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Weekend Combo: William S. Burroughs, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cerith Wyn Evans and a token Christmas bit
By Thomas Davis | 5 December 2014

Breyer P-Orridge Snoflakes DNA (Clouds), 2008 C-print mounted on Plexiglas 56.5 x 72 inches Edition: 1/3 SOLD: Thomson

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.


The voice
As the final event celebrating the 100 years since William S. Burroughs’ birth, October Gallery, London, presents an exhibition of his art, including mindblowingly rare unseen pieces. The show also highlights artists who have been profoundly influenced by Burroughs’ life, including Brion Gysin, the legendary Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Liliane Lijn, Shezad Dawood and Cerith Wyn Evan. And it’s hardly a supporting line up – each of these creatives could have a solo exhibition any time they want in their own right. It’s an exhilarating grouping.

Throughout all Burroughs work – art, novels, essays, film and sound experiments – he wove a passionate message: deconstruct control systems and think for yourself. Do it yourself, be yourself and don’t miss this show whatever you do.

Can You All Hear Me?, October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL
Until 7th February 2015

Claustrophobia ahoy
We advise you to grab your best cashmere jumper and massive portion of something monosaturated or sweetened to watch of Kevin MacDonald’s atmospheric new thriller Black Sea at your local cinema house.

Slouch back and see greed and desperation begin to take hold as a rogue submarine captain, Jude Law, and his misfit crew search the depths of the Black Sea for a rumoured treasure. Sounds naff? It isn’t –  the whole film was shot on a historic submarine moored in a murky Kentish river.

Searching for a sunken Russian U-boat that he believes to contain Russian gold sent to Hitler as a bribe you know there is a recipe for disaster afoot for captain Robinson and his crew. The increasing uncertainty which mounts from the offset of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

Black Sea, 1 hr 55 min, in cinemas now

Cheese toasties, hot negronis & DJs
If Christmas grottos ain’t your thing but you’re keen on kick-starting the festive feeling, think Night Tales in Dalston, a quality food and music pop up with a distinctly wintery vibe.

Featuring swathes of  gooey, cheese laden food stalls including pizza supremos Voodoo Rays and burgers from Patty & Bun, there’s wild gardens, private chalets, log fires and a huge canopy to protect from winter chills, it’s no surprise Night Tales is being talked about. Where else can you get a hot negroni?

Night Tales, 288-299 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DP


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