Your Weekly Guide
Pick of the week *Hidden Figures
Various Cinemas |Out on February 17 2017
The incredible untold story of genius African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind America’s space launches.
The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. These brilliant African-American women worked at NASA. They were the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. A stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Not to be missed. Various cinemas.
BFI Southbank| Odeon | Rio Dalston
Running time 127 minutes
The Science Museum | 08 Feb – 03 Sep 2017
Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human.
Exhibits from the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab. Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, this blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires, and position in a rapidly changing world.
An incredible journey spanning five centuries, illustrated with robotic artifacts from around the globe. From a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids, Robots will make you look at yourself and society in a whole new way.
Entry 10:00 – 18:00
Tickets adults £15 | kids £13 Under 7’s free
Museum Lates: Adults Only from £ £7:50 | £6:50 concs | £7:00 seniors. Last Wednesday of each month until August
London, SW7 2DD
The Greatest Sneakers Of All Time
The Archivist’s Gallery | To 10 Feb
An exhibition created in search and celebration of the 25 greatest sneakers of all time. Voted for by an international poll of the general public & industry experts.
The exhibition will be both a history and an homage. It reveals the secret stories behind the creation of the most iconic sneakers ever made; providing a fascinating narrative of the integral role they played within key sporting & cultural movements throughout the 20th & 21st century. It even offers a glimpse into the psychological hinterland of the cult of sneaker obsession.
Featuring a 3,000-year timeline, G.O.A.T Sneakers identifies the earliest known iterations of the shoe before chronicling its evolution across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
Entry daily 10:00 – 18:00
2-10 Hertford Road
London N1 5ET
020 3598 2626
Emeka Egbuonu: My Sisters Pain Book Launch
Hackney Empire | 10 Feb 2017
Emeka Egbuonu celebrates the Book Launch of his new book My Sister’s Pain – an emotional tale of two sisters and the lemons life throws at them.
Presented in Variety Bill format, the evening will be a celebration of Sisterhood and a night filled with all female performers including singers, poets, dancers, speakers, drama and much more. Special guests include Jamelia, Egwu Oganiru, Christina Matovu, Project G, Free Spirit, Jade & Angelica, Samantha Jayne, Karen Allen, Jemilea, Tanika, Kate Anolue, Dylema and MC Angel.
Running time: 2 hours inc 20 min Interval
Tickets all seats: £10 adv | £12.50 doors *plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone.
291 Mare Stree
+44 (0)20 8985 2424
Royal Court Theatre | To 11 Feb 2017
Caryl Churchill’s critically-acclaimed play captures the mood of the time.
Escape Alone is set in a sunlit suburban garden; four septuagenarian women talk about the banalities of everyday life. Their stories expand to a world of private pain which reveal a vision of an impending dystopian future.
In Escape Alone random gossip that Sally has an aversion to cats, Lena’s a depressive agoraphobe, and Vi, formerly a hairdresser, has murdered her husband. Mrs Jarrett, suggests that tomorrow’s problems will be far greater monstrously magnified by a coming catastrophe. Brexit perhaps?
Stephen K Amos: World Famous
Soho Theatre | 14 – 25 Feb 2017
Globe-trotting laughter master Stephen K Amos returns with his new tour show
In the last twelve months, Stephen has performed his unique brand of feel-good comedy all over England, Scotland, Wales, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Australia, Tazmania, New Zealand, and the Seychelles.
What did he find when he got there? People. People like you and me and some of them said the most ridiculous things. To his face! All that, and more in a brand new tour show for 2016-2017
Running time: 90 minutes
Tickets Tues – Thurs £16 Fri – Sat £20
Downstairs at Soho Theatre
21 Dean Street
London Wd1 3NE
020 7478 0100
Everything Exists Now
Kristin Hjellegjerde | To 18 Feb 2017
“Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is.
13 artists who each reflect on their current moment through personal, political and historical viewpoints, united by the common lens of time. From different backgrounds and artistic practices, the final whole is a nod to the concept of Eternalism, a space in which each moment exists in and of itself, an endless loop in which all these points exist at once. If indeed, the idea really is that Everything Exists Now, then all moments are present simultaneously.
Admission Tue-Sat 11:00 – 18:00
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
533 Old York Rd
020 8875 0110
Homecoming: Glory Whispers
Theatre 503 | 21 Feb – 01 April 2017
A domestic thriller that begins with a whispered name and leads to a reunion charged with hope, deception and the spectre of addiction.
An unexpected reunion with Glory brings hope to Mina. If she can stay clean and Glory can bring up a kid then maybe even mad Jonno can fix up, and they can be a family again. But sacrifices, secrets, and survival can get in the way of your dreams.
Homecomings is a festival of new plays by prisoners and ex-prisoners about getting out and going home.
Performances Tues – Sat 19:45 | Matinee 15:00
Tickets £15 | £12 concs
503 Battersea Park Road
London SW11 3BW
020 7978 7040
Southwark Playhouse | To 25 Feb 2017
School Play is set against the backdrop of an education system in turmoil. It is a sharp, wry and timely drama that asks what it means to be a primary school teacher in contemporary Britain.
The headteacher’s office of a South London primary school is always busy. But today is results day, and the phone won’t stop ringing. Jo, the headteacher of St. Barnabas, knows that the arrival of the school’s SATs results puts her job on the line. With the future of the school and its pupils at stake, Jo struggles to maintain order as her staff and superiors demand answers. Can she protect her students and herself?
Post Show Talks
Friday 10th February
Q&A | Reflection on the Play with Director, Playwright and Head Teacher from St Andrew’s (Barnsbury) Church of England Primary School | 9.40pm
Monday 13th February
Post-Show Discussion with Cast, Director, and Playwright | 12:40
Tuesday 21st February
Drama Workshop for schools before performance | 14:30
77-85 Newington Causeway
020 7407 0234
Banishanta: World of Sinners
Rich Mix | To 26 Feb 2017
A solo exhibition by the award-winning photographer Shahadat Hossain on 150 women and girls who live and work as sex workers.
Banishanta is a tiny island in Bangladesh, constantly under the threat of the rising waters – consists of 150 women and girls who live and work as sex workers inside a state-licensed brothel. This exhibition explores their stories.
‘When I reached the Banishantaghat – locally referred as the ‘Banishanta Para (brothel),’ it felt like I had left the city and entered a different world altogether – the world of the condemned. Many of the chhokris (enslaved sex workers) are underage. Unregistered at birth, none of them know their birth dates, and they don’t have any proof of identity.
Officially these girls do not exist, so it is nearly impossible for them to leave the island for a better life after they complete their terms as enslaved sex workers. Some of the girls are runaways who left home to escape poor conditions or bad marriages and ended up at the brothels where their lives get written-off. Many others have been abducted and sold to a Madam by a parent or relative. Others were born into the brothels. They must take 5-10 clients a day, and most of them don’t receive any money, as they must first repay the people who bought them.
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
020 7613 7498
Magical Lantern Festival
Chiswick House and Gardens | To 26 Feb 2017
A celebration of Chinese New Year and the year of the Rooster 2017. The theme this year: ‘Explore The Silk Road.’
A celebration of Chinese New Year and the cultural significance surrounding this extraordinary event.
Visitors will discover great life-sized and oversized lantern scenes, which represent and highlight this significant route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China. The Silk Road Festival journey begins with a 15-metre wide lantern of London’s Houses of Parliament. Visitors continue their tour by exploring lanterns related to the Silk Road representing Europe, Central Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China.
Admission Thurs – Sun 17:00 – 22:00
Ticketed entry every 15 minutes arrive 15 minutes before chosen entry time
Chiswick House Gardens
London, W4 2QN
020 7101 5450
Weli Creative Email
Entrance via the Dukes Avenue Gate, accessible on foot only from A4 Westbound
South Africa – The Art Of A Nation
British Museum | To 26 Feb 2017
See the history of a nation from a new perspective
From some of the earliest examples of human creativity to cutting-edge contemporary works, discover the fascinating history of South Africa through art.
In this exhibition, a diverse range of art from across the ages tells a story that stretches back 100,000 years. From rock art made by the country’s earliest Peoples to works by South African artists at the forefront of contemporary art, the exhibition features beautiful and important objects, which illustrate South Africa’s rich history.
The exhibition features a selection of significant objects, including some of the world’s oldest art objects and striking contemporary pieces responding to the country’s recent past. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the many Peoples that have contributed to the story of South Africa.
Admission 10:00 – 17:30
Tickets £12.00 | Members/under 16s free | Booking fee: £1.00 per ticket
Great Russell St
+44 (0)20 7323 8181
Kew Gardens | To 05 March 2017
Orchids is a colorful celebration of India’s vibrant plants and culture.
Inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life of India, this year’s festival will feature giant floral displays created using exotic orchids, decorative rickshaws, Indian soundscapes, films and much more.
Day admission includes entry to the festival. Friends of Kew enter free.
Tickets from £14
To book by phone 0844 995 9672 (Calls cost 7ppm plus standard network charges)
Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?
Whitechapel Gallery | To 05 March 2017
Do women have to be naked to get into a Museum?
The Guerrilla Girls are probably the art world’s most creative complainers. For over 30 years they have been successfully showing the hypocrisy of American galleries and museums. Now they are turning their attention to Europe. Is it worse in Europe?
They explore diversity in European art organisations. It presents responses to questionnaires sent to 383 directors about their exhibitions programme and collections. The questions were formulated to critically look at the narratives that are produced by cultural institutions.
Admission 10:00 – 18:00
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
Savoy Theatre | To 11 March 2017
A musical loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes.
Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America and loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams.’ They learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous.
Tickets from £15 plus £3 booking fee
Strand WC2R 0ET
The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
Royal Theatre | To 11 March 2017
It is a musical that follows the life of Viveca, a young African-American girl who dreams of becoming a dancer in 1960’s America. A cheeky and satirical coming-of-age story with an original score fusing Motown, pop, and R&B.
There isn’t a black child who hasn’t woken up one day to realise they won’t ever be the blond haired blue eyed princess or prince. In a world where black is always trouble – that smiling and fitting in costs – so you become a chameleon – changing who you are to fit others!
We follow Viveca journey from school in 1960s LA through to auditions on Broadway. It is a look at how women have been defined by others and themselves from the 1960s to present day. It also considers growing up during the civil rights movement. Viveca chooses to face the realities of racism and sexism with optimism and faith and discovers her self-worth.
Suitable for ages 13+
Post Show Talks
Fri 10 Feb: discussion panel includes Fadi Tavoukdjian (Writing Manager) and Kirsten Childs (Writer).
Sat 11 Feb: Bonnie Greer leads a discussion about the themes of the show with Writer Kirsten Childs, Actress and Twerk Innovator Kelechi Okafor and Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway.
Thurs 9 March: TRSE Artistic Director Kerry Michael chairs a Q&A with members of the Bubbly company.
Signed 9 Mar 7.30pm
Captioned 10 Mar 7.30pm
Audio described 11 Mar 2.30pm
Newham Resident Discount Night
Wed 1 Feb £2.50 proof of address required, subject to availability
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Gerry Raffles Square
London E15 1BN
020 8534 0310
Foundling Museum | To 30 April 2017
An exhibition of photographs, and a symposium exploring children at play around the world.
The exhibition presents a series of Neville’s photographs of children at play in diverse environments around the world. Immersing himself in communities from Port Glasgow to North London, and in the war zones of Afghanistan and Ukraine, the artist has captured beautiful moments of free, spontaneous play.
Mark Neville is renowned for his socially focused projects. The aim here is to generate debate on the complex nature of children’s play and to advocate for improved provision for this universal right.
Armed conflict has internally displaced 13 million children, and traditional public space is being privatised. So this is a timely exhibition. Child’s Play reinforces our responsibility to ensure that children the world over have full opportunity for play and recreation.
Admission Tue-Sat 10:00 – 17:00 | Sun 11:00 – 17:00 | Mon closed
40 Brunswick Square
020 7841 3600
How We See Animals
Wellcome Collection | 21 May 2017
It’s not what you see; it’s how you see it.
Organised around four themes – ‘Ordering,’ ‘Displaying,’ ‘Observing’ and ‘Making’ – this exhibition questions the approach of ‘learning through looking.’
A major exhibition that examines what we think, feel, and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to reveal the hierarchies in our view of the natural world and consider how these influence our actions, or inactions, towards the planet.
Admission Tues – Sat 10:00 – 18:00/Thurs 22:00 | Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK.
tel: +44 (0)20 7611 2222
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 25 June 2017
The annual free exhibition of stunning space photography
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the biggest international competition of its kind, annually showcasing spectacular images shot by astrophotographers worldwide.
For a taste of past exhibits and a preview of this year’s contestants click on the link
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
What’s on Wildlife Photographer of the Year*
Natural History Museum | To 10 Sept 2017
100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet.
From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers’ passion for the natural world produces startling images.
Admission 10:00 -17:50
Tickets Adults from £10.50 | Child & concs from £6.50 | Family from £27.00
The Natural History Museum
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