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Bamako, Mali 1948-1963, is a weighty new coffee-table book from Steidl that collects previously unpublished portraits from the archives of Seydou Keïta – whose stylised studio shots documented life in his hometown in the colony of French Sudan, then a bustling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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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
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Felicity Jones on being Stephen Hawking's wife in The Theory of Everything: 'I didn't want her to be a saint'
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
The Interview is finally released after Sony hack and terror threats – but reviews of North Korea satire are mixed
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food