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I received an email the other day telling me about the World’s first early morning musical including a delicious bagel breakfast, I was intrigued and read on…

…The early morning show is Grease and you can catch a performance of the 1950s American high school hit show over a bagel breakfast for the first time ever.

The show has been condensed so you only see the best bits in a 20-minute bite-sized burst of entertainment

This is taking place on Thursday 24th March for early birds who fancy starting their day the New York bagel-way.

This unique performance will include four musical numbers – Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’ and You’re the One That I Want – plus a finale. The special show will be enjoyed over a bagel breakfast. Not only is this a first for musicals, but it will also be one of the last chances for Londoners to see the show as it moves on tour across the UK.

The early morning musical starts at 0830 at the Piccadilly Theatre – the home of Grease for the past three years – and you can get your hands on two free tickets for you and a friend by emailing your interest to musical@breakfastbagels.com.

Doors will open and a bagel breakfast will be served from 0800.

See you there!

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Penhaligons Olfactory Owl

Ok so if you’re anything like me, the thought of Christmas shopping makes you feel a bit hot and queasy. All those people, so much money and that endless Christmas music! Argh I’m sweating at the mere thought…

Well I’ve just found out that Penhaligon’s Olfactory Owl is touring London at the moment. The Owl will be popping up all around London to giving discount vouchers and perfume samples. That’s mum’s, grandma’s and my girlfriend’s presents sorted!

And if you’re a particular fan of Penhaligon’s, you can submit your pictures of the Owl to win Christmas prizes. Check out the Owl’s progress by checking his schedule on Facebook and Twitter to see where you can catch him, but last I heard he should be stopping at these places:

Thursday 16th December – Oxford Street, Bond Street, Savile Row, Burlington Arcade, Fortnum & Mason

Saturday 18th December – Regent Street and Trafalgar Square

Sunday 19th December – Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, Green Park, Piccadilly

Tuesday21st December – Covent Garden, Somerset House, British Museum

Brian Blessed in London

Meet up with Brian Blessed in London

If are any of you Brian Blessed fans, I’ve got just the event for you.

To celebrate Brian Blessed becoming the new voice of TomToms, fans will be gathering in Central London on Thursday between 17:30 and 19:30 at Bar Soho on Old Compton Street. Fans can dress up as Brian and get a photo with the man himself. And don’t worry if you don’t look like Brian – TomTom will be supplying beards and other accoutrements to get you looking the part. If you know anyone who actually does look like Brian Blessed, get them to go along as there seems to be a massive lack of professional Brian Blessed lookalikes.

Pretty random I admit, but isn’t that the beauty of living in London? If you fancy getting involved, check out their facebook page to keep track of the event: Wearing Beards and Meeting Brian Blessed »

The Closest tube station to Bar Soho is Leicester Square

Jameson Cult Film ClubThe Jameson Cult Film Club is back again for another run of awesome cult movies in great atmospheric locations! If you never been to a Jameson Cult Film Club screening then it’s like secret cinema but without the extortionate price as entry is free and you get some delicious free Jameson cocktails

I went to the Jameson Cult Film Club last year to watch one of my favourite films; This is Spinal Tap. It was held at the Clapham Grand and it did not disappoint. I took a date with me and she was mightily impressed as it was something different from the usual places that one would take someone. Cocktails, popcorn and a mock Spinal Tap performance then the feature film made for an awesome evening. The night was entirely free and the atmosphere was buzzing.

This 2010/11 Jameson Film screenings will not just be taking place in London but all over the country this time round. The first screening will be Taxi Driver on 23 September at the Brewer Street Car Park and ticket applications are now being taken. Subsequent screenings will be:

Carrie – Liverpool – October 28

Chills in the Chapel:

Quatermass and the Pit – Union Chapel – October 29

The Amityville Horror – Union Chapel – October 30

Psycho – Union Chapel – October 31

Aliens – Manchester – November

Future Cult – London – February

Control – Manchester – March

All you have to do to get tickets to see these great films is to become a member at http://jamesoncultfilmclub.com/member-offers/.

For more information visit http://jamesoncultfilmclub.com

Don’t miss out on this!

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Exciting news for Portobello Market!

Chris Getliffe (Socktopi Article for Creature Magazine(

Image by Chris Getliffe taken from http://www.getliffe.com

On the 19 June Portobello Market is launching a new Art & Design Market, which will take place every weekend under the Westway on Portobello Road. The space that is currently derelict will be regenerated so that the market can take up residence there.

The market is set to be filled with an array of unique and creative treats, designed by artists and designers from London and beyond. For the first weekend of the new market some great designers and artists will be showcasing their wares including:

Fashion designer turned artist, Robert Carey Williams, showing his street wear collection of fashion and art www.robertcary-williams.co.uk

Graphic artist and illustrator, Chris Getliffe, www.getliffe.com

Artist and painter, Dorka Zgrzeba, www.coffeeandcigarettes.org

This space will also play host to a series of arty events including the Notting Hill Art Festival and a week long urban street-art event later this Summer.

It’s free admission and the Art and Design Market takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, from the 19th June.

The closest tube stations are Ladbroke Grove/Westbourne Park/Notting Hill Gate

The East End Film Festival showcases new talent and homegrown films alongside larger independent releases and special events, informing and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers and audiences from across London and beyond, and raising the profile of this vibrant and diverse area – London’s East End. The Festival is taking place form the 22nd to the 30th April

There is loads going on at this years East End Film Festival, below are some of the free highlights of the event:

Local(eyes) Installation

Spitalfields Market, Daily 23-30 April, 10am – 6pm – FREE

Running (or cycling!) for the duration of the festival, a specially commissioned interactive film installation Local(eyes) shows us East London’s streets from the perspective of a cyclist. Pedal powered projection takes you on a journey through the streets of East London allowing you to share the view of local artist and keen cyclist Mila Lipowicz.

A Riot of our Own Exhibition

Vibe Gallery, Saturday 23 – Friday 30 April, Daily 12pm – 6pm – FREE

‘A Riot of Our Own’ is the feature exhibition of the East End Film Festival. ‘A Riot Of Our Own’ revisits the energy of the Rock Against Racism (RAR) Movement, 1976-1981. The movement based its operations in the East End. It was a collection of black and white political activists, reggae and punk musicians, artists, graphic designers, photographers, actors, writers, fashion designers, and fans who came together to pool their energies and talents in the fight against the growth of racism and the National Front

Silent Cinema: The Lodger + Minima

Spitalfields Market, Saturday 24 April, 8pm -FREE

Wrap up and join us for the free outdoor screening event of the year. After last year’s amazing silent screening of Nosferatu, the East End Film Festival returns once again to Spitalfields Market with acclaimed soundtrackers Minima performing a live accompaniment to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent film The Lodger. One not to miss!

Cinema Sirens Pop-up Hair Salon

Courtesy of Hair & Jerome and Leons Restaurant (3 Crispin Place, Spitalfields), Saturday 24 April, 5–9pm – FREE

Throughout the screening of The Lodger, East End’s finest award-winning boutique hair salon, Hair & Jerome will be on hand to work their artistry on your tresses in our free pop-up hair salon hosted by Leons Restaurant. Just pop into Leons Restaurant from 5pm for your free session

Heritage Film Trail launch event and premiere screening

26th – 30th April – 18.00 until closing FREE

Compiled from over 30 thirty years of photographs, East End Heritage by Phil Maxwell and Hazuam Hashim is a beautiful visual document of the lives and changes that have occurred in the meeting places, houses, streets and communities of East London over the last thirty years.

This event kick starts at the Waterpoet pub on the Heritage Pub Trail taking place in ten of East London’s oldest and best public houses:

The Waterpoet, Kings Stores, The Gun, The Golden Heart, The Ten Bells, The Princess Alice, INDO, The Grave Maurice, The Blind Beggar and The White Hart

Palimpsests

Four Corners Gallery, Wednesday 28 April, 6:45pm – FREE

Lara Saxby-Soria’s practice embraces a cross-disciplinary approach, which includes photography, sculpture and most predominantly film & video installation. Her installations attempt to engage the medium of film as a physical presence.

‘Give’ & ‘Take’ at the East End Film Festival – FREE

Old Spitalfields Market, Daily Mon 26 – Wed 28th April 2010

The latest craze to hit the streets comes to Spitalfields courtesy of The East End Film Festival.  Cinephiles, Spitalfields regulars, budding artists and eager bargain-seekers are invited to bring along their unwanted clobber from 4-6pm, then be ready at 6pm sharp to rummage through the array of treasures and waltz away with a handful of FREE goodies (yes, your money is no good here). It’s that simple. First come first served, every man for himself!

For mor Information on the East End Film Feastival plkease visit www.eastendfilmfestival.com

Next Friday, The Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green are launching a brand new monthly night dedicated to country, Americana, bluegrass, roots and rockabilly.

Once a month on a Friday, four of Londons finest Americana acts, as well as playlists of traditional and contemporary country tunes will play throughout the venue .

Entry is free and starts at 7.30pm.

This month’s line-up consists of Old timey bluegrass from the Union Canal String Band, The Green Rock River Band, The Ramshackle Union Band and J.D Smith.

For more details visit http://www.stmargaretshouse.org.uk or call 020 8983 3624

The Gallery Cafe is located at St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL


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