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The Robot Zoo @ Horniman Museum and Gardens / until 29th October 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-17:30

@ Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ

Tickets: £7.00 book online

www.horniman.ac.uk

How do chameleons change colour? What makes grasshoppers leap so high? How do bats see at night? Enter the fascinating world of the Robot Zoo and discover the mechanisms that give animals their amazing abilities.

This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. Interactive exhibits also give you the chance to try jet-propelled squid racing, shoot a chameleon’s ‘tongue-gun’ and even design your own ‘mutant’ robot creature. 🤖

Fahrelnissa Zeid @ Tate Modern / until 15th October 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-6pm, Fri and Sat until 10pm

@ Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tickets: £11.30 book online

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/fahrelnissa-zeid

Indulge in Zeid’s obsession with line and dazzling colour in this exhibition. Rediscover one of the greatest female artists of the 20th century in this first major retrospective.​ 🎨

Trained in both Paris and Istanbul, Fahrelnissa Zeid was an important figure in the Turkish avant-garde d Group in the early 1940s and the École de Paris (School of Paris) in the 1950s. Her vibrant abstract paintings are a synthesis of Islamic, Byzantine, Arab and Persian influences fused with European approaches to abstraction. Many of her abstract works are monumental and demand attention.

Zeid’s reputation as an artist was cemented in the 1950s when she was living between London and Paris and exhibiting extensively internationally. The artist also began experimenting with painting on turkey and chicken bones, which she later cast in polyester resin panels evocative of stained-glass windows. In the later years of her life she unexpectedly returned to figurative painting, creating stylised portraits of her friends and family.

The Terrible Infants @ Wilton’s Music Hall / 27th September – 28th October 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 7.30pm, 3pm Wednesday and Saturday matinees

@ Wilton’s Music Hall, Grace’s Alley, London E1 8JB

www.wiltons.org.uk

Tickets: from £15 book online

The Terrible Infants is a collection of twisted short stories by Oliver Lansley and Sam Wyer, which recall both Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, performed with inventive puppetry and atmospheric live music. Following the phenomenal success of Alice’s Adventure’s Underground at The Vaults and to reflect Les Enfants Terribles’ bold and innovative theatricality, this ten year anniversary staging will feature new creative material.

Les Enfants Terribles bring their multiple award-winning show, The Terrible Infants to the magical surroundings of Wiltons Music Hall for the first time.

Based upon a series of twisted tales, this fantastic spectacle blends puppetry, live music and story-telling into a highly sensory theatrical feast suitable for big kids and small grown-ups! Featuring narration from Dame Judi Dench.

Meet Tumb, the boy who eats his mum, Thingummyboy, with a face even his mother forgets, Little Linena, the material girl and of course little Tilly and her terrible tail. Roald Dahl meets Tim Burton in this hugely theatrical, funny, sad, silly, junk-filled, puppetry packed, dark, delicious, magical piece of performance.

Budweiser x Boiler Room Discover What’s Brewing @ location TBA / 5th September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: to be announced

@ To be announced

Tickets are free, request invite online

www.boilerroom.tv/microsite/budweiser-whats-brewing-in

Budweiser x Boiler Room’s ‘Discover What’s Brewing’ event series has spotlighted some of the globe’s most iconic DJs and burgeoning artists— across a diverse mix of scenes and subcultures in city locations all over the world. 🌏 🔊

The series comes to Boiler Room’s hometown, London, headlined by New York native Princess Nokia alongside an exciting home grown line-up, South Londoners S4U, BORN N BREAD AND Manara, curated by Princess Nokia herself.

Flying in from New York, rapper Princess Nokia has been making waves globally with her unique blend of tribal beats, with trip hop and R&B. Praised by the likes of The FADER, who produced a documentary about her – Vibe and VICE, her album ‘1992’ was tipped by Rolling Stone as one of its “15 Greatest Albums You Didn’t Hear in 2016”. Hugely influential on Instagram (over 300K followers) Princess Nokia also hosts her own weekly web – radio show as part of her feminist art collective Smart Girls Club. Budweiser x Boiler Room will see her share the stage with women from similar creative backgrounds.

South London’s S4U are a collective of creatives, fronted by vocalist Rosita Bonita and producer Prinz George. Together they pull together influences from 90’s R&B, avant garde electronica, hip hop and garage, with visuals that vary from lo-fi homages to dance-centric videos for the likes of TLC, to Lynchian fantasies.

With a self-published yearly zine, slots at some of the summer’s biggest festivals, and events curated by themselves at institutions like the ICA, the V&A BORN N BREAD are a creative collective of friends. Their talents span across photography, DJing, videography, styling and more – with a DIY mantra, creating their own lane and opportunities

Night Slugs and Fader To Mind affiliated DJ and producer Manara, who will be playing on the night, have played for the two labels on both sides of the pond. The South Londoner now has her own show BBC AZN Network on Radar Radio.

As a truly international brand, Budweiser is giving rising local DJs, bands, hip- hop acts and more the chance to export their fresh sounds to the rest of the world. This music series, in partnership with Boiler Room, sees the brand step up and support the up-and-coming artists who embody what Budweiser is all about, introducing people to an entirely new world of music around the globe.

Since its debut in July 2016, the series has taken in shows in Mumbai, Santiago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Brussels, Seoul, Hanoi, Denver, Rio and Miami, where Danny Tenaglia, Actress, Josey Rebelle and Nines provided the soundtrack for a night dedicated to exploring the foundations of US house and techno. Hip-hop icon Jazzy Jeff took to the decks in Philadelphia, while in Bengaluru for example, Fractal Fantasy founders and audiovisual savants Zora Jones & Sinjin Hawke were the focus of a bill that also showcased the talents of footwork star Jlin, and Indian electronica acts like Kumail and Aerate Sound.

Next up with Budweiser, we're in London with some of the best of the best – RSVP here: blrrm.tv/bud

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Benedict Drew: The Trickle-Down Syndrome @ Whitechapel Gallery / until 10th September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue – Sun, 11am – 6pm (Thu until 9pm)

@ Whitechapel Gallery,  77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Free entry

www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/benedict-drew

The exhibition is a new work comprising five connected yet distinct spaces which draw on wide-ranging references, from Hollywood director Busby Berkley’s 1930s stage-sets to the Surrealist landscapes of Max Ernst, continuing the artist’s exploration into materiality, where the physical and digital meet.

Benedict Drew (b.1977) works across video, sculpture and music, creating large-scale multimedia installations which comment on the effects of socio-political and environmental issues. The artist’s most ambitious public presentation in the UK is on show at the Whitechapel Gallery this summer.

Uniqlo Tate Lates August @ Tate Modern / Friday 25th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 18:00–22:00

@ Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Free entry

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

This month Uniqlo Tate Lates celebrates ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’, a show dubbed one of the ‘must-see art shows of the year’ by NME. The exhibition shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history, starting from 1963 at the height of the Civil Rights movement. ✊🏾

Lineup

Music & Visuals Programmed By NTS Radio
See Farai, Lala &ce and James Massiah live, with DJ sets from Bonaventure and Cktrl in the Turbine Hall. Plus see DJ sets from Nonsense, Minimal Effort and Senay in the Terrace Bar until 23.00.

Film Display
Drop in for a free display of four short films commissioned by Tate with support of the Ford Foundation for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Films include ‘Black Mary’ By Kahlil Joseph, ‘Meeting Lorraine’ by Zawe Ashton, ‘The Ancestors Came’ by Cecile Emeke and ‘William T. Williams – A Diamond In A Box’ by Andy Mundy Castle.

Screening
Sampha: Process
Catch an exclusive screening of Process at 21.00 in the Starr Cinema. Process is a companion film to the debut album of singer-songwriter Sampha, directed by Kahlil Joseph, the visual storyteller behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

Sampha: Shy Light
Alongside the screening of Process, we launch Shy Light, a new zine by Sampha, created in collaboration with designer Grace Wales Bonner, art director Jamie Andrew Reid, and LA photographic duo Durimel.

Drawing Black Superheroes
Develop your own Black superheroes with character designer Wayne ‘Hard-Wired’ Riley. Take inspiration from historical figures, and learn how to design superhero characters using comic drawing techniques.

From a Creative Case to an Ecology of Care
What does the term ‘diversity’ mean? Join the debate led by The Ecology of Care team and generate a rolling document problematizing its definition. Interrogate policy and have your words amplified and made into badges.

Writing Black Power
Words were a powerful tool in the Black Power movement, from the poetry of Amiri Baraka to the speeches of Malcolm X. Explore the spoken word of the struggle at Bridget Minamore’s drop-in writing session, and hear pop-up readings throughout the evening.

Keeping It Real
Inspired by Black funk, soul and disco album sleeves, create your own album cover with artists Harold Offeh and Eloise Calandre, and watch your work projected live.

Uniqlo 10 Minute Art Talks
Staff and volunteers from across Tate share their personal insights into works from the collection.

Collection Conversation
Got an opinion about the art in Tate Modern? Visitor experience teams will lead three lively rounds of conversation around key artworks.

RSVP on Facebook.

Summer of Love with Bumble @ Bounce Old Street / Sunday 27th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 9pm – late

@ Bounce, 41 Old Street, London EC1V 9EY

Tickets: from £6 book online

www.bouncepingpong.com/whats-on/summer-love-bumble

With everything going on in the world, Bounce thought it was high time for another SUMMER OF LOVE, where expression of the soul and free love culminate in a plethora of potent ping pong paddles swirling through the air in joyful abandon. 💏 ❤️🏓

Time to wear flowers in your hair and lose yourself to the best sounds of the 60s and 70s.

  • Free love and Ping Pong all night
  • Huge Ping Pong based group games only found at Bounce and run by the tripped out Games Gurus
  • Psychedelic inspired body and face painters
  • Alcoholic prizes!

Lightah – Carnival x Dancehall @ Visions Video Bar / Thursday 24th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 22:00–4:00

@ Visions Video Bar, 588A Kingsland Road, London E8 4AH

Tickets: from £6 book online, more on the door

Ziploc City is taking over the infamous Visions on Thursday ‘Bank Holiday Weekend’ to bring you an epic night filled with festive antics! 🎉🔊

In the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival; Lightah’s top selected DJs [Ziploc City, Jamie Rodigan & DJ Nate] will be blazing authentic caribbean music. Delivering the very best carnival anthems and tropical bounces with a ‘blem’ of throwback classics and contemporary club bangers!

Lightah Dance Floor:
– Ladies will become Dancehall Queens of the Bacchanal
– Fellas will become King of the Dancehall

RSVP on Facebook.

Notting Hill Carnival workshops (including costume making) @ Mangrove HQ / Tuesday 22nd August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 6.30pm – 7.30p

@ West London

Tickets: free, sign up online

www.redbull.com/gb-en/notting-hill-carnival-rbma-workshops

A trio of carnival workshops in collaboration with Notting Hill legends Mangrove.

The tutorials at Mangrove’s West London HQ will pre-empt Red Bull Music Academy’s return to carnival after a two-year hiatus, with an open-to-all Sound System party and a bespoke carnival float (again, produced alongside Mangrove) for the official parades. 🎉🔊

Mangrove are one of the world’s most prominent and well-respected steel bands. Participants in Notting Hill Carnival for over 30 years, their professional carnival team includes a crew of drummers, choreographers, dancers and seamstresses. It’s these carnival experts who’ll be on hand to introduce workshop-goers to the skills that go into their masterly carnival creations.

This carnival experience will be split into three individual classes.

  • First up, attendees will watch the 60-man Mangrove band rehearse for their anticipated Steel Band performance before getting the chance to jump onto the drums themselves.
  • The second workshop will be an opportunity to gain an insight into the skills needed to produce a Mangrove-made carnival costume. The tutorial will be a step-by-step journey as to how they produce their trademark sequin and feather apparel.
  • Finally, Mangrove’s chief choreographers Sunshine and Nadiva will guide wannabe carnival dancers through a traditional carnival routine.

Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan @ House of Illustration / until 10th September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

@ House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

Tickets: from £7.50 book online

www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/anime-architecture-backgrounds-of-japan

This is the UK’s first ever exhibition of architectural backdrops from classic anime films. It features over 100 exquisite technical drawings and watercolour illustrations from some of the most influential productions in the genre’s 1990s heyday, including Production I.G’s artwork for Ghost in the Shell. 🎨

The artists were tasked with creating a universe for the director. Their fictional worlds reflected real-life concerns over ruthless urban development and erosion of identity, mirroring the films’ narratives and giving the backgrounds a crucial role to play. Their work has had a defining influence on the style of anime we think of as typical today.

The show includes Hiromasa Ogura’s watercolour paintings for Ghost in the Shell, an anime epic that informed pioneering sci-fi works such as The Matrix and Avatar. Inspired by Asia’s emerging megacities and based on photographs of Hong Kong, Ogura’s work depicts the striking contrast between a derelict Chinese town and looming, faceless skyscrapers.

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