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Zeek’s ‘Cash or Kind’ popup store @ Westfield Stratford / Tuesday 10th January 2017 💳

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 9am – 4pm

@ Westfield Stratford, Olympic Park, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ (ground floor opposite Boots)

www.zeek.me

This Christmas nearly half of Brits are expected to receive an unwanted gift card or voucher, resulting in £300million of wasted and unused money!

For one day only, in the new year, a special ‘Cash or Kind’ popup shop will give you the chance to swap unwanted gift cards or vouchers for the equivalent amount in pounds to spend on something you really want.

If you’re feeling charitable you can donate your gift card value to charity. Everyone who donates will not only be giving money to a good cause, but Zeek will match the donation.

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Winter Film Club @ Peckham’s former Electric Theatre / until Friday 23rd December 2016 🎞 ❄️

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Winter Film Club, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST

Tickets: £13 book online

www.winterfilmclub.com

The film-loving folk behind London’s Rooftop Film Club have brought the magic of the silver screen back to one of London’s earliest cinemas with the launch of Winter Film Club.

The cinema has taken residency in Peckham’s cherished Electric Theatre and is ending the run with a selection of Christmas showstoppers.

Staying close to their Peckham roots, the Winter Film Club has set up home in the stunning Edwardian cinema – First open to the marvelling public in September 1908, it was one of the first of the pioneering and influential Electric Theatres across London. After winning last year’s battle against turning the space into luxury flats, Winter Film Club is celebrating the theatre’s rich heritage by returning the space to its original purpose. With beautiful decaying walls, exposed original features and a 16’ x 9’ screen, Winter Film Club is sticking to the cinema’s original ethos – etched on the old theatre’s door – ‘To Elevate, Instruct and Amuse’.

Home to a licensed bar serving festive liquid refreshments and concessions to grab a snack or some freshly cracked popcorn to share. Settle in to a deckchair, slip the head phones on, step back into time and watch a festive favourite amongst one of London’s unique settings.

Christmas Past @ Geffrye / until 8th January 2017 🎄 🎅 🏠

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue – Sat 10am – 5pm
Sun and Bank Holiday Mon noon – 5pm
Closed Mon (unless Bank Holidays) 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

@ Geffrye, Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/whatson/exhibitions-and-displays

Each year, authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery transform the Geffrye’s period rooms, giving visitors an evocative insight into how Christmas has been celebrated in middle-class homes in England over the past 400 years.

Step back through the centuries and discover the origins and meanings of some of the rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas past, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties.

Straight Outta Camden @ Camden Assembly / New Year’s Eve 31st December 2016 🎉💸

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 21:00-04:00

@ Camden Assembly, 49 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London NW1 8AN

Tickets: from £15 book online

www.camdenassembly.com/events/straight-outta-camden-new-years-eve-special

The residents will be taking you through to 2017 fuelled by turn up tunes, party hip-hop and R&B classics.

Get down & turn up to the sounds of….

A$AP Rocky $ Anderson Paak $ Beyonce $ Chance the Rapper $ Chief Keef $ Desiigner $ Dizzee Rascal $ Drake $ Dr Dre $ Earl Sweatshirt $ Father $ iLoveMakonnen $ Joey Badass $ Kanye West $ Kehlani $ Kendrick Lamar $ Lil Kim $ N.W.A. $ OutKast $ Pharoahe Monch $ Princess Nokia $ Rick Ross $ Rihanna $ ScHoolboy Q $ Section Boys $ Skepta $ Snoop Dogg $ The Notorious B.I.G. $ The Weeknd $ Tommy Genesis $ Travi$ Scott $ Tyler The Creator $ Vince Staple $ Wiley $ Young Thug

La Soirée @ Spiegeltent Leicester Square / until 8th January 2017 🎪

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue-Thu 8pm
Fri and Sat 7pm and 10pm
Sun 7pm

@ Spiegeltent, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DE

Tickets: from £15 book online

www.la-soiree.com

A theatrical phenomenon, a unique and inspirational night of live entertainment, La Soirée’s heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety is more potent than ever.

Fresh from a world tour with their hottest line-up yet La Soirée will showcase the crème de la crème of the cabaret world as it introduces the newest members of its dysfunctional family alongside very dear old friends. So step in from the cold, leave your troubles at the door and prepare for a night of thrills, shocks, laughter and disbelief as La Soirée banishes the winter blues and leaves you wanting to see it all over again.

Christmas Market @ CLF Art Cafe – The Bussey Building / from Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016 🎁🎄🎅

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11:00-17:00

@ CLF Art Cafe, The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST

www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk

Get all your Christmas shopping sorted at the Peckham Markets. There will be 55+ different designer/makers and artists taking part each day alongside an inspiring mix of workshops. The bar will be well stocked with mulled-wine and DJs will be spinning, keeping the vibe just right!

Fantastic illustrator Viktorija from Andsmile will be doing live portraits all weekend, get down early to book a slot. Each unique piece is £20.

You can also join in a card making workshop with Alice Tams from Birds In Hats and decorate your very own card with an array of felt tips, crayons and glitter. Sat & Sun, drop-in costs £3 per person.

On Saturday there will be a screen printing workshop with Portable Print Studio where you can print your own t-shirt or tote bag, from £7, drop in.

Anselm Kiefer: Walhalla @ White Cube / until 12th February 2017 ⬜️

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm

@ White Cube, Bermondsey, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

Free entry

www.whitecube.com

A new large-scale installation, sculpture and painting referring to the mythical place in Norse mythology, a paradise for those slain in battle, as well as to the Walhalla neo-classical monument, built by Ludwig I King of Bavaria in 1842 to honour heroic figures in German history.

Throughout his career, Kiefer has interwoven themes of history, politics and landscape into his work, revisiting imagery and symbolism through different forms and media. His work conflates and connects themes, resonating with the idea of history as one continuous cycle. In the past, for example, Kiefer has employed the symbolism of Norse mythology alongside the forms of National Socialist architecture, and for this exhibition he uses this as a basis for dramatic new paintings and sculpture that deal simultaneously with notions of creation and destruction, life and death.

The exhibition focuses on the major new installation Walhalla in the central corridor space, from which the other works thematically depart. Featuring a long, narrow room lined with oxidised lead, rows of fold-up steel beds are set close together and draped with dark grey crumpled lead sheets and covers. At the far end of the room, a black and white photograph mounted on lead depicts a lone figure walking away into a bleak, wintery landscape. The whole installation is dark, sombre and sparsely lit by a series of bare light bulbs, suggesting an institutional dormitory, military sleeping quarters or battlefield hospital. This sense of morbid claustrophobia is countered nonetheless by the offer of rest, of a break in the journey; a place perhaps of transformation.

In his new paintings, Kiefer employs a range of media – oil, acrylic, emulsion, shellac and clay – to emphasise the space of painting as a threshold into a mythic, imaginative realm. Here, a series of high towers are set amid desolate landscapes, their stacked forms exploding and dissolving into clouds of deep black or caustic blue smoke. A familiar motif in the artist’s work, the towers are based on his own sculptures made from rough concrete casts of shipping containers, including the brutalist-style towers of Jericho made for the set of In the Beginning staged at Opéra Bastille in Paris in 2009. In one such painting, Kiefer depicts the towers up-close, as if the viewer has found themselves in the ruins of some ancient city. In another work, which consists of three panels, flights of steps leading up to each tower reference the neo-classical, imposing architecture of Walhalla. Here, however, rather than the symbolic bastion of power that Walhalla aims to evoke, they are flat and two-dimensional, overlaid and set at impossible angles under the expanse of a meridian blue sky. In other pictures, which echo the landscapes of Van Gogh, the paintings are divided by a rough track, receding as far as the eye can see and often encrusted with layers of paint and deposited with a bitumen-like matter.

Several new vitrines, in different scales, continue these themes, through assemblages of soiled bleached clothes, stones, stacks of institutional metal beds, bicycles or small trees set upon squared off, cut-out sections of earth. Sealed off and displayed, these objects appear like fossils or unearthed artefacts entombed in glass and lead cases.

In the ‘9 x 9 x 9’ gallery, a dramatic, rusted metal spiral staircase disappears into the ceiling. Along its handrails hang curling strips of film reel, mounted onto lead, and soiled, robe-like dresses on wire coat hangers. In Norse mythology, Valhalla is linked to the Valkyries; women who decided who would live and who would die in battle. After making this choice, the Valkyries accompanied the dead to Valhalla, the hall of the slain in the afterlife ruled over by the god Odin. Entitled Sursum corda, this sculpture relates to the moment when the Valkyries arrive at Valhalla, their robes periodically discarded along the climb, suggesting loss and the trace of bodies that are no longer there.

NYE with Hackney Colliery Band @ Pop Brixton / 31st December 2016 🎉

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:00-03:00

@ Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ

Tickets: from £5 book online

www.popbrixton.org

Pop Brixton invites you to embrace the madness and join on a journey that promises to shake up your senses and warp your mind.

Explore your wilder side with a fantastical onslaught of sound, colour, touch and performance as Pop Brixton transforms into a twisted parallel paradise.

They’ll be ramping up the energy in the main square with a four corner sound system, dimming the lights for an immersive light show and welcoming Nubiyan Twist for a DJ set with a surprise live twist. Out of this world performers will weave through your evening whilst the fierce sounds of Hackney Colliery Band take over the big stage!

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Gavin Turk: Who What When Where How & Why @ Newport Street Gallery / until 19th March 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

@ Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ

Free entry

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibitions/gavin-turk-who-what-when-where-how-why

The exhibition spans twenty-six years of the artist’s career and features over seventy works. Includes new and previously unexhibited work on display throughout Newport Street’s six gallery spaces.

Since emerging onto the London art scene in the early 90s, Turk has dedicated much of his career to exploring notions of authorship, identity and value. Engaging in the central modernist debate initiated by Marcel Duchamp, Turk’s varied work appropriates both familiar everyday objects and instantly recognisable artworks by towering figures of twentieth-century art such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Giorgio de Chirico.

Turk’s deployment of his own image is similarly central to his oeuvre. Identity Crisis (1994), first shown in the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Young British Artist’ exhibition in 1995, imagines a Hello!magazine cover featuring the artist with his family. Pop (1993), meanwhile,sees a life-sized waxwork of Turk inhabiting the pose of Warhol’s Elvis in the guise of English punk musician Sid Vicious. This complex study of celebrity icons and the commodification of culture was included in the Royal Academy’s seminal ‘Sensation’ show in 1997.

This survey – the first major UK exhibition of the artist’s work to be presented since 2002 – features the iconic Cave, a commemorative blue plaque installation Turk exhibited in his 1991 Royal College of Art degree show. A series of ‘Signature’ works, in which Turk uses his own name as a form of ready-made in order to examine ideas surrounding origin and authenticity, are also included. The signature of the artist, traditionally the valued hallmark of authority and provenance, recurs throughout ‘Who What When Where How and Why’, emerging from the canvases of Turk’s Pollock paintings; the abstract expressionist artist’s paint splatters exchanged for innumerable ‘Gavin Turk’ signatures.

Layers of art historical allusion and ‘recycled’ references inform Turk’s work elsewhere, as in his interpretations of Warhol’s ‘Elvis’ and ‘Disaster’print series, and with Pipe (1991), a liquorice version of the traditionally-male smoking instrument – cast in bronze – that plays on Magritte’s famous The Treachery of Images (1929), whilst simultaneously referencing van Gogh. Influenced by artists such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Turk’s skillful manipulation of materials is evident throughout the show, for example in his exquisitely-cast bronze rubbish bags, and with the major sculptural work Ariadne (2006–2014). This large-scale bronze playfully casts the classical female figure, reimagined in Giorgio de Chirico’s surreal paintings, as if she is made of crudely carved polystyrene, further debunking the fetishized art historical form.

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