On The Agenda: Pixar, Harringtons, the homeless and an iconic, bedevilled Belgian

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Was there ever a film with a more unlikely hero than Up, the latest from Pixar? He's a curmudgeonly 78-year-old with a lantern jaw and clunky glasses the wrong side of Jarvis Cocker chic. But prepare to fall in love: Carl Fredricksen is wonderful as he pines for his lost wife and gets crotchety with a boy-scout. Beg, borrow (but don't steal) a kid to go with. With Fantastic Mr Fox and Where the Wild Things Are coming, this is the season to get in touch with your inner child. 'Up' is out on Friday Lisa Markwell


What happens when directional fashion meets classic design? Find out with this season's clash-of-the-titans wardrobe piece, Baracuta's original Harrington jacket (right), as customised by the inimitable Junya Watanabe, who started out as part of the Comme des Garçons stable, and is now a darling of the style set for his endearingly home-spun but fashion-forward creations. Michelle Obama has even been spotted in one of his cardigans. For this collaboration, Watanabe has added a CDG check lining, front pockets and buckle detailing to the iconic indigo jacket. www.baracuta-g9.com Harriet Walker


A private members' club for the homeless? Sounds like a sick joke. In fact, the swanky Quintessentially brand, concierge to millionaires, has done something rather wonderful by restoring the historic House of St Barnabas in London's Greek Street as a pop-up club from now till Christmas. If you join – to lounge around in the glam surroundings of desirable artwork – your fee will be used for workshops, fund-raising and charity work for the homeless and children with emotional difficulties. Consider us signed up. Tel: 0845 475 8414 LM


Thursday is National Poetry Day, and with it comes a spoken-word renaissance. The early musings from I'm New Here, the first album in 15 years from the godfather of rap Gil Scott-Heron, can now be heard on his website (http://imnewhere.net), while Jacques Brel is being brought back to life later this month, with artists from Marc Almond to Camille O'Sullivan revisiting the impassioned poetry that made him a favourite of stars from Bowie to Sinatra (www.barbican.org.uk, www. warwickartscentre.co.uk). And, bringing it all up to date, is Kate Tempest. With shows throughout October (www.my space.com/katetempestwords), this vanguard of "slam poetry", whose influences range from William Blake to the Wu-Tang Clan, has all the energy and bite to make her queen of the streets. For proof, check out "Cannibal Kids". Robert Epstein


If you've ever wanted to see life through a lens, this is the month. From Saturday, east London will be hosting the UK's biggest photography festival, with more than 150 events in 80 venues. Those taking part range from agencies including Getty Images to icons such as Terry O'Neill as well as budding amateurs, with venues running the gamut from the British Library to clubs such as Dalston Superstore and the crypt at Christ Church in Spitalfields. Snap to it. www.photomonth.org RE


Janet Street-Porter wants so-called "experts" to stop telling us what to do. So she's written a book, er, telling us what to do. But hold on, its charm and usefulness is that she doesn't claim to be an expert. The advice in Don't Let The B*****ds Get You Down is sparky, clever and above all, do-able. If you're like us and need a not-so-gentle nudge to save money/take exercise/ go green, let Janet and her OCCASIONAL TYPOGRAPHICAL SHOUTING show you the way. Quadrille, £12.99 LM