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25 June 2011


-Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver'

It has been a busy year for Bon Iver, who have been roaming the festival circuit with Kanye West after their outstanding collaboration on the rapper’s acclaimed “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”. Uplifted by this new popular appeal, the Wisconsin recluses take their distinctive mellow sound to another level on their new album, adding drums to support Vernon’s now legendary falsetto. Perfect for those long, lazy summer days.

‘Bon Iver’ is out


-The Cheaper Show No.10

Two hundred artists, 400 pieces, $200 each. Once a year art lovers gather in Vancouver for The Cheaper Show, a massive one-night event where all the work sells for a uniform price. With no barriers between emerging and established artists, curators, gallery directors and collectors, the work is free to speak for itself. This year’s exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography and illustration was selected from over 1,300 submissions from over 40 countries. Notable names include Bradley Harms, Fiona Ackerman, and Scott Lewis.

188 Kingsway, Vancouver. 25 June,


-The Names of Love (Le Nom Des Gens)

Bahia (Sara Forestier) is a political whore – literally. She makes it her business to convert right-leaning voters to the other side of the spectrum using her powers of seduction, usually with much success. Discovered in Games of Love and Chance (L’Esquive), for which she received the César for Most Promising Actress, Forestier confirms her talent in this refreshing French comedy and bagged a second trophy at this year’s ceremony, confessing tongue-in-cheek that before she made the film she was clueless about politics and she was still a virgin.

‘The Names of Love’ is out now on limited release in the US. Available on DVD in France.


-Hundreds & Thousands

London’s Soho Theatre was supposed to be one of the UK’s best venues for new writing but it has struggled in recent years, making more of a splash with its comedy nights. Hundreds & Thousands is by Birmingham-born Ramsden, an alumni of the Royal Court Theatre’s successful young writers’ programme, who is just the sort of playwright to help turn it around. Her last play, Breed, garnered her a nomination for the Critic’s Circle Most Promising Playwright Award. The production company, Buckle for Dust, also comes with a strong track record: its previous show, Cotton Wool (by another former Royal Courter, Ali Taylor), won the prestigious Meyer-Whitworth award.

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London. Until 16


-Polaroid (Im)possible

To commemorate its 10th anniversary, Vienna’s WestLicht museum is adding to its collection of Polaroid shots by the likes of Andy Warhol and Helmut Newton, with works by contemporary artists who provide a new take on instant photography. They use film produced by Impossible Project, who took over a former Polaroid factory in the Netherlands. The riveting selection is a reminder that analogue instant photography still offers endless artistic possibilities and has an ongoing purpose in our digitalised world.

Polaroid (Im)Possible, The WestLicht Collection, Westbahnstraße 40, Vienna. Until 21

Watch the Monocle film about the Impossible Project


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