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8 October 2011

Something for your weekend: Monocle’s global selection of things to do and see include a comics festival, Asian contemporary art and a stylish political thriller.


—A Shaded View On Fashion Film 4

Diane Pernet’s website A Shaded View On Fashion peers into Paris’s most exciting stories on a daily basis. Its film festival of the same name is showing commercials, short films and full-length features at the Pompidou Centre this weekend. Titles include Onions Don’t Make Me Cry by Bryan Adams with Danny Trejo, and Sarah Chatfield’s House of Holland AW11/12, a tongue-in-cheek profile of the London-based designer.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou. Until 9 October


—BD & Comics Passion

London’s Institut Français holds its own leg of the London Comics Festival taking place throughout October and November. This weekend sees Bande Dessinée & Comics Passion take over the institute. Highlights will include workshops from artists such as Benoît Sokal, creator of Inspector Canardo, and a sci-fi-themed soiree dedicated to Barbarella. She started life on the pages of bandes dessinées (meaning drawn strip) way back in 1962.

The Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London. Until 9 October


—The Ides Of March

George Clooney drops back to play support for Ryan Gosling’s star turn in this stylish political pressure-cooker. Clooney plays a presidential hopeful caught up in a political scandal while his campaign secretary (Gosling) wrestles with whether to release secrets they both sit on. After the success of Drive, Gosling is everywhere this year. Lesser talked about is Clooney’s steady progression as a film director. The Ides Of March adds to his impressive portfolio.

Release in the US 7 October and 28 October in the UK


—Regards Croisés: a Selection of Asian Contemporary Art.

After kicking off with an exhibition of international artists such as Picasso and Marc Quinn, Singapore’s Art Plural Gallery is now displaying the best of Asian contemporary art. The show features selected works by 11 artists from India, China and Korea, plus French painter/calligrapher Fabienne Verdier, who happens to be one of the few western artists trained by Chinese masters in ink painting.

Art Plural Gallery, 38 Armenian Street, Singapore. Open Monday – Saturday 11.00-19.00. Until 10 December


—Akram Khan Company: DESH

Saturday is the last opportunity to experience the highly visual new solo show by the Bangladeshi choreographer. A changing stage set up in Sadler’s Wells Theater hosts Khan’s reflections on his homeland through portraits of everyday characters and situations while exploring the duality between his British and Bangladeshi identities.

Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London. Until 8 October


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