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Act Up drama

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 - Wednesday, 28 June 2017 12.45pm - 2pm
Drama class for all budding actors, whether you very confident or shy, this class caters to individuals over the age of 50. Classes are small and very welcoming. Our tutor Alison has a wealth of acting and theatre production experience. Funded by Hackney Learning Trust. Age group: 50+. 30 Holly St, Dalston, London E8 3XW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Naz. Email: nazmun-khanam@thesharpend.org.uk Telephone: 020 79230 0350. Visit website

Lindy hop classes

Thursday, 02 March 2017 - Thursday, 06 July 2017 8pm - 10pm
Weekly Lindy Hop classes at Chats Palace. Thursdays. 8pm-9pm beginners' basics (partner), 9pm-10pm lindy hop variations (partner) / vernacular jazz (solo jazz). £8 per class or £35 for a 5 class card. Age group: 18+. Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby's Walk E9 6DF. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Angela. Email: info@cookiesjam.com Telephone: . Visit website

Plonk crazy golf

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 - Friday, 29 December 2017 5pm - 11pm
This is Plonk's original outdoor 9-hole course. Also to be found is remote control car racing, foosball, ping pong and a board games cocktail room. £9 per player. £4.50 per junior. Plonk, 360 Victoria Park Road E9 7BT. Contact: Marina Lorenzato. Email: info@plonkgolf.co.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Elger Esser: Morgenland photographic exhibition of Lebanon, Egypt and Israel

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 - Sunday, 21 May 2017
Parasol unit presents Elger Esser's Morgenland, a solo photographic exhibition focusing on a new series of works created during his travels in the Eastern countries of Lebanon, Egypt and Israel from 2004 to 2015. . Parasol unit, 14 Wharf Road N1 7RW. Contact: Parasol unit. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. Visit website

Landscape exhibition part II: The Turning World at Charlie Smith London

Friday, 31 March 2017 - Saturday, 06 May 2017 11am - 6pm
Three British painters explore the reality and fiction of landscape painting and the land itself. The second in a trilogy of exhibitions investigating the city, landscape and interiors. Artists: Peter Ashton Jones, Sam Douglas, Barry Thompson. Twitter: https://go.evvnt.com/109099-1. Free entry. Charlie Smith London, 336 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9DR. Contact: Zavier Ellis. Email: direct@charliesmithlondon.com Telephone: 020 7739 4055. Visit website

Boxpark presents Mr. Doodle

Thursday, 06 April 2017 - Sunday, 30 April 2017 11am - 11pm
Mr Doodle is a crazy doodler from England. His work contains a mixture of characters, objects and patterns that contain influence from cereal boxes, video games and old cartoons, resulting in a fun and unique blend of doodle craziness. He began as a child by doodling in his sketchbooks but his rapid doodle craze took him on a fun journey of consuming all kinds of objects from dining chairs to campervans. His work is described as Graffiti Spaghetti because it twists and tangles over everything in it's path, resulting in pieces of work that have been completely consumed by the Doodle Man bug! You can see most of Doodle Man's work in London in the form of murals and installations in people's homes, offices and in the street. Watch Mr. Doodle illustrate his work live Saturday 1 April at Boxpark. For further details and to register to attend visit https://www.boxpark.co.uk . Free. Boxpark, Village Underground, Hackney EC2A 3PQ. Disabled access: yes.

Speedway - art exhibition

Friday, 07 April 2017 - Saturday, 13 May 2017 12 noon - 6pm
Inspired by the psychogeographic poetry of place, Transition Gallery, a Regent Studio resident since 2006, has commissioned a group of artists to make contemporary responses to the long forgotten histories of the area. Age group: All ages. Unit 25a Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road London Hackney Disabled access: yes. Contact: Corinna Spencer. Email: corinna@transitiongallery.co.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Yemi Awosile - Somewhere In Between

Friday, 14 April 2017 - Wednesday, 21 June 2017 12am - 12am
Art commission, free to visit. Starting from the spring equinox, designer Yemi Awosile will share a photo journal as she explores the change of season through fashion and textiles. . Age group: All ages. 97 and 99 Hoxton Street, London N1 6QL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Natasha. Email: info@peeruk.org Telephone: 020 77398080. Visit website

Meet the Makers

Saturday, 15 April 2017 - Sunday, 14 May 2017 1pm - 6pm
Come and meet vegan and ethical makers of fashion and house wares who talk about their work to keep their products ethical in materials and sourcing of labour. https://www.facebook.com/events/430520553952239/. Age group: All ages. Friendship Shoes, 272 Hackney Road, London E2 7SJ. Disabled access: no. Contact: steve. Email: businessaffiars@friendship.shoes Telephone: 07768097772. Visit website

East End Mob

Thursday, 20 April 2017 - Thursday, 04 May 2017 12 noon - 7pm
East End Mob presents work from 12 iconic artists who have been actively painting in the East End. The line-up includes A.CE, Atomiko, Coloquix, Cranio, Dscreet, Mau Mau, Mighty Mo, Pez, Rowdy, Sweet Toof, Tizer and Vinnie Nylon. Private view: 20 April at 6pm RSVP to info@bsmt.co.uk. East End Mob, 5D Stoke Newington Road N16 8BH. Disabled access: no. Contact: Maria Domenica Arcuri. Email: hello@bsmt.co.uk Telephone: . Visit website

East End Mob - private view and exhibition

Thursday, 20 April 2017 - Sunday, 14 May 2017 6pm
BSMT Space are pleased to present East End Mob: a one time gathering of 12 iconic East End street artists. For more information or to RSVP for the opening night contact: info@bsmt.co.uk . 5D Stoke Newington, Hackney, London N16 8BH. Contact: BSMT Space Gallery. Email: info@bsmt.co.uk Telephone: 07500 560 323 . Visit website

Spot Night

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 7pm - 10.30pm
Yellow Spot Collective's Spot Night presents an array of award winning short films. Key players from each film join us for a post-screening Q&A to share with us their processes and their insights into the industry. Panelists include Oscar winning producer Serena Armitage and Emmy nominated David Tucker. Age group: 18+. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Hackney Picturehouse. Email: yellowspotcollective@gmail.com Telephone: . Visit website

In bed with Jonathan Baldock and guests

Thursday, 27 April 2017 7pm - 9pm
Join Jonathan Baldock, Florence Peake and Martin Hargreaves for an evening of performance and discussion as part of Baldock's exhibition. Website: https://go.evvnt.com/114665-0. Booking: https://go.evvnt.com/114665-1. Tickets £6, concessions £5. Space, 129-131 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 3RH. Contact: Christine Jakobson. Email: christine@spacestudios.org.uk Telephone: 02085254330.

I Am Loud/Loud Poets

Friday, 28 April 2017 - Saturday, 29 April 2017 7.45pm - 9pm
This is slam-style, make some noise, fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry. This is poetry for the masses. This is the spoken word revolution. Loud Poets are a collective of Scottish musicians and spoken word artists known for their high-octane, tightly-crafted events where music, words and comedy hit the stage. Age group: 16+. Chats Palace Arts Centre, 42-44 Brooksby's Walk, Homerton E9 6DF. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Box Office. Email: info@chatspalace.com Telephone: 020 7613 7498. Visit website

James Pyman, Trespass

Friday, 28 April 2017 - Saturday, 10 June 2017 12pm - 6pm
Free exhibition. Through the medium of drawing, James Pyman investigates how identity is defined by circumstance, geography and popular culture, often in relation to comic strips, childrens illustration and other graphic narrative forms. Age group: All ages. 97 and 99 Hoxton Street, London N1 6QL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Natasha. Email: info@peeruk.org Telephone: 02077398080. Visit website

Rckay Rax TERA BITES! - art exhibition

Saturday, 29 April 2017 - Sunday, 18 June 2017 11am-6pm - 12 noon-5pm
The Residence Gallery is proud to present TERA BITES! the second solo exhibition by London-based artist Rckay Rax. In this show Rckay addresses the human’s place in an increasingly tech orientated and dependent world. Age group: All ages. Free. The Residence Gallery, 229 Victoria Park Road, Hackney E9 7HD. Disabled access: yes.

MotherX open studios at Queens Yard Summer Party

Sunday, 30 April 2017 11am - 6pm
Join the MotherX artists for a celebration of local creativity at our open studios as part of Queens Yard Summer Party. Walk in taster workshops will run all day and the artists will be on hand to talk about their practice and inspiration. MotherX at Pearl & Coutts Studios, 9 Queens Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick E9 5EN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Coby. Email: motherxstudios@gmail.com Telephone: . Visit website

Kizomba Monday - Amber Bar - Kizomba dance class and social

Monday, 01 May 2017 6pm - 11pm
Do you want to become a Kizomba pro? Then this Monday night Kizomba dance class is the place. with Syed Ali. Website: https://go.evvnt.com/118321-0. Facebook: https://go.evvnt.com/118321-1. Twitter: https://go.evvnt.com/118321-2. 3 hours £12, 2 hours £10. Amber Bar, Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9AW. Contact: Syed Ali. Email: info@kizombaaddiction.com Telephone: 07886471393.

Project T

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 6.30pm - 11.45pm
Project T is a youth led event in association with Tree Charter Charity to raise awareness about the conservation of natural spaces and the importance of trees through the merger of Live popular urban music and DJ sets. Genres including R'n'B, hip-hop variant and house music. Age group: 18-30+. NT's Bar, 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL. Contact: Ryan Brock. Email: ryan.jay.brock@gmail.com Telephone: 07412765776. Visit website

LOOM, Yassassin, Hotel Lux, Scab Hand at Permanent Creeps Club (re)launch

Thursday, 04 May 2017 - Friday, 05 May 2017 8pm - 1am
Permanent Creeps Club is back. And we're delighted to announce the relaunch of our monthly club night at The Macbeth Of Hoxton, with a very special line up. Plus Hoxton Radio DJs. The Macbeth of Hoxton, 70 Hoxton Street, London N1 6LP. Contact: Lloyd Young. Email: permanentcreepsclub@gmail.com Telephone: 07983377272. Visit website

Kizomba Monday - Amber Bar - Kizomba dance class and social

Monday, 08 May 2017 6pm - 11pm
Do you want to become a Kizomba pro? Then this Monday night Kizomba dance class is the place. with Syed Ali. Website: https://go.evvnt.com/118321-0. Facebook: https://go.evvnt.com/118321-1. Twitter: https://go.evvnt.com/118321-2. 3 hours £12, 2 hours £10. Amber Bar, Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9AW. Contact: Syed Ali. Email: info@kizombaaddiction.com Telephone: 07886471393.

OPEN:Art

Saturday, 13 May 2017 2pm - 4pm
Our regular monthly community OPEN:Art sessions for all - a chance to get creative in our beautiful, inspiring space. Pay what you can. All ages welcome and a play area is available for under 5s. Age group: All ages. The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES. Contact: Marion Chadwick. Email: info@theoldchurch.org.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Artist-led tour with Elger Esser

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 7pm
£8/£6 concessions. Booking required. Please note: this is a walking tour. Join exhibiting artist Elger Esser as he takes us on an artist-led tour of his solo exhibition Morgenland. Parasol unit, 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Parasol unit. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. Visit website

Russophone post punk from Sasha Ilyukevich and The Highly Skilled Migrants - new single launch

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 7.30pm - 11pm
2016's BBC Introducing artist, London-based Belarusian troubadour Sasha Ilyukevich and his British band The Highly Skilled Migrants create an incomparable brew of post punk electric energy and folk lyricism. Official Website: www.sashailyukevich.com. Age group: 16+. Servant Jazz Quarters, 10A Bradbury Street, Dalston N16 8JN. Disabled access: no. Contact: Sasha Ilyukevich. Email: sashailyukevich@gmail.com Telephone: 07724479850. Visit website

Sublive with Jack Tyson Charles and D. Vyzor

Friday, 28 April 2017 - Saturday, 29 April 2017 7.30pm - 2am
Jack is a born and bred Londoner who harnesses the grit and energy of the city with explosive results. Tickets £5. . Old St Records, 350-354 Old St EC1V 9NQ. Contact: Dan Berry. Email: dan@submitmusic.co.uk Telephone: +447825326037. Visit website

Actually Rather Good Comedy Festival 2017

Saturday, 01 July 2017 - Sunday, 02 July 2017 12 noon - 10.30pm
ARGComFest returns for a sixth year, bringing the spirit of the Fringe to Shoreditch. Sixty comedians over two days for a single ridiculously low ticket price. "The comedy Glastonbury," - Evening Standard "Intense, ridiculously good-value festival," - Time Out. Website: http://argcomfest.com. Day tickets: £19-£27. Weekend tickets: £34-£44. Available from: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/argcomfest/. Age group: 16+. Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT. Disabled access: yes. Contact: James Lowey. Email: hello@actuallyrathergood.com Telephone: . Visit website

Israel, People and Place - photography exhibition by Barry Alan Shaw Hackney Central Library

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 - Saturday, 27 May 2017 9am - 6pm
From the beaches of Tel-Aviv to Hackney's twinned town of Haifa in the north, a new photography exhibition by Barry Alan Shaw explores Israeli culture through the everyday life of its people. Alongside the exhibition books from Hackney Central Library's collection will be available to lend. Age group: All ages. Hackney Central Library, Reading Lane E8 1GQ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: tara hudson. Email: tara.hudson@hackney.gov.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Power, Subcultures and Queer Stages

Thursday, 27 April 2017 6pm - 8.30pm
A symposium examining the relationship between sexual identity and style, camp and spectacle, cultural appropriation and gender, live art and activism. Queen Mary University, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS. Contact: Giulia Casalini. Email: Telephone: .