La La Land
Oscar-winning musical featuring the score of American-Jewish composer Justin Hurwitz about an aspiring actress (Emma Stone), and a jazz musician (Ryan Gosling), living in LA, a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. At Roundhouse, Camden on Sunday, 4 August, 4.30pm. www.backyardcinema.co.uk
Ask Dr Ruth
The internationally-renowned sex therapist recounts her intriguing life story in this thought-provoking documentary. After suffering the loss of her German-Jewish parents in the Holocaust, Dr Ruth Westheimer pursued a thrilling career in the US, where she discovered the ultimate secrets for a successful relationship. At JW3 on Sunday, 4 August, 8.50pm. www.jw3.org.uk
Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic
What can magic tell us about the human mind? This exhibition brings together psychology and entertainment in search of the truth about deception. Artefacts on display include Harry Houdini’s “Bell Box”, the head of the gorilla costume worn by Derren Brown and Tommy Cooper’s fez. At Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, until 15 September. www.wellcomecollection.org
The Greatest Showman at Movies on the river
Epic musical inspired by the life of PT Barnum, featuring the sweeping score of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. At Tower Millenium Pier, Tower Hill, on Saturday, 3 August, 8pm. www.timeout.com
I,I,I,I,I,I,I Kathy Acker
Last chance to see the first UK exhibition dedicated to American-Jewish writer Kathy Acker, whose work spanned novels, plays and essays on post-modernism and feminism, and influenced the avant-garde art and literary scenes both here and in the US during the 1980s and 1990s. At Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) until Sunday, 4 August. www.ica.art
The seventh and final series of Jenji Kohan’s dark comedy Orange Is The New Black, based on the real-life memoirs of Piper Kernan, is now available on Netflix. Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon and Uzo Aduba lead the cast of female prisoners at Litchfield Penitentiary, who grapple with injustice both behind bars and beyond it as they prepare to adapt to life on the outside. Natasha Lyonne returns as Jewish prisoner Nicky Nichols, alongside Adrienne C Moore as Cindy, who embraced her inner-Jew and decided to convert in series 3. www.netflix.com
Things to do with the kids
Youngsters will be bowled over by this! With the Ashes starting Thursday and just a few weeks after England’s historic World Cup win, children aged five to eight are being offered free cricket taster sessions at more than 150 clubs and venues. To book your place, visit ecb.clubspark.uk/haveago.
Elsewhere, visitors to Legoland Windsor this summer can now enjoy ice cream delivered by drone! Simply order via smartphone, share your location, switch on the phone torch and voila, the drone will appear with your sweet treat in tow. www.legoland.co.uk
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- Something for the weekend
- Justin Hurwitz
- La La Land
- Dr Ruth Westheimer
- Wellcome Collection
- Euston Road
- PT Barnum
- Benj Pasek
- Justin Paul
- Harry Houdini
- Derren Brown
- Tommy Cooper
- Hugh Jackman
- Zac Efron
- Michelle Williams
- I Kathy Acker
- Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
- Jenji Kohan
- Orange is the New Black
- Natasha Lyonne
- Legoland Windsor
By Joe Millis