Generation Mars: Should we stay, or should we go?

Generation Mars: Should we stay, or should we go?

Since ancient astronomers first looked to the heavens, man has harboured a fascination with Mars. Named for the Roman God of war, the icy red planet has ignited the human imagination for centuries. Popular culture brims with imaginings of the planet and its secrets. From ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, to Bowie’s ‘Life...

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Women In Frame: Gillian Clarke and Claire Eastgate at King’s Place

Women In Frame: Gillian Clarke and Claire Eastgate at King’s Place

On Wednesday 6 November King’s Place played host to Women in Frame: Gillian Clarke and Claire Eastgate, presented by Poet in the City. At a time when extraordinary women poets are lighting up the face of contemporary poetry, Poet in the City cut to the head of the pack with...

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Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits at the National Gallery

Surely an exhibition entitled ‘Gauguin Portraits’ should have been housed at their next-door neighbours in St Martin’s Place? However, the National Gallery have been busily borrowing over 50 works from all over the world, with half a dozen from private collections, never before seen in the UK. But why so...

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Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Is there is more to Antony Gormley than the rather stiff, unyielding and angular Angel of the North in Gateshead and his own body-casts plonked onto Crosby Beach on Merseyside and elsewhere? In the courtyard of the RA, there is there is a tiny sculpture of what, at first, looks...

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Youth Without God at the Coronet

Youth Without God at the Coronet

Topical theatre can operate either with a scalpel or a sledgehammer. ‘Youth Without God’, adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton, has committed so heavily to the latter option, that it’s closer to a wrecking ball. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the sledgehammer approach; in the right hands it can...

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Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

The RA seem to have an extraordinary knack of conjuring up exhibitions of ‘neglected’ artists, as though from a cupboard under the stairs. The last ‘overlooked’ artist was Felix Vallotton, still in the Sackler Galleries until 25 September, which exposed the Swiss to a wider audience. Helene Schjerfbeck’s name does...

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Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern

The Danish-born artist Olafur Eliasson needs a big canvas for his installations, and Tate Gallery’s new-ish extension has space a-plenty to accommodate his immersive and topical works. Fifteen years ago he packed them in at the Turbine Hall with his Weather Project, which was dominated by a giant sun, with...

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Shitfaced Shakespeare at the Underbelly

Shitfaced Shakespeare at the Underbelly

Shitfaced Shakespeare is a company comprised of eclectic, classically trained Shakespearean enthusiasts who bring a variety of the Bards plays to life. That description of their shows might sound average, but now imagine one of the leading actors to be absolutely shitfaced and the rest of the players improvising around...

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The Egerton House Hotel Afternoon Tea Review

The Egerton House Hotel Afternoon Tea Review

When the dog you have taken to afternoon tea is gifted with his very own bottle of pawsecco; a non-alcoholic, grape-free, animal-friendly rosé ‘wine’, you know your expectations are about to be blown out of all proportion. Reggie, the adorable, enthusiastic and inquisitive Toy Poodle found his own station, on...

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The Duck and Rice Review

The Duck and Rice Review

Good quality Chinese food (not the take away variety), dog-friendly, vegetarian- friendly and in Soho? The Duck and Rice provides all of the above at an affordable price. The restaurant encouraged us to bring along Reggie the Toy Poodle who was greeted with as much gusto as ourselves. The Duck...

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