If you’re feeling a little fed up with February then why not shake off the dust with a good old fashioned laugh at The Finborough Arms in Earls Court?
Twice as Nice Comedy continues its run putting on further comedy nights in the Comedy Cellar, with a mixture of big name T.V. and up-and-coming comedians.
Thursday 19 February – Nick Revell, Peter White, Trodd en Bratt, Sy Thomas and Sam Deards (MC)
Thursday 19 March – Pat Cahill, Sofie Hagen, Henry Von Stifle, Katie Lane and Sam Deards (MC)
Thursday 16 April – Alfie Brown, Sarah Bennetto, Saskia Preston, Sam Deards and Bobby Freeman (MC)
The Finborough Arms serve a rotating range of beers and ciders from independent producers and hold true to their motto above the door – GREAT BEER.
The appropriately-named wine merchant Andy Muscat of New Generation Wines is a great friend of the pub and supplies them with a fantastic list of Old and New World wines of which they’re very proud.
There are eight hand pumps serving traditional cask ales and scrumpy ciders. Current favourite local breweries include Portobello, Windsor & Eton and Twickenham and a recent fave, Moncada. They also source ale from much further afield. They always serve at least one dark beer. Real ciders come from Somerset and are driven directly from the farms who produce them.
Imported keg beers include the mighty Lagunitas IPA from California and König Pilsner and Kostrizer Black Lager from Germany. Also on offer British beers on keg from progressive local brewers such as Fourpure of Bermondsey.
Right next door is Firezza who make some of the best wood fire pizzas in London. Their extensive menu is available to Finborough customers. They handle everything and serve you delicious pizza at your table. Perfect with a pint!
The Earls Court Community Trust is putting on their next chamber music concert for Earl’s Court residents on Thursday 19 February at St Cuthbert’s.
This is the third year of ‘Music for the Seasons’ concerts which aim to bring together music and literature and the lives of literary and musical people. Local support for the concerts has been wonderful, especially the last concert where they had a record attendance. Everyone said they enjoyed being in St Cuthbert’s with its special atmosphere and wonderful acoustics.
This one-off Valentine’s concert illuminates the work of the revered German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. Readings from his letters to lifelong lover and friend, Lou Andreas Salome and of his poetry are juxtaposed with settings of his Sonnets to Orpheus for soprano, cello and piano and Schoenberg’s transcendent Verklaerte Nacht (Transfigured Night) which tells through music the story of a jeopardised relationship made whole through love.
Featuring: Maya Levy, soprano Miriam Kramer, violin Mayda Narvey, cello Charis Hanning, piano Karl Moffat, actor
Followed by drinks reception. All are welcome.
Admission at the door £9. Over 60 and concessions £7. Under 26 free.
St Cuthbert’s Church 50 Philbeach Gardens, Earl’s Court, SW5 9EB
Thursday 19 February 2015 7.30pm
This January marks 13 years since Guántanamo Bay prison was established. Opened under the Bush Administration and vowed to be closed by President Obama, the prison remains open and operating with a total of 122 prisoners still incarcerated, many without charge or access to a fair trial.
In this timely event The Mosaic Rooms in Earls Court are welcoming five guest speakers, including Andy Worthington Ian Cobain, Cori Crider and Jo Glanville, who will discuss the list of books banned in Guantánamo, as well as the wider issues pertaining to this-censorship, the politics and perceived threat of literature, and the use of indefinite detention.
Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker and singer-songwriter. He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign, the director of We Stand With Shaker, calling for the immediate release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison and of two other books about the British counter-culture. He is also the co-director of the documentary film, Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo. Andy has written for theNew York Times and the Guardian, and has worked with the United Nations, WikiLeaks and Reprieve. His website is: www.andyworthington.co.uk
Ian Cobainhas been a journalist for more than 30 years and is currently an investigative reporter with The Guardian. His work has included an examination of the UK’s involvement in the unlawful detention and mistreatment of detainees since September 2001 and in Iraq following the 2003 invasion. He has won the Martha Gellhorn Prize, the Paul Foot Award and a number of Amnesty International media awards, as well as a human rights award from Liberty and a Political Book Award. His book ‘Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture‘ is banned in Guántanamo.
Cori Crider is a US lawyer who currently heads Reprieve’s Abuses in Counter-Terrorism team. At Reprieve she has served as Guantánamo attorney, Legal Director, and now as Strategic Director. Crider graduated from the University of Texas in 2003 and Harvard Law School in 2006. In 2009, she was awarded the law school’s Gary Bellow award for distinguished public service.
Jo Glanville is director of English PEN, a charity that campaigns for the protection of freedom of expression. She was an award-winning editor of Index on Censorship and a BBC current affairs producer for eight years. She appears regularly in the media as a commentator on culture and freedom of expression, including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the London Review of Books.
Coffee House Poetry: The Troubadour – Earls Court Life
Posted by Caroline Lofts
The Troubadour in Earls Court presents The Magic of Realism: Neruda, Vallejo & Paz with C.l. Dallat (In The Gallery).
I’ll die in Paris in a shower of rain/ On a day I already remember (Vallejo); Hammers pound there above/ pulverized voices/ from the top of the afternoon (Paz); Taut and dry Spain was/ a day’s drum of dull sound (Neruda)…
Discover three major Latin American poets (in translation), all three major world artists engaging with the local and universal, each from a particular perspective, Peruvian, Chilean or Mexican, yet all approachable, immediate, profoundly influential: a chance to spend Sunday in Santiago, Lima, Mexico City, the world…
With Cahal Dallat, poet, musician & critic, b. Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, has written on contemporary poetry for Guardian, TLS, Poetry Review, Wasafiri, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London & The North (among others): a regular contributor toSaturday Review (BBC R4) over the past 15 years, he has won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition & his latest collection is The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff, 2009).
The Finborough Theatre in Earls Court presents the European premiere of Pig Girl.
“I’ve got a life, and I’m gonna keep it.”
A new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre and originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and part of its Winter Season of 20 Premieres, the European premiere of Pig Girl by former Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre, Colleen Murphy.
Inspired by real events.
For eighty-five minutes, a Killer holds a Dying Woman captive in a secluded barn. Their names say it; there is no escaping the horrific conclusion.
In the empty space on either side are the Dying Woman’s Sister and a Police Officer. Their action spans nine years as the sister beats her head against a police force agonizingly slow to investigate the disappearance of marginalized sex workers.
The play gives a fictional victim’s story back to her as she fights to refuse the inevitable. It will not help her, but her heroic defiance gives voice to thousands of women whose lives or spirits have been lost to violence.
Pig Girl received its world premiere in November 2013 in a hugely controversial production at Theatre Network in Edmonton, Alberta. It recently won Canada’s prestigious Carol Bolt Award, sponsored by Playwrights Canada Press, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, and Playwrights Guild of Canada, for the best new by a Playwrights Guild of Canada member that has premiered in the past year.
Sundays and Mondays, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 January, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 February 2015
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm.
Performance Length: Approximately 90 minutes with no interval.