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Live jazz @ The Dove on Broadway Market (ages 18+)

Sunday, 16 February 2014 - Sunday, 14 December 2014 6.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Live Jazz every Sunday evening featuring top jazz musicians from the UK and further afield. We kick off the season with Tom White, on trombone, Bill Mudge on organ, and Peter Ibbetson on drums. Up to date line up at www.dovepubs.com. Age group: 18+. The Dove Freehouse and kitchen, 24-28 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: hellen grogan . Email: dove@dovepubs.com Telephone: 02072757617. view website

Rio Cinema Drawing Classes (18+)

Monday, 17 February 2014 - Monday, 21 April 2014 7pm - 9pm
The Rio Cinema is hosting a weekly drop in drawing class tutored by two artists and experienced teachers. We will cover both life drawing and a wider variety of subjects to strengthen your observational and imaginative drawing skills. Visit: www.rootdrawing.com All levels are welcome. Age group: 18+. Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, Hackney, E8 2PB. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Emma . Email: mail@rootdrawing.com Telephone: 07737614333. view website

Burak Delier: Freedom has no script

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - Saturday, 17 May 2014
Burak Delier exhibits recent work and a new film commissioned by Iniva at Rivington Place. Delier's work explores the relationship between capitalism and art, balancing seriousness and wit to critique society in a way that is relevant to Turkey and beyond. Iniva, Rivington Place, Hackney EC2A 3BA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Tessa Jackson. Email: iniva@iniva.org Telephone: 020 7729 9616. view website

Creative studio is available in Hackney Wick

Saturday, 29 March 2014 - Monday, 12 May 2014
ARBEIT is located in Hackney Wick, in the heart of Wick creative, 2 min from the Hackney Wick overground station, next to the Olympic park. Desks at £150 PM. Self contained studios (90 sqf) £300 PM, without natural light. Contact us on info@arbeit.org.uk or call us on 07857809775. arbeit.org.uk . Age group: any. Unit 4, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, ARBEIT, Hackney, E95EN. Disabled access: no. Contact: Hajni Semsei (ARBEIT). Email: info@arbeit.org.uk Telephone: 447857809775. view website

Unplanned Memories

Saturday, 05 April 2014 - Sunday, 27 April 2014
"Help me to understand why others seem to plan their memories," sung Billie MacKenzie in Beyond the Sun. The title Unplanned Memories is a response to this line and describes an exhibition that features two artists in pursuit of the elusive enigmatic soulful object. Unit 25a, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, Hackney, E8 4QN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Transition Gallery. Email: corinna@transitiongallery.co.uk Telephone: . view website

Art for All (Ages 50+)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 - Thursday, 18 December 2014 10am - 12pm
If you wanted to learn to draw or improve your drawing skill, increase your confidence using water colours, acrylic paints etc, then this class is for you. All levels welcome, tutor on hand to offer guidance and tips. 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 0350. view website

Jawdance

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:30 - 22:00
Jawdance is one of the biggest and consistently excellent open-mics in town. This live spoken word event has a charismatic host and offers quirky films, barnstorming guest acts, set in Rich Mix's cool, laid back bar in Shoreditch and you can be part of it. Website : http://atnd.it/9994-0 Facebook : http://atnd.it/9994-1. Artists: Kat Francois, Rhythm of Men, Anna Kahn. Free. Rich Mix, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, United Kingdom, E1 6LA. Disabled access: yes.

Artist talk and screening: Shezad Dawood

Thursday, 24 April 2014 7pm
Tickets: £6/£5. Exhibiting artist Shezad Dawood will discuss his practice and current exhibition at Parasol unit, in conversation with writer/critic Oliver Basciano. The talk will include the premier screening of Dawood's new film, New Dream Machine Project II, commissioned in 2013 by Parasol unit. . 14 Wharf Road, Hackney, N1 7RW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. view website

London Gallery Day: film screening

Friday, 25 April 2014 - Saturday, 26 April 2014 10am - 8pm
Free. Commissioned in 2013 by Parasol unit for Parasolstice - Winter Light Project, this film by Shezad Dawood is the latest 'act' in an evolving body of work entitled New Dream Machine Project. The project explores the relationship between Beat Culture and Middle-Eastern artistic traditions. Screenings run continuously each day. 14 Wharf Road, Hackney, N1 7RW. Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. view website

Dugout Soul Club

Friday, 25 April 2014 - Saturday, 26 April 2014 9.00pm - 3.00am
DJ Collective electrify the dance floor with their unique mash up of Northern Soul, Funk & Rare Groove. Music so sharp it bleeds! ADMISSION FREE. Age group: 18+. Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, N16 6XS. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jon Dabner. Email: info@mascarabar.co.uk Telephone: 07432 255357. view website

Charity classical concert

Saturday, 26 April 2014 7:30pm
Join us for this extravaganza evening of music in support of two great causes! The London Repertoire Orchestra will be performing in aid of The Bridge Special School and The Caspari Foundation. Please contact 020 7381 0441 or wegottickets.com. . St James' Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Annette Bonneau. Email: ellisellis1828@gmail.com Telephone: 02 7381 0441.

Latvian documentary film afternoon

Saturday, 26 April 2014 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Latvian documentary film afternoon at the Rio Cinema in Dalston will showcase a selection of four Latvian documentaries and two animations, which have been screened and awarded at international film festivals, including BFI London Film Festival and Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. Tickets via http://bit.ly/1hR49Qd . Age group: 15+. Rio Cinema 107 Kingsland High Street E8 2PB London Disabled access: yes. Contact: Marita Upeniece. Email: maritaupeniece@yahoo.com Telephone: . view website

Scared to Dance

Saturday, 26 April 2014 - Sunday, 27 April 2014 10pm - 3am
Playing the best in indiepop, post-punk, new wave, sixties, C86 and lo-fi music. Guest DJing comes from Jeremy Warmsley of Summer Camp. See the website to get on in on the cheaplist. Age group: Over 18s. Moustache Bar, Stoke Newington Road, Hackney, N16 7XB. Disabled access: no. Contact: Paul Richards. Email: paul@scaredtodance.co.uk Telephone: . view website

Poetry workshop: Poems & Possibilities

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 6pm - 9pm
£6/£5. Using our exhibition Shezad Dawood - Towards the Possible Film, as inspiration, this poetry workshop will encourage the translation of filmic methods into poems. With writer Simon Pomery, the group will read and discuss poetry inspired by films, and use a variety of methods to generate writings, including concrete poetry. 14 Wharf Road, Hackney, N1 7RW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. view website

My Name Is?

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - Saturday, 24 May 2014 8.00pm - 9:30pm
This captivating new verbatim play uncovers a cross-cultural story that began in early 80s Glasgow, long before the 'tug of love' tale that hit headlines in 2006, when a young girl left Scotland for Pakistan. More information: http://www.arcolatheatre.com/production/arcola/my-name-is. Age group: 14+. Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Clare Callan. Email: marketing@tamasha.org.uk Telephone: 0207 749 0090. view website

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

Thursday, 01 May 2014 - Sunday, 18 May 2014 10am - 9pm
Experience the very best international contemporary photography at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London, 1st - 18th May. For details and booking visit www.worldphoto.org/2014exhibition. . Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Giulia. Email: giulia@worldphoto.org Telephone: 02078863087. view website

Any Place But Here

Friday, 02 May 2014 - Sunday, 25 May 2014
Solo show by Irish painter Genieve Figgis. Unit 25a Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, Hackney, E8 4QN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Corinna Spencer. Email: corinna@transitiongallery.co.uk Telephone: . view website

Lecture: alien culture, and others

Thursday, 08 May 2014 7pm
Tickets: £6|£5. Dr Mark Bould will draw on classic and contemporary sci-fi texts, films and programmes, as well as artists such as Kiluanji Kia Henda and the Black Kirby Project, whilst discussing how sci-fi explores identity and questions of race. . 14 Whard Road, Hackney, N1 7RW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. view website

Storytelling family workshop: my brother the alien (Ages 5-15)

Sunday, 11 May 2014 2.30pm - 4pm
Tickets: £5 per family. Fact or fiction? Blur the boundaries between the two in this playful family workshop with artist Emma McGarry. Bring to life a new alien member of your family through drawing, collage, sculpture and performance, and explore the storytelling potential of your creation. . Age group: Suitable for ages 5-15 yrs. 14 Wharf Road, Hackney, N1 7RW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. view website

Super 8 film workshop: pierce, puncture, splice (16+)

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 7pm
Tickets: £6|£5. Exploring the tangible qualities of film, you'll pierce, puncture, burn, cut and splice together your own abstract expressionist film using exposed reels of super8. You'll project the film at different stages of its development allowing you to evaluate your approach to this playful experimentation. Led by Serena Korda. Age group: (ages 16+). 14 Wharf Road, Hackney, N1 7RW. Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. view website

Conference: Sensingsite

Monday, 19 May 2014 10.30am - 5pm
£6|£5. Free- UAL students and staff. Sensingsite 2014 is a series of 3 research events organised by Central Saint Martins, across Falmouth University, Lethaby Gallery and Parasol unit. This final event, called Transcribing Site, includes performances, presentations and demonstrations of work engaged with notation, copying and translation of site. 14 Wharf Road, Hackney, N1 7RW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. view website

Islington Art Society spring exhibition

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - Saturday, 31 May 2014
A wide variety of paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photography and print making will be on display and available for sale with the private view on Thursday 22 May from 6.30-8.30pm. Age group: 18+. The Gallery, Stoke Newington Library, Edwards Lane (off Stoke Newington Church Street), N16 0JS. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Heather James. Email: heather@plantin.plus.com Telephone: . view website

Storytelling family workshop: seeing is believing (Ages 5-15)

Sunday, 25 May 2014 2.30pm - 4pm
£5 per family. Enter the wonderful world of mystical and magical storytelling with artist educator Alexandra Hughes. Families will weave together a story using collages of found images, blending cultures and discovering connections between ideas and histories. The collages will be woven together into an imaginative stop frame animation. Age group: Suitable for ages 5-15 yrs. 14 Wharf Road, Hackney, N1 7RW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. view website

Chatterbooks boys' reading group (Ages 8-12)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - Thursday, 30 October 2014 4.30pm - 5.30pm
A fun reading group for children aged 8-12. For more information please contact kwadjo.baah@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 1964. STAMFORD HILL LIBRARY, STAMFORD HILL, London, Hackney, N16 6SB. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Kwadjo Baah. Email: kwadjo.baah@hackney.gov.uk Telephone: 020 8356 1964.