Culture Vulture – our guide to the week’s entertainment

Tuesday 11 January 2022

Kurt Weil: Street Scene, Sky Arts 12.30 am

Street Scene is an opera by Kurt Weill (music), Langston Hughes (lyrics), and Elmer Rice (book). Written in 1946 and premiered in Philadelphia that year, Street Scene is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1929 play of the same name by Rice. The Maurant’s occupy a squalid tenement house and tensions are rising. It’s time frame is two sweltering days in 1946.

Thursday 13 January 2022

Go Vegggie and Vegan with Matt Tebutt, Channel 5, 7 pm

Meat-eaters may pick up some healthy tips here in a programme which isn’t just for us Vegetarians/Vegans. The series kicks off with a vegetararian reinvention of spaghetti Bolgnese with chopped mushrooms and walnuts.

Friday 14 January 2022

The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane, BBC4, 9pm

This biopic follows the Stones from blues mad teens to international stardom. It’s followed by a fly on the wall documentary about the band (The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped) and then The Rolling Stones at the BBC. A binge fest for Stones fans.

Mae West: Dirty Blonde, PBS America, 8:40 pm

Mae West achieved great acclaim in every entertainment medium that existed during her lifetime. This is the first major documentary film to explore West’s life and career, as she “climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong” to become a writer, performer and subversive agitator for social change.

The Manipulate Festival, Scotland’s annual celebration of innovative puppetry, visual theatre and animated film, is in Edinburgh (28 January – 5 February). See What’s On here.

Fokus: films from Germany (11-31 January 2022). We really are spoilt for choice when it comes to festivals in Scotland. Of the seven films featured I’m most looking forward to Curveball. A True Story. Unfortunately. This looks at the lies and absurdity of the weapons of mass destruction claims. Screenings at Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Dundee Contemporary Arts; Glasgow Film Theatre; Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen; Shetland Arts, Lerwick; Eden Court, Inverness; Ayr Film Society; and Goethe-Institut, Glasgow.

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