Anyone who has been to a concert at the Eden Project or Somerset House will know there is magic in the air when setting and sounds collide – so there is the making of something very special indeed with the line-up of shows arranged at the UK's first public modernist building, built in 1935. Kicking off last week with the intriguing pop duo CocoRosie, upcoming shows at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, include the pianist John Tilbury (Friday), electronic experimentalists UNKLE with a full orchestra (July), Marc Almond (November) and various envelope-pushing extravaganzas in between. Not that the building isn't worth a visit in its own right, but now you have the perfect excuse. dlwp.com
Fashion journalists often get blasé about catwalk shows – sure, there's always one that gets people crying at the end of a long round of collections, but generally we're a dispassionate lot. But the V&A's Fashion in Motion series has brought back some of the poetical magic of the event, showcasing designers such as Giles Deacon, Roksanda Ilincic and Gareth Pugh in the museum's awe-inspiring baroque galleries. And now it's the turn of Osman Yousefzada to present shows throughout the day, on Friday. vam.ac.uk
If you want a snapshot of the future, check out freshfacedandwildeyed2010 at The Photographers' Gallery. Work by 28 of the best visual-arts graduates and postgrads from across the country is on display, including Brianne Campbell (whose series on her father's battle with cancer has won critical acclaim) and Ozant Kamaci's "Pause" series, which juxtaposes machines with nature. To 6 June, photonet.org.uk
Chances are, it'll be sunny enough one of these days to tempt us into the park. And then it will cloud over. So it's important to get out there as quickly as possible; but how to organise an al fresco feast in time? Italian eatery Carluccio's might just have the answer: it has five hampers to choose from (all of which come in a cool-bag filled with plates, cups and cutlery), from a veggie £45 menu (for two), to a well-balanced £10 kids' picnic. carluccios.com
Avant-garde film artist Johan Grimonprez first made a stir back in 1997 with his compelling short Dial H-I-S-T-0-R-Y, a cultural history of airplane hijackings. Thirteen years later and his body of impressive work is on display at Edinburgh's Fruit Market Gallery, including his latest, Double Take, which uses stills and clips from Alfred Hitchcock alongside news clips to deliver a sermon on the commoditisation of fear. While his work might not be as accessible as what is on at your local multiplex, it'll resonate a lot longer. From Saturday to 11 July, fruitmarket.co.uk
Literary partygoers will be spoilt for choice on Wednesday, when the Lost Man Booker Prize ceremony (champagne on tap) clashes with the Shoreditch House Literary Salon (Hendrick's and tonic) starring Diana Athill, and the Orwell Prize for political writing (which ought to, but doesn't, serve pints of bitter). Whatever they're drinking, guests will doubtless be talking about Orwell's advice for the new political coalition: "Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
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