Sunday, 9 December 2018

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

Not sure what to do this, my birthday, weekend? Here is my regular feature with a few ideas for those of my followers who live in or near to Leeds, London and New York:

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Have you heard? Smith & Sinclair have opened their very own festive pop-up in Trinity Leeds and you can pick up all manner of delectable eats. From alcoholic cocktail gummies to edible perfumes, this is a scrumptious adventure in food that will help you fill those stockings!
Pop by their festive pop-up on Trinity Bridge any time from Friday 2nd November to Sunday 30th December 2018.

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Countdown to Christmas @ Seven

We've some real gems coming up at Seven in the countdown to Christmas. Enjoy the last Jazz Leeds concert of 2018 on Sunday 9 December 1.30-4pm, Jeff Guntren  with Jami Sheriff Trio  Jeff is a professional saxophonist from Sioux City, Iowa, is now based in the UK. He has quickly become a very in-demand saxophonist. £10/8 conc, £5 under 25.

Also on Sunday 9 December, 7.30pm, The 70th and final Seven Live. Performances from many familiar faces, including, Little Mistakes,  Rising Ashes (feat. Lisa Marie Glover & Satnam), Sabrina Piggott, Silky,  Heathen Kings and Steve Chapman Smith. Pay What You Feel.

A pre-Christmas treat for adults and children on Monday 10 December 8pm, Paddington 2. Paddington is now happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop.But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.... £6 on the door.

LIVEWire @ Seven  returns on Thursday 13 December, 7pm in Seven Bar. #LIVEwire spoken word night organised by Matt Abbott, looks to bridge the geographical divide on the UK scene. This month’s line up, Iona Lee is a poet, artist and performer from East Lothian, winner of Scottish Slam Champion, and, Sarah Crutwell, spoken word poet whose work aims to address ‘the things we lower our voices to talk about’.  PWYF. Suggested donation £10 (£5 NUS).

On Friday 14 December from 8pm in Seven Bar, unwind to Rewind. Get in the mood for Christmas as popular local band, Rewind presents excellent covers from the 70s, 80s and more. PWYF.

On Saturday 15 December, the very welcome return of Mr and Mrs Theatre Company, this year presenting, The Elves and The Shoemaker.  A poor shoemaker receives some unexpected help just when he needs it most. Using storytelling, song and dance we aim to get your Christmas off to a flying start! Suitable for all ages. £6 adult /£4 child. Performances at 11.30am and 2pm.

Also on Saturday 15 December, 8pm, look forward to Chapel FM Jazz Collective. This vibrant and dynamic band plays a range of jazz, funk, Neo soul afro beat and original tunes. Expect great vocals, exciting grooves and great jazz solos. £10. Doors 7.30pm.

For those of a more classical bent, on Sunday 16 December, 3.30pm, Leeds Haydn Players present a programme of Mozart Symphony #14 in A major, Bach Concerto for Oboe d’Amore, CPE Bach Symphony in F major, op.665, and Haydn Symphony #49 in F minor, ‘La Passione’. £10 / £5 students.

On Tuesday 18 December, 8pm, take part in the Café Scientifique Festive Science-themed Quiz  Do I need a PhD in quantum physics? No, just an interest in science is all you need. Much more fun than you could imagine. Seven Bar. Hat donations.

Chill out with a drink or coffee at Rush Hour Jazz on Wednesday 19 December, 6-7pm. Tonight, featuring Canadian guitarist Jeff Hewer with young Leeds vocalist Rebecca Frodsham. Some familiar and festive tunes and singing to entertain you.  Seven Bar. PWYF.

On THURSDAY 20 December, 8pm, Kill For A Seat Comedy presents Boothby Graffoe & Lauren Pattison  Boothby Graffoe is a multitalented, darkly hilarious, grade A British eccentric, who can twist your funny bone one minute, and break your heart the next.’ Stewart Lee.. special guests and your rippling host, Silky. £11 /£9 conc. Doors 7.45pm

Last but not least in Seven's pre-Christmas offer, on Friday 21 December, 8pm, the wonderful Absolute Kinks. Playing a set packed full of Kinks classics including Sunny Afternoon, Waterloo Sunset, Days, David Watts, You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion and Lola, this 1960s era Kinks tribute will transport you straight back to that iconic Carnaby Street feel good factor. £15 adv /£18 otd.

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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. This weekend, why not unabashedly embrace the holiday spirit and get busy at a wreath making workshop? Or get creative with alternative Christmas gifts like unique 'experiences' and charity donations? Perhaps we can even tempt you with a visit to Champagne this Christmas?


Be a Busy Elf

St. James's Christmas Workshops

Calling all frugal workshop-fiends! St James’s End is hosting a selection of exclusive, free Christmas workshops this season. Simply choose a workshop from the wide range available, from calligraphy to gingerbread-making, hosted by brands such as Aspinal of London and SMEG, and enjoy a complimentary drink whilst you craft the cold away! 15 November – 21 December

Wreath Decorating with Berry Bros. & Rudd

Berry Bros. & Rudd are putting on a wreath making class this weekend at their historical Pickering Cellar in St. James’ Street, led by Claire Victoria Bowen of Honeysuckle & Hilda. During the two-hour class you’ll create a pretty wreath made up of winter blooms, twigs and foliage. A number of sparkling wines and champagnes will be available for tasting, alongside seasonal canapés and mince pies. 8 December


Full on Holiday Mode

Visit Champagne 

What better place to celebrate Christmas than the home of Moët? With magical light displays, visits from Santa and of course lashings of fizz, Champagne makes the perfect winter getaway. Here’s a taster of what the beautiful French region has to offer…

Tales of Haddon Hall

Visit the Peak District’s 900-year-old Haddon Hall with the kids this Christmas as they bring the nation’s favourite fairy tales to life with decorated rooms. Visitors can enjoy daily live music performed by local community choirs, daily storytelling and Christmas lights.

Thursford Christmas

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular will be just as it says on the tin: 130 professional performers comprise the three-hour performance of non- stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. The season was never more jolly! 6 November to 23 December

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Give Back this Winter: 10 Charity Ideas

This Sunday, members’ club The Oblique Life is hosting an event at Absurd Bird Soho to raise money for the North London Action for The Homeless Christmas Appeal. Enjoy the live music from artists BOTA, Chiara, Davy Denke and The FortySix, and enjoy the fact that all proceeds from the evening will go towards North London Action for the Homeless’ annual Christmas lunch and dinner. 9 December

The Greatest 'Experience Presents' this Christmas

If you’re sick of scrolling and guessing sizes, here are our picks of one-size-fits all experience presents that anyone would be lucky enough to receive this Christmas. Gifting the chance to experience something special expresses an affection that knows no bounds of boxes and bows. We've got recs for the foodie, the hedonist, the fun seeker, the trendy one, the health fiend and more. 29 November - 1 December

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Hello New York,

Welcome to our newest edition of The Stoop, Art Basel edition.

The city is in the holiday spirit, tonight is everyone's favorite, the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball. Find out who's performing,  don't be mad if you haven't grabbed a ticket, you can still watch from the couch. 

Speaking of winter fun, EATLY Flatiron opens SERRA ALPINA, the ultimate winter restaurant on its roof. 
Meet some major #HyggeGoals at the garden of The Standard East Village. The return of tree market has created a pine paradise made even cozier with Alpine yurts. 🌲🏕🌲

Prefer staying in? Get the gang, a bottle of red and apple cider to make a pot of mulled wine à la Ina Garten. 

Listen Up: XXXTENTACION - whoa (mind in awe)
Play Down: Twinfold
Weekend Guide
December is officially here. Enjoy the Latkes of Chanukah, the eggnog of Christmas, and the fun of the winter cold and snow.
It may be cold out, but don't you want to enjoy the holidays while they’re still here? Check our guide for some holiday cheer below.
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 Kesté 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!
Finger Frame
Inspired by Picasso's blue period Malike Roberts delves into the narratives of mental illness in communities of color.

Through oil, acrylic, augmented reality integration, and sculpture, Roberts extols the pain experienced by his subjects while shining light on the societal conditions responsible for their hardship.

Stop by ABXY to see the exhibit before it closes December 15th. 
Artsy Win
New York artist Bianca Romero recently displayed her latest work—a 1,000 square foot mural that visualizes a journey across the world.
Japan, France, Mexico and America are all represented in the mural, with each cultural stop there is a correlation to a specific liquor brand. Each of these stops are all brought to life through aspects like silhouettes of the bottles, collaged nightlife scenes, and abstract landmarks from around the world.
In celebration of her largest mural, Bianca is giving away one tequila bottle (Hornitos) and one signed print.
Short Story Selection
As the son of the High Duke of an interstellar empire, Dennison Crestmar is under a microscope, expected to be great.
However, Dennison's track record proves he is merely not gifted in the ways of war and combat.
His crew does not expect him to win any battles, nor are they eager to follow him. Aware of this, he still attempts his best to prove them wrong.
Perhaps stepping out of his father’s shadow and addressing the rebels in front of him is precisely what he needs.
NY at Basel
New York City is taking over Wynwood this weekend in a very big way. Over the years Art Basel Miami has attracted nearly 70,000 people to its convention, bringing in the masses to share in the experience. This year on December 9th, held down by NYC’s very own co-founder of S.M.I.L.E. Franceleslia Millien and Razcallife will be headed south with their curated exhibit fused with technology, Dimensions. 
Get Glam
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Christmas is coming early for beauty lovers this year. 
On December 15 and 16 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 40 different brands. 
Your ticket also grants you access to seminars, a lip art bar, and complimentary cocktails.  
This makeup event is sure to make you feel extra merry and bright. For tickets to TMS Makeup Shop and more information, click here. 
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There’s no better time than the holidays to try out some new glamorous makeup looks. If you’re looking to upgrade your makeup bag without breaking the bank or find the perfect gift for your beauty-obsessed BFF, you’re in luck.
TMS Makeup Shop will be returning to the concrete jungle on December 15 and 16. This luxury beauty sale lets you stock up on your favorite beauty products from over 40 different vendors for a fraction of the price.
That’s right. You’ll find exclusive deals and discounts on makeup, skin care, and hair care products that are normally reserved for the pros.
Tickets also include complimentary seminars that aim to educate and inspire, a lip art bar and cocktails on the house sponsored by Kettle One Botanical. So it’s the perfect place to shop, learn new techniques and mingle with fellow makeup lovers and beauty professionals.
Click here for tickets and more information about TMS Makeup Show!

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Hello New Yorkers,

With the Rockefeller tree lighting, there is no confusion about the season. Our December is all about comfort, family and indulgence. There is no better way to spend some time bonding then with your loved ones and a hot meal. If you want to spoil yourself, why not bake a deep dish of Mac and Cheese? This recipe will ensure that your belly is full of warm goodness no matter how low the temperature drops. 🧀🥛
An army of drunk Santas is preparing to storm the city. Expect hoards of trotting red robes and boots this winter, in honor of the annual SantaCon. Tis the season to dress yourself up as jolly old Saint Nicholas and grab a beer at one of the participating SantaCon Bar Crawl locations.🎄❄🎉
Winter is already here! If you're excited about Game Of Thrones returning to television, this MTA project is going to tickle your fancy. The new metro cards launching for New Yorkers will showcase art and decorations for GOT fans. Snag a limited edition GOT card of your favorite cast member before they run out! 🎟😁🚄
Thanks for reading, we hope you return for our next installment.
Monthly Guide
December is here, bring on the snow, latkes, and eggnog, and holiday cheer.
As New York is filled with tourists and our calendars fill up with end-of-the-year deadlines make sure to take a minute to have a little fun and enjoy the best city in the world at the most wonderful time of the year. 
Finger Frame
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is featuring artist Jordan Eagles for his pieces titled Jesus, Christie’s. The show is based around the lucrative amount of money Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi painting was sold for at Christie’s (the most expensive artwork in history). 
The exhibition features an original copy of the Christie’s Salvator Mundi sale catalog, laser-cut to accommodate twelve medical tubes used for collecting the blood of an HIV+ undetectable long-term survivor and activist. 
The pieces are meant to represent a modern-day reliquary and demonstrate the value we put on objects over human life.
Beauty Bar
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Well, then you’re in luck.
TMS Makeup Shop is returning to NYC and this luxury beauty sale is the perfect opportunity to stock up on all of your favorite makeup, skincare and hair care products for a fraction of the price. 
Yep, we're talking exclusive deals and discounts from over 40 brands. Admission, which costs $21 for one day or $35 for both days, includes complimentary cocktails, seminars and a lip art bar, so you’d be crazy to skip out on this glam event.
TMS Makeup Shop will take place on December 15, from 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and December 16, from 11 AM to 5 PM, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 123 West 18th Street, New York, NY. 
Short Story Selection
Since writing was invented, mankind has written down everything from important information to fantastical fiction, theories, and to-do lists. 
But what has happened to all of the stories throughout history, the ones that we have no proof of or ones we have never even heard of? 
The Collectors take them, hoarding them in their library, watched over by the Librarian. Though, no one but the rats ever come in. Until one day, a boy named Thomas with a critical secret turns up.
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 Kesté 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!
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