• Exhibition on screen: Van Gogh & Japan

    “I envy the Japanese” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and thrn creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find – the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today. Working with top international museums and galleries, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN create films which offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art, accompanied by insights from the world’s leading historians and arts critics. Since launching in 2011, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN have released 16 films which have been shown in over 50 countries across the globe and over one million seats have been sold! This is a wonderful resource for audiences worldwide – from Caracas to Cape Town, Berlin to Brisbane. Ticket cost £13. I'm sitting at D5. Please book the 7pm showing https://www.myvue.com/cinema/islington/event/eos-van-gogh--japan/times See you there :-)

  • F*cked Up Fairytales - fairytales simply not fit for children

    Ahem, let's do something slightly different :-). The dark, the twisted, the sensual and the obscene. The Embers Collective present an evening of fairytales simply not fit for children. An evening of F*cked Up Fairytales... Doors 7:00pm, show starts 7:30pm. Tickets £8/£10 in advance. https://tickets.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/something-a-little-different-events/fcked-up-fairytales?fbclid=IwAR2-DOCDU0BXQCKUqIkwMojm7Zca8Sxon6KEFwYFs0cT5GJ7tK7HPTVsAGA See you there :-)

  • Shakespeare's Globe - Twelfth Night

    Shakespeare's Globe

    When a shipwreck tears a family apart, twins Sebastian and Viola seek refuge in a new land. Filled with unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with subtle poetry, expressed through some of Shakespeare’s most exquisite songs. Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble present a trio of plays exploring the themes of refuge and displacement, performed as a touring production would have been staged in the 17th century, with a stripped back set and a small, versatile troupe of actors. Taking on multiple roles across all three plays, our talented international cast will unravel these timeless tales of those who have crossed seas and lost their families, are seeking new homes, and finding out what belonging truly means to them. Tickets cost £5 (standing) or from £20 (seated). Please be aware that the standing tickets are in the centre of the Globe theatre and there's no roof. If it rains, you'll get wet... I've of course bought a standing ticket for me :-) https://basket.shakespearesglobe.com/8587/8765 See you there :-)

  • Royal Society - Summer Science Exhibition Lates

    The Royal Society

    The late night opening at the Royal Society offers an exclusive and exciting programme of activities, alongside the opportunity to see 22 exhibits showcasing cutting-edge research in the main exhibition. From the science of beatboxing to 3D printing food, these innovative workshops, talks and hands-on activities make this an evening not to be missed for those with curious minds. There will also be a Science Cabaret and Tales of Science Past https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/07/lates-science-cabaret/ https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/07/lates-tales-of-science-past/ Attending the event - Free to attend - No registration required - Over-18s only - Doors open from 6pm See you there :-)