura Chevalier
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, to 20 Feb
This British painter, who lived from the 1870s to the 1970s, experienced a time of change, from votes for women to La Femme Eunuque. She translates the era into realistic paintings of women at work and in their leisure time. Although its style may be pedestrian, its representation of history is important. Jonathan jones

Go out: To organise




Department Story - play in a secret location in Belfast.



Department Story – play in a secret location in Belfast.

History of the department
Secret location, Belfast, to 31 oct.
The Big Telly theater company presents its immersive hybrid production for the Belfast International Arts Festival. Set amid empty retail units, the show sends its audiences on a wild shopping spree. Myriam Gillinson

Loyiso Gola
The stand, Glasgow, STo; The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun; Norden Agricultural Center for the Arts, Maidenhead, Fri
The South African stand-up goes global thanks to its Netflix special, Unlearning. Gola explores a transcontinental theme, examining how moments in pop culture are digested differently across the world. Rachel Aroesti

Old bridge
Bush Theater, W12, to 20 nov.
This award-winning play Papatango, written by Anglo-Bosnian playwright Igor Memic, is a contemporary love story that explores the impact of the Bosnian War on those who lived through it. With Saffron Coomber. MG

Scottish dance Theater
Dundee Representative, from Friday to October 30, on tour in London and Leeds
A double show featuring Botis Seva’s TuTuMucky and a premiere by Glasgow-based Mele Broomes. Broomes has rich sensory experiences inspired by stories of black bodies. Lyndsey Winship




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Illustration: Lalalimola / The Guardian

Stay at home: Diffusion




Larry David is back.



Without brakes… Larry David is back. Photograph: John P Johnson / HBO

Calm your enthusiasm
Mon, 9 p.m., Sky Comedy and NowTV
“The world has changed. He didn’t, ”read the slogan for the supremely meta sitcom’s 11th release. Very recent series have seen stubborn star Larry David take pleasure in pushing political correctness and digging deeper and deeper to avenge small grievances.

Unsafe
Tue, 9 p.m., Sky Comedy and NowTV
In its first season, Issa Rae’s groundbreaking comedy-drama followed its endearing and awkward protagonist as she battled a quarter-life crisis. Five years later, the end is nigh: this is the show’s final season, so savor its millennial angst while you still can.

Stath rents apartments
Tue, 10:15 p.m., channel 4; all episodes available on All 4
Jamie Demetriou’s hapless real estate agent is doing his best to support the sitcom industry in this country right now. Expect more nonsense in the third round of the series, as well as cameos from Charlie Cooper and the great Julia Davis.

Pollock in black and white
All episodes available Fri, Netflix
In 2016, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took the knee for the first time – an act that would soon become synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement. This deeply felt docu-drama, directed by Ava DuVernay, focuses on the teenage years of the American football player, while spotting the seeds of his social activism. RA

Stay at home: Albums




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Dramatic… Swedish pop star Agnès. Photography: Fredrik Etoall

Agnes – Magic still exists
Outside now
Following on the heels of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid returning from a 40-year hiatus, Swedish Agnes is releasing her own sequel to high-quality pop drama. Her single Here Comes the Night is pure Abba gold, while the disco-tastic 24 hours call for an illuminated dance floor.

Biffy Clyro – The Myth of Happiness Forever
Outside now
Originally presented as a collection of drops from the top of the 2020 A Celebration of Endings charts, the Scottish rockers’ ninth album has since morphed into its own beast. Additional tracks were recorded quickly in hopes of capturing the frustration and turmoil of the past year.

Duran Duran – Future Past
Outside now
Birmingham’s New Romantic pioneers’ album 15 is loaded with top-notch guests: Erol Alkan, Mark Ronson and Giorgio Moroder on production; Graham Coxon on guitar, and Lykke Li and the Japanese rock band Chai on vocals. To the group’s credit, however, it all still sounds like Duran Duran.

Lone guest – Lone guest
Outside now
Designed and produced by Tricky over the past 18 months, this project is billed as a “meeting of musical mavericks”. The guest call includes everyone from the late Lee “Scratch” Perry to Joe Talbot of Idles, with the highlight being London rapper Kway roaming the time On a Move. MC

Stay at home: Games




Guardians of the Galaxy.



Playtime… Guardians of the Galaxy. Photography: Square Enix

guardians of the galaxy
Tuesday
A new look at Marvel’s misfits from Canadian developer Crystal Dynamics. Manage a squad of bickering heroes in a galaxy-wide misadventure.

Age of Empires IV
Outside Game
The return of the beloved strategy series, which allows you to rewrite history by ordering small armies in the middle ages like a power-mad fantasy.

Republic of the Cavaliers
Outside Game
Save yourself the expense of a real ski vacation and instead jump onto a virtual mountain – on skis or wingsuit. Keza MacDonald

Stay at home: Brain food




Pittsburgh in the 1950s… a particular slice of history explored in Driving While Black.



Pittsburgh in the 1950s… a particular slice of history explored in Driving While Black. Photograph: Teenie Harris Archive / Carnegie Museum of Art / Getty Images

The impossible card
Youtube
A Cartographic Curiosity: This 1947 short film recently released by the National Film Board of Canada uses stop-motion animation and a cut-out grapefruit to illustrate the boundaries of any 2D map. A complex reflection on perspective, beautifully executed.

Slowdown
Podcast
Poet Ada Limón succeeds Pulitzer winner Tracy K Smith as host of this enriching podcast. By delivering a poem each day of the week, listeners are immersed in inventive turns of phrase from new and established writers.

Driving in black
Mon, 6:45 p.m., PBS America
Inspired by the 2020 Gretchen Sorin academic study of how freeways transformed the lives of African Americans during the 20th century, this compelling documentary tells how race-changing narratives in the United States on the open road.

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