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Lost Weekend: 19 – 22 January

Sit back, relax, we've got your weekend sorted

Published on January 19th 2012.

Lost Weekend: 19 – 22 January

The Annual London Art Fair
If you’re hungry for art, satisfy your appetite at the London Art Fair, which opens its doors this weekend. More than 100 galleries, including Austin/Desmond, Beaux Arts and FAS, will be presenting choice pieces of twentieth century British art. The highly anticipated Art Projects section will contain solo and group exhibits in a range of new and traditional media, from painting and sculpture to large-scale installations, video and film.

Meanwhile, Photo50, curated by critic and broadcaster, Sue Steward, will display an impressive spectrum of around 50 photographic works, from analogue to digital, many of which are available to purchase. This year’s talks will include 'But What Does it Mean, and Can Art Still Shock?', an Arts Desk discussion chaired by Fisun Guner.

Your ticket to the fair also provides access to tours such as the Own Art Tour, which is aimed at those interested in starting up or building an existing private art collection.

Confidential tip-off: If you’re sticking to your recession-friendly budget, this isn’t just a fair for buyers. The fair is a great way of discovering which galleries you may want to visit in 2012.

From £11 (adv)
18 – 22 January
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street

N1 0QH

Witch Hunt Exhibition
It may not be Halloween, but broom sticks, cackles and cauldrons are the order of the day at the Vestry House Museum this weekend. The Witch Hunt exhibition explains how our modern day portrayal of the witch may be fictional, but the persecution of so-called witches was once a reality. Digging deep into the history of the witch, there is a heavy focus on the truth about the East Anglian witch hunt that took place between 1645 and 1647.

Confidential tip-off: This exhibition is quite culturally relevant – several crimes featured in the press lately have been linked to witchcraft.

The Vestry Museum
Waltham Forest
E17 9NH
14th January – 25 March
Weds – Sun: 10am – 5pm


Selfridges-Launches-In-Store-Library-Fashionbite-1-449X300 Selfridges Pop-Up Library
Over the next seven weeks, Selfridges will be launching it only 15,000 book pop-up library. With libraries being shut down all over the city, it’s great to see one opening up in Oxford Street’s busiest department store. Four publishers – Penguin, Taschen, Faber and Thames And Hudson – have helped curate the section, which is located in its basement Ultralounge area. Although the temporary nature of a pop-up will mean books will not be available to loan out, bookworms can enjoy use of the 3,500-square-foot space as a reading room and shop. Comfy seats, iPads, listening posts, celebrity insights and even Latin and Greek lessons led by the Idler Academy, make this one pop-up worth popping into.

Confidential tip-off: Miranda Hart's top ten included The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Hardy's Mayor Of Casterbridge.  

400 Oxford Street
Mon – Wed, Fri – Sat: 9.30am – 8pm, Thurs: 9.30am – 9pm, Sun: 11.30am – 6pm

Blind Summit’s The Table
An alternative choice, to say the least, The Table is a story told wholly with the use of disembodied heads, pictures appearing out of a suitcase and a tiny Moses with a cardboard head. It comes as no surprise that the same company who created Madam Butterfly and Low Life are also responsible for this off-the-wall piece that is riddled with dark humour from start to finish. After winning a Fringe First award in Edinburgh, the greatly anticipated performance has finally reached London.

Confidential tip-off: No puppets were harmed in the making of this performance.

£10 – £20
The Soho Theatre
21 Dean Street
10 – 21 January
3pm and 7:30pm


Woody_Allen Wise Cracks: The Comedies of Woody Allen
Celebrating the man who claimed his only regret in life was that he was not someone else, the BFI are hosting a season of Woody Allen comedies. Allen has based his film career on a consistent knack for finding something to laugh at in the chaos of human existence. The BFI hopes their retrospective will remind us why this prodigal genius should be considered the American equivalent of Chekhov.

Confidential tip-off: This weekend’s favourites are Everyone Says I Love You, Bullet Over Broadway, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters and Manhattan.

Ticket prices vary
Belvedere Road
For film times and details, please see BFI's website


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