Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet | Comedy Store Live | National Gallery of Victoria | 606 Club Re-Stream | South London Gallery...
Welcome to another lockdown special edition of our what's on guide, bringing you all our favourite cultural highlights for the week ahead. This week we're disco dancing and block printing in our living rooms, while exploring the very best virtual experiences from the likes of the Comedy Store and 606 Club.
MOVE to some soulful dance floor classics at Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet’s 70’s and 80’s themed virtual discos this Friday at 7pm (and every other Friday thereafter). Set up by Nikki Spencer following a failed attempt to go out in London’s West End in her 40’s, HSDY has since grown to offer country-wide club nights attracting party goers from age 18 to 88 years old. And even with lockdown, the dance collective still Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet. With their virtual Friday Night Boogie featuring dancer Andrea Rose and DJ Lord Anthony on the decks spinning all the best soul, funk and disco, this feel-good event is a great way to bring the party home, get moving, and kick-start your weekend.
LAUGH along to Comedy Store Live's hilarious comedy archives now available online. Neatly tucked away just off Leicester Square, one pioneering comedy club is responsible for launching the careers of some of our most treasured comedians, while never failing to keep us entertained and put smiles on our faces. Its doors may be closed, but the Comedy Store is ensuring that the giggles keep going during lockdown. A selection of the club’s favourite archive shows are now available to rent for seven days on its online comedy platform, Comedy Store Live. From the comfort of your own living room you can enjoy the side-splitting improvisational comedy of the Comedy Store Players (Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch, and co.), the world’s most brutal open mic night, King Gong, or The Best in Stand up, a hand-picked compilation of the best stand-up acts on the circuit. There is even a selection of Comedy Store for Kids shows to provide a welcome distraction from stressful online learning.
VISIT National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne via virtual tour. Escape from lockdown gloom to sunny Australia and one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting art galleries with a self-guided virtual tour of the NGV Triennial – a mind-blowing series of exhibitions sure to put the zest back into life on even the wettest winter’s day. Bringing together some of the world’s most brilliant artists and designers and featuring many major new commissions across a huge range of nationalities, disciplines and backgrounds, these amazing 3D art experiences are a feast for eyes and the mind. Pace at your own speed around the weird and wonderful creations of South African designer Porky Hefer, the metallic wonders of Jeff Koons and the thought-provoking Fallen Fruit installation that shakes up societal and colonial constructs in a riot of florals. With a brilliant website hosting a range of supporting virtual experiences including plenty to watch, read and listen to you can be fully immersed in this inspirational oasis of art and ideas.
For virtual tours and more information, visit https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/triennial-2020-virtual-tours/ and follow @NGVMelbourne on Twitter for updates.
LISTEN to live jazz on 606 Re-Stream. Nothing quite beats kicking back and whiling away the evening hours listening to jazz in an atmospheric and cosy basement. Sadly we can’t do that right now, but this might be the next best thing. Jazz heads will be delighted to know that they can still pay a visit to central London’s most cherished jazz venue, 606 Club, through the iconic club’s exciting new virtual live music programme and live streaming service, 606 Re-Stream. Priced at just £5.95 per gig, or for free if you are already a club member, subscribers can enjoy the powerful soulful voice of Lizzie Deane (Sunday 7 February), saxophonist Karen Sharp’s dynamic trio (Saturday 13 February) and a Valentine’s Day special with singing sensation Jo Harrop (Sunday 14 February). All live streamed performances start at 8pm.
LEARN the art of block printing online at South London Gallery. The ancient art of block printing has given rise to some of the world’s most beautiful textiles and a brilliant six-week course now brings this exciting art-form to your fingertips in your own home. Joining a group of 12 friendly printers, and guided by artist Louisa Loakes via Zoom classes, you can learn how artists through time have used this technique to magnificent effect and explore pattern and mark-making in order to create bold designs of your own using objects including the humble potato as your tools! You will receive a ‘block printing box’ with all the items you’ll need and work towards printing your designs onto furnishings, fabrics, bags and accessories. With amazing versatility for home-decor, fashion and the sheer joy of artistic creation you can emerge from lockdown as a block-printing pro!
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