From the people that bring you Secret Garden Party and Wilderness Festival comes this radical “live” take on reading the Sunday papers in your kitchen over a hot cup of coffee. We weren’t aware that we hadn’t been “live” previously, though admittedly we can have a waft of the undead about us some Sunday mornings. This broadsheet experience is at Cecil Sharp House on Sunday, May 26, has a bar, and could make you dance on the tables. They’ve assembled a mighty, festivalesque line-up of performers, musicians, comedians, poets, talkers and artists from all areas of a Sunday paper’s contents (art, fashion, politics, sport…) across four rooms and 12 hours. Plus there’ll be food, walks and kids’ entertainment from The Village Hall troupe, too…
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It’s time to get dressed as something nobody can define but everybody agrees is spectacular, as the capital’s weirdest and most wonderful steampunk spectacle, White Mischief, returns to The Scala this Saturday (May 25) for a ‘War of the Worlds’ special. They really are pulling out the stops to transform a gig venue in King’s Cross to a B-movie set Ed Wood would be proud of.
The night’s anarchic acts include rockabilly chick and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ contestant Beatrix Von Bourbon, Howard Read from children’s TV programme ‘Little Howard’s Big Question’ (with a distinctly grown-up show tonight) and live bands Sam and the Womp and The Correspondents. Plus there’ll be DJs jiving to vintage jazz, electro-swing, rock ‘n’ roll and showtunes, make-up in the Happy Slap Boutique, improvised sci-fi storytelling, and scenes dotted around the four rooms that come to life if you’re wearing 3D glasses. Stuck for costume ideas? Think Victorian sci-fi, vaudeville, burlesque, aliens and beehived buxom damsels in distress. Obviously.
For more information on White Mischief’s ‘War of the Worlds’ ball, see our full listing.
You’ve heard of extreme sports, then extreme ironing, and now it’s time to try extreme garnishing. At this hour-long workshop run by food experimenters the Robin Collective you can learn the art of napkin origami, how to turn a tomato into a rose (with a sharp knife, not by an act of arcane magic) and other ways to impress the hell out of your dinner party guests. The venue for such foodie fun and games is the Kitchen Party pop-up in Clerkenwell,‘an immersive dining, drinking and entertainment concept’ run by cocktail bar Bourne & Hollingsworth.
The workshops take place tonight, Thursday May 23, and Thu May 30 and Jun 6 too. It costs £15 per person; more details and booking on kitchenpartypopup.com.
We’re huge fans of any Kickstarter that will help bring something awesome to life in London, but this one is so darn exciting we could squeal. Bret Easton Ellis and a crew of arty theatre types have developed the musical version of his cult novel, American Psycho, which is due to premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre in December. The not-for-profit production has been adapted for stage by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and is directed by Rupert Goold (ENRON), with music by Duncan Sheik (Broadway’s Spring Awakening). Which, as you can hear in the video, channels the spiky 80s synth-pop of Bateman’s era and sounds appropriately intense. Read the full post…
Alan Turing was a computer genius and Engima codebreaker who helped win World War 2. Then, by way of thanks, he was hounded to death by the state for his homosexuality. Sixty years on, however, Turing has been immortalised in a London sculpture – one of three local heroes voted for by residents to stand proud near St Mary’s. Made of the same steel as the Angel of the North, the mathematician’s memorialisation in metal follows the news that the House of Lords is seeking to pardon Turing, who was prosecuted for ‘gross indecency’ in 1952 – by which they meant merely having sex with another man. Gasp!
Known as ‘the father of artificial intelligence’, (without him this blog might not even exist!) the campaign has been supported for a couple of years now by big names including Stephen Fry, as well as a petition signed by some 37,402 supporters. It’s only fitting than an intellectual giant has joined cast of London’s statues.
Discover Turing’s legacy at the Science Museum’s ‘Codebreaker’ exhibition until October 2013.
Summer doesn’t exactly feel like it’s around the corner, but festival season sure does. As well as noisy gigs and mud, that means all sorts of outdoor eating and drinking events. Foodies Festival, which started out as an add-on to the Edinburgh Festival a few years ago, has expanded to a series of events across the country. This year, Foodies has two weekend-long festivals in the London area, offering a mix of cookery demonstrations by chefs, hands-on classes in BBQs, cakes and cocktails, numerous street-food stalls, a bar in a double-decker bus and plenty of food-related activities for children. Read the full post…
Did Max Brooks’s day-to-day tips on how to stay ahead of the undead, ‘The Zombie Survival Guide‘, help you devise the perfect plan to surviving the impending apocalypse? Of course it did. And it’s time to say thank you to the man himself. Today (May 23), Brooks will be signing copies of his classic ‘World War Z’ at Forbidden Planet from 6pm. Can’t wait until then? Then head down to witness make-up artist extraordinaire, Tom Lauten, demonstrate his twisted talents at 1.30pm and then again at 3.30pm.
It’s a great time to get ready to face the zombies; on Monday (May 27), Angel will be invaded by animated corpses as the Zombie Rockin’ Bank Holiday All-Dayer spooks up The Lexington from noon until midnight. Don your vintage zombie make-up and hair at the tea room where brainy cupcakes and finger foods will be served, hunt down a piece of art or watch a blood chilling film before The Zipheads, The Creepfreaks and The Marksmen take to the stage and party into the dead of night. Carly-Ann Clements
See the World War Z Day or Zombie Rockin’ Bank Holiday All-Dayer listing pages for more info.
Thank goodness for those innovative people at the Emirates Air Line (that’s the cable car to the rest of us) who have come up with an inspired idea to solve our nation’s education problems: suspend students 90 metres in the air above the Thames whilst you teach them (the causes of the industrial revolution, or the fundamentals of longshore drift, perhaps?). The project, a collaboration between the Emirates Air Line and TfL, has compiled dozens of lesson plans that pupils can be taught in pod groups of ten as they undertake a 20 minute round trip between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. Subjects include: the history of south and east London, the Olympic legacy, regeneration and sustainability, and the art, design and technology behind the making of the cable car. However, business studies on how to boost visitor numbers to popular attractions are sadly not yet on the curriculum. Rebecca Taylor
Haven’t been on the cable car yet? Her’s some photos of the Emirate Air Line to get you in the mood.
What’s in a Tube stop? Well, it could be hundreds of thousands of pounds, that’s what. We all know that living next to a Tube station can increase the price of a property and we know that certain areas of London are significantly more expensive than others, but what does it really look like in black and white? Estate agents Wetherell and researchers Dataloft tracked all the sale and rental prices of two bedroom flats in the centre of London for one year and devised this alternative tube map to depict their findings.
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This GIF, created by Robbie Khan, is freak-diddly-eaky for two important reasons:
ONE: When will it stop? It will never stop. Ever.
TWO: Look at it for long enough, and the tube train will suddenly start moving in the opposite direction. This is a GIF that just got real.
Need more moving pictures? Check out these subtle cinemagraphs of London crowds – or some bad-ass kid doing a backflip off a tube carriage.