Culture / Entertainment

Weekend Agenda

Friday 8 August

This weekend head to New York to see how photography and commercialism combine, check out the best in theatre and performance at Toronto’s SummerWorks festival, and enjoy the new album from Austin band, Spoon.

The Production Line of Happiness, the first retrospective devoted to US photographic artist Christopher Williams is now on show at New York’s MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). For Williams, photographs not only present the…

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Culture / Society

Word games

Friday 8 August

With words such as ‘selfie’, ‘frenemy’ and ‘chillax’ now permissible to win you a game of Scrabble it is clear that the rules of language, and board games, keep moving. But Monocle’s Megan Billings isn’t playing along.

This week Merriam-Webster added 5,000 new words to the dictionary for Scrabble players. Perhaps it was time for an update – the last time the board game saw a revision to its entries was around 10 years ago.

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Culture / Music

Music to the ears

Thursday 7 August

When picking a summer music festival to spend a weekend getting lost at it’s worth considering what the event contributes to its home city apart from just tunes. Montréal’s Osheaga has got that balance right.

As you’ve surely noticed by now, here at Monocle we have a soft spot for soft power – the positive cultural and economic strengths of a nation or city – and Montréal’s Osheaga festival is a good example. I won’t go as far…

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Culture / Retail

New values

Wednesday 6 August

We all love picking up a bargain curio with a story attached but with the rise of the vintage market are we now overvaluing the odd and impractical as being rare and unusual? Monocle’s Tom Hall thinks so.

Christie’s, that venerable London institution where you might just as easily pick up a priceless Cézanne as a battered chaise longue, it turns out, has a sense of humour. On 3 September (and available to peruse from this…

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Culture / Film

Growing up in the spotlight

Tuesday 5 August

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is one of the films of the year but its contemplative themes and deliberately slow pace signify an important quality lacking in many people’s lives today – patience, says Monocle’s Paul Noble.

Allow me to cut to the chase – Boyhood is one of the essential films of the year so far. Have you seen it yet? If not, load up on snacks and hasten to your local cinema. Watching it propelled me back to the long-forgotten…

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Monday 4 August

Piano-virtuoso Chilly Gonzales gives Robert Bound a piano lesson, we head to the V&A’s latest exhibition Disobedient Objects to discover how protest can inspire creativity in art and design, hear from the Herräng Dance Camp…

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The Stack, 101

Saturday 2 August

The Stack is joined by broadcaster and writer Peter York and Monocle’s culture editor Robert Bound, looking at AD España, Country Life, ¡Hola!, Dear Doctor and Vanity Fair. Plus, we pay a visit to our local newsagent…

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Culture / Entertainment

Weekend Agenda

Friday 1 August

This weekend get a look behind the artistic process in Singapore, head to Melbourne for a showcase of the world’s best cinema, and enjoy the glamour-tinged debut from Dan the Automator’s new project, Got A Girl.

Taking on some those much-storied music festivals south of the border in the US at their own game (think SXSW, Coachella, FYF FEST), Montréal has been the proud host of Osheaga since 2006. The ninth edition kicks off today…

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Culture / Media

Do you copy?

Friday 1 August

Plagiarism accusations have recently caused embarrassment at institutions ranging from the US senate to Buzzfeed. Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli has some recommendations for writers to avoid falling into the trap.

The most delicate of writerly tasks is not navigating the thorny issues of race or sex or religion, but the vicious scourge of one’s own craft.

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Culture / Food & Drink

Flour power

Tuesday 29 July

Bakery-enthusiast Fernando Pacheco longs for the day that London starts doing bakeries the Brazilian way.

Bakeries are my obsession. If I wasn’t a journalist writing about them, I would probably be the owner of one. But let me be more specific: I’m talking about Brazilian bakeries. For those who don’t know, the bakery is a…

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Monday 28 July

Robert Bound meets music-business impresario Shep Gordon – star of the new Mike Myers documentary Supermensch, talks Blaxploitation soundtracks with Edward Griffiths, we also get the lowdown on auteur filmmaking with Mark…

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Weekend Agenda

Saturday 26 July

This weekend enjoy fine craft and design from Mali that’s paying a visit to New York, see some of the world’s best press photography images in Tokyo, and pick up the debut album by new Toronto band, Alvvays.

Toronto’s Design Exchange museum and the Spanish culture agency Acción Cultural Española have teamed up to create exhibition Tapas: Spanish Design for Food. Over 150 utensils and pieces of food-related homeware that have…

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The Stack, 100

Saturday 26 July

A summertime special as Tyler Brûlé takes a look at the eclectic world of travel magazines together and a peak at the titles that former Country Living editor Francine Lawrence likes to take away with her. Plus, we also…

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Culture / Travel

Best of both worlds

Friday 25 July

Shared ground between nations doesn’t have to be overtly obvious. A recent trip to Italy for Monocle’s Gaia Lutz showed that il Bel Paese and her own home country, Brazil, have more than a few subtle things in common.

Coming back from a long weekend recently in Sicily I was struck by a feeling I often have whenever I have travelled to Italy: a feeling of leaving home. That might sound strange considering I was born and bred in Brazil but…

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Culture / Sport

Small victories

Thursday 24 July

The Commonwealth Games began in Glasgow yesterday among much murmuring that its exclusion of certain major sporting nations makes it a bit pointless. But not all contests are about winning big, says Monocle’s Robert Bound…

“To Commonwealth or not to Commonwealth?” that is a question. Last night the Commonwealth Games kicked off in Glasgow with much royal hoopla, metaphorical ceremonial caber tossing, a big thistle called Clyde and Rod Stewart…

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