Wu Tang is For the Children @ Londonewcastle Project Space (7th – 14th March)
“I don’t know how you all see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children.” were the iconic words of Ol’ Dirty Bastard at the 1998 Grammy Awards and the title inspiration of this exhibition of Wu Tang Clan inspired work. This exhibition from the Wu Tang Hybrid Arts Initiative celebrates the influence Wu-Tang Clan’s music, lyrics and legacy has had on art, illustration, fashion, film-making and graffiti.
Fifty artists have come together to draw inspiration from Wu’s monumental back catalogue to create a multi-media exhibition of artworks ranging from ceramics to animation to embroidery to graffiti, showing how truly universal and influential Wu-Tang Clan are.
Featuring art from: Gina Baber, Jack Binnie, Florence Blanchard, Paul du Bois-Reymond, BRK 192, Buk Burdus, Uslan Cevet, Mark Drew, Dscreet, Lucas Dupuy, Josh Earle & Zophiel Webb, EGS, Farrell, Harry Fieber, Daniel Gentile-Hurst, Andrew Gillman, Rene Gonzalez, Freddie Goodchild, Ziggy Grudzinskas, Jane Kenny, Andrew Khosravani, Kid Acne, Kieron Lee, Benjamin Liebenhals, Chris Mackenzie-Gray, Rob Mathieson, Malarky, Karl McCaughey & Ciaran Delaney, Mellie, Niels Shoe Meulman, Nema, Henny Overbeek, Buddy Peace & Andy Baker, Mr Penfold, Mr Phomer, Maria Pizzeria, Protect Ya’ Neck BHHC, Pubze, Silkey, Chris Stead, Ventsa, Joseph Ward, Wolfmask, Christian Wood and curated by Gemma White.
Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DP
11am – 6pm
United Visual Artists: Momentum @ The Barbican Curve Gallery (13th February – 1st June 2014)
Last year saw the Curve Gallery’s iconic Rain Room and this year they bring to you Momentum a carefully choreographed sequence of light, sound and movement.
Twelve pendulums that activate light and sound as they swing, drawing attention to the Curve’s vast arc, inviting you to journey through the space guided by your heightened senses. Each pendulum has been meticulously designed and built using steel, aluminium, and custom electronics. The sound is individual to each pendulum, prepared and tuned to seamlessly resonate as they move within the Curve.
The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
13th February – 1st June 2014
11am – 9pm
Y.M.V @ The Forge (12th March)
Y.M.V. is vocalist and human orchestra Cleveland Watkiss, multi-instrumentalist & audio sculptor Orphy Robinson and audio-visual artist & percussionist Derek Richards, aka Rizomorph.
Together they paint a multimedia narrative that responds to the moment. Virtuosity and technological creativity combine in a gig like no other gig, a screening like no other screening, and it’s never the same twice.
The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, London NW1 7NL
Wednesday 12th March
£8 / £10
Hawker House @ Pritchards Road
I’ve mentioned Hawker House in past things to do in London and its all coming to an end on the 23rd March, get it in there whilst you can. Hawker House is inspired by the hawker centres of Singapore which are open air street food and drink complexes that sell a whole host of inexpensive food. If you’ve been to Street Feast’s past events at Dalston & Merchant Yards then you know its foodie heaven. Amongst the current traders are Bao’s awesome steamed buns, Breddos wickedly moreish pork belly croquettes, and Hotbox’s beef short rib smoked slowly for 9 hours.
Hawker House, 38-50 Pritchards Road, London, E2 8AP Friday & Saturday nights
Friday and Saturday
5pm – midnight
Free before 7 then £3
K Fashion Oddessy @ The Korean Cultural Centre (14th March)
For all you fashionistas out there the Korean Cultural Centre present the Artist Talk Party: Think in Fashion. This Talk Party is a showcase of young and emerging fashion designers, giving audiences the opportunity to discover and hear from the new talents in the fashion world. Almost all the designers of this Talk party have already participated in London Fashion Week and will discuss current fashion and hear their experience as they strive to launch careers in the global fashion market. There will also be a new pop-up fashion performance along with a DJ afterparty featuring the works of Hyein Seo, Gigi Jeehyun Jung and DJ Markos Spanoudakis
Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW
Friday 13th March
Free, RSVP required
The Act of Killing @ Birkbeck College (15th March)
In this chilling and inventive Oscar nominated documentary and one of my top films of 2013, executive produced by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and André Singer, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.
This is part of the college’s Cinema and Human Rights Days which seeks to provoke discussion and debate about the impact of cinema in documenting political struggles and exposing human rights abuses and there will be a number of contributors to the sessions and introducing screenings. In addition to The Act of Killing there will be screenings of The Village under the Forest and John Pilger’s new film Utopia across the whole weekend.
The events are free of charge but pre booking is required
The Birbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
Saturday 15th March
Burger Fest 2014 @ The Hackney Downs Studios (15th March)
This shit just got real!!! Following the release of their 10 best burgers in London. Twenty Something have come with a jam packed day of bun-based business, with five of London’s top traders – Wild Game Co., Honest Burger, Mother Flipper, Burger Craft, Street Kitchen. It will be a 6 course food fest with 5 half burgers and a bacon & maple syrup burger cupcake with a side of vanilla cookie fries for dessert from Cupcakes and Shhht, and a free bottle of Brew Dog beer.
There will be a fully stocked stocked bar and music through the night from Young & Lost Club and Stamp the Wax.
Its the perfect Saturday out for any burger enthusiast around
Burger Fest, Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT
Saturday 15th March
3.30pm – 11.30pm
Music and Medicine @ The Academy of Medical Science (20th March)
Music and Medicine is an evening of talks, performances and demonstrations that will showcase the more unexpected links between music and health, bringing together doctors, researchers and musicians for an evening of entertainment and intrigue.
On the night will be the Orchestra of St John’s, who hold pioneering musical therapy sessions with autistic children, and who will be sharing a very special performance and there will also be an opportunity to peer back in time at the history of medicine, step into the shoes of a performer, and lots of other surprises along the way.
It should be a great evening of education and music, and to top its all off its free, but tickets need to obtained in advance
The Academy of Medical Science, 41 Portland Place, London W1B 1QH
Thursday 20th March
6.30pm – 10pm
Secret Cinema (20th March – 4th May)
Not to be confused with their current Future Cinema showing of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (which is also highly recommended)- Secret Cinema are back for their 21st production
The movie and location is still unknown and clues are being sent via email and their Facebook page. More recent locations and movies have been Brazil in a huge tower block, The Shawshank Redemption in a disused prison, and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest in a old mental asylum. I went to them all and if this is anything to go by then this will be something special
Secret Cinema, location to be announced
20th March – 4th May
Martial Arts VHS Allnighter @ The Prince Charles Cinema (22nd March)
Presented by Viva VHS creators of the Good Bad Movie Club comes this allnighter of Martial Arts movies. Anyone who went to see Snake Deadly Act at The Prince Charles Cinema in the late 90s know that watching martial arts movies in that venue is something special
Dedicated to the martial arts movies of the 80s from the US the weird and wonderful Furious, the absolute classic The Last Dragon with the black disciple Bruce LeRoy, Sakura Killers, City Dragon, The absolutely amazing Miami Connection and a secret surprise movie all played from their original VHS tapes
This will be an amazing night of kung fu cheese and weirdness – not to be missed
The Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY
Saturday 22nd March
By Tendai – Cognitive Space