Need To Know: what’s on this week in London 2 September - From Chris Rock to Taylor Hawkins tribute concert

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Bodies Bodies Bodies (Gwen Capistran)
Bodies Bodies Bodies (Gwen Capistran)

THE WOLE TRUTH

Study of Jaden, Wole Lagunju (Wole Lagunju)
Study of Jaden, Wole Lagunju (Wole Lagunju)

Take a jaunt to Ed Cross’ eponymous gallery to be captivated by artist Wole Lagunju’s solo show, Cut From The Same Cloth. Brimming with colour, the 28-day exhibition is set to showcase the Nigerian-American painter’s otherworldly, figurative, oil-based works on canvas, from which Lagunju hopes to raise questions around racial stereotypes and reimagine West African heritage. Free. Until 28 Sep (edcrossfineart.com)

THE GEN Z MURDER MYSTERY

Bodies Bodies Bodies (Gwen Capistran)
Bodies Bodies Bodies (Gwen Capistran)

So what are we seeing?

Bodies Bodies Bodies, starring Maria Bakalova (of the Rudy Giuliani sting in Borat), Myha’la Herrold (from Industry) and Pete Davidson.

As in Skete Davidson? Thought he was ‘Dead at 28’?

Far from it. He’s here in one of 2022’s most-hyped movies, dead-panning the already heavily quoted, ‘I just look like I f***. You know? And that’s the vibe I like to put out there.’

Heavily quoted by… whom?

Well, it’s illegal to talk about this film without saying ‘Gen Z’s something-or-other’, so mainly those guys. Probs. It’s basically Knives Out with more people saying they’ve got body dysmorphia, accusing each other of being ableist and discussing whether ‘toxic’ still means anything.

Gen Z’s Knives Out? Didn’t Knives Out come out two years ago?

Yeah, and?

So isn’t Gen Z’s Knives Out basically just Knives Out?

Fine, okay: it’s a bit less murder mystery, more slasher horror. It’s just that it takes place in a big, scary house, like Knives Out. It’s also nearly an hour shorter.

How short?

Ninety minutes.

Why didn’t you start by saying that?

Let’s go .

THE SELF-TITLED ALBUM

Yungblud performing on the John Peel Stage (Ben Birchall/PA) (PA Wire)
Yungblud performing on the John Peel Stage (Ben Birchall/PA) (PA Wire)

Following on from 2020’s Weird!, Yungblud — the Harry Styles you couldn’t take home to meet mum — is self-titling his third album, a move that, he says, is about ‘humanising the caricature’. But with one song titled ‘Sex Not Violence’ and another, ‘The Boy In The Black Dress’, fans of the caricature needn’t be that worried.

Out 2 Sep

THE STAGE JOURNEY

Who Killed My Father (©_Jan Versweyveld)
Who Killed My Father (©_Jan Versweyveld)

It remains staggering to think Édouard Louis was just 25 when Who Killed My Father was published in his native France. Now, four weeks’ shy of his 30th birthday, an English adaptation of his third novel — in which a gay teenager returns to his childhood home to both confront and comfort his dying dad — is coming to The Old Vic stage, with the Dutch actor/activist Hans Kesting in the lead.

Tickets from £22.50. 7-24 Sep (youngvic.org)

THE NEW RULES

Meditation with Dua Lipa (© Laura Gulshani)
Meditation with Dua Lipa (© Laura Gulshani)

Dua: she sings, she slays, she serves looks… and now she’s giving us our best life. The latest mini-series of her At Your Service podcast features a yoga flow routine, guided meditation and a step-by-step guide to rustling up her famous roast chicken. Let’s get physical (and a bit spiritual).

Available on all major streaming services

THE COMEDY SUMMIT

 (WireImage)
(WireImage)

‘At least you got smacked by someone of repute,’ Dave Chappelle told Chris Rock when the pair took the stage together at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles back in May. ‘But I got smacked by the softest n***** that ever rapped!’ was Rock’s response. That show was in front of 19,930 fewer people than will be in the O2 Arena this weekend, but if the bantz is all of this level, the lack of intimacy won’t matter at all.

Tickets £75. Chris Rock & Dave Chappelle. 3-4 Sep (theo2.co.uk)

THE TEARY FAREWELL

Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters | Getty Images (Getty Images)
Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters | Getty Images (Getty Images)

Not many rock stars are as loved by their peers as the late Taylor Hawkins was by his: proof of which comes in the stellar line-up for his Wembley Stadium tribute concert, which as well as the Foo Fighters features Mark Ronson, Liam Gallagher, Chrissie Hynde, Josh Homme and many, many more. Dave Chappelle is also popping in, so if you read the entry above and have booked tickets to see him, maybe you could split a cab?

Tickets £71 (wembleystadium.com)