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This Week 11th – 17th July

This Week 11th – 17th July

11 July 2016 Tom Faber

Get your cultural fix this week with our picks of the best events this week. We take in festivals and musicals, comedy and art, so there’s a flavour to suit all tastes. Laugh until you snort. Help devise a new piece of theatre. Witness a Bill Murray classic transformed in to a Tim Minchin musical. Or decide whether those paintings of flowers really do look like lady parts.

Vinyl at the Jewish Museum
 
The gramophone was invented by Emil Berliner, a German-Jewish emigrant to the USA in the late 19th century. Since then there have been many crucial Jewish contributions to the world of music, which this new exhibition will explore. Jukebox, Jewkbox! presents almost 500 record sleeves showing the range of Jewish involvement in the music industry, from religious music to Barbara Streisand, Amy Winehouse and The Ramones. Check out the Dansette, a record-player that doubles as a piece of furniture, explore the eye-popping array of album art or just chill, listen to records and watch music videos.
 
The exhibition runs from 14th July – 16th October at the Jewish Museum London.
 
One of the 500 records at Jukebox, Jewkbox!
 
Just for Laughs Festival
 
Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival is probably the world’s most famous comedy event, instrumental in launching the careers of the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carrey, Louis CK and more. Now they’re moving to Russell Square for 12 days of giggles, chuckles and belly-laughs starting this Wednesday. The centre of the square will host a free festival of street performers, magicians and art installations, with comedians spread across four key venues. From comedy hypnosis to Eddie the Eagle, Jim Jefferies to Marcus Brigstocke’s topical show The Early Edition, there is something here to truly tickle every funny bone.
 
The festival runs from 14th – 24th July. See their website to get full details of each show and to book tickets.

 
Jim Jefferies, performing at Just For Laughs
 
Georgia O’Keeffe at the Tate Modern
 
The first major exhibition to open since the unveiling of the Tate’s new building, this retrospective looks at six decades of work from one of the world’s most popular and enduring artists. O’Keeffe took inspiration from natural landscape, flowers and skulls, with a delicate approach to colour and a remarkable blend of abstraction and figurative work. This is the biggest exhibition of O’Keeffe’s work ever to take place outside the United States, and shows more facets of the artist than are commonly known.
 
The exhibition runs until 30th October. Book tickets online.
 
 
Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico. Georgia O'Keeffe
 
Unreachable at the Royal Court
 
Pioneering writer-director Anthony Neilson returns to the Royal Court for a new play that has been created in a very unique way. He started with a basic idea: a film director out on an obsessive quest to capture the perfect light. But Neilson didn’t write a script, instead devising the play between the rehearsal room and the internet, resulting in an unusually collaborative theatre experience where the process of devising work is laid bare. Catch it while you can.
 
Unreachable is at the Royal Court until 6th August. Book tickets online.
 

Tim Minchin

Groundhog Day
 
Ever felt like your life is just the same day repeating over and over? So did Bill Murray in the classic 1993 movie Groundhog Day. Now the Old Vic have enlisted the team behind the West End’s Matilda, including lyricist and composer Tim Minchin, to come up with a new musical based on the tale. This one’s only on for ten weeks of strictly linear time, so make sure you check it out.
 
Groundhog Day is showing from 15th July – 17th September. Book tickets online.

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