We bring you our guide to living well in the world’s capitals, from exhibitions to cinema, food, drink, fashion, music and beyond. Just call it culture and take it, it’s yours.


Double trouble
Apart from a Domino’s two-for-Tuesday, Gilbert and George are our favourite duo. Fact. Go and see their new show, Scapegoats, which opens today at White Cube Bermondsey.

Spending nearly five decades as ‘living sculpture’, expect a tense and technological, multi-faith and multi-cultural show, featuring those little silver canisters that litter east London every weekend.

Gilbert & George collected the empty nitrous oxide bulbs (euphoria, hallucinations and uncontrollable laughter, but don’t count on it) over their early morning walks around the side streets and back alleys surrounding their home. The presence of these canisters, mimicking that of ‘bombs’ pervades the mood of the SCAPEGOATING PICTURES to infer terrorism, warfare and a stark industrial brutality. Not so europhoric after all.

Gilbert & George: SCAPEGOATING PICTURES for London, White Cube Bermondsey, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ

Hedonist, protector, pioneer, showman, shaman – that’s Gordon, Shep Gordon AKA Supermensch. A Hollywood insider, Shep managed Alice Cooper and had stints looking after Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch too. His career began in 1968 after a chance encounter with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, and it’s Shep who invented the ‘celebrity chef’, monetising the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. A pal of the Dalai Lama’s – casual – through his philanthropic endeavours with the Tibet Fund, Gordon’s story is told by those who know him best. That’s Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Willie Nelson and Emeril Lagasse. Oh and this celluloid celebration is directed by Mike Myers, his debut feature the other side of the camera. Yeah, baby!

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, 85 mins, at cinemas now. See listings for details

Picture this
Bethnal Green’s finest Maureen Paley brings you her gallery’s third solo exhibition by Peter Hujar.

Susan Sontag wrote of the artist ‘…Fleshed and moist-eyed friends and acquaintances stand, sit, slouch, mostly lie – and are made to appear to meditate on their own mortality… Peter Hujar knows that portraits in life are always, also, portraits in death.’ No one has put it finer.

First picking up a camera in 1947 and working until his death from AIDS-related complications in 1987, Hujar’s photography is a document of a New York that has all but been lost. His work, imbued with soul, grace and a deep sense of mortality went on to influence photographers such as Nan Goldin and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Arrive early before the evening PV – another icon, the legendary music writer, photography critic and curator Vince Aletti, himself the subject of a Hujar photograph, will give a talk on the artist’s life and work.

Peter Hujar at Maureen Paley, 21 Herald Street, London E2 6JT
Saturday 19th July from 17:00, arrive promptly
Until 24th August

Serving you right
Wednesday evening we were in a basement with about 50 people, Christopher Owens and an acoustic guitar. And it was an hour of  total heart wrought magic, with a setlist from the earliest GIRLS to the musician’s upcoming A New Testament.

That basement was at Servant Jazz Quarters. And though Owens won’t be there we’ll call back for a Talisker (or six). Some ace Carribean takeaways next door, too. Fill yer boots.

Servant Jazz Quarters, 10a Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN

Take me out
Looking for a hot slice for your Versace plate? Head to Yard Sale Pizza, the latest Clapton spot. Judge a place by the standard of its standard – the classic Margherita, served with signature tomato sauce and Fior Di Latte mozzarella, is a good ‘un. Or go all-out with The Holy Pepperoni: Cobble Lane pepperoni, Napoli piccante, & crumbled Nduja sausage.

Yard Sale Pizza, 105 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0NP


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