The Prescription

The Prescription

Realtime updates from the cultural frontline, edited by TILLY STANDING

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Behind the scenes with Maggie Gyllenhaal

17 October

Home House, London

Behind the scenes with Maggie Gyllenhaal

Autograph Collection Hotels have launched Behind The Scenes, an all-new speaker series shining a light on inspirational industry insiders from the world of independent film. Tomorrow evening Maggie Gyllenhaal will be telling fascinating stories about life in front of and behind the lens.

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Vortex Jazz Club

Vortex Jazz Club

This club has an innovative programme of jazz, improvised and experimental music. With a hugely diverse line up this is the perfect place to go whether you are an aficionado or merely curious to learn more.

Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Finnish rock ‘n’ roller, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, has just released his new album Out of Touch.

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Bullet Hole

Now until 27 October

By Gloria Williams

Bullet Hole

Fast-paced, heart wrenching and incredibly powerful. Bullet hole tells the story of three women living in London dealing with the physical and mental consequences of being subject to female genital mutilation. It will leave you with much to consider about the reality of this devastating situation for over 300 million women worldwide.

Maurice

Now until October 21

Above the Stag Theatre

Above The Stag Theatre is busting at the seams with sell out LGBT productions like Maurice, directed by James Wilby. The play tells the story of a young man coming to terms with his homosexuality in early 20th Century England. Oppression, sex, love, laughs and loss are at the heart of this romantic show. They’ve added an extra date after popular demand, so if you haven’t managed to see it yet, head down to Vauxhall on Saturday 20th October for one last hurrah.

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Carmen and Lola

Carmen and Lola

Carmen and Lola live in a stifling gypsy community in Spain. Both are expected to do what their ancestors have done for many generations: marry, have children and live a life of subservience. This is an excellent account of two young women defying their family and falling madly in love. The film makes clear the huge cost of a lesbian relationship in a world which would rather lose a daughter than lose their reputation.

The Great White Silence

19 October

The Great White Silence

Head to the Classic Cinema Club to watch The Great White Silence. This incredible documentary captures the 1924 British Antarctic Expedition, led by Captain Scott to reach the South Pole.

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Another England – Human Stories

Now until 11 November

Another England – Human Stories

A photographic exhibition that looks at historical and contemporary narratives in Black and Asian Heritage in England. The show includes work from artists, photographers, historians, filmmakers, writers and thinkers to form an incredibly compelling visual display.

21st Century Woman

Now until 31 October

Unit London

21st Century Woman

Curated by Fru Tholstrup and Jane Neal, this exhibition brings together some of UK’s finest female artists. The show celebrates the anniversary of women’s rights to vote in Britain. It is about the freedom women have to make the art they choose. Suzy Murphy’s work is exceptional and gets our vote.

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Jonny Woo's Un-Royal Variety

19 - 20 October

Jonny Woo's Un-Royal Variety

Jonny’s back and better than ever. Some of the most exciting UK comedy stars have collaborated with brilliant transatlantic performers to create an exceptional night. Woo has promised it will be the most raucous show of the year. A combination of cabaret, drag and nu-variety we have a feeling it will not disappoint.

How To: Letters that Changed the World

18 October

The Tabernacle, London

An evening with historian Simon Sebag Montefiore celebrating some of the greatest letters in history. Tuppence Middleton, Ian Kelly, Mark Tandy and Isabella Knopfler will all be reading at this magnificent event.

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London Literary Festival, Southbank Centre

When cult classicist clashes with cinematic sweetheart – English scholar Mary Beard, and Academy Award winner Sally Field, may make strange bedfellows, but they are both on the bill at the London Literary Festival starting on October 18. Sally Field will be in conversation with Elizabeth Day discussing her recent memoir, ‘In Pieces’. Field will be touching on life as a flying nun, marriage to Bert Reynolds and a slightly less than sunny childhood, whilst Mary Beard will be debating Homer’s Odyssey with author and academic Simon Goldhill. Diversity at it’s very finest. Head to Southbank Centre’s Literature Festival to see a whole host of leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers to explore the burning issues of our times.

Joe Rogan: Strange Times (Netflix)

Joe Rogan is a true American phenomenon: a UFC mixed-martial arts commentator who also hosts one of the world’s most successful podcasts (16 million downloads a month). In addition to which, Rogan is an accomplished stand-up comedian whose stage persona is much quirkier and wilder-eyed than the calm, well-informed interviewer who fires questions at big-name guests several times a week. This new special is his sixth and cements his position as one of American culture’s most versatile and agile performers. When will he come to Europe? We have asked.

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Sex Drive: On the Road to a Pleasure Revolution by Stephanie Theobald

(Unbound)

Sex Drive: On the Road to a Pleasure Revolution by Stephanie Theobald

Stephanie Theobald is one of Britain’s best and wittiest writers on sex and sexuality – and anything else, really. Were Hunter S Thomson alive today, he would surely applaud this wild ride through America, undertaken by Theobald when she was in search of new fulfilment (in particular, a state-of-the-art orgasm). Shocking, seriously funny and often moving, this is a road trip with a difference, and one that should secure its author’s reputation as one of the foremost writing talents of her generation.