Now that you’ve spent a long, slothful weekend hiding from the snow on your mum’s couch, bloated with chocolate whilst watching endless episodes of the Simpsons and the Hollyoaks (No? Just us?) your brain could probably use a little stimulation. Luckily, London’s art scene is ready for you in this “out like a lamb…” week.
If you want to stretch your brain a bit, but don’t want to stray too far from the sitting position you’ve been locked into all weekend, then head to the theatre. This is the last week of the Lyric Hammersmith’s extended run of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, which has received tremendously glowing reviews.
All that cutesy bunny business making you crave a dark and twisted fix? The West End’s got just the thing: on Wednesday, Frankenstein the Musical is coming to town for a 4-day run. This version features an all-youth cast and is set against the backdrop of a Geneva freak show. Tickets £9, concessions £4.
On Thursday, catch the last ICA showing of genius director Lars von Trier’s latest film. Hand in hand with the current office mania trend in TV and literature, Boss of It All portrays an IT company head who hires an actor to play the big-shot boss he had invented to keep his worker bees in line. The Danish filmmaker, known to have made a Londonist or three shed some heavy tears thanks to such severely dark and exquisite films as Dancer in the Dark and Breaking the Waves has gone and made his first comedy, and we can’t wait to see how he pulls it off. Film starts at 8:45 pm. £8 / £7 Concessions
On Saturday, Fluxus artist Gustav Metzger, who created the concept of Auto-Destructive Art talks art at the Tate with the Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art. £8 (£6 concessions) 14:00-15:30.
Also on Saturday, East London’s Whitechapel gallery is hosting a forum installation titled Poison and Antidote. A gathering of environmentalists, artists, and activists, this event highlights the last day of contemporary art star Cornelia Parker’s exhibit at the gallery. Sponsored by Friends of the Earth, there will be free panel discussions all afternoon on how art and change can be symbiotic.
By Kira Hesser
Image from Frankenstein the Musical courtesy of Youth Music Theatre.