Saturday, 15 September 2018

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

Here is my weekly blogpost with ideas of things to do for those of my followers who live in or near to Leeds, London and New York:

See a pop-up opera, bag tickets to an unmissable show or win an incredible makeover...
This week...

·         Dog-friendly pubs
·         WIN a day of craft beer
·         The best veggie food in Leeds
·         Things for couples to do
·         Trinity Kitchen's new traders
·         Hardy's Bar is open
·         Eat out for a tenner

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 – including the most visually inspiring showroom to visit, a dedicated oyster festival and the world's largest beanbag...


All Things Fair

1. Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018: Excellence Made
Returning this September for its 36th instalment is the esteemed Goldsmiths’ Fair,
the ultimate destination for independent designer craftsmen in precious metal, fine jewellery and contemporary silver. Until 7 October
2. London Design Festival
Gear up for the design world's festive season. The London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world with participating venues and institutions across the city. Decorex, LAPADA, DCCH, designjunction and more await! 15-23 September

Open Season

Timothy Oulton in Chelsea

The British furniture maker brings a touch of eccentricity to the King's Road with his new showroom. Get to know Timothy Oulton, whose unique outlook goes far beyond the furniture he creates Open now

START Art Fair

Returning to the Saatchi Gallery for its 5th edition, START provides a platform for emerging artists and young galleries worldwide. Expect exhibitor presentations and curated projects featuring contemporary
art from over 25 countries. Until 16 September

Hix Oyster Festival

For a day of oyster-eating, seasonal drink-pairing and a whole lotta shucking, head to Mark Hix’s Oyster & Chop House for his annual Oyster Festival. Meet and hear from oyster growers from all over the country and eat British rock oysters priced only at £1. 15 September

Fully Immersive

4. M & Rich Energy Sunset Polo Party
Ham Polo Club will play host to a partnership between Fishers Gin, Rich Energy Cocktails and M Bar & Grill Twickenham for an afternoon of steak, cocktails and polo. With your ticket you can enjoy a cocktail reception, 3-course meal, live music and more... 14 September

5. Anya Hindmarch’s Chubby Cloud
For London Fashion Week, Anya Hindmarch has created Chubby Cloud, an ‘experiential installation’ in Banqueting House featuring the world's largest beanbag, plus talks by Derek Blasberg, Imran Ahmed, Edie Campbell and Anya herself. 14-16 September

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Hello New York,
The diversity in the city makes it more likely you’ll be trying things you wouldn’t otherwise! But, did you think you’d be cooking it yourself? Try out this really authentic and delicious Challah bread recipe from Manhattan’s Jewish Community Center (JCC) to warm up. πŸ˜‹πŸžπŸ˜
This is also the perfect time to get inspired and perplexed by new art. There are new exhibits to see and others that are almost closing their doors. Find your way around all the art in NYC with our guide to September's art showsπŸ™πŸŽŸπŸ˜Ž
Chocolate please! Some people steer clear of adding chocolate to their breakfasts but that’s not me and if it’s not you either, get ready for to cheer! A new Nutella cafe, branching off of its Chicago location, is coming to the city! πŸ«☕😁
Some people take meditation classes, guided yoga or fit therapy into their schedule when they’re met with frustration, others smash things with a bat! In this unique 'Rage Rooms', items like plates and old electronics are free game for bashing. Take your swing! πŸ€ͺπŸ”¨πŸ˜†
His recent collaboration with PnB Rock and remix of Drake's God's plan are just two reasons 15-year-old musical artist Leeky Bandz is getting tons of recognition. Learn more about his upcoming music and why he's a great representation of NYC's Hip Hop scene. πŸŽΆπŸŽ§πŸ˜
Let's talk current events! Solo artist Rachel Monosov is having a showcase this week at Catina Tabacaru Gallery titled, "Blind Leader". It will focus on the social tundra of today, the border tension and political circumstances. Check out the website if you're interested in learning more about tickets and the pieces on display. πŸ“°πŸŽ¨πŸ“·
A new short story is up for grabs this week, and it's tapping into psychology. In James Patrick Kelly's, "Crazy Me", the interior landscape of feelings and thoughts become the source of tension and action. Kelly manages to provide the elements of a great story by focusing on the conflicts of anxiety and desire. πŸ“šπŸ‘“πŸ˜―

Whimsical Weekend Guide
Bored this weekend? Not for much longer with our latest weekend guide.

Get out there!
Injustice Through Art
Coming this week to the Catinca Tabacaru Gallery is a solo show by artist Rachel Monosov, her second solo show at the gallery. Titled The Blind Leader, the pieces exhibited were created to limit one physically, and manipulate them mentally. These works comment on many social injustices we are currently experiencing.
The exhibition invites the viewers in, making them experience the art first hand to obtain a better understanding of the artist’s message. Her piece titled Waiting Room is a large industrial fence, reminiscent of the centers where families are being separated at the border. He piece
Fingerprint builds on this, exploring the inherent assumption of criminality of the individual when fingerprints are taken at the border. Monosov creates objects that reflect the choreographing of people to reflect the blind power the system has over its subjects. Forcing one to directly interact with its message, the exhibition is a much needed presentation of social injustices.
Musician Spotlight
Rapper Leaky Bandz (also known as Lil Italy) hails from New York’s Lower East Side and is coming up quick. No official album or mixtape out, he relies solely on SoundCloud and YouTube to produce his hype. 
To top it all off, Leeky Bandz is only 15 years old. Already collaborating with popular artists like PnB Rock, his music can range from trap bangers to more upbeat tunes. His remix of Drake’s God’s Plan is one of his more lighthearted sounds.
His popularity stems from his ability to embody just about every form of New York hip-hop. Although he did not make this year's XXL Freshman list, he was a favorite and is still in the running for next year. In the meantime, check out his rising career and keep an ear out for more of his music dropping soon.
Book Review
James Patrick Kelly creates a story based completely on the building of his characters. He uses their motivations, fears, and desires to drive the plot along. In “Crazy Me,” Dr. Ken Takumi is two separate characters, allowing Kelly to build a whole story through the voice of one person. Ken’s fears and anxieties seem to have manifested themselves into a being that looks like him in every way. However, this Crazy Me, as he calls him, actually helps Ken to run his life. He runs Ken’s Facebook page, gives him stock advice and keeps him healthy. Crazy Me actually lives in Ken’s garage.
It seems as if Ken has tried to explain his situation before, but to no avail, and now accepts this as part of his life. He starts to rely on Crazy Me, using him to keep his life in check. When Ken begins dating one of his assistants, she jokingly says that Crazy Me is funnier, but that Ken is sexier. Kelly delves deep into the human subconscious by being able to completely separate Ken’s varying emotions and drives the story using on Ken as his tool.
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Art Show Guide
If you're overwhelmed by all of the art shows in New York City right now, you're not the only one. While fashion week has encouraged a string of pop-up venues boasting outrageous exhibits, others have been lost to their hype. 
Luckily, we've compiled a guide of Art shows to see, some coming to a close very soon. Check out this guide to see what shows you'll be popping out for.
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