Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Donut Be Ridiculous!

In the legendary words of Special Agent Dale Cooper "once a day, every day you should give yourself a present" but you'd need to be feeling extremely generous to treat yourself to this... Behold: the 24-karat gold leaf donuts that will set you back a hefty $1000 for a dozen!

Each donut is hand made, filled with a purple ube mousse studded with chunks of Cristal jelly and dusted with gold before the gold leaf flakes are painted on. I cannot see these making an appearance at the Twin Peaks' sheriff station any time soon but given the opportunity I absolutely would love to try one of these myself. If only budget (and a trip to Miami) would allow...

Monday, 24 April 2017

Write It In Your Diary: A Month of Twin Peaks

May is fast approaching and the countdown to the return of Twin Peaks is at the time of writing, a mere 27 days. After waiting 26 years, that really isn't long to go. It's never been a better time to be a fan. If you've already completed your re-watch and are itching to celebrate and appreciate Twin Peaks in any way possible, here is a selection of London based events and other ideas to get you truly in the spirit during the lead up to May 21st. Write them in your diary...

Twin Peaks Life Drawing - "Fire Chalk With Me"

Art Macabre are hosting a Twin Peaks themed life drawing class at The Book Club on the afternoon of the 20th May. All I'm imagining is a strategically placed log... For the artists (established or aspiring) amongst you, this sounds like a really fun alternative to a traditional life drawing do. I'm always so impressed by the extraordinary and fantastical artwork that the Twin Peaks fans create and this event sounds like the ultimate inspiration - Badalamenti's music will fill the air, cherry pie will be served and models will be dressed (or in states of un-dress) as beloved characters from the show. If anyone attends make sure you share the results! £15 for a ticket which can be purchased here.

The Double R Club

Time and time again I have encouraged my readers to visit The Double R Club at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. Their evenings of Lynchian burlesque and cabaret are other worldly. If you still haven't been, then the show on the 18th May is a must do. You'll never know what you're about to experience - hysterical, terrifying, teasing and pleasing. Read my review of their annual Miss Twin Peaks contest to get an idea. Tickets can be purchased here.

The SRSLY Twin Peaks Quiz Night

I am terrible at pub quizzes. The pressure gets to me and my brain flat lines. But if you can remember which date Agent Cooper cruised into town and who sang about Sycamore Trees then why not go along and try to win a Twin Peaks themed prize? Hosted by the SRSLY podcast and again located at The Book Club in Shoreditch. Teams of up to 6 people on May 9th. Advanced tickets are only £3 and can be purchased here.

Lynchian Mystery Theatre: The Frost Connection

A free (yes please) BYOB (even better) event at The Muse Gallery, Portobello Road on May 22nd. As well as an exclusive public premiere of the first episode of the new Season, the evening will showcase the more obscure collaborative work of Lynch/Frost including a screening of the hysterical comedy On The Air. Cherry pie and coffee will be served too! More information can be found here.

Fire Walk With Me Screening

Picturehouse Central is my favourite cinema in London - the venue is fittingly Twin Peaks with wood panelling and a chevron floor in the lobby. Join them on the eve of the return (May 20th) for a screening of Lynch's prequel film Fire Walk With Me in 4K restoration. It's a great experience seeing it on the big screen and the bar at Picturehouse Central serves an excellent espresso martini. Costumes and logs are welcome. Buy tickets in advance here.

Postcards from Twin Peaks

If you're not London based and can't make it along to any of the above I have one last thing to promote which you can enjoy from any corner of the world. I'm currently reading a book of Twin Peaks poetry written by the host of The Double R Club, Benjamin Louche. Often read aloud at The Double R Club, I've always found his Twin Peaks poetry enthralling (I posted his Ballad of The Blue Rose a few month back). You can purchase this wonderful, mysterious collection of 'Peaksie' poetry from the Double R Club Shop for only £7!

I'm determined to make May a month of Twin Peaks celebrating. Cherry pie, doughnuts and coffee will be consumed in massive, massive quantities. Badalamenti will be whirling around my record player and perhaps finally I will play my original Twin Peaks board game. The stars are aligning and the log will be speaking soon...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Twin Peaks Tattoo

I always knew that when I got a tattoo for the first time it would express my love for Twin Peaks. Although I have an impulsive nature it took years for me to commit but I finally did it. It helps that my sister is a training stick n’ poke tattoo artist and in need of skin to practice on! Hand poking is the traditional, back to basics method using a single hand held needle. Despite being an ancient art form the hand poke tattoo is experiencing a surge in popularity and it’s easy to see why. Hand poking is far gentler than the machine needles commonly used in tattoo parlours and the results are very delicate and organic in style.

I knew I wanted something which would not necessarily be wholly obvious to the average (non-Peakie) person and have always loved the owl cave symbol. My sister is especially fond of tiny, simple designs and once we had agreed how small to go she planted a transfer onto the wrist of my right arm and got to work. I had drunk a few glasses of prosecco to calm my nerves but it was immensely pain free and a great experience. 30 mins later and my baby Twin Peaks tattoo was finished. I’m delighted with it and love that to some it just looks like a pretty geometric shape. But to others it is instantly recognisable as the Twin Peaks symbol – almost like a Bookhouse Boy’s secret seal of Peakie approval.

I’ve considered getting the mantra ‘Fire Walk With Me’ permanently inked somewhere on my body but considering what this meant to The One Armed Man and that he subsequently removed his arm for it, would that be terribly wrong? I can’t decide…

If you’re London or Brighton based and interested in getting a stick n’ poke tattoo for yourself, you can find my sister’s work on Instagram: @sorcha_bee