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An experimental way of reading William S Burroughs’ best-known work is Naked Lunch. The experimental book is structured as a series of vignettes. The writer stated the chapters were intended to be read in any order. animals in the wall, below Independence Day? The vote on whether Scotland should be an independent country takes place on Thursday, September 18. see story below Out & About News in brief Autumn highlights PATTI Smith reciting poetry of ‘60s icon Nico and a John Cale performance featuring live drones are among the highlights of Barbican’s autumn programme. The EC2 arts centre has announced an eclectic mix of music and cultural performances. Other highlights include its International Ibsen Season, which brings together three productions based on the legendary Norwegian playwright. The renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosts a run of five concerts as part of her Barbican Artist Spotlight. Autumn events start on September 12. For more details and a full programme visit www.barbican.org.uk It’s My Party... KIDS’ birthday parties form the centrepiece of a new life-sized installation at Bethnal Green’s V&A Museum of Childhood. The exhibition, which opens on September 20, looks at a mainstay of young life – the children’s party – from the perspective of both children and parents. A party food table, partly made by children at St John’s Primary School in Bethnal Green in artist-led sessions, will feature. Meanwhile the party guests have been created by invited artists. It’s My Party… runs at V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2, until July 5, 2015. For full details call 8983 5200. Video exhibition A NEW video work by Sophie Lee opens next month at the IMT Gallery. The Bethnal Green venue will host the artist’s new show which uses collage and a twopart video work. The show is expected to probe our throwaway culture through various works. Sugars, Protein and Salt (Perfect Fried 1) runs at IMT Gallery, 210 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 from September 5 until October 5. For more see www.facebook.com/IMTgallery Award-winning play set to wow following stellar run at Fringe Festival AN award-winning play comes to Stratford East Theatre on the back of a sell-out run at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. Spoiling, a contemporary work written by John McCann, is set in the imagined aftermath of the referendum in which Scotland has been granted ndependence. The story is set a few hours before a keynote speech outlining the newly-independent nation’s relationship with the former UK. The play counts Gabriel Quigley and Richard Clements in its lead roles and is directed First outing for Burroughs’ art BY JAMES MARTIN ARTWORKS by William S Burroughs which have never been seen before by the public form part of a new exhibition dedicated to the American writer. Animals In The Wall, which opens for a ten-day run at Londonewcastle Project Space in Bethnal Green on Friday, August 29, features 40 of his original works. The exhibition, focused on the late 1950s American Beat generation dissident best known for his novel Naked Lunch, also includes original responses from established and upcoming artists. Among those contributing works is Shepard Fairey, the contemporary American street artist widely known for his Barack Obama Hope poster during the 2008 US presidential election. Meanwhile UK artists include Matt Black, from the music duo Coldcut, street artist Mobstr and Brion Gysin, the latter who was known for his discovery of the ‘cut-up’ technique later employed by Burroughs. by Orla O’Loughlin, an awardwinning artistic director. Last week it was announced that the show had received a Fringe First award from The Scotsman newspaper, a much sought-after prize for the best new work at the festival. Spoiling runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East from August 28 until September 13. Tickets for the shows, which start at 8pm from Tuesday to Saturday along with a 3pm Sunday matinee show, are £15/£10 for concessions. For more information visit www.stratfordeast.com or to book tickets call 8534 0310. An insect typewriter famously appeared in Burroughs’ novel Naked Lunch (photo: Peanut Photography (Parmjit Singh) Gysin taught the writer the method after Burroughs had complained that literature was “50 years behind painting”. In this exhibition, Burroughs’ works are mainly taken from paintings made from the early ‘80s to the late ‘90s, for which he employed spray paint, stencils, collages and letter forms. This year marks the centennial year of the writer’s birth and the show is the latest in a string of events held this year. The James Elphick and Yuri Zupancic curated exhibition is programme to run alongside it which will include film screenings, workshops and talks. For more details visit www.londonewcastle.com Animals In The Wall opens on Friday, August 29 and runs daily between 11am and 7pm until Sunday, September 7 at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, Bethnal Green. Designer returns to London roots THE work of an influential J a m a i c a n f a s h i o n designer is being explored at the same location where she created renowned pieces in the early 1980s. Rich Mix in Bethnal Green is set to host 1980s Fashion and Archive Display, which includes a collection of photographs and drawings by Lorna Holder. Jamaican-born Holder was head of young fashion at Davies & Field – once one of the UK’s largest dress manufacturing companies which was housed on the Rich Mix site between 1979 and 1986. A we l l - r e s p e c t e d designer, Holder created pieces for major chain stores, including Littlewoods, as well as a mainstream catalogue for the Olympic swimmer – one of the first celebrity fashion endorsements. Works in Holder’s show will be drawn from the early 1980s. H e r j o u r n e y t o becoming a wel l - respected designer in the fashion industry is traced through video presentations and interviews with people who worked in the Davies & Field building. The display will also probe society’s shifting attitudes towards fashion and material goods. 1980s Fashion and Archive Display has been brought together by Jamaica Hidden Histories and is the latest part of a two-year educational project. The display runs from September 11-27 at Lower Café in Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1. For further information, visit www.jamaicahidden histories.com or www.rich mix.org.uk Lorna Holder in 1986 18 – 24 AUGUST 2014 N E W S F R O M TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 21


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