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Martin Puryear solo exhibition

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 - Friday, 08 December 2017 10am - 6pm
Showing in London for the first time, American artist Martin Puryear's solo exhibition spans 40 years of the artist's career and presents over thirty works, including sculpture and works on paper. Age group: All ages. Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Kirsteen Cairns. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: 020 7490 7373. Visit website

Beginners' acting class

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - Wednesday, 13 December 2017 7.30pm - 9pm
This class is for any adult new to acting who would like to learn a new skill, improve confidence, have fun and meet new people. We explore topics such as improvisation, Shakespeare, character work, movement and voice skills plus more. . Age group: 18+. Wusi Creative Space, 4 Broadway Market, London E8 4TS. Disabled access: no. Contact: Olivia Hutchinson. Email: info@theactingspace.co.uk Telephone: 0203 6334641. Visit website

Survival Techniques - street art exhibition

Saturday, 07 October 2017 - Saturday, 28 October 2017 11am - 6pm
Survival Techniques is a legal street art project by Hackney artist Naomi Edmondson. This exhibition of paintings and screenprints - of uplifting statements and actions that aim to bring a little light to people having a dark day - is her first solo show. Age group: All ages. Atom Gallery, 127 Green Lanes, London N16 9DA. Disabled access: no. Contact: Richard Pendry. Email: rich@atomgallery.co.uk Telephone: . Visit website

SNS Community Choir

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - Tuesday, 12 December 2017 7.30pm - 8.45pm
A community choir for all singers, no auditions, no experience necessary, a wide range of music and friendly people. Age group: 18+. Stoke Newington School, Clissold Road, Hackney N16 9EX. Contact: Holly Aisbitt. Email: Hollyaisbitt@gmail.com Telephone: . Visit website

Hackney Community Orchestra

Thursday, 12 October 2017 - Tuesday, 24 October 2017 6.30pm - 8pm
Hackney Community Orchestra, The Bridge Academy. All ages and abilities welcome. Age group: All ages. The Bridge Academy, Laburnum Street E2 8BA. Contact: Eric Holmes . Email: jayaneric@msn.com Telephone: .

Sam Jackson and Derek Ridgers - Run to Me exhibition at Charlie Smith London

Friday, 13 October 2017 - Saturday, 11 November 2017 11am - 6pm
Run to Me brings together the work of painter Sam Jackson and photographer Derek Ridgers. Charlie Smith London, 336 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9DR. Contact: Zavier Ellis. Email: direct@charliesmithlondon.com Telephone: 020 7739 4055.

Dracula

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - Saturday, 04 November 2017 7.30pm - 9.30pm
This Hallowe'en, step inside Sutton House to discover a legacy of blood that stretches through the ages. A theatrical journey that will lead you into the darkest corners of the house and the deepest depths of your nightmares. Ticket available at ticketsource.co.uk/teabreaktheatre. Age group: 14+. Sutton House, 2 & 4 Homerton High St, Hackney, London E9 6JQ. Disabled access: no. Contact: Katharine Armitage. Email: hackneydracula@gmail.com Telephone: . Visit website

Dracula - a site-specific, immersive Hallowe'en experience at Sutton House

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - Saturday, 04 November 2017 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Dracula returns to Sutton House. A site-specific, immersive Hallowe'en experience, which leads you into the darkest corners of the house and into the deepest depths of your nightmares. Book here: ticketsource.co.uk/teabreaktheatre. Prices: £16/£14 (conc). . Age group: 14+. Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High Street, Hackney E9 6JQ. Disabled access: no. Contact: Tea Break Theatre. Email: teabreaktheatre@gmail.com Telephone: . Visit website

Zkeletonz' Halloween party

Saturday, 28 October 2017 - Sunday, 29 October 2017 7.30pm - 3.30am
The third Halloween party by Hoxton electro band Zkeletonz who celebrate another successful year thanks to BBC Introducing, Channel 4 and Boogaloo Radio. Guests pay just £1 entry - £1 to help change lives through Refugee Action. Enjoy psychedelic artwork, local live music, and house and techno from DJs Naaywood. Age group: 18+. The George Tavern, 373 Commercial Rd E1 0LA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Gav Venture (Zkeleton). Email: wearezkeletonz@gmail.com Telephone: 07792643608. Visit website

Listening to Gregory Isaacs

Sunday, 29 October 2017 12 noon - 2.30pm
Listening session and focus group discussion on reggae artist, Gregory Isaacs. Part of wider PhD research. . Age group: 18+. Brilliant Corner, 470 Kingsland Road, Hackney E8 4AE. Contact: Edwina Peart. Email: cop02ep@gold.ac.uk Telephone: 07949641027.

Young Othello: The Tragedy of the White Swan

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Narrative Eye is conducting a theatrical reading of historian and author Onyeka Nubia's new play. Directed by Khareem Jamal. Entry is free. Book via Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2w6bJB6. Age group: All ages. The Courtyard Theatre, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, London N1 6EU. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Tanya Thompson/Meleisha Powell. Email: casting@narrative-eye.org.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Young Othello theatrical reading

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 7.30pm - 9.30pm
This drama is set within an ancient African kingdom and explores the natural and the mystical world, human strength and weakness, and the uncontrollable passage of time. providing a deeper understanding of one of Shakespeare's most maligned characters. Age group: All ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. The Studio at The Courtyard Theatre, 40 Pitfield Street, London N1 6EU. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Tanya. Email: casting@narrative-eye.org.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England

Thursday, 02 November 2017 - Tuesday, 07 November 2017 7pm - 5pm
Award-winning photographer Matt Writtle explores what the people of England do on a Sunday. He selected 12 subjects spanning a range of ages, backgrounds and locations across England, from a group of blind ramblers and a halal chicken farmer to a football fan and shoppers at Ikea. Free entry. Thursday 2 November: 7-9.30pm, Friday 3-Tuesday 7 November: 10am-5.pm. Age group: All ages. A-side B-side Gallery, 352 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HR. Disabled access: yes. Contact: A-side B-side Gallery. Email: catherine@asidebsidegallery.com Telephone: 02085337258. Visit website

Poetry LGBT open mic night

Sunday, 05 November 2017 6pm - 10pm
Come and enjoy an evening of poetry and spoken word from new and established poets/writers. 15 poets each have 5 minutes to share their poems. There are 3 five minute slots available for singers and rappers. Only £5 on the door. Age group: 18+. Tipsy Bar, 20 Stoke Newington Road, Hackney, London N16 7XN. Disabled access: no. Contact: Andreena Bogle-Walton. Email: Poetryloungelgbt@hotmail.com Telephone: 07539608078.

Ballet Black: triple bill featuring Red Riding Hood

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 - Saturday, 11 November 2017 8pm - 9.30pm
In this latest mixed bill, artistic director Cassa Pancho commissions bold choreography once more, blending the classical and contemporary, narrative and abstract, for her ballet company comprising British and international dancers of black and Asian descent. Age group: 7+. Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London E15 1BN. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Marketing Department. Email: marketing@stratfordeast.com Telephone: . Visit website

Funny Women Awards

Friday, 10 November 2017 7.30pm
A night of up-and-coming female comedians, battling it out to be the winner of the Funny Women Awards 2017. Previous winners and finalists include Bridget Christie, Zoe Lyons, Sara Pascoe and Katherine Ryan. . Age group: 18+. Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London N1 6SH. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Natalie Omari. Email: natalie@hoxtonhall.co.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Blow the Fuse presents The Casimir Connection and Trio Cucara

Friday, 17 November 2017 8.30pm - 11pm
Blow the Fuse present a special double bill for the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival, featuring new original music from leading women jazz composers. £12 advance/£15 on the door. . Age group: 18+. The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Marion Chadwick. Email: info@theoldchurch.org.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Mawkin at The Sebright Arms

Saturday, 18 November 2017 7.30pm - 10.pm
Folk rebels Mawkin embark on a 12 date tour in November showcasing their new album Down Among The Dead Men. Rousing songs of rebellion are sung by brothers David Delarre and fiddler James Delarre all underpinned by Nick Cooke's melodeon with Danny Crump on bass and Lee Richardson on drums. . Sebright Arms, 31 Coate Street, Haggerston, London E2 9AG. Contact: Folk on Monday/Sebright Arms. Email: events@sebrightarms.com Telephone: 0220 7729 0937. Visit website

This Evil Thing

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - Wednesday, 22 November 2017 7.30pm - 9.30pm
This Evil Thing, acclaimed at last year's Edinburgh Festival, is the compelling, shocking and inspiring story of the men who said no to war, told by Michael Mears in a breath-taking display of vocal and physical dexterity. "A moving and dynamic retelling of a hidden story" (The List). £12/£8 concessions. The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES. Contact: Marion Chadwick. Email: info@theoldchurch.org.uk Telephone: . Visit website

Shadow

Saturday, 25 November 2017 - Saturday, 03 February 2018 12 noon - 6pm
Catherine Story's commission for Peer fuses her long held interest in early cinema with architectural forms encountered recently on a trip to North Africa. This will be the artist's first solo exhibition in a UK institution. Free. Age group: All ages. Peer, 97-99 Hoxton Street, London N1 6QL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Ingrid Swenson. Email: info@peeruk.org Telephone: 02077398080. Visit website

Let's Talk Sugar!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 4pm - 9pm
let's Talk Sugar is an exhibition of young artist's work and an informative evening for our African and Caribbean communities who are interested in learning about living well with diabetes. Come along, look at the art work and get helpful tips around enjoying traditional foods and managing your diabetes. Age group: All ages. SPACE gallery, 29-131 Mare Street, Hackney E8 3RH. Contact: Amanda Moore. Email: amanda.moore@kcl.ac.uk Telephone: 0207 848 6023. Visit website