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This Week 27 February - 5 March

This Week 27 February - 5 March

27 February 2017 Belphoebe New

It’s the beginning of March and we’re edging ever closer to Spring! To celebrate, make sure to get involved in some of the brilliant activities the capital has to offer. This week, transport yourself back in time to queer London club culture between 1918 and 1967, see intricate artworks from the much celebrated Bloomsbury Group and find exciting and unique trinkets in a salvage yard.

Queer City – London Club Culture 1918-1967
 
Shaking off their reputation for traditional English heritage conservation, The National Trust are undertaking a new project that explores the sidelined and underrepresented histories of LGBTQ+ people. Queer City will take the visitor through the backstreets of Soho, revealing the fascinating history of alternative entertainment and subcultures in an area increasingly under threat from renovation. Alongside a fascinating programme of talks and debates, you’ll also be able to sample cocktails in the recreated Caravan Club, a queer space that was raided and closed down in 1934 at a time when homosexuality was illegal. Read more about Queer City in our interview with The National Trust here.
 
Queer City runs 2 – 26 March. Read more and Queer City events here.


Photo credit: National Trust

 
Works by The Bloomsbury Group at The Courtauld Gallery
 
The Bloomsbury Group were a prominent group of intellectuals, artists and writers that included Virginia Woolf, her sister Vanessa Bell and painter Roger Fry amongst others. This exhibition brings together paintings, collages, drawings, watercolours and designs from the Omega Workshops, and includes submissions from Roger Fry, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell.
 
Works by The Bloomsbury Group runs 3 March - 24 September at The Courtauld Gallery. Find out more and book tickets here.


 
Peckham Salvage Yard
 
Not content with just filling Hackney with vintage treasures, the Hackney Flea Market is going South for this thrifty event. Located at Copland Park, there’ll be 50 traders ranging from vintage veterans to locals selling their precious wares. Choose from 20th century furniture, French homeware, vintage clothes, curiosities and other unexpected oddities. There will also be a number of food vendors on hand to keep you fuelled for an intense afternoon of vintage shopping.
 
Peckham Salvage Yard will be open 4 – 5 March. Find out more here


Photo credit: Sofia Villanueva


Paul Nash at Tate Britain
 
This is the last week you can see the work of British surrealist painter Paul Nash at Tate Britain. Nash painted ethereally beautiful English landscapes and was also well known for his depictions of the bleak existence in the First and Second World War trenches. Widely believed to be one of Britain’s most important war artists, this retrospective is a must see. Read our review of the exhibition here.
 
Paul Nash runs until 5 March 2017 at Tate Britain. Find out more and book tickets here.


Paul Nash - Equivalents for the Megaliths 1935 ©Tate, Equivalents for the Megaliths 1935 Oil on canvas support: 457 x 660 mm frame: 627 x 835 x 80 mm ©Tate

 An American in Paris at Dominion Theatre
 
Get ready for toe-tapping tunes and a rousing story of love and hope as An American in Paris comes to The West End. Based on the original 1951 MGM film, it tells the inspiring story of a young American GI who travels to Paris to pursue his dream of becoming an artist after the war, finding love with a beautiful young dancer along the way. Featuring magical staging, breathtaking choreography and instantly recognisable songs by George and Ira Gershwin, this Tony Award winning musical promises to be the ultimate entertainment escapism this Spring.
 
An American in Paris opens 4 March and runs until 30 September at Dominion Theatre. Find out more and book tickets here.

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