Monday, March 07, 2016

March: A Month In Culture


First and foremost, my apologies for not getting this March guide done....before March.  I hope you'll find some things to pique your interest this month. Let's go!

Films

As I'm posting this a few days into the new month, the releases on the 4th have already come and gone.  These included Hail, Caesar, Time Out of Mind, Truth and London Has Fallen.  

This week sees the release of Allegiant, the third of the Divergent trilogy, on Thursday; then Anomolisa, Charlie Kaufman's stop motion labour of love & animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 on Friday. Friday 18th sees the dark sci-fi High-Rise, featuring the always popular Tom Hiddleston. Also released are Risen, a biblical tale telling the Easter story from the point of view of a Roman soldier, and the comedy Rock the Kasbah.  Some of the reviews of the latter have been so brutal I may have to see it just to form my own opinion!

The end of the month sees two very different, but equally exciting releases (to two very different sectors of the market).  Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is sure to see multiplexes sell out but I think I'm equally excited to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2! Nia Vardalos is a treasure, I'm so excited for that movie!
Books

Please note in the books section links are amazon affiliate links.  Other links, and other book suppliers, are available. I like to be transparent on these things!

Maestra releases on March 10th and is being touted as the thriller of the year, the next Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. I wonder if it will live up to the hype?  I've heard good things about the book Sprint, and will be looking forward to checking it out in paperback.  Love reading books on problem solving and idea generating. A Little Life is out in paperback this month too (also 10th), and I'm looking forward to reading it.

I saw Caitlin Moran speak last autumn about her Moranifesto and now it's finally here (again, on the 10th.  What a bevy of books we have ahead!) - I think most of twitter will be offline as we read it later this week! On the 24th Hot Milk, by the fabulous Deborah Levy, will be released - a sultry tale of relationships and intrigue.  And last but not least, if like me you enjoy a good non-fiction read, 15 Million Degrees by Lucie Green looks fascinating.  Can't wait to learn more about the sun.

Theatre

Tomorrow sees the full opening of Motown (Shaftesbury), after almost a month of previews.  The Young Vic has some interesting shows starting mid-month, including If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me and Living With The Lights On.  On March 19th another production of Guys and Dolls opens at the Pheonix theatre.  Having just seen the lovely Savoy effort I'm not sure I'll be rushing to see this show again so soon, but never say never, right?  With tunes as evergreen as those in Guys and Dolls I may find myself heading over!  The thirtieth sees the official opening of the National's Les Blancs (previews from the 22nd), a tale of an African nation teetering on the brink of civil war.  Ayckbourn's comedy How The Other Half Loves opens at the Haymarket Theatre Royal on the 31st (previews from 23rd).

Music / Events

There's only one musical event I'm super psyched for this month.....COUNTRY 2 COUNTRY!  This coming weekend there will be three days of  awesome country music at London's o2 - with headliners including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Maddie and Tae, Dwight Yoakam, Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves and a whole host of smaller acts too!  As well as the (awesome) main events there are pop up stages, shops selling country inspired gear, and specialist food stands too.  It's such an amazing, friendly music festival (and you even get to go home each night and sleep in your own bed).  So excited!

So that's some of what I'm looking forward to this month.  How about you?


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