This week, HELLO!'s pick of this week's events and new releases includes two new events which show the differing ways communities can come together to celebrate, whether it's through books or beer. The To Do List also showcases the best of the week's best book and film releases, and the return of David Mamet's beloved play American Buffalo to the London stage...
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T.R. Richmond, What She Left audiobook
In 2012, Alice Salmon has returned to her university town and is about to unravel a long-held secret. It's too late for Alice though, for the next morning her body is found washed up by the river. Professor Jeremy Cooke is now documenting Alice's life - through the internet, diaries, her letters; he talks to friends, family, boyfriends. The newly released audiobook for What She Left features the voices of current and former Game of Thrones' stars Emilia Clarke and Charles Dance, who bring to life the unreliable narrators, and a tale of dark obsessions and painful secrets.
A must for book fans, the Hidden Prologues literary salon is a bi-monthly literary salon which invites authors to discuss their latest works, in front of fans of in return get a new insight in to their favourite authors. April sees the salon welcome Andrew O’Hagan, one of the most acclaimed writers of our time, to discuss his latest novel, The Illuminations.
30 April, tickets are free and available from blog.radissonblu.com/hidden-prologues
Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up
Opening on 30 April to coincide with the Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A Museum, Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-up aims to take a look behind the process and inspirations of the late fashion designer's collections, by examining the key beauty looks developed by McQueen’s most trusted make-up artists, including Val Garland, Peter Philips, Topolino and Sharon Dowsett. 22 looks from 13 collections will be on display, and have been grouped into three central themes: Amplified, Deviated, and Stripped.
Visit fashionspacegallery.com for more information
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Kicking of a summer of blockbusters is the hotly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to Joss Whedon and Marvel's 2012 smash hit. It's a strong second showing for the six-strong superhero team, who are continuing their clean up of the last remnants of the evil organisation HYDRA. As a precaution, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner (Iron Man and Hulk) decide to create Ultron, a self-aware Artificial Intelligence - who ends up taking his "peace in our time" mission too far. With S.H.I.E.L.D destroyed, the Avengers are now alone - and contending with their own internal battles as well.
FOOD AND DRINK
Brooklyn Brewery Mash Tour
Brooklyn Brewery Mash returns to London on 27 April, bringing with it award-winning craft brewery to celebrate neighbourhood culture, emerging artists and London's incredible local food scene. The week-long series features exclusive dinners, film screenings and lots of craft beers - and has partnered with some of the capitals best businesses including Camden Town Brewery, Wilton’s Music Hall and Shoreditch Studios. Catch the Found Footage festival - a hilarious showcase of found video clips from across the country - or take part in a once historic New York tradition of bottomless pitchers of beer, heaping mountains of juicy steak cuts, and absolutely no utensils.
Visit brooklynbrewerymash.com for more information
The 1975 David Mamet play American Buffalo returns for a limited West End run with John Goodman, Homeland star Damien Lewis, and Tom Sturridge. Considered a classic of the American canon, the explosive play is a tragedy of errors detailing the fickle nature of honour among three small time crooks who are planning one big-time heist. A darkly funny play turns into an account of divided loyalties, greed - and a coveted Buffalo nickel.
Visit delfontmackintosh.co.uk for more information