26/03/2017: CONTENTS: Feedback
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your comments online at observer.co.uk/new-review. You can follow us on Twitter: @ObsNewReview or facebook.com/observernewreview Harari is a giant (Historian Yuval Noah Harari answers your questions, cover...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: AGENDA: Kwame Kwei-Armah
Born Ian Roberts in London in 1967, Kwame Kwei-Armah changed his name aged 19 after tracing his family history back to Ghana. In 1979 he witnessed the Southall riots, on which he based his first play, A Bitter Herb . His 2003 National Theatre...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: AGENDA: Will Ashon
Will Ashon, like Dante, found himself lost in a wood in middle age. Unlike Dante, Ashon had spent most of his adult life running a record label, discovering and signing names from Roots Manuva to Kate Tempest to Speech Debelle. He’d also been a hip-hop...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: CRITICS: Here’s barely looking at you, kid
Robert Evans, the Hollywood producer, maintains that what matters most is the story. He recently said in an interview that he’s a subscriber to the idea that if you can sum up your story in a paragraph, your film will be a hit. If you can reduce it to...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: CRITICS: Love in Idleness
Menier Chocolate Factory, London SE1; until 29 April...
26/03/2017: CRITICS: Filthy Business
Hampstead, London NW3; until 22 April...
26/03/2017: CRITICS: The Kid Stays in the Picture
Royal Court, London SW1; until 8 April...
26/03/2017: CRITICS: Roman Tragedies
Barbican, London EC2...
26/03/2017: FILM: She shall not be moved
A performance of tremendous wit, vitality and lusty defiance by Sônia Braga drives Brazilian film-maker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s remarkable second feature. A portrait of a 65-yearold woman refusing to be bullied out of her seafront apartment by...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: FILM: AND THE REST
Life (104 mins, 15) Directed by Daniel Espinosa; starring Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada The crew of a space station is picked off, one by one, by an extraterrestrial life form which seems to view the human contents...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: FILM: Aquarius
(146 mins, 18) Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho; starring Sônia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Humberto Carrão...
26/03/2017: FILM: Paterson’s poetry in motion
Last week it was World Poetry Day, and if such randomly appointed occasions carried much meaning beyond a trending Twitter hashtag, I’d say it’s an apposite time to be releasing Paterson (Soda, 12) on DVD. Cinema has a patchy record of encapsulating...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: TV + RADIO: Where are they now?
Sara Afshar’s documentary Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad made for devastating viewing. It focused on the tens of thousands detained after the 2011 Arab spring uprisings who have since been missing, or discovered to have been tortured and...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: TV + RADIO: On fertile ground
Ah, how lovely it is to hear Fi Glover presenting a documentary. Or, indeed, to hear Fi Glover presenting anything on the radio. Her scripts are witty and deft; her delivery quick, light, clear; her questions intelligent and warmly polite. When Eddie...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: ARCHITECTURE: In Japan, home is where the art is
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945 Barbican, London EC2; until 25 June Among the oblong concrete tree trunks that occupy the centre of the Barbican art gallery, opposing structures have grown up, one a series of hard-edged,...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: ART: Hello, not goodbye, from Howard Hodgkin
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends National Portrait Gallery, London WC2; until 18 June The National Portrait Gallery’s new Howard Hodgkin show borrows its title from Absent Friends , a picture (2000-1) in which broad strokes of black and brown gradually...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: ART: Child’s play at the opera
The First Commandment St John’s Smith Square, London SW1 Madama Butterfly Royal Opera House, London WC2; in rep until 25 April Whatever preconceptions you might have about an opera by an 11-year-old, even if the wonder child in question is Mozart,...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: POP: Jazz’s adventurous ace of bass
Contrary to the lamentations of Ryan Gosling’s Sebastian in La La Land , jazz is enjoying a surprising moment in the sun. Few would have predicted that the most acclaimed albums of the past two years would be partnerships with forward-thinking jazz...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: DANCE: Spring comes… a little oversprung
In the five years since she was made artistic director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo has remade the company, introducing challenging new work and promoting a new generation of soloists and principals. Her latest programme offers pieces by...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: DANCE: TIM WEBB DIRECTOR, WRITER
Director and writer Tim Webb, 70, co-founded Oily Cart theatre company 35 years ago to make theatre for children under six, and for youngsters with complex learning difficulties, including those on the autism spectrum. This year the Londonbased company...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: RELEASES: A return of two halves from the Reid brothers
There is guitar music driven by testosterone and showboating, and then there is rock’n’roll made by anaemic runts with a sneer. If you are at all receptive to passive-aggressive siren songs, you’ll have heard of Scotland’s Jesus and Mary Chain. A pair...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: RELEASES: A bold new mission is beset by old bugs
Mass Effect: Andromeda PS4, Xbox One, PC, EA, cert: 16 Despite the lofty reputation that the original Mass Effect trilogy (2007-12) has garnered, it’s crucial to remember that those games had no shortage of bugs, errors and glitches on release.......
26/03/2017: RELEASES: Bruch
You would never guess that these amiable, good-natured pieces were the product of Max Bruch’s declining years, or indeed that they were written at the end of the first world war, when his fellow Germans were facing severe privations at home and defeat......
26/03/2017: RELEASES: Orchestra Baobab
When Latin styles crossed to West Africa in the 1970s, a beautiful hybrid was born. Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab distilled AfroCubana to perfection on 1982’s Pirate’s Choice , though it was 20 years before the west discovered their genius and they...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: RELEASES: Andy Scott + Group S
You haven’t heard what the saxophone is capable of until you’ve heard a mixed bunch of them – from tiny sopranino to monster bass – in the hands of nine virtuosi, playing compositions by Andy Scott. Jazz is just one ingredient in a style that also...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: RELEASES: Various
Orpheus, with or without his lute, is one of the most resonant figures in musical history, the inspiration for dramas from Monteverdi to Birtwistle. This cleverly assembled disc limits itself to the 17th century, and ranges from the Mantuan Orfeo of......
26/03/2017: RELEASES: Formation
As the career of rappers the Mitchell Brothers illustrates, an endorsement from Mike Skinner is no guarantee of success. The Streets star’s current favourites, south London band Formation, might have been a more enticing proposition had they emerged in...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: RELEASES: James Blunt
“I’ve been called a dick/ I’ve been called so many things,” sings go-to musical punchline James Blunt in the opening lines of his fifth album, on which he twice makes reference to his 2004 millstone megahit You’re Beautiful. He’s made a lot of capital...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: RELEASES: Drake
Billed as “A Playlist by October Firm”, these 22 tracks of new music from Drake and guests reflect the desire of a big hitter to put out an album without industry song and dance. Cohesion is not vital, so grime MCs such as Skepta (Skepta Interlude), UK......
26/03/2017: RELEASES: Raekwon
If 2015’s disjointed Fly International Luxury Art groaned under the weight of its big-name guest spots, Raekwon’s seventh solo album finds him operating a more selective door policy. While Cee-Lo Green (on a heartfelt tribute to Marvin Gaye) and Lil...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: RELEASES: Various
The mysterious and influential John Dunstaple (c1390-1453) is the best known of the composers here. His Missa Da gaudiorum premia and Veni Sancte Spiritus are highlights on a fascinating disc. Commemorating the battle of Agincourt (1415) and other......
26/03/2017: BOOKS: They aren’t going anywhere…
Four years ago, I was asked to take part in an inquiry by the BBC Trust into whether the corporation’s output reflected the breadth of opinion in the UK. “So much of the public conversation emanates from London, so that leads to a more tolerant,...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: BOOKS: Tales from the world’s weirdest dictatorship
When the founding strongman Kim Il-sung died in 1994, displays of public grief in North Korea reached extraordinary levels. Sobbing television presenters segued into distraught citizens tearing at their hair and family members collapsing in paroxysms...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: BOOKS: Heidi Julavits
The book moves backwards and forwards in time. Why did you structure it like that? It was something I struggled with. The structure of the diary was a generative structure, but I then needed something to make it a more curated experience. I played...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: BOOKS: Sights for sore eyes – or just eyesores?
All buildings are temporary, said the great architectural thinker Cedric Price, but some are more temporary than others. In other words, even something as enduring as the Parthenon and the pyramids will one day go. And even before they disappear, these...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: BOOKS: A tale of ruin from Gin Lane to the gallows
The capture and hanging of the infamous thief and jailbreaker Jack Sheppard in 1724 made headline news and his rackety life story was turned into a sensational biography by Daniel Defoe. In Defoe’s account, Elizabeth Lyon – the lover Sheppard denounced...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: BOOKS: Proof of the pudding is in the perception
Charles Spence is not afraid of stirring things up. “The pleasures of the table reside in the mind, not the mouth,” he writes, no doubt triggering much gnashing of teeth from cookbook writers the world over. In fact, while Gastrophysics is about...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: BOOKS: He fought the law… and he usually won
To those of us who take an interest in miscarriages of justice Ludovic Kennedy is something of a patron saint. His account of the terrible events at 10 Rillington Place, the house of horrors in 1950s Notting Hill, which led to the trial and execution...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: BOOKS: The Origin of Species
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26/03/2017: CHARTS & PUZZLES: YOUR PICTURES OF…
Each Sunday we run a selection of contributions from a weekly themed photography assignment. To see a wider selection of readers’ entries each week go to theguardian.com/witness. Next theme: tender (to appear 2 April). Share your photos of what...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: CHARTS & PUZZLES: ON THIS DAY
1. Name the religious book published in the village of Palmyra, New York, in 1830. 2. What is the rowing event that started on the Thames on this day in 1839? 3. Name the funeral rite that took place for the first time in Britain in 1885. 4. What......
26/03/2017: CHARTS & PUZZLES: CHESS
Of all of England’s top players, David Howell is surely the most active. Since Christmas, he has played in the world rapidplay and blitz championships in Qatar; three 4NCL weekends; Gibraltar, where he made an excellent 7/10; the King’s Head blitz......
26/03/2017: TELEVISION: ITV Encore, 10pm
Moira Buffini and Alison Newman’s entertaining look at warring madams in Georgian England draws heavily on the work of historian Hallie Rubenhold to tell a saucy story of bawds, brothels and barter. It’s a production stuffed full of fine actors...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: TELEVISION: Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad
The week’s best documentary is this emotional film by former England captain Rio Ferdinand about the death of his wife Rebecca. Rebecca was only 34 when she died and Ferdinand freely admits that she was the glue that held the family together. “I’d...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: TELEVISION: Brian Pern: A Tribute
The news that legendary prog rocker Brian Pern had perished in a “Segway mistake” earlier this year led to an outpouring of emotion. Now BBC4 pays tribute with this lavish documentary, including Pern’s final interview recorded days before he died. If...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: TELEVISION: The Good Fight
Spin-offs are a tricky proposition – for every Frasier there’s a Joey, for every Better Call Saul, an AfterMASH. Thankfully, this spin-off from The Good Wife turns out to be on the side of the angels. The list of things that creators Michelle and...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: TELEVISION: Decline and Fall
The only thing more worrying than a spinoff of a beloved TV show is an adaptation of a much-adored novel. Happily Rev co-creator James Wood plays an admirably straight bat with this take on Evelyn Waugh’s comic masterpiece. Our hero is Paul...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: TELEVISION: Archive on 4: Reporting Terror – 50 Years Behind the Headlines
Peter Taylor’s 50-year career reporting terrorism has gained him an OBE, a Royal Television Society lifetime achievement award and a Bafta special award. In a remarkable edition, he revisits some of his most memorable interviews, finding them by turns...... Pubdate:
26/03/2017: TELEVISION: Line of Duty
Hold on to those seatbelts as Jed Mercurio’s fast and furious police drama returns for what’s sure to be another bumpy ride. This time round the story centres on Thandie Newton’s DCI Roz Huntley, who locks down one of the biggest cases of her career by...... Pubdate: