weekend combo

A wartime biopic, Van Gogh in adidas and California in London
20 May 2022
This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

FRIDAY 20th May – SUNDAY 22nd May


A poignant tale
Jack Lowden stars as famed World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon in this period biopic by British director Terence Davies. Telling the troubled story of a man plagued by the guilt of returning from war and a continual search for redemption, Sassoon gave a voice to a devastated generation through his poetry. Against the backdrop of London’s 1920s jazz-age, Sassoon tackles coming to terms with his sexuality among the likes of Steven Tennant and Ivor Novello, played by Calam Lynch and Jeremy Irvine as the frivolity of The Bright Young Things provides a distraction to the harsh reality of war.

Read our interview with Jack Lowden and Calam Lynch discussing the film here.

Benediction is in cinemas now. 


Art chat
This Friday, get some top art insight via Birch, a members community in north London, who are hosting a live Q&A between artist Joy Yamusangie and NOW Gallery curator Kaia Charles. The pair will be discussing Yamusangie’s new exhibition, Feeling Good, which is currently showing at NOW Gallery in Greenwich and sees the artist create her own smooth jazz club, with graphic illustrations decorating the walls and an immersive jazz score to settle you in. Stick around after the talk for dancing and drinks.

Birch Talks To Joy Yamusangie is on Friday 20th at 7pm.



Roadman Van Gogh
Scottish artist Ross Muir is bridging the gap between art’s traditional historical canon and the everyday viewer. His solo show at Maddox Gallery titled 23: A Brush with Redemption opened this week and you can expect to see a lot of your favourite artists such as Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo reimagined in an adidas three-stripe or a Fred Perry polo. Taking works from the likes of Picasso, Basquiat and Magritte, he reinvents each artist’s distinct style for the 21st century through a lens of humour and wit.

23: A Brush with Redemption runs at Maddox Gallery until June 16th, more info here.

‘Van Gogh’ by Ross Muir, 2019


Let’s move, let’s groove
Time to get down. Slink across to London’s Moth Club after a long week and let loose: Californian trio LA Witch are in town. Back in the UK for the first time since Covid, the band are pumped for a triumphant return. For those not in the know, LA Witch are all about the sultry riffs and psych fuzz. Existing somewhere between The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Cramps, this is the soundtrack for your goth summer, 2022.

LA Witch play Moth Club on Friday 20th May.

Food + Drink

Sticking with the California theme…
One Hundred Shoreditch (the old Ace Hotel spot) is really stepping up its bar game at the moment, first they opened the red-hued Seed Library in the basement and now they’ve transformed their rooftop. As we all know, finding a good rooftop bar in London can be tricky, but this one is looking promising so far. The decor takes its inspiration from Palm Springs with a marble and terrazzo interior dusted with pastel pinks and an array of beachy plants, it looks so dreamy that we’ll happily turn a blind eye to the grey skyscrapers next door. While the drinks are of course the main attraction, a menu of retro Californian cuisine is also on hand – if you squint you can almost pretend you’re on the West Coast. We said almost.

One Hundred Shoreditch is located at 100 Shoreditch High street, E1 6JQ, more info here. 

The Rooftop, One Hundred Shoreditch


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