Finish your weekend in style with our guide to the best entertainment, events and places to go in London this Sunday, featuring an array of fantastic ideas that show the city at its best on this day of rest.
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If rowing doesn't float your boat, polish your horns and belt out those bleats, because London's favourite farmyard fracas is back. The Goat Race is fast becoming as popular as its Thames-based rival (at least around the Time Out office), and sees two goats – one representing ‘Oxford’, the other ‘Cambridge’ – take part in a dash around the farm.
2016 marks the 150th anniversary of celebrated children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor to the museum where she would often sit and sketch. This exhibition celebrates the date with artworks, original sketches and her earliest published works on show.
St Christopher’s Place has teamed up with artist Anna Garforth to launch a foliage-filled artwork marking the official arrival of spring. The botanical installation is inspired by Kokedama -the unique Japanese craft of planting succulents and other plants in moss-covered soil balls and will hang above St Christopher’s place nestled between Oxford Street and Marylebone. Alongside the installation Kokedama workshops run by Anna will take place on March 23 at 6:30pm and March 25 at 11:00am and 12:30pm, and a Spring Garden Party on Thursday 23rd March from 5-8pm.
Putting a spotlight on the health of the River Thames, artist Jason Bruges’ light installation will shine one of three patterns on to the Sea Containers at Mondrian London based on whether the water quality is good, average or poor according to that day’s Thames data reading. The lights will be a permanent fixture every evening from dusk until midnight, letting us know if the river’s health is improving or declining. The data will also be tweeted on via the @ThamesPulse account and a billboard will show readings on real time. The lights will be switched on for the first on March 16 at 6.30pm.The project was devised by MEC UK to help raise awareness about the condition of the Thames and to support charity Thames21 in its mission to protect London’s rivers.
Immerse yourself in the history of London’s second river in this retrospective exhibition showing photo journalist Peter Marshall’s photographic homage to the River Lea. See scenes spanning four decades which chart the river’s transition from a bustling industrial zone into decline and a forgotten backwater through to the present day.
Ten Days, Six Nights - no, it's not some weird European erotic film, but a week and a half of live art in and around Tate Modern's tanks. There's loads going on throughout the week, with the daytimes all free and the evening performances ticketed at various prices. The full list of what's happening can be found by clicking here, but to help you decide what to see, here's our pick of the best events to catch. 1 A cloud of fog by Fujiko Nakaya Go fog yourself in Fujiko Nakaya’s swirling sculpture made of mist, which will be enveloping the Tate’s terrace for the duration of the show. Nakaya has been creating fog sculptures since the 1970s, obscuring everything from bridges to forests in her signature damp blankets of atmosphere. 2 A dinner party as art by Isabel Lewis Food, drink, dance, music and scent all get mashed up in Isabel Lewis’s ‘Occasions’, which are basically massive coordinated art shindigs – part performance, part installation. She’ll be hosting these occasions throughout the week, and visitors are actively encouraged to get involved in putting the art in party. 3 A world of drone by Phill Niblock This interdisciplinary art pioneer (he dips his big artistic toe into everything from dance to music to film) is doing a night of early film pieces. It’s all accompanied by dance and new music that does the usual brilliant Niblock thing of building up layer upon layer of heavy, heady and totally overwhelming drone sounds. 4 Some weird shit by Wu Tsang and Fred
If there are no original ideas left in art, it’s probably because Robert Rauschenberg had them all. Over the course of his 60-year career (he died in 2008 aged 82), he reinvented, reused, recycled and revolutionised himself so many times that walking around this retrospective feels like stumbling through a textbook on twentieth-century art history. There’s pop, abstract expressionism, conceptualism, performance art, installations: it’s all right here, and Rauschenberg played a part in all of it. The show is roughly chronological. It starts with a tyre print spanning almost a whole wall of paper (from a car that was being driven by John Cage), there’s a painting of pure black, another of white, there’s a work by Willem de Kooning that’s been completely erased. Young Rauschenberg was a cheeky bastard. Then he decided that painting needed re-engineering. He abandoned the conceptual abstraction and suddenly his canvases have buckets or fans attached to them, or they’re lying on the floor with a taxidermy goat plonked on top. In these ‘combines’, paintings become sculptures and collages: they move beyond the canvas. The reinvention never stops. Rauschenberg discovered screen-printing in the early ’60s. Now the works are covered in photos from the news: war, politics, sport. Right here in front of you is the birth of pop art. These images are iconic, they’re little slices of history. And he just kept going. By the ’70s he’d turned his attentions to performance. Then collabora
Admit it, you’re addicted to your phone. You’re addicted to social media, to likes, to notifications, to retweets – it’s okay, we all are. And young Scottish artist Rachel Maclean’s green-screened video installation is here to smash us out of our click-reverie. In a glittering pink-carpeted room, Maclean has basically created a long, angry, nasty, bubblegum-pop attack on social media masquerading as a broadband advert A pretty, noseless, yellow-skinned character acts as a metaphorical embodiment of data (as in 4G data). Pizza-faced zombie hordes worship her, chanting her name on the streets, while rabbit-faced hackers attack her and chew through Ethernet cables. There are viruses and trolls, then beautiful Data bloats and goes bald, and the world they inhabit goes post-apocalyptic. The chants for data get all Gregorian, as if the masses are worshipping at a church of social media. It's all fallen apart. It’s a treat to find something so odd and so contemporary in Tate Britain. The museum needs to put more effort into showing younger art that explores how people are living right now. The ‘Art Now’ series, which this is part of, just scratches the surface. More of this. Please. Maclean has created a vicious, surreal, fairytale-like deconstruction of modern lives lived online. It’s like an episode of ‘Black Mirror’ but, you know, not painfully oversimplified, and actually good. Her aesthetic can become a little grating, but she’s made something relatable and strong here, with
Details of Parreno's commission for Tate Modern's vast Turbine Hall space have been pretty damn vague. But we should definitely expect something grand, ambitious and dazzling. Quite possibly with bio-reactors, helium canisters and ventriloquism. Read our full guide to Tate Modern's Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno
No one liked Victorian art in the 1960s, when Sir Frederic Leighton’s masterpiece ‘Flaming June’ couldn’t reach its ultra-low estimate at auction. No one cared about it except for Puerto Rican industrialist Luis Ferré, who spotted it in a Mayfair gallery and snapped it up for just £2,000. He then whisked it away to the brilliantly named Museo de Arte de Ponce in his home country. But when it was first painted in 1895 and shown along with five other works, Sir Fred was a big deal. And now, all but one of those original pieces have been brought back together. There’s ‘Twixt Hope and Fear’, with the best eyebrows in art history. Then there’s ‘Candida’ and ‘The Maid with the Golden Hair’, both quiet, gentle, English paintings of quiet, gentle, English girls. Then there’s ‘Lachrymae’, all forlorn and grumpy. But the obvious star of this exhibition is ‘Flaming June’. It’s such an oddly shaped work, its perspective folded towards you: it looks like it should extend forever but it’s all scrunched up in the foreground. She’s a crumpled pile of fabric and fiery hair, flesh peeking through or hiding in the folds of her dress. It’s a seriously sexual image, the vivid orange fabric making her into a metaphorical satsuma for Victorian viewers to peel with their eyes. Leighton turns you into a voyeur. If it wasn’t so beautiful, and so strikingly composed, it would make you feel dirty. But it’s a Victorian masterpiece – a classical, calm, thoughtful work of vulnerable beauty. It’s only
Missed out on the Edinburgh Fringe? No problem. You can experience practically every single comic* from this year's festival in just eight or so hours at this one-day mini-fest. The huge line-up will be revealed on the day, but past acts include Al Murray, Daniel Kitson, Bridget Christie and Sara Pascoe. It's all organised by comic Michael Legge, and proceeds go to MIND, the mental health charity. *Rough estimate.
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Michael Nadra Primrose Hill
A second London restaurant from chef Michael Nadra, following up on his lauded Chiswick original. This Primrose Hill version benefits from a canalside location and atmospheric dining areas - including a Grade II-listed horse tunnel, complete with cobbled floor and arched brick ceiling. There are Asian influences on a menu focused mostly on European classics. Expect, then, dishes such as steamed sea bass with prawn and chive dumplings, oriental greens, carrot and ginger purée and a lobster bisque alongside herb-crusted Cornish hake with lobster risotto, rock samphire and sea aster. A six course tasting menu can be matched with wines. Drinks don't play second fiddle here. A martini bar offers more than 20 classic and contemporary martinis, including dry, dirty and dickens. The Primrose martini combines vodka, St Germain and cranberry juice. More than 200 wines are available, with 16 available by the glass.