February 26, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 26.2.16

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

Lock down your aerials…

1. PHARMACY 2

Mark Hix and Damien Hirst have teamed up again to bring another restaurant-cum-art gallery to London.

Newport Street Gallery plays host, with free entry to the clinical-looking art gallery that features rotating exhibitions, running alongside permanent works from Hirst’s personal art collection.

Pharmacies are usually rarely appetising, but Mark Hix’s highly-acclaimed classics, cocktails and new dishes hold more appeal. Head down to Vauxhall to appreciate a work of art on and off the plate.

WHERE? Pharmacy 2 Restaurant, Newport Street, Vauxhall
WHEN? Open now
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2. CAPISH? POP-UP AT THE HAT & TUN

Our very own local, the Hat & Tun, is hosting Italian-American street food vendors Capish?, purveyors of delicious meaty classics like meatball subs and steaks.

Tonight is the last night you can get a taste of their most popular dishes, like the Meatball Hero, an NYC-style meat sub, or the deep-fried lasagne roll (!) for under a tenner. All we need is Tony Soprano.

WHERE? The Hat & Tun, Hatton Garden, Clerkenwell
WHEN? Tonight
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3. CRAFT BEER RISING

We probably don’t need to give too much detail to this one; Craft Beer Rising is the UK’s biggest beer festival, taking place at Brick Lane, involving over 600 craft beers, ales and ciders from over 150 breweries, including the excellently-named Beavertown and Farmageddon.

If you’re on the hunt for music, The Old Truman Brewery is also playing host to sets from Rob da Bank (‘Bestival’), Don Letts, James Lavelle, Pete Paphides (BBC6 Music) and friends of Unity, Island Records Takeover.

WHERE? 4 Wilkes Street
WHEN? February 26th – 27th
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4. DAVID O’DOHERTY AT HACKNEY EMPIRE

Irish comedian David O’Doherty blesses London with his musical-led wit tonight, bringing his keyboard and self-deprecating jokes to Hackney Empire.

It’s a rare chance to see the panel show regular live, and one not to be missed at this famed Hackney arts venue.

WHERE? Hackney Empire
WHEN? February 27th
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5. JANIS JOPLIN: LITTLE GIRL BLUES

This week is a big one for film, with the Oscars just around the corner. Documentarian Amy Berg, who is nominated for her hit documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, has delivered another film focusing on musical wild child – Janis Joplin.

Like Winehouse (and Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison), Joplin died aged 27 – of a heroin overdose, before she could fully realise her wonderful potential. Watch the film this weekend at Picturehouse Central, who offer a reduced ticket price for documentaries.

WHERE? Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly
WHEN? From February 26th
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6. JOIN THE DOTS ON… GENERATION Z

We had a fantastic time on Thursday opening our doors (and breakfast bar) to brand managers for our breakfast trends briefing on Generation Z.

Many thanks again to Jo Burford (Twitter), Charlie Gardiner-Hill (The Tab) and Brett Booth (youth marketing expert) for their insightful talks on what really matters to young people in 2016.

We’re currently planning next month’s Join The Dots session, which is all about Digital Mums. We’ll be joined by Netmums and Channel Mum founder Siobhan Freegard, who will help us discuss how brands need to rethink how they engage with mums as they become ever-sophisticated content creators and online influencers.

To register your interest, please email jointhedots@hellounity.com.

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