On the agenda: Halloween parties; Vanessa Bruno; Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7; TS Eliot Prize; Africa in Motion; British Wildlife PhotographyAwards
Africa on film, French chic on the high street and a special offer for poetry lovers. Phew!
Sunday 17 October 2010
While the idea of hiding from trick or treaters with a monster hangover fills us with horror, we're finding it hard to choose where we'll be celebrating the night before the hallow's eve. Will we be dancing to our "last requests" at End of the World parties in Brighton, Bristol, London, Nottingham, Warwick and Colchester; or should we take the Guilty Pleasures option – next week's X Factor theme we can reveal – and head to London's Camden Town for the Bat Out of Hell Halloween Ball at Koko? See you there, guys and ghouls. Both 30 October, theendoftheworld.co.uk, guiltypleasures.co.uk
The latest inhabitant of London's Mayfair is French below-the-radar designer Vanessa Bruno. Her low-key pieces come with signature drapery and in soft, comfortable jersey, and are easily thrown on for an instant chic lift to any outfit. Parisian women – including the inimitable Lou Doillon and Valentine Fillol Cordier – are crazy about her easy-to-wear, casual aesthetic and it's perfect as the winter sets in. Her first British standalone store is now open, so make a date to go and eplore. 1A Grafton Street, London W1, vanessabruno.com
Which smartphone tribe do you belong to? Whether you're a long-time Nokia loyalist, an Apple app obsessive, a seasoned BlackBerry addict or a forward-looking Google Android fan, if your contract is up it might be time to consider the newest contender: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, released on Thursday. Promising to take on the email power of the BlackBerry, eclipse the gaming potential of the iPhone and outdo the simplicity of Nokia, it should appeal to early adopters and diehard Microsoft fans. Available on Orange, Vodafone and O2, windowsphone.com
The explosion of literature specifically for reading groups has largely neglected contemporary poetry – until now. Fortunately, the TS Eliot Prize is to produce reading notes, biographies and photos of all the shortlisters when the announcement is made on Thursday. Download the info, buy shortlisted books at a discount, vote for your favourite poet and enter a prize draw for tickets to January's TS Eliot Prize Readings in the Royal Festival Hall, all from the Poetry Book Society's website. 'New Review' readers can get 20 per cent off any of the books on the site from now until Thursday: poetrybookshoponline.com, voucher code: PBSDAH3817.
It's an ambitious film festival that tries to embody the cinematic oeuvre of an entire continent, yet this year's Edinburgh-based Africa in Motion programme does precisely that, with a dizzying array of workshops and more than 70 films from 28 countries, from the performance and dance of 'Nora' to festival opener, the light-hearted satire 'Sex, Okra and Salted Butter'. From Thursday to 5 November, africa-in-motion.org.uk
A fox bounds over a bale of hay and a swan is caught in the act of unfurling its angelic wings; just a couple of the mesmerising images chosen in this year's British Wildlife Photography Awards, on display at Hoopers Gallery (London EC1) until 30 October (after which the exhibition embarks on a year-long nationwide tour). And if that ticks your boxes, take a gander at the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition from Friday. bwpawards.co.uk, nhm.ac.uk
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