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Art - Develop your drawing and painting skills

Monday, 16 June 2014 - Monday, 08 December 2014 10am - 12am
Develop your drawing and painting skills. Learn ways to expand your work to showcase your creative skills. Age group: 50+. Queensbridge Sports and Community Centre, 30 Holly Street, Hackney, E8 3XW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nazmun. Email: nazmun-khanam@thesharpend.org.uk Telephone: 020 7923 0650. view website

Hackney Adult Drama Group

Thursday, 04 September 2014 - Thursday, 11 December 2014 7pm - 8.30pm
Adult Drama Group open to all levels. Always enjoyed acting or just like to give it a go? Then come join us and build confidence, improve your skills, meet new people and have fun. Age group: 21+. Powerscroft Road, Hackney, E5 0PU. Contact: Adele Lynch. Email: hackneydrama@yahoo.com Telephone: 07950 526 443.

All Voices community choir

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 - Tuesday, 23 December 2014 7.30pm - 9pm
All Voices is open to everyone who wants to do some singing whether you haven't sung since your school days or do it on a regular basis. No need to read music and no audition. We rehearse every Tuesday night in Newington Green. (Fee: £5-7/session). . Age group: Adults. Woodville Road, London, N16 8NA. Contact: Nina Richardson. Email: allvoiceschoir@gmail.com Telephone: 07730 502695. view website

Photographer unknown

Sunday, 12 October 2014 - Sunday, 21 December 2014 12pm - 5pm
A selection from the 40 year old Chats Palace archive portraying Homerton scenes and characters through the ad hoc documentation of a group of voluntary and often uncredited photographers. Portraits range from casual snaps to more formal studies and in passing offer a glimpse of the area, within our living memory. . Age group: All ages welcome. Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby's Walk, Homerton, E9 6DF. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Peter Young. Email: photochats10@yahoo.com Telephone: 07921 816754. view website

Darren Coffield: Psycho

Saturday, 01 November 2014 - Wednesday, 24 December 2014 11:00am - 6:00pm
Darren Coffield?s Paradox Portraits are a superb product of art and science at its most exciting. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing and in themselves, works of art, but they excite the mind with what can be perceived, in social psychology terms as a manipulation of perception.??Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Psychiatrist. Age group: 18 - 100. 229, VICTORIA PARK ROAD, London, Hackney, E9 7HD. Disabled access: no. Contact: Ingrid Z. Email: info@residence-gallery.com Telephone: 02089850321. view website

Sweet 'Art presents Guilty Pleasures

Monday, 03 November 2014 - Sunday, 30 November 2014 6pm - 11.30pm
Quirky art collective Sweet ‘Art are back with their next hotly anticipated show. Sweet ‘Art have again worked their magic in selecting eclectic, interesting and well executed artworks from artists whose work explores the thrill, the fun, the desire, the sinister, the surreal, the absurd, the grotesque, the bizarre, the debauched, the humorous, the childish, the moving and the taboo in the world of Guilty Pleasures! Are you ready to indulge in yours?! . Age group: 18+. Free. Juno, Juno, 134-135 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE. Disabled access: yes.

Mother Goose

Saturday, 22 November 2014 - Sunday, 04 January 2015
Packed with the usual sparkle, spectacle, mayhem, comedy and incredible original music performed by a live band, Hackney Empire's must-see pantomime is officially open for bookings!. Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street E8 1EJ Contact: Marketing. Email: marketing@hackneyempire.co.uk Telephone: .

Christmas Past: 400 Years of seasonal traditions in English homes

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - Sunday, 04 January 2015 10am - 5pm
Each year, the museum's period rooms are transformed with authentic festive decorations, lighting, greenery and music, giving a magical glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English homes over the past 400 years. This free exhibition is accompanied by a full programme of events for all ages. . Age group: All ages. Geffrye Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, Hackney, E2 8EA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nancy Loader. Email: press@geffrye-museum.org.uk Telephone: 020 7739 9893. view website

Olaudah Equiano:The Enslaved African

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - Saturday, 29 November 2014 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Immersive theatre performance. Total Insight Theatre Company presents the life of Olaudah Equiano, from when he was enslaved since the age of eleven to becoming one of our most famous and influential Black Londoners. Ticket website and prices: Adults: £10 16-18, Students, Unemployed and Over 65s: £8 http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/olaudah-equiano-the-enslaved-african-tickets-13555062557?aff=eorg . Age group: This play contains some mildly graphic scenes, therefore not suitable children under the age 16. SUTTON HOUSE, HOMERTON HIGH STREET, London, Hackney, E9 6JQ. Disabled access: no. Contact: Nia Bentham-Prince. Email: nyanna.bentham-prince@nationaltrust.org.uk Telephone: 020 8986 2264. view website

DUGOUT SOUL CLUB

Friday, 28 November 2014 - Saturday, 29 November 2014 9.00pm - 3.00am
DJ Collective spin Northern Soul, RnB, Motown & Funk Vinyl at this essential fixture on the Soul Calendar. Late Night Venue with Free Admission. . Age group: 21+. Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, N16 6XS, Stoke Newington, N16 6XS. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jon Dabner. Email: info@mascarabar.co.uk Telephone: 07432 255357. view website

Beauty and the Beast Panto

Saturday, 29 November 2014 - Saturday, 17 January 2015
Get ready for some spectacular festive fun as Theatre Royal Stratford East brings you an enchanting new version of this timeless classic. Price & Times: £26.50/£8.50 (£20/£6.50 concs) . Age group: Any. Theatre Royal, Gerry Raffles Square, Hackney, E15 1BN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Box Office. Email: tickets@stratfordeast.com Telephone: 020 8534 0310. view website

MUSEfest

Saturday, 29 November 2014 19.30 - 00.30
£7 in advance/ £10 at Hackney Picture House 270 Mare Street. This is a celebration of women who inspire and make waves through their music skills. . Age group: adult. The Attic, Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Zeb Achonu. Email: info.musefest@gmail.com Telephone: .

Mr and Mrs Andrews exhibition

Saturday, 29 November 2014 - Sunday, 21 December 2014
Mr and Mrs Andrews refers directly to Gainsborough's 1750 masterpiece in order to excavate layer-by-layer how ten contemporary painters think. . unit 25a, Regent Studios 8 Andrews Road London Hackney Disabled access: yes. Contact: Corinna Spencer. Email: corinna@transitiongallery.co.uk. view website

Mvula Mandondo and Prana - Live

Sunday, 30 November 2014 8pm - 11.45pm
PRÂNA - Exclusive launch. The new dazzling music and theatre project by master drummer - percussionist Siemy Di. MVULA MANDONDO. Tanzania village roots meets urban rumba, latin and Caribbean. Saidi Kand with his band redefines World Music. DJ set by Fenomeno Show. Age group: All ages. Rich Mix, 35-37 Bethnal Green Road, Hackney, E1 6LA E1 6LA. Contact: Open The Gate. Email: pr@openthegate.org.uk . view website

Hackney Makers Monthly

Sunday, 30 November 2014 12.30pm - 5.00pm
A chance to buy special pieces and samples straight from the Maker. Leatherwork, bespoke carpentry and framing, eco-friendly fashion and accessories made with recycled and reinvented rubber products. Commission furniture and frames or just to hang out and be plain nosey. . Age group: All ages. 18-20, CLARENCE MEWS, London, Hackney, E5 8HL. Contact: Ros Weaver. Email: MAKERSMONTHLY@GMAIL.COM Telephone: 020 8985 1055. view website

Hackney Proms present Handel at the Playhouse

Friday, 05 December 2014 7.30pm - 9.30pm
A programme of 18th century musical comedy and ballad opera originally composed by Handel. It was arguably an early prototype of our modern popular musical theatre. The unprecedented success of John Gay's The Beggars opera precipitated a wave of revival productions and ballad operas became very successful. Age group: 10+. Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, Hackney, N16 0JR. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Paul Julian. Email: pauljulian@hackneyproms.co.uk. view website

Painted Signs in Cambodia: An Exhibition

Saturday, 06 December 2014 - Sunday, 07 December 2014 10.00am - 5.00pm
Flying pigs, retro hairstyles and hand grenades are set to feature in this free exhibition celebrating the art and craft of Cambodia?s hand-painted advertising. The exhibition will feature a mixture of original signage, photography and contextual materials to support the understanding of the signs and their role in Cambodian life. Age group: All ages welcome. A.S. Handover, 1 Farleigh Place, London, Farleigh Road, N16 7SX. Contact: Sam Roberts. Email: sam@ghostsigns.co.uk Telephone: 07989 409 046. view website

Acoustic Sundays: festive frolics

Sunday, 07 December 2014 2pm - 7.30pm
A daytime music event with 6 live act, open mic, food (fish finger sandwiches), a wide range of drinks and a 15 stall craft fair. A great day for all ages. Acoustic Sundays are like having a gig in your living room. . Age group: All ages. St Peter's Church, Northchurch Terrace, Hackney, N1 4DA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Oli K-H. Email: admin@soundadviceuk.com Telephone: 020 7254 1668. view website

Christmas Open Studio - 18 Glebe Rd -

Thursday, 11 December 2014 - Saturday, 13 December 2014 11am - 6pm
Glebe Road Studios 14 participating artist & designers. Come and enjoy our local arts & crafts alternative to High Street Christmas Shopping. Free Entry . Age group: n/a. 18 Glebe Road Studio's, 18 Glebe rd, London, Hackney, E8 4BD. Disabled access: no. Contact: Solomia Zoumaras. Email: solomia.zoumaras@network.rca.ac.uk Telephone: 07742325364. view website

the little match girl passion + Karolaoke

Thursday, 11 December 2014 - Friday, 12 December 2014 7.30pm - 11pm
A participatory music theatre extravaganza, moving from winter cold to communal warmth. Opera Erratica present a staging of David Lang's beautiful cantata the little match girl passion, before live music collective The Coveryard perform a pop-classical crossover 'KAROLAOKE' set of sing-along carols and Christmas covers. Tickets from £15 at www.billetto.co.uk/karolaoke. . Age group: 18-100. SHAPES, 117 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN. Contact: Thom Andrewes. Email: thom@opera-erratica.org Telephone: 09741370461. view website

West End theatre Christmas course at Sadler's Wells for 6-18 year olds

Saturday, 27 December 2014 - Wednesday, 31 December 2014 1.30pm - 6pm
Learn with top professionals from the West End Theatre in this intensive 5 day course at Sadler's Wells. Classes in singing, drama, musical theatre and street dance - with showcase on the last day! Website: http://atnd.it/17388-0 Price: £150-£200. Sadler's Wells Theatre Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4TN London Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nuria Garcia. Email: info@ledb.co.uk Telephone: 0208 905 4554.

Cirque Berserk

Friday, 16 January 2015 - Saturday, 17 January 2015
Direct from four sold-out seasons in London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Britain’s favourite contemporary thrill circus embarks at last on a nationwide theatre tour. Combining contemporary “cirque” style skills with off-the-scale thrilling stunt action, Cirque Berserk is a danger-filled spectacle that will amaze audiences of all ages. Presenting the world’s most dangerous circus act, the legendary Globe of Death, with 3 motorcyclists speeding at over 60mph inside a unique steel cage, seen for the first time live on stage in the UK (“off the scale awesome” – Daily Telegraph). Plus a troupe of over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and death-defying stunt men are joined by award-winning physical comedian Tweedy (“The best Clown I have ever seen” – The Guardian). Disabled access: yes. Age group: All. Hackney Empire, 291, Mare St. London, E8 1EJ. boxoffice@hackneyempire.co.uk http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/3373/shows/cirque-berserk.html Disabled access: yes. view website

Hackney Players present "Sleeping Beauty" pantomime

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - Saturday, 24 January 2015
The Hackney Players amateur dramatics group present the pantomime "Sleeping Beauty". 22- 24 Jan 2015. Evening performances 7.30pm and Sat matinee at 3pm. Tickets available by emailing keith.stean@virgin.net. Morland Community Hall, Gayhurst Road, Hackney, E8 3EN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Philippa Clarkin. Email: philippaclarkin@hotmail.co.uk. view website