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This Week 31st October – 6th November

This Week 31st October – 6th November

31 October 2016 Stephanie Brandhuber

Bonfire night: an evening of burning effigies and standing out in the cold while you watch your council tax explode into colourful flames. Too cynical? Maybe it’s because we’re so excited about the wonderful array of alternative events going on in London that don’t require long johns and a ski hat. So forget the crowds and the overpriced park concessions and celebrate the start of November with these fun events happening around the capital this week.

Denim
Drag super-group Denim was Cambridge University’s first and only professional drag troupe, seen and celebrated by thousands of students over the years. The Denims are five singers, actors and comedians: Glamrou La Denim, Crystal Vaginova, Electra Cute, Shirley Du Naughty & Aphrodite Greene. Denim’s unique take on drag has been watched and appreciated by thousands, and has seen the group tour across the UK, including a performance with Florence & the Machine live onstage at Glastonbury. For two nights only at St. James Studio, the Denims will offer a glimpse into their epic life journey. What haven’t these five queens been through? They’ve played the Super Bowl, they’ve voyaged on the Titanic, and they’ve been to outer space and back. And now they lay bare the truths of their lives. Don’t miss your chance to see the Denims like you’ve never seen them before.


 
Denim will run on 1st – 2nd November at 8pm at St. James Studio, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA. Tickets £20/£25. Tickets can be booked online.
 
Real to Reel Movie Nights Presented by Nomad
Real to Reel Movie Nights Presented by The Nomad is your chance to see the Imperial War Museum’s major exhibition Real to Reel after hours, followed by the unique opportunity to experience a screening in the IWM’s dramatic Atrium. With a Spitfire suspended above, and other wartime artifacts in close proximity, visitors will be able to watch three iconic war movies: Atonement (2 November), Casablanca (3 November) and Full Metal Jacket (4 November) in an atmospheric and truly unique venue. Themed refreshments will be available to purchase at the event, and every guest will receive a complimentary glass of fizz.


 
Real to Reel Movie Nights at the Imperial War Museum will take place on 2nd -4th November, Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ. Tickets are £25 and can be booked online.

Proud Camden: 40 years of Punk
2016 has been celebrating all things Punk, and as we veer towards the end of the year, Proud Camden in keeping the spirit of Punk alive with their brand new exhibition 40 Years of Punk: Photographs by Adrian Boot. This enthralling exhibition will showcase the work of renowned photographer Adrian Boot who captured many intimate moments during the rise of punk culture in the 1970s. Managing to truly document some of the richest moments in musical history, Adrian Boot’s work stands as a testament to a time of rebellion and the Cultural Revolution that emerged. The spirit of the Clash, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, and the Ramones will all be there, ready to ignite you with the same sense of defiance and fearlessness that they have inspired in generations of music lovers. Come see for yourself and release your inner punk.
 
40 Years of Punk will take place from 3rd November 2016 – 8th January 2017 at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH.
 
‘Goyescas’: Music in the time of Goya
Join Spanish virtuoso pianist José Menor and The Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra on an exhilarating musical journey to 18th-century Spain as they mark the centenary of the great Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916). This unique multi-media programme, inspired by the life and times of Granados’ greatest muse, the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), is part of a commemorative world tour that was launched at New York’s Carnegie Hall in March. The great Romantic Spanish composer, Enrique Granados, was fascinated by the artworks of Francisco de Goya. Recognised internationally as a leading exponent of Granados, the pre-eminent Spanish pianist José Menor will give a complete performance of Granados’ magnum opus, the monumental piano suite Goyescas alongside a selection of other sumptuous vignettes. This exuberant programme also explores the elegant musical aesthetic of Goya's era and its intoxicating effect on the Romantic imagination of Granados’ contemporaries.


 
‘Goyescas’: Music in the time of Goya will take place on 2nd November at 7pm at St John's Smith Square, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA. Tickets  £30, £20, £15, £10 and can be booked online.
 
Flaming June
Flaming June, the most celebrated work by Pre-Raphaelite master Sir Frederic Leighton, returns to Leighton House Museum, the artist’s former home and studio this November. Flaming June: The Making of an Icon reunites the masterpiece with five other works that came to be Leighton’s final submission to the Royal Academy, made only months before his death in January 1896. The Maid with Golden Hair, Twixt Hope and Fear and Candida will be loaned from private collections with Lachrymae coming from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The re-gathering of these pictures places Flaming June back into the context of its original exhibition, providing a compelling starting-point for exploring its history. 


 
Flaming June: The Making of an Icon will run from 4th November 2016 – 2nd April 2017 at Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 8LZ. Book tickets online.

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