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From Elvis Baz Luhrmann to Return to Atlanta – This Week’s Ultimate Guide to Entertainment | culture


Going out: Cinema

Elvis
now
The King is back in biographical form thanks to Baz Luhrmann, the showman who brought you the Moulin Rouge! and strictly ballroom. The sideburned man is shocked by Austin Butler, who, backed by Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker’s manager, rises to the challenge of his first truly major starring role.

Moon, 66 questions
now
An exciting new voice in contemporary Greek new wave, director Jacqueline Lenzu builds on the promise of her short films to deliver a sensual and offbeat debut film set in Athens about a family rift that never goes where you think.

black phone
now
What happens when you cross Stephen King’s It with Colin Farrell’s thriller Phone Booth? In The Black Phone, a creepy child killer named Grabber (Ethan Hawke, unrecognizable) traps his latest victim in a room with nothing but a mysterious phone for company. Directed by Scott Derrickson.

Sheffield DockFest
Various venues, until June 28
One of the world’s largest documentary and TV festivals is back in Sheffield IRL with a real banquet of premieres, retrospectives, talks and panel discussions, plus a virtual reality sidebar for all those who have had their fill of reality these days, thank you very much. Katherine Bray


Going out: concerts

Some kind of velvet singing ... Oliver Sim.
Some kind of velvet singing … Oliver Sim. Photograph: Kasper Seijersen

Oliver Sim
Shoreditch Town Hall, London, 29 June.
Ahead of his debut solo album, Hideous Bastard, the velvety-voiced crooner xx is performing a one-off London show. Of the three songs he’s released so far – all produced by Jamie xx – the most impressive is Hideous, featuring Jimmy Somerville, in which Sim discusses his HIV status.

Hans n Rose
from June 28 to July 5; tour starts Dublin
Returning to their core classic line-up of Axel Rose, Slash, Dizzy Reed and Duff McKagan after years of wearing a KFC bucket for a hat, the titans of American hard rock are returning to British stadiums. Expect a fair amount of 80s classics and hopefully a bit of 2008 bloated Chinese democracy. Michael Cragg

Love Supreme Jazz Festival
Glynde Place, Glynde, East Sussex, 1 to 3 July.
Europe’s largest jazz festival is back from the ground up. Friday’s opening features Ezra Collective’s lively mix of jazz, afrobeat and hip hop and the atmospheric folk jazz of young pianist Fergus McCready. Exclusive to Erika Badu in the UK, saxophonist great Charles Lloyd’s country blues band Marvels will present later on a stellar weekend. John Fordham

Migrations
Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 29 June – 2 July; tour from October 2
The WNO season finale features one composer and six librettists. Will Todd’s new opera weaves six narrative threads, each focusing on migration in both the natural and human worlds. In addition to writing one of the directions, director David Pountney has the task of linking it all to over 100 performers. Andrew Clements


Going out: Art

Shore ...
The Shore… Faraglioni’s View of Capri by August Kopis, part of True to Nature in Cambridge. Photograph: Pascal Faligot/August Kopisch/Fondation Custodia

True to nature
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until 29 August.
The passion for painting en plein air that swept the artists of the 19th century led to one of the revolutions in art. Pioneers such as Constable and Kopisch led the way. By the 1870s, this inspired the spontaneity of Impressionism as Monet and Degas painted the city as well as the countryside.

Black fantastic
Hayward GalleryLondon, 29 June – 18 September.
Visions of strange and liberating worlds in the future and past multiply in this survey of Afrofuturism, a science fiction and fantasy aesthetic inspired by author Samuel R. Delaney and Parliament-Funkadelic music. With Ellen Gallagher, Chris Ofili, Hugh Locke, Kara Walker and many more.

tattoos
Cornwall National Maritime MuseumFalmouth, until April 2023
The art of tattooing was copied by 19th-century sailors from the Pacific peoples and was an integral part of port cities until the recent rise from the subculture into the mainstream. This epic story blockbuster also includes contemporary art commissions from Amy Cornwell, Quiet Faar Barff and Matt Huston.

David Hockney
salt millNo. Bradford, until September 18
Hockney’s paintings of springtime in the Normandy countryside have become a much-needed artistic highlight of the Covid era, bringing his brilliant flair for color to images that affirm the renewal of life. In this exhibition they are presented as a series inspired by the Bayeux tapestry on tour from the Orangerie in Paris. Jonathan Jones


Going out: Internship

A storm is coming... a storm.
A storm is coming… Dicky Bo and Nicholas Woodson in early Tempest rehearsals. Photo: Hugo Glendenning

Storm
Theater Royal: Ustinov Studio, Bath, 1 July to 6 August.
Deborah Warner has assembled a brilliant creative team for her first show as artistic director with an all-star cast led by Nicholas Woodson as Prospero and Dickie Bo as Ariel.

RISE 2022
Various venues, London, until 10 July.
This year’s international theater festival includes a climate opera staged on the beach, an interactive ghost hunt and a black activism garden party. Miriam Gillinson

Jesus Carmona Company
Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, 28 and 29 June.
Modern flamenco is much more than frilly skirts and castanets, as you’ll see at the annual Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival (after a Covid-induced hiatus). This week, Jesus Carmona explores 21st century masculinity in Leap. Also check out the fabulous María Pages restaurant, which opens on July 1st. Lindsey Winship

Oxford Comedy Festival
Various Venues, Oxford, 1st to 30th July.
This month-long preview of Edinburgh includes many of the same performances as Fringe, making it a great alternative to the Scottish extravaganza. Starring Esther Manito, Tony Lowe and Jade Adams. Rachel Aroesti


Staying in.

Staying in: Streaming

Manhattan Murder Mystery… Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin in Only the Murders in the Building.
Manhattan Murder Mystery… Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin in Only the Murders in the Building. Photograph: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu

Only murders in the building
June 28, Disney+
Steve Martin and Martin Short are brilliant in this brilliant and timely series about three New York neighbors who start a true crime podcast (take note, fellow comedians: here’s how to age gracefully and cheerfully). In the second season, the couple reunites with Selena Gomez’s Mabel, but this time, the crime-fighting trio is under suspicion.

Atlanta
June 29, Disney+
The third season of Donald Glover’s border-pushing comedy-drama doesn’t actually take place in his titular city — instead, it follows music manager Ern (Glover) and his rapper cousin Paper Boy on the latter’s European tour, the narrative interspersed with a surreal standalone dream. episodes set in the United States.

Help: Unheard Tapes
June 27, 9:30 pm, BBC Two and iPlayer
It has been 40 years since charismatic bartender and DJ Terry Higgins was one of the first Britons to die of an AIDS-related illness. This series relives the horrific early days of the epidemic through interviews with his friends, as well as heartbreaking archived conversations with the newly infected.

Western world
Mon, 21:00, Sky Atlantic and now
The ambitious, confusing and sometimes controversial sci-fi series that began with androids working in a Wild West theme park and then migrated to a world controlled by powerful AI returns in its fourth series. Details about the plot, setting, and characters are still scarce; a terrifyingly dystopian drama, however, guaranteed. augmented reality


Stay in: Games

Arcade fire... Air Twister.
Arcade fire… Air Twister. Photo: game flyer

Air Twister
Out, iOS
Eminent game designer Yu Suzuki was responsible for some of the greatest Sega arcade games of the 1980s, including OutRun, Afterburner, and Hang-On. Now he’s designed a smartphone shooter that looks and plays like a modern take on his 1985 classic Space Harrier. You control the Arc of the Princess as you fly through a fantasy kingdom, fighting against surreal enemies, and shooting is done with an intuitive swipe mechanic. Turbo travel down memory lane for arcade veterans.

Tiny
Out, PC
Recently released on Steam, this retro RPG adventure game features visual style and deceptively simple gameplay from the old Commodore 64 game. The goal is to improve your small village and train your warriors so they can fight monsters and earn loot. It’s a mix of classic Japanese adventure and city builder, and its nostalgic aesthetic is getting rave reviews. Keith Stewart


Staying in: Albums

For the third time lucky ... Muna.
For the third time lucky … Muna. Photo: PR

Muna-Muna
now
L.A.’s top alternative pop trio returns with their third album and Phoebe Bridgers’ first for Saddest Factory. Their new boss adds shimmering vocals to Silk Chiffon’s soft rock, while elsewhere the band dabbles in country (Anything But Me), synth-pop (Home By Now) and full dance.

Madonna – Enough Love at Last
outside currently
To celebrate #50 on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, Instagram fan Madonna is releasing this career-spanning remix collection, remastered by producer Mike Dean. Although this is an abridged 16-track digital version, all 50 club hits will be released physically on August 19th.

Alexisonfire – otherness
now
This Canadian post-hardcore quintet has come a long way in new music. After breaking up in 2012, they reunited three years later for various tours and festival appearances before a trickle of one-off singles emerged in 2019. None of them appeared on this fifth album, which combines melodic rock with throat-ripping howls.

Regina Spektor – House, before and after
now
Recorded in a converted church, this eighth album by the Russian-born, US-based singer-songwriter expands her piano sound to include extensive orchestral parts and, in the epic tale Cosmic Time-Time, tap dancing. Thematically, Spektor still touches on important topics, and the recent single Becoming All Alone is a conversation with God. CM


Staying in: food for the brain

Caribbean Britain Lenny Henry
29 June, 21:00, BBC Two
Lenny Henry’s two-part series on the contribution of Caribbean culture to the UK is a delight. This final episode explores the identity of second and third generation migrants and their legacy in music, entertainment and theatre.

Welcome to Provincetown
Podcast
Reality podcasts are a relatively new experiment, and this latest offering provides a surprisingly informative insight into a Massachusetts city long known as an LGBTQ+ paradise. Host Mitra Kaboli follows the complex lives of seven locals in the summer of 2021.

Sandwiches of history
YouTube
Lunch will never be the same after watching Instagrammer “Barry” recreate history’s weirdest sandwiches by robbing old cookbooks for his recipes. See how fast he ingests concoctions like smoked oysters and cheddar. Ammar Kaliya

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