Round-up of ‘must do’ Arts, Exhibitions and Events from Oracle
Martine Syms: Fact & Trouble
ICA | To 19 June 2016
Fact & Trouble is an exhibition by American artist Martine Syms that examines the space between lived experience and its representation. Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston has inspired one area of the exhibition. Her words ‘Lightly, Slightly, Politely,’ adorn the walls in a typeface the LA-based artist also created. In the centre of the space are videos which Marine calls lessons. They are commercials for black radical traditions.
Martine Syms is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including recent presentations at Karma International, Bridget Donahue Gallery, the New Museum, Kunsthalle Bern, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Index Stockholm, MOCA Los Angeles and MCA Chicago. She’s lectured at Yale University, SXSW, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University and MoMA PS1, among other venues. Upcoming exhibitions include Made in LA at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and Manifesta 11 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Hackney Empire | 15 June – 03 July 2016
On April Fool’s Day 1984, hours before his 45th birthday, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father in the shared family home they called the ‘Big House.’ What happened there – and whether it was murder or suicide – has been shrouded in mystery since.
Soul: A searing portrait of the pitfalls of the American dream. This play is a parable about an American family prepared to do anything to promote and protect their children. Not just the story of Marvin Gaye, but of many a musical icon whose family life has been crushed by the effects of their stardom.
Post-show Talk Wed 22 Jun – join Roy Williams and other speakers as they talk about the importance of diversity in the arts.
Doors 17:00 & 19:00
Tickets From £10
291 Mare Street
London E8 1EJ
020 8985 2424
South Sudan: The Untold Story from Independence to Civil War
SOAS | 21 June 2016
This is a valuable talk and book launch.
Two and half years after becoming the world’s newest country, South Sudan was in the grips of renewed civil war and political strife. Hilde F. Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary- General and Head of the UN Mission, was witness to the many challenges of the new nation. She provides a unique insider’s account of South Sudan’s descent from the ecstatic celebrations of July 2011 to the outbreak of the disastrous conflict in December 2013 and the early phases of the fighting.
Speakers: Hilde F. Johnson, Clare Short, Barney Afako
Chair: Professor Mats Berdal (King’s College London)
Entry Free: Registration Required
SOAS University of London
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT)
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square,
London WC1H 0XG
National Theatre | To 25 June 2016
by Suhayla El-Bushra, after Erdman
The Suicide is a comedy. The main character is Sam. Things are getting tough for Sam. No job, benefits stopped and stuck in a tiny flat with wife Maya and her mum. The pressure is building. It feels like there might be only one way out.
But every ending is a beginning and there are plenty of people keen to capitalise on Sam’s momentous decision. From corrupt local politicians to social media-savvy kids, everyone wants a piece of Sam’s demise. It scarcely matters what Sam actually wants. Faced with the promise of immortality, what’s his life worth?
Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into contemporary urban Britain, bringing hip-hop, live music and fast-paced humour to the Lyttelton. It’s provocative and funny.
Running Time: 2 hours 30 mins inc interval
Tickets £15 – £35
Lyttelton Theatre @ National Theatre | Southbank
London SE1 9PX,
Phone: 020 7452 3000
BFI | 27 June 2016 @ 2pm
Black Joy is an of adaptation of Jamal Ali’s play. Set in Brixton, this comedy is about an immigrant country boy who arrives in London with hopes for an easier life. It doesn’t quite work out that way! The soundtrack includes soul and reggae classics.
Starring Norman Beaton, Trevor Thomas and Floella Benjamin.
Event: 14:00 (2pm) Matinee session
Seniors free when booking by ‘phone or in person only.
London SE1 8XT
Box office020 7928 3232
Learn Traditional & Contemporary Dance
With Georges Momboye
WAC Arts | 26 – 27 June
Georges Momboye is an international choreographer from the Ivory Coast.
Accompanied by live musicians and his French drummer, Georges will be teaching traditional Ivorian African Dance and Contemporary African Dance during the weekend.
Classes start at 13:00
Hampstead Town Hall Centre,
213 Haverstock Hill,
London NW3 4QP
tel: 020 7692 5800
Muhammad Ali: I Am The Greatest
o2 | To 31 Aug 2016
This exhibition explores the life of probably the greatest sportsman of all time, Muhammad Ali. It is a chance to experience a taste of the ‘Muhammad Ali Center’ the museum in Louisville dedicated to the six core principles of Ali’s life and inspired by his story which transcends boxing with its humanity and diversity.
The story includes Ali’s rise from humble beginnings in Kentucky where he was known as The Louisville Lip, to becoming the three times heavyweight champion of the World and known as The Greatest.
Weekdays: 10.00 – 16.00 last ticket entry (clear by 17.30)
Weekend: 10.00 – 17.30 last ticket entry (clear by 19.00)
Adults £18:00 plus booking fee
Children £09:00 plus booking fee
NAMBUCCA | Saturday 2 July 2016
The fourth annual festival celebrating the strength and spirit of women and girls past, present and future. Speakers including Shami Chakrabarti, Sunny Singh, Rachael Holmes and Sarah Jackson, plus comedy, poets, and bands. Children’s entertainment, stalls, food and bar!
Speakers include Shami Chakrabarti, Sunny Singh, Rachael Holmes and Sarah Jackson, plus comedy, poets, and bands. Children’s entertainment, stalls, food and bar!
Saturday 2 July 13:00 – 01:00 Sunday 3 July
Tickets £5, book here
596 Holloway Rd
N7 6LB London