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11 June 2011


-Lord of the Flies

The Open Air Theatre in London’s Regents Park is easing up on the Shakespeare this year (only Pericles is on the roster, being staged next month), and has kicked off the summer season with its brilliant version of Lord of the Flies, directed by Timothy Sheader. With a crashed Boeing dumped in the middle of the Royal Park and a pretty impressive young cast of boys weaving around the wreck, be sure to catch this moving staging of the William Golding novel before the run ends next weekend.

Lord of the Flies, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London. Daily, 19.45 (with matinees at 14.15 on 11, 15, 16 and 18 June). Until 18



Gregg Araki’s latest film is a return to the frenzy of his 1990s teen apocalypse trilogy. This time the pretty students have graduated and operate within a nondescript Californian campus where their vacuous sexcapades are interrupted by the disappearance of a mysterious redhead, possibly linked to a frightening cyber-cult. It’s like David Lynch on acid, but one would expect nothing less from the director of Mysterious Skin.

Kaboom is out now in the UK and available on DVD in the US and in France.


-Tedeschi Trucks Band "Revelator"

Husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have both earned Grammy noms for their respective careers, but this LP is their first musical collaboration together. The union comes to life in the form of an 11-piece superband playing blues sprinkled with gospel and world influences and led by Tedeschi’s stirring vocals. Revelator is available now.


-"Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities"

Devoted to the dinky world of miniatures, this exhibition at MAD in New York features works by everyone from Mat Collishaw, Patrick Jacobs and Joe Fig. All the artists have created their own intriguing worlds, produced with pinhole cameras, clay, and wax. Take a Gulliver-sized peek this weekend.

Museum of Arts & Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York. Open daily, 11.00 to 18.00 (until 21.00 on Thursday, closed Mondays)


- Royal Academy of Arts' Summer Exhibition

Now in its 243rd year, the selection at this year’s edit of the annual Summer Exhibition has been pooled from over 12,000 entries, from 27 countries. Royal Academicians Christopher Le Brun and Michael Craig-Martin have co-ordinated this year’s show, featuring works from Gary Hume, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman and – ahead of her turn in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall later this year – Tacita Dean on show. Academicians Piers Gough and Alan Stanton have curated the Architecture Room this year; more often than not it’s our favourite bit of the show.

Summer Exhibition 2011, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London. Daily 10.00 – 18.00 (until 10.00 on Friday). Until 15


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