Chunky Move: Mortal Engine

The Melbourne-based dance company hits London with a spectacular show as part of the 2012 Ether Festival.

Mortal Engine goes to stunning lengths to prove humans are anything but mortal in this dance-video-laser performance that illustrates how the body’s limits and finite abilities are an illusion.

It features jaw-dropping visuals and choreography by Gideon Obarzanek, and an accompanying score by musical inventor extraordinaire Ben Frost, who’s worked with pop and electronic music visionaries such as Bjork and Brian Eno.

Oct 19 & 20. 7.30pm, £15+
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX  
Tube | Waterloo


Bloomsbury Festival

This central London arts fest is looking to stake a claim to east London’s crown as the capital’s centre of cultural cool.

There’s a packed weekend programme of dance and drama, poetry and performance, and more as community groups and organisations in the area take to the streets to celebrate, err, themselves.

Oct 19-21. Various times, free
Various locations  Holborn


W Film Club

This new movie club opens the doors to its state-of-the-art 39-seater, HD-kitted, comfy-as-fuck screening room in which you can watch the latest releases in luxury.

First up at this fortnightly event is On The Road, followed by Looper, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and Killing Them Softly. 

From Oct 16. 8pm, £15+
W London, W1D 6QF
Tube | Tottenham Court Road


National Baking Week

It’s time to get in the kitchen, strap on that novelty pinny someone bought you for Christmas once – which you promptly shelved never to see the light of day – as NBW sees the nation go cake crazy.

There are recipes to try, cake sales to sample and competitions for the competitive to win £700 of kitchen grub and gear.

 Oct 15-21. Various times, free
Various locations

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The Un-Establishment

This week-long pop-up, hosted by Kopparberg cider, has workshops and events to help you subvert expectations and buck the trend.

There’ll be innovators from music, film, design and fashion: learn about Doodlebombing with illustrator Hattie Stewart; create your own GIF with artist Margot Bowman; or join a field trip with the Pothole Gardener.

There are also talks from Crack magazine and Seth Troxler (above), plus a pop-up Polaroid Portrait Studio for retro fun.

Oct 20-25. Various times, free
Nicholls and Clarke Building, Shoreditch
E1 6PG 
Station | Liverpool St


This Is England: Live

As London moves closer to being the centre of the movie world, production company Warp Films has a special screening of director Shane Meadows’ ace punk, reggae and soul infused coming-of-age flick, This Is England.

For the first time, composer Ludovico Einaudi will perform a live score to the movie, which spawned two TV series.

Oct 19. 9pm, £11.50
BFI Southbank, SE1 8XT
Tube | Waterloo


Steve McQueen: King of Cool

Proof that they just don’t make them like they used to anymore, this exhibition of photos by Life magazine photographer John Dominis of Hollywood icon Steve McQueen and his then wife Neile Adams is loaded with cool cars, kick-ass shades and super-cool Sixties fashion.

No amount of CG-tweaking and 3D nonsense can ever compete!

Until Oct 27. Open 10am-6pm
Atlas Gallery, W1U 7NF
Tube | Baker Street


Photos: Andrew Curtis