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The Last Word festival @ Roundhouse / until 18th June 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH

Tickets: various

www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2016/the-last-word-festival-2016

Showcasing the genre’s original trailblazers, rising stars and the finest home grown Roundhouse talent, highlights include Words First Live, a partnership between BBC Radio 1Xtra and the Roundhouse, featuring Kate Tempest and six of the hottest young spoken word artists from across the UK.

Also don’t miss Debris Stevenson’s Dirtee Verse, a lyrical reinterpretation of Dizzee Rascal’s award-winning debut album Boy In Da Corner.

Poet, battle rapper and teacher Mark Grist returns to The Last Word alongside poet Tim Clare with their new show Only You Can Save Poetry and finally Burning Eye present a special afternoon performance that will entertain parents in need of culture, amusement and adult conversation, Mum’s The Word.

Dalston Music Festival @ Gillett Square and various venues / 9th July 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 2pm-6am

@ Gillett Square and various venues, London N16 8JN

Tickets: from £15 book online

www.dalstonmusicfestival.com

Back for its second edition, Dalston Music Festival celebrates Hackney’s finest music and culture with an all day, all night party right in the heart of Dalston.

This year Dalston Boys Club, Club Makossa, Arcola Bar and Tipsy are joining the list of participating venues alongside Pond Dalston, Vortex Jazz Club, Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston Jazz Bar and Stamford Works.

ZOMBIE ZOMBIE – NOT WAVING – ROGER ROBINSON & DISRUPT – THE SOUL JAZZ RECORDS SOUNDSYSTEM FEAT. OXMAN – TOMAGA – RUBY RUSHTON – TOM FURSE DJ – DEEK RECORDINGS – ORCHESTRA ELASTIQUE – CHUGGY (EMOTIONAL RESPONSE / RESCUE)- LAURA GROVES – FUMACA PRETA – VANISHING TWIN – NEVER – GRAND UNION ORCHESTRA – DJ BULLION & CHARLIE BONES – THOOL… AND MORE…

Good Ship Benefit @ R.S Hispaniola (River Thames) / until 31st August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
11am-11pm Sunday-Thursday
11am-12am Friday and Saturday

Lunch between 12pm-3pm
Afternoon Tea between 3pm-6pm
Dinner between 6pm-10pm

@ The Good Ship Benefit at R.S Hispaniola, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 5DJ

Tickets: free entry

www.goodshipbenefit.com
www.hispaniola.co.uk

Head for the River Thames where you’ll find more than just beauty with bar and restaurant offerings aplenty! Go aboard the stationary ship on the Thames, with free entry!

Add a pinch of glamour, a dash of fun and season with a sprinkle of San-Francisco sun – it’s the perfect recipe onboard Good Ship Benefit, London’s hottest new beauty and entertainment destination, which is home to the most glamourous bars and restaurants in the capital.

Whether you fancy a fruity cocktail on the Hoola Deck, a bottomless brunch in the Brow Lounge, afternoon tea with a twist, or a delicious dinner in the Lashitude at the Upper Deck restaurant, there is something to suit everyone’s culinary or cocktail needs!

The Brow Lounge

Bottomless Brunch or Afternoon Tea. How do you like your eggs in the morning? Whether it’s Benedict, Royale, Californian or Florentine, head to The Brow Lounge to begin your day with brunch, washed down with bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Chandon Brut.

For a break from a busy day in London, why not relax with a tasty Afternoon Tea on the Thames where you will be treated to smoked salmon and rocket sandwiches, chocolate tulips as well as the ultimate traditional staple of sumptuous scones with cream and jam. Need we say more?!

  • Bottomless brunch starting from £40 per person
  • Afternoon tea menu starting from £28 per person

Lashitude at the Upper Deck Restaurant

With the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament in full view of Good Ship Benefit’s leading restaurant, diners will be transported into a world inspired by Benefit’s award winning mascara, they’re Real!.

The San Francisco inspired A La Carte menu will surprise and delight your taste buds with dishes such as ‘Hangtown Fry’, a classic California gold-rush dish from the 1850s. The culinary offering also includes ‘Sea Trout Cioppino’, an exquisite fish stew which originates from the shores of San Francisco. And to finish it all off, why not try the indulgent ‘Benefit’ Sundae, complete with strawberry sponge, pitaya and meringue.

  • Prices start from £6.50 (starters), £16.50 (mains) and £6.50 (desserts)

Cocktails at The Pinkton Parlour

Whether it’s coffee or cocktails you fancy, all are welcome at Good Ship Benefit’s Pinkton Parlour where guests will be transported to the land of laidback fabulousness and watch the world go by on the River Thames. From the Old Fashionista to the Golden Gate, The Pinkton Parlour’s San Francisco-inspired cocktails are the perfect tipple for an evening out with the gals!

  • Cocktail menu starting from £8.00

Hoola Beach Bar

When Benefit Cosmetics partners with Mayfair’s leading cocktail bar, Mahiki, you know something special is in the works! So climb on board and join the fun at Good Ship Benefit’s Hoola Beach Bar where you’ll find the ultimate sun-drenched destination for cocktail lovers. With its distinctive Mahiki-inspired Tiki décor it’s easy to get in the holiday spirit with the fruity Mahiki Cocktail of the Month or the impressive Hoola sharer to enjoy with friends. If you’re feeling peckish after indulging in a cocktail, why not dive into the antipasti platter or refuel with a spicy Cajun Chicken Burger and Skinny Fries.

  • Cocktail menu starting from £10
  • Food menu starting from £3

The POREfessional Vault

This secret 1960s style Spy Gal vault is the POREfect place to sip on your choice of martinis which includes the Diamond Martini and bespoke Spy Gal Martini. You’ll also have the chance to create your own vodka or gin martini, which will be tailored to meet your ultimate Spy Gal needs!

  • Cocktail menu starting from £12

Brixton Beach Boulevard @ popup / until 28th August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
6 till 11pm
Saturdays 1pm till midnight

@ Brixton Beach Boulevard, Pope’s Road, Brixton, London SW9 8JH

Tickets: £4 entry tickets, free entry however not guaranteed

www.brixtonbeachboulevard.com

It’s Miami 1982. The air hangs thick and heavy as temperatures run high along the sun kissed boards of The Boulevard. Palm trees throw shade over the pastel coloured buildings of the strip – a daylight costume that fades as the sun goes down, and gives way to the glittering jacket of night time. This is a neon city where girls in short skirts with golden tans work their way into the hearts of the bad boys of the beach. But all that glitters ain’t gold in this popping playground, for high-rollers, roller skaters, love makers and money takers.

  • Beach
  • Art deco hotel
  • Pop up screen
  • Four themed bars
  • Street food

Film4 Summer Screen @ Somerset House 2016 / 4th – 17th August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Tickets: £16 single,  £20 double bill, £24 premieres book online

www.somersethouse.org.uk/film

Each summer, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court hosts London’s most beautiful open-air cinema; Film4 Summer Screen. A highlight of the city’s summer calendar.

A prestigious programme of classic and contemporary films will be presented in the spectacular surroundings of Somerset House.

The line-up includes a 20th anniversary screening of Trainspotting and a total of three UK premieres, including Things to Come starring Isabelle Huppert. They will feature on London’s largest outdoor screen, projected digitally and on 35mm film in full surround sound.

Also there will be special on-stage introductions from the stars at selected screenings and sundown DJ sets before the films begin.

Films:

  • Things To Come (opening premier)
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Ex Machina and RoboCop (double bill)
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Walkabout
  • Julieta (centrepiece Premier)
  • Best of Ten by Kubrick: vote for your favourite
  • Jackie Brown
  • Galaxy Quest and The Final Girls (double bill)
  • Funny Face
  • Trainspotting
  • Girlhood
  • Captain Fantastic (closing premier)

The Dark Room @ Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre / Saturday 28th May 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:45

@ Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road Coach Park, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £14 book online

www.udderbelly.co.uk

You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room! You, the audience must choose an option, will you:

A) Find The Light Switch
B) Cry For Help
C) Go North?

Play the world’s only live-action text based adventure game! It’s a choose-your-own adventure, so choose it!

After 4 million YouTube hits, 10 crowd-surfs, 4 death threats and sell-out shows from Edinburgh Fringe to Australia – cult hit THE DARK ROOM returns to London!

The Great British Graphic Novel @ Cartoon Museum / 24th July 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon-Sat 10:30–17:30 (including Bank Holidays)
Sun 12:00–17:30

@ Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH

Tickets: £7

www.cartoonmuseum.org

An exhibition looking at the rise of the British Graphic novel with works by William Hogarth, Kate Charlesworth, Dave Gibbons, Martin Rowson, Posy Simmonds, Bryan and Mary Talbot and many others.

The Cartoon Museum is the only museum in the UK to celebrate our cartoon and comic heritage, from the 18th century to the present day. Four special exhibitions a year explore the work of cartoonists, graphic novelists and animators and themes found in cartoon artwork.

The two permanent displays tell the story of cartooning in all its forms, from the political satire of William Hogarth, Gerald Scarfe, Ralph Steadman and Steve Bell, to the social satire of H.M. Bateman and Pont, to the extraordinary works of William Heath Robinson and the fantastical comic strip creations like Dennis the Menace, Desperate Dan, Rupert Bear and Andy Capp.

London Clown Festival @ The Omnitorium / Friday 10th – 19th June 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ The Omnitorium, Eade Road, London N4 1DH

Tickets: from £5 advance

www.londonclownfest.co.uk

Comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance exploring what clown is to the modern performer and their audiences.

In recent years there has been upsurge in comedy and theatre of performers who have been influenced by the teachings of Lecoq and Gaulier many of whom have gone on to become celebrated award winning artists. However, Clown remains an enigma to the general public who often have little understanding of the form beyond the stereotypical image of the clown as found in circus performance, red nose, big shoes and squirty flower.

So much so that Clown now has become a somewhat maligned word and performers are reluctant to identify themselves as Clowns.

The influence of Clown is found everywhere once you know what to look for with performers as diverse as Tommy Cooper, Charlie Chaplin Sasha Baron Cohen (famous for Ali G and Borat), French and Saunders and Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) amongst many that use clowning in their performances.

Spin London @ Truman Brewery / until 22nd May 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Fri 1.30pm–8pm
Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 10am–5pm

@ Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR

Tickets: from £12 book online (free for 12-17 year olds)

www.spinldn.com

London’s most exciting cycling event is back in town. The show houses a curated selection of cycling’s most innovative creators, makers and experts.

The world’s leading cycling and lifestyle brands exhibit alongside the most innovative and exciting start ups in the urban and road cycling world.

Expect the usual and unusual with art installations, bike film premieres, craft beer, coffee and tasty street food all backdropped by live music and DJs.

Debuting in 2016 will be The Summit featuring speakers from across the cycling spectrum at Spin. It connects exhibitors, visitors and industry members allowing for an open arena for discussion of the past, present & future of cycling.

  • See, try and buy from up to 100 road, urban and lifestyle exhibitors
  • The Summit – over 100 speakers from across the cycling world
  • The Art Hub – installations and workshops with artists from all over Britain
  • The Frame Lab – workshops and presentations on frame-building
  • Great street-food, coffee and craft beer
  • Join Thousands of cycling enthusiasts

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Jeff Koons @ Newport Street Gallery / until 18th October 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday – Friday and Sunday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 10pm

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

Free entry

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibitions/current

www.jeffkoons.com

Jeff Koons is widely considered to be one of the most significant artists to have emerged in the postwar era. Since the late 1970s, his diverse work has explored themes pertaining to taste, consumerism, mass culture, beauty, acceptance, and the role of the artist.

‘Now’ is the first major UK exhibition to be devoted to the artist since ‘Jeff Koons: Popeye Series’, at the Serpentine Gallery in 2009. Spanning thirty-five years of the artist’s extraordinary career, ‘Now’ features over thirty paintings, works on paper and sculptures dating from 1979 to 2014. Drawn from Hirst’s collection, a number of these works have never before been shown in the UK.

Tracing the development of the artist’s radical reconfiguration of the readymade, the exhibition features one of Koons’s earliest works, Inflatable Flowers (Short White, Tall Purple) (1979), a vinyl blow-up flower displayed on a mirrored floor tile.

Signalling the conception of one of Koons’s most enduring themes – the inflatable – it is here presented alongside a number of his iconic Hoover sculptures. Part of The New series (1980–1983), the wall-mounted Hoovers – in which immaculate, unused household appliances are displayed in fluorescent-lit, acrylic boxes – date from Koons’s time working as a Wall Street commodities broker. Two of the Hoovers, which remain eternally pristine despite being outdated, were included in Koons’s first solo exhibition, at New York’s New Museum in 1980. Part of that installation – originally displayed in the museum’s storefront windows – has been reassembled for this exhibition. For the artist, the readymade, whether in the form of a child’s toy, Baroque sculpture or advertising billboard, provides “the most objective statement possible”.

Having begun his career focusing on the status of the object, ‘Now’ demonstrates how Koons quickly embarked on his lifelong investigation into the means by which objects are represented and communicated. With his sculptures cast in stainless steel, he returned to the inflatable; seductively replicating pre-existing objects in the gleaming, simulated opulence of the proletarian material. Employing cutting-edge technology, seemingly fragile, air-filled vinyl blow-ups and balloon animals are reproduced in stainless steel, sometimes rendered on the monumental scale of Balloon Monkey (Blue) (2006–2013), here exhibited in Newport Street’s double-height gallery. The reflective surfaces of these sculptures serve to “constantly remind viewers of their existence”, as Koons maintains, “it’s all about you”.

Koons’s enduring ability to delight, fascinate and provoke is evident throughout this broad survey. Employing easily-identified images, he explores social mobility in the Equilibrium Nike posters, the ways alcohol is advertised to different demographics in Luxury and Degradation, and the evocative imagery of childhood toys represented in Celebration. Whilst with his Made in Heaven series – erotic scenes involving the artist and his then-wife Ilona Staller (aka ‘La Cicciolina’) – he investigates the stigma and shame that inheres in contemporary conceptions of sexuality, succeeding in transforming the erotic into a study of: “the biological eternal… the preservation of life, the continuation of life”.

Summarised by curator and critic Norman Rosenthal as “manifestations of a joyful acceptance of American culture”, Koons’s work – which here fills Newport Street’s six, expansive galleries – challenges and teases in equal measure, reflecting as much on the profundities of our existence as the banalities of daily life.

The exhibition contains sexually explicit material.

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