POST POP: EAST MEETS WEST

The Tsukanov Family Foundation and Saatchi Gallery present Post Pop: East Meets West, the first comprehensive exhibition examining why Pop Art, of all the twentieth century’s movements has had such a powerful influence over artists from world regions that had or still have very different and sometimes opposing ideologies.

We were lucky to get invited to the preview party by UPFRONT, the market leader in celebrity booking for over 15 years, who delivered tonnes of famous faces.

We ended up playing paparazzi with a Samsung smartphone as you can see from the snaps below.  It was quite a turnout – especially the rising stars of Tuppence Middleton, Georgia King and Jeff and Matt Postlethwaite, Noelle Reno and Scot Young, Billie JD Porter, Katie Readman of What Katie Saw, Marama Corlett,  Genevieve Gaunt, Pippa Bennett-Warner, twitterers Katherine Ryan and Joe Lycett, Alistair Guy and Kick Ass actress Sophie Wu.

We also spotted lots of other famous faces such as Bianca Jagger, the Bond Actor and cool dude Rick Yune, the hilarious Anthony Daniels who starred in seven Star Wars films and did his Russian version of the force be with you, rock hero Tony Banks of Genesis, interior designers Broosk Saib, Linda Barker and actress and presenter Denise Welch.

 

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The exhibition brings together 256 works by 112 renowned artists from America, China, the Former Soviet Union and the UK in the largest survey to date exploring Pop Art’s enduring legacy. Post Pop: East Meets West will celebrate the art being produced in these four distinct regions since the heyday of Pop, and will present them in relation to each other through the framework of six themes: Habitat; Advertising and Consumerism; Celebrity and Mass Media; Art History; Religion and Ideology; Sex and the Body.

POST POP: EAST MEETS WEST

26 November 2014 – 23 February 2015 

Saatchi Gallery

Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road
London
SW3 4RY

Free entry.

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plenty of attachments with this vacuum cleaner

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wei’s marble chair

 

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early arrivals at the Post Pop Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery London

 

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Noelle Reno Scot Young Saatchi Post Pop

 

Photo by Alan Greenhalgh Tuppence Middleton, Georgia King,  Katie Readman at Saatchi Gallery Post Pop Preview

Tuppence Middleton, Georgia King, Katie Readman at Saatchi Gallery Post Pop Preview

Photo by Alan Greenhalgh Marama Corlett Miquita Oliver Noelle Reno Pippa Bennett Warner

Marama Corlett, Miquita Oliver, Noelle Reno, Pippa Bennett Warner at Saatchi Gallery Post Pop Preview

Photo by Alan Greenhalgh. Jeff and Matt Postlethwaite Jason Gardiner Tony Banks Saatchi Gallery

Jeff and Matt Postlethwaite, Jason Gardiner, Tony Banks, Saatchi Gallery

Anthony Daniels aka C-3PO in the Star Wars series of films.

British actor. He played the droid C-3PO in the Star Wars series of films.

Anthony Daniels aka C-3PO in the Star Wars series of films.

 

Photo by Alan Greenhalgh. Rick Yune Saatchi Gallery 25 November 2014

Rick Yune actor in The Fast and the Furious and Die Another Day at Saatchi Gallery Post Pop Preview

Billie JD Porter Photo by Alan Greenhalgh

Billie JD Porter at Saatchi Gallery Post Pop Preview

Genevieve Gaunt Saatchi Gallery Post Pop Preview Photo by Alan Greenhalgh

Genevieve Gaunt at Saatchi Gallery Post Pop Preview

It’s a world class show – go see!!

Great Reviews here Post Pop: East Meets West review – an exhibition beyond taste

UPDATE: Scot Young dies in tragic circumstances 

 

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Just say: Here Lies Love the David Byrne and Fatboy Slim Disco Musical at the National

One of the best shows to hit London in a while.

Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim is a 90-minute tour de force disco musical.  Mirror balls, laser lights, loud beats, video projections and dancers on rotating platforms tell the story of local beauty queen becomes de facto President of the Philippines. It’s Jackie Kennedy meets Eva Peron at Studio 54 in an immersive theatrical event – yes, you get to dance on stage. Big hair, big shoulder pads and bigger hits. There are none of those infamous shoes, though.

Here Lies Love

Here Lies Love

The songs tell the story - there’s a useful timeline here -  of rags to riches to fall from grace.

The young Imelda lives in a leaking garage, she’s looked after by Estrella, a servant from the rich neighbour’s house – they both sing the story of Imelda’s life. She moves to the big city, meets a journalist Ninoy Aquino; gets dumped, gets a job singing in a piano store and is crowned Miss Manila attracting the attention of rising political star Ferdinand Marcos who woos and marries her in eleven days. So far, so good, it leads to her transformation, to First Lady, whirlwind handbag diplomacy and extravagant disco-fuelled lifestyle but, as often happens, power corrupts and her plaintive but Why Don’t You Love Me is met with a popular revolution.

Natalie Mendoza as Imelda gives a stunning performance along with  Gia Macuja Atchison as Estrella, Mark Bautista as Ferdinand Marcos and Dean John-Wilson as Ninoy Aquino. Li Tong Hsu breaks your heart as Ninoy’s mother singing a tribute to her fallen son. The cast, including DJ master of ceremonies,  keep the energy level high and the audience pumped. The show in real life sounds much better than the concept album of a few years back. You can hear Talking Heads in there somewhere, delivering hit after original hit – and very catchy! The setting is disco with a gigantic mirror ball – there are no seats in the stalls. You dance.

Fingers crossed for a West End transfer with this cast – they deserve it – and I’d love to see it again – just so I can be dancin’ together with champagne on ice.

Here Lies Love is now Sold Out – but extra £20 tickets are released every Friday at 12pm for the following week’s performances.  

Here Lies Love is at the National until 8 January 2015

Five Stars.

Awards:

 

James Bond Spectre To Be Filmed in The Austrian Tirol

007, the most famous secret agent in the world, will start filming the 24th Bond film, Spectre, in the Austrian Tirol. Daniel Craig, will play Bond for the 4th time, embarking on his alpine adventures in the ski resorts of Sölden, in the Ӧtztal and Obertilliach, in the East Tirol region. This is the largest film production ever to be made in Tirol.

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James Bond to take to the slopes here in Obetilliach

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The British production company “B24″ will begin filming over the next few weeks As well as lead actor, Daniel Craig, other stars of the 24th Bond film include Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux, led by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Revolutionary Road” and “James Bond – Skyfall”).

Since January 2014 suitable filming locations were pursued around the world, including in Norway and Italy. Eventually the locations of  Oetztal and East Tirol were chosen. In August the production office was set up in Sölden, ready to co-ordinate the filming, which starts mid-January to February 2015. A total of 22 filming days is planned in the Tirol, and at its peak the film crew will consist of 500 people, including 150 local filmmakers covering various positions.

The impact will be huge: taking into account production costs, with accommodation equivalent of 26,000 overnight stays, and meals, as well as transportation, accommodation and salaries of the local crew it is estimated that 6 million euros will be spent in Tirol.

Even though this will be the first time that agent 007 will be filmed in Tirol, there is an enduring connection between 007 and the region. Ian Fleming, the author of the Bond novels, lived in Kitzbühel in the 1920s and studied at a private school.

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Geographically not part of northern Tirol, the village of Obertilliach is located in the Lesachtal of East Tirol and remains largely undiscovered to the UK ski market. Located at 1450m, the village has a population of just over 700 inhabitants and the small skiing area is popular for beginner skiers and families as well as a centre for Nordic sports.

To learn more about the East Tirol and its ski resorts

www.osttirol.com

For more information on the Tirol region www.visittirol.co.uk

or keep updated at www.facebook.com/visittirol or @VisitTirol on twitter

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Wasp – Movie Preview from debut director Philippe Audi-Dor and Blue Shadows Films

Love stings, and how! Wasp.

A beautiful film set in the sun-soaked, insect and flower strewn Gordes in Provence.

An old family house is opened up to a new summer with the two lovers and one of their friends. It’s evocative of the scents and sounds of a rural French retreat.

Calm yet disturbing, where all manner of games, sex and the refrain of an old chanson fill the air with tension.

Writer-director Philippe Audi-Dor offers a new voice in cinema whether it be visually, sound or through story telling. This one is semi-autobiographical, the director’s debut, it’s magnificent with stunning attention to detail and mastery of the art of cinema. And a film where everyone deserves credit including Editor Alexis Steele with crisp cuts and Director of Photography  Pablo Rojo who brings to life juicy limes that sting the eye.

Philippe says “I want to create films that make people feel as though they are not alone, because something about that story, those visuals, that sound, or whatever else, echoes deep in them.”

Wasp is the story of Olivier and James’ romantic break in the South of France stung by the arrival of Caroline. Relationships are questioned; sexuality tested.

This is a break out movie for all involved –  with delicious performances, by turns funny, poignant and destructive from the cast of three – Hugo Bolton (James), Elly Condron (Caroline) and Simon Haycock (Olivier).

Proving that indie cinema can be as winning as main stream releases.

Wasp by Philippe Audi-Dor, Stars: Hugo Bolton, Elly Condron and Simon Haycock

Behind the scenes of Wasp by Philippe Audi-Dor, Stars: Hugo Bolton, Elly Condron and Simon Haycock

Made on a miniscule budget of less than £30,000 and shot largely in the director’s envy-inducing own home in Provence, Wasp is a great example  of  a  product  of  ‘Generation  Digital’. Flying out to Cannes with the producer, Merlin Merton, they sold the film to one of the leading independent sales agents in Paris, Wide Management, all based on a very early cut proving the idea  is  what  matters,  and  being  clever – films don’t need to cost hundreds of thousands to get noticed.

Directed and written by Philippe Audi-Dor

Produced by Merlin Merton at Blue Shadows Films and international sales from Wide Management – going to cinemas in 2015.

www.waspfilm.net

Elly Condron and  Simon Haycock in Wasp

Elly Condron and
Simon Haycock in Wasp

Watch out for it. 

Read another REVIEW of a ‘generation digital’ movie – the Oscar-winning Searching for Sugarman.

Pachamama

A pink neon ‘A’ marks the spot. Confusingly so, for a new Peruvian-inspired restaurant called Pachamama.

It’s a new incarnation on, let’s call it the lower slopes of Marylebone, Thayer Street.

Founded by an anthropologist with an eye for branding and the chap who used to run the same spot when it was known as SamarQand. The chef, Tom Catley, is not Peruvian and there wasn’t a hint of Peruvian inspiration to be discovered apart from the cartoons in reception.

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It’s eerily quiet, with the few customers tucked away in the back room, and the staff are pleasant. We’ve got the place to ourselves at 12 30 on a Christmas Thursday lunchtime.

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Plates are £6 each, small and made for sharing. The lunch menu short, makes for salivating reading and service quick.

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The food was either bland or salty – rocks of the stuff. The sea bass ceviche,  which should have been the invigorating
highlight,  a nice enough portion and quality fish but had only a passing acquaintance with flavour. This was bunny not tiger territory.

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Skewers of chicken and veal could have been from the Greek place down the road – their granular spicing mercifully dampened by the celeriac mash.

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The ribs were tasty as was the duck. If a little the wrong side of crispy.

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But the  quinoa that couldn’t be rescued by a Granny Smith apple.

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A watery old fashioned slash negroni – sorry Rosa del Inca a pisco infused with pink peppercorns and Volcano coffee beans, vermouth, Campari, orange bitters  was nicely made and presented but had the look but not the taste – a British pisco made with British ingredients just doesn’t have the bite.

And there’s the rub. Using locally sourced produce to get something vaguely Latin is a challenge. Kent tomato salsa anyone?

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The decor is eclectic –  bashed walls, perhaps from trying to get that horse down there, an attractive long run bar and good lighting are fair enough.

It’s lain undiscoverd since 15th October but it’s a tomb where even mother earth can’t hear you scream.

Pachamama

18 Thayer Street

020 7935 9393

PopTails – cocktails on a stick

If you’re a fan of cocktails and you love a bit of cake, then you’ll like PopTails – cocktails on a stick!   Bite sized balls of sponge infused with alcohol on a stick to give them more of an adult twist.

To find out more about PopKakery™ visit us at www.popkakery.com

PopTails from PopKakery

There are four flavours: Pina Colada (coconut and pineapple flavours infused with rum); Cosmopolitan (berry flavours infused with vodka); Mojito (lime and mint flavours infused with rum) and Tequila Sunrise (orange flavours infused with tequila).

Strictly for the over 18’s, they are sure to get the party started early.

If the alcohol doesnt give you the rush the sugar will.

Available to order now  www.popkakery.com or call on 0203 3970529.

To find out more about PopKakery www.popkakery.com

Straight Up Yoghurt from The Collective

The Collective has launched Straight Up, a thick, glossy, creamy and versatile live yoghurt that t1astes like yoghurt used to!

I do remember yoghurt like this – as a student inter railing round Europe it was the cheapest (and most recogniseable) thing  to buy from a Spar – a six pack of plain yoghurt. It had often separated in the sun but was fantastically edible, clean and simple. It became quite an acquired taste and now I am pleasantly reminded of it with this tasty product from The Collective -farms ahead in taste and style.

The Collective Straight Up Yoghurt

£2.39 for a 500g tub and 79p for a 150g pot from the

Eaten ‘au-naturel’ straight-up from the tub, in smoothies or used as a versatile culinary ingredient, creating savoury and sweet dishes using unsweetened yoghurt as a ‘blank canvas’ for culinary experimentation. Packed full of probiotics, and made from West Country milk, Straight Up has a cooler, clean, tangy and  “old school” taste –  sharper than many of the milder yoghurts available now. Originally from New Zealand but now also made in Somerset.

Think about using it to bring festive flavours to life this Christmas, such as  a tenderising marinade for chicken, red meat and fish, or as a base for dips or creamier salad dressings.

As you’d expect it is free from sugar, sweeteners, any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It’s packed with live cultures and suitable for vegetarians or those with gluten-free diets. It’s only 5% fat.

Straight Up is available from Ocado and Waitrose with a RRP of £2.39 for a 500g tub and 79p for a 150g pot.

Gloriously luscious  – much more of a quenelle than a dollop.

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Straight Up Old School Unsweetened Live Yoghurt

The Collective also have a Limited Edition Gourmet Yoghurt Christmas Pud – thick and creamy gourmet yoghurt with a double layer of Christmas compote, including whole juicy sultanas, warming winter spices and tangy orange zest for that festive flavour.

The Collective Gourmet Christmas Pud Yoghurt

The Collective Gourmet Christmas Pud Yoghurt

BBC Earth Blue Planet in Concert

BBC Earth and composer George Fenton have joined forces with the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra to present Blue Planet in Concert on Thursday 22 January at the Royal Festival Hall, London

Photo credit: © Jonathan Hordle / Rex

Divers from London’s SEA LIFE Aquarium pictured with their world-famous sharks in traditional orchestral tails to celebrate the return of BBC Earth’s The Blue Planet in Concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra to London on January 22nd. Tickets are available from philharmonia.co.uk

The show is a live cinematic production with specially edited footage from the iconic BBC series, backed by a majestic and moving original score. Inspired by Charles Trenet’s song ‘La Mer’, George Fenton includes an arrangement of this piece with an emotional visual sequence on the screen revealing how our oceans have changed over the last 50 years with human intervention.

Photo credit: © Jonathan Hordle / Rex

Divers from London’s SEA LIFE Aquarium pictured with their world-famous sharks in traditional orchestral tails to celebrate the return of BBC Earth’s The Blue Planet in Concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra to London on January 22nd.       Tickets are available from philharmonia.co.uk

 

The concert always receives a standing ovation as it unites the audience with a tremendous feeling of camaraderie and spirit to protect our Blue Planet.

Tickets are available from philharmonia.co.uk

The Cuckoo in the Bircher Muesli Nest

Bircher muesli was developed in 1900 by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital. Today there’s no more sitting around in ghastly green backless gowns to eat old-fashioned muesli.  Now that Cuckoo  offers consumers a revolutionary take on traditional muesli with its alpine pioneering flavour combinations and contrasting, complementary textures. Made in Britain with home-grown jumbo oats and creamy West Country yoghurt, juicy berries, crunchy dark linseeds (remember them? Mouthful after mouthful in the desperate hope of shedding pounds!) and swirls of fruity compote. Even the bold colours on the pack appeals to the eye and stands out on the shelf.

With an average of 280 calories per 190g single-serve pot, low-GI, fibre and protein, making it the perfect way to start the day, an afternoon pick-me-up or a wholesome dessert.

Price: £2.49 for a 190g single-serve on-the-go pot.

Mango & Coconut - with a tropical twist of lime and ginger Winner of a Great Taste Award

Apple & Cinnamon Spice - with plump and juicy flame raisins *Winner of a Great Taste Award

Elderflower & Cranberry - with a blueberry and blackcurrant compote

Choco Sour Cherry - with a smooth layer of Madagascan vanilla

Apricot & Madagascan Vanilla - with a tangy raspberry compote

 www.cuckoofoods.co.uk

Stockists: Waitrose, Booths,   Jamie Oliver’s Recipease Shops,  Selfridges,  Daylesford Organic Farm Shops,  Partridges, London, Harvey Nichols, Whole Foods as well as served at Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, on First Great Western Trains and at AMT Coffee shops.

Cuckoo Christmas Mincemeat Bircher Muesli Recipe

Cuckoo Christmas Mincemeat Bircher Muesli Recipe

Cuckoo Christmas Mincemeat Bircher Muesli Recipe 2014

Cuckoo lemon poppy seed with raspberry compote and toasted almonds Bircher muesli

Cuckoo lemon poppy-seed with raspberry compote and toasted almonds Bircher muesli

 Cuckoo Lemon Poppy Seed with Raspberry Compote and Toasted Almonds Bircher Muesli Recipe 

 Now that’s something worth tweeting about…@cuckoofoods

READ MORE about oats here: Oatly the alternative to milk