The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.


Cabinet Gallery, London EC1, Homo Economicus, until 3 March
A two-part group exhibition at Cabinet Gallery and Mehringdamm 72, Berlin, exploring the link between art and labour through an examination of political economy.


Wheatsheaf, London W1, Austentatious, 4 March
An hour of improvised comedy in Jane Austen's incomparable style, and based entirely on audience suggestions. Includes the supernatural thriller @Jane Austen: #Zombies.


Studio 1, Trafalgar Studios, London SW1, Being Shakespeare, from 8 March
Simon Callow's celebrated portrayal moves seamlessly between telling the story of the Bard's life and the wealth of characters he created. Professor Jonathan Bate, arguably Shakespeare's most acclaimed living biographer, and recently elected Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, authored the play that has garnered rave reviews both in Britain and the United States.


London Coliseum, WC2, Russian Ballet Icons Gala: Anna Pavlova, 4 March
Marking a century since the establishment of London's Anna Pavlova House, here is an opportunity to see a number of key pieces from Pavlova's repertoire, among them Paquita, Le Roi Candaule, and La Bayadére.


Barbican Hall, London EC2, Elijah, 7 March
Britten Sinfonia and the Britten Sinfonia Voices perform Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah. With baritone Simon Keenlyside, mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers, soprano Lucy Crowe and tenor Andrew Kennedy. Andreas Delfs conducts.

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SRSLY #94: Liam Payne / Kimmy Schmidt / Mulholland Drive

On the pop culture podcast this week: the debut solo single from Liam Payne, the Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

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The Links

Liam Payne

The lyrics. Oh God, the lyrics.

The interview that Caroline mentioned, feat. Ed Sheeran anecdote.

Liam on the trending chart.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The show on Netflix.

Why the show needs to end.

The GOAT, Emily Nussbaum, on the show.

Mulholland Drive

Lynch's ten clues to unlocking the film.

Everything you were afraid to ask about Mulholland Drive.

Vanity Fair goes inside the making of the film.

For next time:

We are watching Loaded.

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