Art: Christian Marclay - The Clock, White Cube / Piccadilly

American artist Christian Marclay has edited together, from thousands of different films, fragments which feature time references, a clock or a watch, to form one 24 hour real-time piece. So whenever you see a clock appear the time displayed corresponds with that of the actual real life time. Even though the dialogue doesn’t flow and you often only see a few seconds from each film, the result is really quite captivating and easy to watch. From the blurb…

The Clock’ plays with how audiences experience narrative in cinema, examining the conventions and devices through which filmmakers create a persuasive illusion of duration. When watching a film, an audience is removed from normal time and swept up in a new register that corresponds to the narrative at hand. ‘The Clock’ transforms this condition of cinema: time, in this case, corresponds precisely to the actual time beyond the work. The audience will have the peculiar awareness of experiencing a fictional event, or countless events, at what appears to be the same time as when they watch it in the gallery.

Free | White Cube SW1Y 6BU |  until 13th November | come and go as you please

Ps. if anyone knows of a list of all the films used please could you send it this way!

Reading: Steven Johnson - Where Good Ideas Come From, LSE / Holborn

From the LSE website: "In his new book, he identifies the key principles to the genesis of great ideas, from the cultivation of hunches to the importance of connectivity and how best to make use of new technologies. By recognising where and how patterns of creativity occur – whether within a school, a software platform or a social movement – he shows how we can make more of our ideas good ones.”

Read a review of Where Good Ideas Come From on BoingBoing here.

Free | Tuesday 2nd November | 6.30 - 8pm | LSE - Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building | WC2A 2AE

More info: Steven Johnson website | LSE website 

Comedy: Bill Bailey, Wyndham Theatre / Charing Cross

Based loosely on the theme of doubt, Dandelion Mind follows Bill’s real-life saga of being trapped by the ash cloud, his barely contained rants about celebrity, TV, creationism and Michael Winner. Demonstrating new instruments, both ancient and modern, he sings an internet love song, a lament about punk heroes, Iranian hip-hop and plays a mean folk-bouzouki. Thomas the Doubter gets a new look… read more at Billbailey.com.

Location: Wyndham Theatre, WC2H 0DA | Date: 2nd November - 7th December | Tickets: here

Instore: Keith Richards, Waterstones / Piccadilly

 

The real life Keith Richards will be signing copies of his new book ‘Life’ at Waterstones, Piccadilly on Wednesday 3rd November from 5pm. First 450 people only - first come, first serve.

More info: here | Location: W1J 9HD

Exhibition: High Society, Wellcome Collection / Euston

    

A look at the discovery, development and use of mind altering drugs throughout history. Some familiar substances - such as alcohol, tobacco and caffeine - have all been illegal in the past, whilst cocaine, cannabis and heroin have been used as medicine. Free, from 11th November - 27th February. 

More info: www.wellcomecollection.orgNW1 2BE

Cafe: Sacred Cafe, Ganton Street & Highbury Studios / Central & North London

Good coffee and a wide variety of loose leaf teas, soft drinks, sandwiches and cakes. Both Sacred Cafe’s have free wifi and comfy sofas, power points too. With an easy going and warm attitude, the other customers tend to be too, which is nice.

Ganton Street, Carnaby Street W1F 7 | Highbury Studios N7 8EG (image above)

More info: www.sacredcafe.co.uk

Comedy: Comedy Store Players, Comedy Store / Piccadilly Circus

Improv comedy night with some of the most talented, veteran comedians. You could see Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Lee Simpson, Josie Lawrence, Phil Jupitus, Stephen Frost, Richard Vranch and more depending on which night you go. In the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway, in fact the TV series was actually based on this event. Now in its 25th year it’s still as popular as ever . Read a recent article on its success here.

 Sundays & Wednesdays | £17 (£12 conc) | More info www.comedystoreplayers.com | SW1Y 4EE

Event: The Social’s Christmas Market, Little Portland Street / Oxford Circus

The Social presents their Christmas market in the upstairs bar Saturday 11th/18th daytime with stalls from Rough Trade Shops, Caught By The River, Faber, tattoos from David Shrigley, prints, toys and more from Pete Fowler (Monsterism), Le Gun and Heretic, PostCarden and other still to be confirmed. 

Talks, vinyls, CDs and gifts, poetry readings, pop up cafe and more.

More info: hereW1W 7JD

Bloomsbury Vintage Fair, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes / Central London

This Saturday 5th February! Vintage traders, cupcakes, jewellery stands, bowling and more. View the event page on Time Out here.

Location: Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Basement of Tavistock Hotel Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU

Event: How to Spend Time Alone, The School of Life / Central London

"We’ll be exploring what thinkers from Montaigne to Woolf have had to say about the distinction between solitude and loneliness. We’ll ask why being alone can sometimes feel so frightening, and what benefits there might be to overcoming our fears. We’ll consider what we can learn from the practices of hermitage and retreat from the world. And above all, we’ll ask if it’s really possible to be happy in partnerships, in friendships, at work and with family if we can’t also be happy by yourselves?"

Date: Wednesday 16th February - 18.30 - 21.30

Location: The School of Life, 70 Marchmont Street, WC1 1AB

More details: here

Events: 5 x 15, London

5 guest speakers talk about whatever they want for 15 minutes. Next up: legendary 60’s folk record producer Joe Boyd, author, journalist and Coco Chanel biographer Justine Picardie and more will speak at The Tabernacle in Westbourne Park.

Date: 28th February
Location: The Tabernacle, W11
More info, newsletter sign up and tickets: www.5x15stories.com

Music: 28th April - Mount Kimbie, HEAVEN / Charing Cross

   

Video directed by Tyrone Lebon. 

Date: 28th April

Location: HEAVEN, WC2N 6NGGet tickets before they sell out.

Find out more on their Facebook page. Watch a video of them performing with James Blake here.

Music: 16th March - Crystal Fighters @ Heaven, Charing Cross / Central London

 

Crystal Fighters play Heaven on 16th March. More info + tickets here. Watch the video for their new single ‘At Home’ above. From the album ‘Star of Love’ which is out now.

More at crystalfighters.com (free remix download over there too).

Cafe: The Breakfast Club, Soho / Central London (+ Hoxton & Angel)

 

The Best all day breakfasts, eggs any way you want, butties, burritos, bagels, pancakes, healthy stuff & fried breakfasts. Smoothies, shakes, coffees & cocktails too (although not in the Soho one).  View sample menus and location details here. Get there early.

Location: 33 D’Arblay Street, Soho, W1F 8EU