Spirited away from the hubbub of the city, sitting on the bustling boundaries of Islington and Camden, a 65 metre wide gallery resides hidden behind the Attic Self Storage building in Kings Cross. Market Road Gallery is a newly opened space for everyone to contribute to. It is London’s first bookable open air public gallery. Everyone, from the neighbourhood cat to a fancy pants established artiste, can create artwork for the space.
Who are the Heather Brothers? It’s a question that’s been keeping me up at night. Ever since I was asked to review their latest musical, Holy Crap, I’ve been trapped in something of a Google wormhole. To begin at the beginning: the Heather Brothers are, depending on who you ask, a musical writing duo/trio/quartet. Born in London, they grew up in Zimbabwe, where they spent their teenage years performing in a fraternal rock band. Again, depending on who you ask, they were variously known as: The Chequers, The Three People or Quiet World.
“Arriving back in the UK, after a long time away, there seemed to have been a swing towards xenophobia and the dehumanizing and vilify of both migrants and refugees was happening at the highest levels. I wanted to create a short that would address this trend.” Director Daniel Mulloy
Hang Up Gallery have some pretty hush hush news. And it goes a little something like this: Darryl ‘Run’ DMC McDaniels will be popping up in the Stoke Newington gallery this month to launch his new collection of works, The Art of DMC. This is the icon’s first London exhibition, showing new and unseen collection of ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a body of signed limited edition prints showcasing his underlying passion for comics.
Get a different perspective on the city you live in this June. Film London are holding a screening of archive footage of London’s outer boroughs through the decades, underscored by live music accompaniment. The best of London’s Screen Archives hugely successful project, London: A Bigger Picture will be shown, funded by Heritage Lottery three years ago.
Currently showing at Camden People’s Theatre, performance artist Tom Marshman’s play Kings Cross (Remix) is a glorious celebration of a bygone era. The show is a tightly crafted journey through the stories of some of the people who made up the 1980s Kings Cross LGBTQ scene. Bursting with warmth, charm and affection, the play is a must see for anyone interested in learning more about London’s alternative history.
“Only last night I found myself lost / by the station called King's Cross. / Dead and wounded on either side / you know it's only a matter of time.” [Pet Shop Boys - Kings Cross] It’s the night after the play and I’m standing at the bar of ‘The Big Chill House’ on Pentonville Road in Kings Cross. It’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ (#TBT) and happy hour is definitely over.
Ceramics with charisma. Local pottery genius, Laura Bird has of course graced the digital pages of It’s Nice That, sold out in Anthropologie* and taken her seat at many a London ceramics stall since just recently starting her career in ceramics. It’s no surprise she is well loved: her unique and gentle humour exudes from every jar, planter and candlestick holder, adorned with cheeky expressions and impish grins.
Patron Cave a Manger’s pop up cinema are shacking up at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town to screen The Artist. Soak up the atmoshpere of the Festival du Cannes with swanky popcorn and elegant cocktails. Get red carpet ready for this special screening of The Artist - the ridiculously popular award winning silent French film that everyone fell in love with.
"Ooh they’re doing a psych night at Moth Club Tina!” "What, again?” It’s a familiar sentence. Fast becoming a buzzword for young musos and Beyond Retro dwellers alike, psych music is no longer just for the suede fringed waistcoat wearing Acid Jazz lovers who curse their parents they weren’t born in 1966. No no. The psych music spectrum has spread it’s bendy wings and shaken off it’s lava lamp skin to embrace a whole host of musical genres. From William Burroughs to Pet Sounds to Thee Oh Sees, the genre’s had a birth, decline and resurgence. Nambucca in Finsbury Park are totally capitalising on this revival with their new monthly night, SIKE! This Thursday 11th May, they’re bringing four different acts who are all covering different elements of the psych scene.
Next week the Unrestricted View Film Festival is back for it’s second year. Find the very best in indie cinema and filmmaking at The Hen and Chickens, Islington from the 24th - 30th April 2017. Unrestricted View became the resident theatre company at The Hen and Chickens back in 1999, dedicating themselves to giving up-and-coming theatre companies, writers, actors and comedians a platform to showcase their talents.
Sapphire, a 1959 British crime drama, was filmed on the streets of Tufnell Park. The BAFTA winning film highlights racism in London towards immigrants from the West Indies and although dated in style, was ahead of it's time in topic and deemed a progressive movie for 1959.
The National Youth Theatre are currently touring 50 plays in a day across the UK. to celebrate 50 years of the NYT commissioning new work for young people. The locations of all 50 plays have been kept top secret and only released this morning. One particular play will be performed at our very own MoseyHome on Stroud Green Road TONIGHT. We are giving away one guest list ticket via our Facebook and Twitter so get in touch and keep your eyes peeled for a shiny ticket confirmation. All shows will be streamed online live should you miss out
It’s Friday evening on a council estate in Dalston when Gideon (Coen), a young, middle class Jewish man from the other side of town is attacked and left wounded on the doorstep of permanent resident and ex Nurse Gina who insists on cleaning him up at her flat. As dusk falls and Sabbath begins Gideon is stranded - much to Gina’s pleasure - and a long night (90 minutes worth) of dramedy unravels. Writer Stewart Permutt questions multiculturalism, class divide and mental illness in this unusual black comedy.
You might recognise Lucy Carless from the award winning TV series Humans where she played the computer hacking genius daughter, Mattie. Her role as Ruby in a new play coming to the Old Red Lion Theatre, is equally as complex.
If you do one thing this weekend make sure you step into artist Do Ho Suh’s story of his life. Passage/s at Victoria Miro Gallery is an interactive art experience that explores the powerful concept of journey. “I see life as a passageway, with no fixed beginning or destination,” says Suh. Make your way through the maze of his multi-coloured 3D homes made from thin translucent fabric and you’ll gain an insight into the different places Suh has lived and worked throughout his lifetime.
At 5pm today, independent cinema, The Lexi in Kensal Rise will end their Kickstarter campaign for their very own readograph / marquee. They want to be able to speak to us, send us funny statements and also give us the opportunity to write our own for special occasions: a birthday message, a wedding proposal, you name it. I’d like to to use it to ask my friend to check if I’ve left my straighteners on right now.
Girl power at its best: Erotic and empowering show depicting the human figure in all its glory. It’s the lead up to international women’s day and what better reason to celebrate all things girl power than to see the first UK solo show of Tschabalala Self; a fantastic female artist who is pushing figurative painting forward in a diverse way. Self is a 26 year old New Yorker whose subjects consist largely of young black females (like her) presented as distorted yet hypnotically beautiful shapes.
In collaboration with the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), Black History Studies presents 'Black Britain on Film’, a new series of archive film programmes. Available to the British public for the first time, we can now catch extraordinary footage from film archives across the UK.
The award winning designer and graphic artist, Dan Fern, works with print, mountains and Brian Eno from his home studio in Muswell Hill. As a designer Dan has taken on commissions from the Royal Mail and the London Underground, to a poster commemorating the 100th anniversary of Toulouse Latrec for the Centre Pompidou.
Furtherfield Gallery are opening their exhibition Picturing Finsbury Park. The show is a collaboration between research artist Katherine Stansfeld and us! The locals and communities of our very own Finsbury Park. Through video, photography and mapping, Stansfeld questions what the area means for different people: an exploration of what place and difference mean in the context of a neighbourhood in contemporary London, a global city.