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This Week 8-14 May

This Week 8-14 May

8 May 2017 Will Rathbone

May is starting to kick into gear. It may be taking it’s time, but we’re sure it’s starting to get warmer, which means it’s time to crack out the shorts and venture out to the new urban beach pop-up in West London. In case of rain, head inside Camden’s Jazz Café to experience smooth jazzy beats fresh from Tokyo, or discover a history of selfies at the Whitechapel Gallery, a new production of Salomé at The National and Curveball - a restaurant opening in Balham serving only ball-shaped food.

Neverland London

If you fancy a trip to the seaside without the extortionate train fare and hassle of leaving our beautiful city, then look no further than this latest pop-up urban beach in Albert Wharf, Fulham. Entry is a mere £5, and it’s BYOB, so if you simply fancy a cold tin with a few friends in the warm sand its ideal. For larger groups it’s possible to hire a Beach Hut or Day Party Bed and Le Rac Shack, The Duck Truck and Taco Dave are all on hand in case you get peckish. Just don’t forget the sun-cream! Booking ahead is advised.
 
Neverland London opens on 10 May and runs until October. Tickets start at £5.
 
Salomé – National Theatre

If you were fortunate enough to see Les Blancs at The National last year, then you’ll understand when we say a new production from South African director Yaël Farber is something to get excited about. Whilst big-hitters Ivo van Hove and Robert Icke are stealing the limelight, Farber has been quietly re-imagining classics with impressive results. Here she looks at the biblical tale of Salomé, daughter of King Herod, who demanded the head of John the Baptist and started a revolution.
 
Salomé runs at the National Theatre till 15 July, with tickets from £15.
 
Tokyo Sound Land – Jazz Café



Tokyo has been quietly bubbling away at the forefront of the electronic music scene for quite some time now, and Camden Jazz Café’s pinpoint programming continues as they curate an evening of the finest beats that side of the Atlantic. Anchorsong, a Gilles Peterson recommended musician, headlines a stellar line-up including Daisuke Tanabe and Ametsub. Expect jazz-tinged electronica with woozy basslines and global influences all combining to create a melodic, uplifting experience. 
 
Tokyo Sound Land is at Jazz Café on Thursday 11 May, 19:00-23:00. Tickets are £12.50.
 
Curveball – Balham



This intriguing concept sounds like a lot of fun. Curveball serve food for all in the shape of a ball, from the humble meatball to the beetroot and tahini ball with avocado, lime crema, pomegranate, quinoa and basil. Add to that the potato croquette balls, alongside lamb and prawn, and it’s a balls-out extravaganza. It sounds like a lot of fun, and can of course be washed down with the obligatory cocktails served at any decent London eatery, here found in an edgy basement setting.
 
Curveball has just opened up in Balham.
 
iSelf: Self-Portrait – Whitechapel Gallery



This exhibition, at the inimitable Whitechapel Gallery, celebrates the self-portrait in all its various forms. From the title image, by Polish artist Pawel Althamer (seen above mimicking Rodin’s famous The Thinker whilst showing himself as a Billy Goat) to self-portraits from André Breton and the Surrealists, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Yayoi Kusama and many more. It’s a timely reminder that it’s not just our generation fascinated by images of self. 
 
iSelf Collection: Self Portrait as the Billy Goat runs at Whitechapel Gallery till 20 August and admission is free.

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