Cambridge literary festival
Although many people worked themselves into a fury after the US election, few managed to bash out a savagely satirical novella in response. Howard Jacobson’s talk on his Trump-inspired book, Pussy, is sure to be one of the highlights of this top-class literature festival.
At various venues, 18-23 April
The Legend of Mulan
Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan won’t be released until 2018, but that’s not the only reason why the Hong Kong Dance Company’s retelling of the Chinese folk tale is worth seeing when it comes to the Royal Festival Hall. The production is an intense spectacle that reinvigorates the legend of the girl who disguises herself as a man to take her father’s place in battle.
At Royal Festival Hall, SE1, 15 April
La Movida, the era-defining creative explosion that hit post-Franco Spain in the late 70s, is the basis for this exhibition, which showcases art inspired by the movement.
At Home, Manchester, to 17 July
If grime had a royal family, Nadia Rose would be high in the line of succession. The rapper, who writes bars that bring to mind Lady Leshurr, has been MCing since the age of the 13 and is Stormzy’s cousin. Two years ago, she was working in a betting shop, but in the past year Rose has won a Mobo and released debut EP Highly Flammable. Find out more at her upcoming show in east London.
At Village Underground, EC2, 20 April
Darren J Cunningham may have hinted at his impending retirement at the time of his last album, 2014’s Ghettoville, but this year sees the radical electronic artist back with a techno bang. Cunningham is nothing if not disorientatingly ambitious: the Wolverhampton producer’s fifth album, AZD, aims to transport the listener into a chrome-panelled parallel world.
AZD is out now on Ninja Tune
Jude Law stars in this stripped-back stage production of Visconti’s classic Italian neorealist film Ossessione – an adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice – which debuts at the Barbican this week. Playing Gino Costa, a wanderer who gets trapped in a murderous love triangle, Law returns to the theatre’s stage for the first time in 22 years. Directed by Ivo van Hove of Dutch theatre company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the play will run until the end of May, before setting out on a tour of Europe.
At Barbican, EC2, from 19 April to 20 May
Vinyl . Album . Cover . Art
Design collective Hipgnosis hold legendary status among hipster record collectors. Specialising in album artwork from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, they became known for their designs for acts such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, ELO, Peter Gabriel and AC/DC. All 373 record covers have now been collected into a book, accompanied by essays from those involved.
Vinyl . Album . Cover . Art is published by Thames & Hudson
The Rookie podcast
Tavi Gevinson’s website Rookie has spent the past six years subverting the notion that publications aimed at teenage girls are inherently low-brow – so it would be foolish to expect anything less than a series of sophisticated, intelligent conversations from the magazine’s podcast spin-off. The latest venture from the 20-year-old writer and editor looks to profit from her friends in high places: the first episode includes a deep dive into the creative process with her popstar mate Lorde, before life advice is dispensed by Pulitzer-winning theatre critic Hilton Als.
Available from iTunes, Spotify and podcast apps
If you’ve been missing sketch duo Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns since their eponymous TV show ended in 2014, you’ll be able to catch their mildly offensive comedy nonsense – which masterfully juggles juvenility and disturbing gags – in its live incarnation this week.
At the 100 Club, W1, 20 April
Transplanting Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith – a Victorian-set novel about lesbian love – into 1930s Korea and leaving it in the hands of a male director known for his violent films could have been a disaster, but Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden has already been heralded as a sensual success.
In cinemas now