Lemme see ’em
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.
LONDON, SATURDAY 16th AUGUST – SUNDAY 17th AUGUST 2014
Living in God’s Pocket ain’t easy
In God’s Pocket Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Mickey, a man whose corrupt dealings in the meat trade gain him grudging acceptance in the rough neck, low-life neighbourhood of God’s Pocket. His life quickly starts to unravel, after the tragic death of his wayward stepson Leon in a clapped-out local factory, with little apparent chance of redemption.
This claustrophobic and darkly humorous directorial debut from John Slattery, jam packed with rampaging tragedies and outbreaks of black comedy isn’t an easy watch but it is rewarding, if only to see Hoffman’s penultimate role before his untimely passing.
God’s Pocket, 88 mins, in cinemas now, see listings for details
Roaming robots in the darkness
Ever wanted to explore a museum alone, at night? How about being in control of a camera-loaded robot, fancied that? Well you’re in luck. After Dark at Tate Britain is a flurry of live events taking place over five nights in which (via an online portal) the public will be able to control robots and roam the galleries in search of 500 years of British art!
Keep your lens on that wandering vixen Ophelia (by Sir John Everett Millais) – her unrequited love for Sir Lancelot brought about a curse which led to her death.
After Dark at Tate Britain,
Live online 16th and 17th August, 22:00–03:00
If you hang out at IDEA books, you’ll know they have an amazing, never-ending collection of 70s and 80s Andy Warhol’s Interview (to give the magazine its full title).
But did you know it was illustrator Richard Bernstein that gave the magazine its look, reworking photographs in his signature style to make icons out of already-idols? His strict visual language of close crops and pop colour established Interview as iconic too, more a bible than a magazine.
Get your Warholian fix of fame from a vintage era at the Fashion Illustration Gallery and clock the likes of Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton.
Richard Bernstein, Stevie Wonder, Interview June 1986, courtesy of FIG
Stevie Wonder, Interview June 1986
Richard Bernstein: Interview Cover Art, FIG at The Mayor Gallery, 1st Floor, 21 Cork Street, London, W1S 3LZ
Touching the void
Jabberwocky is dead, but the bands play on. Loads of last-minute gigs are being thrown left right and centre in reaction to the pulled ATP/Pitchfork/Primavera Sound two-dayer at ExCeL. You’re unlikely to get all this talent in London at the same time again with a few chances to see ’em.
It’s an absolute f–in scramble, as you’d expect. In the time we wrote that, the terror knell sold-out started shrieking over everything. Every. Single. Thing. But you’d be an idiot to miss Thee Oh Sees, the finest live band IN THE UNIVERSE, so make the effort. Someone you know is going or they know someone who knows someone. Here’s our rundown of Saturday night highlights.
METZ + ICEAGE + Kagoule + Crows + Claw Marks + Crows + Theo Verney + Skinny Girl Diet + DJs
15:00, The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB
Pissed Jeans + Earth
19:00, Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BJ
Thee Oh Sees + ICEAGE
19:30, The Garage, 20-26 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD
(Thee Oh Sees also play another sold-out show, in the basement at The Ace Hotel on Sunday 17th, 19:00, 100 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6JQ)
Would you Adam and Eve it?
The best thing about Homerton’s recently refurbished (and highly-recommended) pub The Adam and Eve? The top Sunday Lunch in East London, straight in at £7.50. Or perhaps it’s their beltingly good £3 Bloody Marys. How about the sanctuary of a proper walled and wood-benched beer garden? Or the 16:00-20:00 £4 drinks happy hour…
Sunday Roasts at The Adam & Eve, Homerton, courtesy of The Adam & Eve
Sunday Roasts at The Adam & Eve, Homerton
Let’s face it, a pub is a pub but the Adam and Eve is an exceptionally good one. Plus if you get in to any of the gigs this weekend and make a night of it, you’ll be needing something to soak up the booze. Or a hair of the dog.
The Adam & Eve, 155 Homerton High St, London, E9 6AS