Your Weekend Agenda: 15-17 June
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This weekend, everyone's showing off: Jazz Cafe is showing off their social status by inviting a bunch of their well-connected friends to their birthday party; the Multi Story Orchestra is showing off their musical chops by performing pop tunes; and emerging artists are showing off themselves at Free Range and The London Open. Who has time for humility, anyways? Channel the spirit of Kanye and have a showboat weekend.
#1 Feed on some fusion dishes
We love it when cultures come together and make delicious lil' fusion babies for us to feast on - and that's what TĀ TĀ Eatery is all about, bringing Chinese and Portuguese influences together to make magic on a plate. They're setting up shop at Borough Wine's Kensal Rise branch for three months of cross-cultural magic - katsu sandwich and toasted rice cream, anyone?
#2 Catch the next big things in art
Get to know these names before they blow up: Free Range is a free show showcasing the hot new grads who are storming the art scene. It's all going down at the Old Truman Brewery, and each week the exhibited works change according to the category: design; photography; art; and finally interior design and architecture. If you spot the next big thing, you can act smug to your friends when they get famous. "Oh, them? I've been following them for ages."
#3 See Laura Linney slay
Kween Laura Linney is lighting up the Bridge Theatre in this one-woman show based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. She plays a writer who recounts her nine-week stint in the hospital, where she was reunited with her estranged mother. It's a powerful, haunting work that showcases Linney's supreme talent. Our condolences to Karl on the one that got away.
#4 Go for a woodland stroll
If you coughed into a tissue recently and turned it into soot (London, eh?), then it's time to purify your lungs by hanging with some trees. Luckily, Queen's Wood has lots of green friends you can get acquainted with - this majestic ancient woodlands occupies 52 acres of undisturbed nature. It's also home to plenty of magical critters - spot bluebells and woodpeckers doing their thing amongst the leafy green.
#5 Sup on seasonal Indian fare
Like a late-career pop star, Kricket is re-inventing itself to stay relevant. Brixton's sweetheart started out in a shipping container before moving to a bit of a charmless space in Soho; but it's back in Briccy and on its old ish, serving up scrummy seasonal Indian fare on small plates. Their colourful, Insta-friendly plates taste as vibrant as they look - try the Keralan fried chicken with curry leaf mayonnaise and pickled mouli and thank us later.
#6 Celebrate the big two
The Jazz Cafe has long been killing the booking game - every week, you can catch an eclectic mix of on-the-rise musicians and certified legends playing every genre under the sun. They're channeling all that good energy into their second birthday bash, where they're calling in the big guns to help them throw it down: we're talking about a secret lineup with selectors from Rhythm Sectional International, Eglo Records, Lexodus Records and MCDE Recordings. It's gunna be a vibezy one.
#7 See London's on-the-rise art stars
Another day, another major exhibition showcasing on-the-rise artistic talent. This time round, it's The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery, which exhibits works from hotly-tipped artists working in the capital. With household names like artist Ryan Gander and Frieze Editor Amy Sherlock on the judging panel, you know the curation is gonna be lit. But it only happens every three years, so hop to it.
#8 Celebrate the artsy folk of Camberwell
This community-centric festival in Camberwell makes us feel all sorts of warm fuzzies. For eight glorious days, all the artsy folk of SE15 will be making magic at the Camberwell Arts Festival, featuring a jam-packed programme of free exhibitions, open studios, comedy, poetry, music, talks, walks, supper clubs and markets. It's an inclusive happening celebrating creativity in all its forms, and we're all for it.
#9 Catch some classical tunes
Peckham's Multi Story Orchestra has become everyone's favourite car park orchestra (not exactly stiff competition in that category, but hey), playing classical tunes to the black-clad kids of SE at their home in Bold Tendencies for several seasons now. This Sunday, they're making a bold leap into pop music, with a programme that includes arrangements of Bjork tunes and composer Julius Eastman’s enigmatic 1972 minimalist disco-inspired piece, Stay On It.