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This Week: 17 - 23 December

17 December 2018 Billie Manning

1. A Miracle on Leake Street
What do you get when you combine a free screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol, drag, Christmas karaoke, promo reindeers and heaps of snow in London’s largest legal graffiti tunnel? A whole lotta fun – even for the most Scroogiest of Scrooges. And if that hasn’t assuaged your festive film fancies, here are more pop-up Christmas film experiences for you.

A Miracle On Leake Street, 18 December, Leake St Arches
2. Tropical Christmas Party at Paper Dress Vintage
It might be December, but that’s not going to stop vintage shop-cum-offbeat events space Paper Dress Vintage from throwing a proper slap-up Tropical Christmas Party. Inspired by the golden era of 1950s Latin sounds and featuring live music from Orchestra Bombo and Coro de Clave, this is one to bring you some heat in the cold winter nights.

Tropical Christmas Party, 21 December, Paper Dress Vintage, 352a Mare St, London E8 1HR
3. Nativity! The Musical
Returning to Christmas to round off, Nativity! The Musical will be at the Eventim Apollo from 19 December, with Danny Dyer starring opposite daughter Dani in a genius piece of casting. Jo Brand also features in this adaptation of the hit movie, where teacher Mr Maddens struggles to present St Bernadette’s school nativity while keeping both the kids and a Hollywood producer happy. For more of the best theatre this month, click here, or if you're wondering which panto to catch this season, click here.

Nativity! The Musical, from 19 December, Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London W6 9QH
4. XOYO’s orchestral renditions: Drake, Dr Dre, Frank Ocean
This week, XOYO presents a series of orchestral renditions of three iconic albums of the last 20 years. Beginning with Drake’s 2012 album Take Care, with a brief sojourn to the 1990s with Dr Dre’s album 2001 before returning to 2012’ with Frank Ocean’s seminal Channel Orange. Each album will be recreated by an orchestra with a full strings section, re-creating these classic records as you’ve never heard them before. If you fancy a concert a little more Christmassy, have a gander at these classical and carol concerts.

Image: XOYO via Facebook

Orchestral Renditions, 18-21 December, XOYO, 32-37 Cowper St, London EC2A 4AP

5. Mary Poppins Returns
This sequel to the 1960s’ quintessential family film, loved by generations upon generations, has a lot to live up to, and by George, it seems to be doing so. With Emily Blunt taking over the role of Julie Andrews’ iconic nanny, the new film is set in 1930s Britain and will give you just the spoonful of sugar you need in the run-up to Christmas. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other filmic delights in cinemas this December.
Mary Poppins Returns is in cinemas nationwide from 21 December.
6. Philip Colbert at the Saatchi Gallery
Described as ‘the Godson of Andy Warhol’, Philip Colbert’s ‘Hunt Paintings’ feature twenty-five works that give the epic narratives and heroic configurations of the Old Masters an update a long time in the making, with digital imagery such as emojis and more (see which memes you can spot). Following on with recent trends, the show will also feature a virtual reality experience, allowing the audience to immerse themselves in Colbert’s surreal world.

Philip Colbert ‘Hunt Paintings’, December 2018 – 13 January 2019, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY

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