Pick of the Week: by Markie Robson-Scott
Tired of mulling over the intricacies of impeachment? Let theartsdesk bring refreshment with cultural treats, including a review of the hotly anticipated debut novel by Raven Leilani. Luster, set in New York and New Jersey, is a gripping, blackly funny take on the adultery novel. It deftly explores the shifting landscape of sexual and racial politics and office power plays.
In classical music, the latest filmed Hallé concert features virtuoso saxophonist Jess Gillam performing Glazunov’s late-Romantic concerto, with young conductor Jonathan Bloxham stepping in at short notice after Jonathon Heyward withdrew due to current restrictions.
In new music, the highlight is an interview with Cerys Matthews about her new album with Hidden Orchestra, We Come From The Sun, featuring ten UK poets including Lemn Sissay and Adam Horovitz. And there are new albums from Sleaford Mods and Eminem.
On television, a storm of family secrets unfolds in ITV’s new Sunday night drama Finding Alice, starring Keeley Hawes, Gemma Jones and Kenneth Cranham. In film, Liam Neeson returns to his gun-slinging ways in The Marksman and stalwarts Judi Dench and Dan Stevens star in an adaptation of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit.
“Time is the reef upon which all our frail mystic ships are wrecked,” says Madame Arcati in Coward’s play, but theartsdesk is leading the rescue mission.