February 5, 2016

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 5.2.16

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. BECOME A CHAMPAGNE EXPERT AT THE RUINART LIGHTHOUSE

The original Champagne house has launched a unique sensory experience, bringing the history of the chardonnay grape to life.

The remarkable story will be explored through digital installations and artistic collaborations. The Ruinart Tasting is also hosting a special tasting experience by Cellar Master Frederic Panaiotis, which includes a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and Ruinart Rosé and two prestige cuvees.

Among the works on display will be The Glass Calendar by French artist and scenographer Hubert Le Gall, whose Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Collection was unveiled at Masterpiece London last year.

WHERE? The Ruinart Lighthouse, 35a Cornwall Road, South Bank
WHEN? February 9th – 11th
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2. DOWN WITH DATING

Feeling unlucky in love? The special Down With Dating event promises a night with a difference.

Run by the brains behind the world-famous club night, Feeling Gloomy, Down With Dating is the most alternative way to meet people – featuring Speed Hating, Blind Hate and much more.

One of London’s more alternative ways of looking for love, ahead of February 14th.

WHERE? Where? The Phoenix, Cavendish Square
WHEN? February 10th
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3. LOST IN MUSIC

The new Lost in Music show is an amazing photographic tribute to the obsessives, the hedonists, the musical eccentrics and the dancers who have shaped UK club culture. It takes place at one of Unity’s favourite creative places in East London – the brilliant PrintSpace Gallery in Dalston.

From the unsung pioneers in underground clubs, to the stadium-filling superstars, this exhibition tells the story of creativity, vision, imagination and having the time of your life to the beat of the century.

These are the moments captured by the people who played it, danced to it and, amazingly, somehow managed to photograph it without losing their camera. An essential selection.

WHERE? PrintSpace Gallery, 74 Kingland Road
WHEN? Until February 15th
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4. MICROCHIPPY COMES TO CLERKENWELL

On the Valentine’s Day theme, a unique pop-up is coming to Unity’s neighbourhood next week: MicroChippy. This is the first pop-up café for dogs and their owners.

The diner is going to be a 1950s-style space with a menu from Bubbledogs – known for their champagne and hot dog creations. Of course, there will be a specially devised range of dog friendly dishes too.

It’s not just to tickle taste buds. The pop-up has been created by Dogs Trust to make a serious point about this year’s change in microchipping legislation. From April, dog owners legally have to microchip their pets and ensure registered details are kept up to date.

WHERE? Printworks Kitchen, 20-26 Rosebery Avenue
WHEN? February 13th – 14th
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5. A LIFE IN WRITING

This year is an important milestone for English literature, as we celebrate the 400th anniversary of Stratford-Upon-Avon’s most famous son’s death. 2016 will see a year of celebrations as part of Shakespeare400.

First up is By Me: A Life In Writing at Somerset House. This exhibition uncovers the man behind the quill in his own words – bringing together some of the most important documents that shaped Shakespeare’s identity and our understanding of the world’s most famous playwright.

The exhibition features a digital projection designed by the team who worked on London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, using research and creativity to tell the untold stories behind some of the key moments in his life.

WHERE? Somerset House, Strand
WHEN? Until May 29th
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