5 Things Every Man Should Know About This Week

Your cultural(ish) guide to the week ahead

Your cultural(ish) guide to the week ahead

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BOOK: Food from the Fire - The Scandinavian Flavours of Open-Fire Cooking

When: 8 September


So, it turns out there's another world-renowned Swedish Chef who likes to set stuff alight, only this one has a trendier hat (and is a bit less of a Muppet). Niklas Ekstedt runs the Michelin-starred Ekstedt in Stockholm, where all the food is cooked with — and in some cases in — Scandinavian wood fires; with his new cookbook he'd like to help you do the same.


Food From the Fire explains everything from building a fire pit to selecting wood (apparently you can tell a lot about a man from his log pile) and the merits of cooking with a cast-iron pot, all to equip you to make "cast-iron pan-fried lobster, saffron mayonnaise and pickled vegetables", "rhubarb-glazed pork ribs" and other deliciously carbonised things

ALBUM: M.I.A - AIM

When: 9 September


After hearing her new album, AIM, the rumours that rapper MIA is done as a musical firebrand (rumours she has fuelled in recent interviews) seem shaky.


Admittedly for an artist whose comments on the persecution of Sri Lanka's Tamils, the "Black Lives Matter" movement and the plight of refugees have got her as much attention as her four previous albums, AIM — despite the hypnotic, heavy production and seductively tuneless vocals that rightly keeps MIA among today's most daring and original musicians — has surprisingly sugary moments.

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EXHIBITION: BJORK DIGITAL

When: until 30 September (Somerset House)


As if you didn't feel Bjork's music enough, Iceland's favourite daughter has opened an exhibition of digital and video-based works designed to take her tunes to untold levels of frisson-worthy loveliness.


It even includes a virtual reality section, called Mouthmantra VR', which captures footage from within Björk's mouth as she sings.


Err, cheers mate.


Appreciated.


Tickets are £15.

TV: The Strain

When: 9 September (Channel W)


Guillermo Del Toro's critically acclaimed horror, based on the eponymous novel trilogy, returns for a third series.


You should watch it. It's all very twisted, noir-y and comic book-esque, and delivers some much-needed street cred to mainstream vampires. Catch the trailer below:


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MOVIE: ANTHROPOID

When: 9 September


Anthropoid, named after the "Operation Anthropoid", has Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy as its special agents charged with killing "the Butcher of Prague".


Their film is a slow-burning and possibly therefore highly realistic tale of wartime patience that takes a dramatic turn for the exciting in the final half-hour, when Dornan, Murphy and four resistance pals defend their cathedral hiding place against dozens of Nazis. It's genuinely stirring stuff.