Weekend agenda, 9/10 June - Monocolumn | Monocle


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9 June 2012

This weekend’s highlights include a refreshed view of architecture in Hong Kong, the work of artist Alexander Calder in London and the new album by New York band the Walkmen.


—Calder in India

This small treasure of a show is on the subject of Alexander Calder’s trip to India in 1954. The three-month adventure was the result of an invite from prominent Indian artistic figures Kamalini, Guatam and Gira Sarabhai, who also brought prominent modernists such as Le Corbusier to their home country. The rich flow of creativity from Indian subcontinent can be seen through a collection of not always consistent, yet always inspiring sculptures.

25 Savile Row. Open 10.00-18.00 Tuesday to Friday, 11.00-15.00 Saturday. Until 3 August


—Three Dimensions

Debuting this weekend at Hong Kong’s Blindspot Gallery is Three Dimensions, which showcases a trinity of architecture photography by Peter Margonelli, Dick Chan and Eason Tsang. Each presents their take on the ever-shifting views of the city, from deserted industrial landscapes to contemporary urban landmarks. The photos approach buildings from strange angles to show a side of architecture you may never have considered. A common thread which runs through the works is the absence of people, revealing a surrealist angle to urbanity – something city dwellers can easily overlook.

Blindspot Gallery, 24-26A, Aberdeen Street, Central. Open 11.00-19.00 Tuesday to Saturday, closed on public holidays. Until 7 July


—Mission Chinese Food

Just over a year after Danny Bowien opened a pop-up restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District, he’s giving New Yorker’s something to cheer about – a Manhattan outpost. Bowien’s new venture has just opened on New York’s Lower East Side and is already receiving the plaudits that surrounded the original location. Mission provides Szechuan-inspired cuisine including highlights such as thrice-cooked bacon and fiery lamb cheek dumplings. And while the food alone merits a visit, Mission Chinese proudly supports local food initiatives by donating a healthy portion of its profits to charity.

154 Orchard Street near Stanton. Lunch 12.00-15.00, dinner 17.30-0.00


—Made in Britain

As the UK bathes in a patriotic fervour following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, nationwide film season Made In Britain is making sure that Blighty’s best film reels are still rolling. Star attraction in this five-week season across UK cinemas is Ealing Studios’ quintessentially British comedy Passport To Pimlico, about a group of Londoners who attempt to be accepted as natives of Burgundy following discovery of an ancient charter in a bomb crater. A political, diplomatic and national farce we can all enjoy, for once.

Running at selected cinemas across the UK until 3 July


—The Walkmen: Heaven

The New Yorkers who found their voice a decade ago with wearied tales of back room bar-fuelled adolescent melancholy, have now found themselves still a band and all grown up. Heaven, their seventh album, is a refreshingly mature listen that focuses on savouring the good things in life. And the Walkmen can afford to sound a little happy with themselves as the album follows a three-record run that has seen them grow from appreciated nearly-men to a treasured success story. It might be a long time coming, but Heaven is looking like a pretty good place to be.

Heaven is available in record stores now


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