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The CF To-Do List: November

Your monthly cultural crib sheet compiled by Citizen Femme.

Designed for cosmopolitan globetrotters – based anywhere from London to NYC – we’ve rounded up the best exhibitions to see, the films to watch and the events to catch in your chosen city this month.

The Crown, Season 4

Add this to your iCal: The Crown‘s fourth season comes to Netflix on 15 November. Olivia Colman will reprise the role of Queen Elizabeth II, first played by Claire Foy (who is rumoured to make an appearance in season four); Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies will continue as Princess Margaret (originally portrayed by Vanessa Kirby) and Prince Philip (originally portrayed by Matt Smith) and perhaps best of all, Gillian Anderson will star as Maggie Thatcher. Audiences will also finally be introduced to Princess Diana (played by newcomer Emma Corrin). We are so ready for this 10-episode season to drop.

Summer Exhibition at Royal Academy

Originated 250 years ago with the aim support artists and architects by showcasing the art of the moment to the nation, The Summer Exhibition has run uninterrupted ever since. Until 2020 that is. For the first time in history, the Royal Academy’s main event will take place over the autumn/winter season (though closing temporarily from Wednesday 4 November). This year’s exhibition includes works by Tracey Emin, Julian Schnabel, and Ai Weiwei and runs until 3 January 2021. Ticket purchases support both the exhibiting artists and the not-for-profit work of the RA.

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s much-anticipated memoir, A Promised Land, is due for release on 17 November. In the first part of his two-volume memoir Obama tells the story of his journey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency. Described as “a riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making” we’re curious to learn how will it compare to Michelle Obama’s Becoming? Only one way to find out…

Dame Joan Collins and Nicky Haslam. Image courtesy of Richard Young / Bonhams.

London Jewels, Bonhams

A selection of jewels from the collection of Dame Joan Collins will form part of the London Jewels sale at Bonhams on Thursday 12 November 2020. One of the most valuable pieces of jewellery in the sale is a diamond necklace valued at £50,000 – 70,000, designed as a graduated series of brilliant and marquise-cut diamonds, with a scrolling ribbon of step-cut diamonds. It was purchased by Joan during the 1980s, when she was appearing on Dynasty as Alexis Carrington Colby. Some of the proceeds of the sale will go to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Bruce Nauman Falls, Pratfalls and Sleights of Hand (Clean Version) 1993 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2020

Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern

Since the late 1960s contemporary American artist Bruce Nauman has continually tested what an artwork can be, reshaping old forms and creating new ones. His ground-breaking works using sound, film, video and neon have influenced generations of artists. This is the first major exhibition of his work in London in more than 20 years – and a must book once the galleries reopen. Immersive installations with a strong emphasis on sound and moving images, as well as poetic sculptures and neon pieces await; need we say more?

Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Hay Winter Festival’s 21st winter edition will take place in digital form between 26 and 29 November, with a covetable programme of speakers and writers. Elton John, Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Ruth Jones… and many more. Taking place entirely remotely, all events running across the four-day festival are free to attend (just make sure to register online for your preferred events). Hay Festival’s online bookshop will offer a way for readers to support the event, as will an exclusive online sale of limited edition Jackie Morris prints, which will raise funds for Hay Festival Foundation.

Francesca Woodman, Untitled, New York, 1979© Woodman Family Foundation, Courtesy of Woodman Family Foundation and Victoria Miro

Francesca Woodman: New York Works

An exhibition of works made by the late American photographer Francesa Woodman, taken in her New York apartment in 1979, is currently on display at Victoria Miro, Venice. With no need to pre-book, this is a rare opportunity to see a selection of Woodman’s pastel-hued work in colour, alongside a number of typically striking black-and-white composition. The photographs are largely centred on Woodman herself amalgamating in a charming and poetic exhibition exploring identity and self-representation. One to add to the Venice itinerary.

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