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Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 January 2014 | UPDATED: 17:27 30 January 2014

Director Mike Leigh. Picture: Ian West

Director Mike Leigh. Picture: Ian West

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Live music by Beatie Wolfe, an evening with director Mike Leigh and a film screening exploring the impact of the internet on young people are just some of the things in our top five this week.

1. THURSDAY - BEATIE WOLFE

Hampstead’s rising star Beatie Wolfe performs a rare home concert ahead of her European tour.

Most well-known for her debut album 8ight, she will be playing an intimate, acoustic concert in Hampstead’s Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Pilgrim’s Lane.

The evening – a celebration of the sung word – will be a return to a more traditional style of performance for the singer-songwriter. Starts 8pm. Tickets £8.50 (£10 on the door). Visit www.beatiewolfe.com to book.

2. THURSDAY - MIKE LEIGH

One of Britain’s most well-respected film and theatre directors speaks about his life’s work at Burgh House in New End Square, Hampstead.

Mike Leigh, responsible for such classics as Abigail’s Party, whose star Alison Steadman is amongst Burgh House Lifelines alumni, and Naked, for which he was awarded Best Director at Cannes, has won multiple awards including a BAFTA and Golden Lion.

He has worked with a wealth of stars, including Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Julie Walters.

Theatre critic Michael Coveney portrayed his career as comprising of “a distinctive, homogenous body of work which stands comparison with anyone’s in the British theatre and cinema over the same period”.

Although originally wanting to go into acting, he was lured to the director’s chair and his style of using improvisation to develop scripts has had a significant influence on British cinema.

The evening will explore his trade and career.

Starts at 7pm. Call 0207 431 0144 to book.

3. TUESDAY - INTERNET AND YOUTH

Filmmaker Baroness Beeban Kidron presents the screening of her film InRealLife exploring the age of the internet and how it is affecting today’s youth. The director behind blockbuster Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason takes the audience on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley. She suggests that rather than the promise of free and open connectivity, young people are increasingly ensnared in a commercial world.

The talk will ask the important question of whether we can afford to stand by while children, “trapped in their 24/7 connectivity”, are being outsourced to the net? This promises to be a fascinating film for both students navigating the web and parents who need to know what’s out there and how it impacts their children.

The screening, held at King Alfred School and in association with the London Jewish Cultural Centre in North End Road, Golders Green, will be followed by a Q&A. Donations for the night go to an internet safeguarding charity. Starts at 7pm. Tickets are free but must be reserved. Visit www.ljcc.org.uk to book.

4. WEDNESDAY - SINATRA’S LIFE

A musical evening telling the story of Sinatra’s life in Hollywood.

From his work as band singer with Tommy Dorsey in the film Las Vegas Nights to his Oscar-winning performance in From Here To Eternity, The Tender Trap, High Society, Guys And Dolls, and others, his career will be showcased by singer Robert Habermann.

Habermann was discovered by legendary American singer Margaret Whiting and he was the first major British singer to perform a concert to celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 80th birthday at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1995.

His shows are punctuated with anecdotes and stories.

The evening is held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, in North End Road, Golders Green. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (£20 on the door). Visit www.ljcc.org.uk to book.

5. SUNDAY - FREUD MUSEUM EXHIBITION

The last chance to visit the Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors exhibition at the Freud Museum in Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead.

Inspired by museum chairman Lisa Appignanesi’s acclaimed book of the same name, the exhibition highlights the experience of women in treatment since the 1800s and their relationship to those who confined, cared for and listened to them. It also explores how women today conduct their own explorations of mind and imagination in challenging works of art. Visit www.freud.org.uk for more information.

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