On The Agenda: Blek Le Rat; Pierre Hermé; Cox Cookies & Cake; CLiNT; Central Saint Martins; Jellyfish Theatre; Martin Creed
Artists singing, shoemakers making cookies – has the world turned upside-down?
Sunday 29 August 2010
Godfather of graffiti Blek Le Rat will be bringing his stencils to west London this week to create an original work at the Portobello Film Festival's pop-up cinema, where the artist will introduce his favourite film, Performance, starring Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg. Other highlights of the three-week festival will include the showing of more than 200 new independent films by London film-makers. Best of all, it's free. Thursday-19 September, portobellofilmfestival.com
It's shaping up to be a sweet week for patisserie lovers, with two hot new shops opening in London on Wednesday. First up is macaron magnate Pierre Hermé's first UK store, in Belgravia, filled with his mini-meringue delicacies – but if you want something with more heft, try Soho's Cox Cookies & Cake, set up by patissier Eric Lanlard and shoe designer Patrick Cox. The heft? The over-the-top Nanaimo bars: coconut, chocolate biscuit and custard vanilla buttercream, all coated in dark chocolate. pierre herme.com, coxcookiesand cake.com
Who's looking forward to the further adventures of Dave Lizewski? No? How about his alias, Kick-Ass? Mark Millar's comic-turned-box-office smash is back, in CLiNT, a new monthly magazine from the comic-book writer and Titan Magazines. CLiNT will not only be the first place to read Kick-Ass 2; it will also be serialising Jonathan Ross's acclaimed Turf vampire strip. Millar and Ross will be signing copies of the magazine on Thursday at WH Smith in London's Victoria station at 4.30pm
It might be a bit doom and gloom for some graduates, but not the five Central Saint Martins students whose shoes will be on sale at Bally from next month. Out of 15 would-be designers, hand-picked from the MA course by the college's director Louise Wilson (who has previously championed Christopher Kane and Giles Deacon), these finalists will have their shoes produced and sold by the Italian heritage label. From dove-grey suede ankle boots to Plexiglas courts, the limited-edition styles are quirky, classy and set to become collector's items. bally.com
Where better to watch two new plays about our ecologically fraught future than in the UK's first theatre made from recycled and reclaimed materials? Built from wooden pallets and empty water-cooler bottles in a south-east London school playground, the pop-up Jellyfish Theatre will play host to these two productions: eco-disaster family drama Oikos; and Protozoa, a dystopian vision of a society on the brink of collapse. To 9 October, oikosproject.com.
Ever wondered what a light switch being turned on and off would sound like? Of course not. Thankfully, Turner Prize winner Martin Creed has more than one string to his bow. More specifically, he has a mix of post-punk minimalism to his bow, as he and his band will reveal at Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire on Saturday at the Be Glad for the Song Has No End festival of artists' music, which promises an experimental approach to making noise. And if you fancy making a noise yourself, pop along to Sonic Youth vocalist Kim Gordon's "reverse karaoke" yurt, where you play while she sings. wysingartscentre.org
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