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Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum London @ British Museum / until 29th September 2013


Daily 10:00 – 17:30 (open until 20:30 on Fridays)

@ British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Tickets: £15 book online

AD 79. In just 24 hours, two cities in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Preserved under ash, the cities lay buried for just over 1,600 years, their rediscovery providing an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.

From the bustling street to the intimate spaces of a Roman home, this major exhibition will take you to the heart of people’s lives in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Richard Wilson 20:50 @ Saatchi Gallery / permanent exhibition


Doors: 10:00 – 18:00

@ Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY

Free entry

Richard Wilson is one of Britain’s most celebrated sculptors. He is known for his interventions in architectural space which draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction and are characterised by concerns with size and structural daring.

20:50 was first created in 1987 and was shown as a permanent installation at the Saatchi Gallery.

Opening shows: Table, Bullet Catch and Mission Drift @ The Shed (National Theatre) from 9th April 2013


Shows: various times, check website

@ The Shed, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Tickets: from £12 book online

The Shed is a new pop-up venue in front of the National Theatre promising original and unexpected theatre. The opening three shows are now booking and they’re all equally exciting.

Table 9th April – 18th May
Written by Tanya Ronder, a story about six generations of a family and a table.

Bullet Catch 21st May – 1st June
Written and performed by Rob Drummond, a story about a stunt so dangerous even Houdini refused to attempt it.

Mission Drift 2th June – 28th June
Created by TEAM in collaboration with Heather Christian and Sarah Gancher, a story about a mythical journey across the US.

MOVIE MATHMATICS = Cabin in the Woods @ The Prince Charles Cinema / Friday 5th April 2013



First film 9pm / ends Saturday 6th April approximately 5am

@ The Prince Charles Cinema,
7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX‎

Tickets £15 / members £12.50 here or at the box office


The Prince Charles Cinema‘s inspired idea of putting movies and maths together has resulted in this cataclysmic combination of voyeurism and slasher horror to keep you on edge all through the night. Bring your PJ’s (and a cushion to hide behind/nap on) to this overnight event. The bar is open late and the cinema lights stay on as the only venue in Leicester Square to be open for 24 hours.

Didn’t think maths could be so much fun? Well, here’s the trailer for Cabin in the Woods:

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Deviation @ XOYO / Friday 5th April 2013


Doors: 21.00 – 03.00

@ XOYO, 32-37 Cowper St, London, EC2A 4AP

Entry: £12.50 ADV / £15 OTD

5th April Deviation presents:



Deviation is one of London’s most successful club nights. Held on the first Friday of the month, our residency will now take place at XOYO. Alongside resident DJ Benji B and host MC Judah we have invited an impressive roster of guests spanning all genres of music that fit under the Deviation banner including Theo Parrish, Flying Lotus, Skream, Martyn, Floating Points, James Blake, Hudson Mohawke,The Gaslamp Killer, Moodymann, Karizma, Waajeed, J Davey, Kode 9, Harmonic 313, Mala, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Silkie, Dam Funk, DJ Zinc, Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib, Omar-S, J Rocc and Dego to name a few.

See you on the dance floor!

Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience @ 18 Hewett Street / Thursday 4th April 2013


Doors: 19.00

@ 18 Hewett Street, London EC2A 3NN

Dante Fried Chicken is back! DFC comes to London to launch Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience on Thursday 4th April, at 18 Hewett Street.

Ride or Fry Book launch and exhibition by HellaCrisis

+ There’ll be Sock-it-to-me fried chicken with signature DFC apricot sauce on the night so make sure you get down early!


Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience
Thursday 4th April / 7pm
18 Hewett Street

Afterparty at The Horse & Groom
Thursday 4th April / 9pm
28 Curtain Road

Hosted by Earnest Endeavours & Protein

Dante Fried Chicken Guest Chef Takeover at Death By Burrito
Thursday 11.04.13 – Sunday 14.04.13
Catch, 22 Kingsland Road
E2 8DA

Thursday – Saturday dinner bookings at Open Table:

Sunday all day brunch bookings at Billetto

Published by Sterling Epicure (Gordon Ramsey, Bompas & Parr, PDT), Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience is the three-years-in-the-making debut book from Los Angeles-based chef, Dante Gonzales aka Dante Fried Chicken, co-authored by London-based writer Terence Teh and creatively directed by NYC studio HellaCrisis. The cookbook explores Dante’s ‘celebratory food’ philosophy that delves into over 100 of his signature dishes and his unorthodox background as a 13-year-old runaway from South Central, LA who worked his way up through the restaurant industry to opening an award-wining pop-up food truck and international Ride or Fry cook ups, bringing together food, music and art. To celebrate the launch of Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience, DFC creative directors – Ariel Roman, Omar Almufti and Yego Moravia of the Brooklyn studio HellaCrisis, have created an installation and print exhibition that will bring the Ride or Fry experience to life on Thursday 4th April at 18 Hewett Street! The exhibition launch will also feature book readings from Dante, and the afterparty will be hosted by long time DFC collaborators Earnest Endeavours and Protein.

Dante Fried Chicken will also be collaborating with Shay Ola from The Rebel Dining Society and Death By Burrito with a guest chef residency at Death By Burrito, cooking up an exclusive dinner menu from Thursday 11th April to Saturday 13th April, with an all day brunch on Sunday 14th April to celebrate the closing day of the exhibition. Menu and more details will be announced alongside the next food-inspired Protein Forum.

Join us for the Ride or Fry book launch and afterparty – RSVP now to to make sure you get on the list. There’ll be Sock-it-to-me fried chicken with signature DFC apricot sauce on the night so make sure you get down early, last year’s Weekend LDN cookout completely sold out and when DFC hosted his Taco Shack over 1,500 chicken lovers showed up to chow down.

InFormed Meets: Up and coming British Film Director – Kibwe Tavares

Interview by Lina Maria Caicedo

The moment Kibwe Tavares uploaded his Robots of Brixton to the Internet; he opened the door to a world he had hardly had time to consider. His touching 5-minute film on the vicissitudes of inner-city London life reached half a million hits within weeks. Fast forward two years and Tavares finds himself in Park City, Utah, sitting at the screening of his first full-length short film at the world’s most significant independent film festival.

Sundance Film Festival is one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States, showcasing an eclectic selection of indie film from all over the world. It is a non-profit organisation creating a platform for new and up and coming filmmakers to showcase their work and build new connections in the industry. Sundance, founded by former actor and director Robert Redford, brings together filmmakers from 172 countries, and as ever, in its 2013 programme, it included a large selection of British films. I was very lucky to attend the festival and hangout with Tavares, as he showcased, his short film ‘Jonah’ which was shortlisted and premiered at this year’s festival.

Tavares, of Caribbean heritage, was born and bred in south London; he graduated from Leeds University in Engineering and has a Masters in Architecture from The Bartlett, UCL. During his final year at UCL, Kibwe decided to take a module in animation and it was here that he discovered a new interest, skill and talent, leading to his production of Robots of Brixton; a piece of work that altered his life forever. After graduating, he teamed up with two class mates from UCL, Jonathan Gales and Paul Nicholls, to co-found Factory Fifteen a company that works in film, animation and architectural representation. Very soon after its foundation, Kibwe was approached by Film4 to work on their first ever CGI short film.

While in Park City, prior to the premier of his new film, I had lunch with Kibwe to discuss his latest production, what it felt like to direct his first film and what future projects he has in mind.


Q1. Tell us a little bit about Jonah; what is the film about and where did the inspiration come from?

Jonah is a big fish story set in Zanzibar in the East African Ocean, it touches on the economic and environmental issues of how (an exaggerated) tourism will affect Zanzibar in the future, but this sits beneath a story of friendship and the worlds biggest jumping fish.

Inspiration came from a good friend telling me to read Hemmingway Old Man & the Sea, I thought the story was genius, simple and engaging. The problem was I had no connection with Cuba (where Old man and the sea is set) and I also wanted to tell a new story, so I drew upon my own experiences and travels.  I had recently been on a three-month trip around Eastern Africa and spent time on the coast in small fishing villages, in Lamu, Pate Island and Zanzibar (All islands in the Indian Ocean). These places all seemed on the cusp of changing from the traditional industry of fishing to tourism which I found fascinating.  In Lamu we looked after a group of ‘beach boys’, they operated as informal tour guides taking us on trips, Dhow boat racing, Donkey races, fishing out, drinking, that kind of thing. These guys were who I eventually based my main characters on.

Captain Bonefish – one of the guys who looked after Kibwe in LAMU


So I had my setting, then I began to work with screenwriter Jack Thorne on the story. We took reference from a whole load of other big fish Story’s: Moby Dick, Sharky and George, Jonah and the Whale (Hence the name), in the hope of creating a new contemporary tale.

The story follows Mbwana and his best friend Juma; two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn’t what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.


Q2. There were over 8,000 short film entries, only 65 were selected to premier at the festival, yours being one of them – how did this make you feel?

Honestly at the risk of sounding obnoxious, this time round I felt more relieved than anything else. Although this was my first “proper” film, I felt a big pressure on making sure I delivered as chances like this in the film industry are few and far between, especially when you are starting out. Getting into Sundance against over 8000 entries proves on some level we delivered, its essentially someone really cool saying that your cool and the rest of the industry listens. Last year was a huge surprise and delight, but this year we set our targets on getting in and getting the film ready in time and honestly I think I would have been slightly disappointed if I didn’t make it as I really believed what we had was really strong and deserved to be up there.


Q3. This was your first time directing a film and essentially working and managing a whole film crew – a totally new experience for you. How did you manage everybody’s expectations together with your own?

For me this was difficult as naturally I’m more passive, and sometimes to get your point across efficiently you need to be aggressive; communicating a vision was tough, even though I knew exactly what I wanted.  It is also difficult to manage and direct a large number of people’s slightly different agendas, making and forming something coherent without being too over bearing that you stifle your cast and crew.

One of the things that helped was that I created an ‘Animatic’ of the whole film (this is essentially a very crude animation or an animated story board), that allowed me to pick camera views, work out a rough edit, pace, and work out how I would shoot the dialogue. It was essentially a base to the film, so when I had difficulty explaining to the crew or actors what I wanted, I could physically show them.

 Example of Animated Story Board

Q4. Your journey into film has been quite un-conventional; I mean, you didn’t go to film school, nor have any previous background in film. I find it fascinating that from engineering and architecture you have now directed your own movie. Did you ever imagine that this would be the direction your work would take?

I never imagined that this would be a route I’d take and even now I have insecurities and doubts about myself as a director, but I have some amazing people around me who really believe in me and are slowly but surely raising my confidence.

I actually believe that my background has lots of advantages: Firstly, stylistically it makes me stand out from the hundreds of film school graduates finishing every year. Secondly, I learnt to work a scale with huge teams of people when working on a building project. There are so many parallels that run between the two. When designing a building you have a core team of specialists around you that have very specific tasks, and as an architect, you’re in charge of the creative vision. This is the similar to the role of a director, and I made sense of it all by giving everyone equivalents. So for example, the Project Manger of a building project is the guy in charge of budget and the delivery of the project, which is the equivalent to the producer on a film set; or your structural engineer who is responsible for the structure or “bones” of your project is equivalent to your screenwriter and so on. It’s also much more common than you think though, with Fernando Meirelles  (City of god, Constant Gardner) Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and more recently Joseph Kosinski (Tron, Oblivion) – these guys are all architecture graduates.


Q5. Do you feel that your previous design/technical background has helped influence, form and develop your ideas in film; essentially how you see the world and the stories you want to tell? 

Design is a massive part of my films. As an architect, you’re taught to think in the future and ask questions about it. How is your building or design going to affect people in the future? What will it look like? What will its legacy be? How will it be perceived? These are some of the questions you are taught to ask yourself. So naturally when I think of a narrative I’m drawn to the future.

In JONAH, once we had decided that Zanzibar becomes famous for having the world’s biggest fish, we used this as the basis for our designs for the city and set out to essentially redesign Zanzibar.


I’m interested in the environment enriching the film and being part of the narrative almost like another character. In JONAH we see sequences where we see the “tourist boom’ and we actually see the town transform and grow, and then degrade into its final state. A lot of the story is designed into visually what we see.


 Q6. What lies ahead? Are there any future film projects in the pipeline?

In the up and coming months I will be doing a TED talk on ‘Visual Story Telling’ at next months conference in Long beach, California.  There are some small fixes we have to do to JONAH and will be doing our UK premier mid to late April. We are still finalising a date and venue.

I have some time to focus a bit more on developing new projects in house at Factory Fifteen, we have a film we are developing with Unknown Fields shooting in India later this year.

I am in a fortunate position to have a feature film development deal with film 4 where they own my brain for a few months in the hope I can come out with some new good ideas.  I’m working with a couple writers to develop a feature length script, but I don’t know what will stick or hit first, but its exciting times!

Kibwe will be holding a special screening of his short at the end of this month – Informed will keep you posted on the date! The film will also be screened at Sundance London between 25th – 28th April. Take a sneaky peak at the trailer below!

Jonah Trailer from Factory Fifteen on Vimeo.

Juliyaa: Stars & Dragons Live @ RichMix / Monday 1st April 2013


Time: 19.00 – 22.30

@ RichMix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, City of London, London, E1 6LA

Tickets: £5

Hailing from North London, Ghanaian/Welsh singer-songwriter Juliyaa visits the Richmix to perform at her first headline show. Rooted in polyrhythms, layered in soulful harmonies and infused with urban energy, her music has been coined as ‘Rhythmic Soul’.

This event will be a translation of her debut EP Stars & Dragons in to an exciting live showcase – celebrating the collision of cultures, rhythm and art.

The night will be hosted by DJ Ace (BBC 1Xtra) and there will be support from special guest artists. Also featuring, will be an exclusive photography exhibition from the ‘curators of cool’ YinnYang.

Livin’ Proof @ XOYO / Sunday 31st March 2013


Time: 16.00 – 01.00

@ XOYO, 32-37 Cowper St, London EC2A 4AP

Entry: £5 before 5pm / £7 before 6pm / £10 after

8 team knockout soundclash.
Only 1 winner. £1000 cash prize.
The crowd decides.

7 of the 8 teams now announced:

We have space for one more team… If you think you have what it takes – please post on our event wall and tell us who your crew is…

Each team will go head-to-head for 10 minute DJ sets and then also set-for-set and tune-for-tune for the semi-finals and final. The crowd will decides the winner.

After-party from 10PM-1AM with Livin’ Proof:

DJs: Budgie / Khalil / Rags / Snips
hosted by: The Last Skeptik

The Boat Race @ Various Venues / Sunday 31st March 2013


Time: 16.30

@ Various venues including Putney Bridge (south side), on the Embankment (off Richmond Rd), SW15


This year, Easter Sunday sees Cambridge (the light blues) and Oxford (the dark blues) battle it out on the Thames for the 159th University boat race. Join the crowds and line the four-and-a-quarter mile course from Putney to Mortlake on Sunday March 31 to catch all the action. Since the Boat Race began in 1829, Oxford have won 76 to Cambridge’s 81 (there’s only been one dead heat in the race’s history, in 1877), so, for those with no strict allegiance to either team, prepare to spur on underdogs Oxford. Here’s our ultimate boat race crib sheet, filling you in on ten key facts you need to know about the annual event.

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