On the agenda: Animal Art Fair; Comme des Garçons; Francis Ford Coppola; Stephen King; Laurie Anderson; The Summerhouse
Expect the unexpected from Stephen King, Francis Ford Coppola and Laurie Anderson...
Sunday 11 April 2010
From George Stubbs' majestic 18th-century horses to sharks pickled in formaldehyde, animals in art have long held the interest – hence the inaugural Animal Art Fair at London's Fulham Palace next Friday. Forty artists will be showcasing their latest work, including hot-to-trot sculptor Gill Parker (whose life-size bronze of Derby winner Motivator is installed at Ascot) and award-winning photographer Dominique Salm. (Alex and Biggles by Georgina Maynard.) Friday to 18 April, animalartfair.com
East really does meet west in the latest Comme des Garçons collaboration. Moncler, the quilted-jacket company more often associated with the Wiltshire set, sees its pieces reinvented by Japanese fashion visionary Rei Kawakubo for a new capsule collection. Choose from traditional black jackets, with Kawakubo's signature skewed puffing and cuts, and vibrant printed pieces. All ensure you'll stand out from the crowd. doverstreetmarket.com
How does a film-maker escape from under the weight of their defining masterpieces? If your name is Francis Ford Coppola and your CV includes The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, the answer is to go small. Tetro is a tale of two estranged Argentine brothers reconciling their past, whose première will close the Belfast Film Festival. Tickets will sell out fast, so get booking now... or you'll have to make them an offer they can't refuse. From Thursday to 30 April, belfastfilmfestival.org
For a man who has made a living out of petrifying readers with such horror classics as Carrie and The Shining, it's somewhat of a surprise that Stephen King's latest novella, Blockade Billy, is about a distinctly unscary topic: baseball. King, who's something of a Boston Red Sox fanatic, has turned his talents to penning a short about a fictional baseball player with a dark secret; while it's sure to contain some plot surprises, don't expect any zombie children to leap off the page. Released 20 April, cemeterydance.com
Looking for something to vex and refresh on your next outing? Experimental artist – and wife to the Velvet Underground legend Lou Reed – Laurie Anderson brings her considerably versatile talents (visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, film-maker, electronics expert, vocalist and instrumentalist) to the UK on Wednesday with her touring theatrical show Delusion, as part of the Barbican's Bite festival. Expect an unlikely fusion of violin-playing, electronic puppetry and film projection as Anderson embarks on an enigmatic study of memory and identity. barbican.org.uk
It may be a long way from New York State's Long Island, but new pop-up restaurant The Summerhouse (open until October) promises to whisk customers from London's Little Venice to a Hamptons-style beach house serving clam chowder and swordfish steak in a nautically themed structure that sits on the banks of the Regent's Canal. It's all in the capable hands of prolific executive chef Christophe Clerget (who also oversees local sister establishment The Waterway and acclaimed French eatery the Ebury) – although quite what a Hamptonite would make of this London-based French chef's recreation of their summer house is anyone's guess. Opposite 60 Blomfield Road, London W9, tel: 020 7286 6752
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