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SEEN reviews: Miss Hope Springs

SEEN had the great pleasure of seeing Miss Hope Springs at Wilton’s Music Hall – which is itself worth a visit. It’s an intimate venue, well suited to a cabaret show that boasts the sly humour and irony of a performer Like Miss Springs. The audience clearly knew her and welcomed her fulsomely to the stage, clad in a stunning outfit the colour of the sun for the first half and a slinky black catsuit for the second half, both sequinned, with a towering blonde ‘do’ (natural, of course) and dramatic makeup.

Her backing musicians The Hot Jazz Combo made good use of the stage behind her as Miss Springs and her piano dominated (in every sense) the theatre. Miss Springs took us on a marvellous musical odyssey, from her humble beginnings with her mother, exotic dancer Rusty Springs, to life in a Winnebago on the HomeBase car park, picking up strangers in bars for the odd re-painting job.

Miss Springs punctuated details of her tragic-comic life with truly show-stopping songs, ‘The Devil Made Me Do It” being this reviewer’s personal favourite. We even added a new word to our lexicon – the ‘closeanal’ (a combination of close personal). A quieter and more restrained performer than say, Dame Edna Everage, Miss Springs invites our sympathy but never our pity, somehow you just know that the show must and will go on, regardless of her husband’s antics with his ‘closeanal’ Carlos, or how many tens of albums she’s sold this year.

Miss Hope Springs has dignity that she’s not afraid to undermine, recognising that we all need our illusions to sustain us, and as long as we have great hair, fabulous makeup and eye-popping sequins, almost anything is possible. She’s soon to appear at the Vauxhall tavern. SEEN heartily recommends that you go and see her.

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Prep release new single and play Islington Assembly Hall this Sunday

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Enjoy the Feast of St. Patrick with with a Midleton Very Rare Champagne Cocktail at Corrigan’s of Mayfair

Londoners will know how enthusiastically the city enjoys St. Patrick’s Day. For a different and very luxurious experience of this auspicious day, you might want to try a trip to one of (Irishman born and bred), Richard Corrigan’s restaurants, particularly Corrigan’s Mayfair who will be hosting a full-day celebration for St. Patrick’s Day with Irish …

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Art on a Postcard Presents their Secret Auction at The Other Art Fair

Regular readers of SEEN will know that we just love the charitable initiatives set up by Art on a Postcard. They bring art lovers (and it must be said, auction-lovers) together for the support of the Hepatitis C Trust, which is dedicated to raising awareness, ending discrimination and being a hub for information and representation …

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Unflinching: Jenny Wilson releases Lo’ Hi’

SEEN is fascinated by the discomfiting yet necessary vision of Jenny Wilson who has released a new single LO’ HI’, the latest track to emerge from her forthcoming album 
‘EXORCISM’, due for UK release on April 20, 2018 via Gold Medal Recordings. Having previously collaborated with contemporaries including Robyn and The Knife (to whose Rabid …

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László Moholy-Nagy at The Isokon Gallery

The Isokon building in Hampstead has been home to many creative people: Agatha Christie, Nicholas Monsarrat, Adrian Stokes and, of course, leading lights in the Bauhaus movement, three of whom, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy are to be honoured with a Blue Plaque, courtesy of English heritage. There is no better time to …

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Asian Cuisine and South American Fire at Avenue

Never mind the snow, SEEN doesn’t let severe weather warnings come between her and the discovery of a new dining concept. Thus it was that I minced carefully down to the old-school London environs of St James, yet another of those areas in the capital that shows us another side of the city. St James …