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This Week 21st – 27th October

21 October 2013 Charlie Kenber

Our pick of interesting and unusual events to do this week

Picking from London’s bursting cultural scene can be a trial at the best of times. To help out, your friends at LondonCalling are here to help – cape and all! Every week we’re selecting five interesting, one-off and sometimes downright barmy events taking place in the capital. From a weekend-long Halloween spectacular to an art show and cello concert, these events are sure to keep you tooled up and bolster your burgeoning reputation as ‘the friend in the know’…

London’s Lost Jewels

To coincide with the Museum of London’s major new exhibition The Cheapside Hoard, they’re hosting this talk with the curator, Hazel Forsyth. Discovered in 1912, the spectacular collection of gem-laden accessories is one of the most remarkable finds of late 16th and early 17th century jewellery. Found in a cellar on Cheapside in the City, the hoard offers a unique insight into London life during the mid-17th Century. In this event, Hazel will be talking about forming the exhibition as well as the history of the pieces on display.

The talk takes place on Wednesday 23rd between 7.00 - 8.30pm. Tickets cost £6-7 and are available here.

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

The first Affordable Art Fair was held in Battersea Park in October 1999, and saw 10,000 visitors descend upon the event. Today, the Fair has become something of a global phenomenon, having taken place in Amsterdam, Brussels, New York, Milan, Singapore, Hamburg, Mexico City, Seattle, Stockholm, Hong Kong and Maastricht. Globally, over 1 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair, buying over £2 million worth of art. This event allows you to return to the Fair’s roots: buying great art for between £40 and £4,000 in the heart of Battersea Park. With over 100 galleries taking part there is bound to be something for everyone: the show covers traditional and contemporary paintings, prints, sculpture and photography.

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea takes place from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th October. Further information is available here.

Matthew Barley: Around Britten

This concert on Thursday night showcases one of the finest cellists of this generation, in the stunning and acoustically breathtaking setting of 1901-built Wigmore Hall. Matthew Barley, fresh from appearing in concert halls around the world, celebrates composer Benjamin Britten’s centenary in style. The programme for the concert revolves around Britten’s Third Suit for solo cello, and includes some new commissions from James MacMillan, Dai Fujikara and Norwegian DJ/composer Jan Bang, as well as work by J S Bach and Gavin Bryars. To complement the music, Yeast Culture have created a series of visuals which will be projected behind Matthew.

The concert takes place at Wigmore Hall on Thursday 24th October at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15.00 - £30.00 and are available here.

Mauritian Sunday Lunch Pop-Up

Following on from the success of Pink Pigeon Rum, supper club Edible Experiences bring an Autumn tropical menu to warm the soul. Guests will enjoy a home-style Mauritian Sunday lunch, with traditional sega music in the background to carry you all the way to the Indian Ocean. Although the menu is subject to change, you’re bound to enjoy a whole spread of Mauritius-inspired cuisine, from roti filled with goat curry and pickled vegetables, to fresh coriander satini and coconut chutney Boulette soup and even Rum Bananas. Yum!

This event takes place on Sunday 27th October at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £32.00 and are available here.

Halloween Movie Mash-Up Weekend

The first of many Halloween events that we’ll be yelling about, this weekend a three-day festival takes over the Portobello Pop Up Cinema. The cinematic experience features Halloween-themed food and drink, ‘dressing up’ boxes and sing and dance-a-longs, as well as traditional Halloween activities of Pumpkin carving and apple bobbing. Alongside the festivities will of course be a series of film showings, including classics A Nightmare on Elm Street (Friday) featuring a young Johnny Depp, Halloween (Sunday) and of course The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Saturday). Promises to be a real spook-fest.

The event takes place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October. Doors open at 6.00pm, with the screenings taking place each night at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £5.50 and are available here.

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