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What’s On: A Week in London

Monday 24 October 2016

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From Monday to Friday, we seek out the top things to do in the city this week.


I, Daniel Blake.

Ken Loach is back with his new success: I, Daniel Blake. Winner of the Palme d’Or at last month’s Cannes film festival, this new heartfelt Drama tells the story of a carpenter who requires state welfare following an illness. Through his struggle to obtain Government funding, Daniel befriends a single mum and her two kids. Together, the duo discovers that negotiating through the red tape is a challenge.

I, Daniel Blake, which was released in Cinema’s last Friday, has since received some astonishing feedback, describing it as “blunt, dignified and brutally moving”. This is an absolute must see and will be showing in cinemas across London.

For more information or to book tickets visit: curzoncinemas.com.



‘Lazarus’ at the King’s Cross Theatre


David Bowie’s last months were marked by an astonishing burst of creativity: as well as his haunting final album Blackstar, he created off-Broadway musical Lazarus.

The musical is based on the The Man Who Fell to Earth, a science fiction novel by Walter Tevis that was later made into a film starring Bowie himself. Although the musical received positive but slightly baffled reviews, it is said to be a must see for Bowie fans.

‘Lazarus’ will be showcasing at the King’s Cross Theatre Oct 25-Jan 22. For more information or to book tickets visit: kingscrosstheatre.com.



Mick Jenkins at Village Underground


The famous MC and poet managing to make waves in the already competitive scene of Chicago hip hop will be performing in London this week! Having worked with everyone from Joey Bada$$ to Chance The Rapper and Method Man, we’re certain this night will not be one to miss!

For information and tickets visit: villageunderground.co.uk.



‘The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined’ at the Barbican


‘The Vulgar’ is one of the first exhibitions to explore the territory of taste in fashion. From the renaissance through to contemporary design, the Barbican will be showcasing over 120 stunning objects, ranging from historical costumes to couture and ready-to-wear looks. This exhibition examines the ever-changing notion of vulgarity within fashion and will be inviting you to question what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and debated term.

This Thursday the Barbican invites you to go on a journey through ‘The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined with associate curator Sinéad McCarthy as she focuses on key pieces from the show and explores ideas of vulgarity, fashion and taste.

‘The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined’ runs at the Barbican  from 13 October 2016 – 5 February 2017. From information and tickets visit: barbican.org.uk.



‘The Clan’ – Whirled Cinema

Fancy watching Pablo Trapero’s Gripping biographical crime film in one of south-London’s best-kept secrets? This Friday Whirled Cinema, will be showing ‘The Clan’, a true-crime noir thriller set in Argentina during the 1980’s. Based on the true story of Argentina’s most notorious crime family, this film explores the nature of evil and the true cost of family loyalty.

Whirled cinema’s small, cosy and intimate environment will make you feel right at home with a lounge area serving cocktails and pizza. If that wasn’t tempting enough, the cinema is also free of advertising and trailers so there will be no waiting around for Traperos’ “black hearted true-crime saga”.

For tickets visit: www.whirledcinema.com.



Mirrors Festival


After its success in 2015, Mirrors Festival returns to Hackney this Saturday, with Bat For Lashes set to headline the multi-venue event. Mirrors will take place across six stunning Hackney locations including St John’s at Hackney, Oslo, Moth Club and Hackney Picturehouse.

For more information and for tickets visit: www.mirrorslondon.com.



Donna Huanca: Scar Cymbols at the Zabludowicz Collection


This weekend visit the Zavludowicz collection where they are currently showcasing their first performance-led commission by artist Donna Huanca. The exhibition will consist of daily performances from painted models activating a series of new site-responsive architectural and sculptural installations.
For more information visit: www.zabludowiczcollection.com.