Culture Calendar #35: Picks For The Week
Wanna know what's on in London this week?
Look no further...
w/c 11th September
What: This Is How We Die
Where: Almeida Theatre
When: Monday 11th - 24th
Get to The Almeida from this Monday onwards to experience ‘a motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and storytelling. Tales of paranoia, young love, and ultra-violence.’ Sure, it doesn’t sound like a barrel of laughs on the surface of it, but we’re suckers for some surrealist black humour and dizzying scraps sewn together by their common threads of anxiety and absurdist lols, so consider us sold. Find out more.
What: Rachel Whiteread
Where: Tate Britain
When: 12th Sept onwards
The Tate Britain continues their excellent recent run with an exhibition of one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists. Turner Prize winner Whiteread transforms industrial materials like plaster, concrete, resin, rubber, and metal into everyday objects. Make sure to catch the exhibition to see well-known works alongside new pieces that have never been previously exhibited. Find out more.
What: Rex Orange County
Where: Village Underground
When: Wednesday 11th
Alex O’Connor, AKA Rex Orange County, is one of those guys whose age makes you feel a bit bad about yourself. At just 19 he’s already two excellent, critically-praised albums. His second release Apricot Princess is an unselfconscious ode to the first flush of first love. We’re super keen for this show - his lush, jubilant tunes are bound to make for a super fun, irreverent night. Find out more.
When: Wednesday 13th - Thursday 14th
Ugh Sigrid is so good. The same week we saw the Norwegian 20 year old perform ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ on Jools Holland earlier this year, we headed straight to her Hoxton Square gig to see if the monumental stage presence she’d exuded on the show was a fluke. Guess what - it wasn’t. It’s no surprise to us that she’s been given two dates this week at The Scala. No excuses. Find out more.
Where: The Cockpit Theatre
When: Weds 13th
Following on from the acclaimed success of Pre-Drinks/Afterparty at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Deadpan Theatre are bringing their seventh production, GATE, to Marylebone's Cockpit Theatre. The play, written by the promising young playwright Artermis Fitzalan Howard, drops us in Wapping, East London, where Eve guards ‘the gate’. There are four new appointments booked in. The trouble is none of the clients knew they were coming…because nobody knows the gate exists until they reach it, and to reach the gate you have to be dead. Fitzalan Howard asks: is it true that we only act on narrow material desires, or do our wider spiritual beliefs still count for something? We’d better go and find out. Find out more.
What: Orhan Pamuk in Conversation
Where: Southbank Centre
When: Friday 15th
Hear Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk read from and discuss his latest novel, The Red-Haired Woman, and the city which continues to inspire his writing, Istanbul. In an immersive event combining imagery and extracts from his book, Orhan Pamuk reflects on reading and seeing, the tension between state and individual freedom, and chronicling the life of a city in which civilisations continue to collide, with a range of images from The Museum of Innocence, and newly published visual edition of his classic memoir, Istanbul. Find out more.