Weekend Combo

Roger Mayne’s photography, Chaka Khan live and football fever
14 June 2024

Roger Mayne, Men and boys, Southam Street, 1959 © The Roger Mayne Archive / Mary Evans Picture Library

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

Summer is (nearly) in full swing and this weekend the Euros start, so now we’ll all have an excuse to bunk off work early and go to the pub – first round’s on you.


The greatest Bigfoot story ever told
Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg as you’ve truly never seen them before, Sasquatch Sunset is the story of a family of Sasquatch who roam a forest somewhere in America. Following their lives over one year (the film is split into four seasons), we see the highs and lows of being a Sasquatch in the wilderness. Entirely dialogue-free, except for grunts, Sasquatch Sunset is the latest project from the Zellner Brothers, who just a few months ago received acclaim for their insane black comedy thriller series The Curse.

Sasquatch Sunset is out in cinemas now. 




Tops off for the lads
From Varvara Stepanova’s experimental designs for football kits in the early Soviet era to the tongue-in-cheek jerseys of Trackie McLeod, OOF Gallery in Tottenham is celebrating a century of football shirt art. Opening to coincide with the Euros, the exhibition will look at how artists have explored the power, ubiquity and recognisability of football shirts over the decades. Featuring works by Christian Jeffery, Martin Kazanietz and Diana Al-Shammari, as well as unique pieces like OGC Nice’s Yves Klein blue third shirt and Walthamstow FC’s William Morris kit, this is an unmissable exhibition on one of fashion’s most ubiquitous pieces.

Tops Off: A Century of Football Shirt Art runs from 13th June to 28th September at OOF Gallery, more info here

Trackie McLeod, ‘Nancy Boy’, 2024. Copyright the artist. Courtesy OOF Gallery.


Micro festival
Soundhood Hackney is in full swing, and this Friday takes over Hackney venue Two Palms with a headline set from Brighton outfit DITZ and support from Gallus and Cosmorat. Head down if you want to be shook from ear to ear.

More info here




British Youth
The first exhibition of Roger Mayne’s work since 2017 opens this weekend at The Courtauld. Famed for his evocative documentary-style photography of British youth through the 50s and 60s, the late British photographer was a pioneering figure in the acceptance of photography as an art form. Bringing together over 60 images from his sprawling archive, The Courtauld has curated a snapshot of Mayne’s work and British youth in equal measure.

Roger Mayne: Youth runs at The Courtauld until September 1st, more info here

Roger Mayne, Goalie, Brindley Road 1956 © The Roger Mayne Archive / Mary Evans Picture Library


She’s every woman
Meltdown returns to the Southbank Centre, this time curated by the iconic Chaka Khan. It all kicks off this weekend with performances by pan-African feminist supergroup, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Master Peace, DJ Norman Jay, and a greatest hits set by Chaka herself. It’s time to dance.

More info here



Euros 2024

The Euros 2024 kicks off this weekend with host nation Germany taking on Scotland. As always, England fans are torn between overly supporting the team and thinking they’re the best team in the history of the sport, and thinking all the players are a waste of space. We should’ve taken Rashford! What’s Pickford doing in the team again! Gareth should be playing a 4-3-3! Are you crazy?! That’s far too open, a 4-2-3-1 is best! Whatever your opinion, get the tinnies in, some frazzles, and stick the footy on.


Everyday becomes extraordinary
A coat hung on a wall. A close-up of an oven hob. A ceiling spotlight. An intercom phone. No, we aren’t listing things we see around the HERO studio, although we certainly could be, and that’s the point of David Micheaud’s new exhibition, Unhomely, at Deptford’s Xxijra Hii gallery. Exploring utterly familiar shapes that remain a constant in our day-to-day life, Micheaud’s hyper-realistic paintings are born from his own childhood years spent apart from his friends who would spend their time on computers and gaming consoles – Micheaud suffers from photosensitive epilepsy. Within this, Unhomely presents domestic spaces as mirrors of the self, ” reflecting the emotional and psychological states of their inhabitants.”

Unhomely runs at Xxijra Hii until June 22nd, more info here

David Micheaud, Unhomely

Food + Drink

Paradise in Soho
Since opening its doors in 2019, Paradise in Soho quickly became one of the best places in the city for Sri Lankan cuisine. Nearly five years on, the restaurant opened its doors again at the end of last month after a complete renovation, still delivering the same quality of food just with a fresh lick of paint and an even chicer interior than before. Combining seasonal British produce with heritage techniques, stand-out dishes include kimbula banis, an array of wattalappams, smoked celeriac and lamb saddle with black garlic curry.

Paradise is located at 61 Rupert Street, W1D 7PW, more info here.


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