Bringing together seven female artists active in Germany in the early 20th century, Making Modernism, opens this Saturday 12th November at the RA. While some of the artists were friends, most were connected through various networks, aiding them to overcome the societal barriers in place for female artists during this time. Shown over 3 rooms, we found the paintings tender, haunting and compelling in equal measure.
Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me
We were transfixed by this documentary about Selena Gomez. Previously we knew little about her: whilst we had been impressed by her turn in the tv series Only Murders in the Building , we didn’t know much about her career. Following her from 2016 to present day, it tracks her diagnosis of lupus and bipolar disorder, her recovery from breaking up with Justin Bieber and life on the road whilst touring and releasing an album. It’s a mental health journey that is at times painful to watch but Gomez’s honesty, complex personality and endearing need to connect make this a fascinating watch.
Marple: Twelve New Stories
We’ve recently been really enjoying a spate of detective stories, from Richard Osman’s The Bullet That Missed to Robert Galbraith’s The Ink Black Heart. So we were excited to read this recently published book, Marple: Twelve New Stories, featuring the indomitable Miss Maple in twelve new tales by different authors such as Naomi Alderman and Lucy Foley. A real treat of a book.
As longtime collectors of mid-century Scandi designs, we will be running, not walking to the largest showroom of vintage Scandinavian furniture, Aelfred, that has just opened in Hackney Wick. Founded by Sigmar co-founder, Nina Hertig, pieces start at £15 and will cost no more than £2,500. Named after King Aelfred, the King of the West Saxons who spent a great deal of his reign fending off the Vikings in the 9th Century, the curated fleamarket will be constantly restocked and is right next door to the highly anticipated opening of a new Moro restaurant.
Flippers Roller Bookie Palace
Flippers Roller Boogie Palace was originally opened in LA by Liberty Ross’ father, Ian, in the 1970s. Now it’s being reimagined for the 2020s and Liberty Ross is opening up a new branch on November 11th at White City. You can bring your own skates or rent them and there’s an upscale diner. Plus there will be musical events and on Thursdays to Saturdays, it’s open until 1am.