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Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at Victoria Miro until 30th July

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By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

The new exhibitions of Yayoi Kusama‘s work at Victoria Miro‘s galleries at Old Street and Mayfair are a big deal.  Kusama is one of the most important living artists, having heavily influenced the New York avant-garde art scene of the 1960s and still described by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on the planet.  

More than that, Kusama’s work represents much of what’s great about modern art: sometimes unarguably stunning in its visual impact and use of modern techniques; at other times, divisive in its understatement and apparent ease of reproduction.

The collection on display in N1 captures this contrast perfectly, showcasing some of her latest sculptures, paintings and mirror room installations to good effect with Kusama’s two key themes – the idea of infinity, and the yellow and black pumpkin motif featuring heavily throughout.  And, although perhaps not to everyone’s taste, the exhibition succeeds in engaging you in an important discussion about what art should mean to both the artist and the viewer.

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Tom Gamble
Tom Gamble

Playerist Comedy Night 2 // Poetry Café // Review

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A school night if not for half term, those in the know braved the dullest weather to arrive at a sparkling evening of comedy by Playerist Performance Collective at the Poetry Café.

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Jammatology: Adam Hutchings and Chris Sav
Jammatology: Adam Hutchings and Chris Sav

‘Philosofood’ Book Launch

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An excellent evening at The London Particular launched Adam Hutchings’ and Chris Sav’s first foray into publishing. ‘Philosofood’ is essential reading for any self-respecting foodie, an adult ‘Horrible Histories’ wandering into both faction and imaginative fiction. A friendly and accessible tome, as its title may or may not indicate, ‘Philosofood’ is jam-packed with titillating tales and titbits, with scandalous stories of Roman excess – all those famous characters we think we know so well. Plus the odd, sometimes very odd, recipe; culinary or otherwise.

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Juliette Lewis more than graces the cover of ‘Love Music Love Food’.

Rock Star Cookbook for Teenage Cancer Trust

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Patrice de Villiers is a world-renowned and astoundingly artful food photographer. When we met at her book launch for Teenage Cancer Trust at Quaglino’s in Mayfair, she spoke candidly of her three-year journey photographing rock stars ‘in context’ with their favourite food. I began by asking how she got involved and she replied that “It’s actually my baby! I created it from having the initial kernel of the idea, in a very rock ‘n’ roll fashion! I was in a hotel bar late at night, having watched one of my favourite bands, Muse, chatted to them, and it turned out that the front-man was particularly into cooking. So, I thought, my passion is music and, obviously, I’m a food photographer, so why don’t I combine the two. And I thought what I really should do is do it for the Teenage Cancer Trust, I don’t want to just create a vanity project.”

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Kaz Simmons performing live at the Café Gallery, Bethnal Green. Photo by Mike Watts.

Gig in a Gallery: Melissa James + Kaz Simmons

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2013 Series

Café Gallery, Bethnal Green

‘Gig in a Gallery’ is a live music event with heart and soul. A tonic on a school night, it makes for a terrific evening at the scrumptious Café Gallery in Bethnal Green – and the menu is mouth-wateringly tempting! As often goes with smaller gigs, the sound-checks and warm-ups accommodated the 7pm start. But this unhurried event proved an excellent opportunity to kick-off those working shoes and fully relax. The first of a series, it featured the talented and personable folk chanteuse Kaz Simmons supporting a fresh yet accomplished set by a radiant Melissa James. Ensure not to miss Malory Torr on August 14th performing at Canvas in Wimbledon Village High Street. Kevin Leo will follow on September 12 at the House Gallery in Camberwell Church Street. And by no means least, Tom Robinson headlines the Queen of Hoxton on October 30th.

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Leandro Erlich, Dalston House
Leandro Erlich, Dalston House

Defying gravity in London

Have you always admired Man on a Wire without quite having the stomach for this kind of endeavour? If you are in for something a little less life threatening, the Argentinean artist Leandro Erlich has made possible for you to safely defy gravity. You have until August 4th, 2013 to levitate at Dalston House.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1973, Leandro Erlich has gained notoriety thanks to the Swimming Pool, an installation that was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2001. His work is often made out of architectural components at human scale. The participants are invited to experience surroundings with a twist.

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Culture and Art in London, on a tight budget.

Welcome to What’s On London, where you can find places to go and enjoy yourself in and around London. Whether you live in London already or are just coming here for the first time, this is the place where you can find all the local activities and events that are taking place.

So enough about what the site is all about, let’s get into some events spotting. As you may or may not know, London is home to many events such as Theatre, Art, Fashion and Music but it can be a little expensive if you are working on a tight budget. So to get started we have picked out a few non-mainstream events for you to choose from.

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