Culture Calendar #18: Picks For The Week

Let The Tung Plan Your Week

w/c 15th May 

What: This Is Not Culturally Significant

Where: Bunker Theatre, Southwark

When: Monday 15th

Bunker says: A brutally intense, darkly comic one-man show that unveils the bizarre, compulsive and eccentric nature of humanity. This thunderous, high energy piece of theatre is performed entirely nude and combines dark clowning and deeply grotesque bouffon to create a sharp political comment on contemporary society. This is a show for thrill-seekers. It is both uncomfortable to watch and mesmeric, leaving audiences’ emotions balancing on a knife edge.

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What: Giacometti

Where: Tate Modern

When: Tuesday 16th (until 10th September)

Tate says: Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognisable works of modern art. This exhibition reasserts Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century. Through unparalleled access to the extraordinary collection and archive of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, Tate Modern’s ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition brings together over 250 works.

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What: Philip Glass & Laurie Anderson

Where: Barbican Centre

When: Wednesday 17th – Thursday 18th

Barbican says: Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson have collaborated through the years on various live and recording projects. Trading songs and improvising, Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson approach the work with a loose and inventive feel, blending to create entirely new music. American Style is the empathetic resonance of two very different styles finding one musical language. It is a collaboration with the ghostly and majestic spoken performances and words of their dear friends Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen among others. Laurie Anderson’s visual work punctuates the evening. This is the British premiere of American Style. Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson are joined by special guest Rubin Kodheli.

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What: Bicep - Live

Where: Village Underground

When: Thursday 18th

The Belfast duo return to London to bring their live show to the masses once more. Following their first live London performance last year at Field Day, our appetites have stayed whetted for another night of electronic madness. This is not to be missed.

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What: Blush

Where: Soho Theatre

When: Friday 19th (until 3rd June)

Soho Theatre says: Five candid stories about revenge porn and all its many victims. BLUSH is a slap in the face and a call to arms. Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Charlotte Josephine, co-founder of Snuff Box Theatre presents her third play following the success of her award-winning Bitch Boxer which received five stars from Guardian and Times. Directed by Ed Stambollouian, (Awkward Conversations with Animals I’ve Fucked and Old Vic 12), and performed by Snuff Box Theatre’s co-founder Daniel Foxsmith.

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What: The Blaze

Where: St Etheldreda’s Church

When: Sunday 21st

Having burst into our consciousness with the hypnotic ‘Virile’, accompanied by one of the best videos of 2016, the French duo have been one of our most highly regarded emerging artists of the year. When they followed it up with another smash – ‘Territory’ – whose video fast became a stalwart favourite of 2017, we knew we’d bet on the right horse. Get to St Etheldra’s Church on Fulham Palace Road for a night of swirling synths and beats, and dance with your bros. 

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Photo: screen shot from Blaze 'Virile' promo video.