From Lightyear to The First Lady: A Complete Guide to This Week’s Entertainment | Culture


Go out: Movie theater

Light year
out now
You already know Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story movies. Have you ever wondered where the idea for this toy came from in the Toy Story universe? If so, this is the movie for you, as it explores the origin story of the astronaut the toy was based on. Chris Evans directs a stellar voice cast.

Good luck to you, Leo Grande
Out now
In this sex-positive comedy about sex work, the eponymous Leo Grande is a young man hired by a retired widow to provide her with erotic adventures, to hopefully make up for a life without orgasms. A generally fit Emma Thompson and relative newcomer Daryl McCormack star as the pair in question.

Everything went well
out now
French director Francois Ozon often serves up lighter, sexier fare than this thoughtful, fluffy piece about dying with dignity, a subject no one likes to think much about until they suddenly need to. Sophie Marceau and André Dussollier give heartfelt performances as daughter and father navigating the complex bureaucracy of euthanasia.

Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
Out now
It might be hard to believe, but the best of the Starship Enterprise’s original big-screen journeys turns 40, prompting a re-release of one of Kirk, Spock and gang’s most beloved adventures. Catherine Bray


Go out: Gigs

Alanis Morissette.
The ironic woman… Alanis Morissette. Photography: Shelby Duncan

Alanis Morissette
19 to June 29; the tour starts in Glasgow
Postponed from November, this seven-date tour celebrates 25 years of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s classic album, Jagged Little Pill. If all that emotional purging and angst-based healing is raising your blood pressure, then fear not, because this week Morissette is also releasing The Storm Before the Calm, her debut meditation album.

Elton John
British Summer Festival, Hyde Park, London, June 24
Sir Elton Hercules John is bringing his never-ending Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour – which launched in September 2018 and is due to end in July 2023 – to London for this one-day festival engagement. Support comes from Rina Sawayama, Let’s Eat Grandma and rising LA trio Gabriels. Michael Cragg

London Jazz Festival – summer series
Barbican Hall, London, 22 to June 25
The London Jazz Festival, one of the best in Europe, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. A spectacular preview of the November extravaganza brings keyboard icons Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau and Brazilian vocal star Marisa Monte to the Barbican this week, as well as the stylish SFJAZZ Collective on June 25. John Fordham

Penarth Chamber Music Festival
various places, 23 to June 26
Highlights of this very special South Wales festival include Schoenberg’s First Chamber Symphony, nightly readings and fairy tale inspired pieces, soprano Rebecca Evans singing Strauss’ last four songs, Cardiff Symphonic Brass playing themes from Glenn Miller and James Bond, and an Italian serenade, complete with tea and cake. Andrew Clements


Go out: Art

Dance mask representing the demon Taraka.
The spooky thing… a dance mask representing the demoness Taraka. Photography: British Museum

Female power: from divine to demonic
British Museum, London, until September 25
Goddesses rule and witches have their day in this exploration of the feminine in religion and myth across time and space. Kali, the Hindu deity who triumphs over his enemies and sticks out his tongue at humanity, figures alongside supernatural beings from cultures such as Tibet, Hawaii, Japan and China.

Summer exhibition 2022
royal academy, 21st of June to August 21
How can art adequately represent, or protest, the natural crisis facing the Earth? This year’s edition of the Royal Academy’s venerable and sprawling annual art competition might suggest one or two answers. Selected by sculptor Alison Wilding, with a room curated by Grayson Perry, it takes climate as its theme.

Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe
Modern Art Oxford, until August 21
This radical Californian artist was interned for her Japanese heritage during World War II. She learned to draw in internment camps, partly from Disney animators, and became a visionary teacher as well as an artist, advocating a spiritual and climatic approach to art. His suspended wire sculptures cast rich shadows.

A life in art: Lucy Wertheim, patron, collector, gallery owner
Towner, Eastbourne, until September 25
This art collector and gallery owner played a big role in British modernism at the start of the 20th century – she opened the Wertheim Gallery in London in 1930 and was the friend and patron of artists such as Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and Henry Moore. There is a lot of their work in this celebration. jonathan jones


Stay at home.

Go out: Arrange

Lucy Vandi and Suzette Llewellyn The stock market.
Sister act… Lucy Vandi and Suzette Llewellyn in rehearsal for The Fellowship. Photography: Robert Day

The association
Hampstead Theatre, London, until July 23
Roy Williams’ new play tells the story of two sisters, both children of the Windrush generation, forced to come back into each other’s lives after a family illness.

rock Paper Scissors
Crucible, Lyceum & Crucible Studio, Sheffield, until July 2
Chris Bush’s trilogy unfolds across three stages simultaneously – and will see a cast rush between theaters as they perform interlocking stories based on Sheffield. Miriam Gillinson

Birmingham International Dance Festival
Various locations, Birmingham, to July 3
The main show here is On Your Marks!, a triple program by Birmingham Royal Ballet with UK and world premieres, plus dancers from Carlos Acosta’s Cuban company Acosta Danza. But there are also plenty of free outdoor performances, including an international circus, deaf rave, hip-hop and folk dance mashup, and mass tap dancing. Lyndsey Winship

Gina Yashere
Leicester Square Theatre, London, June 21 & 23; Hackney Empire, London, 24 & June 25
Once a mainstay of this country’s comedy scene, Yashere’s career really took off when she moved to the United States in the late 2000s. Now the London-born standup is back for a victory lap, drawing pro-British laughs from the US-British cultural divide. Rachel Aroesti


Stay at home: Diffusion

Pick up Nat Faxon and Maya Rudolph.
In the land of the lamas… Nat Faxon and Maya Rudolph de Loot. Photo: Colleen Hayes/Apple TV+

Booty
June 24AppleTV+
Maya Rudolph (SNL, Bridesmaids) stars as a billionaire who goes off the rails after her marriage collapses in this new comedy-drama. Cue a cynical, reputation-restoring sidestep in philanthropy – which is quickly becoming a true passion. Beware of Ted Lasso, Loot may come for your Nice Comedy crown.

Ellie and Natasia
21st of June, BBC 3 and iPlayer
From grotesquely hygienic moms to delirious Eastern European beauticians, Ellie White and Natasia Demetriou craft a character comedy that’s 80% maniacal silliness and 20% heart-pounding transgression. This hugely enjoyable series of sketches cements their position as 21st-century Frenchmen and Saunders.

Girl Scouting: Fashion’s Darkest Secret
June 24Sky Documentaries & Now
Based on an investigation by the Guardian’s Lucy Osborne, this shocking three-part docuseries examines the grooming, trafficking and rape that once plagued the modeling industry – a culture of abuse fostered by powerful agents including Jean -Luc Brunel, an associate of Jeffrey Epstein.

The first lady
June 22Paramount+
Debuting on the new Paramount+ streaming service – available in the UK from this week – alongside a slew of recently aired and high-profile US shows, this outrageously star-studded drama connects the lives of presidential wives, starring Viola Davies as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt. Rachel Aroesti


Stay at home: Games

Space Race… Redout 2.
Space Race… Redout 2.

Redoubt 2
Available now, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PC
This stylish homage to the super-fast and punchy futuristic racing games of the 90s will delight anyone with fond memories of Wipeout and F-Zero.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
Out June 20computer
The Collected Adventures of Nathan Drake is now available on PC, reminding us why these beloved action games are considered the video game equivalent of the Indiana Jones movies. Keza MacDonald


Stay at home: Albums

Foals.
Three pieces, sweet… Foals. Photography: Edward Cook

Foals – Life is Yours
out now
Regrouping as a trio after the departure of bassist Walter Gervers in 2018 and keyboardist Edwin Congreave in 2021, the art rockers of Oxford Foals return with a flexible seventh album. Softening some of their more jagged edges, songs such as the airy disco belter 2001 and the swaying single Wake Me Up feature a lighter touch.

Bartees Strange – Farm to Table
out now
Like his 2020 debut album Live Forever, this second album from UK-born, US-raised Bartees Cox Jr swings between genres and themes with breathtaking ease. Here he tackles punk, R&B, emo, indie and hip-hop, writing eloquently about fleeting love affairs (Heavy Heart) and, on the magnificent Hold the Line, the aftermath of murder. of George Floyd.

Perfume Genius – Ugly Season
out now
For Michael Hadreas’ sixth album as Perfume Geniushe, he returns to the music he composed for 2019 dance project The Sun Still Burns Here. To be clear, it’s dance as an art form, rather than the musical genre, with this slow-burning, sprawling and largely instrumental album that staunchly eschews “in da club” BPMs.

Alice Merton – SIDES
out now
A huge hit across Europe in 2018, German and British-Canadian singer-songwriter Merton’s single No Roots aimed to ground him after years of moving around the world as a child. A similar restlessness also pervades this brilliant indie rock second album, with that unstable feeling of post-breakup unease explored on singles Blindside and Loveback. CM


Stay at home: brain food

Civilian: Ben Crump
Of June 19netflix
Two years after the murder of George Floyd, this necessary film profiles civil rights lawyer Ben Crump as he embarks on the long journey to justice for Floyd’s family, as well as Breonna’s loved ones Taylor.

Basic!
Podcast
TV podcasts proliferate, from recap series to viewing recommendations, but this fascinating podcast takes a historical approach, investigating America’s best cable TV shows of the 2000s. Stars such as Jimmy Kimmel and Amy Schumer explain their role in the once-dominant medium.

Choice of closet
Criterion channel and YouTube
A must-have for movie buffs, this webseries asks some of the biggest names in independent cinema to pick their favorite films from Criterion’s well-stocked closet. Discover Joanna Hogg’s love of musicals and Charlotte Gainsbourg’s taste for cinematic nostalgia. Ammar Kalia

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