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Avoid getting mugged off with our guide to the week’s best exhibitions, theatre, talks and festivals.
Book: My Kingdom
Catalan photographer, Txema Salvans, documents the holiday adventures of his compatriots this week, in a new book titled, My Kingdom. Shot between 2006 and 2014, when the country was gripped by intense economic crisis, Salvans splices his images with quotes from then king Juan Carlos I, highlighting the hypocrisy of a period in which Spanish royals holidayed on enormous yachts, while 39.5% of the nation’s population couldn’t afford to take a week away.
Out 2 August, via Mack Books.
Theatre: Riot Act
We loved Alexis Gregory's Sex/Crime at Haggerston’s premier gay boozer The Glory a few weeks back, so we’re excited to see what he does with this, a new play that follows the radical, illegal and dangerous drag that came in the years before Ru. Created by and starring Alexis himself, it presets the untold story of three queer activists, spread across six decades of queer culture. You can find out more about the King’s Head’s six week queer season here.
Until 5 August, King’s Head Theatre, London.
Talk: Expression Uncensored
The good people of Sonos open the doors of their Earlham Street store for a discussion on queer music and censorship this Wednesday. With speakers including MNEK, Sado Opera and i-D’s very own Princess Julia, expect conversations around the impact queer musicians have had on the industry, and the way in which music has been used as a means of helping others.
1 August, Sonos, London.
Art: Tom Webb
Down in old Soho, artist Tom Webb present's Strangers, his debut exhibition at the Woodbury House Gallery. Drawing on skills harvested and developed through coding, the show features real-time installations, with constantly updated data, to create occasionally harrowing predictions -- flexing some pretty impressive VR and holographic work in the process.
Until 11 August, Woodbury House, London.
Event: The Hexagon Experiment
A series of Friday night experiments are taking place in Newcastle as part of The Great Exhibition of the North this month. Featuring live music, conversations and original commissions from pioneering women, it forms part of Brighter Sound’s ‘Both Sides Now’ campaign -- fighting for long overdue gender equality in the music industry.
3 August to 7 September, Various, Newcastle.
Music: Balamii Summer Jazz Series
And finally, another week, another trendy jazz event. This one's taking place within the opulent surrounds of Beckenham Place, with a line up including Charlotte Dos Santos, Vels Trio, Cykada & Brothers Testament and Armed Kwalu. Fear not, cool cats – it’s only a 14 minute train ride from Peckham Rye.
3-24 August, Beckenham Place Mansion, London.
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