by thewheatandthechaff

Minimalism is for Quitters

This weekender allows you to take in film, food, art and music all within a mile radius in Shoreditch. It’ll be well jackson.

Eat here: Clove Club


From Time Out: “It can sometimes be hard to know if a restaurant is trying to make food that you will savour and enjoy, or is simply creating dishes to feed the Instagram craze. Taking no chances, Shoreditch’s Clove Club is doing both.

The Clove Club’s menu is a masterpiece of contemporary aspirations. With a no-choice list of nine courses, there’s no possibility of a fashion faux pas when ordering. This daily-changing menu is economically worded. It describes a succession of small plates: dishes which are seasonal, that champion British produce, yet are oddly esoteric. It is both accessible and obscurantist.

The cooking here is intentionally avant-garde. Everything about it screams ‘look at me’: the location, in the former Shoreditch Town Hall (pictured above), the austerity of the décor, the open kitchen, and the other diners, many of them scenesters. Yet Clove Club is above parody, mainly because what it does, it does very well indeed. Take it with a pinch of artisanal salt, because it’s one of the restaurants that will define this year”.

Clove Club, Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT

Watch this: The Spirit of ’45

spirit of 45

A rare and poignant documentary from Ken Loach, celebrating the achievements of the 1945 Labour government and the sense of community spirit it fostered. Seasoned Loach watchers will be reassured to hear there are a couple of swipes at Margaret Thatcher in there, too.

In Cinemas now

See this: Carsten Nicolai: Observatory


Until Mar 19th, IBID Projects, 35 Hoxton Square, N1 6NN

Shake it here: Dirtybird Players @ Village Underground, Saturday


Pedaling their own unique brand of bass inflected ghetto house music, Dirtybird are behind a series of seminal releases including Claude’s very own  ‘Who’s Afraid Of Detroit’ plus early releases form the likes of Julio Bashmore and Justin Martin.

For a very special Dirtybird Players showcase,  MixMag are bringing together Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin –  fresh from the success of his excellent ‘Ghettos and Gardens’ album – plus one of the world’s fastest rising house DJs, Eats Everything, alongside stellar support from label stalwarts Catz n Dogz and more, all under one roof at Village Underground.

 Saturday, Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane,  EC2A 3PQ