Weekly Digest: August 11
Why get excited for the weekend ahead?
Because we saw…
Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie at the Barbican
The style and sass of Yves Saint Laurent’s catwalk shows from the 1970s come to life through the newest dance/performance exhibition at the Barbican. A New York legend of vogue-ing and the ex-artist-in-residence at New York’s Museum of Modern Arts Trajal Harrell choreographs and curates 14 performances that turn the brutal architecture of the museum into an underground downtown club. With the last performance day coming up this Sunday, this might be the right moment to practice your Naomi walk.
Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie is on at the Barbican’s Art Gallery until August 13. Find the tickets, opening times and other details at barbican.org.uk.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Young Vic
The legendary Tennessee Williams Pulitzer-winning play gets a contemporary makeover at the Young Vic, courtesy of director Benedict Andrews who casts Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell in the starring roles of Maggie and Brick, a troubled couple in crisis. With tensions running as high as the temperatures in the Deep South, this stylised take on a classic is ideal for bringing a bit of (sunny) Hollywood into a gray and rainy London.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is on at the Young Vic until October 7. Find the tickets, opening times and other details at youngvic.org.
The Big Sick at The Curzon Cinemas
We can’t really remember when we last saw a truly original and funny romantic comedy that interprets love between two people in a new, interesting way. That’s where The Big Sick comes in. A story written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani and starring Nanjiani against the charming and adorable Zoe Kazan successfully tackles the subject of cultural differences in a humorous way, and makes for a perfect summer flick that offers more than expected. The romantic couple faces the challenge of illness against what seems to be true love and gives us enough laughs and tears to get out of the cinema and face reality.
The Big Sick is on at The Curzon Cinemas. Find the tickets, screening times and other details at curzoncinemas.com.
Because we read…
The musical legend Patti Smith writes a heartbreakingly personal goodbye letter to her past friend and Hollywood legend Sam Shepard which paints a picture of their friendship so well it makes us feel like we were part of it.
“We had our routine: Awake. Prepare for the day. Have coffee, a little grub. Set to work, writing. Then a break, outside, to sit in the Adirondack chairs and look at the land. We didn’t have to talk then, and that is real friendship. Never uncomfortable with silence, which, in its welcome form, is yet an extension of conversation.”
The schedule of New York Fashion Week hasn’t had as many changes in the past few years as it does now, facing the beginning of the spring/summer 2018 fashion circuit with designers like Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Altuzzara and Thom Browne swapping the catwalks of the concrete jungle for the ones of the city of light. But all is not lost, at least according to Ed Filipowski, the co-chair of KCD PR the co-chairman of PR at the Council of Fashion Designers of America who tells us exactly why New York Fashion is far from being dead.
“Perhaps questioning the validity of NYFW is something that is inherently American. Along the lines of: “Is Broadway too commercial?” or “Has the art world sold out?” Of course, the conversation on NYFW is decades old.”
The ultimate summer read (that’s finally out in paperback) comes from the pen of best female writers of the new generation. Zadie Smith continues to discuss race and class but adds the element of friendship into the mix with her latest novel Swing Time – a story of two young women growing up in the housing estates of NW London, dreaming of becoming dancers and showing what happens to female relationships when adulthood kicks in.
“And I became fixated, too, upon Katharine Hepburn’s famous Fred and Ginger theory: He gives her class, she gives him sex. Was this a general rule? Did all friendships—all relations—involve this discreet and mysterious exchange of qualities, this exchange of power?”
Because we heard…
The third album by American synth-pop singer Briana Marela is an ambiental, but beat-heavy record that makes for the perfect soundtrack for a morning commute to work. Created in collaboration with the Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers, Call it Love is a blend of hypnotic industrial bits and nostalgic vocals that is easy to listen to over and over again.
Because track: Give Me Your Love
Who says all charity albums sound the same? Multi-instrumentalist and a genre-mixing genius Ty Segall puts six of his never-heard songs on an EP, profits of which will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. And as per his usual style, each of the songs reference a different genre, everything from punk to country, with a very experimental but highly enjoyable Ty Segall twist. Your Friday evening, night-out warm-up is covered.
Because track: Another Hustle
Three iconic Brian Eno records have just been reissued on vinyl and we’re absolutely loving the sound of art-pop of the self-described “non-musician”. The ex-synth man of Roxy Music is the brain behind some of the most iconic pop songs of the 20th century (Bowie’s Heroes included) and the creator of the Windows 1995 start-up melody. Our favourite of Eno’s records is definitely his 1974 sophomore release Taking Tiger Mountain, slightly psychedelic and extremely cinematic, it’s what you need to be spinning on your record machine while the rain is pouring down.
Because track: Burning Airlines Give You So Much More
Text by Dino Bonacic