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15 October 2011

This weekend in London check out pop-up clothing shop Albam or attend a talk at Frieze Art Fair, in Tokyo visit an exhibition of award-winning advertising and design at the Advertising Museum, in Vienna there’s a slow food festival and finally don’t miss Björk’s new album.



Scottish eclectic homeware firm Pedlars becomes host to British clothing company Albam. Nestled inside Pedlars’ Notting Hill store for one month, the pop-up shop will be showing key items of its collection plus a wish-list selection from the Scots’ catalogue. As of next Friday, there will also be a Mr Natty pop-up barbershop offering grooming services.

128 Talbot Road, London. Open Monday-Saturday 10.00-18.00, Sunday 12.00-18.00. Until 10 November


—D&AD 2011 Exhibition

When it comes to advertising and design, Britain’s Design & Art Direction is widely regarded as one of the guardians of creativity. The D&AD has been doling out its prestigious Pencil awards for globally acclaimed advertisements and product design since 1962. The Advertising Museum Tokyo is currently exhibiting 160 of this year’s Pencil award winners, including the humourous American TV advert “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” and the eco-friendly Plumen 001 light bulb, as well as nominees’ and students’ submissions.

Advertising Museum Tokyo, Caretta Shiodome, Higashi Shinbashi 1-8-2, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Open daily 11.00-18.30. Closed on Monday. Until 20 November.


—Terra Madre Austria 2011

Slow food, founded in Italy in the late 1980s, is the counter movement to fast food and champions organic, healthy and traditional fare. Saturday sees the final day of Terra Madre Austria 2011, a three-day showcase of slow food at Vienna’s Town Hall. This year’s edition of the biannual event has the slogan “Sample and Saunter”, so feel free to take things as slowly as you like.
Rathaus, A-1082 Wien, Vienna. Until 15 October.


—Adam Curtis at Frieze Talks

The celebrated documentary maker Adam Curtis appears at Frieze Talks this Saturday as part of the lecture series at the annual Frieze Art Fair. Recent Curtis productions such as All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace matched obscure archive footage with a fashionable soundtrack to explain computers’ dominance over how we live.

Frieze Art Fair, Regent’s Park, London. Until 16 October.


—Björk ‘Biophilia’

Björk has made a career of reinvention and musical experimentation. Her eighth studio album, Biophilia, offers plenty of minimalistic ballads about planets, minerals and mushrooms, which evolve into grandiose, dub-step symphonies of tinkles, brass wind instruments and choirs. A fascinating achievement for something that Björk partly composed on an iPad. 
Biophilia is available now.


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