On the agenda: Tiger, tiger, burning bright – and it's coming right for us! Plus, lessons in carving turkey
Sunday 29 November 2009
Whether you like to see a master at work or watch an auteur in the making, Rolex's biennial Mentor and Protégé programme will catch the eye. Six virtuosos, from visual artist Rebecca Horn to author AS Byatt, each take an up-and-coming talent under their wing for a year, and will be discussing their experience at various venues around the capital.
Particularly interesting should be Thursday's discussion between Martin Scorsese and the Argentine director Celina Murga at the BFI Southbank. Most tickets will be sold by now, but a limited number will be available on the door, while screenings of Murga's critically lauded work will follow over the next couple of days. rolex mentorprotege.com; bfi.org.uk
There's something about the sight of a tiger surging towards you at blazing speed that gets the pulse racing and the adrenalin pumping. Fortunately, you can experience the thrill of the moment without the accompanied peril thanks to photographer Roger Hooper's latest wildlife exhibition Keep the World Wild (in support of the WWF's new campaign of the same name).
The show, at his London gallery, takes in shots from his recent trips to Zambia, South Africa and Kenya, showing endangered wildlife, from pondering chimps and lethargic-looking leopards to this majestic tiger. Friday to 22 January, Hoopers Gallery, London EC1, hoopersgallery.co.uk
For those who like their festive song a little more avant-garde than the usual choral renditions of Silent Night, the Barbican's Twisted Christmas might hit the right note. Artists ranging from folk singer Eliza Carthy to singer-songwriter Richard Hawley will perform tweaked versions of classic and contemporary ditties alongside a smattering of more personal (but equally unusual) songs. 15 December, barbican.org.uk
The problem with most Advent calendars is that it's impossible to resist opening all the "days" ahead of time and gobbling the chocolate. No such worries with French Connection's seasonal treat. From Tuesday, visitors to its website will be able to click a different numbered door each day to reveal a different treat. Log on to claim a 20 per cent discount and the chance to win more than £300 of vouchers, and, while you're there, revel in its "Worst Christmas Sweater in the World" competition. frenchconnection.com
Cambridge's Winter Wordfest literary festival kicks off today, with the veteran politician Roy Hattersley, the crime writer Val McDermid and the River Café's Ruth Rogers discussing their latest tomes. Also planned is a half-day workshop by theatre company Splendid Productions (creators of the critically acclaimed Woyzeck, currently on tour), giving wannabe writers and directors a masterclass in how to turn an idea into a performance piece. £35; today, 1pm-5pm, at Anglia Ruskin University Recital Room; cambridgewordfest.co.uk
Food & Drink
There's a skill to carving the perfect Christmas roast, but according to the department store Peter Jones, it's becoming a lost art. Which is why it's putting on a series of free carving tutorials by its head chef Chris McLean, who will reveal techniques, such as carving against the grain, that won't leave your big bird looking like a dog's dinner. Peter Jones, London SW1, Saturday and 12 December from 2pm, peterjones.co.uk
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