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In dark days, it’s important to remember that heroes — modern iconoclasts who speak out for dignity, who break glass ceilings with fists raised and who meet criticism with action and authority, wit and humor — still walk amongst us. If you’re in London this month, you can walk amongst them, too. 

Lauren Tamaki illustrated a series of Modern Icons for Riposte Magazine’s #7 issue, on display at Ace Hotel London’s window box gallery until February 13. Bjork, the Broad City girls, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Joan Didion, Laverne Cox, Malala, Michelle Obama, Rei Kawakubo, Serena Williams, Shami Chakrabarti, Tilda Swinton and Yayoi Kusama are all represented. Bow down. 

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A Tale of Two Cities: Ace Hotel London Shoreditch & Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London

Never mind the best of times and the worst of times—there is no “worst” in the land of plush properties. It’s not quite a tale of two cities, either—more like two hotels: vastly different slices of London, where sundry neighborhoods are increasingly making Europe’s second-largest city feel like many cities in one. Check out these two hotels here.

London Shoreditch

Fall’s such a relentlessly magical time for inveterate book lovers. Opening the door of a great bookstore still puts us right in the path of an overwhelming sensory avalanche. Needing to see and touch everything at once. Finding something we don’t even know we need until it mysteriously appears on the shelf in front of us, haloed in that I’m-coming-home-with-you glow. The damp, dusty smell that shouldn’t be sexy. 

People we admire are pointing us to new stuff or talking to us about how many ways there are for a book to be a book. Nightboat Books and Letter Machine Editions just got some big-time love for their authors from the folks who hand out National Book Awards

We’re jealous as hell of anyone who got to browse the London Art Book FairGareth Long, who made something new from those iconic rainbow-banded J.D. Salinger covers, is showing books and book-objects in our London window displays. We’ve also got these silk screens, many of which will be familiar to anyone who’s ever been friends with this punk.

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Shoreditch, London

It’s been almost four decades since NASA launched their twin Voyager probes — now the farthest manmade objects from Earth, at roughly 12 billion miles from our humble home. The vessels are famously home to a pair of Golden Records — one-sided LPs compiled with the help of Carl Sagan and others as audio time capsules of the human experience — each tossed like beautiful bottled messages into the black sea of space. 

Both probes are also home to instruments that transmit electromagnetic signals back to Earth — recording the unique “sounds” emitted from the celestial bodies they pass on their way through the void. Portland’s Lefse Records have tapped the well of NASA’s recordings, and invited folks like Spiritualized, Beach House and The Antlers to incorporate the otherworldly sounds into a set of new recordings. 

On April 15 at 7:30pm, our friends at creative science collective SUPER/COLLIDER present a listening party for THE SPACE PROJECT— the 7" box set coming out on Record Store Day that compiles the cosmic results. The listening party is preceded by a roundtable with The Quietus’ Luke Turner, space scientist Professor Andrew Coates, astronomer Dr. Radmila Topolovic and astrostatistician Dr. Daniel Mortlock, discussing the Voyager missions and the lasting effects they’ve had on our relationship with the stars.

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A few weeks ago, New York based humanist photographer and filmmaker Cheryl Dunn came to London to present her latest documentary, Everybody Street — a homage to the lives and works of iconic street-photographers in NYC, from Bruce Davidson to Joel Meyerowitz, to Jill Freedman, to only name a few. We asked Cheryl to answer five questions about herself by picking images.

How do you see yourself?

I definitely see myself in motion, sort of weaving through crowds. I have a dance background and have a strong sense of physicality and this is always on my mind when I work and in life. I am very conscious of how I move through an environment and how I physically handle my tools that I use to shoot. With documentary practices, my aim is to be fluid and make things appear effortless as to not draw attention to myself so my subjects stay as natural as possible. A really unrealistic fantasy dream would be to be a Pina Bausch dancer. So here is a shot of one of her dancers that I took in Wuppertal, Germany. (above)

How do you see the others around you?

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In a wider sense sometimes I see people as objects in a composition. And sometimes I put on headphones and go out and shoot street pictures and really study people and try to guess what they are thinking and get in their heads.

What was the last place you dreamt about?

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It was definitely a fantasy world. Sexy with good music…

What you feel when you hear your favorite song/band?

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Ha that dream… Sometimes I feel transported to a location and sometimes I think of a person I love or a visualization of the first time I heard that tune.

A secret power you would like to have?

              

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To time travel to the past. I’m a little afraid of the future…

All photos by Cheryl Dunn.