‘The violence should be tangible’ – Ivo van Hove on roughing up West Side Story

Interview Alexis Soloski Musicals Interview ‘The violence should be tangible’ – Ivo van Hove on roughing up West Side Story Alexis Soloski Songs have been dropped, dance routines booted out and the street-fights look nasty. This is a West Side Story for the Trump era,…

Caroline Flack’s death is as tragic as it is anger-inducing

Television Like the Love Island contestants the presenter rooted for, a hidden fragility makes her death all the more devastating Key to the stratospheric success of Love Island … Caroline Flack. Photograph: ITV/REX/Shutterstock Picture the archetypal Love Island contestant: beautiful, glamorous, exuding confidence. Then picture…

Struck dumb: why love at first sight is just another kind of narcissism

Books Novelist Monique Roffey interrogates the western obsession with instant attraction – and wonders whether it may not be all it’s cracked up to be A cruel trick … Venus and Cupid fresco by Raphael (1517-18) Photograph: Alamy Coup de foudre. In France, that’s how…

Landscapes, languor and limbs: the other side of Dorothea Lange

Photography Migrant Mother, Lange’s image from the Depression, came to define her – but a new book reveals a more intimate, strikingly modern side to the great photographer Peculiar grace … from Day Sleeper by Dorothea Lange and Sam Contis. ‘Some things you do get…

Jehnny Beth of Savages: ‘Sex is a wonderful way to test yourself’

Interview Laura Snapes Savages Interview Jehnny Beth of Savages: ‘Sex is a wonderful way to test yourself’ Laura Snapes The confrontational singer explores her fears and self-doubt on a solo album and in a collection of erotic fiction. She talks about learning to show her…

Happy never after? The enduring appeal of the messy marriage movie

Film Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus fall apart in tense remake Downhill, the latest in a long line of comedies about romance that aren’t particularly romantic Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Downhill. Photograph: Jaap Buitendijk Q: When is a comedy about romance not a…

Black History Month: the best 2020 exhibitions across the US

Art From a visual history of hip-hop to a look at the ‘Mammy’ stereotype, there’s a wealth of art to enjoy this February Clementine Hunter – Picking Cotton, 1968. Photograph: Joann and Harold Braggs Collection Throughout the 1960s, the civil rights movement helped raise awareness…

‘The right has no trouble speaking their rage’: Artist Barbara Kruger on America in crisis

Art ‘The right has no trouble speaking their rage’: Artist Barbara Kruger on America in crisis The conceptual artist has installed banners, billboards and stickers across Los Angeles for the city’s Frieze art fair Barbara Kruger’s installation at the 1930s-era CBS Radio building, now a…