David Bowie is: About the Exhibition @ the V&A Museum / Saturday 23rd March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

@ Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL

Tickets £7 – £12

www.vam.ac.uk

Until 11th August 2013

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie – one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. David Bowie is will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.

The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have selected more than 300 objects that will be brought together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.

The exhibition will explore the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film. On display will be more than 300 objects including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth, music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974). Alongside these will be more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.

Hyponik @ Birthdays / Friday 22nd March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 22:00 – 03:00

@ Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ

Free entry via guestlist

www.birthdaysdalston.com

Hyperdub and Butterz grime experimentalist Terror Danjah headlines this long-runnning bass-heavy night, which returns to Dalston’s Birthdays for a low frequency rinse out. Fellow London grime/dub/bass chopper Altered Natives and new(ish) face Pedro123…

Entry is FREE, simply enter your details here to jump on the guestlist.

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Permanent Plastic Helmet presents: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai @ Clapham Picturehouse / Thursday 21st March 2013

TIME AND PLACE

Screening 8.50pm

Clapham Picturehouse
76 Venn Street,
Clapham, SW4 0AT

Tickets £9.50, concessions £8.50 /
from the box office

For the fourth instalment of the film blog’s ongoing series of special events, Permanent Plastic Helmet presents a rare 35mm screening of Jim Jarmusch’s classic deadpan comedy-thriller GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI.

This surreal tale stars Forest Whitaker as a perma-cool, self-taught samurai hitman who finds himself targeted for death by the mafia. Blessed with stunning cinematography from Robby Müller (PARIS, TEXAS) and a brilliant original score from Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA (who also cameos), it’s an intoxicating, unique and strangely moving fusion of gangsta, gangster and ninja worlds.

As with every PPH screening, it will be preceded by free food and drink soundtracked by classic 90s hip-hop and soul in the bar, a prize giveaway, and an introduction by film critic Ashley Clark (Sight & Sound, Little White Lies). PPH always manage to create a great atmosphere for their one-off screenings, so don’t miss this one!

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Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style @ National Theatre / Until Sunday 12th May 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 11pm
Sun (when open): 12 noon – 6pm
Exceptions: Monday 1 April and Monday 6 May: 4 – 11pm

@ National Theatre, Upper Ground, Southbank, London SE1 9PX

Entry: £Free

1 March – 12 May (closed 31 March and 14 April)

Regarded as the father of modern fashion photography, 2013 marks the centenary of Norman Parkinson’s birth. Many of the tropes that are now commonplace in print and online images – exotic locations, unexpected props and weird juxtapositions – were introduced in the extraordinary photographs he took before and after the Second World War. Beyond the glamour that for many defines his work, he was also an incisive and skilful portrait photographer. This National Theatre exhibition will cover all aspects of his long career until his death in 1990.

In association with Corbis, the National Theatre’s Photographic Images Partner

The Art of Travel 1951 Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd courtesy of the Norman Parkinson Archive

UK Film Premiere: Camera/Woman + Q&A with Filmmaker @ Ritzy Picturehouse / Tuesday 19th March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Screening: 18.15

@ Ritzy, Brixton Oval, London, SW2 1JG

Tickets: £10.50

www.picturehouses.co.uk

http://ff.hrw.org/london

CAMERA/WOMAN: With enthusiastic musicians and ornate wedding parties setting the stage, we meet Khadija, a Moroccan divorcee who works as a camerawoman at weddings in Casablanca. Her mother and brother strongly disagree with her choice of occupation, complaining that she is out until all hours and a source of gossip for the neighbours. Already ashamed that she is divorced, they simply want her to remarry. But Khadija is the breadwinner in the family, and she won’t bow to their demands. The fairy-tale world of the wedding parties is in sharp contrast with the difficulties of marriage and the reality of divorce. Together with her best friend Bouchra, also a divorcee, Khadija talks candidly about the issues they face and the competing forces at play in the lives of women in Morocco and beyond.

Official Selection, Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2012.

Director: Karima Zoubir. Morocco 2012. 59 mins. Arabic with English subtitles.

Presented in association with Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre (www.al-hasaniya.org.uk) and Sheffield Doc/Fest (www.sheffdocfest.com).

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Win two tickets to Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai @ Clapham Picturehouse / Thursday 21st March 2013

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TIME AND PLACE: 

Screening: 20:50

Clapham Picturehouse, 76 Venn Street, Clapham, SW4 0AT

Tickets: from £8.50 book online

For the fourth instalment of the film blog’s ongoing series of special events, Permanent Plastic Helmet presents a rare 35mm screening of Jim Jarmusch’s classic deadpan comedy-thriller GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI.

As with every PPH screening, it will be preceded by free food and drink soundtracked by classic 90s hip-hop and soul in the bar, a prize giveaway, and an introduction by film critic Ashley Clark (Sight & Sound, Little White Lies). PPH always manage to create a great atmosphere for their one-off screenings, so don’t miss this one!

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Film: Tall as the Baobab Tree + Q&A @ Curzon Soho / Monday 18th March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Screening: 21.00

@ Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5DY

Tickets: £13.75

http://ff.hrw.org/london

Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing on the edge of the modern world fraught with tensions between tradition and modernity. Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family’s remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family’s survival, their father decides to sell 11-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her younger sister from a future she did not choose.

Child marriage is almost always forced marriage. It disrupts girls’ education, and exposes them to domestic violence and preventable health crises. To protect the rights of women and girls, Human Rights Watch has recently joined with other groups to call for the elimination of child marriage. Utilising field-based research in more than 10 countries on this abuse, Human Rights Watch has urged governments worldwide to set 18 as the minimum age for marriage and to verify that both spouses provide full and meaningful consent to the partnership.

Club Youth Wasted presents: Dalston Shake @ new venue in Dalston / Saturday 16th March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 22:00 – 07:00

@ 129a Kingsland High Street (next to Dalston Superstore), London E8 2PB

Club Youth Wasted presents a night not to be missed – Dalston Shake!

Bringing you the best DJs and MCs from around east London!

The venue has two rooms in a massive basement building in Dalston area. You will be entertained by 15 artists including eight incredible DJ sets, three live sets and four MC performances!

DISCO / ELECTRO / HIP-HOP / R&B / TRAP / DRUM N’ BASS / DUBSTEP / NEUROFUNK / DEEP HOUSE / TECH HOUSE / BASEMENT / BASSLINE / UK GARAGE

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Hit So Hard @ Rough Trade East / Friday 15th March 2013

TIME AND PLACE

Doors 6.30pm

Old Truman Brewery,
91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL

When Nirvana burst onto the scene in 1991, the music they played spoke directly to an angry and disenfranchised generation. Grunge took over MTV and radio overnight… but just three years later, the drug-related deaths of several musicians and the suicide of Kurt Cobain closed the books on an all too brief era. Patty Schemel, the acclaimed drummer for Courtney Love’s seminal rock band Hole, was in the middle of all of it.

The openly gay woman who always felt different never dreamed she would be in a multi-platinum band, touring with legends… or that, thanks to drug addiction, she could lose it all. Given a video camera just before Hole’s infamous Live Through This world tour, Patty filmed everything; the shows, the parties, and startlingly intimate footage of Kurt and Courtney. This footage has never been seen… until now. Directed by P. David Ebersole, HIT SO HARD is a harrowing tale of overnight success, the cost of addiction, and ultimately, recovery and redemption. Featuring live and recorded music from Hole, HIT SO HARD is an all-access backstage pass to the music that shaped a generation.

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Cartographies of Life & Death: John Snow & Disease Mapping @ London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine / until 17th April 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00 – 17:00 Monday to Saturday

@ London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT and off-site locations

Free entry

www.johnsnowbicentenary.lshtm.ac.uk
www.lshtm.ac.uk

Cartographies of Life and Death marks the bicentenary of John Snow (1813–1858). The exhibition celebrates his famous inquiry into the cholera outbreaks of 1850s London, and the lasting significance of his work in the fields of disease mapping and public health. Historical documents from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Library & Archives, the Wellcome Library, the Museum of London and the London Metropolitan Archives, some on display for the first time, are shown alongside specially commissioned contemporary artworks. Conceived as a disease mapping ‘detective’ trail, the exhibition invites you to chart your own journey of discovery across different sites and ways of mapping.