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Review: Magic & Mixology at The Vaults

So yeah, maybe I was a cocktail or two into my evening. Still, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and even the most sober of eyes would not be able to work out the illusions and tricks presented up close and in front of small audiences during the hour set of Magic & Mixology at The Vaults. Continue reading

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Preview: Walthamstow International Film Festival

The 2016 Walthamstow International Film Festival runs tomorrow (Sunday 24 July 2016) at Vestry House from 11am to 5pm. Continue reading

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Preview: London Festival of Close-Up Magic

The very first London Festival of Close-Up Magic will run from Friday 22 to Sunday 31 July 2016, launching with Magic and Mixology featuring Middleton and two other magicians wowing their audiences in the atmospheric surroundings of The Vaults. After that, the festival will continue with a series of performances by award-winning magicians in the plush surroundings of the Grand Royale Hyde Park hotel. Continue reading

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London Clown Festival

As clowning is intended (I suppose), performers allowed themselves to be the butt of their own jokes to reflect the follies and quirks of all of us. I especially loved the sneering, nervous-laughter-inducing improv of The Establishment; the manic miming of Inda Perada; the preposterous gags and observations of Ben Target (pictured above); and the athletic dithering of Helen Duff. Continue reading

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Sunset at the Villa Thalia at Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre

Arty, middle class Charlotte (Pippa Nixon) from London and charismatic American – and CIA operative – Harvey (Ben Miles) are frenemies to the highest degree. There’s instant affinity and sometimes even smouldering attraction between them but also deep-seated belief on both sides that one completely misunderstands the other and that the other is absolutely wrong about how the world spins on its geopolitical axis. Continue reading

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Send in the London Clown Festival

Hosted at London’s newest Arts Hub, The Omnitorium at Manor House, from 10 to 19 June London Clown Festival is “a festival of physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance” exploring “what clown is to the modern performer and their audiences.” Continue reading

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Sideways: The Play at St James Theatre

If you loved the movie, to be sure you’ll love the play, adapted for the stage by original Sideways novelist, Rex Pickett and deftly directed David Grindely. Continue reading

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Madam Butterfly at ENO

A tearjerker of a show, thanks in large part to a profoundly sympathetic performance of soprano Rena Harms, English National Opera’s staging of Madame Butterfly delights the eyes as much as it moves the hearts of its audience. Continue reading

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London Eye Goes Wonka for Easter

The London Eye offers a taste of pure imagination this Easter by partnering with the West End hit musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for an immersive experience for families. Continue reading

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The Magic Hour with Tony Middleton (aka Sonic) at the Grand Royale

Do you believe in magic? Whether you do or not I am certain you will be amazed and have a fantastic night out if you attend The Magic Hour and allow magician Tony Middleton (aka Sonic) to perplex and entertain you with his sleight of hand, illusions and Victorian spiritualist theatrics. Continue reading

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Infographic: Iconic Furniture in Film and TV

Check out this fun infographic put together by the furniture experts at Oldrids and featuring some of the most famous furniture from the movies and on TV. Set design plays a massive role in creating the look and atmosphere of … Continue reading

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An Unforgettable Evening of Fun Friends and Murder Mystery

Looking for something different to do this weekend? Want to plan an office party that employees will actually want to attend? An unforgettable evening of fun friends and murder mystery awaits at Murder Mystery Events. Murder Mystery Events offers several … Continue reading

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The Magic Flute at ENO

Mozart’s fanciful The Magic Flute is on now for a limited run at the London Coliseum with a spectacularly staged production from the English National Opera. I had the pleasure of attending a performance last week and very much enjoyed … Continue reading

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Stripper Wear Fair | David Bowie Burlesque Tribute | Pole Dancing Werkshop at Red Gallery, Shoreditch

This weekend – Valentine’s weekend – do something special for yourself and that significant other at one (or all) of three super sexy events hosted by the East London Strippers Collective at Red Gallery in Shoreditch. Continue reading

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wonder.land at the National Theatre

wonder.land: it’s a tale we all know well, this time reexamined through the prism of our 21st century addiction to the digital doings on our gadgets’ screens and good old fashioned teenage malaise. Continue reading

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Window to the World with LG OLED and Bompas & Parr

Promising “maximum picture quality and minimum power consumption,” LG reckons its new OLED TV is a game changer. Continue reading

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That Time I Met David Bowie

He told us not to blow it ‘cause he knows it’s all worthwhile. Continue reading

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Movie Review: Sherpa | Trouble on Everest

The term Sherpa refers both to the ethnic group of Himalayan people living on the borders of Nepal and Tibet and to the high-skill, high-altitude mountain guide work undertaken by so many of them. It’s also the name of a new film documenting Everest activity, mostly from the perspective of the guides, at an especially volatile time as more and more foreigners seek to ascend the world’s highest mountain … and as global climate change makes this momentous task trickier and more perilous than ever. Continue reading

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Win a Star Wars Millennium Falcon Chopping Board

Take on the Empire in your own rebel kitchen with the fastest chop in the galaxy. The gift gurus at Genie Gadgets have set aside one ultra cool Star Wars Millennium Falcon Chopping Board for one lucky tikichris reader. Chewie! Han! It’s time to eat! Continue reading

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Getting to Know Lady Unknown Playwright Lauren Johnson

Lady Unknown is the third production from ensemble group Theatre Untold. As with its two previous productions, the aim of Lady Unknown is to shine a light on a “forgotten historical figure.” This time round that disremembered person is 19th century philanthropist and chum of Charles Dickens, Angela Burdett Coutts. Continue reading

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A Musical Visit to Memphis Sure Sounds Good! (OneTravel)

Love American music? Then get yourself to Memphis, Tennessee where the roots of rock ‘n roll, country, blues and soul are on dynamic display for you see and of course to hear! Have a look at this list for some … Continue reading

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Preview: Thank Ya Papa NOLA Style Thanksgiving Dinner

Guests to the Thank Ya Papa celebrations can expect a ten-course Thanksgiving feast designed by Michelin trained chef and replete with seasonal cocktails, candied yams, deep fried turkeys and “the best live Dixieland music this side of the Mississippi,” from the 25th to the 28th of November. Continue reading

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Win a Pair of Tickets to BBC Good Food Show London 13 or 15 November

Interested in nibbling your way through an array of some of the UK’s best food? I’ve got a pair of tickets to share with one lucky reader for the upcoming BBC Good Food Show at Olympia London (plus tix to the Supertheatre). Keep reading to find out how you can win. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #46

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Lazy Arm With its 700mm … Continue reading

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Virtually Travel the World Without Leaving Your Hotel Room

Currently being tested for two weeks at the London Marriott Park Lane and New York Marriott Marquis hotels (check with the individual properties for exact dates), VRoom can be requested to use for free by guests in the same manner as they might go about ordering room service meals or laundry pickup. Upon request, the VRoom gear is hand-delivered to the guest’s room along with instructions and left on loan for up to 24 hours. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #45

Good stuff? Great stuff! And so much of it I’m having trouble keeping track and sharing the best of it in a timely manner. But don’t let my inadequate ability to blog efficiently get in the way you having a wonderful time. Have a look a this list of fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Sunny Afternoon, Based on the Music by The Kinks

Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Sunny Afternoon tales the story of London’s best sounding rock ‘n roll catastrophe, The Kinks, and follows the band from its formation in Muswell Hill between brothers Ray and Dave Davies through the many ups and downs on their way to international stardom Continue reading

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Win the Ultimate Star Wars Foodie Companion: An R2-D2 Kitchen Timer

We may still have a few months to go before Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is unleashed upon cinemas but I’m already geeking out big time! And I’m certain I’m not alone in my anticipation of what promises to be an epic film and the best Star Wars episode to be screened since the original three films came out what seems like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. To help with the wait and with your countdown, I’ve teamed up with Prezzybox.com – the UK’s complete online gift solution – to offer one reader this awesome piece of Star Wars kitchen kit. Continue reading

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Grillstock London: A Walthamstow Hillbilly’s Homecoming?

So, I was all sorts of messed up this weekend. Not because of the beer (although I had access to copious amounts of it). Or the whiskey (similarly ample volumes were at my disposal). Or the meat (there were mounds of epic proportion). But because, as a judge at the Grillstock BBQ festival in Walthamstow, wave after wave of out-of-context familiarity kept slapping me silly with wafts of hickory smoke, the lilting plink of a banjo here and there, and the sight of thousands of folks come together to celebrate their love of slow and low cooked meat. Continue reading

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The Pinkertons: New Period Crime Drama Set in America’s Wild West

A new UKTV period crime drama called The Pinkertons, based on the story of a real life crime fighting agency of the same name, is scheduled to premiere Sunday 30 August at 8pm. I had the pleasure of catching a sneak preview of the show’s first episode and I reckon it has what it takes to captivate an audience keen for rootin’ tootin’ shoot ‘em up crime-fighting action tempered with historical accuracy, laced with strong plot lines, and loaded with mystery. Continue reading

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Running From Greenbaum: Andy Hollingworth Portraits at Snap Galleries

Two decades worth of photographer Andy Hollingworth’s portraits of comedians are on view now at Snap Galleries just off the Piccadilly. The show, Running from Greenbaum runs until mid September. Pop our head in for a looksee that’s sure to … Continue reading

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2015 Main Stage Acts at the Reading and Leeds Festivals (OneTravel)

Two of Britain’s biggest annual music festivals – the Reading and Leeds Festivals – take place over the same weekend at the end of August and featuring alternating line ups. The two cities are about three and a half hours … Continue reading

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2015 Edinburgh Fringe: Must See Shows (OneTravel)

For fans of live performance, August in Edinburgh means one thing: Fringe! The largest arts festival in the world, the three-week Scottish shindig brings the opportunity to be entertained by a heaving variety of world class, up-and-coming, and often rather … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Pressure

What happens when four deep sea saturation divers get stranded 650ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean after disaster strikes their ship? Pinewood Pictures’ suspenseful new feature length thriller, Pressure, ponders just that. Continue reading

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How to Experience the Best of NOLA’s Legendary Live Music Scene (Miles Away)

Are you planning to hit the Crescent City for a taste of live music, but aren’t sure where to go for the best gigs? Don’t worry about it! A visit to NOLA without encountering live music is practically impossible. You cannot avoid great music here even if you try! But before you get down to boogie, keep these tips in mind … Continue reading

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