Actor and director James Franco also has an artistic side.
Actor and director James Franco also has an artistic side.

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  • Many musicians and actors are also talented artists, having showcased their work in solo or group exhibitions.
  • Some of them have a longstanding relationship with art, having produced a variety of paintings, photographs, and performance pieces over the years.
  • Jim Carrey makes long-scale paintings and miniature sculptures, while Patti Smith creates black-and-white prints out of her Polaroid photos.
  • Here are 14 celebrities you may not have known are also talented artists.
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Celebrities are always looking for more outlets and different ways to express their abundant creativity. Some of them are musicians who decide to try acting, while others are actors who want to hone their singing skills.

And then there are those who create art, experimenting with various forms, from painting and photography to graphic design and performance art.

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Clockwise from bottom left: Six; Sheku Kanneh-Mason; Gauguin and the Impressionists; I Hate Suzie; Tullio Crali
Clockwise from bottom left: Six; Sheku Kanneh-Mason; Gauguin and the Impressionists; I Hate Suzie; Tullio Crali
July 11

THEATRE Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

Drive-in historical larks: watch live stage antics through the windscreen while listening via the car radio. Features tales of Boudicca, Guy Fawkes, Queen Victoria and “Richard III, who in 1485 famously bought a long-stay ticket for a car park in Leicester”. Car Park Party, Henley-on-Thames (carparkparty.com), then touring until Aug 31

ART Art Nouveau

You know it when you see it, all flowing lines and organic shapes. This stunning University of East Anglia show collects over 150 works by 30 artists – sculpture, painting, jewellery, prints – in the dominant fin-de-siècle style. Sainsbury Centre, Norwich (sainsburycentre.ac.uk), until Dec 31

COMEDY The Drive-In Club

The summer’s starriest drive-in offers solo shows from a plethora of top acts: Bill Bailey, Omid Djalili, Adam Kay, Nish

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“I’m at Harvard now, and they’re, uh, they’re closing the campus, telling the kids not to come back after spring break.”

Four months ago, as the country realized its leaders had blown it with the global COVID-19 pandemic, I had director and screenwriter Kelly Reichardton the line to talk about “First Cow,” her wonderful film set in the wilds of an early 19th Century Columbia River settlement, in what is now Oregon.

It’s about two outsiders: one an Anglo cook, the other, an entrepreneural Chinese immigrant, and their unexpected success selling homemade “oily cakes.” The secret ingredient in those cakes, and the cow responsible for it, holds the key to this team’s future in a hostile new world. But secrets have a way of going public.

I love the film, as do many, and it was a particular bummer that Reichardt’s film, released by A24, opened in Chicago March 13,

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Which UK art galleries are re-opening july 4 best shows exhibitions 2020 - Tate
Which UK art galleries are re-opening july 4 best shows exhibitions 2020 – Tate

Britain’s art galleries and museums are preparing to re-open at last, after the government’s latest batch of guidelines set out the terms for their safe operation after July 4.

The first major institution to re-open in England will be the National Gallery in London, on July 8. The Barbican, Royal Academy and Tate galleries will follow before the end of July.

Smaller commercial galleries have already re-opened in England, as they’re classed as “non-essential retail” and were thus able to welcome visitors (and customers) back, as other shops were, from June 15.

Scottish institutions remain closed, with the next review of guidelines Keto Meal Delivered due no earlier than July 9. Their Welsh counterparts will not open before August. Northern Irish galleries, however, can re-open from July 3.

When will each of the major venues re-open,

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