FRIDAY 17th June – SUNDAY 18th June
Get lost – in a good way
The Prince Charles cinema is in the middle of its Wong Kar Wai season, celebrating the auteur’s captivating oeuvre in the best way possible: by screening it all on the big screen. With many gems to pick from, we’re highlighting Chungking Express (1994), which beautifully tells the story of two jilted policemen and their tangled relationships. One falls for a shadowy underworld figure, the other is the object of desire for the spritely waitress that serves him his daily coffee. These two stories vary in their outcome but, whether fairytale or tragedy, it is the sensual ennui at the centre that drives the telling – and of course, in true Wong Kar Wai-style, the film is shot as an ethereal daydream you can’t help but fall into.
Chungking Express plays at the Prince Charles cinema on Saturday 18th June at 13:00 – buy tickets here.
70 years of Fred
British powerhouse Fred Perry hits the big 7-0 in style with an exhibition at the Design Museum tracing the heritage brand’s origins and influence: from its sporting roots to its storied subcultural clout. Donned by many a skinhead, mod, Brit-pop star and everyone in-between, the Fred Perry polo is as much a cultural icon as those who wore one. It’s the final weekend to check out the exhibition so head over and be sure to clock those Judy Blame trinket-laden collabs – stunning.
Fred Perry: A British Icon runs at the Design Museum’s Huth Gallery until 19th June.
Next level glamping
Deep in North London there’s a magical place called Birch, where you can hide from the city chaos in an environment of chilled-out bliss. Except this weekend things ain’t so chill, as Birch are throwing their inaugural festival: Birch Arising.
Timing with the Summer Solstice (and some beautiful weather), the weekend-long festival covers all bases, with live music, great food, wellness experiences and arty activities. The best bit? You’re able to stay the night in one of Birch’s luxurious rooms – so no half-built tents and lumpy soil beds. Who’s on the bill? Neo-r&b trio Gabriels are headlining the Saturday before hitting up Glasto later this month, while legendary Hacienda DJ Greg Wilson will bring things to a euphoric close on Sunday. The likes of Sophie Lloyd and Steve Mason will also be performing while cocktails and tasty grub will be on hand throughout.
Find out more information and buy tickets here.
The Uncanny Valley
Conor Murgatroyd and Peter Doyle are two artists who see the world on a slant. In new joint exhibition, The Uncanny Valley, their works are placed alongside each other, offering a unique dialogue that populates walls with whimsical scenes.
Playing with notions of human form and daily ritual, both artists paint with a sense of lightness and emotion – presenting their subjects as figures you recognise but can’t quite grasp where from. But that’s the point, an artwork shouldn’t be a true reflection of an image but an interpretation told through the artist’s lens. “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter,” reads an Oscar Wilde quote on the accompanying press release. Perhaps the two artists could do a Dorian Gray on us? We’re game.
The Uncanny Valley runs at The Room, N1 1HW until 1st July.
Artwork by Peter Doyle / showing as part of The Uncanny Valley
An American classic
The Old Vic is hosting the first revival of August Wilson’s 1982 classic Jitney in twenty years – the eighth in Wilson’s renowned Pittsburg Cycle exploring a century of the African-American experience. Taking its name from the slang for an unlicensed cab, Jitney follows the stories of eight Black men in a racially segregated post-Vietnam America as they defy the law, taking passengers in the Pittsburg Hill District where regular cabs won’t venture. The story of men living life on a condemned taxi rank, the play brilliantly explores the fragile bond not only between themselves, but also their country. It’s receiving rave reviews so make sure you don’t miss out and have to wait another twenty years.
Jitney runs at The Old Vic until July 9th, more info here.
‘Jitney’ at The Old Vic
Let someone else do the BBQ this time
From the man behind the beloved Berber & Q, Josh Katz’s latest foray into London’s food scene comes in the form of Carmel. Nestled in Queen’s Park, his Eastern Mediterranean cuisine offers up an all-day menu of live-fire cooking and wood roasting. A perfect mix of small and large plates includes nettle gnocchi, grilled harissa prawns and Urfa chilli chicken. Order a bunch to share among your table with a bottle of white or, if you’re greedy like us and want a flatbread all to yourself, that’s allowed, too (and recommended).
Carmel is located at 23-25 Lonsdale Rd, NW6 6RA, more info here.