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Your what's on guide to the top events in London this week.

Tyler Shields: Chromatics

Hollywood photographer Shields is known for capturing the wild child denizens of Los Angeles, of which there are many, in poses and situations you just wouldn’t expect – such as a blood-covered Lindsay Lohan brandishing a fuck-off knife that says don’t mess, and a PETA-baiting, raw meat-licking Mischa Barton.

This exhibition contains some of the infamous photographer’s fascinating new work. So check it out and make up your mind on its controversial merits. 

Free, Feb 8-Mar 31, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm 
Imitate Modern, W1G 6PN  
Tube | Baker Street  
imitatemodern.com

 

Rio Carnival At Guanabara

The spirit of the Rio Carnival hits London for a week-long party of  beauty, colour and flavour. There’s live percussion bands, samba dance parades (Feb 8), masked party Bal De Masque (Feb 9), and a Domingueira Carnival (Feb 10) with a host of Brazilian bands and DJs alongside Brazilian street food and rum cocktails. Grande!

£5. Feb 7-12, Mon-Sat, 5pm-2.30am;
Sun, 5pm-12am  WC2B 5POW  
Tube | Holborn  
guanabara.co.uk

 

London Riots Revisted

London’s summer of 2011 breakdown in social order stunned the world.

The Met police’s handling of the death of Mark Duggan and the government’s austerity measures all copped some of the blame.

Acclaimed news photographer Lewis Whyld’s photos take a look back at that fateful week.

Free, until Feb 10, 11am-6pm 
Strand Gallery, WC2N 6BP 
Tube | Charing Cross  
thestrandgallery.com

 

Bowl Me Over

Those Feeling Gloomy loons have decided to mix ten-pin bowling (at Rowans Bowl), dating and drinking in honour of Cupid’s day of misery.

So grab a brew, a ball and see if you can score a strike (or strike out!).

“Combining bowling and flirting never hurt anyone, just look at Fred Flintstone,” promoter Mike Toller says.

£18, Feb 11, 7pm-11pm N4 2DF  
Tube | Finsbury Park  
bowlmeover.com

Barry and Stuart: Show and Tell

”The most consistently original, creative and exciting force in British magic,” says Derren Brown of this duo, who specialise in thrillingly astonishing and grotesque illusions, and their own brand of none-blacker dark humour.

If magic to you means catchphrase nonsense like Paul Daniels or Vegas razzamataz, think again.

They then go all Penn and Teller in the second half of the show and explain how it’s all done.

£14.95, Feb 7-9, 8pm 
Jackson’s Lane Theatre, N6 5AA  
Tube | Highgate  
barryandstuart.com 

 

The Space Between

This new exhibition features four photographers who go under the moniker The Lyric and the Ordinary – they take unique looks at the family unit based on personal experience.

They each use the camera differently, too, to observe and capture the quieter moments we don’t see and the emotional beats at the heart of all our lives.

Free, until May 19, 10am-5.45pm 
VG&A, E2 9PA
Tube |  Bethnal Green 
museumofchildhood.org.uk

 

Sarah Silverman

The Emmy-winning US comedian of stand-up, eponymous TV show and wacky song video fame returns to make amends for a disappointing 2008 showing (45 mins for £50?!).

She’s just completed a sold-out tour of Australia where she was unrelenting, so it’s safe to expect more of the same here. 

£25, Feb 9, 7pm 
The Bloomsbury, WC1H 0AH 
Tube | Euston Square 
thebloomsbury.com

 

Photos: Tyler Shields, Getty


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