Dance Umbrella Festival | El Camino | You're Dead To Me | Sir John Soane's Museum | National Curry Week...
Dazzling dance, hilarious history and mouth-watering masala are among our colourful cultural highlights this week, along with the movie every loyal Breaking Bad fan has been waiting for, and a Museum Late with a difference.
SEE a stunning dance performance as part of the Dance Umbrella Festival, which takes place at various venues across London until 27 October. From classical to street styles, the dazzling line-up features a multitude of genres, and celebrates 21st century choreography encompassing dance, theatre and mime. Highlights include Crowd by Gisèle Vienne, which sees 15 performers explore the euphoria of clubs and parties to a pulsing techno-trance soundtrack, and Hocus Pocus, a bewitching experience choreographed by Philppe Sairee, which features two dextrous performers, stage trickery and optical illusions. Not only can you expect a spectacle of light, sound, costume and drama, but some of this year’s performances also come with some powerful storytelling. One such production with a strong message is Zoo Humans by the Urban Playground Team, featuring narration by David Attenborough. Inspired by the fact that three quarters of young people in the UK spend less time outdoors than prisoners, the show follows a group of humans who are on the verge of forgetting how to move because they are consumed by the artificial world.
WATCH El Camino. For fans of Breaking Bad, the bingetastic series which (arguably) single-handedly put Netflix on the map, weeks don’t come much bigger than this one. Since 2013, when the grand finale of the 62-episode epic saw Walter White (Bryan Cranston) go out with a bang and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) abandon his beloved partner and flee, Breaking Bad aficionados have been feeding off the sizeable scraps of spin-off series Better Call Saul, hoping, just hoping, that creator and producer Vince Gilligan wasn’t quite finished with the franchise. Well he wasn’t, and come this Friday we discover exactly what he’s had up his sleeves all along, as El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie arrives as a Netflix exclusive. Picking up where Breaking Bad left off, this standalone movie takes us back to New Mexico and follows loveable rogue Jesse as he emerges bruised and battered from captivity, on the run from the police and striving to forge a new future for himself.
LISTEN to You’re Dead To Me. Do you remember anything you learned in history lessons at school? Do you have any time or energy to learn about history now? If, as we’re guessing, the answer to both of these questions is a firm no, then we’ve discovered the perfect podcast for you. Topping the charts this week is celebrity historian Greg Jenner’s new BBC Radio 4 podcast You’re Dead To Me, which describes itself as “the history podcast for people who don’t like history…and those who do”. In this funny and light-hearted show, Greg is joined by famous comedians and fellow brainy historians, to tackle significant moments, themes and personalities in time - from the infamous pirate Blackbeard, Joan of Arc and the Aztecs to LGBTQ history, the history of football and the European Witch Craze. The podcast has certainly earned its popularity, giving listeners the opportunity to swat up on historical facts in a highly accessible way while also dishing out some side-splitting comedy in the process. It’s no wonder Greg has attracted a loyal following and has new listeners tuning in in their droves.
You’re Dead To Me by Greg Jenner is available on BBC iPlayer, iTunes and Spotify. Follow @greg_jenner on Twitter for updates.
VISIT Sir John Soane's Museum Late. The fabulous and eccentric Sir John Soane's Museum is one of London’s most captivating and extraordinary collections. This treasure trove of art, architectural fragments and other spellbinding objects amassed by eighteenth century neoclassical architect, Sir John Soane, is displayed in his beautiful period townhouse and radiates his unique sense of wonder and curiosity about history, architecture and the world at large. This Friday, visitors will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit this magical museum after dark and to explore paintings and artefacts from this remarkable grotto of curiosities in a special candlelit atmosphere. Admission includes access to the museum's current major exhibition Hogarth: Place and Progress, and, we especially liked this bit - a glass of Sipsmith gin and tonic to toast to Friday.
For more information about tickets and timings go to https://www.soane.org/your-visit/soane-lates
and check out @SoaneMuseum on Twitter for updates.
DINE out at one of the many places celebrating National Curry Week, from fancy Michelin starred restaurants to authentic street food vendors, and enjoy 25 per cent off all week! With so many old favourites from Giftos to Shezan’s and new additions including Brigadiers and Kricket spicing up the London restaurant scene, it’s difficult to single out one to visit, but we’ve managed to keep calm and curry on the tradition of National Curry Week since 1998! We are loving the concept of the #QuidCurryClub, a partnership between bestselling author of One Pound Meals Miguel Barclay, and non-dairy cream food brand Elmlea, to help tackle food waste. And yes, it is as good as it sounds - £1 curries with poppadoms, dips and a soft drink will be served up at this cheap and cheerful pop-up in Shoreditch for one day only on Wednesday 9 October. The mouth-watering menu includes a creamy chicken korma and a veggie version of the classic Thai green curry. All £1 donations will go to FareShare, so why not spice up your life for a quid?
The #QuidCurryClub will be at the Iron Bloom Shoreditch Event Space, 46 Great Eastern Street, Hackney, London EC2A 3EP, UK on Wednesday 9 October. For updates, follow @supportcurry on Twitter, and don’t forget to tag #NationalCurryWeek.
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