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LL archive Feb 2014: Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium now open for business

That's right, kitty-cat-canoodlers of London. We're opening on Saturday 1st March 2014. Visit our website to book your seat! http://ladydinahs.com/bookings/
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We heard about this last February http://sco.lt/82cLp3

Its been a long time in the preparation

but it's here at last

and it's going to be VERY BUSY!!

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VAULT Festival Is back! 

"VAULT Is Back. Join Us Underground for VAULT Festival, returning in 2018 with a brand new line-up of non-stop entertainment..." 

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#Vault #Festival #2018 is on now! A #London festival like no other. London Life has seen amd reviewed some incredible theatre here over the years take a look at http://sco.lt/78e13J Find out about this year's line up of energetic engaging enthusiastic emerging etc here https://vaultfestival.com/ and get thee to Waterloo.
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Gone but not Forgotten: Book and Kitchen - Bookshop which aimed to combine the literary and culinary

Gone but not Forgotten: Book and Kitchen - Bookshop which aimed to combine the literary and culinary | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

"Book and Kitchen is a bookshop in Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill which aims to combine the literary and culinary in a fresh and modern setting."

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February 2018 Update 

 This much-more-than-a-bookshop is no more. Shut up shop last Autumn. A great loss to the London literary landscape. A beautufully imagined sociable space lovingly created by Muna. We can but hope she brings her positivity and boundless energy to create something similar elsewhere. We shall be watching and will keep you posted. 


 May 2 2017

Having attended a literary party @ Book and Kitchen in February, I fell in love with the place and made a mental note to return. But then life got in the way and hey it's now May! and I haven't been back. But I'm going today! For a browse. For lunch.

Thoughts after Lunch

This book space is even better than I remembered. Quite bijou, with old school jazz playing throughout the two floors of the building. Comfy,tapestried winged armchairs to relax in, a basement with subtle lighting looking out into a delightful courtyard garden. Too miserable yesterday to eat in the garden but we were quite happy having a light vegetarian lunch (courgettes with sumac, couscous with nuts) at a rustic wooden table. Add an eclectic selection of books both new and previously owned and you have the ingredients for a relaxing afternoon. You can even tickle the ivories of a lovely old piano. Just remember that B&K isn't open on Sundays and Mondays. It often hosts private events and unplugged music evenings.

 See website for details.
www.bookandkitchen.com
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February 2018 Update


This much-more-than-a-bookshop is no more. Shut up shop last Autumn. A great loss to the London literary landscape. A beautufully imagined sociable space lovingly created by Muna. We can but hope she brings her positivity and boundless energy to create something similar elsewhere. We shall be watching and will keep you posted.



May 2 2017


Having attended a literary party @ Book and Kitchen in February, I fell in love with the place and made a mental note to return. But then life got in the way and hey it's now May! and I haven't been back. But I'm going today! For a browse. For lunch.


Thoughts after Lunch


This book space is even better than I remembered. Quite bijou, with old school jazz playing throughout the two floors of the building. Comfy,tapestried winged armchairs to relax in, a basement with subtle lighting looking out into a delightful courtyard garden. Too miserable yesterday to eat in the garden but we were quite happy having a light vegetarian lunch (courgettes with sumac, couscous with nuts) at a rustic wooden table. Add an eclectic selection of books both new and previously owned and you have the ingredients for a relaxing afternoon. You can even tickle the ivories of a lovely old piano. Just remember that B&K isn't open on Sundays and Mondays. It often hosts private events and unplugged music evenings. See website for details.

www.bookandkitchen.com  


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Barbican Young Reviewers #43: Basquiat - Boom for Real

What is it like seeing a Basquiat painting in the flesh? Our Young Reviewer Lily heads to our 'Basquiat: Boom for Real' exhibition to explore his use o
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Archive: Lumiere London is back! 18-21 January 2018

Archive: Lumiere London is back! 18-21 January 2018 | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
Discover Lumiere London, a spectacular festival of lights featuring dazzling light installations across the capital by more than 40 artists. 18-21 Jan
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May 2017 LL Archive: London Life Theatre Choice The Pulverised @ Arcola Theatre

May 2017 LL Archive: London Life Theatre Choice The Pulverised @ Arcola Theatre | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

 

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 The Pulverised
A Review 

 90 Minutes of crushing theatre, lifted by wry humour and a touch of the poetic. For it to work "like clockwork" it needed robotic, mechanical precision from the actors and, with bold choreography, they've nailed it, down to a fine art.. The set offers a multisensory experience in a forceful, but not pleasurable way. The ebb and flow of disturbing sounds - hard to place - invisible as the people themselves. Were there faintly acrid smells? Or was that my imagination? As an audience, we are forced to face what is happening, to accept our personal involvement in the process.The ugly truths of globalisation are right there,. inside our cosy product-heavy homes, inside our computers. When writing this, I can't avoid thinking of the human suffering involved in its assembly.

This is a play of persuasive polemic, imbued with perfect timing. I felt as if the small dull grey stones, reminiscent of those you find on graves in graveyards, clung accusingly to my city clothes. And the message is not lost in translation. Excellent ensemble acting, fast-paced, memorable monologues. In spite of those affectionately humourous touches, temporarily lightening the mood, the relentless, pointless, loveless, lifeless routines of desperate people prevailed. In this collection of linked life stories, of worker ants like fluttering moths around the globe, there are no winners. I left, feeling a cold air blow. Shattered. 

 Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

The Pulverised

Until 27/05/2017

Monday - Saturday at 8pm. Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. No performances Sunday.
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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, May 5, 2017 7:27 AM

The Pulverised

A Review


90 Minutes of crushing theatre, lifted by wry humour and a touch of the poetic. For it to work "like clockwork" it needed robotic, mechanical precision from the actors and, with bold choreography, they've nailed it, down to a fine art.. The set offers a multisensory experience in a forceful, but not pleasurable way. The ebb and flow of disturbing sounds - hard to place - invisible as the people themselves. Were there faintly acrid smells? Or was that my imagination? As an audience, we are forced to face what is happening, to accept our personal involvement in the process.The ugly truths of globalisation are right there,. inside our cosy product-heavy homes, inside our computers. When writing this, I can't avoid thinking of the human suffering involved in its assembly.

    
This is a play of persuasive polemic, imbued with perfect timing. I felt as if the small dull grey stones, reminiscent of those you find on graves in graveyards, clung accusingly to my city clothes. And the message is not lost in translation. Excellent ensemble acting, fast-paced, memorable monologues. In spite of those affectionately humourous touches, temporarily lightening the mood, the relentless, pointless, loveless, lifeless routines of desperate people prevailed. In this collection of linked life stories, of worker ants like fluttering moths around the globe, there are no winners. I left, feeling a cold air blow. Shattered.            
             


Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL


The Pulverised


Until 27/05/2017


Monday - Saturday at 8pm. Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. No performances Sunday.

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Archive: Giacometti @ Tate Modern  

Archive: Giacometti @ Tate Modern   | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Modernist master deserves his reputation


"The Swiss painter-sculptor Alberto Giacometti is celebrated in a retrospective at Tate Modern that is both a chance to revel in a particular kind of dusty bohemian glamour and an opportunity to really find out what this character, with his crazy hair and a face as monumentally angular as any modern-art sculpture, actually contributed to the history of art."

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Well, this informed review certainly increases our desire to get to the Giacometti asap! Which we have already planned to do this weekend. Go early. This one will get very CROWDED very soon into the day.
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Autumn Archive: Exhibition Choice

Autumn Archive: Exhibition Choice | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Grayson Perry Exhibition.. 

Free admission.

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May 2017 LL Archive: Serpentine Galleries

May 2017 LL Archive: Serpentine Galleries | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

The Serpentine Galleries are among London's most popular art venues showing modern and contemporary art.  Free admission.



Current Exhibition:


"Tania Bruguera (b.1968 Havana, Cuba) is an installation and performance artist whose works often expose the social effects of the power of political force; she lives and works in Havana, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Selected solo exhibitions and performances include: Tate Modern, London (2016, 2008); Plaza de la Revolución and the Internet, Havana (2015); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2013); Queens Museum of Art, New York (2013); Centre d’Art Pompidou, Paris (2010); Beirut Art Center (2010) and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2006). Selected group exhibitions include: South London Gallery (2016); 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Santa Monica Museum of Art (2014); Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2014); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2012); MAXXI National Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2012); MoMA PS1, New York (2008) and dOCUMENTA 11, Kassel (2002).


Bruguera established the Arte de Conducta (Behaviour Art) program at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and has recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, in Havana - a school, exhibition space and think tank for activist artists and Cubans. "

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(Closed  21 May)


April 2017

That was me yesterday (but that isn't me!) a rapt listener to the words of the Cuban artist take on taking on Totalitarianism. Phew! Great video! its not online so im going back to have another listen and another look around the exhibition before it closes next month. well worth a detour if you are walking in the vicinity. #HydePark #KensingtonGardens

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London Life Review: Tennessee Williams @ Pentameters Theatre Hampstead

London Life Review: Tennessee Williams @ Pentameters Theatre Hampstead | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

WILD AT HEART

PENTAMETERS THEATRE HAMPSTEAD


Four 15 minute plays which give the most extraordinary insight into the developing genius of Tennessee Williams: DON’T MISS!!


Show closing Sunday 20th Nov 2016 5pm Box Office 02074353648   www.pentameters.co.uk  


"These four short plays formidably acted by actresses of the highest quality ....." Read the full review here

https://bestoflondonlife.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/tennesse-williams-pentameters-theatre-hampstead/


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Theatre Production Alert!


London Life gave  ***** for this production of rarely performed short plays by Tennessee Williams


Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead

Closing on Sunday 20 November

Go!

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LL archive Sept 2016/ London Design Biennale 2016 : Somerset House

LL archive Sept 2016/ London Design Biennale 2016 : Somerset House | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

7 - 27 September 2016


Thirty seven countries and territories from six continents are presenting newly monumental installations and commissioned works exploring the theme Utopia by Design in the first London Design Biennale. Exhibiting countries and territories include: Albania; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Chile; Croatia; France; Germany; Greece; India; Indonesia; Israel; Italy; Japan; Lebanon; Mexico; Netherlands; Nigeria; Norway; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Russia; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; Sweden; Switzerland; Tunisia; Turkey; UK; USA


For more information visit


www.londondesignbiennale.com

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London Life loved the contribution from Lebanon .. a Beirut street complete with barber and a barrow offering freshly squeezed orange juice. And much more. It can be found on the Riverside terrace. The outside exhibits are free. Admission to the housed exhibits is £15.
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LLA: Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu @ Camden Arts Centre

LLA: Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu @ Camden Arts Centre | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
until 18 September
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Went to this today. such exuberance and connectedness and colour! And texture and pattern and unique uses of materials. Loved it but couldn't loiter so will return.
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Orchids Festival  @Kew

Orchids Festival  @Kew | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
Join us for a celebration of Thailand's vibrant plant life and culture at Kew's Orchids Festival. 10 February to 11 March 2018.
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It's that desire to escape the drabbest part of winter kicking in again! Give me colour! Take me to Thailand! Failing that, I shall take me to Kew!
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HeForShe London Arts Week

HeForShe London Arts Week | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
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March 8-15
A date for the diary. A week of arts events highlighting gender-equality that promises to be entertaining!

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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future – Exhibition at Tate Modern 

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future – Exhibition at Tate Modern  | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
Tate Modern's exhibition on conceptual Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov 18 October 2017 – 28 January 2018
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L’Insolite Mécanique: Lift Off (Je brasse de l’air) | Barbican

L’Insolite Mécanique: Lift Off (Je brasse de l’air) | Barbican | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
Be transported into a mysterious world of shadow and light, where mechanical installations come alive, illuminating Magali Rousseau’s childhood dream of achieving flight. 
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LL Archive: Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

LL Archive: Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
This exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery brings together an outstanding group of portraits by Chaïm Soutine displayed for the first time in the UK in 35 years
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London Life Archive Dec 2017/Thumbs Up: Man Up! 

London Life Archive Dec 2017/Thumbs Up: Man Up!  | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

1000 Londoners is back with Man Up, a collection of brand new short documentaries about masculine identity in today's London.


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"Unique and diverse documentaries investigate stories of violence, fatherhood, sexuality, mental health, crime and creativity. The shorts also feature interviews with film director Danny Boyle and Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway."

Man Up! is showing at Theatre Deli (free screening) 21 November H ackney Picturehouse 27 November and Ritzy Cinema 11 December 7pm (£5)
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Archive: #Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors #Exhibition  #Gagosian Gallery #London

Archive: #Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors #Exhibition  #Gagosian Gallery #London | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

The macho man of Spanish painting was obsessed with bulls. For him they were symbols of mythic power, but also impotence and mortality

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At Gagosian Gallery, London, until 25 August. https://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/picasso-minotaurs-and-matadors--april-28-2017

A sea of blue.

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Archive May 2017: Eduardo Paolozzi - Whitechapel Gallery

Archive May 2017: Eduardo Paolozzi - Whitechapel Gallery | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Whitechapel Gallery presents a major retrospective of British artist Eduardo Paolozzi. Running 16 February – 15 May 2017. Tickets on sale now.

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Paolozzi! Much more than a mosaic man. A must-go- see! #art #exhibition #London #Spring #Whitechapel #gallery #EastEnd
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LL Archive 2017: FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE - The Photographers' Gallery

LL Archive 2017: FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE  - The Photographers' Gallery | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

"Feminist Avant–Garde of the 1970s, an expansive exhibition comprising forty-eight international female artists and over 150 major works from the VERBUND COLLECTION in Vienna. The exhibition highlights groundbreaking practices that shaped the feminist art movement and provides a timely reminder of the wide impact of a generation of artists. Alongside established practitioners such as VALIE EXPORT, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman and Martha Rosler, the exhibition also provides a rare opportunity to discover the influential work of artists including Katalin Ladik, Nil Yalter, Birgit Jürgenssen and Sanja Iveković. Curator Gabriele Schor coined the term Feminist Avant-Garde to underline the pioneering achievements of these artists."




7 Oct - 15 Jan 2017

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LL Archive Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

LL Archive Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Over 200 finds from underwater excavations of two recently rediscovered Ancient Egyptian cities, which had been submerged beneath the Mediterranean Sea for over 1,000 years.

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October 2016 LL Archive #London #Summer Pavilion Serpentine Gallery

October 2016 LL Archive #London #Summer Pavilion Serpentine Gallery | London Life Archive | Scoop.it


The Serpentine Galleries are among London's most popular art venues showing modern and contemporary art. Free admission.


until 9 Oct

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October Update Last few days! The Summer Pavilion is now open to the public. Another sure sign summer has arrived. Summer Pavilion feature in Evening Standard http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/design/first-look-at-new-serpentine-pavillion-danish-architect-bjarke-ingels-unveils-his-unzipped-wall-a3265741.html
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LL Archive September 2016 #London #Exhibition #GRAD #Gallery for #Russian #Arts and #Design

LL Archive September 2016 #London #Exhibition #GRAD #Gallery for #Russian #Arts and #Design | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Superwoman: ‘Work, Build and Don’t Whine'

18 June — 17 September 2016


GRAD, in collaboration with Thea Films, is delighted to present Superwoman: 'Work, Build and Don’t Whine'.


Curated by Dr Natalia Murray and actor and award winning filmmaker Dolya Gavanski, the exhibition presents a fascinating exploration of the iconography of the Soviet woman in propaganda from the October Revolution of 1917 to the fall of the Soviet Union and the arrival of Perestroika in 1991. This exhibition, the 10th in GRAD’s Academy programme, charts the development of the Soviet woman and assesses what her legacy is today

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Good exhibition space in central London for Russian art. Well curated exhibitions. Thought-provoking and insightful look back at Russia's past. reviewed here:
 
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LL archive Alex Katz: Quick Light, exhibition review: Seduced by surface beauty

LL archive Alex Katz: Quick Light, exhibition review: Seduced by surface beauty | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
I always feel I should love Alex Katz’s paintings. I admire that in Fifties New York he wanted to create a new kind of figurative painting in response to Abstract Expressionism. I share his adoration of Matisse, an artist whose legacy he’s often credited with reinforcing. Painters I like see Katz as a god. 
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