Oscar-snubbed movie Selma, Jessie J sings live and the White Cube does big-time audio. Marianka Swain previews next week on theartsdesk
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29/01/2015

Pick of the Week: by Marianka Swain

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King marched from Selma to Montgomery as part of his pioneering campaign for equal voting rights. Ava DuVernay’s film about this landmark event is far from a period piece: many see the Academy Awards’ snub as emblematic of a contemporary race problem. Emma Simmonds gives her verdict on Selma.

In music news, Matthew Wright passes judgement on soul-pop singer Jessie J, performing from her latest album Sweet Talker at Eventim Apollo, while over in theatreland, Matt Wolf checks into the May Fair Hotel for Tobias Menzies’ solo turn in Wallace Shawn’s The Fever, and I’m seeing the most recent Hampstead-to-West End transfer, Amelia Bullmore’s Di and Viv and Rose.

Or perhaps you’re more in the mood for pub crawl symphonies and superhero sound effects? Sarah Kent reports from White Cube Bermondsey, where Christian Marclay, creator of jaw-dropping installation The Clock, joins forces with The Vinyl Factory and London Sinfonietta.

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Holocaust: Night Will Fall, Channel 4

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Taken at Midnight, Theatre Royal Haymarket

The mother, so often a sentimental figure in art, can be as tenacious and bold as any animal when protecting her young...

Cucumber, Channel 4

It doesn’t take many cucumbers smacked into cupped male palms to realise this isn’t, surprisingly, a show about salad. Russell T...

Ex Machina

Alex Garland’s directorial debut is spare, clever s.f. Ever since he began his now abandoned novelist’s career with The Beach, he...

PJ Harvey: Recording in Progress

Artangel continues to instigate extraordinary events in extraordinary places. Over the past two decades and more, directors Michael...

Touched by Auschwitz, BBC Two

There’s been a pronounced sense of finality at this year’s 70th anniversary commemoration of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz. No...

Rubens and His Legacy, Royal Academy

What does it mean to be a great artist? Is it enough for your work to be admired, studied, emulated and quoted by contemporaries and...

Julian Cope, Glee Club, Birmingham

While Julian Cope’s albums are usually fairly expansive affairs which employ a vast array of instruments, an audience with the...

Big Hero 6

Following the critical and commercial hits Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, Disney's latest is a film which will win you over with its...

Richard Alston Dance Company, Sadler's Wells

Testament to the work of Richard Alston Dance Company (RADC) over the 20 years since its foundation was not just the première...

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