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1 December 2012

This weekend follow the art trail to Amsterdam, watch a documentary at the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York, and check out the independent record fair in London.


—Margaret Mead Film Festival

This weekend the American Museum of Natural History is set to host the 36th annual Margaret Mead International Film Festival featuring more than 20 films from around the world. Named for the famed American anthropologist, the festival presents a broad range drawing on themes as disparate as indigenous community media to experimental documentaries. We’re particularly excited to see Marcelo Machado’s Tropicália which looks at the culture of 1960s Brazil with rare archival footage of Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso.

The American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 77th Street. Until 2 December


—Capital A – Amsterdam Art Weekend

This weekend marks the launch of the first edition of the Amsterdam Art Weekend taking visitors on journey throughout Amsterdam’s contemporary art scene. Organised by the non-profit foundation Capital A, three different routes ease the navigation through 27 featured galleries, such as Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Gallerie Oost, and AKINCI. Don’t forget to pop by de Ateliers an independent art studio, which is showing short films and videos by by new artists.

At locations throughout the city, see website for details. Until 2 December


—Stutterheim Raincoats Pop-up Shop

This weekend, stop by Stutterheim’s recently opened pop-up shop at London’s Redchurch Street. Founded in 2010 by then copywriter Alexander Stutterheim the label offers functional Swedish outwear with a clean modern silhouette. Each coat is hand-stitched and comes in a small run for both men and women. Our favorite is the Arholma Svart, based on the traditional raincoat worn by generations of Swedish fishermen and made of rubberised cotton. Close joint second goes to the Arvid and the Lydia coats made of waxed cotton fabric.

30A Redchurch Street. Open daily 12.00-19.00. Until 31 December


—Lieux Échafaudés

In its final exhibition of the year, the Galerie Simon Blais in Montréal is showing a series of large format contemporary paintings that challenge and deconstruct architectural forms. Curated by Paul Bradley and Catherine Plaisance, Lieux Échafaudés brings together the work of young Canadian artists Leigh Bridges, Julie Beugin, Jessica Peters, Ehryn Torrell, Alexis Lavoie and landscape painting duo DaveandJenn.

5420 Saint-Laurent Boulevard. Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00-18.00, Thursdays 10.00-20.00, Saturdays 10.00-17.00. Until 22 December


—Independent Label Market London

This weekend Old Spitalfields Market in east London will host the best and brightest of the UK’s independent record labels. Moshi Moshi, Rough Trade, Ninja Tune and Sunday Best among others are showcasing music, exclusive releases and artists the good old-fashioned, analogue way. Sponsored by The Association of Independent Music the market promises sonorous stocking fillers from over 50 of the UK’s best independent purveyors. Many labels will be putting out special edition releases, including exclusives from The Strokes, Florence & The Machine, Grimes, and Edwyn Collins.

Old Spitalfields Market. Open 9.00-17.00. Until 2 December


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