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Friday, 27 March 2009

Pick of the week 27.03.2009

If you are not too busy this week with the G20 protests why not consume a bit of London's Cultural offer...

Comedy - Chosen by Carly
The Pajama Men - Versus vs Versus
27th/28th of March
Soho Theatre

The Pajama Men are performing their well-received show 'Versus vs Versus' at the Soho Theatre til the 28th, so you've got to be quick! If "time-travelling camels, feuding Roman warriors, wisecracking newsreaders, surly shop assistants and a bat who plays chess" sounds like your idea of a good night, well, you're my kind of people. Who wouldn't want an evening full of obscure physical comedy mixed with stand-up? These guys are supposed to be incredibly funny, so if you fancy a bit of a laugh for £15, these are your go-to guys! Unlike any other comedy duo this would make a great Friday night out!

Event - Chosen by Richard
'The Role of the Village Idiot' exhibition
Date and time: Friday March 28th, 2-6
Location: Peckham Square
Cost: free

"This work is based on ideas and suggestions by the artist and writer Paul O'Kane concerning the question of a necessary expulsion that may lie at the heart of the formation of any community."
The theme of the afternoon is performance and the role of the village idiot. Obviously we have the holy fools, shakespears court jester, the dada art movement, but the village idiot is something else he/she is something other, something familiar, somebody we all know and recognise in our local communities. Here we will attempt to investigate, the role of the village idiot, the question of a necessary expulsion, the emotion of shame and how that relates to modern day life, street theatre and public art. Mainly using gesture and small props the artists will attempt to engage with the everyday happenings in peckham square. There will be a reception in the Bunhouse Pub opposite Peckham square in the evening.

Campaign - Chosen by Richard
8:30PM local time, wherever you live on planet earth. Saturday 28 March 2009
Visit there website for more information!

This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
There is also the global light switch off on Saturday night at 8pm, but I don't think it qualifies as art:

Exhibition - Chosen by Joanne
'Art in Mind' at Brick Lane gallery
1st - 13th April

The Brick Lane Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition " Art in Mind " featuring a mix of Urban, Street, Graphic and Contemporary artists.
The exhibition will feature new paintings and stencil works by the sensational artist The Art Tart, presenting her larger than life stencil works through her alter-ego. The Art Tart took the Banksy Cans Festival by storm with her shocking stencil paintings and a performance which was definitely one to remember ... Through her use of various costumes to create the ultimate tarty look with high heels, big red lips, leopard stockings, French knickers and open shirt, she in fact reveals a larger than life character - which, coupled with a few spray cans, takes street art to a whole new level. Combining the genres of performance and art, she crosses into controversial grounds by voluntarily exhibiting her naughty side... Bending over riding a spray can and farting roses reveals a playful side to her light-hearted and tongue in cheek approach to her practice.

Exhibition - Chosen by Holly
Huang Xu at the October Gallery
12 February 2009 to 18 April 2009

In his London debut exhibition, Chinese artist Huang Xu presents a series of ethereal oversize C-prints exploring the fragile nature of the contemporary global economy. The tattered remains of plastic bags from rubbish heaps in China are collected and digitally remodeled in the 3D scanners normally used by archaeologists, to produce images of haunting luminosity. Evoking the aesthetic of the sublime, Huang Xu’s vast prints capture freeze-frame shots of decay in a maelstrom of economic change.

Theatre - Chosen by Marion
Burnt by the Sun @ National Theatre
by Peter Flannery
from the screenplay by Nikita Mikhalkov and Rustam Ibragimbekov

Burnt By The Sun is an outstanding attempt to make sense of the carnage that occurred in the USSR. Communism fell in Moscow at the end of 1991. Subsequent rulers have tried in their own ways to heal the wounds of the past. President Boris Yeltsin described the seven decades of the communist party dictatorship as “a totalitarian nightmare”. Boisterous and unpredictable, he consolidated a rough-and-ready system based on electoral politics and market economics. His successors Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev have been more circumspect. Putin in particular has urged the need to celebrate the positive side of communism’s past; he points to the achievements in education, industrial development and the military victory over Nazism. But it is the artists – the dramatists, novelists, poets, painters and film-makers – who have deeply touched the minds of fellow citizens by depicting the complexities of life in the pre-war years. Avoiding generalities, they have looked at how people coped with the terrifying pressure of the 1930s.

Concert - Chosen by Violeta
Music is for Life @ Royal Albert Hall
Monday, 30 March, 2009
Tickets are £8 to £25

Experience the power and joy of music-making by 1,450 young musicians from the London Borough of Merton in a dazzling display of music and performance from around the world.
Witness the world premiere of an important new work – 'The Journey' – composed by Pete Churchill for mass primary choir, youth harmony choir, instrumental and vocal soloists and a cross-genre 'fusion' band. This work explores the history of immigration in Britain over the past 1,000 years to create a musical pathway through the many multi-cultural influences which have played a part in the development of our nation.
An evening of musical inspiration reminding us all that Music is for Life.

Installation - Chosen by Katrina
Wed 25 to Sat 4

'Are moths afraid of the dark?'
SDNA will take over the cavernous corridor of SHUNT, transforming it into the both beautiful and grotesque: the fascinating and unsettling world of CINETAXIS. Cinetaxis is a unique personal insight into the world of insects. Giant projections, kinetic sculptures, high voltage lighting and interactive installations with live interventions -- think electronic music, offbeat performance, origami costumes and magnified insects crawling out of the walls. This 'live' audio/visual installation will transform over the two weeks, so plan more than one visit. You'll find something new to discover every time.

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