WATCH THIS GROUND-BREAKING DOCUMENTARY HERE: 13th
In this 2016 documentary, filmmaker Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle In Time) explores the history of racial inequality in the US, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Named after the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery and ended involuntary servitude (except as a punishment for conviction of a crime), DuVernay contends that slavery has in fact been perpetuated since the end of the American Civil War through the criminalising of behaviour and the enabling of police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing, suppressing African-Americans by disenfranchisement, and declaring a war on drugs that weighs more heavily on minority communities. By examining the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, DuVernay encourages open discussion of how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations. An important watch.
ENJOY A VIRTUAL CULINARY POP-UP HERE: Casa Calvera
Part of the global Hakkasan Group, Casa Calavera is bringing its virtual culinary pop-up to homes across central London. Inspired by the traditional Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), Casa Calavera’s accessible Mexican menu takes its inspiration from street-side taquerias and beachfront restaurants to bring the culinary cantina experience straight to your door. From tacos and tostadas to quesadillas, salads and bowls, the family-style, small-plate dining format is perfect for sharing. Start with the casa nachos, which features six different flavoured tortillas including blue corn, chipotle and cactus chips, served with a choice of toppings. From the taco menu, achiote chicken with guacamole and red onion will be available alongside chipotle beef brisket with fresh jalapeño and feta; and grilled yellowtail with sriracha mayo, pico de gallo and blue corn tortilla. Must-order side dishes include charro beans, spiced rice cactus croquetas, Mexican street corn and roasted aubergine with pico de gallo. Available to order now via Deliveroo, Supper and Uber Eats within a two-mile radius of central London.
VISIT THIS BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITION HERE: Kimono To Catwalk
For those who missed out on visiting this blockbuster exhibition prior to lockdown, you can now view the collection at London’s V&A Museum online. Via the museum’s YouTube channel, fashion and art enthusiasts can tour the space with curator Anna Jackson across five different short films, and enjoy a personal insight into the making of the show, the star pieces and the fascinating history of the kimono. Revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of kimono from the 1660s to today, both in Japan and the rest of the world, the exhibition counters the conception of the kimono as traditional, timeless and unchanging, instead presenting the garment as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion.
MASTER YOUR COCKTAIL MAKING SKILLS HERE: Mixology Virtual Masterclasses
In light of lockdown, Mixology Events is bringing its fully interactive cocktail-making masterclasses to the virtual world via Zoom. Hosted by expert mixologists every Wednesday and Friday, these two-hour online masterclasses offer a guided session into the art of cocktail making from the comfort of your own home. You’ll receive a professional cocktail-making kit prior to the masterclass, with all the necessary equipment, including a cocktail shaker, strainer, bar spoon, Mexican elbow and jigger, and each kit also contains a pack of quality ingredients, including premium spirits, mixers and fresh fruit. The class kicks off with a pre-batched reception cocktail, before the experts guide everyone through each cocktail step by step, outlining some core techniques. With the option to make up to four cocktails during the class, each session will pay homage to some of the world's most iconic drinks. Finally, with a mystery ingredient inside each kit, guests will also be able to produce their own creation using skills learnt throughout the class, all in the name of some friendly competition.
Classes cost £70pp, and can be booked here.
CATCH THIS WEEK’S THEATRE PERFORMANCE HERE: The Madness Of George III
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the king’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a king and a man. Continuing its popular run of live streams, this week’s performance from London’s National Theatre, The Madness of George III stars Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance). Written by playwright Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a Bafta award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991. Watch it as part of the National Theatre at Home programme from 7pm on 11th June via its YouTube channel, then on demand for one week thereafter.
HEAD TO AN ONLINE FESTIVAL HERE: The Virtual Conscious Festival
This year’s Virtual Conscious Festival is aiming to arm a wider global audience with the knowledge, tools and motivation to be more sustainable by going completely online. From Thursday to Saturday, attendees will be able to roam the virtual zones via any device to mindfully shop, learn, evolve and network with a range of different live experiences. Expect talks and workshops covering everything from wellness and fashion to beauty and food, as well as music, business and the virtual market place, which will showcase more than 70 different conscious brands and retailers. When the sun starts to set, don’t forget to join the evening party, complete with DJs and artists from all over the world.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A GREAT OFFER HERE: Pasta Evangelists #ItalyAtHome
Fed up of making your own pasta dishes at home during lockdown? Pasta Evangelists is here to deliver the goods with its #ItalyAtHome summer tour. Launching this Friday, and running for the next two months, you’ll be able to indulge in the flavours of Italy through a series of limited-edition regional dishes. First stop: Sardinia. Including everything from the island's famous roasted pepper sauce to sausage ragu alla campidanese, all dishes will be delivered right to your door. SheerLuxe readers can now enjoy 30% off their first box of tasty summer dishes from Pasta Evangelists by using the code ‘LUXESUMMER’ at the checkout.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS UNMISSABLE EVENT HERE: Old Vic In Camera
The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world? In light of the widespread lockdown of London’s theatres, the Old Vic is gearing up for a new series of live-streamed performances – beginning with Lungs starring The Crown’s Claire Foy and Matt Smith. The duo will return to the stage for a limited run of socially distanced, global live streamed performances of Duncan Macmillan’s smash hit play from 26th June to 4th July, with each performance available for more than 1,000 households per night. Tickets will be priced as they are in our auditorium from £10-£65, with audiences asked to buy a ticket to help support the theatre to the extent that they are able. All ‘seats’ will offer the same view of the performance, which promises to be a truly one-off experience.
SUPPORT FURLOUGHED WORKERS HERE: Pastaio T-Shirts
Stevie Parle’s popular pasta joint, Pastaio, is releasing seven limited-edition tees to raise money for its staff hardship fund. Tom Dixon, Luke Edward Hall, Jenny Dyson, Supermundane and design agency Campbell-Rey have each designed a limited-edition t-shirt inspired by the restaurant, with the proceeds from every sale going directly to a fund to support employees affected by the closure of the restaurants due to Covid-19. If there is any surplus revenue after the grants have been issued to employees who apply, the money will be split evenly between the entire employment team (excluding senior management). Even better, all items are screen printed to order, so there’s no waste or contribution to landfill, are available in sizes S-XXL and cost only £29 each. But act fast – seeing as each print run is limited, all t shirts will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
BRUSH UP ON YOUR PRESENTATION SKILLS: Rada Virtual Training
Rada Business, a subsidiary of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, has launched Virtual Stage, a suite of online performance and coaching programmes available to businesses and professionals to help them train while working from home and socially distancing. Using practical exercises and scenario-based sessions, tutors offer bespoke performance coaching, with individual attention and real-time feedback that can be practised and implemented in work scenarios. The available courses encompass training for groups and teams, including five virtual performance programmes, bespoke virtual training, virtual masterclasses, as well as one-to-one virtual performance coaching. What’s more, when restrictions are eased, Virtual Stage will continue to support organisations who opt for the convenience of virtual training, with all profits feeding back to support the activities of a new generation of actors and theatre artists.
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