Juliette Binoche's Antigone, Rebecca Ferguson's Billie Holiday and horse play on the Fourth Plinth. Marianka Swain looks forward to next week on theartsdesk
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05/03/2015

Pick of the Week: by Marianka Swain

Bored at the bland Brits, despite Madonna’s tumble? You’re better off exploring the full musical range here on theartsdesk. First up, we head to the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival for tUnE-yArDs, AKA Merrill Garbus, whose experimental indie-pop project includes vocals, drum loops and – naturally – ukelele.

Following this week’s interviews with actress MyAnna Buring and filmmaker Desiree Akhavan, we grill X Factor survivor Rebecca Ferguson about interpreting Billie Holiday's songbook, and tackle one of alternative music’s spikiest contenders: Mark Stewart of The Pop Group. Meanwhile, fingers crossed our opera pick for 2015 doesn’t disappoint: Brecht and Weill’s acidic masterpiece Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Royal Opera House.

All that, plus ENB’s Modern Masters, the BBC’s (hopefully audible) new version of Cornish yarn Poldark, revered director Ivo van Hove’s Antigone starring Juliette Binoche at the Barbican, award-winning documentary Dreamcatcher, and the latest inhabitant of the Fourth Plinth, Hans Haacke’s City-skewering Gift Horse, trots into view.

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