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This Week: 29 October – 4 November

29 October 2018 Billie Manning

Between revivals of classic films and brand new theatre writing, by way of a series of design talks, if you’re looking to avoid all the Halloween fuss you certainly won’t be left out in the cold.

1. Sushisamba opens a new location in Covent Garden
After many years of thrilling diners at the top of Heron Tower in Liverpool Street, this week Sushisamba finally opens their second London location, and this time it's a little closer to Earth. The new restaurant will be in the heart of Covent Garden, in a spot vacated by Brasserie Blanc which has been renovated to fit Sushisamba's sleek, modern style, and visitors can expect more of the same delicious fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian food, with lots of new dishes including vegan options and an extensive cocktail menu.

Image: Sushisamba via Facebook

Sushisamba Covent Garden, 35 The Market, London WC2E 8RF



2. The Funeral Director at Southwark Playhouse
 "I just thought it would be a secret I'd have to die with. And now – I think it’ll be what kills me." If you fancy getting your heartstrings pulled on, pulled on some more and the n just ripped out completely, head to the Southwark Playhouse. This year’s Papatango New Writing Prize received a record-breaking number of submissions from across the UK and Ireland – 1,384 (and gave feedback on every single one of them!). Iman Qureshi won the prize with her full-length début, The Funeral Director, an exploration of a gay Muslim woman coming to terms with her identity, and it is running at the Playhouse for the next month. The play promises to be incisive and heartfelt, and having been chosen over 1,383 others, we’re certainly excited to see what it has to offer.
 
Image: Southwark Playhouse via their websiteImage: Southwark Playhouse via their website

The Funeral Director, Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD, 31 October – 24 November.

3. 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Science Museum
 For anyone who fancies a trip back in time, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kubrick’s groundbreaking 1968 epic, the Science Museum is screening the 70mm IMAX  print of the landmark motion picture in the UK for the very first time. Inkeeping with the way the original was sreened in the sixties, all IMAX screenings will feature a brief interval. To enhance the rockin and rollin’ vibes, visitors are also encouraged to come to any screening in 1960s dress.
 

2001: A Space Odyssey, Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2DD, 1 November - 24 November.
 
4. Family Concert: The King with Donkey Ears at Wigmore Hall
 Wigmore Hall has got the little ones’ entertainment sorted for next weekend with a morning of musical storytelling for all the family, inspired by a traditional Somali folk tale and brought to life by the Castalian String Quartet, no less, alongside presenter Sam Glazer. The tale is slightly reminiscent of the Emperor’s New Clothes, and involves a king, a barber, and a pair of donkey ears…

Image: Benjamin EalovegaImage: Benjamin Ealovega
 
The King With Donkey Ears, Wigmore Hall, 3 November.
 
5. By Design at Sir John Soane’s Museum
Sir John Soane’s Museum, a treasure trove of hidden gems, is launching a new public talk series in partnership with Luke Irwin in which leading designers discuss an object that has inspired their practice. The series launches today with Will Gompertz in conversation with graphic designer Peter Saville. The talk will revolve around Richard Hamilton’s iconic poster ‘Toaster’ and will be accompanied by the original 1970 toaster itself. In the coming months talks are confirmed to include iconic graphic designer Peter Saville, who created album covers for Joy Division, and leading international architect Sir David Adjaye.
 
Image: Wolfgang StahrImage: Wolfgang Stahr

Will Gompertz talks to Peter Saville, Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, 29 October.
 
6. Cumulative Effect: Disability and the welfare state
 

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Assistance Act, and Shape Open, a disability-led arts organisation that works to improve access to culture for disabled people by providing opportunities for disabled artists is putting on a retrospective of their past six years, this exhibition re-examines a selection of key works from within a political framework, considering the history of disability policy and life for disabled people in a welfare state. Shape showcases their artists’ work from a new perspective, reflecting on the continuities and changes in societal attitudes towards disability in the past 70 years.

Image: Beth Davis-Hofbauer
 
Cumulative Effect, Hoxton Arches, Arch 402, Cremer St, London E2 8HD, 2 - 11 November

If you want to spook up your week (and your life) check out our Halloween recommendations: for food and drink, film, partying and other weird and wonderful events.
 
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