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MUSIC NEWS |APPEARING AT ST GEORGE'S
John Lydon: I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right
Johnny Rotten – AKA John Lydon – changed the face of music and sparked a cultural revolution. The frontman and lyricist of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd (PiL) caused a political earthquake and transformed music for good. To coincide with the publication of his new book, the brilliant, funny and insightful I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right, he is touring the UK. Lydon will talk about how he sees life, along with his unique and extraordinary career, and take audience questions during a pyrotechnic, one-off tour. Lydon will be sharing his thoughts with audiences. He could be wrong. He could be right.
VIP meet-and-greet packages and signed copies of the book will be available.
As always, our current issue has a collection of great features by our team of wonderful writers as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bristol's best businesses. We hope you'll enjoy the read!
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Meaty mushrooms, comforting parmesan-rich polenta and hot cheese: if you're after autumnal comfort food, you've come to the right place.
30-40g dried porcini mushrooms Generous knob of butter (for frying) 1 shallot, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp dried thyme 600g chestnut or field mushrooms (or a mixture of both), sliced 125ml red wine 125ml vegetable stock 150g gruyere or taleggio cheese (or vegetarian alternative), grated
For the polenta 500ml vegetable stock or milk 250g instant (quick cook) polenta 50g butter 75g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated
1. Soak the dried mushrooms in 150ml warm water for 20-30 minutes until rehydrated. Drain, squeeze and roughly chop, reserving the soaking liquid.
2. Heat the butter in a large frying pan and sauté the chopped shallot until just translucent. Add the garlic and thyme, continue to sauté for around 1-2 minutes then turn the heat up and add the soaked porcini. Cook the porcini for 1-2 minutes before adding the chopped fresh mushrooms and frying for around 5 minutes until soft.
3. Add the red wine and allow to boil rapidly for around a minute, to allow the alcohol to burn off. Add the stock and the reserved porcini liquid and simmer for 15 minutes over a medium heat until the mixture has thickened and is starting to turn glossy. Turn the heat off under the pan and preheat the grill to medium.
4. To make the polenta, bring the vegetable stock or milk to the boil with 400ml water and add the polenta in a steady stream, whisking continuously. Cook for around a minute until thickened, then stir in the butter and parmesan. Season with black pepper (you probably won't need salt as the parmesan is quite salty) and keep warm.
5. Spoon the polenta onto a baking tray and push the edges up to form a 'crater'. Fill the crater with the mushroom ragout and top with the grated cheese before grilling until the cheese starts to melt into the ragout.
6. Serve immediately, on warm plates.
WEEKEND WINE |BOLLI LIKE BOND
Special Cuvée 007 Limited Edition Champagne NV
No time to try? ...It'll keep.
Bollinger’s Special Cuvée 007 Limited Edition has been released to celebrate over 40 years of partnership as the official champagne of the legendary British secret agent, James Bond, and the upcoming release of the highly anticipated No Time To Die film.
Bollinger was first ordered by James Bond in 1973’s Live and Let Die. Five years later there was a chance meeting off-screen between two fine wine connoisseurs: Christian Bizot, the managing director of Champagne Bollinger at the time, and Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, the 007 director. The two struck up a close friendship, which resulted in the 1969 Bollinger R.D. making an appearance in 1979’s Moonraker. The Bollinger family have partnered with the James Bond series ever since, featuring in a slew of the movies.
The Special Cuvée bottle has been slipped into a limited-edition gift box inspired by No Time To Die, complete with a silhouette of James Bond standing next to his Aston Martin.
The champagne itself is a real classic. Bollinger is renowned for its rich and savoury style of wines, dominated by Pinot Noir and subject to oak fermentation and extensive lees maturation. Biscuity and toasty on the nose, Special Cuvée suggests notes of toffee, orange peel, pear and hazelnut. Crisp, long and textured on the finish, this special release is... licensed to thrill.
Breaking tradition, and strongly tipped to be promoted as the next 007, actor Lashana Lynch who plays the part of Nomi, wears an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra in No Time To Die. The exact watch is a Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer with black dial and 38mm case.
The case is stainless steel, with a wave-edged design featured on the back. The black dial has a horizontal ‘teak’ pattern which is inspired by the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. The dial shows a date window at six o'clock and rhodium-plated hands and indexes filled with white Super-LumiNova. The watch is powered by the OmegaMaster Chronometer calibre 8800 automatic movement.
In the film, 00 agent Nomi has replaced the standard steel bracelet in preference for the Omega black nylon Nato strap.
The remarkable true story of an indelible soul music icon, Respect delves deep into the extraordinary life of Aretha Franklin, going from her early days singing in her father's church choir to her domination of the international stage.
Portrayed by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (who performs all the film's songs and was hand-picked for the role by Franklin herself), Aretha's story spans the turbulent 1960s and grapples with her struggles both personal and political, all in service of depicting her journey to find her voice.
With a cast rounded out by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans and four-time Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess, Respect depicts a musical legend who demands exactly that – plenty of respect.
Director Liesl Tommy and starring Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald.
It's finally here! The highly anticipated new Netflix comedy, Don't Look Up, is chock-full of big-name talent and some of Hollywood's finest directors and producers.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ariana Grande, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Timothee Chalamet, Chris Evans and the list continues, Don't Look Up is promising to be an unmissable film when it arrives on Netflix on Christmas Eve.
The plot: two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.
Watch and enjoy – and set those reminders!
THE MAGAZINE KIOSK |PRINT IS READ
By Daniel McCabe, Magalleria Now up to it’s 10th issue, Bloom is an impressively Tardis-like gardening journal. It’s very compact and fairly generic and unassuming if attractively jacketed on the outside but inside it’s simply packed with an unfeasible amount information on pretty much everything to do with nature, plants, flowers and gardening – from urban window boxes, to glasshouses and wild spaces. Published in spring, summer and autumn, it’s impressive not only for its reach but for its accessibility to all ages and skill-sets. Whether you know the Latin or botanical name of every plants or just grow things on the windowsill, it really doesn’t matter with Bloom – there’s always plenty to learn here. £8.
Magalleria is a Bath-based shop and online retailer, selling fine and interesting magazines from independent and selected publishers from all over the globe. Visit the website to find out more: magalleria.co.uk
• WHAT'S ON •
LOOKING AHEAD |ANTIQUES FAIR
Antique, Vintage & Collectables Fair
3 October, 10am – 3.30pm, Ashton Court Mansion House
An Aladdin's cave of fine jewellery, china, furniture, paintings, memorabilia, vintage clothing, retro items and so much more – available to browse at Ashton Court Mansion House on 3 October. With 40 indoor stalls plus a café serving light bites and cream teas, there’s truly something for everyone. Entry: £2, under 16s free. Main car park: Kennel Lodge Entrance via Portishead Road.
The Wardrobe Ensemble announces winners of £10k theatre commission
As part of The Theatre on the Downs, The Wardrobe Ensemble has announced the winners of its brand new commission of £10,000 for artists based in South West England to develop two new pieces of theatre via an open call. Hannah Kumari, performer, writer and puppeteer, has received funding for her extraordinary, experimental show Spinning Wheel, alongside Brook Tate for his unforgettable biographical play, Birthmarked, both of which debut at The Theatre On The Downs this month.
Having received funding from Arts Council England for The Theatre on the Downs, The Wardrobe Ensemble created the commission to enable select South West artists to keep doing what they do best. With an interest in new and progressive shows, the funding allows both artists to use it in the way that best supports them. Alongside the £10k commission, Kumari and Tate will also receive one-to-one sessions with members of The Wardrobe Ensemble to support them in their next steps.
Birthmarked by Brook Tate tells the tale of his own life experiences growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness until he was ex-communicated at the age of 23 for being gay. Weaving in music to tell his personal story, the show will be comprised of 10 songs that focus on Tate’s experiences. Honest, funny, and uplifting, the show explores the themes of indoctrination, rejection, suppressed and expressed sexuality, and the rebuilding of self worth and a life after you’ve lost everything you believed to be true.
Six Bristol Artists, Clifton Contemporary Art, 11 September – 12 October
Bristol harbours a wealth of creative talent, defined not by similarity but by difference. If there is a common thread that links our resident artists, perhaps it is the city’s innate character: the easygoing, unselfconscious sense of community that provides a productive environment for creativity – whatever shape it takes. To celebrate this freedom of expression, Clifton Contemporary Art’s autumn show brings together six very different artists who call Bristol home. There is the teeming energy and movement of Andrew Hood’s street and beach scenes, Anthony Feiler’s individually crafted jewellery and Carl Melegari’s enigmatic portraits. Elaine Jones’ highly atmospheric abstracted landscapes and seascapes, Rosie Musgrave’s powerful stone carvings and bronzes and Tom Hughes’ dawn-to-dusk oils of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and of the Avon Gorge complete the mix.
Vans Film Festival: Sunday 12th September, 11.30am-7pm at Arnolfini
Curated by Doc’n Roll Films, Vans Film Festival celebrates the DIY spirit of music, street art and skateboarding. Films screened include skateboard documentary Boarders, IDLES documentary Don’t Go Gentle and street art story A Love Letter For You, alongside a host of skateboarding shorts. Director of Boarders Annika Ranin will be joining for a post-film Q&A all about the changing face of global skateboarding, while former IDLES bandmember Andy Stewart and IDLES AF Group founder Lindsay Melbourne will be talking about finding strength in vulnerability through music.
What She Said: celebrating pioneering women in music
Five of Bristol’s top female musicians – Sara Colman, Katya Gorrie, Ruth Hammond, Rebecca Nash and Tammy Payne – are celebrating the women who helped forge the future they now inhabit.
What She Said
gives these acclaimed female jazz artists the opportunity to delve into the key artists that have inspired them; from early musical influences, through conservatoire years, and into their professional careers. Each of the five leaders has taken a work from a female composer of jazz, pop, folk, country and rock from the last 100 years and translated it through their own voice.
From women fundamental to the big band scene of the '30s, to renowned artists like Nina Simone, Alice Coltrane, Joni Mitchell and Bjork, What She Said
pays tribute to these pioneering women. As female artists who haven’t felt limited by their gender, each musician explored their own record collections to choose their piece.
Expect brilliant new arrangements, from Ann Ronell’s Willow Weep for Me and Teena Marie’s Casanova Brown to the Eurythmics’ It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back) and Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock.
Each of the five lead artists has written a new work celebrating their musical hero, scored for this specially curated eight-piece band.
What She Said brings together an incredible ensemble of singers and multi-instrumentalists, hand-picked to offer a diverse and subtle palette with which to explore this history.
Appearing at St George’s Bristol on 19 September at 7:30pm –promoted by Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival. Tickets: £22 / £17/ £12
The radio talent search, which has previously seen a solicitor, a science teacher and a marriage coach given their first shows on BBC local, is back.
New Voices is the BBC's biggest search to find new radio stars. It returned on 6 September, holding virtual talent searches.
The stations are looking for people who love their local area and are keen to get behind a microphone.
Anyone over 18 can upload their story onto bbc.co.uk. All they have to do is record a one-minute video about something they care about, something local, or something personal to them.
The previous search found hidden talent across the country including Adaeze Chiwoko who was a marriage coach and now presents the Monday evening 7-10pm show on BBC Radio Manchester. It also uncovered ex-science teacher Sanny Rudravajhala, who now presents sports progamme Squad Goals across BBC Sounds on Saturday afternoons.
To enter all you have to do is upload a 60-second film of you telling your story to bbc.co.uk/newvoices
• EDUCATION •
OPEN DAYS |BADMINTON SCHOOL
Badminton: Get INTO it!
Sixth form open evening: Friday 24 September 2021
Are you into science? Music? Art? Dance? Join Badminton School, either virtually or in person, at its sixth form open evening to find out what subjects you can study at this sixth form that you may not be able to elsewhere.
Enjoy a tour of the school, meet the headmistress, head girls, members of academic and admissions staff and hear from current pupils.
Whole school open day: Saturday 2 October 2021
Join Badminton School, virtually or in person, at its whole school open day to get a true feel for what Badminton has to offer girls aged three to 18.
Bristol General Hospital began life in 1832, housed in modest dwellings in Guinea Street between the Redcliffe and Bedminster Parishes.
The hospital first opened in 1858, making a grand statement with is Italianate stonework and French Renaissance rooftops.
Preserved as a Grade II listed building, and having undergone a complete redevelopment by City and Country, it now offers a fabulous range of two and three-bedroom apartments boasting luxurious, fully inclusive specifications – fit for city-centre living, with some offering private outside space and rooftop views across the river over Bristol's skyline.
The General has also developed into a wonderfully chic community, with a number of commercial units at street level as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant.
This ultra-stylish, three-bedroom mezzanine apartment is one of the final homes for sale within the Edward VII building, the final phase of conversion at The General.
Located on the first floor, it features a wonderful dual-aspect living and dining space which is flooded with light, thanks to the number of original windows within the room.
The separate, yet stylishly connected kitchen is elegantly designed and features fully integrated Neff appliances.
The master bedroom features a large dressing room and a luxurious en-suite shower room appointed with Laufen sanitary wares and Brassware from Crosswater.
There are two further generous bedrooms, one located on the mezzanine level and the third positioned on the first floor with a stylish bathroom adjacent. Also on the mezzanine level is an inspiring space for a home office.
An essential utility cupboard, cloak room and WC complete the internal 1,551 sq ft specification apartment, which also has two allocated parking spaces.
Central to the restoration is the historic courtyard and new landscaped gardens, providing a little oasis and moment of calm while the city continues to thrive. £785,000.
For further details on this and the other remaining apartments at The General, visit the City and Country website: cityandcountry.co.uk