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Friday, 6 February 2009

Pick of the week 06.02.2009

Well, I do apologise for the wrong forecast last week...Maybe i am the next Michael Fish. But hey, we've survived 24 cm of snow and the city slowly but surely recovers from horrible blizzards and icy streets. For your own recovery here is a mixture of diverse performances and venues waiting for you this weekend and next week.

Performance - Chosen by Joanne
'I'm thinking of you (Part 1)' by Franko B
13th February at The Arches Playroom, Glasgow
National Review of Live Art
'I’m Thinking of You' presents a surreal, dreamlike image... a romantic vision of childhood fantasy and abandon. The body is central, but we are also presented with objects and music, which takes the viewer through a contemplative, personal experience.

Theatre - Chosen by Carly
England People Very Nice - National Theatre
Looks like an amusing and relevant romp through the history of immigration in London.
Tickets: £10 only - thanks to the good old Travelex promotion!

A riotous journey through four waves of immigration from the 17th century to today. As the French Huguenots, the Irish, the Jews and the Bangladeshis in turn enter the chaotic world of Bethnal Green, each new influx provokes a surge of violent protest over housing, jobs, religion and culture. And the emerging pattern shows that white flight and anxiety over integration is anything but new.

Exhibition - Chosen by Holly
Superflex: 'Flooded McDonalds' - South London Gallery until March 1st.

The South London Gallery presents a new film work by Danish collective Superflex entitled 'Flooded McDonald's'. Despite their international track record over the past 15 years, this will be their first solo show in London. From large-scale installations, through to long-term process-based projects and, more recently, films, Superflex’s work is founded in economic and political awareness. They create works inspired by the points where definitions and possibilities of art become blurred.

Performance - Chosen by Marion
Complicite / Simon McBurney at the Barbican Theatre
30 January 2009 - 21 February 2009 / 19:45, 14:30
Tickets: £10-40
£2 off all tickets from 30 Jan-2 Feb

Inspired by the work of one of the most important Japanese writers of the twentieth century, Jun'ichiro Tanizaki , Shun-kin tells the tale of devotion, passion and power, where beauty is unforgiving and love is blinding.
Moving between the neon glow of Japan and the vanished world of Meiji, Shun-kin discovers the moments of light in a world of darkness. Emerging from traditional Japanese culture, this powerful performance shows us just how close beauty and violence can really be.

Film festival - Chosen by Marine
London Chinese Film festival part of the China in London Season 2009
Saturday 31 January to Sunday 22 February

A season of Chinese films organised in association with the Chinese Cultural Centre is being shown at: BFI Southbank, Odeon Covent Garden, the Winston Churchill Hall in Ruislip and the Museum of London in Docklands.
The China in London season in 2009 gets under way on January 24 and provides a unique opportunity to celebrate Chinese arts, heritage and culture at many different cultural institutions, galleries, museums and visitor attractions throughout the capital.

Exhibition - Chosen by Alison
David Rayson (although it's the last day tomorrow!)
The Everyday Fantastic at Marlborough Fine Art.

David Rayson lives and works out of a suburbia that could be anywhere
and is everywhere. Washing up, shopping, parking the car, weeding and
watching TV are made joyously surreal and become gateways into an
alternative world. This is escapism on a day-to-day basis through the
event of drawing, which for Rayson has been a very private world for
the past four years.

Performance - Chosen by Eleanor
Theo Adams' Tonight Is Forever - Centre of the Universe

On Sunday the 8th of February The Centre of the Universe will be set in motion by TONIGHT IS FOREVER, the first solo-show by artist Theo Adams.Directing dancers, an orchestra, audio, video, staging and lights, Adams will present one forty-minute performance, of a new and ambitious production.

And for this weeks shameless Artsadmin plug...Choosen by Artsadmin

Tune your tv screens into Channel 4 to the 3 Minute Wonders at 19.55
Monday 9 February: Lemn Sissay - What If?
Tuesday 10 February: Graeme Miller - The Thinking Path
Wednesday 11 February: Lucy Cash - Requiem for the Redhead?
Thursday 12 February: Curious - Fit to Survive?

or watch them here

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