From first kiss to unfollowing – culture that sums up love in 2020

From first kiss to unfollowing – culture that sums up love in 2020 Romance in the 2020’s Composite: PR/Guardian A book redefining marriage, a riotous show about dating, the secret meanings of breakup songs and a sex show to put your back out … ahead…

The Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience – ‘Left me hungry enough to eat paint’

Van Gogh 2 / 5 stars 2 out of 5 stars. South Bank, LondonThis should have been a rollercoaster. Instead, it’s a sedate trudge through giant canvases – giving you the bottle but not the booze, the facts but not the feeling No vortex of…

‘We’re playing to the world’: Galway’s European capital of culture year kicks off

Festivals Galway 2020 promises everything from Margaret Atwood to art with local asylum-seekers. Its organisers and artists talk about building bridges and creating a lasting legacy for Irish artists ‘Artists are guardians of the imagination’ … fire bearers at the opening of Galway’s year as…

Carla Gugino: ‘Sexuality is a primal part of who we are but it’s been misused’

US theater Interview Alexis Soloski The star of Jett and Sin City is back on stage in Alice Birch’s raw Anatomy of a Suicide. She talks about the play’s emotional toll, how she unwinds and American puritanism Emotional bombshell … Carla Gugino in New York….

Musical notes: Scorsese, Madonna, and the awfulness of millennium pop

Musical notes Music In our new monthly roundup of our music critics’ musings, we explore a forgotten corner of middle-class post-Britpop angst, and a book that argues for pop’s intrinsic magic Madonna, Martin Scorcese and David Gray. Composite: Getty, Allstar Inside a subversive history of…

Martin Amis to publish novel inspired by death of Christopher Hitchens

Books An autobiographical novel, Inside Story, will chronicle the writer’s romantic affairs, the death of Hitchens – his closest friend – and the 9/11 attacks Frank admissions … Martin Amis, whose autobiographical novel Inside Story is out later this year. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images Martin…

Blood Wedding review – Barney Norris takes Lorca’s tragedy to Wiltshire

Theatre 3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars. Salisbury PlayhouseEmmet Byrne is superb in this relocated update of the Spanish classic but it lacks the fire of the original Hoping to see the land catch fire … Emmet Byrne as Lee. Photograph: Helen…

Sonia Boyce first black woman to represent Great Britain at Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale The artist, who caused a storm when she removed a painting of nymphs from Manchester Art Gallery, will represent the UK at the 2021 event Sonia Boyce: ‘You could have knocked me down with a feather.’ Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian The artist Sonia…

‘The countryside is where the radical changes are’: Rem Koolhaas goes rural

Interview Oliver Wainwright Architecture Interview ‘The countryside is where the radical changes are’: Rem Koolhaas goes rural Oliver Wainwright The seer of sizzling city architecture now says the countryside is where the future is being built – and it’s a ‘toxic mix’. Ahead of a…