Whether it is a live gig, a new film or a game to play at home, our critics have your plans for this week covered
Sat 9 Oct 2021 01.00 EDT
The Addams Family 2
Having started life as a comic strip, the Addamses have come full circle with their latest incarnation in an animated film franchise. It may make you yearn for the chemistry of Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia, but just think of this as a gateway drug for the kids.
My Little Sister
Grownup siblings reconnect to heartrending effect in this tragic and intimate Swiss drama. Written and directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond, Lars Eidinger plays a stage star with leukaemia, whose illness sees him forge a new bond with his sister (the always excellent Nina Hoss).
In an era when RuPaul’s Drag Race boasts a mainstream audience, it is too easy to feel that LGBTQ+ acceptance is universal. Director Elegance Bratton offers a sharp corrective with this documentary portrait of homeless Black, queer and trans young people in New York.
Scream (4k Restoration)
Out from Tuesday
A touchstone for 90s kids and fun for horror fans of any vintage, Wes Craven’s postmodern teen slasher is 25 years old, and looking pretty good for its age. A reboot will arrive in 2022.
Wed to 4 Nov; tour starts Glasgow
Leicester’s stadium alt-rock mainstays return for their first tour since the exit of frontman Tom Meighan. Immaculately coiffured guitarist Serge Pizzorno will be stepping up to the mic, with a handful of new songs promised alongside the highlights from their six albums.
Mon to 19 Oct; tour starts Bristol
In 2018, this proponent of “urban jazz” was hand-picked to support Ms Lauryn Hill on her comeback tour. An EP, a mixtape and 10 singles later, the artist born Diana De Brito brings her sultry hybrid of R&B, jazz and hip-hop to dimly lit venues as headliner. Michael Cragg
Thur to 20 Oct; tour starts Brighton
Classically percussion-trained, but unleashed by a gyil xylophone apprenticeship in Ghana, Vula Viel founder Bex Burch performs with bassist-composer Ruth Goller and drummer Jim Hart. Theirs is a soulfully danceable mix of minimalism, punky muscle, African rhythms and jazz-inflected improv. John Fordham
London Coliseum, WC2, Thu to 28 Oct
English National Opera revives one of its most successful shows of recent decades, Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch’s spectacular staging of Philip Glass’s opera. Carolyn Kuan conducts, with Sean Panikkar taking the central role of MK Gandhi. Andrew Clements
Tate Modern, SE1,Tue to 16 Jan
Expect a multisensory experience as this science-minded artist unleashes her biggest experiment yet in the Turbine Hall’s vast space. Yi creates organic installations that hover on the border of culture and biology, mixing genetics with social radicalism. Frankensteinian fun.
Various venues, to 23 Jan
As well as hosting this year’s all-collective Turner prize, the 2021 City of Culture is staging a biennial of political art. So if you can’t get enough protest, here are the latest visions from Jeremy Deller, Art & Language, Sin Wai Kin and many more.
Poussin and the Dance
National Gallery, WC2, Sat to 2 Jan
This exhibition promises to reveal the wild side of an artist often seen as the most measured of classicists. Poussin painted Bacchanalian revellers, crazed satyrs and passionate nymphs. Under his air of moral gravity lurks a secret sensualist.
Science Museum, SW7, Thu to Mar 2022
The wonder of the Amazon is captured in this Brazilian photographer’s epic work. Images of extraordinary depth and richness reveal the stupendous abundance of forests and mountains untouched by modern destructiveness … for now. Jonathan Jones
The Cherry Orchard
Theatre Royal Windsor, to 13 November
Fresh from playing Hamlet, where he delivered a soliloquy on an exercise bike, Ian McKellen takes on the role of Firs, the ageing servant lost in the past in Martin Sherman’s adaptation of Chekhov’s final play.
The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency
Belgrade theatre, Coventry, to 16 October
With a ska-influenced score by Boff Whalley of Chumbawamba, this new musical could prove as catchy as its title. Staged by Cardboard Citizens for Coventry’s city of culture year, it is set in the 70s and inspired by the artist-activist Heathcote Williams’s founding of the eponymous agency for squatters. Chris Wiegand
Various venues and online, to 24 Oct
London’s annual dance festival has a new director, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, and a shifting identity. This year it presents a dance piece about football on Hounslow High Street, a weekend takeover in Brentford, and an online programme you can watch wherever you are. Lindsey Winship
Soho theatre, W1, Mon to 23 Oct
One-third of the inventively silly Massive Dad, Liz Kingsman strikes out on her own in a more high-concept capacity. Billed as “bold, raw and moving”. One-Woman Show is actually a hilarious and very meta take on the zeitgeisty theatre trend it’s named after. Rachel Aroesti
Scenes from a Marriage
Monday, 9pm, Sky Atlantic; full series available Monday, Sky Go/NowTV
Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac lead this starry reworking of Ingmar Bergman’s study of marital strife. Expect contemporary twists – unlike the 70s original, the woman is the main breadwinner – but the same onslaught of complicated grief.
Sunday, 9.45pm, BBC Two; full series available Sunday, iPlayer
After finding viral fame as spoof rapper Lil Dicky, Dave Burd created a sitcom about his alter ego pursuing a serious rap career. The result is part parody, part brutally frank dramedy about being an unlikely hip-hop star. It returns for its second series this week.
Full series available Wednesday, Disney+
Co-created by Taika Waititi, this caper-centric coming-of-age comedy follows four teens attempting to transcend their small-town lives. A landmark moment for indigenous representation on TV, it gives voice to a group usually overlooked by American pop culture.
Full series available from Friday, Netflix
The deeply uncomfortable, deeply compelling Netflix drama returns for season three, with the dangerously infatuated Joe Goldberg (original Gossip Girl heartthrob, Penn Badgley) now a husband and father. You doesn’t simply parrot dramatic tropes of toxic masculinity and dysfunctional love, it deconstructs them too.
Coldplay – Music of the Spheres
Out on Friday
Following the muted reaction to 2019’s knotty double album, Everyday Life, Chris Martin et al lean fully into pop mode for this synth-saturated follow-up. K-pop superstars (and streaming catnip) BTS appear on the loved-up anthem My Universe, while the Swedish super-producer Max Martin adds a gleaming 80s sheen to proceedings.
Julia Shapiro – Zorked
Out on Friday
The Chastity Belt frontwoman’s second solo album was recorded at the start of the pandemic following a relocation from Seattle to LA. That heaviness permeates the drone metal-inspired Death (XIII), while the Elliott Smith-esque first single Come With Me lets some air in; it was inspired by taking mushrooms while backpacking.
Remi Wolf – Juno
Out on Friday
After a string of neon-hued alt-pop bops that have made the likes of Beck and Camila Cabello sit up and listen, Californian Remi Wolf unleashes her 13-track debut album. Overstated in all the right ways, songs such as the chant-heavy Quiet on Set and Guerrilla’s elastic funk workout contort modern anxieties into vibrant new shapes.
Young Thug – Punk
Out on Friday
Fresh from his recent US No 1 with Drake on the Right Said Fred-sampling Way 2 Sexy, Atlanta rapper Jeffery Williams returns with this second album proper (there have been at least 20 mixtapes, mind you). Lead single Tick Tock – a collaboration with controversial producer Dr Luke – showcases Thug’s penchant for unshakeable hooks. MC
Back 4 Blood
Out on Tuesday
Sounds like an 00s metal album, plays like the cooperative zombie-shooting classic Left 4 Dead – unsurprisingly, as it’s made by the same people.
A gently profound travelogue that gives you a camera and a minimalist black-and-white world, and asks you to take photos for the characters you encounter.
Alan Wake Remastered
A cheesy, tropey, obvious but nonetheless endearing tribute to Stephen King novels in video game form, in which a washed-up writer seeks his supernaturally vanished wife. Keza MacDonald
Andy Warhol Photography Archive
Stanford University has digitised 3,600 contact sheets of photographs taken by Andy Warhol in the decade before his death in 1987. Click through for candid shots of famous faces such as Annie Leibovitz and John Lennon.
Podcast, available weekly
Whether your gardening prowess ranges from keeping a shop-bought basil plant alive to thriving window boxes and wild flower meadows, this engaging daily podcast from gardener Kevin Espiritu answers listeners’ obscure and surprisingly useful questions in 10 minutes.
Hip Hop Uncovered
Building on viewers’ knowledge of the genre, this series looks at the underground figures who have shaped rap over the past 40 years, including Nipsey Hussle and erstwhile Tupac nemesis Haitian Jack. Ammar Kalia