Tuesday 30 April 2013

What's on at Somerset House in May
© Hélène Binet
Nicholas Hawksmoor: Methodical Imaginings
15 May – 1 September 2013
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission
The British baroque architect Nicholas Hawksmoor built a series of important London churches during the early part of the 18th century and this exhibition focuses on seven of these. The key distinguishing features of Hawksmoor’s churches are their spires, each designed with different qualities, which rose throughout the city and became urban markers. Curated by Mohsen Mostafavi, photography by Hélène Binet.
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Blumenfeld Studio: New York, 1941–1960
23 May–1 September 2013
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
Free admission
Berlin-born Erwin Blumenfeld was one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. This exhibition celebrates the output of his New York studio during the Second World War and post-war boom years, including fashion photography, advertising campaigns, personality portraits, ‘war effort’ propaganda posters and experimental work.
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© Ernest Goh, Singapore, 2nd Place, Nature & Wildlife, Professional Competition 2013
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
Until 12 May 2013
West Wing Galleries, West Wing
Offering a snapshot of the world in 2012, this exhibition showcases the award-winning and shortlisted entries of the Sony World Photo Awards. It presents international contemporary photography from both professionals and amateurs in the fields of fashion, travel, wildlife, landscape, portraiture and current affairs. Including work by iconic American photographer William Eggleston, who receives theOutstanding Contribution to Photography award.
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Editions: Contemporary Rugs for Collectors

2 May–30 June 2013
Great Arch Hall, South Wing
Free admission
Following the successful After Bloomsbury exhibition in 2012, the work of Christopher Farr returns to Somerset House. Editions is a collaboration between Farr and other designers and artists, including Anni Albers and Lara Bohinc, to develop and produce rugs in limited editions.
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Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901
Until 27 May 2013
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
"This show is not to be missed." The Times.
Last chance to see this critically-acclaimed exhibition and discover the story of Picasso’s breakthrough year as an artist. Experience Picasso’s first masterpieces and the paintings that mark the beginning of his famous Blue period.
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Free Drop-In Workshop: Frieze Frame
Saturday 4 May 12.00-15.00
Meet at Seamen's Hall Info Desk, South Wing
Join us for a 3-D modelling workshop creating sea creatures inspired by the watery sculptures around Somerset House. For families with accompanied children aged 6-12.
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The Syngenta Photography Award 2013
17–21 May 2013
West Wing Galleries, West Wing
Free admission
A culmination of the finest work from both the Professional Commission and Open Competition categories of a new international photography competition launched with the aim of stimulating dialogue around key global challenges through compelling imagery. The theme for the inaugural year of the award is ‘Rural-Urban’.
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L'Etranger, Knightsbridge
3 courses & a glass of champagne
£32 per person"

The Professionals on Ice

The Professionals on Ice: "The Professionals on Ice: Adult Ticket from £12.50 (50% Off) (Excl. £2.25 Booking Fee)"
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Photo Art Fair, Holborn

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Monday 29 April 2013

4* Hilton Sushi and Wine

4* Hilton Sushi and Wine:

Sushi Platter For Two With Bottle of Wine (£29) or Champagne (£35) at Takara (Up to 64% Off)"
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Glastonbudget Music Festival

Glastonbudget Music Festival:
Ticket to Glastonbudget Music Festival Featuring ABC, Howard Jones and Heaven 17 at Turnpost Farm for £29 (Up to 45% Off)
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April 2013
Dear All About London
Anne Sophie Duprels, Kat'a Kabanova 2009
An invitation to the Prelude of OHP's 2013 season on 15 May
Opera Holland Park Friends have made a limited number of tickets available for OHP supporters to experience an exclusive pre-season event featuring arias from OHP’s forthcoming season sung by the lead artists.
Held at the elegant RAC Club, the thrilling line up at the Friends' Prelude will include:
Anne Sophie Duprels, Cio-Cio San Madama Butterfly
Diana Montague, Carmela I gioielli della Madonna
Joseph Wolverton, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly
Aldo do Toro, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore
Gweneth Ann Jeffers, Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana
Peter Auty, Turiddu, Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio, Pagliacci 
Soula Parassidis, Leila Les pêcheurs de perles
The evening will also feature the first public performance of ‘I flew high in my dreams’ from OHP’s new commission Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland sung by Fflur Wyn, cast as Alice.
Tickets: £70 each including wine and canapés
Tickets are limited - for more details and booking information, clickhere 
Opera Holland Park
Central Library
Phillimore Walk
London W8 7RX
Opera Holland Park is owned and managed by The Royal Borough
of Kensington and Chelsea

Sunday 28 April 2013

Gin Afternoon Tea

Gin Afternoon Tea:
Gin Tasting Afternoon Tea Plus Cocktail For One (£29) or Two (£57) with G and Teatime (Up to 62% Off)
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Classic Swedish Drama

Classic Swedish Drama: " Doktor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg: Theatre Ticket for £14 at Wyndham's Theatre (60% Off) (Excl. £2 Booking Fee)"
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Brazilian Blow-Dry, Victoria

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Saturday 27 April 2013

Design Museum

How do we Communicate Design?
Thursday 23rd May
With the mushrooming of design festivals, awards, talks and digital media – this discussion asks, how do designers want to communicate their work? Join Curator of Designs of the Year 2013 Pete Collard with some of this year’s nominees, Christophe Egret from architecture practice Egret West, family-owned furniture manufacturers Mattiazzi and graphic designers OK-RM to ask what is it all for?
This talk takes place at Clerkenwell Design Week.
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Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things
Sunday 16 June
Join a one-hour, gallery-based drawing session combining exhibition tour and workshop. A design expert will guide you through the Design Museum Collection, while a drawing tutor supports you in explorative sketching.
Free with museum entry. Please note that there is no advance booking and places are limited.
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United Micro Kingdoms
Sunday 26 May
Gain an insight into United Micro Kingdoms (UmK): A Design Fictionwith a 30-minute tour led by a museum curator or a design specialist.
Free with museum entry. Please note there is no advance booking and places are limited.