Sickert, La Hollandaise, T03548, 20.01.2020
FRIDAY 22nd July – SUNDAY 24th July
A piping hot love story
As part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network, QUEERIOUS is bringing the heat – both literal and metaphoric – to Dalston’s Rio Cinema with a mid-90s queer epic directed by Deepa Mehta.
Loosely based on Ismat Chughta’s short story Lihaaf (a.k.a. The Quilt), which found itself in the centre of an obscenity trial in the 1940s, Fire follows the lives of Sita and Radha, who after being abandoned by their husbands, strike up an intense and passionate kinship of their own. The film is the first instalment of Mehta’s ‘Elements’ series, doubling as the first mainstream Bollywood classic to pay tribute to queer love in ways both tender and explicit. Banned in its native country, it’s clear Mehta’s career-defining love story has stood the test of time, making it an unmissable flick for the days ahead.
Tickets for QUEERIOUS presents Fire are available here for Sunday July 24th.
Bargain hunting in Soho
“SAVETH THY P, READY THYSELF,” screams a banner on the Palace Skateboards web store, hailing in their biannual end-of-season sale with both clarity and gusto. If ever there was a time to snatch a thick winter coat, velour tracksuit, Palace-Klein boxer, Sperry Cloud boat shoe, varsity goat bomber, studded cap, Rapha Croc, tennis visor, life jacket gilet OR tri-ferg ashtray, now is probably it. What’s more, for those that fled the city to escape the unrelenting, if not completely alarming, wrath of this week’s heatwave, the sale is both in-store and online, meaning you can sift through leftover stock at your light-handed perusal. Not a bead of sweat in sight…
Head to the Palace site to see for yourself
Shake ya black tambourines
After a sweltering week in London, the weather has cooled just in time for some weekend frolics. We recommend kicking things off at Moth Club on Friday night where The Black Tambourines will be performing a very special reunion show alongside hazy dream-pop maestro Fake Laugh.
For those unaware of The Black Tambourines, it’s straight-up garage goodness born on the sun-kissed beaches of Falmouth. After years out of the limelight, tonight they return to the stage for the biggest musical comeback since ABBA did that weird virtual thing in London. We’ll meet you at the front – let’s dance.
The Black Tambourines play at Moth Club on Friday 22nd July.
Gloomy brush strokes abound inside Tate Britain
Walter Sickert was a visionary, a dreamer, and a damn good painter – perhaps even one of the greatest of the 20th century. Approaching much of his work with a curiosity for darkness, he blended pop cultural ephemera with the griminess of the inner-city. Paying tribute to crowds of spectators in his beloved music halls while also yearning for dusky pink skies and the thrills that lurk inside circus tents. With over 150 works from the artist now on display at Tate Britain, from fascinating self-portraits that chart the start of Sickert’s career to the experimental nudes that would later inspire Lucian Freud, Pierre Bonnard and Edgar Degas, the self-titled exhibition brings his twisted vision to light in London’s biggest retrospective of the famed painter in over thirty years.
Walter Sickert runs until 18th September 2022, tickets are available here
Above: Walter Sickert, Brighton Pierrots (1915)
A ten-seater sushi restaurant comes to Mayfair
Crowds not your thing? Perhaps you’re a fan of intimacy and utterly detest the prying eyes and incessant chatter of your fellow dining stranger. Well, have we found the spot for you. You can find Roji, or rather look very intently, down a tiny alley in Mayfair’s South Molton Street, its cosy locale and scarce seating options (ten spots, to be exact) home to some truly delectable sushi dishes. The restaurant is headed up by well-decorated husband-and-wife chef duo Tamas Naszai and Tomoko Hasegawa, and offers up premium Sake bottles, ornate crockery and expertly sourced cuisine from across the country in an ultra-detailed dining experience of near-complete solitude.
Sounds like your kinda spot? Book now via the Roji website