Let the e-girls rejoice – it’s Halloween! Don’t let tonight’s festivities fool you, however. Tomorrow is officially November and things are set to get bleak. Winter Is Coming™ so bulk buy those Vitamin D supplements pronto ‘cos we won’t be seeing the sun for a long time.
This writer’s Seasonal Affective Disorder is kicking in and cuffing season has us all latching onto the least offensive person on our dating rosters, meaning that we’ve had to search extra hard for events that might tempt you to venture outside. It’s been a struggle but we’ve delivered the goods (as always). Get reading for a good time.
360: Florian Meisenberg (preview)
For those of you who’ve never been to the Zabludowicz Collection, it’s an architectural delight: a converted Methodist chapel nestled in Chalk Farm. The gallery has decided to up its game by introducing the 360 room; the UK’s first gallery space dedicated to presenting Virtual Reality work. To mark the occasion, they’ve invited German artist Florian Meisenberg to exhibit VR work Pre-Alpha Courtyard Games (raindrops on my cheek), originally made for Friedrichshafen’s Zeppelin Museum. If audience interaction is your bag, you’re in luck. Head on down and you’ll be able to manipulate a wireframe model in a virtual environment using just your hands, before being able to upload your creations to an ever-growing public archive.
The preview (free booze) is tonight, and presents a great opportunity for networking, disjointed artspeak and a wine hangover you’re sure to regret tomorrow.
Find out more info here.
Price: FREE, 6pm – 9pm, October 31
Location: Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT
Superstition presents: Jeff Mills and Tapefeed
What is there left to say about Jeff “The Wizard” Mills? Very little, we’d imagine. Ignoring that time he released somebody else’s track as his own (it could have happened to anyone?) he’s had an unblemished run as one of techno’s biggest names since its beginnings in ‘80s Detroit. Known for his nuance, his all-black outfits behind the decks and his future-facing outlook, his sets are not to be missed. This Friday, he’s touching down in Shoreditch so now’s your chance to see the legend in action, alongside a little help from Village Underground residents Tapefeed, who’re on warm-up duty.
Read all about it here
Price £27.50, 1 November, 10pm – 6am
Location: Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane; Shoreditch; London EC2A 3PQ; United Kingdom
Tales from the Crust
Fancy flexing your environmentalist muscles but need a bit of inspiration? Arts Catalyst has you covered. The research centre puts art in dialogue with wider social issues, enlisting scientists and creatives to engage in interdisciplinary projects interrogating the sociological and ecological realities of the day. Their latest offering is “Tales from the Crust” – a commission by Ignacio Acosta looking at mining methods in northern Sweden and the artist’s native Chile. In layman’s terms, it’s a chance to learn something new and impress your date with how woke you are.
Find out more here.
Price: FREE, ongoing until 14 December
Location: Arts Catalyst, 74-76 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8DR
No One’s Watching #7 with Sophie Coletta and Dane Law
If you’ve stumbled upon their monthly Threads radio show, then you’ll already know that No One’s Watching are a dynamic duo consisting of Pet Rok and DJ PLS. The London DJs run a party by the same name in Dalston Lane’s SET, an eclectic live music venue that’s as likely to host experimental electronic as improv. This Resident Advisor-approved night will see local Sophie Coletta and Quantum Natives’ affiliate Dane Law tear up the dance floor in this pay-what-you-can fundraiser for Hackney Migrant Centre.
Read all about it here
Price: Pay what you can, 9pm – 2am, 2 November
Location: SET, 27a Dalston Lane, London, E8 3DF
Rock My Soul
Taking its name from the 2003 bell hooks’ book of the same name, “Rock My Soul” is a group exhibition of female and non-binary artists from the Black diaspora. Curated by Isaac Julien CBE (known for 1989 film “Looking for Langston), featured artists include intermedia artist Sonia Boyce OBE, mixed media painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby, sculptor Wangechi Mutu and Khadija Saye, the 24-year-old artist who passed away in the Grenfell Tower fire. An exploration of Black self esteem and resistance via both figurative and abstract works, make sure you catch it in the limited window before it closes.
Further details can be found here.
Price: Free, 12pm – 6pm, until 2 November
Location: 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW
Stroberload: Snts, Schwefelgelb, Oguz, Stephanie Sykes & More
Ah Sundays. The day of “rest” aka crying gently as you nurse your hangover from the night before. Stroberload, has different plans for you however. The record label brings together the best of London’s industrial, techno and EBM via 3 compilations and 3 12-hour parties per year. Reviews promise that Stroberload’s events are like “downing a can of Monster in 15 seconds” which sounds dangerous…but intriguing. Be thankful that instead of stumbling home when you get kicked out of the club, you can keep the bad decisions going (it’s what they do in Berlin).
Price: £19.60, 6am – 6pm, 3 November
Location: Corsica Studios, 5 Farrell Court; Elephant & Castle; London SE17 1LB; United Kingdom
Read more here
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
If you fancy a more thoughtful Sunday, get yourself down to a screening of The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Directed by American filmmaker Joe Talbot, this Sundance darling looks to be one of the most affecting releases of 2019. A moving portrait of a city in flux, watch these well-drawn characters embark on a quest for roots and deeper amidst rapid gentrification and rising inequality on San Francisco’s streets.
Price and times vary
Location: All good cinemas
Further information here