Friday, 24 January 2014

Weekly Round Up

We’re almost seeing the back of one of the most relentless month (bye January) and after all that planning for 2014, what better time to put plans into action and explore some new stuff. Whether it’s a cocktail, cuisine, theatre or an exhibition, there’s lots to be sampled out there. Off we trot…

EAT some Peruvian cuisine at Andina. This is the Shoreditch offshoot from the guys behind one of 2013’s most poular London restaurants, Cevice. The décor’s fun and rustic and brunch comes in the form of a fab menu that includes toasted barley, linseed, plantain leaf, horsetail tincture, alfalfa sprouts and quince. Who says you can’t feast and not break the Jabuary healthy eating regime.

DRINK Gin in a Gin Palace. Yep, you heard that right. A palace that serves gin, plus it’s in a pie and mash shop on Broadway Market. The latest pop up to occupy the striking F.Cooke Pie & Mash, is Peter’s Gin Palace who claim, “It’s literally impossible to be depressed when you’re drinking gin.” We’ll gladly take their word for it and head on over to combat those January blues. Open Thursday to Saturday, from 7pm until late.

SUPPORT a small theatre. The Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell is currently showing Shakespeare’s bloodbath tale of violent greed and ego, Richard III. Directed by Gavin Harrington-Odedra, this is an original production and a great chance to get to know the theatre and enjoy a corker of a play.

INVEST in a new wardrobe staple from brilliant Ukrainian designer Yasya Minochkina’s S/S 2014 collection. Easy to wear but striking, this collection is modern but will stand the test of time because of Minochkina’s eye for structure and use of fabrics such as delicately woven silk. This is comfortably one of the most exciting collections we stumbled upon during London Fashion week and every piece is stunning.

LOOK at the two great speakers added to Liverpool Sound City (1-3). The Velvet Underground's John Cale and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. This year’s conference is set to attract 45000 people to lovely Liverpool and it’s no surprise with guest speakers like that.

SEE the abstract and lithographic prints of Ellsworth Kelly at the Ingelby Gallery, Edinburgh until 11 February. This retrospective spans over 40 years and contains Kelly’s deceptively simple work. Kelly’s work is powerful and uncompromising, which is one of the reasons he’s one of a few remaining figureheads of American abstract painting.

ENJOY the work of photographer Viviane Sasson’s series Flamboya. Taken on her travels in Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia this photo set is striking and uplifting. Sasson has worked with fashion houses such as Craven and Misooni and her crisp bold style’s instantly appealing on the eye.

CELEBRATE Peckham Springs being back in action at Sassoon Gallery. A bar and gallery under the arches (with a BBQ in summer), they host a range of events and are open until late at weekends. See you there!

By Kerry Flint

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