Weekend Combo

An existential drive, playful artwork and capitalist greed

Still, Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World

This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

FW24 fashion week is officially over! To celebrate, we’ve lined up lots of fun things to do to keep that brain of yours ticking over. Or perhaps you’d rather sit in a nice bar sipping wine all weekend? We also have that covered.


The corporate rat race 
Radu Jude’s follow-up to the Golden Bear-winning Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn is a delightfully dark satire on the perils of modernity. Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World follows an underpaid and overworked production assistant tasked to drive around the city of Bucharest to film the casting for a workplace safety video.

All while posting TikTok rants posing as Andrew Tate in between her life spent on the corporate hamster wheel, Jude’s protagonist’s existence is contrasted with that of another Angela – a taxi driver from a 1981 movie. It’s an unapologetically eccentric exploration of Western culture at its most absurd, inviting us all to take a look at what the hell we’re doing with our lives.

Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World is out in cinemas now.


Turn that frown upside down
Fancy getting washed away in some immersive soundscapes – yes, please! – head West, where Thom Yorke and his band The Smile are in town for a headline gig. Featuring Yorke and his Radiohead bandmates Jonny Greenwood and Tom Skinner, The Smile are Radiohead’s twitchier, krautrock brother – a channel for innovative jazz freestylin’ and tumbling melodic sequences. Obviously with these three in command, The Smile are genius, and they’re even better live.

The Smile play the Eventim Apollo on Sunday 10th March.


Look but don’t touch!
RCA graduate Rong Bao’s debut exhibition Rong Bao Is Me is a showcase of her experimental sculptural practice, transforming familiar objects into playful and interactive works of art. Taking place at Saatchi Gallery this month, her installations warp our perception of the physical, challenging the norms of traditional sculptures and inviting visitors into her mischievous world of play.

Rong Bao Is Me runs at Saatchi Gallery until March 31st, more info here

Enigma by Rong Bao

Art Fair

Art for the many
London’s Affordable Art Fair is in full swing. Taking place at Battersea Spring and featuring over 100 leading galleries worldwide, this is your opportunity to source some well-priced art to freshen up your house for Spring. Alongside individual stands, you’ll find a special exhibition celebrating International Women’s Day and a new installation by Argentinian sculpture artist Alejandro Propato. Make a day of it with bars, cafés and foodtrucks on site.

Find out more here.

Karima Duchamp, Man in Pink, JustBEE Gallery


An Enemy of the People
Opening this weekend, German director Thomas Ostermeier’s fabled 1882 Henrik Ibsen classic is finally receiving its English language premiere at the Duke of York Theatre. Matt Smith stars as An Enemy of the People’s protagonist in a surreal, provocative and spiky commentary on the inner workings of a society fuelled by capitalist greed, proving the sentiment of the 19th-century classic still rings true in the present day.

An Enemy of the People runs at the Duke of York Theatre until April 13th, more info here


Study of subjectivity
John Edmonds’ first solo exhibition has arrived at London’s Maximillian William Gallery. Titled One, the showcase takes a comprehensive look at the New York-based photographer’s evocative black-and-white imagery from 2016 to now. Capturing portraits of his chosen muses through an intimate lens as they measure themselves against African sculptures in a search for a humanising level of subjectivity, Edmonds’ work focuses on the individual’s role in creating art.

One runs at Maximillian William until May 4th, more info here. 

John Edmonds, Caress, 2022

Food + Drink

Dinner time
Morchella is the brand new outpost from the team behind Newington Green’s Perilla, taking up residency in an old bank in Farringdon. In a similar vein to Perilla, the menu offers fresh takes on Mediterranean classics; we’re talking hake with sobrassada sauce, octopus luciana, spaghetti vongole and Sicilian fish stew. Downstairs, the basement transforms into a dimly lit wine bar, bringing together an epic Old World wine list to compliment Morchella’s menu.

Morchella is located at 84 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4QY, more info here

Food + Drink

Looks as good as it tastes
They say that you eat with your eyes first. If so, Gouqi, a new fine-dining Chinese restaurant in central London, is a vision for hungry eyes. Run by seven Michelin-starred chef Tong Chee Hwee, he brings an extraordinary level of contemporary innovation to classic Chinese dishes

Take the dim sum, for instance, each arrives coloured its own naturally-dyed vibrant hue, wonderful blues, pinks and yellows, flourished with gold leaf and filled with incredibly tasty delights. Then there’s the legendary Peking Duck, served three-ways and carved table side. Deserts take things to yet another level, appearing on a platter in a cloud of dry ice, each one is a delicate and colourful work of art – we all love a bit of theatre. So if you’re looking to impress someone, or maybe just treat yourself – go on! – Gouqi is the one.

Gouqi is located at 25-34 Cockspur St, SW1Y 5BN.


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