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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Photos: Tyler Shields, Getty