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Friday, 6 March 2009

Pick of the week 06.03.09

It's Friday, it's sunny and I am nearly off to Berlin for this weekend...
Thanks to all our bloggers for sharing there picks, I quite like this week's choice because it's very multifaceted and ranges from mysterious action adventures to philanthropic pursuits. I am sure you will find what you need!

Film - Chosen by João
6th March - premiere of "WATCHMEN" at the BFI IMAX and other screens all over the world.

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, the film is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the 'Doomsday Clock' - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the Watchmen?

Exhibition - chosen by Carly
'Hats: An Anthology' at the V & A.
From the top hat to the bowler, the courtier to the burlesque dancer, there's something slightly whimsical and tranformative about hats. As Mr. Jones says himself, "Everyone from showgirls to dictators knows that by wearing a hat they will be centre of attention," so luxuriate in the millinery action at this lovely museum and revel in being a 'mad hatter' for an hour or so!

Performance - Chosen by Joanne
Technological Phantasmagorias I,II,II by UBU
at Tramway, Glasgow until 7th March part of New Territories

I: 'The Blind' by Maurice Maeterlinck - Twelve faces suddenly appear out of the darkness, their gazed is aimless, directionless, unfocusses. All twelve are blind
II: 'Sleep my baby sleep' by Jon Fosse - Three small creatures talk quietly. In the the white light of limbo, they wonder where they are. Do they themselves even exist?
III: 'Play' by Samual Beckett - A husband, his wife, his mistress. A vaudiville with no trap doors of pratfalls, instead we see huge jars where each person can take refuge and hide, leaving only the head exposed, to tell the truth.

Performance - Chosen by Richard
FIONA'S SHOE @ South London Gallery
7th March '09; 7.30pm
A restaging of John Latham's 'play without words' Juliet and Romeo, performed by Tom Marshman and Clare Thornton, with a special evening event curated by Stewart Home.
Tickets 5 pounds, to book contact or call 020 7703 6120.

Exhibition - Chosen by Tim
Cristina Roca: Shaking Idiosyncrasies
Hold & Freight Gallery; 6-8 March
Cristina Roca: Shaking Idiosyncrasies presents a compilation of Cristina Roca’s trajectory showing her most recent and matured productions. Her works reflect a physical lecture upon the conceptual trend using pictorial materialism as an essential way of expression; a fusion of her cultural background mixing the intuitive Peruvian folklore (Chicha culture) and her deconstructive idea of contemporary European artistic enlightenment.

Exhibition - Chosen by Frank
IMPROMPTU @ the Schwartz Gallery
5-22 March 2009,Fri-Sun 12-5pm - New exhibition at the Schwartz gallery investigating the dynamic of the group show as the result of the gallery being used as the artists studio for the last month. There is no fixed theme, but expect free and exciting artistic investigation.

Festival - Chosen by Marion
East Festival
6-day festival that celebrates the uniquely rich creative mix of East London.
The festival features more than 300 events covering performance, art, history, fashion and design, film and food.
East is curated by the Mayor of London and delivered in partnership with key cultural organisations across East London. It takes place across three main hubs including Central East (The City, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Whitechapel, Spitalfields), Hackney and Stratford.
During the festival, check out the BBC radio East Festival audio companion featuring previews, reviews and interviews highlighting some of the events taking place.

Exhibition - Chosen by Tim
Tate Triennial: ALTERMODERN at Tate Britain
Till 26 April 2009
Tickets: £7.80, Over 60s £6.90, Concessions £4.90, Family ticket £19.50.
Gallery hours:10.00 to 17.00 every day with late opening until 21.00 at Tate Modern on Friday and Saturday.
Want to know what's happening in contemporary art now? Then visit Altermodern, the fourth Tate Triennial at Tate Britain. This selection of new contemporary art presents some of the best that current British art has to offer, alongside international artists who are working with similar themes. This year's Triennial has been curated by Nicolas Bourriaud who co-founded the influential contemporary gallery Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

A ruddy good time - Chosen by Tim and Sam
Bourgeois & Maurice - Social Work at Soho Theatre
'Do whatever you have to do to get a ticket: sell your gran, your body, your soul.'
Time Out
The darlings of London’s neo-cabaret scene present a fabulous homage to this century we live in, featuring a whistle-stop tour through the peculiarities of a nation on the edge and a truly astonishing collection of outfits. Part cabaret, part theatre, part irreverent self-help group, this new show covers socially vital issues such as eroto-manic stalking, clandestine body mutilation and the fatal curse of nu rave.
So pack up your troubles in your Prada bag and join the twisted duo in their philanthropic pursuits. Their superficial smiles might just save your life.

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