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Spineless authors' night

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - Wednesday, 11 December 2019 8.30pm - 10pm
Spineless is a literary open mic night. Each month, established guest authors will share a platform with new, emerging and practicing writers from the audience. If you would like to read your work, please contact us at spinelessauthors@gmail.com. Free entry. Age group: 18+. The Clapton Hart, 231 Lower Clapton Rd, Hackney E5 8EG. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Christian Butler-Zanetti. Email: spinelessauthors@gmail.com Telephone: 07810087608. Visit website

Play Contemporary Music

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 - Thursday, 28 November 2019 7pm - 9.30pm
CoMA London is a contemporary music ensemble looking for new players (including composers). We rehearse on Tuesday evenings in Shoreditch and work with composers at the frontier of new music. All instruments and levels welcome. Get in touch and give it a go. St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Caroline Star. Email: london@coma.org Telephone: . Visit website

Lina Iris Viktor  Some Are Born To Endless Night ? Dark Matter

Friday, 13 September 2019 - Saturday, 25 January 2020
Become immersed in deep lustres of black punctuated with luminous 24-karat gold and opulent ultramarine blue hues in Lina Iris Viktor?s singular artistic universe.  Curator: Renée Mussai. Autograph is an accessible venue, download access guide: http://bit.ly/2DF11bE Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Also supported by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. . Rivington Place, London. EC2A 3BA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Autograph. Email: info@autograph-abp.co.uk Telephone: .

Gillian Hyland Exhibition: a photographic retrospective

Saturday, 21 September 2019 - Saturday, 21 December 2019
Since 2007, Clapton-based artist, Hyland has created a portfolio that encompasses imagery for fashion shoots, commercials and advertising campaigns. This diverse background has nurtured her passion for making images, now evolved into her own highly distinctive photographic style. Tues 4-9pm, Thurs 6-9pm, Sat 9am-1pm. Other viewing times may be possible. . Chats Palace Arts Centre, 42-44 Brooksby's Walk, Hackney, London E9 6DF. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Paula Van Hagen. Email: paula@chatspalace.com Telephone: 02085330227. Visit website

Utopia - an exhibition in support of Extinction Rebellion

Friday, 11 October 2019 - Sunday, 27 October 2019 10am - 5pm
UTOPIA, part two of BSMT exhibition series in support of Extinction Rebellion. It will coincide with October's global actions around climate change and the gallery will continue to hold talks on the topic throughout October and be a place to engage with the big decisions that lie before us. Age group: All ages. BSMT, 529 Kingsland Road, Dalston E84AR. Disabled access: no. Contact: Greg Key. Email: info@bsmt.co.uk Telephone: .

Common ware

Friday, 18 October 2019 - Sunday, 20 October 2019 12 noon - 6pm
Common Ware is a project of ceramic multiples made by members and artist residents of the Hastings-based ceramics studio Common Clay, with a responsive sound work for an exhibition at PEER. The exhibition is part of the Art Licks Weekend 2019 with this years theme of Interdependence. . Age group: All ages. PEER Gallery, 97-99 Hoxton Street, Hackney N1 6QL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Rosa Harvest. Email: natascha@peeruk.org Telephone: 02077398080. Visit website

Rudolph Walker's 80th Birthday

Sunday, 20 October 2019 6pm - 9pm
Rudolph Walker OBE an icon of our stage and screen is celebrating his 80th birthday at Hackney Empire on Sunday 20 October at 6pm. As we look back over his life, guests will be entertained by singers, dancers, actors, comedians and special celebrities. All proceeds will go to The Rudolph Walker Foundation. Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1EJ. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Nicole Bobb. Email: nickiebob@hotmail.com Telephone: 07872 831 451. Visit website

Artists' Archives talk at Tudor Grove Studios / Olympian Arts

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10.30am - 12.30pm
Free talk about artists' archives at Tudor Grove Studios / Olympian Arts. RSVP info@tudorgrovestudios.com. Tudor Grove Studios, 21 Tudor Grove, Hackney E9 7QL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Alice Walters. Email: info@tudorgrovestudios.com Telephone: .

AudioGiggle at Ryan's N16

Thursday, 24 October 2019 8pm - 10.30pm
A night of comedy at Ryan's N16 in Stoke Newington. Free entry. Starts 8pm. MCing from Luke Poulton. Featuring stand-up sets from: Mike Lash, James Meakin, Mel Byron, Stylophobia, Mia Zuani, Kallis Kyriacou, Eyrn Tett, Michalle Paker, Harry Wright, Bethany Sharp. Age group: 18+. Ryan's, 181 Stoke Newington Church Street, Hackney N16 0QT. Disabled access: no. Contact: Luke. Email: audiogigglecomedyclub@gmail.com Telephone: . Visit website

Returns and Renewals

Friday, 25 October 2019 - Saturday, 21 December 2019
MacKillop will be showing an exhibition of newly commissioned work across PEER's gallery space and Shoreditch Library. Age group: any. 97-99 Hoxton Street, N1 6QL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Natascha. Email: natascha@peeruk.org Telephone: .

Taste of Southern Africa Festival - live music, workshops and DJs

Saturday, 26 October 2019 - Sunday, 27 October 2019 2pm - 2am
Taste of Southern Africa invites you to its annual festival - a day to experience and celebrate southern African cultural heritage through the performing arts. £5. Grow, 98c Wallis Road, Hackney E9 5LN. Contact: Grow Hackney. Email: anthony@growhackney.co.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Ascending Ages

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - Thursday, 07 November 2019 7pm - 10pm
Staged in St. Augustine's Tower, Ascending Ages is a play exploring the human history of Hackney like you've never experienced before. As you move up through the levels of the tower, you will travel through time to discover the history of Hackney told by the people of St. Augustine's itself. Several shows a day across the performance week; please see website for details. . Age group: 10+. St. Augustine's Tower, Hackney, London E8 1HT. Disabled access: no. Contact: Idle Discourse. Email: idlediscoursetheatre@gmail.com Telephone: . Visit website

Halloween Swing

Saturday, 02 November 2019 7.15pm - 11pm
The Swing Time Dance Company present a Halloween Swing Special with music from the 30s, 40s and 50s guaranteed to get you moving. Whether you're new to swing dancing or an experienced dancer, don your best vintage attire and join us for a good old fashioned knees up. . Age group: 14+. Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, Hackney N1 6SH. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Hoxton Hall. Email: reception@hoxtonhall.co.uk Telephone: 02076840060.

Dark Matter collage masterclass

Saturday, 02 November 2019 2pm - 5pm
Explore how to use photo-collage to create new meanings and narratives from images, with artist Cherelle Sappleton. This hands-on workshop will take inspiration from Autograph's current exhibition by Lina Iris Viktor. We are an accessible venue. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Rivington Place, Hackney, London EC2A 3BA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Lucy Keany. Email: lucy@autograph-abp.co.uk Telephone: .

Luke Poulton: Bad Movies

Thursday, 28 November 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
After doing his show "You Don't Look Autistic" for the past two years. Luke has decided to move on and do a whole show on one of his favourite things Bad Movies! Get ready for a journey through the worst movies ever created. Essex Comedian of the Year 2019. . Age group: 18+. 181 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, London, N16 0QT. Disabled access: no. Contact: Luke Poulton. Email: veganluke@gmail.com Telephone: . Visit website

Jazz Verse Jukebox

Friday, 29 November 2019 7.30pm - 11pm
BBC Radio London's Jumoké Fashola and the Jazz Verse Jukebox Trio the eclectic Jazz Verse Jukebox returns to Hoxton Hall this autumn continuing the age old tradition of intertwining jazz improvisation and performance poetry. This promises to be a thrilling, diverse night showcasing some of the freshest exponents on the scene. . Age group: 14+. Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, Hackney, London N1 6SH. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Hoxton Hall . Email: reception@hoxtonhall.co.uk Telephone: . Visit website