Do not pass go and do not collect £200 - American Street Artist Alec Monopoly wants you to think twice about capitalism, luxury and excess with the opening of his new London show. Known for his bold, bright and colourful Street Art featuring playful pop culture characters in contemporary situations, Alec Monopoly has sold his art to some major celebs, including Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Snoop Dogg, along with creative collaborations with Madonna and actor Adrien Brody. HuffPost UK caught up with Mr Monopoly to find out about his game strategy in the world of art.
Last week saw St Katherine's Day; a date marking the arrival of winter and the dramatic martyrdom of Saint Katherine, a Christian condemned, tortured and beheaded in 305 AD by the pagan Roman Emperor Maximinus II. Pitched as one of the biggest British independent films for decades, headlines also enthused about the 'return' of Peter O'Toole, months after he announced he was retiring. Joining O'Toole on screen in the 2014 film will be a string of big British names, including Edward Fox, Joss Ackland and Steven Berkoff.
Goldie appears to be a broken man. The fog of insomnia lifts as Goldie warms up with his latest artistic endeavour: Lostribes, his solo art show featuring 20 painted portraits made of wood, exploring man's artistic roots and cultural heritage. Goldie has certainly 'done' his time in more than one career: starting out as a street artist in his youth, rising to recognition as a drum and bass pioneer and becoming a familiar face with television appearances on 'EastEnders', 'Big Brother' and 'Strictly Come Dancing', not forgetting his Bond villain turn in 'The World Is Not Enough'.
Taylor Mac wants you to let go of the claustrophobic baggage of the 20th century. Bringing this year's Dublin Fringe Festival to a close, Mac brings a strikingly unusual blend of entertainment and art - part drag act, cabaret, stand up comedy and piercingly observant social comment. Mac has a long list - in two hours he reels off the shortcomings of ten decades with a song list covering racism, homophobia, gender labelling and the reign of the white patriarchy, amongst others.
Anthony Horowitz (right) is a man on the go - not just because the author has a new series of his ITV drama Foyle's War on the horizon, or is in the midst of his second Sherlock Holmes novel, but Horowitz is sprinting around his London home as we chat on the phone. The creator of the Alex Rider book series speaks excitedly about his latest novel as he gets ready to meet his agent, fearing he might be late. Fresh from a summer spent writing in Crete, complete with inspirational sea view, Horowitz has stepped away from penning the follow-up to The House of Silk to return to London for the promotion of his 14th children's novel: Russian Roulette, the latest of his internationally successful Alex Rider series.
A stage, an audience and a performance – the simplicity of traditional theatre is changing, according to Christopher Baugh, Professor of Theatre at Hull University. Speaking at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, the Professor explored the evolution of theatre in his lecture Devices of Wonder. An actor on stage is becoming just a limited aspect of a much wider range of performance, Baugh says, with technology increasingly revolutionising theatre.
Beijing People’s Art Theatre certainly think so – the art company gave their European Premiere of The Tragedy of Coriolanus at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, featuring two of China’s leading heavy metal bands: Miserable Faith and Suffocated. The mix of head thrashing chords with the Bard's tale of warring Rome has created a buzz in Edinburgh - the sides of buses promote the International Festival production, whilst a smile appears on the faces of festival go-ers when they talk about the upcoming ‘metal Shakespeare’ play.
Mexico appears to have brought its hot and sunny weather to the capital, as London Mexfest kicks off this week, celebrating the country's rich array of cultural contributions. Running for four days, this year's event gives the capital a dose of Mexico's film, architecture, music and contemporary art, in a creative space of exhibitions, outdoor cinema, free live music and discussion panels. Highlights include music from Grupo Mono Blanco & Gil Cerezo at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Mexican themed outdoor film screenings at Canary Wharf courtesy of Mexican street food restaurant Wahaca, as well as a series of talks on architecture from Victor Legorreta, Miquel Adria and Michel Rojkind at The Royal Academy of Arts.
What a long way Daniel Radcliffe has come. Film versions of stage plays December Boys and The Woman in Black followed, along with a sensitive portryal as Rudyard Kipling's son in TV's My Boy Jack. Despite kicking and screaming his way out of his role as the bespectacled Harry Potter, Radcliffe still appears to be the boy under the stairs - the orphaned underdog - in his latest stage role as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noel Coward Theatre, written by Martin McDonagh (In Bruge, Seven Psychopaths).
Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) is Alexandra Del Lago, a drug-addled diva with a taste for the younger man, in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth playing at The Old Vic. Chance Wayne (Seth Numrich) is her young and nimble distraction - the only pleasure that Alexandra can glean from life.
"Without music my life would be a dull place, I'm an obsessive, for me music is like cooking," Cerys Matthews (right) tells us. The lilting welsh tones of the singer-songwriter have been on our airwaves since 1991, from the crooning sounds of Catatonia to her exploration of musical history and culture in her award-winning BBC Radio 6 show. Now Matthews is channelling her creativity into print with a "recipe book for music".
It's been a busy year for Kate Mosse, chair of the Women's Prize for Fiction, one of the biggest literature prizes in the world. Not only has the international best-selling novelist finished her 23-year literary project the Languedoc Trilogy with the publishing of Citadel, but the author secured a new sponsor for the book prize she co-founded nearly 20 years ago. In May 2012 the mobile services provider Orange withdrew its name and sponsorship from the Prize following a partnership spanning back to the competition's birth in 1996.
Fallen in Love by Suffolk-based theatre company Red Rose Chain opts for historical realism at the Tower of London, staging the supposed incestuous relationship between the two Boleyn siblings Anne and George. Finding your seats for Fallen in Love gives you a perfect stroll back in time, leading you past the ancient battlements and the infamous Traitor's gate, whilst being greeted by stoic Beefeaters who direct any lost theatre-goers.
'Gold-digger, witch, heretic, adulterer', the politics of her age may have vilified her, but Queen Anne Boleyn has led a love affair with modern literature and television adaptations - the second wife of Henry VIII continues to fascinate us. Fallen In Love is staged in the heart of the building that imprisoned Boleyn and became her final resting place: the Tower of London. Fallen in Love, produced by Suffolk theatre company Red Rose Chain, is the story of Anne Boleyn’s supposed incestuous relationship with her brother, George, performed in the Banqueting Suite of the Tower.
As graphic tablets are shrinking down to a handy-sized 7" (iPad Mini, Nexus), so too are the prices of some 'grown-up' full-sized 10" tablets. The latest gadget from Asus aims to deliver the best in Android operating power with hardware designed for high-end entertainment, including an NVidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core graphics processor, an HD (1280x800) screen and a 5MP auto-focus camera. One of Asus' promises for their Memo pad is that it represents 'the best work and play tablet', with emphasis placed on the note-taking capabilities.
WARHOL - Des portraits inédits du maître du pop art, Andy Warhol, sont présentés en mai dans une galerie de Manhattan à New York. Cette exposition, appelée "Lost then Found" (Perdus puis trouvés), ne durera que 10 jours.
Marilyn Monroe with banana-yellow hair, Queen Elizabeth bathed in psychedelic colours - just two of the world-famous portraits we associate with American artist Andy Warhol, the leading figure of the 1960s Pop Art movement. Having shaped the art scene with his distinctive prints, photos, performance art, filmmaking, video installations and writing, Warhol continues to be a cultural icon to this day. Photographer Steve Wood (right) shot the photos in 1981 at La Belle Époque style Royal Hotel in the French town of Deauville.
Bedtime stories may never be the same again, as Skyfall writer John Logan explores the 'real' Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan in a new play directed by Michael Grandage at the Noel Coward Theatre. Peter and Alice reunites Bond stars Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw, last seen together as Q and M in their action-packed film outing last year. Logan explores the effect international fame had on real life literary muses Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Peter Llewellyn Davies.
An #UpperMiddleClassProblem from the early 20th century can be seen on stage at The Old Vic in The Winslow Boy, directed by Lindsay Posner - little 13-year-old Ronnie Winslow is given the boot from his elite naval college after being accused of stealing a five shilling postal cheque. The Winslow Boy follows this exact route, all played out in the cosy confines of an Edwardian drawing room. A tale that becomes more intriguing in light of the fact that it is based on a real life event: the Archer-Shee case of 1910 - the 'real' Winslow boy.
Former motherboard makers Asus had a breakthrough year in 2012 in their quest to become a true UK consumer gadgets giant. The Padfone 2 wants to be all of those devices, in one neat package. The concept is simple: a mid-to-high end Android phone, that comes with a 10-inch tablet 'dock'.
"The Dirty Dozen" is how the Queen describes the 12 Prime Ministers she's entertained in her 60-year reign. Well, sadly not the Queen (such juicy quotes don't slip from the royal mouth), rather the stately stage and screen star Helen Mirren, reprising her role as Elizabeth II in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, directed by Stephen Daldry. Written by Peter Morgan, the new play sees a revived partnership between actress and playwright; Morgan's screenplay for the film The Queen helped earn Mirren an Oscar for Best Actress in 2006.
Grab your umbrella and wellies - there's rain forecast at the Royal Albert Hall. The romantic Hollywood of a bygone age is coming to London as the historic venue marks the 60th anniversary of musical classic Singin' in the Rain (1952) on 8 and 9 March with a screening of the film, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing in sync with the soundtrack. Singin’ in the Rain: Live in Concert will be introduced by Patricia Ward Kelly, wife of the late Singin’ in the Rain star Gene Kelly.
Add the double-dip recession, severe cuts in Arts funding and the disbanding of the Film Council in 2010, and working in moving pictures has become virtually impossible for many aspiring filmmakers. Celebrated photographer Rankin has pioneered Collabor8te, in association with Nokia, to fill the gap in nurturing talent in the British film industry. Investing personal funds in 2011, Rankin Film Productions partnered with production company The Bureau and Dazed & Confused to launch the scheme, now in its second year.
This sounds like a familiar nightmare for those who dreaded drama lessons at school, but for improvisational artists The Showstoppers, the adrenaline of winging it on the night and making it up on the spot is all part of the day job. The Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall have kicked-off their new season of comedy with the well-established musical group, The Showstoppers have already notched up a stream of critical acclaim over past years. Dylan Emery bounds on to the stage like an excitable 90s children's TV presenter, asking the audience for creative advice before he pitches an idea for a new stage show to James Cameron, who is conveniently at the end of a phone line.
Originating from the Sanskrit word for 'treasure box', Kooza delivers a visual kaleidoscope of circus entertainment. In a bid to recreate the golden age of ‘The Big Top’ shows of the 19th Century, Kooza delivers retro circus glamour, with the dazzling slick that Cirque Du Soleil are famed for.