Things to do in London this Week
LIST: The best London cultural events 2015, January 28-February 4: from kid-friendly exhibitions (Julio Le Parc) to Moro-chef's pop-up (Tom Ryalls).
Fresh from playing Hamlet and nursing Eddie Redmayne in the Theory of Everything, Maxine Peake stars in Zinnie Harris’ examination of modern morality. Discount for Culture Whisper members.
ITALIAN COOL: Conran Italia, The Conran Shop
Conran celebrates Italy’s design heart with this covetable collection of wares: ceramics, linens, furniture and trinkets, inspired by Milan, Tuscany and Puglia
CONCERT OF THE WEEK: Carmina Burana, The Bach Choir
Those who find modern classical music forbidding would do well to book tickets to this accesible cantata, brought to the Southbank by the Bach Choir and Philharmonia Orchestra.
FLAGSHIP OPENING: Alexander Wang
Chic but never chichi, Wang’s clean designs blend daily practicality, humour and cool. Now Europe finally gets a flagship, in Mayfair.
FOR WINTER: Carousel Presents: Tom Ryalls
Moro chef Tom Ryalls is the latest visitor to Carousel’s exceptional Marylebone kitchen. Ryalls is looking northwards, with a Scandi-style salted and smoked feast: things like smoked haddock with clam chowder, wood-grilled venison with salt-baked turnip.
IN THE KNOW: Rashid Johnson: Smile, Hauser & Wirth
Rashid Johnson queries modern African American identity in his sometimes funny, upsetting frightening ‘Smile’. A collection of LP Sleeves, Houseplants, shea butter and towers of academic essays- are archly concerted into political objects.
DANCE OFF: The Associates, Sadler's Wells
Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schecter and Katie Prince: this will be a riot. The Triple Bill welcomes lyricism (Pite), politics (Schecter) and street dance (Prince) to Sadler’s Stage.
LAST CHANCE: Leviathan and Citizenfour
The ICA offer a second chance to catch two Oscar nominated films: Snowden documentary Citizenfour and Zvyatgintsev’s extraordinary Russian language film, Leviathan- our favourite film last year.
JUST OPENED: Sarah Sze, Victoria Miro
Everyday objects get an afterlife in New York artists Sarah Sze’s solo show. Spread across both Victoria Miro galleries, Sze’s large sculptures are not as simple as they seem.
FOR KIDS: Julio Le Parc, Serpentine Sackler Gallery
If you need to entertain little ones but can’t face puppets, head to the Julio Le Parc’s major show at the Serpentine’s Sackler Gallery: an labyrinthine arcade of fun that you can enjoy too.