February 6, 2015

Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 06.02.15

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. THE RHYTHM PARLOUR
The Rhythm Parlour combines a quirky barber shop with resident DJs and foodie fun. The idea is to pop your name on the waiting list when you arrive and grab a drink, some Vietnamese street food and have a good old mooch through some records while you wait. Haircuts are £20 too!
– WHERE: Peckham, SE15
– WHEN: February 7th
– LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/348518705342772/

2. THE CUDDLE CAFÉ
Pay for a meal with a hug! Biscuit people McVitie’s is opening the world’s first “cuddle café” in Fitzrovia next week. The café provides customers with tea, biscuits and snuggly seating in exchange for cuddles.
– WHERE: 52 Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia
– WHEN: February 10th and 11th
– LINK: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/londons-first-cuddle-caf-offers-diners-chance-to-pay-for-their-meal-with-a-hug-10023961.html

3. PEACE BLOOMS: POP-UP KENYAN FLOWER SHOP
To coincide with Valentine’s Day, the humanitarian charity International Alert has launched a pop-up flower shop and photo exhibition in Hoxton. It brings to life the story of rose farmers and traditional Maasi pastorialists to prompt conversations about the relationship between water, conflict and peace in the country. Lake Naivasha is a vital freshwater source in the dry Rift Valley region of Kenya, providing livelihoods for two million Kenyans and supplying 70% of all roses on the UK market. However, pressures on the lake are causing water and land shortages – leading to unprecedented tensions and violence among the different groups relying on the water to survive.
As well as providing the thinking behind a fair management of water can promote peace and stability, it also offers an opportunity for lovestruck Londoners to pick up a Valentine’s rose.
– WHERE: The Hoxton Gallery, Shoreditch
– WHEN: February 10th to February 15th
– LINK: http://international-alert.org/news/exhibition-and-flower-shop-explore-links-between-water-conflict-and-peace-kenya

4. WILDLIFE DRAWING
Ferrets! It might seem crazy to invite speedy and nimble ferrets to a drawing class, but apparently the subjects in this live drawing class are rather lazy and will probably go to sleep in a pile! Although they might look like rodents, ferrets are actually part of the mustelid family (which also includes badgers, otters and wolverines). Though domesticated for hundreds of years, ferrets are actually fearless hunters and often take on animals three or four times their size.
The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advances and aims to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for the animals and their conservation.
– WHERE: The Proud Archivist, Haggerson
– WHEN: February 10th
– LINK: http://www.wildlifedrawing.co.uk/forthcoming-classes.html

5. DANISH FILM + FASHION FESTIVAL
Art Fix are bringing together Danish film and fashion for the first time – screening a selection of films from across the spectrum of Danish cinema. This will be complemented by a showcase collection from Danish trailblazing fashion house Est.1995. Fresh from a much-lauded show at Copenhagen fashion week, it’s their UK debut.
– WHERE: Art Fix, 27 Peter Street, Soho
– WHEN: Saturday February 7th
– LINK: http://www.artfixlondon.com/store/cafe

6. HUMAN RIGHTS, HUMAN WRONGS
A new exhibition that explores the huge impact and legacy of photo-reportage and the role it plays in increasing awareness of international conflicts. The show spans 1945 to the early 90s, and features over 200 original press & prints. It’s a reminder that urgent issues, struggles & conflict – and proving storytelling isn’t confined to words.
– WHERE: The Photographers Gallery, Ramilies Street
– WHEN: February 6th onwards
– LINK: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/human-rights-human-wrongs-4

7. PERFUME & WINE PAIRING
Majestic have joined forces with fragrance house Miller Harris to inspire by new ingredients from around the world. The night shows how fragrance can dominate and enhance the flavour of wine – making new and unexpected pairings and taste combinations.
– WHERE: The Roundhouse
– WHEN: Monday February 9th
– LINK: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2015/perfume-and-wine-pairing-/