Upcoming events: 22-27 February 2020

Friday, 21st February 2020


MUSIC Cellar Upstairs Folk Club. Scottish singer Scott Gardiner, a winner at the Bothy Ballad World Championships, takes to the stage. Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1. 020 7281 7700. £8/£6. 8.15pm.

PERFORMANCE Tales from the Socialist Crypt. Five topical mini-plays written by Islington resident Damian Escayg, exploring the effects of modern political thought and working practice on everyday people’s lives. Themes include zero-hours exploitative work, workplace jargon and euphemism, and the celebration of diversity on the labour movement. Chapel Playhouse, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1. £10, book by visiting www.chapelplayhouse.co.uk. 7pm. Also runs at the same time on Sunday.


CONCERT A traversal of the cello sonata’s development. Lydia Shelley (cello) and Nicolas Stavy (piano) take the audience on a journey, from Beethoven’s pioneering G minor sonata through to Shostakovich’s only essay in the genre, composed in 1934 just before Soviet authorities began censoring his work. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £14£10, or free for anyone aged under 26 courtesy of the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. 6.30pm-8.30pm.


TALK Ruth, Eva and Mirjam’s Story: A Recent Discovery Concerning Their Survival. A special talk in light of recent research on the “Ładoś List,” a list of more than 3,000 holders of Latin American passports that were issued to Jews during the Holocaust by the Legation of the Republic of Poland in Switzerland in cooperation with Jewish organisations during the war. This effort enabled the survival of thousands, including the family of Alfred Wiener, the library’s founder. The Wiener Holocaust Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. 020 7636 7247. Free, but must register by visiting www.wienerlibrary.co.uk 6.30pm-8pm.

TALK The Lost Pianos of Siberia. Author Sophy Roberts discusses her new book, a remarkable travel account of Russia’s wild east that tells the story of how piano music has become embedded within the country’s blood. Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, W1. 020 7224 2295. £10. 7pm.

TALK Sex and Lies. Author Leïla Slimani talks about her new book, which explores the lives of, and gives a voice to, the young women of Morocco struggling to survive and thrive in a deeply conservative, patriarchal culture. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1. 020 7269 9030. £10. 7pm.


LECTURE Thomas Becket and London. This lecture will explore how the influence of Thomas Becket permeated city life in medieval London until Henry VIII ordered the destruction of his shrine and the removal of his name from all liturgical books. Mercers’ Hall, Ironmonger Lane, EC2. 020 7831 0575. Free, but must book in advance. For details visit www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures 6pm-7pm.


TALK So We Live: The Novels of Alexander Baron. Guest speakers, literary critic Susie Thomas, historian Nadia Valman, and social historian Ken Worpole, discuss the works of novelist Alexander Baron (1917-1999), and consider why his reputation and his writings are currently enjoying such a serious revival. Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. 020 7837 4473. £5. Visit www.housmans.com to book. 7pm-8.30pm.


LUNCHTIME CONCERT Corran Quartet. Joana Ly (violin), Kirsty MacLeod (violin), Edward Keenan (viola) and Molly McWhirter (cello) perform Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.59 No.3. St Pancras (New) Parish Church, corner of Euston Road/Upper Woburn Place, NW1. 020 7388 1461. Free, retiring collection. 1.15pm-2pm.

TALK Actress. Author Anne Enright’s discusses her latest novel, which follows the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O’Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1. 020 7269 9030. £12. 7pm.

TALK Occult Features of Anarchism. Writer Erica Lagalisse explores various “conspiracy theories” that suggest anarchists calling for changes in government are in fact controlled by government itself. Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. 020 7837 4473. Free. 7pm-8.30pm. Book at www.housmans.com

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