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Thursday 07 March 2024.

Thursday 07 March 2024....I went to three events. 6pm to 7pm. Two gallery private views in the same street. 5 Cork Street, Mayfair, London W1. 9 Cork Street , Mayfair , London W1. Lots of cool art folks moving between this galleries area. Nice surprise to see PRINCESS EUGENIE mooching here. Complimentary wines and beers for all the guests. then 7.05pm to 8.15pm. Private view - Gazelle Art House - 39 Dover Street London W1. Harold Cohen, Refactoring (1966-74), Exhibition: 8 March — 11 May 2024 A preview of Refactoring (1966-74), a solo exhibition exploring transitional work from 1966 to 1974 by represented artist Harold Cohen. The exhibition coincides with a major exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art (on view until 19 May 2024). Refactoring (1966-74) showcases Cohen’s practice in the years preceding and inaugural to his creation of AARON—the pre-eminent computer programme designed to create art autonomously. Complimentary wines and beers for all the guests. then 10pm to 12pm. Opening night VIP/press after-party at Soho Place, London W1. My first time at this venue that opened in 2022 and was the first new theatre built in the West End in 50 years. It is on the site of the sadly missed Astoria. The party is for around 200 folks in the top floor terrace bar , which overlooks The Outernet across the road. A nice buzzy mix of black and white folks, including some well known faces , Charleen White, Dr Ranj Singh and Angie Le Mar. There is a DJ playing dance tracks. Complimentary Rum cocktails wines beers and a full Caribbean food buffet including Jerk Chicken. ----- For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy returns to London’s West End Garrick Theatre in 2024 following three previously sold-out runs. Father figures and fashion tips. Lost loves and jollof rice. African empires and illicit sex. Good days and bad days. Six young Black men meet for group therapy, and let their hearts – and imaginations – run wild. Inspired by Ntozake Shange’s ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf’, For Black Boys…  is located on the threshold of joyful fantasy and brutal reality: a world of music, movement, storytelling and verse – where six men clash and connect in a desperate bid for survival. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ‘a powerful and deeply moving meditation on Black masculinity and Black life in Britain’ The Guardian Following sold-out runs at the Apollo Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and New Diorama Theatre, Ryan Calais Cameron’s Olivier Award-nominated, multi award-winning For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy returns to the West End for a limited 9 week run at the Garrick Theatre. BOOK ONLINE NOW BOOKING NUMBER 0330 333 4811 Booking Thursday 29 February – Saturday 4 May, 2024 Tickets From £15 Prices include a £1.50 restoration levy. Show Times Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm Running Time Approx 2hrs 10 mins including interval -------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------- Wednesday 06 March 2024. QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA live at Hammersmith Apollo. Queen Extravaganza, the official Queen tribute band produced by Roger Taylor and Brian May, returns to the UK in 2024, following their triumphant 2023 tour. The band formed in 2012, and band members are hand-picked by Roger Taylor. I have seen the real Queen with their three singers many times over the years (Freddie Mercury + Paul Rodgers + Adam Lambert). I saw Freddie with Queen a dozen times including my first ever gig at this venue in 1973 when Queen supported Mott The Hoople and also their legendary Live Aid gig at Wembley 1985. Pretty amazing that some tribute bands can play this big venue --------------------- It's not sold out tonight, but the venue is pretty full. I have a great stalls seat , 10 rows from the stage , dead centre. The show was on for 1 hour 45 mins for two sets of 50 mins and 55 mins. There are six musicians on stage , including two male singers who share the vocals.....the drummer also sang three songs. There is a huge Queen logo hanging behind them. Lots of lights ,but there are no images of Freddie tonight. The guitarist is playing a Brian May type guitar. The show is 22 Queen classics, one after the other. The crowd are singing loudly along and dancing too. Of course the singers are not in the league as Freddie Mercury or Adam Lambert , but it was still very enjoyable. Full setlist played tonight.... Intro music - MONTREAL THUNDER FIRST SET We Will Rock You (Fast) Tie Your Mother Down Somebody to Love Under Pressure I'm in Love With My Car You're My Best Friend Killer Queen These Are the Days of Our Lives Now I'm Here Crazy Little Thing Called Love I Want It All SECOND SET A Kind of Magic Hammer to Fall Don't Stop Me Now Who Wants to Live Forever Fat Bottomed Girls I Want to Break Free Another One Bites the Dust Radio Ga Ga Bohemian Rhapsody Encore: We Will Rock You (reprise) We Are the Champions