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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 New York – we’ve rounded up the best exhibitions to see, the films to watch, and the events to catch in your chosen city this month.

Credit: Shoebox Films

Spencer, Worldwide

Pablo Larraín’s sublime biopic Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart, imagines a Christmas weekend at Sandringham in the early 1990s, as an unhappy Princess Diana contemplates leaving Charles. Though snubbed by the jury at Venice, the UK buzz for this film has us booking tickets regardless. In UK cinemas from 5 November, viewers can expect beguiling performances from Stewart and Sally Hawkins, who plays Diana’s loyal dresser Maggie.

Photo: Roberto Marossi. Courtesy: Fondazione Prada.

Domenico Gnoli, Fondazione Prada, Milan

Gathering over 100 works created by Italian painter Domenico Gnoli (Rome, 1933 – New York, 1970) from 1949 to 1969, Domenico Gnoli at Fondazione Prada is a wonderful, two-storey display showcasing the work of this enigmatic artist. King of the close-up, Gnoli’s works are packed with significance, honing in on sections of bodies, household objects, clothing, accessories, and beyond. The devil is in the detail, and this exhibition demands an up-close look.

HOUSE OF GUCCI Photo credit: Fabio Lovino © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

House Of Gucci, Worldwide

It’s likely a large chunk of November will be spent in the cinema, thanks to a host of MAJOR films screening this month. Top of our must-see list: Ridley Scott’s hotly anticipated crime drama House of Gucci. Inspired by the shocking true story of the family empire behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci, the film spans three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder. At the centre of the drama are Adam Driver and Lady Gaga who playout the ill-fated marriage between Italian fashion scion Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani, respectively. Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, and Salma Hayek also star.

RICHARD SERRA Transmitter, 2020 (detail) Weatherproof steel 13 feet 2 inches × 58 feet 2 inches × 59 feet 10 inches (4 × 17.7 × 18.2 m), plates: 2 inches (5 cm) thick © 2021 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: Thomas Lannes Courtesy Gagosian

Richard Serra: Transmitter, Gagosian, Le Bourget, Paris

Artist Richard Serra’s monumental work, Transmitter (2020) is currently showing at Gagosian, Le Bourget’s vast exhibition space. Made in weatherproof steel, the mammoth, maze-like sculpture resembles a swirling metal ribbon and is truly awe-inducing. For further insight into the artist’s processes and catalogue of work, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, in collaboration with Gagosian, will present a three-day retrospective in early 2022 of Serra’s films and videos, drawn from the museum’s collection as well as from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Make a note in the diary.

Photo credit: Matt Crockett

Sap Soho Theatre, London

Canadian comedian and Feel Good creator Mae Martin’s new stand-up show Sap, is at Soho Theatre from November 22 to December 11. ‘In their brand new stand-up hour, Mae Martin looks at the uphill battle of trying to do the right thing in a world that sometimes seems to have lost its moral compass. With their characteristically manic self-reflection, they bounce between vice and virtue, optimism and pessimism. But it’s not all big questions – there’s also a lot about sloths, moose, hot dogs, love, and tree sap.’ The show is currently sold out, meaning your best bet of procuring a ticket is via box office returns.

Amy: Beyond The Stage, The Design Museum, London

Opening 26 November, Amy: Beyond the Stage celebrates the legacy and creativity of one of the greatest musicians of our time. ​Tracing Winehouse’s early career through her recordings and teenage notebooks the exhibition unravels the creative process behind her music, and pays tribute to her rich range of musical influences, from Dinah Washington to Mark Ronson.​ Explore the outfits she wore during her greatest performances, as well as handwritten lyrics, and personal items that have never been exhibited before, including her blue Daphne Fender Stratocaster guitar.

Photo credit: The Trustees of the Natural History Museum

Our Broken Planet, Natural History Museum, London

‘The natural world is in crisis. As our demand for food, materials, and energy soars, forests are becoming farmland, plastic is filling our oceans and the climate is heating fast.’ Our Broken Planet debates why and how our relationship with the natural world needs to change. Following on from the global UN conferences of COP15 on biodiversity and COP26 on climate change, this free, evolving display makes for engaged viewing. Explore some 40 objects, chosen by Museum scientists, which make up the exhibition and reveal the consequences of our actions and examine some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet.

Feature image: HOUSE OF GUCCI Photo credit: Fabio Lovino © 2021 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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