Cul­ture club

Sure, 2016 was a tough year, but things are look­ing up for 2017. On our high­light reel: new tracks from Lorde, an A-list small-screen show­down and one No­bel Prize win­ner’s se­cret to look­ing young

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More than 150 of Alex Jan­vier’s works, rang­ing from his early years at res­i­den­tial school to more cur­rent pieces, are fea­tured in a Na­tional Gallery of Canada ret­ro­spec­tive of the con­tem­po­rary in­dige­nous artist (un­til April 17).

Binge watch Le­mony Snicket’s A Se­ries of Un­for­tu­nate Events

( Jan­uary 13, Net­flix) star­ring an un­rec­og­niz­able Neil Pa­trick Har­ris as Count Olaf, who tries to steal the Baude­laire chil­dren’s for­tune when they are placed in his care af­ter their par­ents’ death. Jes­sica Lange and Su­san Saran­don play the great rivals Joan Craw­ford and Bette Davis in the Ryan-Mur­phy-cre­ated Feud (fall 2017, FX). Big Lit­tle Lies (Fe­bru­ary 19, HBO) has a big cast: Reese Wither­spoon, Laura Dern, Ni­cole Kid­man, Shai­lene Wood­ley and Zoë Kravitz. Mon­treal’s Jean-Marc Val­lée di­rects the minis­eries about a group of seem­ingly per­fect moms with plenty of se­crets.

Katy Perry and Se­lena Gomez have dropped hints on In­sta­gram about new mu­sic— and Justin Tran­ter shared a pic of Gomez, to which Nick Jonas com­mented the “hands-in-the-air” emoji. The sin­gles are com­ing.

We’ve been wait­ing for a new Lorde album since 2013’s Pure Hero­ine. On the eve of her re­cent 20th birth­day, she wrote on Face­book: “My heart broke...I made new friends and started to re­al­ize that no one is just good or bad, that ev­ery­one is both…And then I wrote a record about it, all of it.”

Soak up Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe’s lus­cious flow­ers and land­scapes at the Art Gallery of On­tario (April 22 to July 30) as well as por­traits of O’Ke­effe by her first hus­band, pho­tog­ra­pher Al­fred Stieglitz, at the Tate-or­ga­nized show’s only North Amer­i­can stop.

Take in a spec­tac­u­lar ex­hibit at the Glen­bow Mu­seum (un­til Jan­uary 29) on the Beaver Hall Group— Mon­treal’s Group of Seven—which boasted a nearly equal num­ber of male and fe­male painters, like Ma­bel May and Pru­dence He­ward (right).

In The Cir­cle (April 28), Emma Wat­son joins a cult-like tech com­pany run by Tom Hanks that can cure dis­ease and end hunger by keep­ing no se­crets. “Know­ing is good, but know­ing ev­ery­thing is bet­ter,” Hanks says in the sci-fi film’s trailer. Yves Saint Lau­rent: The Scan­dal Col­lec­tion 1971 by Olivier Sail­lard and Do­minique Veil­lon (March 7).

In 1971, Yves Saint Lau­rent pre­sented short dresses, plat­forms and boxy sil­hou­ettes in­spired by the war years, which were dubbed “Paris’s ugli­est col­lec­tion.” Read about the drama in

Set in the state’s rugged ter­rain, Emily Ruskovich’s Idaho is a haunt­ing novel about a hus­band and wife try­ing to string mem­o­ries to­gether as his mem­ory starts to fade.

Telom­eres are the parts of hu­man cells that im­pact how we age. Co-au­thored by No­bel Prize win­ner El­iz­a­beth Black­burn, The Telom­ere Ef­fect delves into what we can do to pre­vent telom­eres from shrink­ing.

In Tulip Fever (Fe­bru­ary 24), Sophia, played by Ali­cia Vikan­der, has an af­fair with the man her wealthy hus­band hires to paint her por­trait. The lovers look to the in­aus­pi­cious 17th cen­tury tulip ma­nia for their es­cape.

Brie Lar­son plays Jean­nette Walls in the film adap­ta­tion of the smash best­seller The Glass Cas­tle. Woody Har­rel­son and Naomi Watts play her poverty-stricken par­ents.

Last sum­mer, Ar­cade Fire band mem­ber Will But­ler de­buted an un­ti­tled track in Paris and said a new album would be out in early 2017. Stay tuned.

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