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Welcome to Something for the Week, a new weekly column by the editors of Something Curated in which we highlight exhibitions, books, events, restaurants from across the world and reading material from across the internet (or in print) which we think you, our readers, should see, try, visit, or just check out.

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Pina Bausch’s Nelken (Carnations) at Sadler’s Wells

8000 pink blooms fill the stage of Sadler’s Wells for Nelken (Carnations) — the brainchild of late German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. Tanztheater Wuppertal’s anticipated production takes audiences on a whirlwind of emotions with the help of 20 extraordinary dancers.

14 – 22 February 2024

Eat at Chef Joké Bakare’s Newly Michelin-Starred Chishuru

In a ceremony historically accustomed to rewarding white European chefs, London’s Chishuru was awarded with its first Michelin star. The restaurant which is owned and operated by the extraordinary Nigerian chef, Joké Bakare, opened in autumn 2023 and has earned plaudits for its modern and imaginative interpretation of West African cuisine, including an exceptional understanding of the art of fermentation.

Book here. And read the Something Curated profile of Bakare and her most cherished objects from December 2023 here.

Joké Bakare in 2023.
Joké Bakare photographed by Michaël Protin at her restaurant Chishuru, November 2023.

The Art World Before and After Thelma Golden

In The New Yorker, Calvin Thomas profiles Thelma Golden, art world pioneer and director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem. “When Golden was a young curator in the nineties, her shows, centring Black artists, were unprecedented. Today, those artists are the stars of the art market.” Read the profile here.

Where to Eat King Cake in New Orleans this Mardi Gras

The unmistakable symbol of Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, the king cake – an Louisianan version of the European galette des rois or Epiphany cake – is a baked cake-y dough decoratively iced in the glittery yellow, green and purple colours of Mardi Gras. It is often filled with sweetened cream cheese, fruit, and a lone trinket in the form of a small plastic baby, representing the baby Jesus.

Here’s where to find all the king cakes (and those little plastic toys) across New Orleans this Fat Tuesday.

AlUla Arts Festival

AlUla Arts Festival runs from 9 February to 2 March 2024, immersing visitors in a vibrant showcase of contemporary art, design, and workshops throughout the ancient Saudi city. Discover new commissions from Hassan Hajjaj, Abdulhalim Radwi, Manal AlDowayan, and more.

9 February – 2 March 2024

Lois Patiño’s Samsara

In Buddhist ideology, “samsara” embodies life’s cyclic pattern of death and rebirth. In his latest film, Spanish director Lois Patiño traverses spiritual and cinematic frontiers through a journey that unfolds across a Laotian temple and a seaweed farm in Zanzibar.

Refik Anadol’s Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive at Serpentine

Refik Anadol, Artificial Realities: Coral, 2023. Courtesy Refik Anadol Studios

Known for his innovative media works and large-scale public installations, Refik Anadol’s first institutional solo exhibition in the UK envelops viewers in immersive environments that utilise years-long experimentation with visual data of coral reefs and rainforests.

15 February -7 April 2024

Issey Miyake by Midori Kitamura

Courtesy TASCHEN

Featuring images by Irving Penn and Yuriko Takagi, among other celebrated photographers, this definitive history of the life and work of Issey Miyake, conceived by Midori Kitamura, provides unique and rich insights into the designer’s pioneering vision. Available for pre-order now.

Feature image: Nelken by Pina Bausch. © Oliver Look. Photo: @tanztheaterwuppertal

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