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Fortean February brings blessings of throats and of clowns, robotic art, and pataphors

Kinetica Art Fair

4–6 Feb Kinetica Art Fair

Until 22 April 2011
Science Museum Live on Tour
Spectacular science, dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments burst onto the stage in this entertaining live show. Featuring dynamically-staged interactive sets with pyrotechnics and digital projections, the action is interspersed with web cam footage from the Science Museum, Wroughton in Wiltshire and Blythe House in Kensington.
2pm. Science Museum Live will tour to 44 venues across the UK, further dates to be announced. £12.50

3 Feb The Blessing of the Throats
Take the opportunity to cure your sore throat with a blessing, part of St Etheldreda’s annual ritual invoking the spirit of their patron saint.
Mass 1.00pm. Blessing of the Throats 1.20pm. St Etheldreda's Roman Catholic Church, London, EC1N 6RY. Free

3 Feb Cryptozoology: On the Track of Unknown Animals
Richard Freeman, Zoological Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, gives a comprehensive introduction to cryptozoology. Mongolian death worms, giant crested serpents and man–like apes are just the beginning.
6.00pm. Viktor Wynd Fine Art, 11 Mare St, London E8 4RP £12.00

4–6 Feb Kinetica Art Fair
As well as an army of robotic ostrich chariots and metal pole dancers, Kinetica offers a huge array of performances, talks, screenings and workshops, centred around the theme of “Body, Brain and Consciousness”.
10am–6pm. 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS. Art Fair entrance £12

6 Feb Clowns’ Church Service
The first Sunday in February is the annual clowns' church service at Holy Trinity Church in Dalston, east London. Clowns attend a church service in memory of the clown Joseph Grimaldi and usually perform for the public after the church service.
3pm. Holy Trinity Church, Beechwood Road, London E8 3DY. Free

10 Feb SELFS: On Having No Head
There was a time when almost all ghosts and apparitions were headless. That fashion has now past, but why? Jeremy Harte examines the overlap between folklore and archaeology, offering some explanations to the origins of headlessness.
8pm. The Old Kings Head, London SE1 1NB. £2.50

11-18 Feb Pataphors
"Pataphors” comes from the term pataphysics, a pseudophilosophy dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics. It is a parody of the theory and methods of modern science and is often expressed in nonsensical language. The exhibition gathers 17 artists from Byam Shaw School of Art.
Islington Arts Factory, London N7 0SF. Free

18–19 Feb E.A.R Electronic Arts Revue
Clocktower Arts and White Label Music present the first instalment of The Electronic Arts Revue. EAR takes a side step from the dance aspect of electronic music and celebrates the warmth and live expression that can be mined from a chipboard or microprocessor.
Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, London CR9 1ET. £8

23 Feb The Middle Pillar Ritual
A workshop led by Marysia Kay aimed at people starting out in ceremonial magic, who wish to supplement their reading and solitary work with some guidance and coaching. The evening is experiential and teaches the Middle Pillar Ritual, a core exercise in Western magic.
7.15pm New Treadwell's, 33 Store Street, WC1. £10

24 Feb The Sultan of Zanzibar: The Bizarre World of Horace de Vere Cole
Martyn Downer, author and antique expert, is the first biographer of Horace de Vere Cole, the mischief maker behind the 1910 Dreadnought hoax. Here he gives an account of the lesser-known violent and political life of the nation’s ‘chief jester’.
Viktor Wynd Fine Art, 11 Mare St, London E8 4RP. £12


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