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FOOD

Soft Touch Arts are running a week of virtual cookery classes celebrating world cuisine. Head to their website, sign up for a class – there’s one every day until Sunday and they cost £10 (+ vat) per sess. Your ticket gives access to a zoom link for your chosen masterclass and the equipment and ingredients list so you can cook along at home. ALL funds raised will go to support Soft Touch Arts’ Café Project. Cuisine include Indian, Japanese and Italian

ART

Visitors are now able to head back to admire the art at this Uppingham institution- but on a strictly limited basis so contact the gallery in advance whenever possible,  as there is limited space to maintain social distancing. Call 01572 821424 or email info@goldmarkart.com to make an appointment. goldmarkart.com 

Meanwhile back in Leicester, We Are Leics have moved to James’ Cafe Bistro as a pop-up. Expect all the amazing locally made, artwork and gifts as normal. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week.

SPACE CENTRE

To celebrate the anniversary of the Galileo spacecraft making humanity’s first flyby of Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, The Nat Space Centre is taking a tour of some of the most exciting destinations in the Solar System until 28 June. Enjoy Space Crafts and science experiments you CAN do at home. Then, from 29 June – 5 July, it’s the anniversary of the Tunguska Event over Siberia. This explosion of a meteoroid is the largest impact event on Earth in recorded history. Learn the role in the formation of our solar system and how asteroids can pave the way for future exploration and finally how you can protect the planet from asteroid impacts.

TV 

Is it me or are we living through a golden age of documentaries at the moment? Eight Minutes and Forty-Six Seconds, on new channel Sky Documentaries, takes a deep-dive into the killing of George Floyd, which sparked global outcry and a pivotal moment for #BlackLivesMatters. Never has delving beneath the headlines been more crucial.

Sky Documentaries George Floyd 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds

Did you catch original film Athlete A? The show digs into USA Gymnastic’s sexual abuse scandal at the hands of team doctor, Larry Nassar – the subject matter is shocking, but you’ll be glued to the screen.

Strawberry shortcake chicken wings, anyone? Er, yum. Don’t expect weeknight dinner tips if you tune in to madcap cooking competition Crazy Delicious  – instead, think GBBO meets the psychedelic edible world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, judged by Heston Blumenthal,  Carla Hall and Niklas Ekstedt.

Prepare the glitter face paint and clove cigarettes – we may be missing Glastonbury this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate at home with the BBC’s excellent coverage. There’s a whole line-up to choose from, kicking off on Friday with documentary The Glastonbury Experience Live on BBC Two (Fri 26 June, 8.30pm), which looks back at the last 50 years of the festival and re-lives the most memorable performances. That’s followed by a full showing of Beyoncé’s headline performance at the Pyramid Stage in 2011, starting at 10pm, before finishing off with The Best of Glastonbury 2019 at 11.30pm.

Head over to BBC Four to catch their three-parter Glastonbury Backstage Acoustics, which gives you a sneak peek of backstage footage and unseen performances, and then happily flick back and forth between BBC Four and BBC Two to catch sets from Adele, The Chemical Brothers, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie and more.

Finally, for those of you that are gutted that Love Island is airing this summer, ITV2 have answered your prayers for totally addictive, low-brow telly and will be instead showing the Australian version. It’s promising even more drama, cat fights and love triangles than the British version. Fair dinkum, cobber.

THEATRE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Over at the National Theatre, the production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream features Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones fame) and Hammed Animashaun. You know the drill, a feuding fairy King and Queen – their cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.  Streaming from 7pm 25 June until 2 July.

There’s also still chance to watch Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) via The Royal Opera House. It’s a love story inspired by the Suffolk countryside featuring humour, elements of folk dance, maypole and, erm, dancing chickens! Curious? Watch until 26 June.

MUSIC

The Royal Albert Hall are continuing to stream live music sessions for free as part of their #RoyalAlbertHome programme. This week, you can catch Martha Wainwright on 24 June at 7.30pm, where she’ll be performing new single Wolves with brother Rufus, and LA-based singer-songwriter Bedouine on 25 June at 7.30pm. Top tip – enter your email for a handy notification before the show goes live.

FILM 

Fair warning – Harry Potter, this ain’t. Daniel Radcliffe stars in mega-gory action comedy Guns Akimbo over on Amazon Prime on Sat 27 June, in an alternative future where murderous weirdos fight to the death while the rest of us watch. Funnier than it sounds, but not for the weak-stomached.

This week over on Curzon Home Cinema, they’re celebrating Edinburgh International Film Festival (the world’s longest-running continual film festival, doncha know) with a digital collection that’s available from 24 June-5 July.

Meanwhile, we’ll be settling down with the popcorn to watch World War Two flick Resistance, which stars Jesse Eisenberg as famous mime artist Marcel Marceau. Based on a true story, it explores how he helped rescue Jewish orphans from the Nazis – definitely worth a watch.

Looking for laughs? Baby Mama is on Netflix  Straight-laced Kate (Tina Fey) employs an unruly surrogate (Amy Poehler) to carry her child after learning she is infertile. Any film starring these two long-term co-stars and pals is always a dead cert for a girls’ movie night (Mean Girls, Wine Country). You can even watch together from your own homes using Netflix extension, Netflix Party. Available now.

Elsewhere, Curzon Home Cinema has added a few newbies to its streaming service including Days of Bagnold Summer, based on Joff Winterhart’s award-winning bildungsroman graphic novel about the relationship between a stroppy teen and his mother (can relate). There’s also Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day In New York staring rising Hollywood starlets Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning. Expect chance meetings, romance and kissing in the rain – all the tropes of an easy-watch rom-com. 

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