Upcoming events: 8-13 February 2020
10 February, 2020
EXHIBITION George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain. The first ever retrospective of the Polish-Jewish émigré who brought European modernist aesthetics to British graphic design. The exhibition will include iconic wartime propaganda posters for the Ministries of Food and Information, corporate branding for El Al airlines and adverts for clients like Schweppes, Technicolor, the Post Office and The Times. House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1. 020 3696 2020. £8/£5, 5 to 17-year-olds £4, children under-5s free. Opening times Tues-Sat 10am-5.30pm, and Sun 11am-5.30pm. Closed Monday. Running until May 2. Visit www.houseofillustration.org.uk to book. Pictured: George Him – Australian Butter, poster for the Australian Trade Commission, 1962.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8
CONCERT The Barbican Piano Quartet. Performing works by Mozart and Brahms. St Peter’s Church, Belsize Park, NW3. Tickets £10 on the door. 7.30pm.
MUSIC Cellar Upstairs Folk Club. Melodeon player Tony Hall takes to the stage. Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1. 020 7281 7700. £8/£6. 8.15pm.
TALK Women at the Gateways Club. Join author Jill Gardiner, and hear, in the words of women (and a few men) who frequented it, the history of the Gateways Club, the longest lasting lesbian club of the 20th century in the world. London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, EC1. 020 7332 3820. Free. 11am-1pm.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9
CONCERT Simon and Raphael Wallfisch with Edward Rushton. The trio perform a programme of vocal and instrumental music by two of the greatest romantic composers, Brahms and Schumann. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £14£10, or free for anyone aged 8 to 26 courtesy of the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. 6.30pm-8.30pm.
POETRY An evening of readings. Guest readers Lisa Kelly and David Floyd. Poets from the floor welcome. Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, NW5. 020 7267 2751. £5/£4. 7.30pm.
PUB QUIZ Win a £50 bar tab. Golden Lion Public House, Royal College Street, NW1. 7pm.
TALK Witch Hunts Today. Kirsty Brimelow QC and author and campaigner Syd Moore join forces to reveal how harmful practices due to belief in witchcraft have seen a huge increase in the past six years both globally and in the UK. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £8/£5. 3pm-4.30pm.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 10
LECTURE Making New Plants: A History. This lecture examines the work of Hugo de Vries, a Dutch botanist who was one of the first to claim that science would allow plants and animals to be designed to order. Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1. 020 7831 0575. Free. Visit www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures for further details. 6pm-7pm.
MUSIC Fleet Singers. Join this community choir preparing for a performance of Eternal Light Requiem by Howard Goodall at the end of March. Gospel Oak Methodist Church, Agincourt Road, NW3. 020 7267 8658. Free introductory rehearsal for newcomers. 7.30pm-9.30pm.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11
BIRDS Hampstead Heath walk with Marylebone Birdwatching Society. Bring binoculars. Meet at the Parliament Hill Staff Yard, NW5 at 10am. Walk ends at Kenwood at midday. Occasional visitors welcome. Free. Call 020 7267 8434 for further details. 1pm.
LECTURE Great Mathematical Myths. This lecture looks at how various mathematical misunderstandings, or perhaps a misunderstanding of mathematical ideas and conclusions, permeate the public consciousness. Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, EC2. 020 7831 0575. Free. Visit www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures for further details. 1pm-2pm.
PHOTOGRAPHY The Hampstead Photographic Society. Offering weekly tips, expert advice and competitions. Crypt Room, St John’s Church, Church Row, NW3. £5. Visit www.hampsteadphotosoc.org.uk for further details and a full programme. 8pm.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12
LECTURE Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma. Professor Christopher Whitty looks at how treatment for both lung cancer and mesothelioma cancer, a lung-associated cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, are largely preventable through public health measures. Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, EC2. 020 7831 0575. Free. Visit www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures for further details. 6pm-7pm.
TALK Parallel Lives. Authors Francesca Wade and Rebecca Mead discuss Parallel Lives by Phyllis Rose, which examines five literary Victorian partnerships, from Charles Dickens’ disastrous marriage to Catherine Hogarth to George Eliot’s joyful and unwed union with George Henry Lewes. Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, W1. 020 7224 2295. £10. 7pm.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13
LECTURE A History of the Penis and the Clitoris. Professor Joanna Bourke explores what debates about these two organs tell us about scientific knowledge and gender identities. Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1. 020 7831 0575. Free. Visit www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures for further details. 6pm-7pm.
LUNCHTIME CONCERT Ensemble Mascarade. Nikki Wilkinson (baroque flute), David Parsons (theorbo) and Tabitha Tuckett (baroque cello) perform music by Bach, Telemann, Dornel, Dall’Abaco, Villeneuve and Weiss. St Pancras (New) Parish Church, corner of Euston Road/Upper Woburn Place, NW1. 020 7388 1461. Free, retiring collection. 1.15pm-2pm.
TALK A Single Thread. The Friends of Highgate Library welcome local writer Tracy Chevalier to talk about her latest novel, A Single Thread. Highgate Library Civic and Cultural Centre, the Children’s Corner, Croftdown Road, NW5. Free, all welcome. 7.30pm.
TALK Pearls and Unicorns, Myth and Magic: The Dark Side of Jewellery. Jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn swaps the The Antiques Roadshow for Highgate Cemetery to talk about funerary jewellery, which played such a big part in the Victorians’ social attitude to death, funerals and mourning. Highgate Cemetery, Swain’s Lane, N6. 020 8340 1834. £12, includes a glass of wine. 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Latecomers will not be admitted.
LAST CHANCE Exhibition: Sacred Laos in Photographs: The Monks’ Gaze. Discover the daily rites and rituals at the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang situated along the Mekong River. These photographs, often taken by monks and housed within monasteries, depict day-to-day life for both the monastic and lay communities. The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Free entry. Visit www.bl.uk or call 01937 546 546 for opening times. Closes on February 9.
LAST CHANCE Exhibition: The Knitted Bible. Experience the 34 scenes from the Bible in knitted form. Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row, NW3. Free, donations welcome. Daily 9am-5pm, on Sunday’s outside of service times. Running until February 10.