Weekend Combo

A young Ethan Hawke, a surrealist trip and Italian cuisine in Farringdon
25 February 2022

‘White Fang’ directed by Randal Kleiser, 1991

This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

FRIDAY 25th February– SUNDAY 27th February


Ethan Hawke before he was Ethan Hawke
A young floppy haired Ethan Hawke plays Jack Conroy in Randal Kleiser’s 1991 adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel White Fang. Playing at London’s resident French cinema, Lumière, the classic offers up a heavy dose of 90s nostalgia. Set against the backdrop of the Klondike Gold Rush, Hawke’s character travels to Alaska with the intention of finding his father’s lost gold mine. Rescuing a white wolf along the course of his travels, the pair embark on an adventure to hit the jackpot – it’s truly a tale of man and his best friend.

White Fang plays at Ciné Lumière on February 26th, more info here.


Get weird, get surrealllllll
Founded in the 1920s after the devastation of the First World War, Surrealism set out to subvert reality with its uncanny take on the everyday. The Tate Modern’s long-awaited deep-dive exhibition into this artistic movement, Surrealism Beyond Borders, opens this weekend. While many discussions surrounding Surrealism focus on Paris in the 20s, this showcase charts the works of some lesser-known pioneers of the movement spanning five decades: the likes of American poet Ted Joans, Japanese artist Harue Koga and French painter Marcel Jean. Big hitters Dalí, Magritte and Picasso of course also feature in this expertly curated display of a movement that pioneered absurdity in the face of the mundane.

Surrealism Beyond Borders runs at the Tate Modern until August 29th, more info here

Umi (‘The Sea’) by Koga Harue, 1929


Portrait of a generation
Small Island
 premiered to rave reviews at the Oliver Theatre of the National in 2019 and as of this weekend, the acclaimed performance is back in the city for a limited run. Adapted from Andrea Levy’s acclaimed modern classic telling the story of Jamaica’s Windrush generation and the harsh realities faced when arriving in post-war Britain, four protagonists lives intertwine over decades as they move with the tide of the ever-changing cultural climate. Adapted by British playwright Helen Edmundson and directed by artistic director of the National Rufus Norris, it’s a vivid portrait of a generation that you must see.

Small Island will run at the National Theatre until April 16th, more info here


Boys in the Band
Twenty years on from their seminal debut Up The Bracket, The Libertines return to their heartland, performing two nights at Kentish Town’s O2 Forum. Somewhat controlling the chaotic frenzy that shot them to become one of Britain’s most unique and iconic bands, Pete, Carl & co have since developed a mature brilliance that fizzes with fresh energy and spontaneity – expect classic mic sharing, lyrical wit and some of the most potent and poetic tracks of the past two decades.

The libertines play at O2 Forum Kentish Town on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th February.

Get in the mood – revisit one of the earliest Libs recordings below.


Enter the artist’s studio
In a big weekend for exhibition openings, a century-long exploration of the artist’s studio is arriving at Whitechapel Gallery, surveying the creative spaces of over 80 artists with 100 artworks on display from some of the industry’s most prominent figures. The exhibition consists of paintings, sculptures, films and installations all representing the studio as a work of art in its own right, elevating the importance of a creative space. Contributors include the likes of Francis Bacon and Louise Bourgeois, who both have respective exhibitions running in the city currently, as well as pop-art mastermind Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Tracy Emin who was honoured by the gallery as the recipient of this year’s Art Icon award. It’s a spectacle that spans movements, techniques and artistic journey, with the artist’s humble creative abode at the epicentre of it all.

A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920–2020 runs at Whitechapel Gallery until June 5th, more info here.

The Studio of Francis Bacon, photographed by Perry Ogden, Whitechapel Gallery

Food + Drink

La Dolce Vita
They say Londoners don’t like their neighbours, but we love Trattoria Brutto. A stone’s throw away from HERO HQ, the quaint Michelin Bib Gourmand trattoria and bar is a real hidden gem – in fact, not too sure why we’re shouting about it…

Opened by Polpo founder Russell Norman with a focus on quality, authenticity and big flavours – the Italian way – the eatery is billed as a “tribute to the dining rooms of urban Tuscany” and offers exactly what you expect: beautiful homemade pasta, succulent meat and a wine menu that’ll have you dreaming of the Tuscan countryside. Wash everything down with a negroni for the true HERO experience.

Brutto is located at 35-37 Greenhill Rents, EC1M 6BN.



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