Top image: Richard Avedon Charles Chaplin, actor, New York, September 13, 1952
We bring you our guide to living well in the world’s capitals, from exhibitions to cinema, food, drink, fashion, music and beyond. Just call it culture and take it, it’s yours.
LONDON, FRIDAY 12th FEBRUARY – SUNDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2016
Dive right in
A remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 psychosexual drama La Piscine, Luca Guadagnino’s new flick A Bigger Splash throws you in at the deep end.
Here’s the gist: Marianne Lane, a Bowie-esque rock goddess played by Tilda Swinton, is at her Sicilian-island getaway with her filmmaker boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) when former flame and producer Harry (Ralph Fiennes) turns up unexpectedly and with a hidden agenda. With him comes the 22 year old, Lolita beauty, Penelope (Dakota Johnson), who he claims is his daughter.
Think Closer but with brighter weather and darker motives. A Bigger Splash is one big game of emotional chess with a killer checkmate.
A Bigger Splash, 124 mins. Out now.
In 1969 New York-born photographer Richard Avedon photographed Andy Warhol and his Factory entourage of creatives. Full frontal nudity, together with the inclusion of Candy Darling (a transsexual who appeared in Warhol’s films), portrayed the iconoclastic group as the cultural renegades they were.
This weekend a new exhibition at Gagosian London pairs works by Avedon and Warhol, the first major exhibition to do so. Seeing a distinctive link between the two, the exhibition combines their work to present a vibrant vision of New York during the city’s most distinctive and relevant epoch.
Avedon Warhol runs at the Gagosian until April 23rd
Ride the currents
Psych is always relevant. From Brian Jones, through Anton Newcombe to today’s plethora of nascent, kaleidoscope-vision bands. This latest wave (the likes of Mystic Braves, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Ty Segall and White Fence) have taken the sonic world by storm, and this shift from underground to headline is perhaps best summed up by Aussie mainstays Tame Impala (they’ve even had their track The Less I Know the Better sampled by Rihanna – although less sampled, more just taken).
The laid-back Perth group, fronted by Kevin Parker, are hitting up Alexandra Palace this weekend for their biggest set of gigs yet. Prepare for your mind to be blown.
Not to be sniffed at
London Transport Museum’s newest pop-up exhibition The Scent and Spirit of London explores all the smells of London.
We know what you’re thinking, piss-soaked alley ways and BO-ridden tube journeys? No, this exhibition is sweet. The one-off night explores the city’s history through vintage perfumes and drinks.
Hosted by Odette Toilette (that’s our drag name sorted), the night will transport you through four eras, from the vibrant Belle Epoque, through the Jazz Age, austerity London and up to the 1970s. As Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Although maybe that was just her trying to flog her goods…
The Scent and Spirit of London runs on Friday 12th for one night only. Tickets here.
Honey (bed), I’m home
Jimi Hendrix arrived in London on September 24, 1966, as an unknown guitar slinger. During his time in the UK he became one of the biggest acts, with a string of hit singles, a debut album that had made number two in the charts behind him, and a reputation for wild venue-shattering live performances. In the words of Mr Eric Clapton, having witnessed Hendrix play for the first time, “He walked off, and my life was never the same again.”
Hendrix moved into 23 Brook Street, Mayfair in 1968, paying just thirty pounds a week – a long shot from today’s extortionate prices. Two centuries before Hendrix set up home in the building, composer George Frideric Handel lived at 25 Brook Street, once separate buildings but long since interconnected. Two musical innovators sharing a common stomping ground.
This weekend, forty five years later, the bedroom/living room of the home has been recreated down to Hendrix’s two telephones – one old-school black Bakelite, one modishly angular – on the floor and the scallop shell ashtray on the bedside table. Step back in time, and whip your feet before you enter, Jimi was a bit of a clean freak, you know?
Jimi Hendrix’s flat is open to the public now at Handel & Hendrix, 23 Brook Street, Mayfair.
On the rocks, on fire
Whilst you’re at Jimi’s pad, slip into some crocodile chelsea boots and slide over to Scotch of St. James for a few rounds of the good stuff, a venue the guitar burning maestro would have thoroughly recommended himself.
After all, it was here Hendrix first performed on the night of his arrival in England back in ’66. Joining the house band for an impromptu session on stage the Seattle-born musician shook the rafters with his crazed skills, and on 25 October 1966 the Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first UK gig as a private showcase at this very same bar.
During its heyday in the mid 1960s, Scotch of St. James was the place for a tipple – The Beatles and Rolling Stones even had their own private tables. Today, the club still holds it’s glitzy reputation, however you’re more likely to see a Ronson than a Richards.
Scotch of St. James, SW1Y 6BU