Weekend Combo

A DiCaprio warning, Alan Power and West Side Story gangs
10 December 2021
This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

FRIDAY 10th December – SUNDAY 12th December 2021


Listen to Leo
Let’s kick off with Adam Mackay‘s star-studded satirical comedy Don’t Look Up, which makes its debut in cinemas this weekend ahead of its Netflix release on Christmas Eve. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as the scientists who discover an asteroid heading straight for Earth, however they find themselves met with little panic from the rest of the world (FYI, it’s an analogy for the climate crisis). Meryl Streep stars as the antagonistic Presidential character in the White House alongside her son and chief-of-staff Jonah Hill, while Timothée Chalamet, Chris Evans and Ariana Grande also make an appearance.

A sharp, slapstick take on the climate crisis prods at the lack of political action and social awareness – it might be worth looking up for this one.

Don’t Look Up is out in cinemas now.


Suburban cowboy
This weekend we’ve put aside a good few hours of zero distraction to listen to the new, third record by Alan Power, titled, Alan, and out today. Frome’s answer to Townes Van Zandt, this croony suburban cowboy spins romantic tales of love, lust and self-loathing. Packing a dry sense of humour (see him live, it’s a good time for all) and a voice that’ll have your emotions battling each other for first dibs, treat yourself to this record this weekend; drop the needle and let Alan take control.

Alan by Alan Power is out now – follow him on Instagram.


Arty pick ‘n’ mix
This weekend, the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition opens at the South London Gallery for its fourth consecutive year. Since the organisation was founded in 1949, it has acted as a platform to recognise and sustain the careers of emerging artistic talent. This year’s edition comprises 75 artists (double the usual) and the main gallery’s theme is horror and fantasy – expect strange morphing silhouettes and an embroidered glove with the artist’s own face and hands sewed into.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries runs from 10th December 2021 – 20th February 2022 at South London Gallery, more info here


I’m a lover and a fighter
Film recommendation number two: Steven Spielberg‘s remake of the 1957 classic, West Side Story – the latest take on the Broadway musical since Rober Wise and Jerome Robbins’ 1961 adaptation. Sticking to the original story of forbidden love between Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zelger), rival gangs Jets and Sharks are warring in out to gain control of  New York City’s streets in the 1950s to a chorus of broadway classics and big dance numbers. Choreographed by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck who appears in HEROINE 15 in conversation with Talia Ryder, the ensemble pieces take centre stage as Spielberg modernises an absolute classic for new generations to click along to.

West Side Story is out in cinemas now.

‘West Side Story’ by Steven Spielberg, 2021

Food + Drink

Get me in that pub
It’s no secret that it’s bloody freezing in London at the moment, so to round off the week a roast cosied up by an open fire shoulds well good. Luckily, The Holly Bush in Hampstead offers up the perfect mise en scene for just that. Dickensian interiors, coal and wood-burning fires, low ceilings and a hearty traditional pub menu comprise the perfect combination after you’ve had your Sunday walk on the Heath.

The Holly Bush is located at 22 Holly Mount, NW3 6SG, more info here.


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