To go out: Movie theater
Prayers for the Stolen
This uncompromising coming-of-age drama is the fictional feature debut from documentary filmmaker Tatiana Huezo, who brings the keen eye of a non-fiction director to the story of eight-year-old Ana from his family and friends, whose lives in rural Mexico, in the heart of the opium poppy, live in the shadow of cartel violence.
People going to great lengths for their beliefs have long been a staple of some of humanity’s most unusual endeavors. Writer-director Laura Samani’s starting point in this excellent Italian period drama is the belief that an unbaptized child who dies will be trapped in limbo. The resulting story of the quest is moving.
Mark Rylance stars as a former Savile Row tailor — or “cutter” in the lingo of this 1950s Chicago crime drama — who now makes bespoke suits for the crowd. The action takes place over the course of a single night in a mafia outfit for men, with many twists and turns.
Compartment Number 6
When archeology student Laura (Seidi Haarla) boards an overnight train to Murmansk, she’s adrift in the purgatory of a failing relationship. The last thing she needs is to share a sleeping cabin with a drunk Russian (Yuriy Borisov), but somehow an unlikely connection forms. Catherine Bray
To go out: Gigs
14 to April 16he; the tour starts in London
Otherworldly Texas trio Khruangbin went from psych-rock fringe preoccupation to a UK top 10 with Mordechai in 2020. Let their languorous, exploratory quasi-instrumentals take you away from that hellfire. Michael Cragg
April 15 to May 3; the tour starts in Manchester
Almost two years to the day since her sophomore album Future Nostalgia cemented her status at the pinnacle of pop, Dua Lipa can finally release her supple electropop in public. With a list of hits already under his belt, chances are there will be very few opportunities for a bar break, so please plan accordingly. CM
Sansara and Fretwork
St John’s Smith Square, London, April 14
There’s choral music from Bach, Pergolesi, Rachmaninoff and Schütz at this year’s Easter festival in St John’s. But the highlight promises to be the concert bringing together the vocal collective Sansar with the viols of Fretwork for works by Arvo Pärt, alongside the Lamentations in five parts by the composer Tudor Robert White. Andrew Clements
Antonio Forcione Quartet
Ronnie Scott’s, London , April 14
The Italian-born guitarist’s four-decade career has seen him fuse jazz, folk and pop traditions from Europe, Africa, Latin America and beyond. Forcione’s shows combine virtuosity, passion and spirit, and his quartet fits him perfectly. John Fordham
To go out: Art
Scottish women artists are transforming tradition
Sainsbury Center for the Visual Arts, Norwich, April 9 to 3 Julthere
This exhibition offers a corrective to the minimization of women in art history, focusing on 20th-century Scotland, whose best painter is now widely acknowledged to have been Joan Eardley. She shares the honors here with Margot Sandeman and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Agnes Miller Parker. There is also the contemporary art of Caroline Walker and Sekai Machache.
National Gallery, London, April 9 to 31 Jul.there
The third of the three great geniuses of the Renaissance – next to Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci – gets a makeover, and about time too. Raphael’s prowess is beyond doubt, but his ability to excite and electrify modern viewers is less certain. Will this be the moment when our imperfect millennium will have it?
Martin Parr Life is a Beach
Giant Gallery, Bournemouth, to June 26and
Parr’s classically unconventional images of British beach life arrive at one of his most quintessential settings, Bournemouth, in a survey of his seaside snaps from across Britain. The images reflect the delights of New Brighton on Merseyside, Margate, Broadstairs and more, in black and white and grim colour, from the 1970s to the present day.
Mostyn, Llandudno, to June 12and
The name of this collective exhibition is inspired by a French post-structuralist theory in which wigs represent… well, something to do with the superficial veneer of life and also things that are done under the guise of work. With Gianmaria Andreetta, Megan Plunkett, Richard Sides, Jason Hirata and Angharad Williams. jonathan jones
To go out: Arrange
Alistair Green: Volume 3
Prince Charles Cinema, London, April 11
The king of white room Twitter sketches once again brings his evocative comedy of British characters to the big screen. Green will be in charge of hosting ahead of the third and final cinematic compilation of his internet sketches, shot on iPhone, as well as never-before-seen videos. Rachel Aroesti
Almeida Theatre, London, until April 30he
Slave Play writer Jeremy O Harris’ melodrama is about the relationship between a young black artist and an older white art collector and features a fully functional swimming pool. Bring a towel. Miriam Gillinson
The meaning of Zong
Bristol Old Vic, until May 7
Infused with music and lyricism, Hamilton star Giles Terera’s Olivier Award-winning The Meaning of Zong is set 200 years ago and focuses on the chain of events – and pioneers – that started the movement abolitionist in the UK. MG
Scottish Ballet: The Scandal at Mayerling
Glasgow Theater Royal, 13 to April 16he; on tour until May 28
Scotland gets its own production of Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet Mayerling in 1978. The psychological drama tells the true story of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, his teenage mistress and their apparent double murder-suicide in a cabin in the woods . Lyndsey Winship
Stay at home: Diffusion
A surreal take on the Woman in Crisis genre, this anthology drama series features eight very bizarre fables, from The Woman Who Ate Photographs to The Woman Who Was Kept on a Shelf. The cast is equally intriguing, with Nicole Kidman, Issa Rae and Meera Syal among the stars.
April 109 p.m., BBC One and iPlayer
Prepare for more outrage in the village, knowing glances and incessant footsteps. Sally Wainwright’s biographical drama returns to 1830s Halifax to chronicle further developments in the life of the woman widely regarded as the first modern lesbian, landowner Anne Lister (the ever captivating Suranne Jones).
Anatomy of a Scandal
David E Kelley – creator of Ally McBeal and Big Little Lies – applies his melodramatic twists and nuanced character portrayals to British life in this adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s 2018 novel, about a politician accused of sexual abuse (Rupert Friend ) and his stubbornly supportive wife. (Siena Miller).
April 129:15 p.m., Channel 4
Setting its boisterous, effusive but also deeply touching exploration of adolescence against the backdrop of the buzzing The Troubles, Lisa McGee’s semi-autobiographical sitcom will come to an end after this highly anticipated third series, which sees the girls snaking messyly into old age. adult as Northern Ireland enters a more hopeful era. AR
Stay at home: Games
Cat cafe manager
April 14computer, nintendo switch
A cute management simulation game that does pretty much exactly what it says: build and decorate a cafe, adopt and pet a group of cats, get people drunk, and befriend regulars.
Alto’s Adventure: Spirit of the Mountain
Available now, iPhone/iPad
A recent addition to Apple Arcade, this calming, never-ending snowboarding game has you sliding and jumping through gorgeous landscapes until you inevitably stack it. Meditative and fun. Keza MacDonald
Stay at home: Albums
Syd- broken hearts club
It’s been five years since Syd, an alumnus of Odd Future and the Internet, released her excellent debut album, Fin. After a devastating breakup, she scrapped a more upbeat early version of what would become her second solo album, with the clean title track Broken Hearts Club shifting from bittersweet slow jams to shattered confessionals.
Jack White- fear of dawn
The first of two new albums from Jack White this year – folk Entering Heaven Alive follows in July – arrives on the back of bonkers single Hi-De-Ho, which features Q-Tip rapping over bubbly riffs and woeful vocals. It’s a playful reminder of what was missing from the former White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather man’s recent work.
Wet leg – Wet leg
Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers claim the title of best new group of 2022 with this eponymous debut album. Carried by the first viral single from last June, Chaise Longue (12 million plays on Spotify and more), it is an intoxicating rush of foolishness and youthful emotions.
Father John Misty – Chloë and the following 20th century
On his fifth album as Father John Misty, Josh Tillman adds a touch of Old Hollywood to his 1970s singer-songwriter shtick. The stylish Funny Girl finds him lost in the craze as the rippling strings and the horns unfurl around it, while the gently rolling Goodbye Mr Blue sounds like the perfect soundtrack to an indie rom-com gone wrong. CM
Stay at home : brain food
What is your problem?
It turns out there are endless answers to the main question posed by this design-focused podcast. Host Jacob Goldstein chats with engineers and entrepreneurs about the problems they’re trying to creatively solve, from drone delivery to AI-assisted driving.
Fantasy fans will be delighted with this new archive, featuring detailed scans of paintings, illustrations and letters from Lord of the Rings writer JRR Tolkien. Highlights include the in-progress maps of Tolkien’s vast Middle-earth.
The art that made us
April 149 p.m., BBC 2
This detailed eight-part series traces an alternative history of the UK through its artistic production. Tonight’s second episode takes us from the creative revival of the Black Death to the societal divisions of the Peasants’ Revolt. KM