Weekend Combo

A Sundance Film Festival winner, Record Store Day and 50 years of Aladdin Sane
21 April 2023
This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend


Portrait of motherhood
Sundance Grand Jury Winner A Thousand and One is finally arriving in cinemas and A.V. Rockwell’s directorial debut is a breathtaking story of a mother striving to make a home for her son in a gradually gentrifying New York City. Teyana Taylor stars in the leading role as Inez, a mother recently released from prison and on a mission to free her son from the foster care system, setting out to create the sense of belonging and identity she never had. The cast paints an achingly beautiful picture of determination, community and power in the streets of a city notorious for chewing people up and spitting them out.

A Thousand and One is out in cinemas now.


Half a century celebration
David Bowie’s iconic Aladdin Sane album is turning 50 this year and to celebrate, Southbank Centre is hosting a two-month-long landmark exhibition. Released in 1973, Bowie’s sixth studio album became a cultural artefact in its own right and this latest showcase is documenting the phenomenon surrounding it. Delving into the record’s creative process and the production of its unmistakable cover art, the Southbank Centre has also curated a series of accompanying gigs and events from the likes of Anna Calvi, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and club nights from Queer House Party. This weekend sees performances from the National Poetry Library and talks from journalist Paul Burston on the agenda focusing on all things Bowie.

Aladdin Sane: 50 Years runs at the Southbank Centre until May 28th, more info here.


“I don’t want realism!”
After selling out the Almeida Theatre when it premiered at the beginning of this year, Rebecca Frecknail’s adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire has been all anyone’s talking about. Now in the midst of an extended run at Phoenix Theatre, if you can grab one of the few remaining tickets we’d highly recommend it. Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play meditates on themes of sexuality, faith, illusion vs. reality and ultimately the corruption of modern America in a post-war haze. Starring Paul Mescal, who has just won an Olivier Award for his performance in the production as Stanley Kowalski, and Patsy Ferran who delivers a mesmerising portrayal of Blanche DuBois, the pair prove A Streetcar Named Desire is a classic for a reason.

A Streetcar Named Desire runs at Phoenix Theatre until May 6th, more info here


An unromantic comedy
Norwegian auteur Kristoffer Borgli’s debut feature film Sick of Myself is a meditation on narcissism and the powers of victimhood, as we follow the unhealthily competitive relationship between protagonists Signe and Thomas. When Thomas makes it as a contemporary artist, Signe goes to sickening extremes to grab back whatever attention she can as the narrative interrogates the ugliest parts of human behaviour. From the producers of The Worst Person in The World, Borgli’s latest work brings that title to life in all its imperfect glory. Before heading to the cinema to catch a screening this weekend, checkout our conversation with the director to get an insight into his vision.

Sick of Myself is out in cinemas now. 


Vinyl ain’t going anywhere
It’s Record Store Day on Saturday and to celebrate Soho Radio is taking up residency at Soho Space for a series of live shows, recorded special guests and DJ sets from around the world. If you’re on the hunt for a gem, vinyl pressings and crate digging sessions will also be taking place so you can rummage to your heart’s content. In honour of the day, plenty of nearby record stores in Soho such as Phonica Records, Sister Ray and Reckless Records will also be hosting events and live performances, so keep you eyes (and ears) peeled.

Soho Radio will be at Soho Space on Berwick Street until April 22nd.


Meet the maker
TJ Boulting’s latest exhibition explores the human body through the photographic works of artist who place performance at the core of their practice. Fusing the role of image and image-maker, Eye Body examines the photographer’s perception of self through lenses of  feminism, gender, queerness, activism, humour and personal history. Bringing together eleven artists, works from the likes of Juno Calypso, Rosie Gibbens, Haley Morris-Cafiero and Mitchell Moreno take over the Fitzrovia gallery space.

Eye Body runs at TJ Boulting until April 29th, more info here

Juno Calypso, 2023

Food + Drink

Margarita, anyone?
Having opened just a couple of months ago, Zapote is the debut restaurant from Mexican chef Yahir Gonzalez. Located in what used to be St Leonards, the interiors are equally as tasty as the menu with delicate ceramics, terracotta walls and plenty of cacti. You can expect an array of familiar Mexican dishes with a twist such as wild mushrooms quesadillas, yellowfin tuna and spicy crab tostadas and beef tartar tacos. Make sure you save room for desert and a cocktail because the coffee Mezcal ganache is a must try and the tequila is strong – don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Zapote is located at 70 Leonard St, EC2A 4QX, more info here


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