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Going Out: Cinema
From debut director Andreas Fontana, Azor is a drama set in the world of Swiss bankers, but this ain’t Wall Street with cuckoo clocks: Fontana renders everything in a Graham Greene-ish hue, with an impending sense of doom trickling through every interaction in this cloistered and morally murky world.
Just in time for Halloween, here comes producer Guillermo del Toro (of Pan’s Labyrinth fame), hoping to terrify us with a few spine-tingling shocks. It’s a neatly realised monster movie inspired by First Nations mythologies about the wendigo, a malevolent spirit with a grisly, people-crunching agenda.
Last Night in Soho
If you yearn for the days when Soho was more S&M adventure playground than sanitised M&Ms World, Edgar Wright’s trippy tribute to the sleazily fashionable neighbourhood of yesteryear is the film for you. Delivered in the form of a love letter to midnight movies, it wears its influences proudly on its impeccably cut sleeve.
Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut is a beautifully shot historical drama, with Ruth Negga a shoo-in to attract awards buzz for her performance as a light-skinned Black woman in the 1920s who “passes” as white. Touching on myriad complexities, it’s obviously a sensitive subject, but handled here with evident care. Catherine Bray
Going Out: Gigs
Up for Grabs
Barbican Hall, EC2, 5 Nov
Mark-Anthony Turnage’s lifelong devotion to Arsenal FC takes musical form in a tribute to his club’s 1989 final-day league-winning performance at Liverpool. The BBC SO with guitarist John Parricelli and percussionist Peter Erskine play Turnage’s score to accompany footage of the famous victory, and there’s a panel discussion with members of the title-winning side afterwards. Andrew Clements
1 to 10 Nov; starts Brighton
After nearly a decade on rap’s periphery, LA-based artist and sometime poet Blanco barged his way into mainstream conversations with this summer’s excellent Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep. Fingers crossed that album’s playful breeziness will be peppered with some blasts of gonzo punk from their excellently titled 2014 mixtape, Gay Dog Food. Michael Cragg
2 to 12 Nov; starts Manchester
Led by Britpop scarecrow Jarvis Cocker, Jarv Is make most sense in a live scenario. Debut album Beyond the Pale was even billed as an “alive album”, with its seven tracks built around tour recordings. Expect the six-minute House Music All Night Long to properly go off in a sweaty venue. MC
An Evening of New Jazz Fireworks: Chris Standring/Jo Harrop/Paul Edis
Cadogan Hall, SW1, 5 Nov
High-class mainstream-to-smooth jazz showcase for George Benson/Grant Green-inspired UK guitarist Chris Standring (playing the Great American Songbook with trio and full orchestra), subtly affecting singer-songwriter Jo Harrop and multigenre pianist Paul Edis, launching his new album The Still Point of the Turning World. John Fordham
Going Out: Stage
Up the Creek Comedy Club, SE10, 31 Oct; The Glee Club, Birmingham, 5 Nov
Sometimes people think Petts is a man, other times they think she’s a woman, a predicament that gives the Kent comic a distinctive perspective on the hot-potato topics of gender and sexuality – but expect gratifyingly little proselytising from this endearingly matey new face. Rachel Aroesti
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Duke of York’s theatre, WC2, to 24 Apr
Richly deserved West End transfer for this intoxicating adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s magical story. Adapted by Joel Horwood and Katy Rudd, the tale sees a man swept back into his childhood and pulled into a dark adventure. Take your children. Take your friends. Take yourself. Miriam Gillinson
Theatre Royal Bath, to 13 Nov; then touring
In an NHS psychiatric hospital in London, a mysterious patient wants to be discharged – but who gets to decide his future? Joe Penhall’s Olivier-award winning play is revived by director James Dacre and stars Michael Balogun as the patient, Christopher, and Giles Terera and Ralph Davis as the two sparring doctors. MG
Bernstein Double Bill
Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 4 Nov; touring to 20 Nov
First chance to see Dane Hurst’s choreography for Phoenix Dance Theatre since he took over as artistic director, mixing the vivacious rhythms of West Side Story’s Symphonic Dances with themes from his native South Africa. It comes in a double bill with Opera North playing Bernstein’s opera Trouble in Tahiti. Lyndsey Winship
Going Out: Art
Jacqueline de Jong
Mostyn, Llandudno, to 6 Feb
This is a retrospective of one of the radical visionaries of postwar European art. Amsterdam’s De Jong paints with violence and abandon, slapping cartoon figures on to chaotic canvases. But she’s not just a painter. She was at the heart of the Situationist International, the revolutionary movement that inspired punk.
Royal Academy of Arts, W1, 30 Oct to 13 Feb
Anyone who thinks of John Constable as a conservative artist of country life will be blown away by the storms and turmoil of his later art. Full of heavy skies, tear-stained ruins and a mood of incurable grief, these are some of the most expressive landscapes ever painted.
Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, W1, to 27 Nov
A retrospective of this hyperrealistic sculptor whose figures use the prosthetic techniques of fantasy cinema to create lifelike simulacra of the human form. But although Mueck’s people seem natural, they are also full of expression and symbolism. Love and loneliness are starkly dramatised by distorted scale and intimate posing.
Hogarth and Europe
Tate Britain, SW1, 3 Nov to 20 Mar
William Hogarth would have voted leave, to judge from his satires on the starveling French. Yet beyond The Roast Beef of Old England, this exhibition reveals he was at the heart of the European Enlightenment. Sold throughout the continent, his prints helped spread a new culture of wit and reason. Jonathan Jones
Staying In: Streaming
From 5 Nov, Apple TV+
A zippy, extremely arch and deliberately anachronistic period drama about the poet Emily Dickinson sounds a bit like sacrilege. But, as the teen-centric show returns for its third (and final) series, it’s hard to deny that amid the bizarreness lies a smart and highly entertaining TV experiment.
From 31 Oct, BBC iPlayer
Hannah is the daughter of a single mother; Talitha is the daughter of a successful entrepreneur. When the former disappears, the latter soon becomes the main suspect. This six-part legal drama dives into the complexities of the ensuing trial, while meditating on the ways societal privilege can warp the justice system.
From 1 Nov, BBC iPlayer
A studious sixth-former, a disgraced businessman, a publicity-courting socialite and Christopher Walken’s ex-con are among the ragtag bunch brought together by their community service obligations in Stephen Merchant’s gag-laden but genuinely stressful comedy-drama-thriller.
From 5 Nov, Netflix
This spin-off of the Colombia-set Netflix smash began chronicling Mexico’s drugs trade by focusing on the rise of the Guadalajara cartel in the 1980s. Now on its final series, we survey the grim and disturbingly violent cartel wars that greeted its implosion a decade later. Rachel Aroesti
Staying In: Games
Mario Party Superstars
A family-friendly mix of board game and video game that brings a bit of unpredictable Mario Kart-esque chaos to evenings with friends.
Just Dance 2022
Out on 4 Nov
The world’s most popular dance game is still going, bringing quirky choreography and a saccharine pop soundtrack from Beyoncé to Todrick Hall.
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Out on 5 Nov
In addition to the usual wealth of ways to shoot at each other in online multiplayer, the newest CoD promises a serious soldiers’ story set in the final years of the second world war. Keza MacDonald
Staying In: Albums
Namasenda – Unlimited Ammo
Four years after she self-released her cult EP hot_babe_93, Swedish hyperpop exponent Naomi Namasenda returns with this 13-track mixtape. Now signed to PC Music, Unlimited Ammo features typically frenetic production from label boss AG Cook, as well as a guest appearance from fellow pop experimentalist Hannah Diamond on the arresting Steel.
Ed Sheeran – =
The bewilderingly omnipresent Sheeran continues his mathematical symbol obsession with this follow-up to 2011’s +, 2014’s x and 2017’s ÷. = has already garnered two UK No 1 singles with Shiver dethroning June’s Bad Habits after 11 long weeks at the summit. Inevitably, – is still to come.
Tori Amos – Ocean to Ocean
Originally intended to be released around last year’s US elections, Amos’s 16th album was completely reworked after the singer-songwriter wrote her way out of a third lockdown malaise. Galloping lead single Speaking With Trees muses on the healing quality of the nature that surrounds her Cornwall home.
The War on Drugs – I Don’t Live Here Anymore
Philadelphia’s Grammy-winning soft-rockers, led by Adam Granduciel, return with their fifth album, the follow-up to 2017’s commercial breakthrough, A Deeper Understanding. Inspired by the birth of Granduciel’s son, it finds the meticulous frontman loosening up a bit, reflected most clearly in the album’s joyous, Boys of Summer-esque title track. Michael Cragg
Staying In: Brain food
Wisdom from the Top
The “rise and grind” LinkedIn posts might be pouring forth but this NPR podcast pulls some genuinely interesting insights from business leaders such as Peloton’s Dara Treseder and Lego’s Jørgen Vig Knudstorp on their successes.
The Capote Tapes
30 Oct, 9pm, Sky Documentaries
Utilising rich archive from the In Cold Blood writer’s friends and acquaintances, this gossip-laden documentary recounts how Truman Capote’s unfinished novel Answered Prayers tried to skewer the New York elite and ensnared its author in the process.
Ocean Depth Comparison
There is a mesmerising ASMR quality to this stylish visualisation of the world’s oceans. From the Sea of Azov to the Mariana Trench, be inspired either by nature’s enormity, or terrified by humanity’s smallness within it. Ammar Kalia