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Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Pick of the week 20.02.2009

Right now I'm finishing off the pick of this week whilst sitting in my Greek friend's house in Central London. I am stuffed with delicious homemade food from Samos and Greek music is playing in the background - oh life is sweet and here's our bloggers picks to make your weekends a little sweeter...

Artist talk and panel discussion - Chosen by Joanne
Digiville: Danielle Wilde
3rd March, 7pm
Danielle Wilde will present her current research outcomes: a range of interactive concept garments and body extensions that encourage people to explore and move in playful ways. The different interfaces allow the wearer to hear the shape or dynamic of their movements, to dance sound, to draw pictures by moving their hips, to interact with each other with rays of light extending out from their bodies, to navigate through “invisible” vibro-tactile displays, as well as to “try on” another’s deformity or physical limitation, or to change the shape of a garment dynamically through movement.

Event - Chosen by Lisa
Song is King - Launch Night
23 February, From 8pm - 11pm
A new (mostly) acoustic Songwriter's night with open mike slots based at the legendary Rhythm Factory in Whitechapel, East London. This is the first night of a long line which will take place on the last Monday of every month, and entry is free!

Exhibition - Chosen by Carly
Mark Wallinger Curates: The Russian Linesman
Hayward Gallery, 18 February till 4 May
My pick of the week is the new collection at the Hayward Gallery, 'The Russian Linesman' curated by Mark Wallinger. Highlights include a klein bottle, a mirrored Tardis and and other such liminal curiosties!

Event - Chosen by Deborah
TAKEOVER - Royal Festival Hall
Friday 27 February 2009, 8pm, Tickets £6
Southbank Centre's multi-talented and eclectic Emerging Artists in Residence (EAR) are a group of London's hottest new artists covering the breadth of contemporary music, from folk and world to hip-hop and jazz. They are singer-songwriters, rappers, multi-instrumentalists and beatboxers, as well as spoken word artists and MCs. They bring their residency to an almighty climax as they take over the Royal Festival Hall stage for one unforgettable night. Renowned saxophonist and composer Jason Yarde is artistic mentor for the show.

Exhibition - Chosen by João
Le Corbusier at the Barbican Gallery
Until Sun May 24
Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS
'The Art of Architecture' is the first major survey of the influential French polymath's interiors, drawings, furniture, paintings and sculpture, in addition to his utopian architectural models and designs.
Times: Main gallery Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun 11am-8pm, Tue and Wed until 6pm, Thur until 10pm; The Curve Daily 11am-8pm
Price: £8, concs £6

Night out - Chosen by Felix
Feb 21st | £10 all night (5PM - 4AM)
with DJ Franco Ze Carioca + LIVE: Ritmos da Cidade
Although the mighty Samba Parade is the most widely known feature of RIO CARNIVAL, it is the hundreds of local 'BALLS' that are the main attraction for many carioca (natives of Rio) insiders. These include plenty of impromptu parties that come and go but one that has stood the test of time - the BAL MASQUÉ. To make the most of the party, just wear a beautiful, mysterious, seductive and glitzy MASK. RITMOS DE CIDADE will be pounding out the grooves in serious carnival style with the most funked up DANCERS allowed and DJ FRANCO ZÉ CARIOCA will be spinning the latest and greatest carnival tunes. (FREE Masks will be available at Guanabara, don’t forget to grab yours!) Oh, and fancy dresses are also welcome, after all is a BAL MASQUÉ!!
Guanabara,Parker St, corner of Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW
Price: £10

Book - Chosen by Giles
Palestinian Art 1850-2005
by Kamal Boullata
This pioneering book offers an insider's analysis of the development of Palestinian art from the 19th century to the present day. Kamal Boullata's diverse selection of pre-1948 paintings through contemporary media works highlights the political concerns of Palestinian artists and their unique contributions to modern Arab culture. Work by artists who continued to live in their homeland is examined alongside that of artists of the Palestinian diaspora, including art world luminary Mona Hatoum. Particular attention is paid to the role of women artists, revealing how strategies of resistance have been employed against the dominant artistic expression.

Theatre - Choosen by Marion
The Stone - Royal Court Theatre
Written by Marius von Mayenburg
Translated by Maja Zade
5 - 28 February

International Playwrights: A Genesis Project
1935: A young couple buys the house from a Jewish family, and so the myth begins
1953: The couple's daughter discovers the stone
1978: The family returns to claim what's rightfully theirs
1993: The house is back in their possession
As a house passes from owner to owner, and from generation to generation, the secrets buried in the garden and seeping from the walls reveal themselves.
Marius von Mayenburg's (The Ugly One, Fireface) new play examines the reverberations created by 60 years of German history.
60 years since the foundation of the Federal Republic and 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Royal Court presents Off The Wall, a season of new plays about Germany. This includes Over There by Mark Ravenhill (Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, Pool (No Water), Shopping and F***ing) and a series of readings of new plays by German writers.

Theatre - Chosen By Marion
The Royal Court Theatre presents
Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza
Written by Caryl Churchill
6 - 21 February
Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill is a ten minute history of Israel, ending with the bombing of Gaza. Thirteen performances will take place on the main stage of the Royal Court Theatre after Marius von Mayenburg's play, The Stone. There will be no admission charge and a collection will be made for Medical Aid For Palestinians (MAP): Emergency Appeal for the People of Gaza, after the show.

Angry? Sad? Confused? Come and spend ten minutes with us.

Tickets Free - A collection will be made for Medical Aid For Palestinians (MAP): Emergency Appeal for the People of Gaza.

Special - Chosen by Emma
Science Museum Lates
25 February 2009
18.45 – 22.00
Free entry
Pre-booking not required

Explore the science of attraction and the depths of obsession at this month's Science Museum Lates. From the infatuation of Van Gogh to the electrostatics of Van de Graaff, see sparks fly. Enjoy comedy shows, our IMAX 3D Cinema, a silent disco and much more besides at this adults-only night.
Become obsessed with our famous interactive gallery Launchpad and enjoy a shameless playtime – blowing bubbles, spinning like a skater and capturing multicoloured shadows – without having to let the kids go first!
If you can’t make February’s event, remember Science Museum Lates is held every month on a Wednesday night, with each event having a different theme. So come back soon to find out more details.

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