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This Week 3rd - 9th October
Image Credit: Erwin Blumenfeld, Kaleidoscope for Dayton's Oval Room, New York, 1964, Silver Gelatin Print, Osborne Samuel

This Week 3rd - 9th October

3 October 2016 Stephanie Brandhuber

It’s October, which means the shops have started their annual early-bird campaigns to make us all sick of Christmas before it finally rolls around in over two months time. If you’re fuming with frustration over why you’ve seen the first couple of Christmas ads on TV when Halloween hasn’t even happened, then seek refuge in London’s theatres, cinemas, and museums - they won’t try to holly your jollies just yet. Here’s our roundup of great events happening in London this week to remind you that there’s still plenty of un-seasonal fun to be had.

V&A Museum of Childhood: Board Games Rediscovered
This new exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood will explore the fun, joy, and occasional frustration of playing board games. We’ve all experienced the sublime victory of winning a grueling game of Monopoly as well as wanting to flip a table in rage over a game of Battleship. And yet, there’s nothing quite as fun as gathering around with friends and family over a good board game. Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered will present some of the most iconic, enthralling, and visually-striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. Alongside current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games such as chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games such as The Game of the Goose and beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries. Throughout the exhibition, there will be hands-on activities and the opportunity to become part of one big interactive game which will direct visitors around the exhibition and invite them to think about game playing in their lives and what sort of player they might be.


Image Credit: Alice in Wonderland Chess set, England, 1983, Robin and Nell Dale
 
Board Games Rediscovered will run from 8th October – 23rd April 2017 at the V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA.
 
CinemaLive presents The Australian Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
CinemaLive is partnering up with The Australian Ballet to deliver a series of their ballet productions to cinema audiences for the very first time. The Fairy Tale Series, comprised of three productions, will be screened in cinemas across the UK for three nights only, starting with The Sleeping Beauty on 4th October 2016. This wonderful series of cinema screenings will allow these world-class productions to be seen by an international audience for the first time and the cinema environment will ensure as many people as possible feel welcome to witness the breathtaking beauty of these dancers.
 


The Australian Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty will be screened in cinemas on October 4th. For a full list of cinemas participating in the screening, visit CinemaLive online.
 
Erwin Blumenfeld: From Dada to Vogue
This exciting retrospective of iconic Vogue photographer Erwin Blumenfeld will showcase a collection of his works, including a number of previously unseen examples of his inspiring photography. Erwin Blumenfeld: From Dada to Vogue will not only highlight a rare collection of early works by the legendary photographer, but it will also feature original photographs, collages, drawings, and personal ephemera from one of the world’s most influential fashion photographers. The exhibition will span the period from 1916-1967, exploring Blumenfeld’s development from early experimental photography to his iconic fashion shoots that graced the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.


Image Credit: Erwin Blumenfeld, Vogue, Paris, 1938, Silver Gelatin Print, Courtesy Osborne Samuel
 
Erwin Blumenfeld: From Dada to Vogue will take place from 5th-29th October at Osborne Samuel, 23a Bruton Street, London W1J 6QG. Free admission.
 
Shopping and F****ing
Twenty years since its explosive premiere, Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes is bringing Mark Ravenhill’s provocative play Shopping and F***ing back to the stage where it will run at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre this autumn. Mixing dark humour with bleak philosophy, the play focuses on the stories of three disconnected young adults whose lives have been reduced to a series of transactions in an emotionally shrink-wrapped world – the kind of world where shopping is sexy and f***ing is work. Hugely reflective of our Twenty-First Century landscape, Ravenhill’s play is a rarely staged work that should not be missed.


 
Shopping and F***ing will run from October 7th - November 5th at the Lyric Hammersmith, Kings Mall Shopping Centre, One Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL. Tickets start from £15 and can be booked online.
 
Drumming Festival
Yamaha Music London in Soho’s Wardour Street will be offering a feast of live drumming, including workshops, performances, and an exclusive 360 degree Virtual Reality Experience with one of the world’s greatest drummers, Steve Gadd. This is a wonderful opportunity for drummers and music-lovers of all ages to enjoy stunning performances from world-class Yamaha drummers Richard Spaven, Mickey Sorbello, and Bob Knight. Throughout the festival, there will be daily workshops and there’s also the opportunity to book a free 30-minute one-to-one drum lesson.


 
The free Drumming Festival will take place from October 6th-9th at Yamaha Music London, 152-160 Wardour St, London W1F 8YA. For more information, visit them online.

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