Surreal Science | Open House | Song Exploder | Fear | Pide Oven...
The very best from East to West, this week's edition of The Week in Colour brings you the capital's famous access-all-areas event, a truly bizarre new exhibition, a podcast for music buffs, Trump's worst nightmare in book form, and London's latest Turkish delight.
SEE: Surreal Science. This wonderfully bizarre and fascinating exhibition blurs the distinction between art and science with strange organic forms that raise the question; ‘What exactly is that?’. Peering closer at these marvellous exhibits, including glass jellyfish and 19th century teaching models designed to teach students about the natural world, the shapes and textures seem increasingly surreal. The collection contains objects crafted from unexpected materials including lost-wax casts, minerals, velvet, ivory and glass and extends to strikingly-illustrated books, prints, drawings and anatomical specimens from taxidermied animals and papier-mâché flowers. Bringing art and the history of science together in a new and remarkable way, this exhibition makes the natural world seem more enchanted and imaginative than ever before.
VISIT: Open House London. The largest event of its kind in the world, Open House is the only time in the year when some of London’s most famous private and government-owned buildings open their doors to the public for free. A celebration of architecture and design, it will see over 8,000 buildings across London taking part from the old and the new to the most secretive addresses. With a programme of walks, talks and guided tours, there’s a chance to learn about histories and explore the stunning architecture of churches and cathedrals, museums and theatres, international offices and corporate spaces, government buildings, schools and private homes of the rich and famous. New additions this year include Bloomberg’s European Headquarters billed as ‘the world’s most sustainable office building,’, Bridge Theatre, known as ‘London's first new commercial theatre of scale,’ and the new £750 million US Embassy, ‘the safest building in Britain'.
LISTEN: to Song Exploder. If you’re a music geek, there are several podcasts to tickle your fancy, whatever your taste. But there are none quite like Los Angeles based Hrishikesh Hirway’s truly unique Song Exploder. In each carefully edited and crafted episode, Hirway invites musicians to take apart a track of their choice piece-by-piece to reveal the story behind their music. He conducts in-depth interviews with artists, removing his side of the conversations to create fascinating monologues with musical geniuses and leave listeners gagging for more. Rarely do any radio shows, or other musical podcasts for that matter, provide this level of detail or access to musicians, or expose exactly how a track was composed from start to finish. Among over 100 great artists who have graced Song Exploder over the years are the likes of Bjork, R.E.M., The Roots, The Killers, Alt-J, Little Dragon, Metallica and DJ Shadow, to name just a few.
READ: Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward. Making a big impact on the Amazon bestseller chart since its release this month, Bob Woodward, ‘Washington's chronicler in chief’ aims to bring truth back into American political reporting, in an era of sensational internet rumours and "fake news". With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, the author reveals in detail what life is really like inside President Donald Trump’s White House and shows precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with first-hand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents, this book paints an intriguing picture of the inner workings of the Trump administration.
DINE: at Pide Oven. Described as ‘Turkish pizza’, Pide is a thin crust, hand-stretched boat shaped flatbread topped with a choice of ground beef, roast lamb, aubergines, beef sausage, chicken, halloumi, spinach, or beef rump steak, and then baked. Already popular for its Charlotte Street restaurant, Pide Oven’s recently opened 50 seater restaurant in Hammersmith is a welcome addition to the West London dining scene which features a two-metre deep wood fired oven. In addition to a wide variation of Pide, the menu offers a selection of small plates and side dishes, including kofte (Turkish meatballs), roasted chicken wings, oven baked Tava dishes, and a range of salads.
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