By August Wilson.Directed by Dominic CookeChicago,1927. In a recording studio on the city’s South Side, a battle of wills is raging.
Theatre Royal Stratford always a warm and welcoming cocoon during the festive season. Rarely disappoints and Panto is a production it has to be said, Theatre Royal Stratford smashes.
Rototom Sunsplash is a large European reggae festival, which takes place every summer in August at Benecassim, a few miles north of Valencia in Spain. The festival imitates the original Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica. Originally hosted in northern Italy,
Following the success of Cush Jumbo’s Josephine and I the Bush Theatre once again brings to life the contemporary legacy of an American cultural icon.
The Staying Power exhibition is the culmination of a seven year collaborative project between Black Cultural Archives (BCA) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The funkiest film of the year! Biopics are tough to pull-off at the best of times, and when they are based around larger-than-life characters like James Brown, you are going to need something very special to keep audiences interested.
Based on a painting which still hangs in Kenwood House, this energetic portrayal of a young mixed-race woman in 18th Century England feels like it is entirely accurate even though there are few facts to be had.
Ready for a full on girlie extravaganza myself and two girlfriends headed to Chelsea nightspot, Maggie's.
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson and Jacob Latimore
Another film about wikileaks, but this one isn’t a documentary. ‘We steal secrets:
The London Film Festival opener is a curious choice. It is a sensitive subject matter, and the issue of piracy off the coast of Somalia is ever-present in the news.
You can definitely have too much of a good thing, and that’s the case with Machete Kills.
As Halloween arrives, get set for a couple of spooky movies.
Baggage Claim is a fun, rom-com that will result in genuine laughter mainly from the fantastically paired comic duo of Adam Brody and Jill Scott.
The epic adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior written by Denton Chikura.
A family is ripped from their home in a high-rise flat in Drumchapel and driven away in the middle of the night to be deported. . .
I headed down to the National theatre to see one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies - Othello.
When a friend invited me to accompany her to the theatre, I was in no mind to pass up an opportunity to join. Totally uneducated about the production we were off to see, I am pleased to say that though I was yet to hear about it, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
On the 15th August Lime Magazine were kindly invited down to the Noel Coward theatre to watch Julius Caesar as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.
This hotly anticipated sci-fi thriller has finally arrived, and it almost delivers the perfect, intelligent blockbuster experience that has been lacking since 'Inception'.
6-year-old Hushpuppy is a smart girl left largely to her own devices by her father who is struggling with problems of his own.
Starring real-life couple Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, 'Ruby Sparks' is directed by the couple behind 'Little Miss Sunshine'.
Last month I attended the latest in the Jameson Cult Film club series, and was lucky enough to spend some time with the new curator Andy Serkis.
An all-star cast have assembled for this stylish tale of bootleggers and mobsters from director John Hillcoat. S
There are three slightly “spooky” animated films on the way.
Big and brash, just like the headlining duo who star in the movie, the big screen adaptation of The Sweeney is a British take on a genre that we've seen countless times before from our American cousins.
Woody Allen continues his love letter to Europe, this time heading off to the Italian capital for a heady mix of music, celebrity and romance.
In a spectacularly good month for cinematic releases, this is one of the best. A heart-breaking romantic drama that follows the confused path lead by Margot (Michelle Williams) as she tries to find ultimate happiness.
From the sublime to the ridiculous!
3D has now become standard for dance movies, probably second-only to animation in terms of genres that have “benefited” from an extra dimension. And so it is that 'Step Up 4: Miami Heat' isn't even the first film in the 'Step Up' series to be in 3D.
Pixar are back! And this superb take on Scottish legend is just what we needed. It marks something of a breakaway from the format that the animation studio have been using recently, and it's all the better for it.
We weren't really sure if this documentary would make the cut when we were outlining the films to feature this month. Then we watched it and realised there was no way we wouldn't be featuring it.
We've already reviewed the film, but now is your chance to own it. A superb movie, 'Marley' is one of the few music documentaries to introduce a talent to a new audience, whilst giving hardcore fans something new to watch as well.
This is another film which we had heard so much about but had no idea would be as good as it actually is. Both leads, Owen and Riseborough, deserve awards aplenty come the end of the year.
There are a few films coming out over the next few weeks to cater for the younger audience during the summer holidays.
Channing Tatum is not ashamed of his 'exotic dancing' background. To be honest, if we looked like him, we probably wouldn't be either.
Lime Magazine were invited down to Regents Park’s Open Air Theatre to see early twentieth century America come back to life!
All Around the World live in concert.
Known as the face of British Gospel, Muyiwa’s concert at the HMV Apollo brought the crowds out in their thousands.
Another Friday night in the early days of summer, what better to do than head to the zoo for the start of London ZSL - Zoo Lates.
In this brand new British Bollywood musical I was definitely prepared for a glitzy production with plenty of song and dance;
Kona Kai markets itself as a Polynesian inspired bar/restaraunt.
The Seagrass based in Chapel Market which is situated in the infinitely trendy area of Islington is a restaurant that is about using the resources available to produce something that surprises.
Lowcountry is new to SW6 with its aim to take customers down memory lane and forget about typical American food like hotdogs, fries and ribs;
The recently relocated Blue Elephant is known as one of London’s most iconic Thai restaurants.
This might seem like an odd choice to at first.
A generic looking Jason Statham vehicle with a basic premise and rather bland title.
It might sound clichéd, but the trials and tribulations of love, life and relationships in the film ‘Stud Life’ are not too dis-similar from any film you’d see in mainstream cinema.
On arrival I was certain that the urban decor and modern furnishings would live up to its sensuous mood and fantastic food.
The Tamarind Group is responsible for an array of dining experiences within Nairobi and Mombasa; Kenya and Johannesburg; South Africa.
My experience of Low started off on a "Low"
Archer Street is a hidden gem on the outskirts of London's vibrant Soho.
Situated in the heart of central London on the Haymarket, Assagetti is an Italian restaurant that seeks to bring traditional flavoursome Italian cuisine in a conversational and relaxing atmosphere.
Release date: 10 February Starring: Daniel Radcliffe and Ciarán Hinds
In the space of two years Kathryn Stockett’s, ‘The Help’ has become a blockbuster and a bestseller.
Release date: 10 February
Starring: Amy Adams, Jason Segel and Chris Cooper
Release date: 1 February Starring: Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell
There were cheers of excitement when Tinchy Stryder arrived on stage at Scala London to deliver an epic performance, marking the end of his rollercoaster tour this month.
To see a Nigerian artist fill up a prominent venue like the Indigo2 made me smile. It was a real treat to have the opportunity to attend this concert and my expectations were high.
On entering this Pan-Asian restaurant set in the heart of Stables Market in Camden you are transported to a magical mix of Middle Eastern styling and mysterious mythology.
Located in the ever-up rising town that is Camden, Shaka Zulu boasts amazing decor and flaunts some traditional South African cuisine.
Esi Edugyan’s second novel, Half Blood Blues, was on this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist,
My heart was in my throat when I left Harold Pinter Theatre after being gripped by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman’s classic 1990 play Death and the Maiden.
First published in 1988 Roald Dahl’s Matilda has being entertaining children and adults alike for over 20 years.
The talk of the London Film Festival (along with 'The Artist'), Steve McQueen's follow up to 'Hunger' is a devastating and unflinching look at addiction.
After a number of 'Shrek' films (we've honestly lost count at this stage), one of the best things about the last few installments is back in his own film.
A silent film, set in a bygone age. That might not be the best pitch in the world for a modern movie
Mark T is a Christian artist that is making inroads as an independent artist but do not think for a second he is new to this whole music game
Speaking of 3D, kids films, tears and enjoyment... Here is a movie that has it all
Based on a true story, this is a heart-warming and genuinely moving film that boasts some great performances.
The not-so-long-awaited remake to an 80's classic has an unknown in the lead role, previously played by Kevin Bacon, but can lay claim to a rare achievement.
Last month was the 10th anniversary of popular café chain Apostrophe.
A Brimful of Ashbell, Brasa restaurant: US BBQ chef King Ashbell McElveen recently joined the kitchen at Brasa, in Fulham Broadway introducing his creation of a unique dining experience.
From the minute you step into Soho restaurant Patara
Like that quote ‘It is too soon to say’, regularly attributed to the impact of the French Revolution, it feels too soon for a definitive study of Michael Jackson.
Jocelyn Jee Esien plays uptight socialite Myra
Sharon D Clarke has been tapped as the ‘Show Stealer’ in Ghost The Musical, the latest silver screen phenomenon to have its characters tread the boards in the land of musical theatre.
If you’re looking for an introduction to modern Lebanese cuisine then Fakhreldine is the perfect example of cultural London.
Dangerous Women: The Guide to Modern Life by Clare Conville, Liz Hoggard & Sarah-Jane Lovett Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
It has been fascinating to observe the trajectory of Stephen Kelman’s first book, Pigeon English.
The Sugar Barons is the history of the men who made untold wealth in the West Indies in the 200 years from 1650 onwards.
Respect La Diva burst onto the Garrick theatre’s stage with live dancers and lead performers with a collaboration of bright lights, vocals and a live band.
Taking on the roles of characters from one of the most successful animated films of all time would be a nerve wracking feat for even the most experienced actors.
I'll confess straight away, of all the films out this year this is the one I have been most eager to see.
Let's get the obvious out of the way. Yes, this is significantly better than No Strings Attached.
Grace Jones the legendry model, actress, singer and outrageous chat show guest has followed up the 2008 critically acclaimed Hurricane album with this updated dub version.
After a sell out run at the National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells is a natural second home to stage the musical FELA!
Bored of your gym routine? No motivation to go for that early morning jog you keep empty promising yourself to do?
Over subscribed, over priced and over hyped is what this Hyper Japan event was.
It is great to see gospel artists are slowly but surely breaking out and Faith D (19) is another such artist.
Vast Aire part of the Cannibal Ox outfit is a name that some people will not be familiar with but work with luminaries such as Jean Grae and Wu Tang speak volumes.
Philly Driven Ridim are an outfit comprising of Philly B and Mikey Don from Manchester.
Jill Scott returns for her first new album in a few years and since leaving the Hidden Beach label.
Theatre Royal Stratford East has produced fun and feisty black British musicals that transferred to the West End with The Big Life, and The Harder They Come.
Upstairs at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, there is a great scene happening. A new monthly night brings together lovers of African roots music and the urban jazz scene.
The restaurant, bar and night club Guanabara is loud, lively and buzzing with a carnival atmosphere making it the perfect option for an after-work get together or late night samba.
Let's cut to the chase, this play is an absolute gem and must be seen.
If you've got a spare £150 then why not take a walk down to Harley Street and sample the lifestyle of the rich and famous?
Release your inner Bridezilla and discover the Kalm within you...
If you want to stay away from the stereotypical hen party experience with something more sophisticated.
Felix Dexter has tread the comedy boards for many years, so it comes as no surprise that this is not the first time I was seeing him live.
Uniquely set in London's Vertical Gateway: The London Heliport, Battersea Hotel Verta's aviator theme runs all the way through the hotel.
Two weeks after my Elemis facial and my face is still looking brighter and I'm even braving the public without a hint of foundation.
As a self-confessed Indian cuisine enthusiast, paneer cheese is one of those ingredients that, heretofore, I had relegated to the realms of 'side dish' in my mind.
Annual Father's Day Quality Time event
In conversation with Wole Soyinka, British Museum
Wole Soyinka, playwright, author, poet, campaigner, and educator was on wonderful form at the British Museum on Friday, May 14
I was already excited by the line-up of the Originals tour with the likes of Angie Le Mar, Felicity Ethnic, Leo Muhammad and Felix Dexter all on the same bill.