Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: It has too much plot, but otherwise “Black Panther” is great fun — a must see! TV/Streaming: Chris Rock’s new comedy special on Netflix, “Tambourine,” has some big laughs. Last week’s “Victoria” episode (Sundays, PBS) was the finest yet. This week’s also looks promising. Music: “Simply the Best 60’s Album” is simply the best 60’s album. Stryper’s “God Damn Evil” is only for hard-core rock fans. Books: David Grann‘s “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” is absolutely absorbing non-fiction. Sports: The best thing about the Olympics: unlike presidential elections and Oscar season, they don’t go on forever. Finally: Days are getting longer: can spring be far behind?

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Road Trip Into The Heart Of Russia

Karl Ove Knausgaard writes: ‘For years, I have wanted to see Russia with my own eyes, to meet some of the people who live inside of that entity, to find out what they think it means to be Russian. That is why, early one morning in October, I found myself driving from Moscow to Ivan Turgenev’s estate, accompanied by a photographer and a translator. If I wanted to see what life in Russia was like, unfiltered by news stories, I couldn’t think of any better place to start than Turgenev’s world, the countryside that formed the setting for his first book, “A Sportsman’s Sketches.”’

Hirshhorn Cancels Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Monumental Projection After Florida Shooting

The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC has cancelled a monumental projection across its façade by the Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko that included an image of a gun after a school shooting in Florida killed at least 17 people on Wednesday (14 February). The site-specific work, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 1988-2000, was restaged for the first time in 30 years on Tuesday and was meant to remain on display for three days to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s (until 13 May).

First Glimpse Of Damien Hirst Paintings

Damien Hirst has taken spot painting to the next level in a new series of works created in pointillist style blobs of vividly colored paint that he describes as “big abstract Bonnard paintings.” The “veil paintings” are due to go on show at Larry Gagosian’s Los Angeles space on 1 March (until 14 April), in what will be Hirst’s first exhibition with the mega-dealer since returning to the gallery in 2016. His last show there was The Complete Spot Paintings in 2012.

Bostridge: God’s Own Music


Ian Bostridge writes: ‘The Anglican choral tradition is one of the great successes of English cultural diffusion, to rank with Association Football (soccer), cricket, and the works of William Shakespeare. It has a cultural heft way beyond its parochial and very specific origins, and it turns up in the oddest places. The most incongruous example must surely be the upmarket gloss that Thomas Tallis’s forty-part motet Spem in Alium lends to a down-and-dirty scene in the film Fifty Shades of Grey.’

Chris Rock’s New Comedy Special


Netflix continues its aggressive push into comedy by teaming up with Chris Rock for his first stand-up special in a decade. Chris Rock: Tamborine premieres on the streaming platform today — Valentine’s Day. The special was filmed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City and directed by Bo Burnham. In it, Rock talks about his porn addiction and his failures in his marriage.