Culture Calendar #2: Six Picks You Shouldn't Miss

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w/c Monday 22nd January

1. What: BU21

Where: Trafalgar Studios

When: Monday 23rd January

Stuart Slade’s BU21 imagines an enormous terrorist attack on west London, through the individual voices of the survivors brought together by a support group. Slade doesn’t shy away from the difficult moments, blurring the lines between tragedy and comedy with a script that refuses to toe the line of quiet mourning, preferring instead a ‘disarming frankness’ (The Independent).

2. What: In Conversation: Judith Clark and Adam Phillips with Jennifer Higgie

Where: Barbican

When: Wednesday 25th January

Join curator and exhibition-maker Judith Clark and writer and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips to discuss their ambitious and thought provoking exploration of taste in current exhibition, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, in conversation with writer and co-editor of Frieze magazine Jennifer Higgie.

3. Jose Gonzalez, String Theory

 Where: Royal Festival Hall

When: Wednesday 25th January

Hear Swedish singer-songwriter José González perform with maverick orchestra The String Theory. The String Theory sees some of Berlin and Gothenburg's most exciting contemporary musicians join forces.The group has forged relationships and recorded material with artists like El Perro Del Mar, Wildbirds & Peacedrums and Pacific!, and they've collaborated with the art studio collective Chez Chérie, the associated band Warren Suicide and the production company Transporterraum to create music multimedia art projects.

4. What: Yasiin Bey + Mos Def

Where: O2 Kentish Town Forum

When: Friday 27th January

Indisputably one of the greatest MCs, see Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) perform his seminal back catalogue, as part of the Beyxit tour. The last two decades have seen an consistent output of critically acclaimed work, both as a solo artist and collaborator. Working closely with big hitters including the likes of The Roots, De La Soul, Madlib, Common, DJ Shadow, Kanye West (signing to G.O.O.D Records for a spell) as well as musicians from outside of the rap sphere including Gil Scott Heron, Bobby Womack, The Gorillaz and Robert Glasper (as part of the Mos Def Big Band) amongst countless others, this is not one to miss.

5. What: Uniqlo Tate Late

 Where: Tate Modern

When: Friday 27th January

Find emerging and established DJs selected by NTS Radio, alongside world-class exhibitions, discover pop-up talks, playful artistic activations and hands-on workshops. Or simply enjoy the space, the music, the views and the delicious food and drink offers. DJ sets from: Lil Mofo, Brassfoot & Lord Tusk, Elena Colombi and Gaika. Gassy, Francis Redman and Marshmello play the Terrace Bar until 23:00.

 Also of note on 27th January:

What: ICA Learning Associates SE1 United Present: Sounds Critical
Kano, Building Six Greenwich UK
Throwing Snow, Rough Trade East

6. What: What You Need To Know: Shostakovich

 Where: Level 5 Function Room, Green side, Royal Festival Hall

When: Saturday 28th January

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony was written at a time when the composer was under the greatest scrutiny from Stalin. In this live event with experts Gerard McBurney and Pauline Fairclough, we examine the music and discover if and how the pressure shows through discussion, film, and live music performances.