Weekend Combo

Gucci drama, Amy Winehouse and Eddie Redmayne in the Kit Kat Club
26 November 2021
This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

FRIDAY 26th November – SUNDAY 28th November 2021

Film

The father, son and House of Gucci
Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci finally hits cinemas this weekend with high fashion drama aplenty.

Full of Hollywood heavyweights, Lady Gaga takes the lead role as Patrizia Reggiani alongside Adam Driver as her husband Maurizio Gucci. Academy-award winner Jared Leto is unrecognisable in prosthetics as he transforms into Gucci designer Paolo Gucci while British actor Jeremy Irons takes on the role of Maurizio’s father; Al Pacino and Salma Hayek round off the star-studded lineup. A tale of glamour at war, the plot of the film is based on Sara Gay Forden’s novel The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed, documenting three decades of the Gucci dynasty and regaling a tale of luxury fashion corruption, conspiracy and murder inside one of the world’s most famous sartorial families.

House of Gucci is out in cinemas now.

Exhibition

All about Amy
A retrospective of Amy Winehouse’s career arrives at the Design Museum this weekend. A first of its kind for the late musician, the exhibition will showcase key artefacts like her first electric guitar and handwritten lyrics. The immersive experience will document the legendary artist’s iconic aesthetic as well as her trailblazing musical career, displaying her iconic red Moschino bag and yellow Preen dress worn to the 2007 Brit Awards when she rightly took home British Female Solo Artist of the Year. From Frank to Back to Black, rejoice in one of Britain’s most incredible musicians.

Amy: Beyond the Stage runs at the Design Museum until 10th April, more info here

Amy Winehouse photographed by Diane Patrice, The Design Museum

Book launch

Music changes lives
Hackney’s renowned experiment hotspot Cafe Oto is hosting a special night marking the release of Teklife, Ghettoville Eski: The Sonic Ecologies of Black Music in the Early Twenty-First Century, a new book by writer, researcher and cultural theorist Dhanveer Singh Brar exploring Black electronic dance music’s role in reorganising and recontextualising contemporary city life: analysing how key movements such as the footwork scene in South and West Chicago and East London’s Grime scene helped offer alternatives to the struggle of racial capitalism.

Marking the book, a panel consisting of Brar, Edward George – writer, researcher, founder of Black Audio Film Collective (1982-1998) and member of multimedia duo Flow Motion and the electronic music group Hallucinator – and Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) will unpick the topics discussed in the text alongside an audience Q+A.

Teklife, Ghettoville Eski: The Sonic Ecologies of Black Music in the Early Twenty-First Century launch night is on Sunday 28th November at 14:00 – tickets here.

Theatre

Welcome to the Kit Kat Club
Already considered one of the theatre greats, a new production of Cabaret is arriving at London’s Playhouse Theatre, starring Academy-Award winner Eddie Redmayne, Bafta nominee Jessie Buckley and Channel 4 It’s a Sin actor Omari Douglas. Rebecca Frecknell’s reimagining of the acclaimed play shedding light on Berlin nightlife in the 1930s at the end of the Weimar Republic is only the fifth adaptation to premiere in the West End since Judi Dench took on the lead role in 1968. The venue will be reconfigured into a 500-capacity Kit Kat Club, offering guests a night of immersive entertainment.

Cabaret will run at the Playhouse Theatre until 5th March 2022. 

‘Still’, Eddie Redmayne in Cabaret photographed by Marc Brenner

Exhibition

Life on canvas
Another exhibition to add to your list weekend is Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid’s show, opening at the Tate Modern. Debuting some of her recent work as well as highlights from her influential career as a pioneer of the Black British Arts movement since the 80s, her vibrant figurative painting focuses on uncovering marginalised histories and elevating everyday life. Taking inspiration from her theatre background, the exhibition is shown through a series of enveloping large-scale installations – placing visitors centre-stage.

Lubaina Himid runs at the Tate Modern until July 3rd 2022, more info here

‘Detail from Ball on Shipboard’, by Lubaina Himid, 2018

Food + Drink

Food for indecisive people
Having reopened this summer inside the 110-year-old Edwardian shopping arcade, Market Hall Victoria boasts eleven kitchens, three bars and a coffee shop spread over three floors, and the rooftop bar is a perfect spot for a cosy cocktail as you overlook commuters scurrying home. The food line-up will leave you spoilt for choice with the likes of dim sum specialists BaoziInn, Mexican small plates from Breddos Tacos, American BBQ smokehouse HotBox and Japanese restaurant Koya are just a few of the eateries taking up residency in this foodie haven.

Market Hall Victoria is located at 191 Victoria St, SW1E 5NE – more info here.

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