The 10 best things to do this week: Rose Wylie and The Disaster Artist


Exhibitions

Rose Wylie: Quack Quack
It feels as if the art world has been playing catch-up when it comes to Kent-based Rose Wylie’s large paintings, often inspired by recollections and facts (Pink Skater: Will I Win, Will I Win, above). Five years ago, at the age of 77, she found herself being talked about as an up-and-coming artist, while this show is her first major London exhibition. Better late than never though, eh?
At the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, W2, to 11 February

Scream & Scream Again
If you’re in the Maidstone area and you’re a fan of British horror then you only have a week left to see this exhibition showcasing some rare lobby cards and posters from the gothic style of the 1950s to the pop culture-influenced 1970s.
At Maidstone Museum to 2 December

Music



Bright spark … Miguel. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

Gorillaz
What started out in 2001 as a side-project for the “creatively restless” (big show off) Damon Albarn and then-flatmate, artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz has morphed into a five-album, world-touring, collab-heavy pop behemoth. This year’s Humanz album featured most of the artists on Spotify, and you’d hope some will make cameos at various points on this UK tour. Starts in Brighton on 27 November.

Miguel
Wounded by the commercial failure of 2015’s ambitious Wildheart, Miguel’s new album, War & Leisure, is a more focused affair, streamlining that album’s flights of fancy into future-facing R&B that has more in common with the recent Guide cover star’s 2012 breakthrough, Kaleidoscope Dream. Out on 1 December.

Who We Be
Inspired by the playlist of the same name, Who We Be – Spotify’s first foray into live music events – aims to showcase some of the best hip-hop and grime from the UK and beyond. It features UK heavyweights Dizzee Rascal, Stefflon Don, Giggs and J Hus, alongside US reality TV star turned hip-hop upstart Cardi B, whose Bodak Yellow recently topped the US charts.
At Alexandra Palace, N22, 30 November

Theatre

How to Win Against History
After a critically lauded run at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe, this sparkling chamber opera returns. It tells the true story of Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquess of Anglesey, whose fabulousness – he had a thing for ruby-encrusted slippers – saw him ostracised by his Victorian family. Seiriol Davies brings him back to life here, in a play directed by Alex Swift.
At the Young Vic, SE1, from 30 November to 30 December

The Little Matchgirl
Emma Rice’s enchanting The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales moves from London’s Globe to Bristol’s Old Vic from Thursday to 14 Jan. Taking Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales and re-contextualising them – An Emperor’s New Clothes is set in the fashion industry, for example – this is a joyful mix of music and puppetry, ie perfect Christmas entertainment.
At Bristol Old Vic from 30 November to 14 January

Film

Dave and James Franco in The Disaster Artist



Room for improvement … Dave and James Franco in The Disaster Artist. Photograph: Allstar/New Line Cinema

The Disaster Artist
James Franco has found his true calling in this semi-biopic of vainglorious director Tommy Wiseau, whose cult 2003 film The Room has been described as one of the worst of all time (it also started the “Oh hai Mark” meme, so look that up if you haven’t). As well as playing the lead, Franco also directs, while Seth Rogen, Alison Brie and Franco’s brother Dave co-star. It’s in limited cinemas from Friday.

Podcasts

Tracks
This award-winning podcast by Matthew Broughton returns to Radio 4 with another conspiracy thriller, this time involving a mystery in 1980s Snowdonia. Available at iPlayer Radio.

Birthday parties

Vice UK 15
“Global youth-media brand” Vice is celebrating 15 years since its UK launch. Famed for both its irreverent journalism – once sending a tripping journo to interview Danny Dyer – and gutsy reporting (Vice was the first western media organisation to embed with Islamic State), its London-based celebrations are typically scattershot. Mykki Blanco and Mike Skinner perform at the opening party on 28 November; there’s a screening of Noisey Blackpool II, about the rise of grime in the seaside town; and a “roadshow” involving free beer on 30 November.
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