The best things to do in London this weekend from an @inthefrow beauty masterclass at Bentalls Kingston to Andy Warhol at Tate Modern
Lead image: Ellen Kent’s staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly comes to Churchill Theatre Bromley
1 Midcentury Modern, Dulwich
Midcentury Modern is back at Dulwich College this Sunday 15 March with 85 midcentury dealers and modern designers spread across seven rooms. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for with everything on sale from an original Cherner chair to a contemporary piece from a hot young British designer. New designers appearing this time around include Richard Mason Art with beautiful, simplistic mobiles using found materials; modernist jewellery from Anja Capuzzimati and Elsiem, sculptural pieces made from recycled plastic and resin by Bronwen Gwillim, and Nick Hammond Lighting and Furniture. 10am-4pm. Advance tickets (online only) £9 from 10am, 2 for £10 from 1pm, free from 3pm.
Dulwich College, Dulwich SE21 7LD; modernshows.com
2 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea this month, offering of 1000s of original art works with prices from £50 to £6,000. This year, AAF joins forces with leading affordable art consultant Nicholas Campbell in the inaugural edition of its curated section, Access, focusing on prints and what makes them so collectable. Plus, to honour International Women’s Day, Affordable Art Fair will dedicate Friday 13 March to celebrating women in the arts with creative workshops and a Talks Lounge, backed by Katy Hessel, the art historian behind the popular @thegreatwomenartists Instagram account. Now in its 21st year, AAF is continuing its mission to democratise art for all with new Family Day initiatives, such as the Parents & Pushchairs hour and drop-in family workshops, to make the event accessible to all visitors and inspire children.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road SW11 4NJ; affordableartfair.com
3 Vegan Life Live at Alexandra Palace
*Sadly this event has been cancelled due to Coronavirus*
It’s easy to think that being a vegan is all about what you can’t have, but Vegan Life Live is here to show you just how much is on offer. Try pizza, kebabs, ice creams, pasta, curry, soul food – it’s recommend you arrive with an empty stomach. For those who want some ideas to take home to their own kitchens, learn from amazing vegan chefs who will be whipping up everything from quick family dinners to delicious desserts in the cookery demos. Tickets £15 per day or £24 for both days. Doors 10am. (under 16s free when accompanied by an adult).
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; alexandrapalace.com
4 Sotheby’s Friday Night Late: Pop Art, Bond Street
*Sadly this event has been cancelled due to Coronavirus*
Sotheby’s is celebrating all things Pop Art at this Friday Late Night. Head for Sotheby’s Bond Street Galleries after hours to preview the Prints & Multiples exhibition, which kicks off on March 19. The collection includes an impressive range of printed masterworks with an emphasis on the revolutionary Pop movement. Prints & Multiples also features a special section devoted to one of the greatest Pop Artists of all time, Andy Warhol, as well as Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Beyond the exhibition, there’ll be a Pop Art Print Making Workshop co-hosted with Jealous Gallery; a panel discussion titled Pop Art: The Rivals (free but ticketed), and a sparkling wine tasting (additional cost). Highlights from Sotheby’s forthcoming Made in Britain, Banksy / Online and Patrick Kelly sales will also be on view. 6.30pm-9.30pm. Free to attend, but you’ll need to register here to guarantee entry.
34-35 New Bond Street W1S 2RT; eventbrite.co.uk
5 Lilith & KaraOkay at The Bunker, Southwark
Ahead of The Bunker’s closure at the end of March, Week 6 of its Take Over Season will see the world premiere of Lilith from world-renowned teacher and theatre-maker, Jennie Buckman, who passed last year. This lyrical, searing play draws on Jewish mythology to explore stillbirth and the vilification womxn face in their fight for equality. A short piece from Sabrina Mahfouz, KaraOkay, will accompany it, combining karaoke classics with stories of abortion and miscarriage, questioning whether we could one day talk about such issues as easily, if as awkwardly, as we can take part in karaoke? A programme of talks offers the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the subject matter both pieces explore. Ten £10 tickets are available at each performance for under 30s, otherwise tickets are £16.
53A Southwark Street SE1 1RU; bunkertheatre.com
Try a yoga session with a difference at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Stretch, strengthen and energise among the gallery’s beautiful collection of Old Master paintings, led by experienced British Wheel of Yoga teachers. After the class, you’ll get early access to Dulwich Picture Gallery’s latest blockbuster exhibition: British Surrealism, championing the British artists that contributed to the iconic movement with more than 70 eclectic works from 42 artists. Tickets are £25 (£12 for Friends) including yoga, exhibition entry and a hot drink from the Gallery Café. 8.30am-10am.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
7 The Cunning Little Vixen at St Mary’s Barnes
Part of Barnes Music Festival, The Cunning Little Vixen – an unconventional opera by Leoš Janáček – is nearly 100 years old, and yet its themes couldn’t be more relevant today. Janacek’s opera explores the delicate symbiotic relationship between humans and the environment, questioning human moral responsibility and the dangers we face when we destroy nature. This timeless story, all told through the escapades of an adventurous fox, features singing, dancing and puppetry – Think Wind in the Willows meets Extinction Rebellion. Staged by by Riverside Opera featuring rising stars in the international opera world. 7.30pm. Tickets £25-£40 (click here to book). Barnes Music Festival runs from 7-22 March.
8 SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s Rock Pool Explorer Experience, South Bank
From 15 March
Britain’s coastline may seem idyllic, but a new hands-on rockpool experience opening on London’s South Bank will reveal the perils creatures face in one of the UK’s most extreme habitats. SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s new Rock Pool Explorer experience, its most immersive yet, offers kids and their parents the chance to get their hands wet and learn more about Limpets, Common Starfish, Dhalia Anemones and Hermit Crabs. Interactive displays will share the incredible stories of a constantly changing landscape and how creatures must adapt to survive. Expert Aquarists will be on hand to invite guests of all ages to touch and feel some of the weird and wonderful inhabitants of this amazing landscape.
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7PB; visitsealife.com
9 Madama Butterfly & La Bohème at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley
15 March & 20 April
The award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns to Bromley this spring with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on 15 March and La Bohème on 20 April. Madama Butterfly is Puccini’s tragic tale that the hit West End musical Miss Saigon is based on. One of the world’s most popular operas, it tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Featuring international soloists and a full chorus and orchestra, Ellen Kent’s stunning traditional productions of Puccini’s masterpieces Madama Butterfly and La Bohème will star international sopranos Elena Dee, originally from Korea, and Alyona Kistenyova, with the two performers sharing the role of Mimi in La Bohème. With exquisite sets featuring a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costuming including antique wedding kimonos from Japan, Madama Butterfly will be told in the original Italian with English surtitles.
High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
10 Andy Warhol at Tate Modern, Bankside
12 March-6 September 2020
A new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar. Andy Warhol was one of the most recognisable artists of the late 20th century, yet his life and work continue to fascinate and be interpreted anew. A shy, gay man from a religious, migrant, low income household, he forged his own distinct path to emerge as the epitome of the pop art movement. This major new exhibition at Tate Modern – the first at the gallery for almost 20 years – offers a rare personal insight into how Warhol and his work marked a period of cultural transformation. As well as his renowned pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, the exhibition features work never seen before in the UK, including the largest ever grouping of Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen series. Drawing upon recent scholarship, it will provide a new lens through which to view this American icon, emphasising recurring themes around desire, identity and belief that emerge from his biography. £22 (Concessions available).
Bankside SE1 9TG; tate.org.uk
11 The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor at the Sydenham Centre
7 March-5 April
From humble beginnings in Baghdad to sailing the seven seas in search of adventure, join Sinbad on his incredible voyages in Spontaneous Productions’ latest production, in association with Kirkdale Bookshop. With giant birds, an amorous mermaid, a hungry giant, two dancing camels and a murderous sultan to contend with, can Sinbad get home in one piece? Expect a magical story, amazing original songs and dance routines, comedy, special effects, animation and lots of audience participation. Shows at 2pm & 4pm every Sat & Sun from 7 March-5 April. Adults £10, kids aged 3+ £5 (under 3s free but must sit on laps).
Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre, 44a Sydenham Road SE26 5QX; spontaneousproductions.co.uk
12 Love, Loss & Chianti at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
Until 17 May
Cold Feet and Downton Abbey star Robert Bathurst is currently treading the boards alongside Rebecca Johnson (The Trip, The Flood) in Love, Loss & Chianti at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Love, Loss & Chianti is a double-bill that beautifully combines acclaimed poet Christopher Reid’s Costa Book Prize-winning, startlingly beautiful exploration of grief (A Scattering) with his fictional comedy about a reckless attempt at rekindling an old flame (The Song of Lunch). Directed by Jason Morell and set to a backdrop of Charles Peattie’s witty and richly inventive animation, this is an evening of two parts – one autobiographical, one fictional; one sad, one funny. If you’ve ever suffered a loss, and/or been on a rubbish date, this one’s for you… Tickets £30.
101 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith W6 9BN; lovelossandchianti.com
13 Waiter! There’s a Murder in my Soup! at Troubadour Wembley Park
Until 29 March
Travel back to the year 1946 in this immersive theatre event, where cultural bigwigs have gathered for the grand opening of Marchioness du Jour’s performance. But all is not as it seems… When a chilling murder is discovered, the lavish soiree quickly becomes a crime scene, and over the course of dinner – that’s an IRL three-course meal in the newly opened Studio 5ive restaurant at Troubadour Wembley Park – renowned detective Susan Gusset must race against time to unmask the killer, with the help of you and your fellow diners. The menu includes dishes such as heritage beetroot with lambs lettuce, hazelnuts and goat’s curd & braised beef cheek with heritage carrots and parsley puree. Tickets are £49.50 (click here to book).
3 Fulton Road, Wembley HA9 0SP; troubadourtheatres.com
14 Tam Bam Steel Pan Workshop, Peckham Levels
Peckham Levels is hosting a month-long programme of events to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Part of the fun is a Tam Bam Workshop with Tam Bam Steel Orchestra Academy, led by international steel-pan performer ‘Panness’ James, taking place on 14 March. Tam Bam Steel Orchestra Academy is a south east London-based Community Interest Company. Founded in April 2019 by Nadine McLeary alongside fellow musicians Mikhail Caga-Anan and Delphina, who first met while performing in Europe’s most decorated steel band. Together they continue to perform while conducting workshops designed to explore music on the steel pan. 2pm-4pm. Free.
Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Lane SE15 4ST; peckhamlevels.org
15 The Fenwick Beauty Showcase, at Bentalls Kingston
The Fenwick Beauty Showcase, running from 12-22 March across all Fenwick stores, features a series of special events celebrating make-up, skincare and fragrance. This year, Fenwick is highlighting The New Beauty Classics – the new decade’s essential products – and who better to spill the secrets than Victoria Magrath, aka fashion and beauty influencer @Inthefrow? Magrath will be at Bentalls Kingston on Thursday 19 March from 6pm-8pm, hosting a masterclass alongside celebrity makeup artist Rachel Singer Clark (tickets £50, redeemable on all purchases). For events at Fenwick Bond Street, including a Jo Malone London Pressed Flower Box Decorating session, click here.
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