Cult of celebrity or no, big names are all over the place this week. Take inspiration from your heroes whether they be supermodels, fossil hunters, punk rockers or astronauts. Or if you’re us, punk rock astronauts on dinosaurs.
Friday: Haven’t yet come across Kate Moss and company at the British Museum’s Statuephilia intervention? That’s just the starting inspiration for tonight’s 20:30 late opening, which also extends to all manner of intriguing participatory art, music, and poetry, including a BYO collection of curiosities and a game of artistic bowls with balls made of pencil graphite.
Saturday: The Lord Mayor’s Show has been the last word in free spectacle for eight centuries, but if you’ve seen it all before, try something a lot more indie. Handmade and Bound is a free fair of unique artists’ books, comics and zines, with some 50 creative sorts bringing their cheap-and-cheerful works to the incomparably atmospheric St. Aloysius Social Club in Somers Town.
Sunday: If the Tate Britain has been giving you Francis Bacon nightmares of frozen screams, you might be interested in some back story at the Roxy Bar and Screen. For £3, John Maybury’s Bacon story Love is the Devil is screening in double bill with the director’s feature from this summer, The Edge of Love, in which Dylan Thomas meets Keira Knightly (or something like that).
Monday: A free evening show with an emphasis on string flourishes from a more baroque place and time at the Royal Academy of Music, with ensemble The Rare Theatricall rolling out the stylus phantasticus.
Tuesday: Film professor Ian Christie is continuing to explore the city of our imaginations in his free Fantastic London series at Birkbeck Cinema. This week, in Jubilee, London is a decaying 1970s slum where punk rockers — including Adam Ant and Siouxsie Sioux — have a run-in with Elizabeth I.
Wednesday: Continuing our uni surfing, UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology is hosting a lecture on Mary Anning: the greatest fossilist the world ever knew. You’ve seen her plesiosaurs lining the Natural History Museum, but it turns out she was a particularly improbable working class Victorian adventuress.
Thursday: Astronauts are no longer the ultimate celebrities, but we know some small part of you still wants to be one. Lucky for you,the Dana Centre is setting up their own space programme and veteran spacewalker Jean-Francois Clervoy is leading the selection process.
Image courtesy of JudyGr via the Londonist flickrpool.
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