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Top 10 October Recommendations

Each month, AnOther's editors give their recommendations for the coming month

Steve Schapiro, The family wedding photo (The Godfather I)
Steve Schapiro, The family wedding photo (The Godfather I) Courtesy of Taschen

The AnOther team pick the cultural highlights coming up in October

1. The Godfather Family Album – Available now
Journalistic photographer Steve Schapiro had on set access to hundreds of Hollywood films, including the legendary Godfather trilogy. Serving as 'special photographer' on the sets and locations of all 3 films, Schapiro captured some of the most iconic images in film history to date. Now, some 400 pictures have been reproduced from their original negatives to create this tome, including candid shots of Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Diane Keaton and Al Pacino, giving some of the most memorable performances of their careers. The Godfather Family Album is available to buy now.

2. New Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Adrián Villar Rojas: Today We Reboot The Planet – Until  November 10 
Argentinan born artist Adrián Villar Rojas presents his first UK show as the inaugural exhibtion at the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Renovated and designed by award winning architect Zaha Hadid, the former 1805 gunpowder store is the Zaha Hadid Architect's first permanent structure in London, combining the original neo-classical architecture with beautiful transparent extensions. Known for his huge sculpture works, Roja has created a site specific exhibition. Inspired by the brick work of the building and his own personal interests in comics and quantum mechanics, his team have created a 'fossilised world of ruins and monuments that play with the concept of time, history, modernity and the future.'

3. DARKSIDE's debut album – October 8, and European Tour
After two years of touring and sonic experimentation, DARKSIDE – comprised of electronic producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington – are set to release their debut album Psychic this month. Dubbed “a progressive hybrid of electronic music and psychedelic rock with an otherworldly depth,” the album release coincides with the band’s European tour, with dates in London (at the Barbican), Birmingham's Fierce Festival, Berlin and Brussels. Don’t miss our interview with Jaar in the latest issue of AnOther Magazine.

4. BFI London Film Festival – October 9-20
The London Film Festival returns this month for its highly anticipated 57th edition with highlights set to include 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's unflinching tale of one man's enslavement; the latest Coen brothers' offering, Inside Llewyn Davis; Judy Dench's already-hot-tipped performance in Philomena, the tale of a mother searching for her son; as well as Jason Reitman's Labor Day and Alfonso Cuaron’s new space drama, Gravity. Meanwhile, Blue is the Warmest Colour with Lea Seydoux, Abuse of Weakness with Isabelle Huppert and Only Lovers Left Alive with Tilda Swinton have particularly piqued the AnOther team's interest.

Nick Cave
Nick Cave

5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Hammersmith Apollo – October 26-28 and Television at The Roundhouse – booking now
The inimitable Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are guaranteed to raise a storm playing three nights at the Hammersmith Apollo at the end of this month, while on November 3 a smaller selection of fans will have the rare opportunity of seeing them in the more intimate setting of Camden's Koko in a show that will be filmed for Cave’s forthcoming feature-length film ‘20,000 Days on Earth’. Elsewhere, for another fix of timeless brilliance, make sure to book now to catch iconic rockers Television who are set to play the Roundhouse this November.

6. Art Wars – October 9-20
The likes of David Bailey, Damien Hirst and Jake and Dinos Chapman have teamed up to turn Star Wars Stormtrooper helmets into unique works of art for a charity exhibition. The exhibition opens at the Saatchi Gallery as part of the prestigious Strata Art Fair and will then reside on an entire platform of billboard space at Regents Park tube station, before being auctioned off. The project was founded by Ben Moore, of public art enterprise Art Below, Andrew Ainsworth (the original Stormtrooper creator) and The Missing People Charity, with all proceeds going to the Missing Tom fund – a charity set up to find Ben's brother Thomas Moore, who has been missing for 10 years.

7. Save Prada Marfa & Prada Galleria
Situated just outside of the tiny town of Marfa, Texas is an equally tiny replica Prada store, stocked complete with genuine Prada goods. Coined as a 'pop architectural land art project', the building is an art piece created by Scandinavian art duo Elmgreen and Dragset, and has attracted numerous visitors, tourists, photographers and directors since its creation in 2005. Now however, it faces the threat of destruction owing to its lack of an outdoor advertising permit, and thus failure to comply with Texas state laws. In light of this, fans and locals have begun a campaign to Save Prada Marfa in the hope of saving the quirky landmark. If the campaign is unsuccessful however, Prada fans need fear not as the brand are continuing their vast renovation project of buildings in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, home to the first store opened by Mario Prada in 1913. Alongside preserving 7 of the historic buildings, they are constructing a 7 storey tower that will house a restaurant, auditorium, exhibition space and the permanent collection.

Living with Nature
Living with Nature Photography by Sam Lane

8. Living With Nature – October 1-10
For the next 10 days, the area surrounding London's St Pancras station is being transformed into a floral haven. Indoor garden designer Ian Drummond has created five horticultural installations, that are accompanied by the designs and art pieces of couture designer and painter Gyunel Rustamova. The exhibition – designed to juxtapose nature and architecture – will fill the iconic station, aiming to submerge the public into a world of beautiful flowers and plants whilst still being in an urban location.

9. Wim Wenders Photographs – October 10 - March 30 
Celebrated German director, and AnOther favourite, Wim Wenders is holding a stunning display of his immense photographic works at the Sorigué Foundation in Lleida, Spain. Throughout his career Wenders has been a keen photographer, documenting landscapes and moments discovered during his film making travels. The panoramic images are over 4 metres long and depict powerful images of infamous sites, such as Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks and Fushikima after the nuclear accident, as well as hauntingly inhospitable and other wordly places around the globe.

10. Hawking – In cinemas now
Don’t miss the chance to catch Hawking – the new documentary from Stephen Finnigan on the lauded cosmologist’s remarkable life. Narrated by the man himself, the film is a fascinating consideration of Hawking as a man, a scientist and a fame-loving public figure. Finnigan is extensive in his attempt to convey a well-rounded picture of Hawking, interviewing everyone from Hawking’s carers and academic colleagues to friend Richard Branson and first wife and mother of his children, Jane.

Compiled by Rhiannon Wastell and Daisy Woodward

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