1. Head for the Jungle
Perhaps you’ll find yourself, this coming weekend, standing squinting in confusion at the late Franz West’s papier mache sculptures in the Tate Modern. Is it art? Don’t worry your head, just take a walk west, upriver to the Oxo tower and instead look at Jelly Green’s jungle paintings (Devour, 4th and 7th of April at Gallery@oxo) Jelly spent four months in the Brazilian jungle sketching and painting on the forest floor and the works she’s produced are huge, immersive and wild. There’s not a shred of ironic papier mache just oil paint doing what oil should: twisting itself into the contours of its subject, becoming leaves, vines, fire and sky. There’s a desperate message behind Jelly’s work – we’re chopping the rainforest down at a terrifying rate — but even so the paintings feel like a celebration of the jungle in all its claustrophobic enormity. If you can, buy one. Otherwise go and soak up the richness of these paeans to the natural world.
2. Join the family drama
Catch Anton Checkov’s Russian masterpiece The Three Sisters being performed at the Almeida Theatre, Islington from the 6th April onwards. Saturday is a packed out preview night but there are still tickets available in the circle. The script has stood the test of time for good reason: it is thick with complex characters and existential questions: you’ll be mulling on the fate of the characters for days afterwards. In the words of the play itself, ‘Since the tea is not forthcoming, let’s have a philosophical conversation.’
The Three Sisters runs from Saturday 6th April to the 1st June.
3. Set Sail (almost)
Meander through the eclectic stalls at Camden Market before hopping on a canal boat and travelling up Regents Canal from Camden Lock. You will soon saunter into the cream elegance of Little Venice, passing London Zoo on the way. Once you’ve finished rubber necking the pristine gardens of the regency villas that back on to the canal, you can treat yourself to brunch, lunch or a seafood dish at The Summerhouse
4. Jazz up your drinks
Head to Night Jar on the edge of Shoreditch for the most photogenic cocktails in town and raise your glass to the sound of live jazz and blues. Try the Huacatay for a tequila fix and the Soul Kiss for a twist on Bourbon.