Top image: Still, ‘Knight of Cups’ (2015) © Dogwood Films
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 6th MAY – SUNDAY 8th MAY 2016
Beneath the currents
FKA ‘Untitled Terrance Malick Project’, Knight of Cups is the latest project from the prolific US-born director. This week, with a sexy new title, the film hits global cinemas.
Stand up and take notice, Christian Bale heads up an all-star cast that also boasts Cate Blanchett Natalie Portman and Antonio Banderas (fresh from making capes at CSM). In typical Malick style, the film is visually stunning with an existential plot line that’ll have you asking all the ‘W’ questions in one deep breath. Even leading actor Bale recently admitted that he was left a little clueless as to what was going on during the making of the film (but he always looks slightly confused, right?). This one’s for film fans with a penchant for the unconventional. Who needs linear plot lines? That’d ruin the post-film Googling exploration into ‘what does it all mean?’
Knight of Cups, 118 mins. Out now.
Sweetness and light
Lush are one of the few bands whose name aptly sums up their musical output – ie. Coldplay.
Formed in 1987, the London band were bracketed with the shoe gaze scene, however they cultivated their own distinct charisma and sound – an accessible ethereal pop swirl that engulfs and engages in equal measure. In 1998 Lush disbanded following the death of drummer Chris Acland.
Last year came the news all dream pop heads were waiting for, Lush were set to reform for a series of gigs – their first in almost twenty years. Members Emma Anderson, Miki Berenyi and Phil King will once again join forces on stage, with Elastica’s Justin Welch playing drums in the place of Acland.
With a killer back catalogue to pick from, the setlist is guaranteed to hit hard. Just fight against those shoegaze instincts and raise your eye level to the stage, you don’t want to miss this.
Over the last 150 years menswear has evolved rapidly, a new exhibition hosted by the Jewish Museum explores the revolutionary 60s epoch. A time when liberation was in the air and winklepickers ruled the streets.
With their dandy aesthetic, 60s designers such as Ossie Clark revolutionised fashion, creating a whole new aesthetic that endures today – look no further than Alessandro Michele’s Gucci or J.W.Anderson. Detail-obsessed, these dedicated followers of fashion brought a whole host of style icons into the mix, from miniskirts to kipper ties.
During this decade, Mr Fish was one of the most influential designers, ushering in a “peacock revolution” in men’s fashion. Born Michael Fish in Wood Green, the flamboyant tailor’s dazzling kipper ties and brocade suits made LSD seem redundant. Sought after by the likes of Mick Jagger (that white dress Jagger wore for the 1969 Rolling Stones’ Hyde Park tribute to Brian Jones – Fish’s handy work), John Lennon and David Bowie.
Breaking free of conservative dressing, Mr Fish et al. harked back to an 18th-century approach, when men weren’t afraid of being expressive with their clothes. Here’s your chance to delve into that wardrobe, go wearing jeans, come away in a man-skirt.
Moses, Mods and Mr Fish: The Menswear Revolution runs 31 March – 19 June 2016 at Jewish Museum
Polly Penrose takes the concept of a body of work to a whole new level – her latest series of self portraits, 10 Seconds, sees her posing nude in awkward, jarring poses contrasting with the conventional locations.
Straddling a lilo, folded round a TV stand, balancing on a mantelpiece, Penrose contorts her body into positions that allow her to blend into the background, exposing a vulnerability and inner strength through a sculptural aesthetic that hits the viewer with emotive value.
10 Seconds: Polly Penrose runs at the Hoxton Gallery, 6-8 May
Slap on the sunscreen
London’s weather is an erratic so-and-so. Following last week’s sudden snowy downpour comes a week of (whisper it) sun…
So in traditional British fashion, this means we must all make the most of it incase the great yellow god in the sky decides we’ve had our measly annual dose – cue a mass exodus to the park.
As summer saunters into town, it brings with it a whole heap of rooftop bars for you to soak up the sun in whilst you soak up the drinks. So make like a sunflower and follow the sun upwards to The Culpepper’s rooftop beer garden for a tipple or two whilst
burning tanning yourself.
It’s also open later than most, so sit easy, last-orders won’t cut your night short. Be sure to stay and watch the sunset whilst scoffing down a treacle tart. Luxe.
The Culpepper, 40 Commercial St E1 6LP