What to do, see & buy: L'Atalante; Vicki Murdoch; Seydou Keïta; Yayoi Kusama; Jess Mills
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 07 January 2012
Jean Vigo's heart-stopping 1934 masterpiece, L'Atalante, starring Dita Parlo and Jean Dasté as a newly-married couple, set the precedent for the French New Wave. It continues to influence film-makers from François Truffaut to Jim Jarmusch and appears on every best film list worth its salt. Don't miss its re-release. In selected cinemas from 20 January.
'Silken Favours', a collection of super-cute neckerchiefs by Scottish designer Vicki Murdoch, is proving a hit at Liberty. Her nature-themed silk squares are all hand-drawn, and the latest collection, featuring kittens and unicorns, gives the trad granny scarf a playful facelift. From £65, silkenfavours.com
Pictures from home
Bamako, Mali 1948-1963, is a weighty new coffee-table book from Steidl that collects previously unpublished portraits from the archives of Seydou Keïta – whose stylised studio shots documented life in his hometown in the colony of French Sudan, then a bustling transport route to Dakar – with some of his most celebrated work. £86; steidlville.com
Time for tea
The season of abstinence is upon us. How better to steer yourself away from the bottle than with a nice new teapot? This bold design from Toast, with hand-painted handle and lid – and matching cups, if you want to go all the way – is just the thing. £49, toast.co.uk
Dots are in. While the Gagosian flaunts Damien Hirst's spots this month, Tate Modern prepares a retrospective of polka-dot-obsessed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whose works she says are inspired by lifelong hallucinations. Opens 8 February; tate.org.uk
After singing with Leftfield and old school friend Ms Dynamite, Jess Mills impressed Island Records execs while on the festival circuit last year. (Trivia: she's also Tessa Jowell's daughter). Hear her blissed-out vocals at Koko in north London on 13 January, or on her nationwide tour. 'Pixelated People' is out on 12 February
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