1. I quite fancy getting the kids involved in the Young Filmmakers After school club at the BFI. They run on Tuesdays during term time, from either 4.15 or 4.30pm. The courses offer a full range of filmmaking activity – from stop-motion animation to special effects and everything in-between. For ages 8+.
2. This workshop at Somerset House was a super-sell out last year, so here’s a sparkly secret for all budding artists aged 12+. Young Adults Studio Day: Join the authors of How to Draw Vintage Fashion, Celia Joicey and Dennis Nothdruft : Saturday, 18 October 2014 : 11.00-12.30 ; £4. Book online super quickly.
3. Here’s a Christmas present idea for any Harry Potter fans out there. Limited edition prints (sets of 20) signed and numbered from children’s illustrator and author Jonny Duddle : Giclee Print Signed : 400 x 560 mm : £90 + £18 VAT (UK only).
4. Who is in, and who is out on the world of Chinese medicine, that’s what I want to know. On the subject, this has to be a fascinating event : The Thing Is… Chinese Medicine : Thursday 16 October 2014, 19.00-20.00 Nancy Holroyde-Downing, a Chinese medicine practitioner and historian, will explore conversations between Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine at The Wellcome Collection.
5. The Royal Academy of Arts has been hard at work curating their new exhibition of Renaissance portraiture ‘Giovanni Battista Moroni‘ which opens on 25/10. There are some interesting events running alongside the exhibition, such as the free lunchtime talk with Dr. Arturo Galansino, the exhibition curator who will demonstrate why Moroni was the foremost portrait painter of his day. (1-2pm on Monday 27th October). Book your place now, and then you will be sure to have some interesting conversation at your next drinks party!
6. As part of Kew’s Intoxication Season from 20th September until 12th October, Bompas & Parr is taking over the Secluded Glasshouse on weekends. With guidance from an expert panel of medics they will run workshops that will examine our collective attitude to drugs and contrasting our own socially acceptable substances – tobacco, alcohol and caffeine – with other less familiar stimulants and sedatives. Tickets are £5 each + Entrance Fee.
7. All you food-ies should check out The Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch : : Every Saturday Night From 16 August To 25 October 2014.
8. One that all the cool kids get excited about is the return of the annual Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason. It starts on 11 November 2014 “The coolest rink of all” The Sunday Times. After dark, the rink hosts some of the best international clubs and festivals at Club Nights, après-skate, enjoy a cocktail or tasty treat from Fortnum’s Lodge or the Skate Lounge, and enhance your experience with Skate Extras.
9. Everyone loves a curry right ? Grab a lassi and head down to Papi’s Pickles’ Indian Sunday Brunch Series at Brixton Cornercopia – Sundays until 2nd Nov. The incredibly popular Papi’s Pickles Indian Brunch is coming back to Brixton Cornercopia, in Brixton Village, for a series of Sundays, between 14th September and 2nd November.
10. I really fancy this exhibition, being a lady ‘n’ all that, it finishes soon, so keep it in your diary : 100 Leading Ladies: A Portrait of Influential Senior Women in Britain by Nancy Honey : 2–26 October 2014 in the Somerset House, Courtyard Rooms, South Wing : Free admission.
11. Designer Sample Sale dates for your diary :: At The Music Room, South Molton Street :: ISSA London : Thursday 2nd – Friday 4th October & Joseph : Monday 20th – Friday 24th October
12. For any lovers of Scandinavian Style, this interview with British journalist Cathy Strongman is a good read from the hip Wear & Where blog.
13. I wouldn’t let you go without reminding you about one of the hottest shows that is on sale now, Here Lies Love. Straight from a run in NYC, It is now playing at The National Theatre until early Jan. See it as more of a theatre-come-club night experience with music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. The show traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace