Aug 11 2010 Harrow Observer
TAKE part in living history as the annual Medieval Festival returns to Ruislip once more.
The hugely popular two-day event, inspired by the medieval heritage of Manor Farm and the surrounding areas, promises to be fun for all the family.
Attractions include combat and jousting on horseback, a medieval village, activities in the 800-year-old Great Barn, craft demonstrations, and the Duck Pond Market.
A four-course medieval banquet with locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by authentic period entertainment, will take place on Saturday starting at 7.30pm.
what? Medieval Festival
where? Manor Farm, Pinn Way, Ruislip
when? Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15, noon-4pm
cost? Free - banquet £25
contact: 01895 673 200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Art in an Asian style
A TONGUE-IN-CHEEK retrospective by Chila Burman will open at a West Harrow gallery run by an arts collective.
Poulomi Desai, artistic director of Usurp Art Gallery and Studios, said: "Glitter and bindis collide with print, paint, photographic and mixed media in Chila's explorations of the constructions of classed, gendered, sexualised and 'raced' subjectivities, personal memories and the physicality and pleasures of visual materials."
Originally from Liverpool and now a London resident, Chila was nominated for Asian Woman of the Year Award 2004, Lloyds TSB Asian Jewel Award 2005 and is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art. The exhibition launches with a live music celebration on tomorrow (August 13), from 6.30pm to 10pm.
what? Art exhibition
where? Usurp Art Gallery and Studios, Vaughan Road, West Harrow
when? Thursdays to Sundays 2-8pm, until Sunday, October 31
see: www.usurp.org.uk or call the gallery on 020 8426 6264
Folk and psychedelic hit
FOLK and psychedelia are promised at a gig night at Kilburn's The Good Ship pub.
Bands will hit the stage from 8pm at the event called The Spinning Wheel, after which it is a free-for-all on the venue's jukebox until 2am.
Providing the music next Tuesday will be Spidermilk, who meld post-rock, folk, electronica and Americana, Instant Flight, London power pop trio Friends and Robyn Sherwell, who brings 'bitter-sweet acoustic indie-soul'.
what? Pub bands
where? The Good Ship, High Road, Kilburn
when? Tuesday, August 10, 8pm-2am; doors open at 7.30pm
cost? £5 entry on the door
see: Full listings at www.thegoodship.co.uk
Buy some affordable originals
AFFORDABLE original paintings and sculpture can be found at Pinner Sketch Club's annual summer exhibition.
In its 68th year, the show can be found this time at Pinner Parish Church Hall, in Church Lane and organisers hope to attract more than the 1,000 visitors in 2009.
There will be some 180 to 200 works of art on show by club members, following the Art In The Village initiative, in which pictures have been hung in 25 shops across the village.
what? Art exhibition
where? Pinner Parish Church Hall, Church Lane, Pinner
when? Saturday, August 21 until Saturday, September 4, 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday; noon-6pm on Sundays
cost? Free see: www.pinnersketchclub.co.uk
Democracy in South America - film and a discussion
WATCH acclaimed director Oliver Stone's film about democracy in South America this evening, and afterwards witness a panel debate on the themes it addresses.
The documentary (certificate 15) South of the Border comprises casual conversations with elected presidents such as Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, Brazil's Lula da Silva, Argentina's Cristina Kirchner and the Cuban leader Raul Castro.
During 78 minutes, Stone seeks to explore whether mainstream media present a distorted or misinformed view of the politicians.
Afterwards, the question and answer discussion, called The Real South America, features Dr Francisco Dominguez, head of the Centre for Brazilian and Latin American Studies at Middlesex University; Alvaro Sanchez, a counsellor at the Venezuelan Embassy; and Oscar GuardiolaRivera, a Colombian philosopher, writer and lecturer.
what? Film and debate
where? The Tricycle Cinema, High Road, Kilburn
when? Thursday, August 12, 8.30pm
see: Book via the box office 020 7328 1000 or online at www.tricycle.co.uk