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The CF To-Do List: December

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.

Art Basel Miami, Miami

Come December Miami is normally all abuzz – overrun by the art set for Miami Art Week. But things are a little different this year. Not one’s to be deterred, South Florida’s leading art institutions have organised over sixty exhibitions and events, both locally on-site and also online, as part of Miami Art Week. A programme highlight: ‘OVR: Miami Beach’, a new iteration of Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms that will feature 255 galleries accepted to the 2020 edition of the show. ‘OVR: Miami Beach’ will be accompanied by a program of online events, including talks and gallery walk-throughs.

Michael Clark Cosmic Dancer, Barbican, London

The first major exhibition of dancer and choreographer Michael Clark comes to the Barbican. Looking back to his meteoric rise as a young choreographer in the 1980s, the exhibition presents a comprehensive vision of Clark’s career to date. Showcasing his unique multi-disciplinary approach, that incorporates a wide range of subcultural influences, expect evocative presentations of film, photography, and material from Clark’s practice across the exhibition space.

Nine Lessons and Carols, Almeida, London

This is not a Corona play. This is a play about connection and isolation, about lighting a candle to see us through the longest night, about what we hold on to when we cannot hold each other. Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke, The Duchess of Malfi), playwright Chris Bush (Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Pericles) and a company of six performers devise a new production reflecting on a year of separation and the power of contact.

Christian Louboutin: L'Exhibitionniste, Palais de la Porte Doree, Paris

Subjected to many stops and starts, due to COVID-19, it’s now your final chance to catch Christian Louboutin: L’Exhibition[niste], which closes next Month (on 3 January 2021). Perhaps the most famous shoe designer in the world, Christian Louboutin outputs are magical, glamorous and highly imaginative. The display at Palais de la Porte Doree is scintillating, ranging from Dita Von Teese’s vertiginous cambered pumps to reinterpretations of Marie-Antoinette’s shoes, upgraded with the famous red sole. Highlighting Louboutin’s creative process, the exhibition includes previously unseen pieces and collaborations with his beloved artists, from David Lynch to Bianca Li. Catch it while you can.

Bridgerton, Netflix

Based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling romance series, Bridgerton comes to Netflix on 25 December. In this seductive drama from producer Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy”), eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. The series mainly follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) the eldest daughter of the Bridgerton family, as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Narrated by Julie Andrews (who plays the talebearing Lady Whistledown) the period drama is Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey.

In Camera: A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic, London

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.

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