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The Weekend Edit; 3.5.12

our weekly guide to your next 7 days...

The Weekend Edit; 3.5.12

Events, exhibitions, openings and tips... The Weekend Edit is our weekly what's on guide for the creative epicurean...

Art, clubbing, trapeze, a pop-up foodie delight and an opera from one of the country’s best loved artists? It’s our weekly what’s on guide…

Simple Things Festival; Bristol

6 May

Simple Things Festival; Bristol

With 8 stages set over 5 venues around Bristol, get ready for 14 hours of non-stop musically enhanced pleasure as over 60 artists such as the hot-as-hot-coals Canadian superstar in the making, Grimes, Scot post-dubstep wunderkinds Rustie and Hudson Mohawke, the brilliant Factory Floor and the positively insane Bo Ningen – to name but a few – do their thang at the Simple Things Festival extravaganza. Back for their second year, and bigger and better, there’ll be both indoor and outdoor venues – in case you care about the weather – alfresco bars, food stalls and wandering performers.

Simple Things Festival, Various locations around Bristol; Running 6th May 2:00pm to 4:00am 7th May. Tickets are available both online or from a selection of Bristol stores and cost £30.00

Animated Environments: Graham Gussin at Siobhan Davies Studios

4 May – 1 July

Animated Environments: Graham Gussin at Siobhan Davies Studios

Focusing on painting, film, photography and text, versed by cinematic drama and suspense – whilst drawing upon visual codes and structural devices; Artist Graham Gussin presents both new and existing works at the unique Siobhan Davies Studios. The exhibition includes Transport (1994), a large painting using sound, and Film Poster (2008) – a poster that can be taken away by visitors with a list of films, possible titles and possible ways they can be made.

Animated Environments: Graham Gussin at Siobhan Davies Studios, 85 St George’s Road, London, SE1 6ER; Running 4th May to 1st July, Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm. Free entry

Helmut Newton; Grand Palais


Bergstrom, au-dessus de Paris, Paris, 1976
© Helmut Newton Estate

Until 17 June

Helmut Newton; Grand Palais

Prolific German-Australian photographer, Helmut Newton, was probably best known for his provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos, which were a mainstay of Vogue, amongst other titles. Since his death in 2004, no retrospective of his works has ever taken place in France, although this is where he spent most of his working life. This exhibition at Champs-Élysées Grand Palais and designed by his wife, June Newton, brings together more than two hundred photographs – mostly original or vintage prints made under his supervision, taking on a retrospective theme.

Helmut Newton, The Grand Palais, Nave of the Grand Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France; Running until 17th June, €11.00 concession €8.00 (13-25) Free for children under 13

Gorilla Circus; Regents Park

Until 2 September

Gorilla Circus; Regents Park

No, not performing monkeys… as such. Rather, Gorilla Circus is the brainchild of founder, Ezra Trigg who launched the company back in 2009 after returning from travelling as a circus performer. The school, which specialises in Grant Volant Flying Trapeze – will until September, be camped up in Regents Park – and be the only outdoor school in London. A two hour lesson will teach you a quick trick or two whilst, those wanting to master more skills and get body-beautiful, can book a 4 week course.

Gorilla Circus; Regents Park; Running until 2nd September. More locations to be announced throughout the summer

Cine Illuminé at Volupté

Launches 6 May

Cine Illuminé at Volupté

The return of celluloid is here. Cine Illuminé is a season of silent movies showing at supper-club venue Volupté. Be it a feature length flick or two or three short movies, these events promise the glitz and glam of yesteryear. Whilst usherettes show you to your seats (which incidentally may be a comfy beanbag or the more traditional chair) in the transformed downstairs Cabaret Salon, you can admire the olde-world theatre settings. And as no trip to the cinema would be complete without a nibble on the back row – choose from good old fashioned popcorn, pick ‘n’ mix sweets from The Bon Bon Bar upstairs or sample a hotdog or mini-burger from their tasty sounding slider menu.

Cine Illuminé at Volupté, 9 Norwich Street, London EC4A 1EJ; Running the first Sunday of each month and screenings confirmed for May, June and July. Tickets cost £7 in advance, £8 on the door or £10 per person for a table (minimum 2 people)

Pass The Spoon

5 and 6 May

Pass The Spoon

Billed by The Guardian as ‘Daft and instantly lovable.’ and ‘The most fun I’ve ever had at the opera.’ by The Independent, Pass The Spoon has its London premier at the Southbank this weekend, after three sell-out nights at Glasgow’s Tramway last November. Performed by Magnetic North, the show comprises actors, music, food – in a kind of opera way – it’s about cooking and somebody gets eaten; confused? So are we – but, created by the oh-so-humorous David Shrigley, what more would you expect?

Pass The Spoon, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX; Running 5th and 6th May at 7:30pm. Tickets start at £10.00. Audiences can also watch Pass The Spoon streamed live and free from 7:30pm on Sunday 6th May at www.thespace.org

The Dead Dolls Club; A Summer Affair

Every Saturday and Sunday

The Dead Dolls Club Present; A Summer Affair

More alfresco soirees to report on, and this time from The Dead Dolls Club who’ve teamed up with London Fields Brewery. Basically, they’ll host a day each, taking it in turns to indulge you with good food and good beer – simple as that. Everyone and anyone is invited to join the party and with free entrance, why wouldn’t you. Not tempted yet? Every fortnight, events will be based around a giant BBQ machine which not only grills but can smoke and cure meat too. Ooh we’re dribbling already at the thought of pulled pork and giant prawns.

The Dead Dolls Club; A Summer Affair at 370 Helmsley Place, London Fields, E8 3RR; Running every Saturday and Sunday with the last Saturday of the month having that extra pizazz. Free entry

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