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  • ~puc 1:30 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Aeolus, , Arts and Events, Canada Square, , Luke Jerram, , sculpture, , tower hamlets   

    Aeolus Sculpture Opens At Canary Wharf 


    Canary Wharf sings like a canary from today, with the installation of the Aeolus sculpture. The arch of silver tubes acts like a giant Aeolian harp, amplifying surrounding drafts, gusts and flurries into a soft, shifting hum. Visitors can stand beneath the sculpture and peer through the 310 stainless steel tubes, while it whistles down the wind.

    The installation is the latest wonder from Luke Jerram, who last year brought the delightful Sky Orchestra to London, after wowing us with his intricate glass sculptures of viruses.

    Catch Aeolus at Canada Square Park until 10 May.

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  • ~puc 4:36 pm on February 22, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Arts and Events, , free concert, , , London Symphony Orchestra, LSO, Open Air Classics, Stravinsky, trafalgar square, Valery Gergiev   

    London Symphony Orchestra to Perform Trafalgar Square Concerts 


    The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) yesterday announced that it will perform the first of three concerts at a stage on Trafalgar Square on Saturday 12 May (at 6.30pm) in what looks like a publicity coup for the Barbican-based orchestra.

    The free concert, which will be conducted by the LSO’s Russian Principal Conductor, Valery Gergiev, was made possible by a new sponsorship deal with BMW. Muscling in on pop territory, the orchestra will perform flanked by giant screens.

    Perhaps surprisingly for an open-air concert that will need to attract an audience of many thousands to be judged a success, the LSO will perform full works by Igor Stravinsky rather than a Last Night of the Proms-style populist programme of shorter pieces.

    The Russian composer’s masterpieces The Rite of Spring and the Firebird Suite make up the core of the performance, which will also feature 150 children as part of the orchestra’s ‘LSO Discovery’ education progamme.

    The Trafalgar Square concert is slated for repeat in 2013 and 2014 with details for these future events still to be announced.

    Image courtesy of leftbrokeneye3 via the Londonist Flickr pool.

     
  • ~puc 9:59 pm on February 21, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Arts and Events, Double Denim, Elgar Room, gigs, , Maria Minerva, , Nzca/Lines, outfit, Royal Albert Hall   

    Gig Preview: Double Denim Records @ Royal Albert Hall 


    Liverpool’s Outfit play the Royal Albert Hall

    Spectacular leftfield record label Double Denim take over the Elgar Room in The Royal Albert Hall, for a stunning night of electro soul and hazy psychedelia, from three cutting-edge artists topping 2012’s Ones to Watch lists, including our own.

    Estonian post-punk disco chanteuse, Maria Minerva headlines the night along with Liverpudlian gloom-funk disco-janglers Outfit, and Londonist’s Ones to Watch NZCA/Lines. It will be a night of ethereal  DIY and pounding sophistication which perfectly encompasses 2012′s musical obsession of digitised analogue chic.

    Although this Double Denim curated night is as far from the Proms as you can get, the Elagr room’s elegance is a fitting setting for the unique musical craftsmanship oozing from all three acts. Minerva’s voice alone is worthy of a royal box, but supported by NZCA/Lines’ precision synth beats and Outfit’s perfect melodicism, we have a night of rare excellence.

    At only £7.50 it’s a great chance to see cutting-edge music in London’s most iconic venue, and in the Elgar Room you can actually get to see them on stage without opera glasses. Bonus.

    Double Denim and Hush at The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Wednesday 22 February £7.50 + bf.

     
  • ~puc 9:00 pm on February 21, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , arts ahead, Arts and Events, Barbican, cat-sticky, dance, fourth plint, Hayward Gallery, , opera, reverb festival, Rich Mix, royal opera house, Soho Theatre, theatre, Weekly Arts Listings, whats on, Young Vic, Zach Braff   

    Arts Ahead: What’s On In London 21 – 27 February 


    What’s new on London’s cultural calendar this week:

    THEATRE: Cheek By Jowl’s Tis Pity She’s a Whore at the Barbican from tonight (see video below). The Trial, Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Kafka’s unsettling masterpiece at the Greenwich Theatre also opens tonight.

    Epic family drama In Basildon opens at the Royal Court Theatre’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from tomorrow. You can see Patrick Stewart play an ageing Shakespeare in Bingo at the Young Vic from Thursday. The West End welcomes a US import from Friday: Zach Braff’s comedy, All New People opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Finally, Saturday is the opening night of the star-studded comedy of bad manners, Hay Fever (Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally and Olivia Colman) at the Noël Coward Theatre.

    OPERA: London’s two opera offerings couldn’t be more different this week. On the one hand, you’ve got The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams’s controversial docu-opera about the killing of a Jewish-American tourist during the hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise liner by Palestinian militants. It’s at the London Coliseum from Saturday. And from Monday, you can see Dvorák’s Rusalka at the Royal Opera House: the story’s a Czech myth about a water nymph, with echoes of the Little Mermaid.

    COMEDY: Josh Widdicombe is at the Soho Theatre for four nights from tomorrow. Then from Friday, you can see The Oh Fuck Moment at the same venue: poet Hannah Jane Walker and Fringe First winner Chris Thorpe explore the feeling you get when you realise you’ve made a horrible mistake.

    DANCE: You can see Alexander Whitley and aerialist Ilona in Exposure: Dance at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio from Thursday.

    CLASSICAL: Tired of London’s big classical venues? A group called the London Festival Orchestra is based at lovely recording and rehearsal venue, the Warehouse, in the back streets of Waterloo. The orchestra performs a concert there tomorrow night where they are joined by leading clarinettist, Emma Johnson. Music includes pieces by Bach, Finzi and Haydn. Classical fans should also look out for Reverb from Friday this week: an exciting festival of classical, alt, folk, jazz and electronica at the mighty Roundhouse.

    JAZZ: Jazz in the Round is a new jazz promotion at the The Cockpit in Marylebone. The night, on the last Monday of every month, is curated and presented by Jez Nelson, who presents BBC Radio 3′s Jazz on 3, the home of cutting edge jazz on the Beeb. Monday’s gig includes Sons of Kemet, a new quartet featuring two drum kits and some of London’s hottest jazz talent: clarinettist and sax player Shabaka Hutchings, drummer Seb Rochford, tuba player Oren Marshall and drummer Tom Skinner.

    ART: From tomorrow, Jeremy Deller’s new show, Joy in People opens at the Hayward Gallery. It features installations, photographs, videos, posters, banners, sound pieces and more from this political and socially engaged artist. Also opening tomorrow is Eric Rimmington’s exhibition, Going Underground at the Millinery Works in Angel, featuring 40 paintings of the London Underground completed between 2006 and 2011.

    On Thursday, the next sculpture is being unveiled on the Fourth Plinth: Elmgreen & Dragset’s Powerless Structures Fig 101, or “the boy on the rockinghorse”, as he’ll probably become known. A free show opens at Rich Mix on Friday called The Curry Chefs of Brick Lane: an exhibition of photographic portraits by Jeremy Freedman.

    Anything we’ve missed that you’re really looking forward to seeing this week? Let us know in the comments below.

    We have listings for ongoing shows at London’s top museums on our Museums and Galleries page

     
  • ~puc 5:00 pm on February 20, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , Arts and Events, Barbican Centre, Chinese art, , song dong, the curve   

    Art Review: Song Dong – Waste Not @ The Curve, Barbican Centre 






    Song Dong is a Chinese conceptual artist whose latest exhibition consists of over 10,000 household items laid out in the Curve Gallery in the Barbican Centre.

    Waste Not is the external representation of his mother’s depression, brought about by her husband’s death, which resulted in her becoming a serial hoarder. Over seven years she amassed many items ranging from hundreds of plastic bottles through to dozens of empty cardboard boxes. The fact that these are everyday items will make you question your own possessions. Will those boutique bags or childhood toys really come in useful one day?

    The Curve is the perfect gallery to host this exhibition. Its unique layout makes the collection appear to extend without end.

    Though Waste Not hints at the wider issue of  the impact of one person on the environment, it’s the personal element to Song Dong’s work that provides its poignancy.

    Song Dong: Waste Not is on at the Curve, Barbican Centre until 12 June. Admission is free.

     
  • ~puc 7:00 pm on February 10, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , Arts and Events, , , , , ,   

    Kentish Town City Farm Celebrates 40 Years 


    Kentish Town City Farm was built on a disused timber yard where two railway lines crossed in 1972. Ever since it’s been providing animals, gardening, horse-riding and great educational and volunteer opportunities, giving a taste of rural farm life to people in a deprived part of the city. It was the first of its kind, preparing the ground for the 11 other city farms now working in London.

    40 years on and celebrations for the farm’s ‘Heritage Year‘ start this Sunday between 12-4pm with an indoor table-top sale. And thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, a group of local young people will be putting together an exhibition about the history of the farm and Gospel Oak, researching local archives, collecting stories, photographs and memorabilia from the local community.

    However, if the farm is going to be around for another 40 years, it needs additional support. An article in the Kentish Towner flags up that 75% of its core funding from Camden will be lost over the next three years. The farm is open seven days a week and entrance is free, but if you can, please make a donation when you visit or online.

    And spend big at the table-top sale on Sunday. Entrance to that is just 25p.

    There’s a really excellent video about the farm that you can watch at the City Bridge Trust website.

    Photo by Gaz-zee-boh taken in 2008 ie. before London Overground took over the line.

     
  • ~puc 7:00 pm on February 10, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , Arts and Events, , , , , ,   

    Kentish Town City Farm Celebrates 40 Years 


    Kentish Town City Farm was built on a disused timber yard where two railway lines crossed in 1972. Ever since it’s been providing animals, gardening, horse-riding and great educational and volunteer opportunities, giving a taste of rural farm life to people in a deprived part of the city. It was the first of its kind, preparing the ground for the 11 other city farms now working in London.

    40 years on and celebrations for the farm’s ‘Heritage Year‘ start this Sunday between 12-4pm with an indoor table-top sale. And thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, a group of local young people will be putting together an exhibition about the history of the farm and Gospel Oak, researching local archives, collecting stories, photographs and memorabilia from the local community.

    However, if the farm is going to be around for another 40 years, it needs additional support. An article in the Kentish Towner flags up that 75% of its core funding from Camden will be lost over the next three years. The farm is open seven days a week and entrance is free, but if you can, please make a donation when you visit or online.

    And spend big at the table-top sale on Sunday. Entrance to that is just 25p.

    There’s a really excellent video about the farm that you can watch at the City Bridge Trust website.

    Photo by Gaz-zee-boh taken in 2008 ie. before London Overground took over the line.

     
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