Saturday, 15 December 2018

Things to do this weekend in Leeds, London and New York

Not sure what to do this weekend apart from Christmas shopping? Here are a few ideas for those of my followers who live in or near to Leeds, London and New York:



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What's happening at Roxy Lanes in December?



New Years Eve

Are you looking for the perfect place to kick off the celebrations before the big event?

Tickets to our pre New Years Eve event are available NOW, and you won't want to miss out! For £25 per person, we have our 90 minute bottomless bowling, beers and fizz event, which runs from midday all the way until 11pm!  

Tickets are going fast, so make sure you get yours today. Hit the button below for more details!




Fancy a Roxy Christmas?
Are you in the festive spirit? 
 
As Christmas draws ever closer, we just can't help getting ourselves into the festive spirit. It's the one time of year where anything and everything is worth celebrating! At Roxy Lanes, we are dedicated to giving you the best Christmas we possibly can, and we'd love for you to join us over the festive season. Whether it's a quick drink and a game of bowling with your colleagues after a long day in the office, or a weekend blow-out with all of your old mates - why not spend it with us?




Next year we will be going the extra mile. We have plenty of exciting announcements to make throughout 2019, and we hope you are as eager as we are to see what the new year brings! For all of the updates, make sure you are following our Facebook and Instagram pages. 
 
 Thank you for all of your support over the last year! 

Cheers!



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Why not give a magical gift this Christmas?










There's just a fortnight left until Christmas and rehearsals are underway for what is set to be the most magical theatrical experience of 2019. As a festive treat, we invite you to take a sneak peek into a fairytale world between night and day.

A Princess is stolen, a Prince must rescue her, but nothing is quite as it seems. The Magic Flute is an awe-inspiring visual treat full of miraculous music, colourful costumes and jaw-dropping projections. This January, step into an enchanting fairytale adventure of kings, queens, dreams and some of Mozart's most beautiful music. 

Take a peek at our trailer (and turn on the sound to hear an excerpt from the Queen of the Night's aria!). Could this be the gift idea you've been waiting for?


Rounded Rectangle: Enchant me






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Leeds
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We've got lots to tell you...

Here at imagine if we've had a very busy year - taking on new staff, fundraising for our work, developing new projects, even travelling the world...


We would like to raise awareness of our Arts Saves Lives scheme that will be launching in the New Year.

We are a charity, however we are not core funded which means we don't get regular funding. We work tirelessly to raise funds to make the world a better place through the arts and every single penny counts!
So why don't you buy one less pint at the works Christmas do and donate that fiver to us so we can continue working with the most marginalised people in society?

In the New Year we will be developing our Arts Saves Lives scheme but for now, please help us change people's lives for the better and donate us that fiver on our donation page


Coming Soon... Jadek

We are very pleased to announce our new play Jadek - which explores identity, culture and migration, seen through the relationship between a blind, Polish Grandfather and his English Granddaughter.

Grandad found a home in Yorkshire in 1945 after spending six years fighting and surviving World War 2. He likes a whisky and hates the ventilation in his front room. Every morning he opens his eyes and a sorrowful "bloody hell" escapes his lips as he realises he's still blind. Chesca drinks way too much beer and has moved house a mere 28 times. As a modern-day performance artist, Chesca feels repressed by the world around her and pissed off at all the men in it. Chesca found a home at her Grandad's house after spending what felt like most of her life at war.

Jadek is currently going through a research and development stage kindly supported by Square Chapel, CAST and Carriageworks Theatre. We are so excited to be working  on Jadek with the following artists: Iain Bloomfield (Director), Chi-San Howard (Movement Director), Mark Catley (Dramaturg) Lee Affen (Sound Designer) and Rosie Clark (Producer). Over the past few months, writer Francesca Joy has been working with Royal National Institute of the Blind, Leeds Polish Catholic Centre and Royal British Legion and Combat Stress. She has also been assisted by psychologists who specialise in PTSD, Sheffield Theatre's Agent for Change Ben Wilson, and people from the wonderful NHS.

Jadek will be touring in Autumn 2019 so keep checking our website, Twitter and Facebook for more updates!

Congrats Tamsin!

Drum roll please...

After a long, agonising process we are so happy to let you all know we've secured £30,000 from The Fore to hire a Community Director of Prisons on a part time, permanent basis. This is a game changer for imagine if, to have someone solely project managing our arts in prison work is going to be transformational for us and for the people we work with.

We are excited to let you know that our very own Tamsin Cook was offered the role and will be with us for the next 2 years as Community Director (Prisons). Tamsin's been with us for 18 month's already and is an integral part of the team, supporting Francesca Joy with developing and sustaining our life changing theatre in prison work.

After 5 years of developing arts in prisons across the UK, it's now time for Chesca to pass the baton over to Tamsin, she's going to smash it!
Welcome Rhiannon!
We are also happy to annouce Rhiannon as our new in-house Graphic Designer! Rhiannon is a recent graduate of Graphic Communication with Typography and has already produced some amazing work for us! She is keen to develop the identity of imagine if whilst improving her skills in branding and combining her passion for the performing arts. Check out Rhiannon's instagram @rhirhibeee

Welcome Rosie!
We are also very lucky to have Rosie Clark on board as our new Producer! Rosie specialises in creating work for non-traditional performance spaces, touring theatre and devised work. She is currently Associate Producer at Cast and has worked with Freedom StudiosThe Paper Birds and The Wrong Crowd.

Chesca in the USA!

Over the summer Chesca travelled to the west coast of America to expand her research in the Criminal Justice System. She explored how the arts were being used to rehabilitate offenders in prisons and ex-offenders in the community across California. Chesca was funded by Arts Council England's Artist International Development Fund.

During this research trip she worked with the following incredible companies: The Actor's Gang (LA), Red Ladder (San Jose) Theatre Workers Project (LA) and Fringe Benefits (LA), as well as working across a total of 9 prisons and within the surrounding communities.

To find out more about Chesca's trip to America check out her our photos on the imagine if Facebook page and look out for a follow-up blog post!


Chesca was interviewed Carpool Karaoke style about imagine if and the work she does utilising the arts for social change - watch it here!


Thank you for all your support throughout 2018, we couldn't have made any of this happen without you...

All of us at Imagine If would like to wish every single one of you a very Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year!













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5 Things to Do This Weekend


Wondering what to do this weekend? What's On by Country & Town House is here to help.

We bring you the hottest events and culture in the town and country. Christmas is nearly upon us, so why not try your hand at some festive baking? Or go to an outdoor screening of your favourite Christmas film? Alternatively, have a night in and listen to our new podcast, The House Guest...

Enjoy!
 

Festive Feelings



Bread Ahead Christmas Baking Classes


Learn how to make everything from stollen to yule log at one of Bread Ahead’s festive baking classes, taking place across both their Borough Market and Chelsea locations. This Monday try out their Christmas Family Baking workshop, where you'll create edible tree decorations to take home for the family...
17 December

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Carol Concert at Central Hall Westminster 


Embrace the true spirit of the season and sing your heart out at one of Central Hall Westminster's Carol Concerts, taking place on both Friday and Saturday. Go during they day for one of their singalong sessions hosted by Jonathan Cohen, or enjoy one of the evening Carols by Candlelight concerts.
14-15 December

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Watch and Listen



Luna Winter Cinema



Snuggle up with family, friends or a special date and enjoy feel-good Christmas classics at The Luna Winter Cinema, which is back for the festive season. Each screening will be fully heated, with mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate on offer while you watch.
17–23 December


English National Ballet Nutcracker



Continuing its Christmas tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since 1950, English National Ballet’s Nutcracker
returns to the London Coliseum this festive season, following sold out performances in 2017.
13–30 December


House Guest Podcast



In our new podcast House Guest, C&TH Interiors Editor Carole Annett chats with experts from the world of interior design and decoration, the people behind the houses and hotels you see in glossy magazines like ours. Nina Campbell features this week...

Winter Weekenders


 Visit Champagne this Christmas


What better place to celebrate Christmas than the home of MoΓ«t? With magical light displays, visits from Santa and of course lashings of fizz, Champagne makes the perfect winter getaway. There are also markets, exhibitions and tours, and we're giving 2 lucky readers the chance to win a trip there. Enter here...

Best European Christmas Markets


Cinnamon spice wafting through the air, twinkling lights, the hum of carols…there’s no place more festive than a Christmas market. Why not branch out and book a trip to visit one of Europe's finest? Here’s our pick of the most enchanting, from the real-life inspiration of Disneyland to snow-covered Salzburg…



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Hello New York,

The month began with a human spinning dreidel and continues with a "chilling" human Christmas tree. Maybe there's something in the water but the subway has seen a new level of holiday merriment. Have you seen him? 
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It's chilly outside, but not too chilly for a new neighborhood exploration. Check out the best eats in Gowanus
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The best city on earth is home to the best people on earth. AMNY reflect on the bright souls we have lost in 2018. 
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Impress your parents in town for the weekend with chicken and potatoes with garlic parmesan sauce
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As a reminder, tomorrow is the last day to sign up for Affordable Health Care #selfcare

Listen Up: Princess Nokia - Felicity Island
Play Down: Drive and Park 

So Chill
We are halfway through our final month of the year and yet there is still so much to do!
While you’re not hastily Christmas shopping this weekend, come check out some of these cool events that are available for you.
Get Glam
Sponsored by:

Christmas is coming early for beauty lovers this year.
On December 15th and 16th, TMS Makeup Shop will be returning to New York City! This luxury beauty sale gives you the chance to score exclusive deals and discounts on makeup, skincare and hair care products from over different 40 brands.
Your ticket also grants you access to seminars, a lip art bar, and complimentary cocktails, so this makeup event is sure to make you feel extra merry and bright.
Make Pizza, Drink Wine
Since we had such a great time earlier this month for our past two events, we're coming back for more, more, more!
Consider this your formal invite (yes, once again) to KestΓ© Pizza & Vino’s pizza-making classes, Make Pizza Drink Wine, going down from 7 PM to 10 PM on the following Friday nights: January 11th, 25th, plus February 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd!
Finger Frame
Chinatown Market (the streetwear brand that pays homage to Canal Street) and Holiday Brand have teamed up once again.
After the recent success of their collaboration and release party in LA, Wallplay and on Canal bring the party to New York with brand new unreleased capsule collection and art.
Clothing will be for sale in addition to the interactive experience.
New Year's Eve Plans?
Sponsored by:

Do something different this New Year’s Eve by grabbing your sneakers and heading over to Central Park. New York Road Runners will be ringing in the new year with its annual NYRR Midnight Run on New Year’s Eve.
Get pumped up with a pre-race dance party, then join the countdown to midnight and watch fireworks light up the sky as you take on this four-mile race through the park. This festive celebration is the perfect way to start 2019 off on the right foot. 
spoiled Sounds
New York's favorite ghetto Lenny Kravitz drops a party jam during his tour.

'White Parents Are Going To Hate This' explores the night through the lens of rebellion and pleasure.

With clean production and a desire to have a good time, the track is a great time for when you're tired of being polite. 
Short Story Selection
Immortality has been sought after by those in power for as long as kingdoms have existed, but have always come at a cost.
But what about a different form of immortality, one where you’re able to create a new you?
If you’re able to create, then you should be able to edit or alter your memories. The question then becomes, how much of yourself do you leave?
Egan explores these questions deeply by way of very intriguing characters.
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Hello New York,

2018 is coming to a close, ready to move on from this year's baggage? Head down to Times Square later this month for Good Riddance Day
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Puff puff pass, and sooner than you think. The odds are strong that New York State will legalize marijuana next year, possibly as soon as the end of MarchπŸ—½πŸπŸ’¨
Feeling in the holiday
Feeling Martha Stewart but lacking the energy? No need to decorate your apartment, head out to Dyker-Heights Christmas lightsπŸŽ„⭐πŸŽ„

Still, don't know what to bring to the holiday meal? Everyone loves mac and cheese
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Thanks for reading our Spoiled NYC newsletter. We hope you return for our next installment, where we will curate even more interesting and relevant goodies just for you.
Listen Up: Ruch The Kid - Splashin'
Play out: Switch: Skitch - Snap. Mark Up. Share. 
Vampiric Tale
The streets of a big city can be dangerous at night, especially when the supernatural come out to feed. We follow a group of vampires living in run-down houses outside of central Baltimore.
Their minds have eroded and they refer to themselves and their dead victims both as meat. The living things they hunt are known as flesh. They seem to be driven by both the thirst and their fading human traits. When one of their group does not return from a hunt, tempers flare and empty threats are made, but none of them seem to care all that much. They simply feel as if they should. The diverse characters add life to the story that the vampires have lost.
Make Pizza, Drink Wine
Since we had such a great time earlier this month for our past two events, we're coming back for more, more, more!
Consider this your formal invite (yes, once again) to KestΓ© Pizza & Vino’s pizza-making classes, Make Pizza Drink Wine, going down from 7 PM to 10 PM on the following Friday nights: December 14th, January 11th, 25th, plus February 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd!
Crepe Out
Imagine if you could live your life at the speed of crepes.
How does 180 crepes per hour sound? 3 crepes per minute? A fresh crepe every 20 seconds?
Jean le Gourmand is a small albeit cozy French creperie in the West Village, one block west from Washington Square Park. Part of the JLG franchise, Jea Le Gourmand is originally from France and is the first store in the United States. Crepe your heart out below. 
spoiled Sounds
It's cuffing season. Summer flings have dissipated into summer loves or have fermented into romances.

Bridget Perez explores the depths of feeling over lust and a soulful beat. 
Finger Frame
The Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition exhibition features the diverse works of 30 artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and artists of Latin American origin.

Explore the exhibit before it closes December 15th. 
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