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The Agenda: September 20th

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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) Self-Portrait 1967 Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas 72 x 72 in. (182.9 x 182.9 cm) Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Friends of Modern Art Fund © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Art: Regarding Warhol, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City’s largest art museum endeavors to track Andy Warhol’s influence on contemporary art by presenting Warhol works with pieces that somehow address or respond to Warhol’s originals. Works by 60 artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Ai Weiwei will appear alongside Warhol originals.
Regarding Warhol, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Through Dec. 31.

Theater: Sleep No More, McKittrick Hotel
The stunning, ongoing installation Sleep No More is an unsettling interactive adaptation of Macbeth that should not be missed. UK troupe Punchdrunk turned a massive New York warehouse into an eerie mansion. Wander through on your own to discover hidden spaces or travel with the silent dancers who act as guides. The steep price tag is worth the investment.
Sleep No More, McKittrick Hotel, New York, NY. Through Dec. 1.

Tours: Open House London
Hundreds of stunning London properties will open their doors to the public this weekend, allowing curious people access to buildings like the Lloyd’s of London headquarters and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Residential properties on display include Artchive, artist Philip Hughes’ stunning studio, and 13 Kingsley Place, a three-bedroom contemporary house in Highgate. Guides are available from Open House London’s website.
Open House London, London, UK. Sept. 22-23. See site for details.

Books: Salman Rushdie Discusses Joseph Anton
To celebrate the release of his memoir Joseph Anton, Salman Rusdie will discuss the years he spent living under a fatwa. Rushdie spent 10 years shuffling from one hiding place to another, living under the alias Joseph Anton. Rushdie will appear with David Aaronovitch at the Bloomsbury Theatre.  
An Evening With Salman Rushdie, Bloomsbury Theatre, London. UK. Sept. 27, 7 p.m.

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Meet Singer Sophie Delila!

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We have someone we’d like you to meet! Sophie Delila is a fantastic London-based singer, songwriter and producer with a soulful voice and gorgeous, original songs that are positively addictive. We’ve had “What Did I Do” on repeat for weeks! Listen here to find out why:

 

You can find out more about Sophie’s unique style in this week’s feature, but we think you need her live to fully appreciate her voice and her cool style. She’s playing a show at London’s Borderline this Thursday, so if you’re in town, be sure to grab tickets. We’ll see you there!

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The Agenda: September 13th

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The skin speaks a language not its own, 2006  Bindis on fibreglass  Life size, 142 x 456.2 x 195 cm (56 x 179½ x 76¾ in)  Private collection, Switzerland  Photography: Bartholomew/Netphotograph  © Bharti Kher

The skin speaks a language not its own, 2006 Bindis on fiberglass Life size, 142 x 456.2 x 195 cm (56 x 179½ x 76¾ in) Private collection, Switzerland Photography: Bartholomew/Netphotograph © Bharti Kher

Art: Bharti Kher, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art
Indian artist Bharti Kher’s recent works will be on display at Parasol Unit through Nov. 11. Works include Solarum Series I, 2007-2010 and Home maker, 2011. Kher’s works often turn the everyday into the ethereal, using everything from teacups to bindis to force viewers to confront the ordinary in an entirely new way. One highlight of this exhibition will certainly be 2006’s The skin speaks a language not its own, a life-size fiberglass elephant covered in serpent-shaped bindis.
Bharti Kher, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, U.K. Through Nov. 11.

Fashion: London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow, with Spring/Summer 2013 collections from Christopher Kane, Burberry Prorsum and Boticca favorite Zoë Jordan expected to make a splash. Many LFW shows are live streamed, so you can still get in on the action even if you can’t get to the shows. Boticca designers Imogen Belfield and Renaissance Life are showing at Somerset House – if you make it to the Exhibition, stop by and say hi!
London Fashion Week, Sept. 14-18, London, U.K.

TV: Downton Abbey
The hit U.K. drama Downton Abbey returns this Sunday evening, with a new nemesis for the Dowager Countess. Shirley MacLaine plays the Countess of Grantham’s mother, who arrives from America to shake up the Abbey. Meanwhile, there’s a wedding in the works and a very tall addition to the staff. Sadly, U.S. fans will have to wait until January 2013 for the new season.
Downton Abbey airs on ITV this Sunday at 9 pm. 

Film: The Master
“That Scientology movie” is finally hitting theaters. It is assumed that Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is based on L. Ron Hubbard and the founding of the Church of Scientology, though the film’s star, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, has been quick to deny it. The film tells the story of a listless WWII naval veteran named Freddy Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in with the charismatic Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman) and his faith-based organization, known as The Cause. Early reviews have been positive, but the hype alone has us sold on this film.
In select theaters from Sept. 14; check your local listings for show times.

Design: London Design Festival
The annual London Design Festival kicks off tomorrow, with events popping up across the city. The Victoria & Albert Museum has prepared a series of interactive events, and Transport For London’s pop-up, 1950s transport canteen is not to be missed. Landmark Projects are planned all over the city; a highlight is the BE OPEN Sound Portal, set in Trafalgar Square, which will allow visitors to test different “soundscapes” each day.
London Design Festival, London, U.K. Sept. 14-23. See site for details.

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The Agenda: September 7th

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Film: Anna Karenina
Brits are among the lucky filmgoers who get to see this dramatic adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s acclaimed novel before anyone else – the film doesn’t open in international theaters for months. A screenwriter Tom Stoppard and director Joe Wright have set this lush film in a theater, giving it a fantastic look and the sense of magic (of the dark variety). The film stars Keira Knightley as the tragic Anna and Jude Law as her beleaguered husband. We’ve already fallen under this film’s spell.
In select theaters from Sept. 7, see site for details.

Fashion: Fashion’s Night Out
The annual celebration of shopping is in its fourth year. Cities around the world will host events featuring designers, celebrities and of course, plenty of opportunities to shop. Check the Fashion’s Night Out site to find a great event near you. There are also plenty of online events, so if you haven’t found something fun in your area, you can join the party online. 
Check FashionsNightOut.com for event information.

Cat Power, Sun

Music: Sun by Cat Power
Some of us grow more cynical with age, but Cat Power (Chan Marshall) seems to do the opposite. The past few years have seen her slowly shedding the agony of her earlier works for a more upbeat sound. Make no mistake, she’ll never be Carly Rae Jepsen. But this positive spin suits her, so we certainly have no complaints.
Cat Power, Sun, is on sale now.

 

Books: Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
This new release is a collection of Hitch’s final essays for Vanity Fair, all of which detail the descent into his mortal illness. With a forward by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and an afterward by Hitchens’ wife Carol Blue, the book also includes notes on columns that were never completed, giving the reader further insight into the writer’s last weeks.
Available at amazon.com and in bookstores everywhere.

Art: Theaster Gates: My Labor Is My Protest
American artist, curator and cultural planner Theaster Gates arrives at London to present a two month installation at the White Cube Gallery. The engaging installation will tackle the continuous struggle for civil rights in the U.S. It features large-scale engagements, including a yellow fire truck parked outside the Bermondsey gallery and an installation featuring Fashion Fair makeup, the first cosmetics company created to target black customers. Makeovers will be available at select times throughout the installation’s run.
The White Cube Gallery Bermondsey, London, UK. Sept. 7-Nov. 11.

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The Agenda: August 30th

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Art: Modigliani, Soutine et l’Aventure de Montparnasse
Jonas Netter’s collection is on display at the Pinacothèque in Paris. The collection features several previously unseen Modigliani paintings, along with works by Soutine, Valadon, Kisling and more. This is your last chance to see it – the exhibit will close September 9.
Pinacoth
èque de Paris, Paris, France. Through Sept. 9.

Books: Leonardo and The Last Supper by Ross King
Da Vinci’s Last Supper is among the world’s most famous works of art, but it turns out it was something of an experiment for unreliable Leonardo – the piece was his first fresco. King chronicles the creation of this fresco, from the tumultuous events that surrounded da Vinci to the model who posed as Jesus Christ himself.
Available from Aug. 30 in bookshops everywhere.

Music: My Head Is an Animal, Of Monsters and Men
Those of us in London have had to wait months for the first outing from the Icelandic band (the album was released in 2011 in Iceland). It’s nearly impossible to get through the album without joining in the band’s infectious joy. This is pop, but it’s quality pop, with old-fashioned instruments and melodic voices and thankfully, no discernible Auto-Tune.
Of Monsters and Men, My Head Is an Animal, is on sale now.

Film: Shadow Dancer
Andrea Riseborough stars as Belfast woman who gets caught between her IRA sympathies and MI5. Riseborough’s would-be terrorist Colette McVeigh is caught attempting to bomb London’s Tube, then forced to choose between prison and a life as an informant for MI5. The thriller also stars Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson.

Check your local cinema for show times.

Dream Event: Venice Film Festival
Sadly, we won’t be working from this year’s Venice Film Festival, but we can dream. This year, buzzed-about films include Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on Mohsin Hamid’s novel of the same name, and The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson. Watch out for another major Venice film Wadjda. This is the first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, directed by Haifaa al-Mansoor, the country’s first female filmmaker to take the international stage.
Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy. Aug. 29-Sept. 8.

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The Agenda: August 23rd

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Ladislav Sutnar (American, born Bohemia [now Czech Republic]. 1897–1976). Build the Town building blocks. 1940–43. Painted wood, thirty pieces of various dimensions, largest smokestack: 7 3/8 x 2″ (18.7 x 5.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Ctislav Sutnar and Radoslav Sutnar

Ladislav Sutnar, Build the Town building blocks 1940-43. Courtesy of MoMA.


Art: Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000
This exhibit traces the developments in the ways children are treated and raised over the course of the 20th Century. Based in part on the predictions of Swedish social theorist Ellen Key, this fascinating exhibition should not be missed.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through Nov. 5. 

Music: Saint Lou Lou
We seem to be in the mood for melancholy electric pop right now, so we’re lucky to have Saint Lou Lou’s debut on the horizon. The Swedish-Australian sisters will release their first single “Maybe You” next Tuesday, and we’re already in love. If you’re looking for bubblegum pop, this isn’t for you, but if you don’t mind a bit of a downer, you’ll have this on repeat for weeks to come.
“Maybe You” will be released on Aug. 27 by Kitsuné.

The Imposter movie posterFilm: The Imposter
The Imposter traces the eerie, mystifying case of a teenage boy who disappeared from Texas only to apparently turn up in Spain several years later – as you might imagine, something wasn’t quite right. This haunting film includes interviews with the boy’s real family interspersed with recreations of the events.
Check your local cinema for show times.

Theater: The Comedy of Errors
Stratford-Upon-Avon plays home to the World Shakespeare Festival, and this performance of his famous Comedy of Errors is a must-see. While you’re there, spend the day exploring Shakespeare’s hometown – his childhood home is a must-see for any literature lover.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. Through Oct. 6

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The Agenda: August 17th

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Elsa Schiaparelli, Miuccia Prada

Left: Elsa Schiaparelli by George Hoynignen-Huene 1932. Right: Miuccia Prada by Guido Harari, 1999. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Art: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations will close this weekend. The exhibition features a series of staged discussions between Miuccia Prada and the late Elsa Schiaparelli. An engaging exploration of Prada and Schiaparelli’s commonalities and contrasts, the exhibition is not to be missed.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Through August 19.

Theater: Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in full swing in Scotland. The festival promises a packed schedule full of the best theater, music and more from up-and-coming performers around the world. Buzzed-about shows include Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and Puppet. Book of Splendor.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland. Through August 27.

Cosmopolis film

Film: Cosmopolis
David Cronenberg’s long-awaited adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel stars Robert Pattinson, trying to shake off his vampire image by playing a wealthy Wall Street baron sliding through New York City in his tank-like limo. The film covers just one day in the protagonist’s charmed yet angst-ridden life.
Check your local cinema for show times.

Music: V Festival
This year’s V Festival brings such big names as Snow Patrol, Tinie Tempah and even Sir Tom Jones to the English countryside for one of summer’s biggest music events. As always, camping at this festival is not for the faint-hearted, but the line-up is worth the mud and humidity. Wellies required.
V Festival, Hylands Park & Weston Park, England. August 18-19.

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The Agenda: August 10th

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Sundance Selects

Film: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
This documentary follows the unstoppable Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei as he risks his own life to create and expose the Chinese government. Now playing in theaters across the UK, the film opens in major U.S. and Canadian cities throughout August and September.
Go to aiweiweineversorry.com to find a showing near you.

Theater: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
London’s National Theatre takes on the challenge of adapting Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel for the stage, attempting to fill in the gaps left by the story’s maybe-could be-probably autistic protagonist. Luke Treadaway stars as the unsentimental Christopher, with Paul Ritter and Nicola Walker as his beleaguered parents.
Cottesloe Theatre at the National Theatre, London, UK. Through October 27.

Art: P.S. Art 2012
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts a celebration of the creativity of children in New York City. The exhibition features carefully selected works from 76 New York City public school students. Last chance – this exhibit closes this weekend.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Through August 11.

TV: Olympics Closing Ceremony
This Sunday marks the end of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which will conclude with a ceremony that’s rumored to include everyone from The Who to the Spice Girls. If this is anything like the Opening Ceremony, this event is not to be missed.
Check your local listings for broadcast details.

Books: Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann
Tigers seem to be having a moment in fashion and in literature: Last year’s The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht received heady praise and Liza Klaussman’s Tigers in Red Weather seems poised for the same. The novel tracks two generations of a family as they struggle to navigate America’s promising postwar era. Put down the 50 Shades trilogy stat and opt for this smarter read.
Find it on sale in bookshops everywhere.

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We’re Dreaming of… Australia

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Photo credit: Thomas Young

Don’t get us wrong, the Boticca office is a very happy place. However, there are times when London’s grey skies can get us down. That’s when we start dreaming of holidays in far-flung locales. At the moment, our sights are set on the land Down Under. Australia’s incredible natural beauty and relaxed culture are certainly appealing, but the trek from London is… rough.

Silver earrings inSync Design

Since easyJet hasn’t nailed down a LHR>MEL route yet, we’ll satiate our appetite for all things Aussie with gorgeous photos of the landscape… and pieces from inSync Design, a collection of abstract jewelry based in Melbourne, Australia. The lightweight “Line” pieces come in a variety of colors and finishes and are great summer pieces. The graphic “Pebble” pieces are subtle but interesting conversation-starters.

While we’re on the subject of our favorite Aussies, let’s talk about scarves from another Melbourne-based brand, Kish & Evie Goodness. This Australian duo creates soft, fun scarves and shawls that feature spotlight-hogging embroidery. The team is as sweet as their scarves – an email from Kish is enough to make you adopt that optimistic Aussie attitude, even if it’s only for a few hours.

At the moment, we’re practically devouring this shot of the 12 Apostles in Victoria, not far from Melbourne. Where would you like to go?

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Inspiration Break: The Great Gatsby Trailer

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Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby doesn’t hit theaters until Christmas Day, but in the office, we’re already going crazy for the trailer. I watch the trailer whenever I need a little bit of inspiration, and though I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve seen it, I still get a bit of a chill every time the famous yellow car barrels down New York City’s streets.

Though some have criticized the use of modern music in the trailer, I think Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean’s “No Church in the Wild” is the perfect song to capture the era’s hedonism. Jack White’s haunting “Love Is Blindness” closes out the trailer as a reminder that this is a beautiful story, but not a romantic one.  

Above all, I’m looking forward to seeing these gorgeous costumes on the big screen. Drop waist flapper dresses have never suited me, so I’m hoping this film will herald the triumphant return of decadent hair accessories. This sparkling headpiece by Maria Zureta is appropriate for the office, right? Just say yes.

Are you looking forward to seeing The Great Gatsby in December?

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