weekend combo

Family feuds, ecosystems at the Barbican and a pizza X wine dream team
6 May 2022
This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

FRIDAY 6th May – SUNDAY 8th May


Maybe we’ll get a bungalow next time…
The Peterson family’s tragic and suspicious story was laid bare in a Netflix true-crime docuseries that had global audiences hooked, now a dramatised iteration of The Staircase by Antonio Campos is set to shine fresh light on the case. Starring Toni Collette as the ill-fated Kathleen Peterson and Colin Firth as her accused husband, Odessa Young and Dane DeHaan, who appeared in conversation for last year’s HERO Winter Annual, will take on the adopted Peterson siblings. The narrative tackles the way in which true crime captures and distorts the tragic truth as the tale of a humble family thrown into chaos is laid bare.

The Staircase is out now on Sky and NOW TV.

Film Festival

Fill ya boots
Now in its seventh year, ICA’s Frames of Representation festival is back with another eight days of screenings, discussions, workshops and live performances. Shifting their focus onto the theme of Communality, FoR22 celebrates collective action and artistic endeavour, showcasing documentation and representation of a myriad of practices through which audiences can shape their own meanings. Highlights include UK premiere’s from the likes of Sierra Pettengill with Riotsville and Franziska von Stenglin’s The Dust of Modern Life alongside a host of interactive Q&As from international directors.

ICA’s Frames of Representation runs until May 12th, more info here.

Still, ‘Riotsville’, Sierra Pettengill, 2022


The world is our friend
Opening this weekend at the Barbican, Our Time on Earth is an immersive exploration of radical ideas exploring the way we live. Meditating on the ecological future of our planet, artists from around the globe have come together to create a series of works spanning  art, science and technology. Expect to see fashion made out of living cells, crockery designed for animals and a bridge crafted from tree roots, all set out to highlight a dynamic response to the climate emergency.

Our Time on Earth runs at the Barbican until August 29th, more info here


‘Our Time on Earth’ exhibition at Barbican


Get moving
Atlanta duo Mattiel craft the kind of songs that stick in your head long after listening – and you’re more than happy to kick the spare bed out and let them take yours. Consisting of Mattiel Brown and Jonah Swilley, the pair’s bouncy bluesy garage – there’s a new genre for HMV – is as fun as it is clever. And their recently released third record, Georgia Gothic, continues this fine work, manifesting shimmering vignettes with soundscapes you can wrap yourself in: from Spaghetti Western riffs to tracks dripping with sultry sheen. Performing at Lafayette in London this Saturday, get your dancing shoes ready – if your feet don’t move to this one, we advise medical help.

Mattiel plays at Lafayette on Saturday 7th May – buy tickets here.

Online Film Festival

Cinema with meaning
Over the course of the weekend, Boiler Room’s 4:3 channel is hosting its Ukraine film festival, with the proceeds being split across four charitable funds – K41, Insight, Zgraya and Vostok SOS. In collaboration with KyivMusicFilm, this edition of the festival will focus on Ukrainian cinema, celebrating the artistry and talent of a country in crisis. The line-up includes works from award-winning directors such as Nariman Aliev and Ivan Mykolaichuk alongside a host of independent film and documentary makers.

Boiler Room’s Ukraine Film Festival runs online until May 12th, more info here.

Food + Drink

Ultimate Combo in the Weekend Combo
We love pizza and we love wine (obvs), but when the pizza is from Yard Sale and the wine is from Top Cuvée, you’ve got us salivating onto our keyboards. For the month of May, both cult London eateries are teaming up to bring us a collab sent from foodie heaven. Vin-Yard will be housed in Yard Sale’s Hackney Road basement with Top Cuvée supplying their infamous natural wine and Yard Sale taking care of the food with their top-tier pizza. Basically, we’ll see you there pretty much every weekend until they kick us out at the end of the month (we’ll bring cable ties).

The Vin-Yard pop up will run until May 25th, located at 184 Hackney Rd, E2 7QL.



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