Something For The Weekend in London: January 25-27
This week our cultural smorgasbord is offering you a bit of alternative art, fascinating theatre, hip-hop jams, comedy and a journey to Notting Hill for gourmet popcorn (and if we couldn’t be anymore random, we hear actor Idris Elba is spinning tunes in Kilburn on Friday – click here if you’re curious) – so wrap up warm and act like this is a weekend to top all winter weekends (because we reckon it is).
MUSIC: Grandmaster Flash, Arthur Baker & Jeffrey Disastronaut at The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ
How much: £10
We say: No discerning hip-hop fan worth their shelltoes would miss the chance to see this hip-hop legend in action; he’s one of the world’s greatest and heads to Brixton this weekend for what should be an explosive night of classic goodies.
ART & CULTURE: Juergen Teller: Woo!, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
How much: FREE
We say: A retrospective of an iconic fashion photographer? This couldn’t be further up our street here at The Cultural Exposé. That it also includes images from the photographer’s home life makes this all the more intriguing… he does things because he likes to experiment and his very free approach brings out the experimental in his subjects and it all makes for compelling, unusual and quite wonderful photography.
ALTERNATIVE: LoCo Comedy Festival
How much: Various
We say: Belly laughs are guaranteed at this weekend exhibit of some of the most hilarious films on the circuit, now making their London premiere. There’s also workshops, Q&As and even a Nora Ephrom-inspired bake-off, in honour of the romcom master who brought us Sleepless in Seattle and Julie and Julia, but sadly passed away last year.
EAT & DRINK: POP – The Popcorn Shop, 15 Blenheim Crescent, London W11 2EE
How much: Various
We say: Gourmet popcorn might have finally hit the shelves nationwide – but that doesn’t even come close to what the guys at POP are whipping up. Maple bacon, English toffee with sea salt or chilli with lime and mature cheddar are just some of the flavours you can get from London’s debut popcorn shop, ensuring snack time will never be the same again.
ART & CULTURE: Feast at the Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
How much: From £10
We say: A new production at London’s Young Vic theatre is offering a bit of winter cheer. Directed by Rufus Norris, Feast celebrates Yoruba culture and religion in a journey from West Africa via the Americas to contemporary London through the adventures of three sisters. With choreography from George Cespedes of Contemporanea de Cuba fame and live music, this ambitious production promises something quite spectacular for audiences.
EAT & DRINK: A.Wong, 70-71 Wilton Road; SW1V 1DE
How much: Various
We say: This restaurant guarantees to bring “a little bit of China’s kitchens to the capital” and with a number of creative entreés and an 8-course “Taste of China” menu, forgive us if we’re a little intrigued by this mysterious newcomer. Sunday dimsum anyone?
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