If there’s a finer musician vehicle of a movie than Purple Rain, we’ve not seen it. But who knew that The Purple One had featured in so many other films?
The ICA certainly did and now it’s celebrating Prince’s big screen performances with a mini film festival.
Princefest will run from Friday 14 to Saturday 15 December and feature a series of talks and live performances. Special guest Matt Thorne, author of the recently published and definitive biography of Prince, will provide expertise and insight throughout.
The full programme will be announced shortly. Check here for info.
Australian artist Anthony Lister is exhibiting a new show, Unslung Heroes, at the Outsiders Gallery this month.
The show features ‘Impressionist portraits of after-party revellers dominated by a red, black and white colour palette. Hedonistic yet elegant, the canvases exemplify Lister’s poetic treatment of highbrow and lowbrow themes, and old masters-meet-street art painting style.’
Unslung Heroes is something of a departure from Lister’s previous work, which has focused more on super heroes - including his famous Spider Woman - than ‘unslung’ ones.
We’re heading down to private view next week so check back in for a report.
Unslung Heroes opens to the public 16 November and runs until 29 December at The Outsiders Gallery, 8 Greek Street. W1D 4DG. Here for more info.
…and men. Sick of people seeking to know if you’re their soul mate before dessert arrives? Put off by an endless parade of perverts, hiding wedding rings and dark secrets? Then check out Slagbox, London’s cheeky take on speed dating.
This month there’s a Halloween night at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen so why not crack out your best sexy Bill Murray outfit (that’s what people wear right?) and head out East? Enjoy.
Okay so dreadful pun, but don’t let that put you off Lewisham’s premier night out, Dirty Cop Friday.
The night is hosted on the last Friday of every month at The Old Police Station that now forms the do-it-yourself art centre, an architectural infrastructure housing 42 artists studios, cells for exhibition, independent project spaces, a radio station, band rehearsal studios and social spaces.
This month promises to be a doozy with the SLAM official after party (excuse the link but this is the only details we can find online at the moment). Never has a night behind bars sounded so appealing.
Maybe drop ‘em a line or give ‘em a call for more details.
The above design is inspired by the famous London Underground map and features all global cities that have an ‘urban rail system’ of some sort, existing or planned. The image is from Transit Maps of the World (by Mark Ovenden)and we stumbled across it via this Guardian article on Apple Maps. Click on the map to enlarge.
The London Underground logo - or roundel to give it its proper name - is the subject of a new book, The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon. Everyone Sir Peter Blake to Richard Wentworth is featured and the designs we’ve seen are quite spectacular.
Check out the full story with more image on It’s Nice That.
We love Eurostar. There’s no better way to travel from London to Europe. But if they ever decide to adopt Christopher Jenner’s spectacular vision for the future of pan-European rail travel we’ll be the first ones in line for a ticket.
More details about the project here.
As last night’s spectacular closing ceremony signaled the end of the Paralympic Games, there’s still one last chance to say farewell with the ‘Our Greatest Team’ parade.
Up to 800 Team GB and ParalympicsGB will take part in the parade, which starts at 1.30pm at Mansion House, and will pass along Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street towards St Paul’s Cathedral, and then progress via Ludgate Hill, Fleet Street and the Strand to Trafalgar Square.
The parade is expected to take up to 13 minutes to pass each point and will consist of up to 21 floats, arranged by sport.
Once past Trafalgar Square the Parade will enter Admiralty Arch and The Mall for the final stretch but this area is strictly ticketed for Gamesmakers, the military and other groups who have made an invaluable contribution to the Games.
Converse have placed special text activated CCTV-type cameras in five of London’s boroughs including Ladbroke Grove, Brixton, Camden, Finsbury Park and Mile End.
Why? They want to showcase local talent and what makes them special by asking entrants to show off their most original moves in dance, skateboarding, rapping, freestyle ball-skills, graffiti or anything else that makes them unique.
Oh the Olympics. The country may have had a collective grumble in the lead up but only the most cynical of miserablists is complaining now (**cough** Morrissey).
For all the sporting feats, tears and dramas, one of the highlights was the opening ceremony. Like London, it was a real mish-mash of styles, influences and music; although not everything worked, the collective result was spectacular, eccentric and completely unique.
And the centre piece of proceedings was undoubtably the Olympic flame - a truly spectacular structure that could’ve come from another planet. Even better, it was designed by London-based outfit, Heatherwick Studios.
A bit of digging reveals that the guys were also behind such awe-inspiring works as the UK Pavillion at the Shanghi Expo…
…and the new London Routemasters…
That’s quite a portfolio! In fact, their body of work is so impressive that the Olympic flame is only listed as a medium sized project.
You can see more of their work here.
London listings bible, Time Out, is to join the growing ranks of free titles that includes Scout, Stylist, ShortList and Sport. The magazine will be given out at stations each Tuesday from the Autumn.
Launched in 1968 as an A2 sheet folded into A5, it’s still a great publication and we hope the move helps revive the title’s fortunes as it looks to raise its circulation to 300,000.
Oh, and this week’s issue features the above cover illustration by the always fantastic North Londoner, Matthew Green.