Cob Gallery & Le Gun Link-Up Launches In Style At Black’s Club

DSC_0478A veritable crowd (including Florence Welch, pictured) turned out at Black’s Club to see the launch of the first in a series of projects from the partnership of Cob Gallery and artist’s collective Le Gun.

We previously interviewed Cob Gallery curator Victoria Williams here on After Nyne.

Williams and fellow Cob Gallery curator Cassie Beadle briefed Le Gun to respond to the famous Hogarth works of art that hang inside Black’s club.DSC_8619

The Rake’s and the Harlot’s Progress are a series of paintings and engravings of morality tales told by William Hogarth. A live animation projection will adorn the walls of Blacks Club allowing viewers the chance to interact with a live work of art.

This will be Le Gun’s first foray into moving image a landmark for the collective. Le Gun will put a contemporary slant on the world of Tom Rakewell and Mol Hackabout, (The Rake & the Harlot) which marks the start of a yearlong, three-part collaborative partnership between Cob Gallery and Le Gun.

The general public will be able to view the works by appointment only by contacting Victoria@cobgallery.com

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Fringe! Festival Showcases An Expanded Arts Section In Its Fourth Year, November 4th – 9th

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 11.31.00The Festival Curators of Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival present an expanded art sections for the fourth edition of the festival, showcasing leading-edge exhibitions and events in various East London venues early to mid-November.

This year, thanks to the support of Arts Council England and Film Hub London the festival will extend from a long weekend to a week-long festival.

A joint private view of Pauline Boudry / Renate Laurenz: No Future/ No Past and RCA Queer Society: Skin/Cells opens the art strands on the 4th of November. The week of the festival will also see private openings for Stuart Sandford: Teen Dreams (5 November) and Sara Davidmann: Ken. To Be Destroyed (6 November). Both Teen Dreams and Ken. To Be Destroyed will run up to mid-November (respectively 14 and 16 November).

The NYC-based art duo Superm, Slava Mogutin and Brian Kenny, celebrates with Fringe! its 10 years of successful collaboration. They will be hosting a screening of their short films at Forge&Co (8 November) and an art party, inviting the audience of Fringe! to participate to a body painting installation and a live photo shoot – SUPERM PARTY at Dalston Superstore (5 November).

Participatory workshops are organised throughout the weekend of the festival, ‘Sara Davidmann and Aaron Madiot: Family Stories And Secrets’ reflects on Sara Davidmann’s exhibition and opens the discussion to the audience. ‘The East London Lecture – Theatre Workshop’ sees East London performance artist Jonny Woo and theatre director Douglas Rintoul introduce participants to the theatre and writing processes they are exploring in the development of Jonny’s new show.

Konstantinos Menelaou, the Festival Curator, said: “We are thrilled to announce that we are supported using public funding by Arts Council England, a development which has reinforced our efforts and enthusiasm. The art section takes a leading role in the programme for the upcoming edition of Fringe! and sees a series of exhibitions, screenings, performances, workshops created and curated by established, as well as new artists from England and around the world.”

The exhibitions and events will be showcased in several venues across East London, including Rose Lipman Building, Lime Wharf and Hackney Attic, with many events free or affordable. The visual arts programme is supported using Public Funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Film programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

The full programme is available at fringefilmfest.com.

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A Very Un-Chainy Chain & A Delightful Breakfast Experience

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 17.16.21Like for many, breakfast is an important part of After Nyne’s day. It’s always a pleasure to be able to tear ourselves away from the HQ and indulge ourselves, leisurely and satisfactorily.

It doesn’t happen often enough, which is why we jumped at the suggestion of trying All Bar One’s new breakfast menu, which launches November 1st.

We focused on the Oxford branch, a stylish sanctuary much needed on the busy High Street. We were greeted with extreme enthusiasm, and felt we were valued locals, instead of the newbies we were. We had our choice of tables, and coffee was soon brought – rich and copious, accompanied, sweetly be a shot glass of smarties. A nice touch.

The new menu didn’t disappoint. Old favourites such as the Full English (and its vegetarian counterpart) and Eggs Benedict fitted nicely around more exotic selections such as a Grilled Camembert Tostada and Smoked Back Bacon Hash.

We chose Eggs Royale (Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon in the place of ham) and Hot Smoked Severn & Wye Salmon, Avocado & Rocket on Toast. Both were utterly delightful – portions generous, and eggs served slightly overpoached to perfection, just as we asked for them. Presentation was faultless.

Ideally, the hollandaise on the Eggs Royale could have shown a bit more character, but in terms of colour and consistency it was, again, faultless.

Perhaps the most delightful part of the new All Bar One breakfast menu is the creation of a special ‘brunch cocktails’ selection. Traditional options like the Mimosa and the Bloody Mary stand beside the Red Snapper (spiced gin and tomato juice) and the Michelada (vodka, tomato juice and Sierra Nevada pale ale).

On a Sunday, you can have a brunch cocktail, with any item from the breakfast menu for £10. The food alone is worth that. The cocktail is a welcome bonus. We tried the Mimosa (deceptively hard to get right) and the Breakfast Martini – both were heavenly and highly recommended.

Between our fabulous food and our lovely welcome, it’s easy to forget that All Bar One is part of a chain. We left floating on air, and promised wholeheartedly to be back – for Tapas Tuesday perhaps, or to spend a whole evening in the company of their cocktail selection.

Both of those, would necessitate a whole column in themselves. We look forward to both tremendously.

All Bar One

www.allbarone.co.uk

t: @YourAllBarOne

f: allbaronebars

 

Breakfast Times:

Monday – Saturday, 8am-12noon

Sunday 9am – 4pm

 

Lazy Sunday Brunch Terms & Conditions:

Offer is available on Sundays until 4pm
Full and Vegetarian breakfasts require a £2 supplement
No voucher required
Licensing restrictions apply
A softtail soft drink alternative is available instead of a brunch cocktail
This offer is not available at All Bar One Birmingham Airside or All Bar One at The O2.

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After Nyne’s Guide to a Freaky, But Fabulous, Halloween

The fog is creeping in and the children of the night are calling – take After Nyne’s hand, and let us guide you through a selection of Halloween events at some of London’s most fabulous clubs.

BARTS’ ANNUAL ‘YELLOWEEN’ PARTYYelloween-2

Be you devil, demon, ghost or ghoul, all are welcomed down to sip on Uncle Barts’ favorite poison – champagne – for the Annual Yelloween Party at Barts this year. Taking place on Thursday 30th October, in association with Veuve Clicquot, and secretly spilling over to Friday 31st October too – for those that have not yet had their fair share of scare…

Fancy dress will be as essential as a crucifix in an exorcism, but if you arrive lacking, fear not, Barts’ resident fancy dress box will be brimming with dead scary delights, from devil horns to witches hats. Then, for those that left their fake blood in the fridge, Aunty Barts will even be hosting a face painting corner that will be taking all and any requests.

Expect frightful fancy dress fever, devilishly dramatic decorations and daring deals on Veuve.

BARTS’ ANNUAL YELLOWEEN PARTY
DATE: Thursday 30th & Friday 31st October 2014
TIME: 6pm – Late
T: 020 7581 3355
W: www.barts-london.com
T: @BartsLondon

BUNGA BUNGA and COCOBANANAS TEAM UP FOR A HALLOWEEN WEEKEND OF HORRORSbunga bunga halloween 2

Keen never to miss out on any type of celebration, from Ferragosto to Carnivale – this year, the Italians and the Brazilians (though neither traditionally celebrating the hallowed holiday in their own country) will be teaming up to bring Battersea a bloodcurdlingly brilliant weekend of fancy dress fun and creepy cocktails.

Dress code is ‘trick or treat on Howie Street’ and all party-goers will be encouraged to ‘Vamp’ it up on both Friday and Saturday.

The summit of this scary adventure will then be the Halloween brunch, to be thrown at Bunga Bunga on Saturday 1st November. Guests can expect to be scared out of their skins, as they are seated in a dimly lit room, all blinds closed, and the music cranked up, for some serious Halloween-a-oke to be hosted by Bunga Bunga’s resident DJ John ‘dragoween’ Sizzle, alongside a soundtrack of horrifying hits, to be enjoyed over a 4 course meal and trembling tumblers of prosecco.

BUNGA BUNGA and COCOBANANA TEAM UP FOR WEEKEND OF HALLOWEEN HORRORS
DATE: Friday 31st October 2014 – Saturday 1st November 2014
TIME: 6.00pm – 2.30am

BUNGA BUNGA HALLOWEEN BRUNCH :
DATE: Saturday 1st November
TIME: 12pm-5.30pm
Price: £38 per head from 11am-1pm, £48 per head after 1pm second sitting

BUNGA BUNGA
37 Battersea Bridge Road,
London,
SW11 3BA
Tel: 020 7095 0360
Website: www.bungabunga-london.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BungaBungaLondn
Email: reservations@bungabunga-london.com

COCOBANANAS
101 Howie Street
London
SW11 3BA

www.cocobananas-london.com
Friday– Saturday, 10.30pm – 2.30am
Free Entry before 11pm
£10 entry from 11pm

HalloweenDISCOPATH at DISCO
This year, in honour of the world’s favourite hallowed holiday, and the decade in which not only DISCO was born, but also in which some of the best and most iconic horror films were ever created, on Friday 31st October, DISCO will be screening a spine-chilling and famously frightening, 70s style cult classic, DISCOPATH!

The night will begin with guests checking in, (Pan Am style of course) before taking their seats for the fabulously retro and truly terrifying interactive film screening. During which, they will be served a selection of blood-chilling beverages, by Duane Lewis’s hunters and victims…

Food from a specially designed Retro Discopathe menu, will also be served before, and during the film, courtesy of Stax Diner, along with an abundance of alcoholic ‘Hard Milkshakes’. A special ‘blow your head off’ Belvedere Vodka cocktail will even be created for the night called ‘Death by DISCO’, that will contain more chocolate than the most successful ‘trick or treat’ trip.

Once the film has come to an end, all those who haven’t run home to hide under the covers, or been killed off by the Discopath, will be welcomed to stay for a Freaky Friday night in Funky Town, as we commit ’Murder On The Dancefloor’ into the early hours. There will be roller skating table service, a deadly dance-off competition, prizes for best costumes and some sinister surprises and ghoulish giveaways to be revealed on the evening…

DISCO is an underground boîte inspired by the 1970s Manhattan disco movement. Guests are greeted at a Pan Am-inspired lounge where air stewardesses issue boarding passes and check personal items into the cloakroom via a conveyor belt.

So hit the haunted cinema and then raise hell like a Discopath on the dance floor till dawn!

DISCOPATH at DISCO
Friday 31st October 2014

Door open: 7.30pm
Fim starts: 8.30pm

Club night starts: 10pm

Tickets: £20 – Earlybird
£25 – O.T.D

DISCO
13 Kingly Court
London
W1B 5PW
www.disco-london.com
Disco-ver more & follow us: @discosoho

80s SLASHER MASH-UP at MAGGIE’Shalloween final
This Halloween will see Maggie’s in Chelsea haunted by timeless classics and terrifying flashbacks, from frighteningly horrifying films such as ‘Lost Boys’, ‘Shining’ and ‘The Thing’!

So if you fancy a Nightmare on the ‘Evil Dead’ Fulham Road you can expect to enter a thrown together film set of rusty wire garlands, gunky sacks of eyeballs, and bloodied hanging knives and axes. There will even be DVD screenings of the best scenes, showing the worst bits from all of the above murderous movies.

Naturally, dress code for this fantasy film fest will be frightful fancy dress -
‘Gremlins’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Hellraisers’ all welcome! The best dressed boy and girl stand to win the club’s top prize of a Maggie’s Fish Bowl filled full of Belvedere Vodka and other potent poisons (worth £295), and of course are of the haunted old school mantra of no effort no entry with apply!

80s SLASHER MASH-UP at MAGGIE S
DATE: From Friday 31st October
TIME: 10:30pm
PRICE: £20

329 Fulham Road,
London,
SW10 9QL

Tel: 020 7352 8512
Website: www.maggies-club.com
Twitter : www.twitter.com/Maggies_Club/
Email: info@maggies-club.com

dr frank2DR FRANKENSTEIN at MR FOGG’S
This Halloween Mr Fogg will be welcoming his dear friend Dr Frankenstein to his hallowed halls hidden on Bruton Lane, for a full week of unorthodox scientific experimental cocktail making and alarming alchemy, from Tuesday 28th November till Saturday 1st November. We’re not sure Mr Fogg has quite realised the twisted treats that lay in store courtesy of the good doctor, but as he is away, he is sure to get a frightful surprise on his return.

Guest can expect bell jars brimming with brain parts and eye balls, bubbling cauldron concoctions, smoke and steam screens, “fogging” up the bar and windows, and even medically miscellaneous misdemeanours, in the form of a spot of eerie entertainment from Frankenstein himself as he sets up his new laboratory.

In keeping with the surgical set the barman too with of course be dressed as Victorian scientists, with a trick or two up the sleeves of their white coats.

So, for a fright from Frankenstein, sample a spot of science at Mr Fogg’s.

DR FRANKENSTEIN at MR FOGG’S
Tuesday 28th October – Saturday 1st November 2014

Mr Fogg’s
15 Bruton Lane
London
W1J 6JD

Tel: 020 7 036 0608

www.mr-foggs.com
greetings@mr-foggs.com
Twitter: @MrFoggLondon

ENJOY A HALLOWEEN FEAST AT THE SHED
The Shed, Notting Hill’s stylish and local restaurant offering superb seasonal and locally foraged cuisine, have created a wickedly delicious menu for the most devilish night of the year, Halloween. So this year forget hiding under the bed and hide inside The Shed instead!

Halloween at The Shed will be the perfect place to indulge your naughty side and taste some of the most mouth-watering Halloween themed dishes including Deviled Beef Heart, Smoked Green Sludge Soup, Raw venison and Black Gnocchi. The menu promises to be full of treats and no tricks.

The Shed Halloween – Friday 31st October 2014
122 Palace Gardens Terrace
London
W8 4RT
Tel: 020 7229 4024
Websites: http://theshed-restaurant.com
Twitter: @theshed_resto

DEAD DIVAS returns to ARCHER STREET with GLITTER & GUTS

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For the most glamorous and wicked Halloween party this year, head to Archer Street in Soho for an evening of the sweetest agony. Dedicated to the Dead Divas of the last decade, Archer Street dares you to join them as they call upon the spirits of Amy Winehouse, Joan Rivers and Whitney Houston… The stylish cocktail bar will be transformed into a freakish haven of the fallen famous, with blood-stained cocktail dresses, dramatic make-up and toxic martinis.

Fancy dress is of course mandatory, so put on your most torturous stilettos and prepare yourself for a bizarre reunion with the lost souls of the dead divas.

DEAD DIVAS returns to ARCHER STREET
Friday, 31st October
Doors open 6.30
Entry: FREE

3-4 Archer Street, W1D 7AP
T: 020 7734 3342
W: www.archerstreet.co.uk
E: bookings@archerstreet.co.uk
Facebook: Archer Street Cocktail Bar
T & IG: @Archer_Street

winterwellWINTERWELL HALLOWEEN 2014 – THE END IS NIGH
The team behind boutique festival Winterwell are saying goodbye with the ultimate and final Halloween shindig on Saturday 1ST November at The Loft Studios, a rambling and atmospheric old brick warehouse in West London. Winterwell’s legendary Halloween party has been running for seven years and is the perfect way for Winterwell to go out with a bang. The party will be overseen by the grim reaper and feature a hocus pocus line up with an array of music including house, electro, swing, ska, dirty blues and hip hop, pervasive and interactive games and theatre with with a Ghosts of Winterwell Past fancy dress theme in honour of this great festival coming to a close.

From 9pm onwards, the enchanted will arrive at West London’s most impressive party venue which overlooks the iconic St Mary’s Cemetry in Kensal Green, which the ghosts of romantic hero Byron’s wife and sister are said to haunt. The creative team behind Winterwell festival will be creating an authentic Halloween experience for those brave enough to take fate into their hands and dare to try it…

There will be live performances set to wake the dead from spanning three different rooms from acts including London Afrobeat, Sink The Pink and Count Sizzle. Winterwell parties are well loved for their fancy dress themes and their final hurrah will be no exception to the rule with ghostly reminders of Winterwell years gone by including Once Upon A Time At Winterwell, The Roaring 1920s, Outer Space, Hollywood and Roald Dahl.

Josh Ford, the Director of Winterwell Events, has organised music events for over ten years. Other notable Winterwell acts in recent years have included: DJ Yoda, Cornershop, The Nextmen, The Stornerways, Slow Club, Fanfarlo, Animal Kingdom, Metronomy and many more. Josh will continue with his varied event rosta whilst saying a grand farewell to Winterwell.

The End Is Nigh… Winterwell Halloween 2014

Winterwell Halloween Party

Saturday 1st November 2014

9pm-4am

The Loft Studios
77-81 Scrubs Lane
Ke
nsal Green
London
NW10 6QW

W: www.winterwell.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Winterwell

Twitter: www.twitter.com/WinterwellFest

Tickets.

Early bird £20

Normal £25

Line up

SECRET HEAD LINE GUEST TBA

London Afrobeat (10 piece big band)
Sink the Pink – Burlesque
Count Sizzle
Cleen
Mr & Mrs
Konal
Lou Young
Boom Brothers
AGENT LYNCH Burlesque
The Menendez Brothers
Tryptiq
Barnaby Lewis

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Royal Society of Portrait Painters Announces New £15,000 “Conversations” Prize For Portrait Painting

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 14.26.03Aiming to inspire new paintings which depict and encourage interaction, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) is delighted to announce a new art prize, sponsored by Seven Investment Management.

The “Conversations” Prize offers £15,000 to the winning work for a scene of two or more figures interacting, with each other and/or with the viewer, with all shortlisted works exhibited alongside the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London in April 2015.
Robin-Lee Hall, President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters is very excited about the new prize, saying;  “We hope to attract some very interesting works, offering artists the challenges of a complex piece.”

Always seeking to encourage and support artists and widen the appreciation of the art of portraiture, the RP, along with Seven Investment Management, believe The “Conversations” Prize will open eyes to the huge range of styles, media and motivations involved in contemporary portrait painting.

“We are very pleased to be supporting the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and sponsoring The ‘Conversations’ Prize. The team at 7IM and the RP artists both have a huge interest in people’s conversations,” says Justin Urquhart Stewart of 7IM,

From conversations we get to understand people, what drives them and what makes them happy; artists use this insight to express their understanding in a way that connects with the viewer; we use that insight to make sure we manage our clients’ capital to meet their needs. Conversations are at the heart of everything we do, with our clients and for our clients, so it seems very fitting to be sponsoring this prize.”

Online submission is now open.

For more details visit: http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/index.php?pid=164

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Warmth Comes to Sale – Award-Winning Adam Gilmour’s ‘The Beautiful Warmth’ At Waterside Arts Centre

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.54.06The Beautiful Warmth is a dark comedy, exploring the relationships between humanity, consumerism, and the desire for professional success. Set in 1989 in the small Lancashire town of Whitworth, the play follows the exploits of the two fireplace salesmen: TK, who’s desperate to save his job by making his first sale; and the smooth-talking Lucky. When tasked with securing the last remaining house in town, the two race against each other to land the most important sale of their lives.

The show was commissioned by Waterside Arts Centre in March this year, where Adam Gilmour won the To The Stage competition run by Creative Industries Trafford. As well as securing a three-night run for the show, Adam also received £3,000 to produce the play. Since being commissioned, Adam has gone on to secure further funding through Arts Council England, and founded his own production company, Check Shirt Theatre Co.

Over the past few months, Adam has been developing the script under the mentorship of award-winning actor and dramaturg Wyllie Longmore.

‘It has been my pleasure in recent years to work with new and emerging playwrights on the development and presentation of their work,’ says Wyllie. ‘I am delighted, on this occasion, to be working with Adam Gilmour, on his brilliant new play The Beautiful Warmth, a dark comedy of great ingenuity and moment.’

The piece will be Waterside Arts Centre’s third theatre commission, coming after Square Peg’s hugely successful The Man Who Woke Up Dead, and Nick Birchill‘s critically-acclaimed White Night, and will also feature in the ‘Waterside 10′ programme, a special series of events celebrating the centre’s tenth birthday.

‘I am thrilled to be working with Adam Gilmour on his first professional production,’ says Sean Gregory, director and theatre development co-ordinator at Sale Waterside Arts Centre. ‘Adam greatly impressed us from his proposal, which was selected from over fifty applicants, to the first scratch performance he showed at our commissioning event. Particularly impressive was Adam’s individual voice and his skill in blending character, comedy and narrative in his pitch. We cannot wait for everyone to see the finished product.’

Adam adds: ‘There can’t be many theatres out there who get behind their artists as much as Waterside do. They’ve worked so hard to support this production and help to make it as good as it can possibly be.’

The Beautiful Warmth runs from 30 October – 1 November at Sale Waterside Arts Centre. Click here for further info: http://watersideartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/1500-the-beautiful-warmth/

Waterside Arts Centre

1 Waterside Plaza,

Sale

M33 7ZF

Tickets & Info 0161 912 5616

www.watersideartscentre.co.uk

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The Fable Welcomes Britain’s Most Famous Bear With Cocktail Named After Him

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 14.57.04He started life in deepest, darkest Peru, but Paddington has arrived in London with the launch of his first feature-length movie on 28th November. To welcome him, The Fable in Farringdon has launched the Paddington’s Pisco Marmalade Fizz – after all, a cocktail is just the ticket after such a long journey – available throughout the month of November.
Served with a mini marmalade sandwich – famously his favourite – the cocktail comes in a coup and is made with Pisco ABA!, lemon, sugar, prosecco and two healthy dollops of marmalade.
It won’t cost Paddy many of his pennies, either, priced at just £7.95. Surrounded by interiors inspired by fairytales and classic stories, Paddington is sure to feel right at home propped up at the bar, cocktail in-paw.
Better still, those looking to follow in Paddington’s footprints can do so by following The Paddington Trail through London, tweeting a picture of one of the 50 bear statues dotted across the capital using @thefablebar with the hashtag #iwantabearhug to redeem the cocktail complimentary at the bar.
One too many, though, and the next day you may feel like a bear with a sore head.

The Fable
52 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD
T. 0845 468 0105
 
@thefablebar
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Ambient-Sound Artists PADDOX To Release Brutalist Concrete-Clad Vinyl LP, December 1st

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 16.03.56Oxford based ambient-electronic outfit PADDOX formed in 2014 around ex-Trophy Wife drummer Kit Monteith. With a nod to Cologne’s Kompakt Records, PADDOX delve deep into both techno and lush ambient soundscapes. The latter of which forms the basis of their debut release Aphrodisiaque, a concrete clad 3KG vinyl release.

PADDOX create their own brand of melodically rich, multi-layered pulsating ambience. At times delving into the world of sound-art and drone with the band’s live show experimenting and improvising with underwater singing and live plate-reverb manipulation, seamlessly blended into a pshychedelic and sensual ambience.Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 16.03.10

Debut album Aphrodisiaque is due for release on the 1st of December 2014 through Bear on A Bicycle Records and One Note Forever. The band perceivesAphrodisiaque to be a genre in its own right. Aphrodisiaque is any piece of music sympathetic to an ambient vision of the act of love. The album’s six tracks listed as ‘Aphrodisiaque #001’ through to ‘Aphrodisiaque #006’.

The band have also joined forces with Italian designer Francesco Miniati to create the vinyl’s concrete packaging.

The LP is available to pre-order via the following link: http://www.paddox.bigcartel.com/

PADDOX will perform Aphrodisiaque at an LP launch on Saturday 29 November at the Old Fire Station in Oxford.

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Sixty Years Of Sculpture Celebrated In ‘Past Present’ By Bridget McCrum, Canary Wharf, Until Nov 14th

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 14.49.05One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, is the proud home to celebrated sculptor Bridget McCrum’s new exhibition entitled ‘Past Present’.

Unveiled on the Canary Wharf Estate in the year of her 80th birthday, the exhibition covers all major areas of Bridget’s practice, providing a retrospective insight over the illustrious career of the sculptor; from the early carving of a dog made when she was just sixteen to the impressively large bronzes and stone carvings produced this year.

McCrum’s work is distinguished by her preferred subject matter: the juxtaposition of fauna, notably birds, with ancient artefacts such as tools and ceremonial weapons. The sculptor perceives a synergy between nature and these symbols of early industry, drawing parallels between the primitive tools and the curve of a wing, or a texture worked on very old stones.

The sculptures that Bridget conjures from these influences and interests have great integrity, carrying the mark of her own hand; a facet of her methodology which she considers to be very important in conveying her innate feeling for the natural world.

The largest pieces in the exhibition depict birds, their characteristics and habits. McCrum skilfully renders their qualities whether hunting, resting, flying, watching or singing, at times merging their form with that of a ceremonial axe or a knife perhaps once used for harvesting corn.

The sculptor frequently brings drawing into her sculptures, especially in her carved pieces where, using a power hammer, she creates surface textures that appear to throw the form into greater relief or to indicate a soft area of downy feathers. She possesses a painter’s sensibility for the manipulation of bronze patina, which is demonstrated in this exhibition through the range of richly coloured and tonal variation that she achieves across the surface of both small and large pieces.

The arrival of McCrum’s work will continue the proud tradition of hosting ground-breaking sculptural exhibitions at Canary Wharf, as she joins the ranks of Michael Lyons and Eilis O’Connell who have also recently exhibited on the Estate.

Bridget McCrum’s exhibition proves that progression, innovation and an ability to bring new thinking into one’s work is not solely the preserve of the young. Perhaps these sculptures do not shock, but they can disturb, enlighten, delight and intrigue, providing an insightful glance at the world through the experienced eyes of this widely acclaimed sculptor.

EXHIBITION TOUR

Tuesday 28 October, from 6.30 to 7.15 pm

Curator Ann Elliott tours the exhibition with Bridget McCrum

The tour is free, but please contact Canary Wharf Public Art Office to reserve a place visualart@canarywharf.com

Event details

 Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB

Until 14 November 2014

Monday to Friday 5.30am – midnight

Saturday & Sunday 7am – 11.30pm
FREE

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Gordon Ramsay Group Confirms November Opening Of Heddon Street Kitchen

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 11.31.43After much anticipation, Heddon Street Kitchen, the latest restaurant in Gordon Ramsay’s luxury portfolio, is set to open week commencing 10th November in Regent Street’s Food Quarter, in the heart of one of London’s premier shopping destinations.

From brisk breakfasts and post-shop pit-stops through to lunches, dinners and after-work cocktails, expect a relaxed, modern European menu from head chef Maria Tampakis – who earned her culinary stripes at Bread Street Kitchen and before that spent time at the three Michelin-starred restaurant Jean-Georges in NYC.

A bustling and breathtaking space over two floors, Heddon Street Kitchen is a stylish mix of vintage and modern. A standout feature is the interactive wine-tasting counter where guests can try a wide range of wines by the glass and participate in engaging tastings and food pairings. Alternatively, chill-out at the ice-cream bar, serving a whole host of frozen goodies from alcoholic ice-cream cocktails through to retro old school favourites. There will also be an open kitchen and pass providing a view of the theatre of a busy service, raw bar, pizza oven and private room with full media facilities. An intimate bar and lounge area is an ideal spot for after-work cocktails or pre-dinner drinks whilst the outdoor terrace is perfect for al fresco dining and people watching.

Together with a super-central location, in the heart of Regent Street, a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus and Soho, Heddon Street Kitchen is sure to become a favourite with locals, tourists, shoppers and workers alike.

Managing Director Stuart Gillies comments: “We are extremely excited to be opening in the very heart of the West End in what has become one of London’s premier shopping destinations. We have developed Heddon Street Kitchen as an accessible all-day eaterie that will appeal to tourists, workers and shoppers, from breakfast right through to late night suppers and cocktails.”

Cool and casual – drop by any time of the day.

Heddon Street Kitchen

3-9 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BE

020 7592 1212 – Reservation line opens at 11am on October 27th

www.gordonramsay.com/heddon-street

@heddonstreetkitchen

Facebook.com/heddonstreetkitchen

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Threads

Life, Leisure, Luxury

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JACK MONROE: COOK, CAMPAIGNER, GUARDIAN COLUMNIST, MOTHER, AUTHOR, ETC.

Winner of the... Women of the Year Enterprise award. Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Food Blog. Marie Claire Woman At The Top award. Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Award. YMCA Courage & Inspiration Award. Red Magazine's Red Hot Women Award. #17 Independent On Sundays Pink List 2013. And the 100m race when I was about, seven...

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