Your Weekend Agenda: 16-18 March
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This weekend, we're hitting you square in the face with a whole bunch of CULTURE. Art, film, poetry, and even a Sunday eve flirtation with classical music. Bust out ya monocles, this is one for the leather-bound books.
#1 Sup on some skewers
We're always down for novel ways of eating, which is why we're well into yakitori - Japanese meat skewers. Dalston mainstay Jidori has opened up a new branch in Covent Garden, sticking (get it?) to the same formula of delicious Japanese flavours in convenient stick form - think free range chicken wings with shiso and grilled lemon, or aubergine with miso butter. Cutlery can suck it, in our humble opinion.
#2 Have a cinematic romp
All the best films were banned at one point, and Daisies sits firmly in that camp: this absurdist Czech art house classic was outlawed in its home country due to its frank depiction of female sexuality. It features two bezzies causing general mischief, savagely punking all the men they run into on their adventures. If you need a healthy dose of whimsy in your weekend, get stuck into this cinematic gem.
#3 Do the art thing
The art world literati will be flocking to this ten-day live happening at Tate Modern, featuring performances by some serious heavy hitters. The centrepiece will be several live engagements from pioneering performance and video artist Joan Jonas, but there's plenty more to catch too - and the daytime events are free. Better start practicing your best 'I-am-appreciating-art' face now - we recommend a slight furrow of the eyebrows and an occasional head tilt.
#4 Peep some poetry
Have a Poe-ke around this hidden gem in Southbank Centre if you're not a-verse to the written word (sorry). It houses Britain's largest collection of poetry - over 95,000 books, posters, magazines and postcards to browse. We could easily wile away an afternoon trawling through their stacks and dipping into their audio collection, which features famous poets reciting their works.
#5 See some politically conscious theatre
The tragedy at Grenfell has cast a long shadow over the current state of social housing in Britain, throwing into focus our changing values as a society. This play explores the decline of the welfare state through the story of a fictional housing estate, tracing it from its erection in the '60s to its demolition in the present. It's asks salient questions about where we are, where we're going, and who we're leaving behind.
#6 Interrogate the feminist internet
The UAL collective Feminist Internet are taking back cyberspace from all the unsolicited dick pics and misogynistic DMs. Their weekender at the Photographer's Gallery is all about carving out female-friendly spaces online, with enticing events like a feminist zine making workshop, a panel discussion on social media, and much more. No nipples censored here.
#7 Look, but don't touch
John Copeland's thick, impasto technique just makes you want to run your fingers all over the tactile surfaces of his paintings - like a child drawn to the flames of a sparkler. You can't do that, though, because it's Serious and Expensive Art; but there's no rule against lasciviously ogling his depictions of Playboy centrefolds and bikini-clad biker chicks. They're gritty, aggressive, and a little dirty... just the way we like it.
#8 Celebrate Persian New Year
Like any good religious holiday, the Persian new year - or Nowruz - revolves around stuffing your face with food in the company of good people. Drunken Butler are doing it big this year with a foodie-centric nod to the vernal equinox, and everyone's invited to munch down their delicious Iranian eats - including sabzi polo ba mahi (fish and rice with green herbs), gaz (nougat filled with pistachios) and chai tea.
#9 Join the revolution
Soon, machines are going to establish a new world order and hunt humans to wear as hats. Might as well come to terms with it now, and learn their ways at this night of experimental, AI-influenced classical music at Village Underground. Part of Convergence festival - which aims to exhibit the intersections between tech and music - the eve will feature a 30-piece orchestra playing beautifully wonky tunes inspired and influenced by computer functions.