Pick of the Week: by Lisa-Marie Ferla

I'm sure I'm not alone in having found particular solace in books over the past year. This week, we'll review Nobel Prize-winner Kazuo Ishiguro's long-overdue return with Klara and the Sun along with Frances Larson’s Undreamed Shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology.

This week's film highlight is Judas and the Black Messiah, the true story of William O'Neal's betrayal of Black Panther Party chair Fred Hampton starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. And Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston makes his TV return in Your Honor on Sky Atlantic, as a New Orleans judge whose life begins to unravel when his son is involved in a hit-and-run.

Aurora Orchestra opens its 2021 season of London Unwrapped performances streamed live from Kings Place with a programme marking the centenary of the first performance of Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, plus pieces from Anna Meredith, Thea Musgrave and Mendelssohn. And Sherlock Holmes: An Online Adventure is an intriguing interactive show from Les Enfants Terribles combining gaming and live action with immersive 360-degree technology.

And we review the first album in 16 years from caustic indie rock Scots Arab Strap, whose particular blend of hedonism and despair will either put you in the mood for the pub or make you glad it's not an option. I'm swinging towards sticking with books.

Lisa-Marie Ferla

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