Nestled amongst the regal architecture of The Mall lies the ICA: a beautiful and undeniably edgy institution of creativity and radical art. Set up in 1947, it has a storied and unparalleled history of pushing the artistic envelope; where cool cats dressed in black stroll about taking in the exhibitions, talks, films and performances occurring within the pristine white walls. The cinemas show boundary-pushing indie and foreign film (including £7 Tuesday tickets); there’s an outpost of the legendary Rochelle Canteen currently manning the cafe; a bookshop full of publications that would look excellent on your coffee table; and art galleries doing that contemporary, radical thing. Sometimes we leave here confused, but often we leave stimulated and feeling part of the conversation surrounding the complexities of our time. Which is all anyone can really ask.
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*Unpublished - bad news 11/18* Low key and sweaty, Notting Hill's 'Globe' is a West London legend known for its raucous nights and seriously juicy cocktails. Though the restaurant upstairs is now closed, the club-cum-bar is still in full swing Thursday through to Saturday. With goofy cartoon-murals on the walls and a pumping dance floor – expect reggae, disco, house and hip hop – this is the perfect spot for a hi-octane drink with the squad.
This will be special. The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rivalry with Italian composer Antonio Salieri, pitching Mozart as a young upstart arriving in Vienna and wowing the world with his genius. Aside from the director Michael Longhurst (who worked wonders on Constellations) and Lucian Msamati playing Salieri, the real pièce de résistance is the 20-piece Southbank Sinfonia providing orchestral accompaniment - it’s sure to create an atmosphere unlike any other. Tickets will be very tricky to get - book ASAP for £15 tickets. Show times also vary, so check the website to be sure.
This peaceful spot in South Ken is a perfect sanctuary for Germanophiles and the Ger-curious alike. The historical building greets you with a cheerful, block-coloured staircase with wrought iron railings. Head to the library and browse German-language books of all types, or rent a German film. The institute also offers German courses and a programme of cultural events.
Playing with the Wrong Toys
Childishness, gender and performance are the hot topics Hester Chillingworth has chosen to close her residency at Chisenhale Dance Space. Playing With The Wrong Toys is set to be a myth-busting non-binary bonanza. Now we won't fool you, some deep shit is on the itinerary, so you'll be expected to bring your gender-neutral thinking caps with you. The lineup includes Hester's own piece, SHORTY, which looks at the role of the non-binary child by creating a deconstructed drag-child (mind already blown). Also putting her two cents in is Eilidh Macaskill, who'll be questioning how she might be protecting children from her own queerness in Gendersaurus Rex. This is some good stuff, and there's no chance you'll walk away from it less enlightened.