Pick of the Week: by Owen Richards

The 14th February is fast approaching, and that means only one thing – it’s the ten year anniversary of theartsdesk’s Disc of the Day! We’re celebrating with some specially commissioned pieces, including our writers’ Albums of the Decade and, perhaps more intriguingly, the Albums We Got Wrong.

If you’re looking something a bit more romantic, we’ll be covering the latest production of Romeo and Juliet, starring Olivier Award-winner Sam Tutty, from the musical Dear Evan Hansen, alongside Emily Redpath and Derek Jacobi. We’re also reviewing All On Her Own, a new solo play from Terence Rattigan, and Scottish Opera’s Hansel and Gretel.

For real relationship goals, BBC Four’s Storyville brings us Whirlybird – Live Above LA about a husband and wife team who pursued breaking news stories from their helicopter. Or if you’d prefer to dive into LA’s dark underbelly, Denzel Washington and Rami Malek star in the neo-noir thriller The Little Things.

In books, we’re reviewing Russian poet, essayist and journalist Maria Stepanova’s genre-defying hybrid of memoir, fiction, travelogue and history, In Memory of Memory, as well as Patricia Lockwood’s much anticipated debut novel about internet culture and ‘doom scrolling’, No One Is Talking About This.

And for those missing the visual arts, the Oxford Ceramics Gallery has the new online exhibition Pioneering Women. It features work by 10 artists across three generations (including Lucy Rie, Dierdre McLoughlin and Akiko Hirai), all of whom assimilated traditions and practices from across the world to make significant contributions to ceramic art in the 20th century.

With so much to look forward to, we really should have a name to commemorate the 14th…TADentine’s Day? We’ll work on it.

Owen Richards

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