We’re getting into the depths of March and before Spring well and truly springs there’s plenty of indoor happenings to bring a bit of joy to our hearts.
Why not walk through a giant kaleidoscope, find out about life on Mars or attend the spectacle that is The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball? All this and much more in The Weekly EDIT.
The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball (Century Club, 23rd)
If you’re a fan of all creatures fantastical then the unique annual event that is The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball might just be for you.
This themed, costumed ball is filled with interactive theatre, puppetry and art installations and is the perfect location to let out your inner goblin, pixie or nymph. Expect plenty of surprises and out and out weirdness.
The Human Martian (The Royal Institution, 19th)
Ever pondered on the question of whether humans can really live on Mars? Well, you might get closer to a definitive answer with this talk exploring humanity’s first attempts to establish a permanent settlement on Mars.
Explorer and former MALESTROM interviewee Adrian Hayes, Iya Whiteley and Jill Stuart will bring together expertise from their different fields to guide us through how humans will live in a new era in which space exploration is no longer about the journey.
House of African Art (Hoxton Arches, 21st – 26th)
Exciting times for Hoxton’s newest gallery, where you can see free visual art from African artists during the day. While during the evenings the space will host talks, spoken word, and DJ sets playing jazz, smooth soul and Afrobeats.
Among the exhibiting artists are Ayesha Feisal, Àsìkò, Kojo Marfo, Aurélia Durand, John Madu and Emmanuel Unaji (pictured), each of whom has produced new or unseen artwork for the launch.
The London Festival of Railway Modelling (Alexandra Palace, 23rd – 24th)
It’s a wet dream for aficionados of model trains this weekend at Ally Pally.
There’ll be 40 layouts hand-picked by The London MRC to browse, must-have items for collectors from over 120 quality traders & societies, along with talks and expert demonstrations.
A must for every railway enthusiast.
Giant Kaleidoscope (Saatchi Gallery, till May 5th)
There’s an installation to bring out the big kid in all of us at the Saatchi Gallery. London artist Laura Buckley’s has created a giant kaleidoscope, named Fata Morgana, which forms the centrepiece of this new exhibition featuring nine contemporary artists.
Visitors can step inside this giant thing and trip themselves out as they wander through experiencing the disorientating images and audio effects.
Lost! In the Dock (Tobacco Dock, 23rd)
A brand-new electro festival descends on the riverside warehouse venue of Tobacco Dock, with a stellar lineup of international superstars to get you moving on the dancefloor.
Experience a whole day of electronic dance music from some of the best in the business, like global sensation MK, special guest Claptone, and a number of other great acts in Radio 1’s Danny Howard, Franky Rizardo & Santé.
With lashings of neon light, dry ice and state-of-the-art sound systems this should be a party to remember.
One Man Band Festival (Blues Kitchen, 20th-28th)
The Brixton, Camden and Shoreditch Blues Kitchen branches, along with the famous Jazz Cafe are showcasing the talents of individual musicians that can single-handedly sound like a multi-piece band.
This week-long celebration of some of the very best in the game starts with a free night of stomping blues in East London from Dollar Bill & the 3-string greatness of Hollowbelly.
Eats & Drinks
Eat & Drink Festival (Olympia London, 22nd – 7th April)
It’s foodie nirvana this week as the Eat & Drink Festival returns to Olympia London. Culinary heavyweights will be pitching up to dole out masterclass wisdom as well as some delicious food.
Top names like Aldo Zilli, Rosemary Shrager and Matt Tebbutt will be attending. And booze hounds can get some reliable steers from ruddy-cheeked experts such as BBC Saturday Kitchen’s Olly Smith.
With the best street food, live music and over 100 vendors peddling their wares at the Artisan Producers Market you’d best arrive hungry.
Cheese Fest (Liverpool Exhibition Centre, 23rd)
It’s a celebration of all things cheese in Liverpool this weekend. Expect the most incredible melted delights, top-notch toasties and delicious cheese-based cuisine presented for your culinary pleasure by the finest fromagers from across the land.
Added to all the grub, longtime cheese ambassadors Wallace & Gromit will be on hand as they celebrate 30 years of snacking on dairy goodness. Should be brie-lliant.
Stay Free: The Story of the Clash (Spotify, Out now)
This new Spotify series narrated by Public Enemy’s Chuck D explores “the rise, reign and ferocious self-destruction of one of music’s most prolific bands”, The Clash.
One of the most influential British bands of all time, the Londoners burst onto the scene in 1976 with raw energy, tackling social and political issues their songs. The kind of band we need right now in these turbulent times.
American Football – American Football (LP3) (Polyvinyl, 22nd)
After reforming in 2016, emo rockers American Football have come back to their best with this third self-titled LP, which thankfully is more reminiscent of their iconic 1999 debut album.
This atmospheric record is bolstered by high profile guest spots from Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Land of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell. It’s well worth a listen, you’ll be glad you did.
Megadeth – Warheads on Foreheads (UMe Recordings, 22nd)
To celebrate their 35th anniversary, thrash metal legends Megadeath are releasing 35-track album Warheads On Foreheads which includes songs that span the band’s entire career.
Here you’ll get popular old anthems like Rattlehead to more recent hits with the title track of 2016’s Grammy-winning album Dystopia. A must for metal fans.
The OA: Part II (Netflix, 22nd)
It’s been getting on three years since the mysterious sci-fi series The OA dropped on Netflix. This week sees its return. Writer and director of the show Laura Marling stars as Prairie, a formerly blind woman who went missing for seven years and mysteriously re-appeared, who reveals her true self as OA, which stands for “Original Angel”.
OG gathers a group of teens to share her story and teach them to travel through dimensions, via synchronized dance, in order to save her friends who are still trapped in an evil scientist’s laboratory.
Yes, it’s as mental as it sounds and as this season begins with her waking in an alternate dimension as a Russian countess, don’t expect it to change.
Billions: Season 4 (Sky Atlantic, 20th)
Billions returns for a fourth season and changes are afoot. Chuck (Paul Giamatti) and Axe (Damian Lewis) find themselves as drinking buddies, rather than at each other’s throats, but it’s an uneasy peace.
Chuck is out as U.S. Attorney and his run for governor was put on ice after info on his, let’s say unorthodox sex life, threatened to be released. Axe, on the other hand, is hell-bent on bringing down his former protégé Taylor, who has struck out on their own.
Expect more big money trading and ruthless political manoeuvring.
US (Cinemas, 22nd)
Director Jordan Peele couldn’t be hotter right now. After his huge success with horror Get Out he’s producing lots of exciting projects like the upcoming Twilight Zone reboot and right now we have his sophomore feature with US.
The film follows mother Adelaide Wilson (played by Lupita Nyong’o) as she heads back to Santa Cruz for a summer holiday with her family.
Haunted by a trauma that happened to her there in the past and due to a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels something bad is going to befall her family. Her fears become reality when four masked strangers descend on their house, with each of them seeming to be doppelgängers of themselves.
Eeerie, thrilling and even funny, Peele’s stock looks set to continue soaring.
Minding the Gap (Selected cinemas, 15th)
This cracking coming of age documentary from promising young filmmaker Bing Liu follows the life and times of three friends (including Liu) over several years as they bond over their love of skateboarding.
Their shared experiences, hardships and past trauma result in a mature and insightful look at wayward adolescence on the verge of adulthood.
The film combines archive footage of the friends skating and follows the trio as they reunite, only to have their friendship threatened by unexpected revelations.
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