Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The Jewish Historical Museum is presenting a retrospective of Sam Presser (1917-1986) who specialised in documenting the daily life of regular people in the Netherlands. The archive is made up of over half a million negatives that essentially document a large portion of the last century by 'being at the right place, at the right time'. His most famous photos are perhaps those he made as a Jewish fugitive during World War II.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
2 Crouch End Hill, corner of The Broadway, N8 (020 8340 1028/admin 01920 823265)
Finsbury Park tube/rail then W7 bus. Performances 8.30pm Wed-Sun. Admission free-?7; free-?6 concs.
One of the oldest clubs
in the capital and deservedly popular as the emphasis is on providing
the best possible conditions for performers. Resident host is Huw
Thomas, and there's a try-out night every other Thursday.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Celebrate America's fascination with fast cars, as well as the 50th anniversary of the National Hot Rod Association, at the NHRA Nationals held on the stunning new Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Drag racing may be a sport born at the stoplights of America's 1950s past, but today's race cars are far more exotic, expensive and explosively fast. Classes include Top Fuel Dragsters and the cartoonish alcohol-burning Funny Cars, so witnesses to this spectacle of sound and speed can expect 300 MPH passes down the quarter-mile strip.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
It began in the gold mines of South Africa. The miners would dance in their wellington boots, as a means of escaping the danger and drudgery of their work. 'Gumboots', as it was called, is now an international sensation, thanks to a group of young dancers from Soweto. This production is not performed solely by South Africans, however. Included are artists from all over the continent. A hit in Europe, it was the cast's dream to perform in the United States. It should be well worth seeing their dream come true.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Let down your dreadlocks and get ready to groove at the biggest reggae festival to hit Africa. The headlining acts at 'Home to my Roots' are all genuine reggae acts direct from Jamaica. Burning Spear (aka Winston Rodney) is a compelling live performer, while seven of the original band members that toured with Bob Marley are here as part of The Wailers, now on their 30th world tour. Lead singer Gary 'Nesta' Pines is widely regarded as the their best frontman since the late, great Bob himself.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Alfred Stieglitz is among the handful of truly seminal figures in American modern art, and the three New York Galleries he ran - 291 (1908-1917), the Intimate Gallery (1925-1929) and An American Place (1925-1929) - were at the heart of his activities. This National Gallery show will be the first to examine Stieglitz's accomplishments as gallery director alongside his photographs. His images will be seen with the work of some the artists he championed - Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Brancusi, and close friends Georgia O' Keefe and Marsden Hartley.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This multimedia exhibition will display 50 years of fashion from Amsterdam, Clothes, shoes, handbags, hats and fabrics from established names like Max Heymans, Frank Govers, Fong Leng, Frans Molenaar, Edgar Vos and Mart Visser take up one space, while up-and-comers like Aico, Analik, Aziz, Saskia van Drimmelen, Niels Klavers and Wees Meester en Vormgever van Jezelf will take up the other. As the exhibition is so well organised, the only thing to worry about it was to wear...