April 17, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 17.04.15

Here’s your weekly co. mailer, featuring a host of handpicked recommendations from the left-field of London’s arts and culture world.

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1. LONDON’S LITTLE ITALY ON FILM – SPECIAL SCREENING IN CLERKENWELL

A special film event comes to Unity’s Clerkenwell neighbourhood, with a dinner and screening at Pallotti’s Italian Social Club – in the heart of the old Italian Quarter.

Eat Italian, drink Italian and then watch Queen of Hearts – one of the few British films set in London’s very own Little Italy. The Ticket includes primo piatto (pasta al pomodoro) and a glass of wine.

Queen Of Hearts was critically acclaimed on its release, but is rarely seen. According to the New York times, the picture has: “a deliciously funny and disarming perspective, which suggests the way family stories become larger, more legendary and more emotionally powerful with each telling.”

WHERE? Pallotti’s Italian Social Club, Clerkenwell Road
WHEN? Friday, April 17th

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2. RECORD STORE DAY

The annual celebration of independent music stores gets bigger and bigger every year. It takes place across the country, with a few highlights in London. Berwick Street Market hosts a BBC6 Music concert, featuring talent such as DJ Yoda, The Young Knives and poet John Cooper Clarke. Round the corner on Newburgh Street, you can catch grime stars Kano, Ghetts and Novelist performing at the Deal Real Legacy pop-up. The British Record Shop Archive and the Museum of Soho are hosting an exhibition about the record retail history of the area too.

WHERE? Around the UK
WHEN? Saturday April 18th

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3. EDIBLE STORIES

Edible Stories is bringing the UK amazing classic tales broken down into edible courses, promising to light-up the room and make your mouth tingle. Stories include Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.

WHERE? Library, St Martin’s Lane
WHEN? April 19th

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4. UNTITLED – AT THE UNIT

The Unit London gallery is reinterpreting portraiture for 2015. Its new show Untitled is an urban art take on the traditional medium of portraiture with an additional twist, depicting the heroes and villains of politics from Osama Bin Laden to Ghandi.

WHERE? The Unit, Earlham Street, Covent Garden
WHEN? April 24th onwards

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5. CELEBRATE CUBAN CREATIVITY

With so many socio-politico changes going on in Cuba at the moment, there’s never been more interest in Cuban culture and creativity.. So Daymé Arocena’s special gig at St Pancras Church is well timed.

The show is presented by Brownswood and Havana Cultura (Havana Club rum’s project hero-ing the best in Cuban talent). The singer, composer, arranger, choir director, and bandleader Daymé Arocena is a fantastic talent, having first impressed Gilles Peterson as a teen performing her music in 2008. Now, still just 22-years-old, Daymé is already a skilful, charismatic presence in Cuban music and her St Pancras Church live show is sure to demonstrate this.

WHERE? St Pancras Church, Kings Cross
WHEN? April 20th

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6. EVERYDAY FIX – YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE

Earlier this month, Direct Line and Unity launched the #EverydayFix campaign with The Makerversity at Somerset House. It saw some of the brightest and most inventive minds in design and innovation come up with clever new solutions for everyday problems. There are now seven teams in the final, three shortlisted prototypes, but can only be one real world product. And YOU can help choose..

WHERE? Check out the #everdayfix hashtag, or follow @DirectLine_UK on Twitter to check out the campaign, the teams, and the ideas