Your Weekend Agenda: 12-14 January
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Look at that! January is halfway over and you haven't disintegrated into a pile of dust. Good for you! You deserve a little knees up. A little r'n'r. A little unwindulaxation. Luckily we've sniffed out some crazy, sexy, wild funtivities for you to get into this end of week. Let's do the damn thing.
#1 Swing into the 60's
This psychedelic saloon in London Fields has somehow breached the space-time continuum and exists in the summer of 1967 - a.k.a., the Summer of Luv, when your dad was probably getting his jollies off with some smelly hippy chick at a New Age gathering at Stonehenge. Sorry we brought that up. Leave your dad at home and come here for some groovy Friday eve kickbacks and killer cocktails.
#2 Pay your respects to the Duke
There's always a heavy dose of jazz on rotation on the Dojo office speakers, because we are singlehandedly saving jazz music by ushering it into the present. We're like Ryan Gosling, only much less chiseled. And look at us, performing our civic duty again by telling you about a little-known jazz musician named George Duke. He was a multi-instrumentalist who blended soul, funk and disco or something, and some dudes named Vels Trio are re-imagining his oeuvre at Jazz Cafe tonight. Wow, you're welcome for that musical lesson.
#3 Go nightclubbing
Grace Jones is a kween of kweens. The woman is 69 years old (!!!) and still regularly performs to crowds of thousands, clad only in body paint and a hula hoop. She is our forever aesthetic. Celebrate this icon at Dalston's freakiest rave cave, VFD, this Friday, where you'll find her discography on the speakers, costumes for fierce dress up at play, a pose-off, a photo booth, and more disco realness that would make Gracie proud.
#4 Confront some demons
Michael Armitage's super large-scale works are like macarons - they look enticing and beautiful from the outside, but when you really sink your teeth in, you realise they're pretty sinister and vile. The artist uses Ugandan bark cloth - typically employed in tribal ceremonies and as burial shrouds - to depict ambiguous, preternatural scenes that warn against the dangers of folklore and groupthink. It makes for uncomfortable, confrontational tableaus with strangely seductive powers.
#5 Browse with a brew
We'd probably go to a radioactive waste disposal if it were owned by Monocle: the stylish cats behind our favourite magazine know a thing or two about good interiors. Luckily, we can just go to their cafe/magazine stand in Paddington, with Allpress coffee, over 300 different publications for sale, and all the peaceful vibes one could ask for. Fuel up before browsing their stacks, or post up and people watch by the window.
#6 Get shorty
Short films consistently take the back seat to feature-length movies - which is a shame, because this expeditious form lends itself to some pretty powerful stories that deserve your attention. Luckily, LSFF is back to shine a light on the year's best shorts, with a boldly political lineup that packs a lot of punch into its small packages. Look out for their New Shorts programme, which features over 40 films covering experimental, international, and documentary categories.
#7 Bag some brunch
We're constantly in search of that perfect brunch. That hearty, soothing midday meal that warms the cockles as well as the soul. 26 Grains serves that kind of brunch - the kind worth queuing for (and you will inevitably be queuing). Tuck into some Scandi porridge with myriad fresh toppings, or savoury dishes like the yellow daal with garlic yogurt and spelt flatbread - we feel more wholesome already.
#8 Go Condo viewing
Condo is the kind of art world happening that will gain you extra cool points just for attending. This monthlong festival is a collaborative effort between 46 international galleries across 17 London spaces, and features some serious up-and-coming talent from around the globe. Full disclosure: a lot of the stuff on display swings pretty far to the avant-garde side. You can expect to see some head scratchers - but that's just part of the fun, right?
#9 See some black girl magic
Queen B's Lemonade was, of course, a virtuosic masterwork to rival Beethoven's Fifth Symphony or Infinite Jest. It will forever endure in our hearts and the pop music canon as an immortal work of staggering genius. Of course, we don't need to tell you this plainly obvious fact - but if you're curious about the movie that inspired such a triumph, then get in formation for Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash's gorgeous 1991 film that weaves together culture, identity, heritage, and spirituality in a visually spellbinding package.