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December Listings

Fortean events worth venturing out for this month, including a Museum of Everything, cane toads, a discussion of the uncanny, and Doctor Who Live

Dec listings - museum of everything

Arthur Windley miniature fairground, at The Museum of Everything
Image courtesy The Museum of Everything/Andonis Trattos

Until 10 Dec  James Turrell
An exhibition of new installations, light works, sculptures and prints by James Turrell, exploring light's ability to alter consciousness.
10am-6pm Tue-Sat. Gagosian Gallery, London WC1X 9JD. Free.

Until 24 Dec  Exhibition #3
Exhibition of the circus curios and fairground ephemera accumulated over a lifetime by pop artist Sir Peter Blake, including taxidermy dioramas by Victorian genius Walter Potter.
10.30am-6.30pm Wed-Sun. Museum of Everything, London NW1 8YL. Free.

2 Dec  Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
A screening of a short film shot in the Australian outback in the 1980s, in which a cast of small-town eccentrics talk about the impact of the huge, out of control cane toad, originally introduced to eradicate pests from sugarcane crops. Followed by a panel discussion on the complexities of 'invasive' and 'native' species.
6.30pm. Darwin Lecture Theatre, Unversity College London, WC1E 6BT. Free.

4 Dec  Peggy Cummins signs Night of the Demon DVDs
1957 horror classic Night of the Demon has just been released on DVD. Star Peggy Cummins will be signing copies at The Cinema Store, London.
10.30am. The Cinema Store, London WC2H 9NY

6 Dec  Witch Hunts in West Africa
Documentary film maker Zoe Young has been visiting the 'witch camps' of Northern Ghana, which offer refuge to thousands of (mainly) elderly female survivors of witch hunts. At this event, she'll discuss the witch craze and show extracts from her documentary.
7.30pm. Treadwells Bookshop, London WC2E 7PB. £7.

8 - 10 Dec  Doctor Who Live at Wembley Arena
From the mind of critically-acclaimed writer and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Live gives you the chance to see all your favourite monsters (including Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels) live on stage in a show featuring outstanding pyrotechnics and optical illusions.
Wembley Arena, London. For times and ticket prices please see website.

9 Dec  Folk Yule
The South East London Folklore Society's open-mike pub session - talks, stories, songs and more!
8pm, The Old King's Head, London SE1 1NB. £2.50

12 Dec  The War of The Worlds: Alive on Stage!
Following sell-out UK tours in 2006, 2007 and 2009, the hotly-anticipated show returns to The O2, featuring Liz McClarnon (Atomic Kitten), Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) and Jason Donovan.
The O2, London. For times and ticket prices please see website.

14 Dec  The Uncanny
Nicholas Royle offers a detailed historical account of the emergence of the uncanny, taking in the death drive, deja-vu, the fear of being buried alive, doubles, ghosts, cannibalism, telepathy and madness.
7pm. The Last Tuesday Society, London E8 4RP. £4-£12

18 Dec  The Orishas in Cuba's Lukumi Tradition
Martin Tsang, a Lukumi priest, will look at the ways a practitioner of this African diaspora religion develops and sustains a personal relationship with the orisha (deities).
2pm. Treadwells Bookshop, London WC2E 7PB. £7.


Until 27 Feb 2011  High Society
Exhibition exploring the rich history of mind-altering drugs, from ancient Egyptian poppy tinctures to Victorian cocaine eye drops, Native American peyote rites, and the salons of the French Romantics.
Wellcome Collection, London NW1 2BE. Free

Until 6 Mar 2011  Book of the Dead
A fascinating tour through the Ancient Egyptian afterlife, with a rich assortment of funerary relics and a truly awe-inspiring collection of papyri.
British Museum, London. Adults £12


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