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This Week 26th October – 1st November

26 October 2015 Ryan Ormonde

Figures from the past meet ideas for the future this week. Edith Piaf, Ada Lovelace, Sigmund Freud and John Keats are remembered in various cultural ways and there are two debates asking questions that impact our future in London and beyond. First, an event that bridges the past and future in classical music.

Sound Unbound at the Barbican Centre

Londoners already steeped in Rachmaninov and Holst may well have already bought their tickets to the Barbican Centre this weekend. For the novice, Sound Unbound presents an opportunity to take the classical plunge, or at least to dip in and dip out of the dozens of short concerts playing throughout the Barbican and its associated venues. There will be conversations and debates throughout the weekend and even a couple of all-nighters to take you from Saturday night to Sunday morning, namely the Sound Unbound Club Night by Nonclassical and ‘Overnight Meditation’ with Matthew Barley & Friends.

For more information and to book day or weekend passes, see website.


Computer Says Lates at Science Museum

A new room dedicated to computing pioneer Ada Lovelace is a welcome addition to the Science Museum. This Wednesday’s Computer Says Lates is a good excuse to take a peek at this new shrine for programmers. Lovelace-related activities include a digital art showcase from Nina Kov, Gordana Novakovic and Brigitta Zics plus a talk from author Sydney Padua, who will discuss her graphic novel about Lovelace as well as presenting 3D animations of Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Electric Voice Theatre invite participants to take part in some scientific research as they perform computing, coding and a-cappella music inspired by Lovelace and other women in computing.

For more information see website.


Spaces of Freedom / What Crisis?

Two big, contemporary issues are given public forums in London this week: the erosion of public space and the refugee and migrant crisis.

This evening at the Geological Society in Piccadilly, a panel exploring ‘whether spaces of freedom still exist and if so where’ will include professionals from Ash Sakula Architects and urban planning firm Publica. James Meek, author of Private Island; Leslie Topp, Senior Lecturer in History of Architecture at Birkbeck and James Welch of civil liberties organisation Liberty complete the line-up of guest speakers. Spaces of Freedom is organised by the Royal Academy of Arts and chaired by its Architecture Programme Curator, Owen Hopkins.

On Thursday at Bishopsgate, guests are encouraged to share opinions on the refugee and migrant crisis while eating traditional foods from migration hotspots. What Crisis? is presented by The Only Way is Ethics in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts. Materials from Bishopsgate’s ‘World Citizens’ collection should give historical context to the discussion. Intriguingly, views expressed will be interpreted by artists from London’s spoken word scene.

To book tickets for Space of Freedom see Royal Academy website. Tickets for What Crisis? are free but numbers are limited – email events@TOWIEthics.uk to book, and see Bishopsgate website for more information.


Museums at Night: Freud and Keats

This weekend, several London museums are participating in Museums at Night, a nationwide festival of late night openings. Set up by non-profit cultural publisher Culture24, this is a twice-yearly chance to experience museums in unexpected ways. This time round, two of the most interesting events in London take place at Keats House and the Freud Museum on Friday.

Keats’ interest in Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy has inspired Medicine for Melancholy, a ‘blues-beating’ evening in Keats’ former home, featuring a pop-up bar (ticket includes free drink) and live music from Catherine Lima and Gabriel Keen.

Meanwhile, Freud’s collection of objects are the focus of the Freud Museum’s All About the Gift. Artist Alinah Azadeh invites guests to explore giving and generosity via symbolic mixed media gifts while psychoanalysts and authors give short talks on the subject. True to the generous spirit of the evening, food will be provided and there will  be live music.

For Medicine for Melancholy at Keats House book tickets here. For All About the Gift at the Freud Museum, book tickets here . For all Museums at Night events in London, see website.


PIAF at Bridewell Theatre

As well as being the bicentenary of the birth of Ada Lovelace, 2015 marks the year Edith Piaf would have turned 100. Although in life the dramatic French singer didn’t even make it to a half-century, her legend lives on in PIAF, a 1979 play by Pam Gems, opening Friday night (previews Wednesday and Thursday) at the Bridewell Theatre in a new version directed by Jari Laakso. Cameron Leigh takes the title role, sharing the stage with Valerie Cutko as Marlene Dietrich - as if things weren’t camp enough...

For more information and link to book tickets, see website.

 

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