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London

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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I am back in Hong Kong! Let me tell you guys more about Jessie Reyez!

A playlist of the videos I took 

A week before I left for London, she announced she was holding a showcase of her EP at Ace Hotel Shoreditch, London. The ticket price was only £2.5 per person! Probably the cheapest show I have ever went to. 

She started a show by introducing her short movie ‘Gatekeeper’ which is about sexual abuse in the Music Industry. She played the whole short movie. I thought she would only play a few songs as they called it a “showcase”. She sang nearly every song on the EP. Also some covers, unreleased songs and THE CALVIN COLLAB

The first song was Shuttle Island (one of my favs). She was so emotional when the song ended. She said it was her first proper concert. It was the first time she heard someone singing along to her lyrics. Her reaction was so adorable! I was at the front row. She sang to my face/my camera a few times. You can see it in Shutter Island and Blue Ribbon videos. Figures is my fav song so I enjoyed that performance a lot! She closed the show by singing the Calvin song. “This is the Calvin Harris song.” I HAVE BEEN PRAYING THAT SHE WOULD SING IT THROUGH THE WHOLE SHOW. I FREAKED OUT SO HARD WHEN SHE SAID THAT. 

[Spoiler alert] The song is basically about don’t give a fuck to someone or something haha. I was too focus listening to the production of the song and didn’t pay attention to the lyrics. My friends absolutely LOVED the song as she can relate to it. I listened to it agin and I LOVE the lyrics. They are so on point haha. The song stuck in my head. Half way through the performance, the crowd was already singing along to the chorus. If you want to listen to the song, read this post (x

The show ended and people ask her for selfies. I patiently waited for 5-10 mins in the line. It took quite long cause she didn’t only want to take picture with you. She actually wanted to talk to you and have a convention with every fan. I would tell you guys what I remember…

Jessie: *hugs* How are you? Thank you for singing along to the lyrics!! (I guess she saw I did cause I was at the front row.

Me: I am actually from Hong Kong! 

Jessie: *shocked* Wait what? Hong Kong? NO WAY!!

Me: Yeah! I am traveling around London this week. I have to stop by!

Jessie: *Still shocked* Omg thank you so much for coming!

Me: ( I said something about the live performance is so different from listening to the studio version. I can literally see the emotion which was VERY INTENSE)

(Then she hugged my friend. My Friend praised her songwriting. I think she said sth like it was very brave for her to write what she exactly feels. She was referring to the Calvin song as my fd could relate to it.)

I have to ask her about Calvin, right?

Me: I am just curious to know how did you and Calvin Harris got together and work together?

Jessie: Twitter!!

Me: What? He DMed you?

Jessie: Yeah! Figured was released and he DMed me and asked me to go to his studio and work together!

Me: That’s insane! I am so glad it happened cause that’s how I know you!

Jessie: Really? Through Calvin?

Me; Yeah!

Jessie: Calvin! Hong Kong! Sick!

I wrapped up the convo and asked for pictures. I didn’t want to occupy her for too long cause there were many ppl waiting. She hugged me 3-4 times in total which was very sweet. She’s shorter than I thought haha. But she’s very sweet and sincere in person. I don’t have anything bad to say about her. I was captivated by her and her talent. We all see her potential. My friend’s first reaction was “she will be huge one day!” even tho she barely know anything about Jessie before I took her to the show. I miss her so much now:( You guys need to see her live if you can! I can’t wait for the Collab to be officially out!

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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.

Shoreditch, London

“As an admirer of people who make things but not being an artist myself, being able to see our products used by artists, architects, illustrators, designers and getting their feedback is very rewarding and a privilege.”

In the summer of 2012, our friend Julia opened Choosing Keeping, a specialty shop with all corners dedicated to the desk environment — regardless of whether yours is a place of work or creative escape.

Located on iconic Columbia Road — home of the Sunday Flower Market — Choosing Keeping offers a selection of beautifully-made utility objects, plus carefully-curated books and prints to stimulate the discerning synapses. 

Julia’s a passionate, adorable shopkeep — the kind that has us making increasingly regular excuses to stop in. We’re going to need to find some new pen pals.

Choosing Keeping
128 Columbia Road
London E2 7RG

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London, UK

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.