This weekend check out Korean cinema in London, enjoy art in Toronto and listen to the new album from songwriter Cody Chestnutt.
1. FILM: LONDON
— London Korean Film Festival
Currently in its seventh year the London Korean Film Festival is once again showcasing the best Korean cinema has to offer. The festival features box office smash hits as well as the European premieres of heist movie The Thieves directed by Choi Dong-hoon and historical drama Masquerade. On Saturday Monocle recommends animated offering The King of Pigs from director Sang-ho Yeon and Ra Hee-chan’s Mr Idol.
Odeon West End, Odeon Panton Street, Odeon Kingston and the ICA. Until 10 November
2. EXHIBITION: ROME
— Pietro Ruffo: Irhal, Irhal
This week has seen the opening of Irhal, Irhal (Go! Go! In Arabic), the third show by Roman artist Pietro Ruffo at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill. Ruffo’s work adds a thoughtful debate to pre-conceived notions such as liberty, democracy or political identity. This show is an elaborate expression of the protests that have emerged in the Arab World since the winter of 2010/11. Here the Arab Spring is depicted through a series of world maps that refer to both Islamic geometry and the distilled hues of aged photography.
Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Via degli Orti D’Alibert. Open Monday to Friday 12.00-20.00, Saturday 14.00-20.00. Until 8 December
3. EXHIBITION: TORONTO
— “The Clock” at The Power Plant
If in Toronto this weekend, there is one exhibit worth making time for. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery on Lake Ontario’s waterfront is hosting a cinematic ode to time. World-renowned visual artist and composer, Christian Marclay, has meticulously spliced together thousands of films to create an impressive 24-hour montage of wristwatches, clocks and countdowns.
231 Queens Quay West. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-17.00 and Thursday 10.00-20.00, closed on Monday. Until 25 November
4. RETAIL: LONDON
— The Illuminum Fragrance Lounge Experience
Independent British perfumer Michael Boadi has launched a new collection of fragrances in his grand West End retail space. His classic fragrances will be accompanied by three rooms of new collections showcasing 16 new scents. The Fragrance Lounge also allows visitors to create their own delights that will be stored in the company’s vaults to be accessed and reproduced at your convenience and made into creams, candles, lotions or oils.
41-42 Dover Street. Open Monday to Friday 10.00-18.00. Saturday and Sunday by appointment only
5. MUSIC: GLOBAL
— Cody Chestnutt: Landing on a Hundred
You feel Atlanta, Georgia soul and funk singer-songwriter Cody Chestnutt has never had the luck he might be owed, even if he’s always appearing in the right places. Be that working for iconic rap label Death Row Records in the late 1990s, penning the Roots’ 2002 anthemic hit “The Seed (2.0)” and even turning up in the Strokes’ video for “Last Nite”. But now Landing On A Hundred, only his second album in a decade, showcases the old-school soul talent that Chestnutt has in abundance. These songs could be feel-good lost 1970s classics, if you didn’t get the feeling the 2000s nearly lost them anyway.
Landing on a Hundred is available to buy now