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Friday, 27 February 2009

Pick of the week 27.02.2009

Welcome once again to the Pick of the week, check out our bloggers (well mostly Oyindas) top choices for this weekend and the upcoming week. We hope you'll like it! Let us know what you have seen anything pick of the week worthy.

Documentary - Chosen by Oyinda
In Prison My Whole Life
(2007, USA, Dir: Marc Evans)
Sat 28 Feb 2009 (19:30 - 21:45)
The Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Mumia Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther and radical journalist who was arrested for the murder of a police officer. He has always claimed his innocence but he was sentenced to death and has been awaiting execution ever since. Over the years, he has received international support, from Amnesty and Nelson Mandela among others. In this documentary several commentators, including Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker and Mos Def, help provide a context for Mumia’s story.
Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker William Francome, Kim Manning-Cooper from Amnesty International UK, producers Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli

Part of 6 Billion Ways, a day of events mixing debate, politics, film and party Every day seems to bring a new crisis: financial markets in turmoil, energy price rises, food riots, violent conflicts and environmental disasters. And whatever the disaster, poor and marginalised people are always affected the most.
It doesn't have to be this way. Every person on the planet can make change happen. 6 Billion Ways is a day where the arts meet ideas, discussion and action to explore the causes and find solutions to these interlinked global crises. Including discussions on: the financial crisis and economic alternatives, conflict and liberation in Palestine and Iraq, climate catastrophe and building a green new deal, the future of feminism, the impact of Obama on race politics, when resistance is successful and how to change consumer culture. With international speakers, films, music, and a chance to learn and practise new skills, 6 Billion Ways is your chance to get inspired and join local and global networks building a better world.

Exhibition - Chosen by Holly
Sean Snyder 'Index' @ Institute of Contemporary Art
12 Feb - 19 Apr 2009
Sean Snyder, Index is the first solo exhibition in a British institution by this leading American artist. Snyder is one of the most important proponents of the research-based practice that has emerged in the last decade, and is fascinated by the ongoing life of documentary information and images, from the Cold War to the Iraq War.

Exhibition - Chosen by Oyinda
Santu Mofokeng @ Rivington Place
A major exhibition by South African photographer Santu Mofokeng. Through photographs of landscapes associated with events in the Free State, Namibia, Auschwitz and Hanoi, Mofokeng positions himself and South Africa within a global context of trauma and memory. This exhibition will be a major retrospective featuring photographs from virtually all of his major bodies of work.
Gallery opening times:
Tue, Wed, Fri: 11.00 - 18.00
Thu: 11.00 - 21.00
Sat: 12.00 - 18.00
Wed 14 Jan 2009- Sat 28 Feb 2009
Rivington Place, Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA

Exhibition - Chosen by Oyinda
Calling Africa
Mon 09 to Sat 21 Mar 2009 (10:30 - 17:30)
Diverse Gallery, 62 Atlantic Road, Brixton, London SW9 8PY
Calling Africa celebrates the work of artist Jerry Blankson. The exhibition features recent paintings and drawings that capture the rich drumming and dance traditions of the Ga people of Ghana, West Africa. Growing up in Jamestown, a district in Accra, Blankson immersed himself in the festivals and celebrations that are a hallmark of the region. This exhibition shows how the influences of his childhood inspire his work today. As well as the stunning use of colour in his canvas paintings, Blankson explores the ancient Asante tradition of Adinkra symbols to express the spiritual and sacred meanings behind traditional Ghanaian ceremonies.

Theatre - Chosen by Oyinda
The 14th Tale - Arcola Theater
18th March - 20th March 2009
Starting time: 8.15PM
£9 / £7 conc
“I’m from a long line of trouble makers, of ash skinned Africans, born with clenched fists and a natural thirst for battle, only quenched by breast milk. They’d suckle as if the white silk sliding between gums were liquid peace treaties written from mums. Their small thumbs would dimple the soft mounds of brown flesh, goose-pimple chests till the ceasefire of sleep would creep into eyes, they’d keep till the moon sets…”
Poet, performer, graphic artist and friend of the Festival (he performed with Benin City last year) Inua Ellams has been hard at work developing his one-man show The 14th Tale, to be premiered March 18-20 at the wonderful Arcola Theatre in Hackney.
Originally a BAC Scratch, The 14th Tale is being produced by Fuel Theatre, directed by Thierry Lawson and is one of three very special London Word Festival Commissions, supported by Arts Council England. We're really excited about this show... it's a free-flowing, mellifluous narrative that tells of the exploits of a natural born mischief-maker who grows from the clay streets of Nigeria to the roof-tops of Dublin and London. As with everything Inua does, expect deft and beautiful poetry, poignant imagery and challenging ideas.
Produced by Fuel. A BAC Scratch commission.

Exhibition - Chosen by Oyinda
Mircea Cantor Exhibition - Camden Arts Centre
20 February - 19 April 2009
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG
Romanian artist Mircea Cantor exhibits a new installation of golden cages inhabited by two peacocks. He elaborates on the theme of uncertainty, migration, and thevisible and invisible limits that surround us.
In 'Chaplet' he uses his thumbprint to create a poignant rosary of barbed wire on the walls of the gallery.
Join an exhibition tour with Curator Suzanne Cotter on Wednesday 25 March at 7.00pm.

Installation - Chosen by Allison
19 February – 5 April 2009

Private view Wednesday 18 February 18.30 – 20.30
Wednesday – Sunday 12.00 – 18.00. Admission free.

Monika Grzymala’s installations function somewhere between an
architectural intervention and immense line drawings.

Screening - Chosen by Oyinda
Screenings 'Smashing Time' & 'Fahrenheit 451'
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG
Smashing Time
(dir. Desmond Davis, 1967)
Saturday 14 March, 3.00-4.30pm
Davis' rollercoaster tale of two young women struggling to make it in swinging London. Selected by the artists curating the Liz Arnold exhibition.
Fahrenheit 451
(dir. Francois Truffaut, 1966)
Wednesday 18 March, 7.00-8.30pm
This classic, dystopian, sci-fi drama is about a society in which books are banned. Selected by exhibiting artist Mircea Cantor.

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