Looking for something to do this week? South West Londoner provides your weekly round-up of the best action in town...
HMS Pinafore presented by Illyria: Fulham Palace
Thursday 16 August, 7.30pm
Tickets: £15 Adults, £8 Children
Performed outdoors in the Walled Garden, this wonderful comic opera is set on board the warship HMS Pinafore and cheerfully mocks British snobbery, nepotism and the Royal Navy. Now it receives the complete Illyria treatment: sung note for note by a reduced cast from Gilbert and Sullivan’s original score, performed on a nautical set and accompanied by live music.
Visit http://www.lyric.co.uk/ or call 0871 221 1728 for tickets.
Kingston Food Festival - English Beer Cider and Wine Festival: Memorial Gardens
Friday 10 August – Sunday 12 August
A wide selection of local ales will be showcased by The Ram, alongside handpressed golden and pink ciders from Sussex's Wobblegate and Battle orchards. You'll be able to buy award-winning English still and sparkling wines from Denbies, Court Garden, Seddlescombe, Breaky Bottom, Stopham and Ridgeview, who supplied the sparkling wine for Royal Wedding in April 2011. Mixology Group will also be creating quintessential cocktails with a twist using English spirits from London and the south east. You can also enjoy a hog roast and vegetarian options courtesy of Jamie's restaurant, alongside a programme of live entertainment and a live screening of the Olympics closing event on Sunday 12 August.
Kingston Food Festival – The Big Kingston Market: All Saint’s Church gardens, Market Place and Memorial Gardens
Saturday 11 August – Sunday 12 August
The Big Kingston Market is the heart of the Kingston Food Festival, bringing over 50 local growers, producers and restaurants together for a two-day feast. Sample and buy artisan and gourmet produce from independent farmers and small businesses who will be happy to tell you all about how their goods are grown and brought to market. There will also be a wide choice of hot foods to enjoy ranging from spicy curries to traditional hog roast. Visit the People's Picnic area to enjoy your food and drink, whilst enjoying a schedule of live entertainment.
Make-it!: Architecture/ Clay: V & A Museum
Architecture - Tue 14 August 2012, 10:30-13.00 and 14.00 -16.30
Clay – Wednesday 15 August –Wednesday 29 August, 10.30 – 12.30 and 14.30-16.30
Recommended for ages 5+, these family events give the opportunity to work with specialist model makers and artists. Whether you join the architecture event to design and create a model city, or the clay event to make your own commemorative 2012 teapot, they give the chance to show off your creative side. Children must be accompanied by an adult, maximum 1 adult per child.
Visit http://www.vam.ac.uk for tickets
BBC Proms: Royal Albert Hall
Friday 10 August - Saturday 8 September
The world’s greatest classical music festival continues at the Royal Albert Hall. This summer’s Proms line-up has over 75 Proms which include a mix of all genres. This week’s highlights include Late Night with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard, the grand Savoy opera with a historic London setting.
If you don’t manage to grab a ticket you can watch on BBC channels or listen live on BBC Radio 3.
Visit http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/proms.aspx#/page/1/ for tickets and more information.
Natural History Museum – Afterhours Night Safari with Mastercard: Kensington
Monday 13 August, 19:00 – 22.00 (Doors open at 18.30)
Tickets: Adults £28, Members £25 (Not suitable for children under 16)
This exclusive night-time tour of the Museum’s Central Hall and adjoining galleries gives the chance to meet scientists and get up close and personal with nature that survives some of the universe’s hottest climates. Highlights include exploring the vault to get a close look at space diamonds, formed under extreme heat, and fascinating beetles that roam some of the Earth’s hottest surfaces. After your safari tour, visit the bar for a drink, where the scientists will be happy to answer your questions.
Andy Warhol – The Portfolios: Dulwich Picture Gallery
Friday 10 August – Sunday 16 September
Tickets: £6-£12 (Free entry for children under 18 and Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery) Includes entrance to the Permanent Collection
England’s oldest gallery hosts the first UK exhibition of works from Warhol’s Bank of America Collection, including 80 works from 13 portfolios from the 1960s through to the mid-1980s. Some of the artist’s most famous images are on display, including iconic portraits of Muhammad Ali and Marilyn Monroe. Other decorative prints are hung densely packed, creating a feast of colour and image.
On display are some of the artist’s most famous images alongside some that are less familiar. Iconic portraits of Muhammad Ali and Marilyn Monroe hang amongst surprises like 1981’s Myths and 1979’s Space Fruit: Still Lifes, echoing subject matter found in the Gallery’s own permanent collection. These dazzlingly decorative prints, hung densely packed like a Pop Rococo ‘print room’, will create a psychedelic feast of colour and image.
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