The Dulwich Players are presenting an updated version of William Shakespeare's comedy of The Taming of the Shrew in the open air, in the Dulwich Picture Gallery Garden on 21 and 23 June at 8pm and on 24 June at 5.30pm and 8pm and on 25 June at 6pm. Set in the early 1960's, Padua, a sleepy university city on the edge of a new age where the beautiful Bianca is besieged by suitors eager to prove their worth. Her father, Baptista, exhausted by the willfulness of his elder daughter, Katherina, insists that Bianca cannot wed till Katherina is betrothed. Katherina, however, has other ideas! Enter Petruchio who has "come to wive it wealthily in Padua".
Tickets £8 (seated) £5 on the grass, from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village.
Since the arrival of the early-Europeans, the indigenous peoples of North America have faced immense challenges to their unique ways of life. For more than 400 years Native Americans have seen a steady erosion of their rights to ancestral lands rich with natural resources.
But the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States are beginning to assert their distinctive national identity with more than 80 First Nation tribes challenging the US Government in the federal courts for greater entitlement to social provision and compensation for land held 'in trust' for decades. This cultural revival is being marked at the Horniman Museum in a vibrant photographic exhibition - The Crow: 21st Century Native Americans that documents the daily, ceremonial and spiritual life of the Crow Indians as they define their place in mainstream American society. The exhibition of 40 striking images includes the ritual of the Sweat Lodge, the annual Crow fair and the sacred herd of bison kept by the tribe.
Exhibition opening in the Balcony Gallery until 15 October 2006
Presented simultaneously across two major London arts institutions, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and the South London Gallery, Around the World in Eighty Days is a unique exhibition that takes Jules Verne's popular novel as a starting point to consider art, history and the social construction of places, spaces and identities from both a global and local perspective
Published in 1872, Around the World in Eighty Days marked a divisive historical moment that is still being played out. Many of the issues that it touches upon, rapid technological change, the emergence of non-commercial international travel and tourism, the height of the colonial era and the beginning of cultural and economic globalization continue to have resonance with the way we approach and experience the world today.
Whilst the original story presented a somewhat restricted colonial interpretation of the world through its focus on the main trading routes of Victorian England, this exhibition looks to an expanded list of countries in order to represent a more current world viewpoint. It concentrates specifically on artists who were born abroad but now live and work in London. The participating artists will either exhibit a new piece that has been especially conceived in response to the novel, or present an existing work that relates to a theme or topic outlined in the book. These will explore notions of travel, movement, migration, race, class and politics.
Around the World in Eighty Days until 16 July 2006 at the SLG, Peckham Road SE 5. Open Tues-Sun 12-6pm
Instituted in 1887, with its aims being "for the purpose of visiting places of antiquarian or historical interest, and promoting friendship amongst persons interested in these subjects", the Upper Norwood Athenæum continues to thrive. Dulwich Society members Barbara and David Hollis explain that visits are made monthly between March and October, by coach and recent excursions include Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire, Dorchester Abbey in Oxfordshire and the Foreign Office in London. The task of organizing the visits is shared by the members, of whom ten live in Dulwich. Anyone who would like to find out more about the Upper Norwood Athenæum should telephone David or Barbara on 020 8693 6703.