Top image: Still, ‘X-Men Apocalypse’ (2016) dir. Bryan Singer
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 20th MAY – SUNDAY 22nd MAY 2016
Although there seems to be a new superhero film popping up each week (Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange are just two more on the horizon), Bryan Singer’s X-Men franchise was one of the initial defining blueprints for this current fury of cinematic superhero epics.
X-Men: Apocalypse marks Singer’s latest spin behind the X-wheel. And he’s upped the ante. With the addition of HERO 15‘s Tye Sheridan and Evan Peters to Marvel’s mutant superhero line-up, this new release promises more action, more souped-up powers and more skin-tight lycra.
X-Men: Apocalypse is out now
The night Josh Tillman came to London
Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) is a romantic troubadour on a mission to engage, enthral and entice.
Funny (just check out his satirical Instagram account – it’s a must-follow), insightful and frequently confrontational and awkward, Misty possesses one of the best live shows on the circuit. From crooning to crowdsurfing, the former-Fleet Foxes musician conducts with the sharp timing of a circus leader.
This weekend FJM takes centre-stage at London’s Roundhouse to perform tracks from his debut solo record, I Love You, Honeybear. His church is set, the alter readied, mass will commence on cue.
Father John Misty plays at London Roundhouse on Friday 20th May. Tickets here.
Now in its fourth year, Art16 is back at London’s Olympia for a weekend of all things arty. Showcasing work from more than 100 galleries worldwide – with extra emphasis on promoting work from emerging talent –, the fair covers an immersive range of mediums, across installations, artist performances, talks and participatory activities.Whilst this year’s edition also includes topical discussions on the global art world, women in the arts and the crossfertilisation between the arts and the wider cultural sphere. So whether you’re looking for a casual gallery stroll or an impassioned debate, Art16 caters to all.
All that art leaving you peckish? No problem, Art16 have got it covered via their special pop-up restaurant showcasing three of Corbin & King’s renowned venues: The Colony Grill (Thursday 19 & Friday 20), The Wolseley (Saturday 21) and The Delaunay (Sunday 22). Why would you ever leave?
Art16 runs at Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX, from 20-22 May
Urinals against the system
100 years ago in 1916, a small club in the backstreets of Zürich became the birthplace of a movement for like-minded artists who sought an escape from the horrors of the First World War. This movement became known as Dadaism, one of art’s more influential and creatively defining epochs. It’s defining symbol? Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’, of course, the practical joke that caused a splash (pun intended) and launched a global artistic revolution.
This weekend the ICA celebrate this century milestone with two special screenings: Dada in dialogue with the present; a short film programme curated by John Canciani and Aline Juchler (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur), presenting a dialogue between the first generation of Dadaists alongside Dada’s contemporary authors; Long Live Dada: film competition, shortlisted films from ICA’s Dada competition focusing on how the spirit of Dadaism remains relevant in the 21st century. Featuring works by Nick Abrahams, John Smith, Stuart Pound, Paul Bush, Bea Haut, Andrew Kotting and his daughter Eden Kotting.
ICA will show a Dada double bill on Friday 20th May, tickets available here.
Whip it out
Here’s a product you probably won’t see on your next trip to B&Q, the late Italian designer Ettore Sottsass’ series of phallic shaped vases (seminal stuff – in more ways than one.)
During the 70s, his iconic Shiva design placed the Postmodernist designer’s name on the map and has inspired contemporary artist Giles Round’s Ettore. Sorry! – an ongoing series of ceramics, misappropiating Sottsass’ cult design.
This weekend London designer J.W.Anderson teams up with Round, inviting the artist to his Shoreditch workshop for a collaboration in ode to Sottsass, only this time the designs are rendered flaccid (don’t worry, Round. It happens to us all.)
On sale at J.W.Anderson workshops, Round has specially created two multiples of sew-on ceramics. The range consists of 50 phallic bones and 50 bonelike phalluses in various colours – each comes embossed with the J.W.Anderson Anchor marking the collaboration. And priced at a reasonable £35, there’s no need to blow your load.
J.W.Anderson X Giles Round ceramic buttons are available exclusively from 20th May at J.W.Anderson Workshops, 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ & www.j-w-anderson.com
Sax and violins in Trafalgar Square
After all those late night gigs you’re probably in need of some down time, well we have the ideal cure to your musical hangover. Whilst you’re out and about this Sunday make a detour for Trafalgar Square and take in some of that there culture; the London Symphony Orchestra are setting up shop in the square for their annual free performance.
The schedule for 2016 is all things Tchaikovsky, featuring top 10 hits such as 1812 Overture and Symphony No 4 (real floor fillers). The performance is definitely worth a passing trip as London always looks at it’s most majestic set to orchestral symphonies. Just remember your pillow, concrete isn’t good for the cheeks.
London Symphony Orchestra will be playing in Trafalgar Square throughout Sunday May 22nd