All posts tagged: Cinema

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I can’t believe there are only two more weekends in November. Things are definitely starting to feel festive, with plenty of Christmassy, crafty fairs and food markets. It’s also time to fit in all the art exhibitions you haven’t got round to seeing, before they switch up in December and January. So here’s my pick of three things to do this week- get crafty at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brick Lane, an immersive fashion expo at The Photographers’ Gallery and foodie heaven at a unique Supper Club in Farringdon. STOP What: Renegade Craft Fair Where: Old Truman Brewery, London When: 22 + 23 November The Renegade Craft Fair heads across the pond and returns to London. Shoppers will find an array of handmade goods at the fair, ranging from stationery and gift wrap to one-of-a-kind jewellery, illustrated prints and homeware. There will also be workshops such as Prickle Press’ DIY letterpress postcards, a pom pom bauble workshop with Pom Pom Quarterly, plus other crafts hosted by Mollie Makes magazine.  LOOK What: Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012 …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week in London. It may be Halloween, but I have three fab, non-ghoulish events for you. First up, two exhibitions, one focusing on the nude and the other on pets, and secondly a new cinema experience in Shoreditch (hint: pillow). ps. I’ve already carved my pumpkin, but if you fancy checking out some more artistically inspired designs, check out the pumpkins at Granary Square in King’s Cross. You can even take one home with you, or try your hand at some Halloween-inspired recipes from nearby restaurants including Benugo and The Grain Store, to name a few. STOP What: Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude Where: The Courtauld Gallery, London When: Until January 18 This exhibition of Egon Schiele, a central figure of Austrian Expressionism, brings together a group of the artist’s nudes assembled from a variety of international public and private collections (none of his major drawings are held in a UK public collection). They chart his short but prolific career (he died at the age of just 28) plus it’s also the …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week- from a Hackney wide jumble sale to the fashion photography of Erwin Blumenfeld at Somerset House and a funny Greta Gerwig film. STOP What: Hackney Sale Trail Where: Hackney, London When: August 4 This Sunday, Hackney residents are setting up stalls in their front gardens to sell their forgotten treasures. Everything from vintage clothing and furniture to homemade marshmallows will be available to purchase. Bargain hunters can navigate their own trail through the streets of Hackney with the aid of a downloadable map providing each stall location from a big jumble inside Clapton Square to boats along the River Lea. LOOK What: Blumenfeld Studio: New York, 1941-1960 Where: Somerset House, London When: Until September 1 This exhibition looks at one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, Erwin Blumenfeld and his latter works from his career in New York. Having produced an extensive body of work throughout his thirty-five year career, it was in the USA, after the war in the context of economic growth and …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, the must-see Bowie exhibition, Designs of the Year at the Design Museum, and some Dorothy Bohm photos STOP What: David Bowie is Where: V&A, London When: Until August 11 This major exhibition- the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie- features more than 300 objects brought together for the first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork. (image: © Sukita The David Bowie Archive 2012) LOOK What: Designs of the Year 2013 Where: Design Museum, London When: Until July 7 The Design of the Year awards span architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics and product, design from the past year. The 17-strong architecture shortlist includes Renzo Piano’s Shard and David Kohn’s Room for London. Winners will be announced on April 17. (image: It’s Nice That) LISTEN What: Dorothy Bohm: Sixties London Where: Proud Chelsea, London When: Until April 28 This exhibition presents a series of black and white photographs of 1960s London by …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week- some French delights at Balthazar, a Bridget Bardot season at the Institut Francais, or grab a bargain at the Affordable Art Fair! STOP What: Balthazar Where: Covent Garden, London Head to the newly opened Balthazar in Covent Garden and sample some French pastries (I tried the almond cake with jam and pistachios) or book into the restaurant for traditional French cuisine. Keith McNally’s restaurant has been hotly anticipated and carries with it much hype from its following in New York, but from what I saw and tasted, it’s well worth it. LOOK What: The Affordable Art Fair Where: Battersea, London When: March 7-10 Grab a bargain! The Affordable Art Fair is back in Battersea Park, with everything for sale between £40 and £4,000. Art from more than 100 galleries is on show under one roof, from paintings and prints to sculpture and photography. The work show is by Mo Tan and is £3,950. LISTEN What: Et Dieu.. crea la femme Where: Institut Francais, London When: March 14 It’s Bridget …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week- an exhibition on Eileen Gray in Paris, an exhibition all about light at the Hayward Gallery, and a hot and steamy cinema experience in Shoreditch (and I’m not talking about the back row seats..). STOP What: Eileen Gray Where: Pompidou Centre, Paris When: Until May 20 This exhibition shows Eileen Gray’s multi-faceted talents, from drawing and painting, to lacquering and interior decorating, to architecture and photography. The Centre Pompidou has concentrated on Eileen Gray’s works for the Monte-Carlo Boudoir, the Rue Bonaparte bedroom, E 1027 and the artist’s own villa, Tempe a Pailla. Slides, maquettes and photos of interiors are reproduced as an exhibition wallpaper, so visitors can see the furniture in its original context. A must see. LOOK What: Light Show Where: Hayward Gallery, London When: Until April 28 Light Show brings together sculptures and artworks that use light in different ways, creating environments and sensory works that play tricks with the viewer’s perception. On show is work from Dan Flavin, James Turrell, Nancy Holt, Olafur Eliasson and Jenny Holzer. LISTEN …

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Take a moment: five things that caught my eye this week

Here’s a pick of some of the posts I enjoyed the most on my favourite blogs and design websites this week. 1. I discovered Blogshop,  a Photoshop bootcamp for bloggers across the world. Set up by Bri of Design Love Fest and Angela of angelaandithyle.com, it is a full weekend spent learning the tricks of the trade on how to make a blog look unique and eye catching. The next one in London is on March 16-17, you can see details here. 2. Ok, so perhaps this article was from more than a week ago, but I’m so excited about this film! It’s Nice That featured details of Michel Gondry’s latest project, Mood Indigo, starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. 3. The World Looks Red featured a post about Fjällräven Kånken bags, with a 30% discount on the 13 at Olive. You can read her post here. 4. A Cup of Jo featured this mouth watering recipe for every chocoholic- the best chocolate pudding you’ll ever have. You can see the post here. 5. I discovered this blog, Fit Foodie …

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Ciné 32 by Encore Heureux

Seeing as I write quite regularly about French films in French Film Club, what better than a post about an actual French cinema. Paris-based Encore Heureux has designed a five-screen cinema on the site of a former barracks in Auch, South of France. The architects wanted to give the feel of a collection of small neighbourhood cinemas and not a gargantuan multiplex. Encore Heureux said: “We came up with images of old cinemas’ pediment and a tobacco dryer from the south-west of France, with their openwork natural wood façade”. An artist, with a fantastic name, Bonnefrite, has designed the graphic signage on the exterior facade, including the hand painted numbers on each wooden hut. “Cinema has this unique opportunity to gather different people for a common but yet unusual journey. We wish to offer remarkable conditions for such a trip”, Encore Heureux added. Images: Encore Heureux via Dezeen

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French Film Club: 2 Days in Paris

For the latest film in the blog’s series French Film Club I watched 2 Days in Paris, directed by and starring Julie Delpy. 2 Days in Paris is an amusing account of an eccentric New York couple, French photographer Marion and American interior designer Jack, as they stay in Paris and meet Marion’s family, friends and ex-lovers.         Marion and Jack attempt to enjoy the most romantic city in the world, despite Marion’s overbearing non-English speaking parents and her array of flirtatious ex-boyfriends. The trials and tribulations of the couple are hilarious and reminded me of the humour in a Woody Allen film.     2 Days in Paris also has a sequel, 2 days in New York, starring Delpy’s lovable alter-ego Marion and a new boyfriend, played by Chris Rock. And if that doesn’t pique your interest, Delpy also stars in a similar series, the films Before Sunset (2004), Before Sunrise (2005) and Before Midnight, out this year. Watch the trailer for 2 Days in Paris below.

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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

My favourite bookshop in the whole of London is Persephone Books in Lambs Conduit Street. They specialise in neglected fiction and non-fiction by twentieth century (mostly women) writers. One of their classics is ‘Cheerful Weather for the Wedding’ by Julia Strachey, which has recently been made into a film. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is a sardonic and charming novella which was first published by the Woolfs at the Hogarth Press in Bloomsbury. Woolf said of the book: “I think it astonishingly good… complete and sharp and individual”. Persephone Books call it: “As delightful and perceptive today as it no doubt was seventy years ago: on her wedding day a girl knows she is about to make a serious mistake”. The story centres around Dolly on her wedding morning to the Hon Owen Bigham. Distracted by the sulking admirer who lost his chance with her, an oblivious mother and various family members, and her own doubt, the bride-to-be struggles to reach the altar with the help of a bottle of rum. Images: Filmofilia