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Weekend agenda: 27/28 August— Global

Preface

Something for your weekend: Monocle’s global selection includes a sculpture show in the Yorkshire countryside, an art fundraiser in New York’s SoHo and, for the more intrepid, a marathon in West Africa.

Culture, Art, Film, Food and drink, Music, Weekend agenda

26 August 2011

01 Exhibition: Wakefield

- Eva Rothschild, 'Hot Touch'

Can’t stand the heat, get out of the city: if you’re looking for an escape from London’s Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, head north to Yorkshire for ‘Hot Touch’, a contemplative exhibition of recent works by Eva Rothschild. Featuring a series of her discombobulatingly large-scale sculptures, as well as some drawings, it’s one of the most important shows of the young-ish Irish-born artist in recent memory, set amid the beautiful David Chipperfield-designed space of The Hepworth Wakefield museum.

Eva Rothschild: Hot Touch, The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, Yorkshire. Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, 11.00 – 1700). Until 9 October.
hepworthwakefield.org

02 Sport: Monrovia

- Liberia Marathon

Founded in 1820 by 86 African-Americans and freed slaves from the US, Liberia overcame two civil wars (1989 to 1996 and 1999 to 2003) and is celebrating eight years of peace this weekend with a marathon and 10k race in Monrovia. Runners from all over the world will try to catch up with Africa’s best sprinters while dawn breaks in Liberia’s capital this Saturday, starting at the ELWA Ministries compound on Monrovia’s beachfront and finishing in the Samuel K Doe National Stadium. A 10K wheelchair event and a 10k crutch race will also be part of the day’s athletic schedule.

Elwa Ministries, Monrovia. 28 August at 06.00.
liberiamarathon.com

03 FUndraiser: New York

- Try2 Art Show and Silent Auction

Raising money for leukaemia and lymphoma research, this Saturday will see the second annual Try2 Art Show and Silent Auction take place at the Jen Bekman Gallery in New York’s SoHo. Featuring works donated by both local and global artists, each piece will be up for sale in the auction, every one with a starting bid of $50. Our favourite works include a print by Allison Sexton (pictured) and a gouache work by Kaveri Nair.

Try2 Art Show and Silent Auction, August 27, 19.00 – 22.00. Jen Bekman Galley, 6 Spring Street, New York.
trybenefitartshow.blogspot.com

04 Theatre: London

- Halycon Days

Halcyon Days, a play by celebrated Japanese playwright and director Shoji Kokami (pictured) gets its first airing in English at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios this month. The play’s run kicks off this weekend, and follows the story of three people and a ghost who meet on a suicide website. Kokami informatively examines the psyche of the modern Japan, a culture where suicide websites are increasingly popular, in an alarming indication of our times.

Halcyon Days, until 18 September 2011, Riverside Studios, Studio 3, Hammersmith, London.
halcyondayslondon.com

05 DVD; UK

- Chris Marker DVD set

French-born post-war cinematic genius Chris Marker launched his career with the 1952 short feature Olympia 52. Real success came a decade later in 1962 with his masterpiece La Jetée (pictured), a time-travel fable told with still images, graphic sequences and voice-over narration. It went on to later inspire Terry Gilliam’s feature 12 Monkeys (the one where Brad Pitt has the lazy eye). Available for the first time in English on DVD, La Jetée is part of a Maker boxset including the 1982 travelogue Sans Soleil, and the futuristic Level Five from 1997.

Chris Marker’s DVD set is now on sale across the UK.

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