10 Hot Things To Do This Week

18 July 2014 by

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1. Revist Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Following the 2011 reboot Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, this summer’s sequel leaps ahead in time, with the humans and apes poised for all-out war. Andy Serkis’s simian Caesar provides the film’s beating heart.

In cinemas now

2. Head to Latitude

As close as you get to Radio 6 Music in a field, Latitude is now the thinking person’s middle-class festival of choice. The downbeat solo incarnation of Damon Albarn brings the introspection (and hopefully a couple of old hits), while Haim (above) and Lana Del Rey affiliates The Black Keys bring the noise.

Thursday-Sunday, Henham Park, Suffolk

3. Go See Around The World In 80 Days

This stage adaptation of Jules Verne’s epic novel is written by a woman (Laura Eason) and directed by a woman (Theresa Heskins), so you might see this as a curtain-raiser for the main event of Maxine Peake playing Hamlet this autumn, which could be the best thing ever staged.

Half-price previews now on; Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

4. Read Green Girl

In Kate Zambreno’s debut novel, she tells the tale of Ruth, a make-up counter assistant negotiating the metamorphosis from girl to woman, in often harrowingly self-conscious detail. There are echoes of Sylvia Plath in her.

£7.99, HarperCollins

5. Go al fresco at Momo

The Moroccan flavour sensation seems to be undergoing something of a revival, with the restaurant’s terrace proving a permanent summertime favourite. Somehow it just suggests Friday-night mischief. You start with a tagine, you end who knows where? Old school is the new school.

Open now

6. Visit Time: Tattoo Art Today

Is a tattoo art? The good people at Somerset House certainly seem to think so. The designs of LA boys Mister Cartoon and Ed Hardy inevitably take some prominence in this exhibition, but there’s more to body art than skulls, crossbones and ‘Mum’ or ‘Dad’ tattooed on your knuckles.

Until 5 October

7. Hear Conversations

Highly promising debut album from Woman’s Hour, the only band named after a Radio 4 show. They slot somewhere between The xx and Metronomy on pop’s delicacy spectrum,with an intelligent pop sensibility.

Out Monday

8. See Gilbert & George

The erudite, besuited, which-one-is-which elder statesmen of the East End art world get a new show of their deeply personal observations of modern British life. Scapegoating Pictures For London promises scathing social commentary wrapped up in genial, humane imagery often featuring the gentlemen themselves.

From Friday until 15 September, White Cube Bermondsey

9. See Owen Pallett

String arranger for Arcade Fire and recent Oscar nominee for his superb soundtrack to Spike Jonze’s Her takes his own art-rock project on the road, in support of his moving recent album In Conflict.

CCA, Glasgow, Friday and touring

10. Read H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald has earned herself some stellar fans in former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and author Mark Haddon. This memoir tells the heartbreaking story of how she learned to train a hawk, aged eight, as a way of coping with her father’s death.

£14.99, Jonathan Cape

The sun is out and excitement for the weekend is building, despite the prospect for thunder storms. Stuck for what to do? Then let us help. In the gallery above, we've rounded up 10 Hot things that'll make your weekend great. Whether you'll be watching the brilliant reboot of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, reading our favourite new memoir or heading to the thinking person’s middle-class festival of choice, there really is something for everyone (and every weather)...


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