October 2, 2014

Culture Calendar London – October

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LAST YEAR IN OCTOBER. Oh Athens, how wonderfully you treated us a year ago. Swapping grey London for this gorgeous city dipped in golden light sounds very tempting right now. But I don’t want to complain. Great things are ahead and I couldn’t be any more excited about October. As per usual, in the beginning of each month, here is a brand new culture calendar. Yet again, London offers so many fabulous productions, events and exhibitions, that it is hard to choose where and how to spend your precious free time.

I feel like all of my free time is spent at the Royal Opera this week. On Tuesday we went to see a fabulous production of Rigoletto and it was a relief to see that Simon Keenlyside was cast in the role of Rigoletto. Brilliant. Since a couple of Finnish friends are coming over for the weekend, it is needless to say that a visit to the Royal Opera is essential. MacMillan’s Manon as well as Rossini’s The Barber of Seville are on our schedule for the weekend. Friday night will be spent at the Ministry of Sound, because there is an event with various DJs from Finland. Quite a contrast, but should be entertaining. If you haven’t made any plans yet, hopefully the calendar can give you some inspiration. Enjoy your weekend everybody!

Manon @ Royal Opera House
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm
Manon @ Royal Opera House | London | United Kingdom
“Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his[...]
Il barbiere di Siviglia @ Royal Opera House
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm
Il barbiere di Siviglia @ Royal Opera House | London | United Kingdom
“Count Almaviva arrives in Seville to find the mysterious woman he met in Madrid. When he learns that she, Rosina, is engaged to her tyrannical guardian Bartolo, he asks the cunning barber Figaro to help[...]
Anjunabeats @ Ministry of Sound
Oct 3 @ 10:30 pm
Anjunabeats @ Ministry of Sound | London | United Kingdom
“We are excited to announce the return of Anjunabeats label legends Super8 & Tab to the club in what marks the launch of their anticipated second album, “Unified”. Joining them will be friends and collaborators[...]
Oct 4 @ 7:45 pm
The Five & the Prophecy of Prana @ Barbican Centre | London | England | United Kingdom
“An action-packed hip-hop adventure of superhuman proportions. Set in modern Tokyo, The Five and the Prophecy of Prana sees dazzling visuals frame a dynamic fusion of hip-hop and martial arts in an explosive tribute to[...]
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 8:30 pm
News from the Ideological Antiquity: Marx / Eisenstein / Das Kapital @ Whitechapel Gallery | London | United Kingdom
“Alexander Kluge introduces his most ambitious film, showing here in a shorter edit from its original 9 hour cut, a monumental avant-garde essay about the present status of the political; a complex, total work of[...]
Sessions58 @ The Looking Glass
Oct 6 @ 9:00 pm
Sessions58 @ The Looking Glass | London | United Kingdom
“Join us every Monday and experience a truly intimate immersive live music night packed with talented musical performances.” Sessions 58        
An evening with Dermot O’Leary @ Waterstones Piccadilly
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm
An evening with Dermot O'Leary  @ Waterstones Piccadilly | London | United Kingdom
“Join Dermot O’Leary at the launch event for The Soundtrack To My Life, a memoir told through the songs that have shaped his life and career in TV and radio.Dermot will be in conversation with[...]
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010 @ Tate Modern | London | United Kingdom
“Sigmar Polke was one of the most insatiably experimental artists of the twentieth century. This retrospective is the first to bring together the unusually broad range of media he worked with during his five-decade career[...]
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm
Live: She Makes War @ The Barfly | London | United Kingdom
“She Makes War is the gloom-pop solo project of Bristol based multi-instrumentalist, filmmaker and digital polymath Laura Kidd. A pacifist force of nature with a punk spirit and a serious work ethic, Kidd’s mission is[...]
Turneresque @ Halcyon Gallery
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Turneresque @ Halcyon Gallery | London | United Kingdom
“Spanish-born contemporary artist, Ernesto Cánovas’ practice is analytical and carefully executed. Evolving from a found or personal image, digitally manipulated and adapted, a new image is reborn onto his wooden canvas engrained with a new[...]
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm
BAFTA Conversations with Screen Composers: Patrick Doyle @ Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room | London | England | United Kingdom
“BAFTA welcomes Patrick Doyle to the Royal Albert Hall for the third event in the 2014 series of Conversations with Screen Composers. Patrick Doyle is a BAFTA-nominated and twice Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated composer with[...]
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair @ Somerset House | London | United Kingdom
“Taking its name from the 54 countries on the continent, 1:54 returns as a leading platform for artists, galleries, curators, independent art centres and institutions dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and[...]
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm
Kavakos / Brahms: The Violin Sonatas @ Barbican Centre | London | England | United Kingdom
“Acclaimed recording partners Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang perform a rare complete cycle of Brahms’s three sonatas for violin and piano. For all its formal perfection, Brahms’ chamber music reveals the inner secrets of a[...]
East Cemetery Tour @ Highgate Cemetery
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm
East Cemetery Tour @ Highgate Cemetery | London | United Kingdom
“Highgate Cemetery was such a success that the East side was opened in 1860. It was also run by the London Cemetery Company. When Karl Marx was buried here – in a grave purchased by[...]
Live: Sadar Bahar @ Plastic People
Oct 18 @ 11:00 pm
Live: Sadar Bahar @ Plastic People | London | United Kingdom
“If you thought the late-1980s deep house scene was a thing of the past, lost in dusty records and Mendel Catholic High School yearbooks, you might not know Sadar Bahar. Known as ‘the deejay’s deejay,’[...]
Live: The Struts @ Dingwalls
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm
Live: The Struts @ Dingwalls | London | United Kingdom
“After too many years of waiting, a rock and roll band have arrived with the flamboyance, the style and, yes, the strut to match their unstoppable tunes. When was the last time a band wanted[...]
Happiness by Design @ LSE, Old Theatre, Old Building
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Happiness by Design  @ LSE, Old Theatre, Old Building | London | England | United Kingdom
“Professor Paul Dolan will define happiness in terms of experiences of pleasure and purpose. He will describe how being happier means allocating attention more efficiently: towards those things that bring us pleasure and purpose and[...]
Knitwear – Chanel to Westwood @ Fashion and Textile Museum
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Knitwear - Chanel to Westwood @ Fashion and Textile Museum | London | United Kingdom
“Inspirational vintage fashion knitwear from the 20th century. Highlights include 1920s Chanel jersey, 1930s woollen swimwear, 1970s Bill Gibb and conceptual garments from 1980s and 90s designers Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald.[...]
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm
Colour Discussion: From Pigment to Pixel @ Photographers' Gallery | London | United Kingdom
“A discussion about the political potential of colour, from historical colour processes enabling artistic projects and articulations that were not previously possible, to contemporary cultural and political thematics signified by specific colours. The discussion features Carol[...]
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm
Live: Old Crow Medicine Show @ The Roundhouse | London | United Kingdom
“American roots music favourites Old Crow Medicine Show will head out on a short tour this Autumn following the release of their new album in June.Old Crow Medicine Show were discovered by the folk icon[...]
Portobello Road Market @ Portobello Road
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am
Portobello Road Market @ Portobello Road | London | United Kingdom
“The market’s main attraction is the vibrant  antiques section which is located near Notting Hill tube station; The half mile of road contains 100′s of  buzzing market stalls, shops and arcades.  You can expect to find a[...]
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Burning News - Recent Art from Russia @ Hayward Gallery | London | United Kingdom
“Works by the latest generation of Russian artists exploring the socio-political context of their homeland. Burning News includes videos by Evgeny Granilshchikov, Mikhail Maksimov, Sasha Pirogova and Dimitri Venkov, as well as sculpture and photography[...]
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm
Unidentified Item In The Bagging Area @ Old Red Lion Theatre | London | United Kingdom
“This outrageous dark comedy explores the pursuit of one’s own happiness in a candid look at the unfair, undeniable and really shit parts of the human condition that keep us together and tear us apart.[...]
Live: Elvis Costello @ Royal Albert Hall
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm
Live: Elvis Costello @ Royal Albert Hall | London | England | United Kingdom
“Elvis Costello will return to the Royal Albert Hall as part of BluesFest 2014. The songwriting icon has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years and is perhaps best known for his[...]
SLAMbassadors UK @ Royal Festival Hall
Oct 31 @ 4:00 pm
SLAMbassadors UK @ Royal Festival Hall | London | United Kingdom
“The UK’s loudest and longest running solo youth slam is back. SLAMbassadors UK showcases the best young talent in the country and includes a special guest appearance by poet Mark Grist. Brought to you by[...]
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