What To Do, See & Buy: James Franco; Mystery Jets; Bauhaus: Art as Life; Topshop; Calligaris; Elderflower Fields Festival
Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Saturday 14 April 2012
Note to self
Dangerous Book Four Boys is a photobook from the actor-turned-artist, James Franco, based on his 2010 show at a New York gallery, exploring themes of childhood and memory through sculpture and video. Expect felt-tip scrawlings as well as, erm, topless self-portraits. Published by Rizzoli this month, £30
The Twickenham-based indie four-piece band Mystery Jets (now minus Henry Harrison) upped sticks to a studio on the banks of the Colorado River to record Radlands, featuring gospel singers and lyrics penned on their Texas porch. Out on Rough Trade Records on 30 April; mysteryjets.com
Bauhaus: Art as Life is the biggest exhibition in the UK on the movement and begins at the Barbican on 3 May, with talks, workshops and a themed film season with live music. Tickets £10, barbican.org.uk, 0845 120 7550
Say no to dull pink and blue babygros. Topshop's cute Mini SS12 range – in stores this month – is just the thing for the discerning infant: think peace-sign and Aztec-print leggings, and ice-cream print dresses (topshop.com).
Tired of wooden benches and metal chairs? Park yourself on a bright new range of garden furniture from contemporary Italian brand Calligaris. They might look like building blocks but these stackable Crossover models serve as a stool, table and a kid's armchair – and might work for a game of giant Jenga, too. £116.50, calligaris.com
Fields of gold
Family fun is on the agenda for the inaugural Elderflower Fields Festival in East Sussex, with an Olympic-themed sports green, woodland skate-boarding, cinema, and healing huts; plus a cocktail bar and complementary Sunday picnic serving up local fare. Book now!25-27 May, elderflowerfields.co.uk
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