Your Weekly Guide
Pick of the week *Nile Rogers
Autism Rocks presents CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith | 23 Dec 2016
Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. As a cultural icon and music innovator with more than 200 production credits to his name, Nile Rodgers transcends all styles of music across every generation.
Nile Rodgers amplifies his legacy as a Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music.
U15s with an adult
As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times,” distinguished CHIC as the “most sampled band in history” (The Guardian, 2011), won CHIC nine Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, and generated groundbreaking pop hits like “Le Freak,” which was inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame.
His career-defining productions for David Bowie (Let’s Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Diana Ross (Diana), and Sister Sledge (We Are Family), plus his work with artists like Duran Duran, INXS, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, The B-52s, and Michael Jackson, have sold over 200 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music.
Tickets from £49
Service and handling fees are added to the price of each ticket
There is a £1.25 venue restoration levy included in the price
5 Queen Caroline Street
W6 9QH London
Feferity Presents: Tony Dudu Live!
Upstairs at the Ritzy
After a short international tour, Tony Dudu returns to play here in London with his band The Gumbe Jazz to perform some beautiful rhythm styles of Afro-jazz, soul & disco fusion all in the name of festive spirits. With your host, DJ Freestyle on the decks.
The Feferity end of year party have a very special treat in store for you! Tony Dudu, of Guinea Bissau, is an incredible musician; he was nine years old when he built his first guitar from an olive oil tin, a broom handle and two nylon strings. At the age of twelve he joined ‘Os Lacaraes’, Guinea-Bissau’s first infant musical band. Two years later he was invited to play with the famous group “Africa Livre”, where he met Manecas Costa and Justino Delgado, and later became their lead guitarist. It was during this time that Tony began to receive recognition for his virtuosic guitar playing and was invited to play with numerous international greats.
Live music: 21:00 Party till Midnight
Tickets: Only £5!
Brixton SW2 1JG
Chanukah – Jewish Festival of Lights
Trafalgar Square | 24 Dec – 01 Jan 2017
Chanukah is a Jewish celebration that dates back almost 2,500 years. Held from the 25th night of the Jewish month of Kislev, Chanukah is marked by the lighting of a candle in a menorah for each night of the festival.
The origins of Chanukah, sometimes known as Hanukkah or Chanukah, lie in an uprising against a successor of Alexander the Great around 2,400 years ago.
The revolt was successful, but the Jewish Temple was destroyed in the battle. When the Jews came to rededicate their temple, they found there was only enough sanctified oil to light it for one day.
Miraculously, the oil stayed alight for eight days. And this is why Chanukah is an eight-day celebration that’s also known as the “festival of lights”.
12:00 Free Event
London WC2N 5DN
Hackney Empire | To 8 Jan 2017
A spellbinding spectacular family pantomime will be packed with colourful characters, knockabout comedy, show-stopping musical routines, magic and sparkle, played out in our beautiful Victorian Theatre. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a fabulous fairy tale treat this Christmas season!
time & tickets
Performances: Evening and Matinee – Times Vary
Tickets: £ 36 – £10 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)
291 Mare St
London E8 1EJ
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Southwark Playhouse | To 08 Jan 2017
A magical tale of growing up and finding acceptance.
Kiki is a 13 year old witch and, as tradition dictates, it is time for her to leave home and family to make a new life for herself. Equipped with her ability to fly and accompanied by Jiji, her faithful feline companion, she sets out to find a place where she can use her powers for the greater good and that one day she might call home.
A magical tale of growing up and finding acceptance Kiki’s Delivery Service is a story for everyone aged 7 and up.
Kiki’s Delivery Service is adapted from the bestselling and award winning book by Japanese author Eiko Kadono. The book has previously been adapted in to a live action film and most notably an award winning animation by Studio Ghibli
Performances: 19:30 | Matinee 15:00 |Running Time 70 mins approx
Tickets £20 | £16 concessions | All preview tickets £12
£64 family ticket (4 tickets: party must include at least one adult and one under-16)
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD
020 7407 0234
Whitechapel Gallery | To 08 January 2017
In a new work for the Project Galleries, London-based artist Samson Kambalu (b. 1975) draws inspiration from early cinema and watching films as a child in Malawi.
Flickering images, appropriated footage, improvised projections, unexpected power cuts and a lively audience made every screening a joyful live event, one that also made visible the mechanics of film.
Turning the gallery into a magazine spread, Kambalu projects his black and white films of visual slapstick alongside his writings. Influenced by Situationism and psychogeography, as well as by the Gule Wamkulu rituals practiced among the Chewa people, Kambalu embraces the subversive potential of non-productive time, gift economies, and play.
Performances Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
Tickets FREE ENTRY
Galleries 5 & 6
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
THE EY EXHIBITION: WIFREDO LAM
TATE MODERN | To 08 January 2017
Wifredo Lam sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture. Throughout his long career, Lam’s work addressed themes of social injustice, nature, and spirituality, that challenged prevailing attitudes held by western artists about other cultures.
Wifredo Lam’s distinctive style shook the assumptions of Western Modernism. His unique paintings introduced the symbolism of his Cuban roots and defined a new way of painting for a post-colonial world. As he traveled in Europe and North and South America, he was a witness to twentieth-century political upheaval – including the Spanish Civil War, the evacuation of artists and intellectuals from France with the onset of World War II, and the new Cuba borne of the Revolution.
Tickets £14.50 FREE for Members
020 7887 8888
Somerset House | To 15 January 2017
The eye of modern Malie.
Sidibé is celebrated for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence in 1960.
At a time when the West was fretting about whether photography was even an art form, Malick Sidibé was taking pictures of young people in Bamako which contain all the issues in that debate: authenticity, imitation, control of the image. Not because he was a theorist, but because all of those issues were also central to the newly emerging country. We see teenagers doing the twist, showing off their record collections, rocking drainpipes, then flares, then pimp suits. Friends relax by a river: everyone is young and carefree. But there are questions in these images too.
Doors 10:00 – 18:00
whats on @National Theatre | To 10 Jan 2017
Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.
In the run up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation. A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan.
Performances 19:30 & 14:30
Tickets Mon – Thu £35 – £15 | Fri & Sat evening £40 – £18
Ways to save: Previews 6 – 12 December £30 – £15
The National Theatre
London SE1 9PX
Bedlam: The Asylum
whats on @Welcome Collection | To 15 Jan 2017
Asylums are a thing of the past in Britain, whether they helped the patients is debatable.
Named after the South London Royal Bethlem Hospital, Bedlam a new exhibition at the Wellcome looks at the tensions between biomedical and psychosocial therapy for mental illness, the imperative to protect patients, and how integration benefits patients and the public.
Doors: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 Sunday 11:00
83 Euston Road
020 7611 2222
Telling Her Story
Royal Festival Hall | 31 Jan 2017
Poet Rachel Long curates an exclusive space for women of colour who want to read, write and grow creatively.
In this new series of workshops, women of colour will have their voices not only heard but celebrated, nurtured and developed. Themes across the workshop series will include; Place/Displacement – The Personal as Political
– Growing Up: Girl into Womanhood – Ekphrasis – Writing from Art.
Dates: 31 Jan 2017, 28 Feb 2017, 14 March 2017
Admission 18:30 – 20:30
Royal Festival Hall
Level 3 Function Room
Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7960 4200
South Africa – The Art Of A Nation
whatson @ 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
Ticket booking: +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?
whatson @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.
Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? explores 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.
Curator’s Tour Thu 8 Dec, 6:30pm | Free
Admission 10:00 – 18:00
Tickets ENTRY FREE
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
Savoy Theatre | To 11 March 2017
Loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes. Featuring the classic songs.
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
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 25 June 2017
Come and be inspired by 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
Visit the exhibition to see 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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