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March 2016

Art

Date for Diary – Jeff Koons to Exhibit At Newport Street Gallery This May

March 29, 2016

Jeff Koons Exhibition at Newport Street Gallery In May

Newport Street Gallery will present a solo exhibition of work by American artist Jeff Koons, titled ‘Now’. Curated by Damien Hirst, the show will run for five months, from 18th May to 16th October 2016.  Spanning thirty-five years of Koons’s extraordinary career, ‘Now’ will include over thirty paintings, works on paper and sculptures drawn from Hirst’s collection. The exhibition features iconic works, dating from 1979 to 2014, from Koons’s series Inflatables, The New, Equilibrium, Luxury and Degradation, Made in Heaven, Popeye,and Hulk Elvis, amongst others.  ‘Now’ is the first major UK show to be devoted to the artist since the exhibition, ‘Jeff Koons: Popeye Series’, at the Serpentine Gallery in 2009.  Born in 1955, Jeff Koons is widely considered to be one of the most significant artists to have emerged in the postwar era. Since the late 1970s, his diverse work has explored themes pertaining to taste, consumerism, mass culture, beauty, acceptance and the role of the artist. Having once stated, ‘everything already exists in this world’, Koons has also reconfigured the concept of the readymade.  Hirst first saw Koons’s work – which he has been collecting for twelve years – in the 1987–1988 group exhibition ‘New York Art Now’, presented at the Saatchi Gallery during Hirst’s second year at Goldsmiths college.  ‘Power Stations’, Newport Street Gallery’s inaugural exhibition of paintings by John Hoyland (1934–2011), has been extended by one week, allowing visitors a final opportunity to see the work of one of Britain’s leading abstract artists. ‘Power Stations’will now close on 10th April 2016.  Newport Street Gallery is the realisation of Hirst’s long-term ambition to share his extensive collection of art –which includes over 3,000 works – with the public.  Newport Street Gallery is open on Bank Holidays. Please see website for details.  Entry to all exhibitions is free.

Damien Hirst’s Newport Street gallery will be exhibiting work by American artist Jeff Koons, in a solo show titled ‘Now’. Curated by Damien Hirst, the show will run for five months, from 18th May to 16th October 2016.

Spanning thirty-five years of Koons’s extraordinary career, ‘Now’ will include over thirty paintings, works on paper and sculptures drawn from Hirst’s collection. The exhibition features iconic works, dating from 1979 to 2014, from Koons’s series Inflatables, The New, Equilibrium, Luxury and Degradation, Made in Heaven, Popeye,and Hulk Elvis, amongst others.

‘Now’ is the first major UK show to be devoted to the artist since the exhibition, ‘Jeff Koons: Popeye Series’, at the Serpentine Gallery in 2009.

Born in 1955, Jeff Koons is widely considered to be one of the most significant artists to have emerged in the postwar era. Since the late 1970s, his diverse work has explored themes pertaining to taste, consumerism, mass culture, beauty, acceptance and the role of the artist. Having once stated, ‘everything already exists in this world’, Koons has also reconfigured the concept of the readymade.

Hirst first saw Koons’s work – which he has been collecting for twelve years – in the 1987–1988 group exhibition ‘New York Art Now’, presented at the Saatchi Gallery during Hirst’s second year at Goldsmiths college.

Entry to all exhibitions is free.

 

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New West End Shows Coming to London In 2016

March 22, 2016

New Shows Coming to London In 2016

If you’re planning a trip to the West End this year, there’s certainly plenty to see. 2016 is already shaping up to be a top year for London theatre and here are some of our recommended shows to get tickets early for:

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There is so much excitement around the upcoming Aladdin production andtickets have been selling like hotcakes. The reason? It could be the nostalgic nod to our favourite Disney film or the fact that it’s received rave reviews from the recent Broadway run. Finally, the West End gets to see Aladdin in all its glory, and it’s going to be well worth the wait. Buy tickets for Aladdin.

Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls. Amber Riley. Photo credit Blair Caldwell

 

The movie Dreamgirls was an instant hit and we’re sure the West End version will follow in its footsteps. Showing at The Savoy Theatre from November, we may have a little bit of a wait but it promises to have pre-Xmas crowds snapping up tickets in anticipation. The Broadway version opened 35 years ago and this is the first West End production fans will be treated to. Tickets are not on sale yet but you can keep your eyes peeled here for the latest info: Dreamgirls tickets

 

 

 

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Funny Girl

We know Sheridan Smith from the TV but she is no stranger to London theatre either, with many highly acclaimed stage performances under her belt. Set to play the inimitable Fanny Brice at the West End this year, Funny Girl is a classic feel-good production that will delight families and adults.  Tickets are available now with performances from 9th April 2016. Buy Funny Girl tickets.

The Play That Goes Wrong

If you’re looking for a fabulous comedy you can take the whole family to, The Play That Goes Wrong has to be it! The storyline is centred around the failed attempts of an amateur drama society trying to put on a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is currently running at The Duchess Theatre and has been voted Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards 2015. Buy tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong.

So there we have it; our top new West End picks for 2016. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Dreamgirls Image Credit: Blare Caldwell

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Easter events at Kings Cross, Friday 24 March – Saturday 2 April

March 11, 2016

King's Cross Easter Egg Hunt

Kings Cross has lots of events this Easter for adults and children. Head to King’s Boulevard and board the Easter Train for a day of family fun. The special road train will journey to Granary Square, where you’ll meet giant bunnies armed with baskets of yummy treats.

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Show off your creative skills and take part in the Japanese kawaii-inspired Easter egg decorating competition.

Hop back on for the next destination, the King’s Cross Pond for an eggscellent Easter egg hunt. Last stop on this Easter journey is the Skip Garden, with garden tours between 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm, and a chance to meet the Skip Garden’s resident chickens!

The Easter Train will run from 10am – 4pm. All events are free, and no booking is required.

For more information please visit: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/event/all-aboard-the-easter-express

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Free coffee on World Poetry Day – Monday 21st March, 2016

March 11, 2016

world poetry day

To celebrate World Poetry Day on Monday 21st March, Julius Meinl, the Viennese coffee company, is offering free coffee and tea to any customer who visits a participating location and shares a handwritten poem. Using poetry as currency, ‘Pay With A Poem’ will take place in cafes, bars and restaurants serving Julius Meinl, including at Balans Soho Society, where internationally acclaimed poet and campaign ambassador, Robert Mo
ntgomery, will be on hand to help liquidate your lines!

Date: Monday 21st March, 2016

Time: All day event (Robert Montgomery available between 11am – 2pm)

Location: Balans Soho Society
60 – 62 Old Compton Street
London W1D 4UG

Tickets: This event is FREE!

To find out more about World Poetry Day and how you can take part, visit www.facebook.com/JuliusMeinlOfficial andwww.meinlcoffee.com. Follow the social conversation using #PayWithAPoem and #PoetryForChange.

Meet a londoner

Meet a Londoner: Cherry Collins, Creative Director of shopping app GRABBLE

March 10, 2016

Today’s we meet the ‘FashionITster’ – Cherry Collins, Creative Director of one of London’s hottest tech start-ups and must-have shopping app GRABBLE.

Meet Cherry Collins 

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Cherry, can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

Having spent almost a decade working within the fashion industry doing everything from print design to styling, I joined Grabble – a new mobile shopping app – in 2015 where I’m now Creative Director.

Why London?

I moved to London from Tunbridge Wells. I was absolutely desperate to escape to the city and loved the idea of being a small fish in a big pond. As much as I love the country and ironically, am now at an age where I appreciate it, I found it quite suffocating and was definitely craving a more creative, vibrant atmosphere.

I live in Greenwich and have done for 12 years now. When I left for university, I didn’t want to be paying extortionate rates for student accommodation that I inevitably wouldn’t like. Luckily, I managed to persuade my sister to go halves with me on a flat, and that’s where I’ve been ever since. Greenwich is leafy, has a great little village atmosphere with coffee shops and a wonderful park, much like Tunbridge Wells, but it’s also only a 20 minute tube journey to Bond Street. That said, in two months i’m moving to Battersea so that I can ride my bike to work and take advantage of a different park and excellent brunch spots.

What are your favourite places to go in London?

There’s nothing quite like strolling around Borough Market before walking along the South Bank in the Summer. Somerset House at Christmas is magical, as is the Natural History Museum at night.

Where do you usually shop?

I love walking around Selfridges, Liberty and The Conran Shop, but I also love stores like Monologue and Modern Society on Redchurch Street.

Are there any restaurants that you can recommend to our readers?

Andrew Edmonds is perfect for a romantic date. Bob Bob Richard is a great way to start a night with the girls. Dishoom’s Shoreditch branch serves the best breakfast, and Ask For Janice is perfect for a quick bite to eat at lunch or for cocktails in their basement after work.

Is there anything that annoys you about living in London?

After 12 years I seem to have finally reached the stage where people pushing me on and off the tube, walking slowly in front of me, and tourists stopping just in front of the tube gates, no longer annoys me!

What advice could you give to others who want to choose to start a business in London?

We’ve moved offices 6/7 times and now we’re finally settled at Runway East, Moorgate. We work with 10/15 other start-ups and it’s not only a great environment, but it means there are always people around to inspire you and to help if there’s something you’re not sure of. My biggest piece of advice would be to choose your location wisely!

Can you share any hidden gems in London that nobody else knows about?

I’m sure other people know about it, but I love breakfast on the water at The Counter Cafe in the Summer, before cycling along the canal to Angel and looking around the little shops there. I’m also a fan of the restaurant No67 in Peckham, they have a lovely greenhouse and bookshop…most of my favourite places revolve around brunch!

Finally, are there any other cities in the world that you’ve visited that you’d live in?

I absolutely love New York, I’d live there in a heartbeat, similarly Vancouver, Stockholm and Copenhagen. I love how similar they are to London in that they’re fast pace and creative, but also how different they are in their offering. New York has superb restaurants, bars and shopping, Vancouver has incredible hills and lakes and such a healthy, clean way of life, Stockholm and Copenhagen are arty and have wonderful homewares.

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Grabble is free to download on iOS and Android: Live The Stylish Life. Mobile shopping made simple.

Thanks Cherry for sharing your perspective of the city.