London On The Cheap: July 17 – 23

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Regent’s Park by k e n c h i e

A brew of fun

For the week to come

That’ll trouble the pennies

But not the pounds

- Ezra Pound, XXX Cantos, 1930

Friday: The V&A’s new exhibition, Telling Tales, which explores the boundaries between art and design, opens this week — and conveniently, the museum is open till 10pm tonight. Free.

Saturday: You could be dancing on the roof of the Southbank Centre tonight if you can fork out a mere fiver. United Underground takes over the Queen Elizabeth Hall from 8pm.

Sunday: Coin Street on the South Bank takes a Latin turn as the regular Colombianamente festival brings the sights and sounds of Colombia to London. Musicians, family workshops, and dancers are promised. ¡Bailamos! From 1pm – 7pm, free.

Monday: The inSpiral Lounge in Camden will host a discussion about the ‘possibilities of the future’, featuring some of the brightest sages in the city. 7pm, free.

Tuesday: The Tree House Gallery in Regent’s Park opens this week. An “array of tree-top structures that will act as a catalyst to ignite the collective imagination, encouraging adults and children alike to explore a variety of creative responses to nature”, the organisers are holding a meet today at 6pm. Free.

Wednesday: Catch Clusterfuck, the new installation from Nomad, the collective behind the Shamanic Ritual for Elephant and Castle. Involving a “a colossal velocoster” racetrack made of electric guitars and amplifiers, this has to be seen. Open Weds – Sun from this Sunday, between 12-6 at the Rochelle School, free.

Thursday: At the Dalston Mill, local group Gahu Dramatic Arts will be cooking up a feast of delicious African dishes, and performing African dancing, drumming, acrobatics, and fire eating. From 2-5pm, free.

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  • M@

    I’ll definitely check out the Tree House Gallery. But why do so many arts projects describe themselves in vague language. “Both the aesthetics that inform The TreeHouse Gallerys construction and the community it gives voice to will grow from the surroundings of the parkland and the citys material and social fabric.” What? That’s not going to inspire anyone.

  • http://undefined DeanN

    Gawd, art-speak is awful. You wonder if it was always thus, or if it’s a modern trend.

    “The subject’s inner monologue speaks to a vibrancy drawn from the earthy surroundings of her community’s social fabric, and her gaze conveys a humdrum acquiescence, infusing the canvas with an aesthetic that lodges just above the mundane”

    - from the media kit on the Mona Lisa’s first private view