East London Lines has scoured the listings and handpicked the best events in our boroughs for the next seven days. Enjoy!
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FRIDAY May 11 & 17
LA BOHEME (ABANXAXHI)
Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London, E8 1EJ
The Isango Ensemble present a re-imagining of Puccini’s classic opera set in the townships of modern-day South Africa. Expect an amazing chorus of marimbas, steel pans and incredible voices from this critically acclaimed production.
Also showing will be Isango Ensemble’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and Aesop’s Fables. See Hackney Empire for more details.
SATURDAY May 12
UP THE CREEK
302 Creek Road, SE10 9SW
Legendary comedy club Up The Creek is well worth a 5 minute meander out of Deptford into Greenwich. Famed for it’s Sunday Special, it also has excellent line-ups throughout the the week and this Saturday is no exception. MC Chris Henry is joined by Jason Patterson, Ian Smith and Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Andrew Maxwell. There’s also a bar and disco until 2am.
8pm, £12 – £15
SUNDAY May 13
THE AUSSIE BBQ LONDON
Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, LONDON
Australia comes to East London with an afternoon of beers, bands and BBQ for the third consecutive year. It’s the biggest showcase of antipodean talent outside of Australia and began when two music fans from Melbourne decided to organise an Aussie-style barbecue and music event at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. From those humble beginnings, the BBQ has showcased over 250 acts in 5 countries around the world, including the UK.
1pm – 11pm. £10/£12
Here’s a video from band The Bowers playing at the event:
MONDAY May 14
PETE (THE TEMP) VERSES CLIMATE CHANGE
Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG
Hammer & Tong National Poetry Slam champion Pete the Temp puts on a theatrical stand up show trying to stop climate chaos only with his mouth, as performed at last year’s Edinburgh festival. Comedy website Chortle rate him as poetry’s answer to Mark Thomas and this is definitely not a show to be missed.
TUESDAY May 15
THE GREAT GATSBY
Wilton’s Music Hall, 1-4 Graces Alley, E1 8JB
A new and immersive production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. The audience are invited to dress in their best 1920s clothing and help recreate the decadence and glitz of the era for this fresh and innovative cabaret production.
7.30pm, £17.50 – £27.50
WEDNESDAY May 16
BEDTIME STORIES at 40 WINKS
109 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ
Relax and dress in your PJs and dressing gowns for this evening of decadently-themed storytelling. This week’s theme is ‘Murder and Mayhem’, with stories from Cat Weatherill and Kasper Sorensen. Curated by David Carter and Miss Rachel Rose Reid, it’s held in the former’s house/hotel. Make sure you book! Ticket prices include food & drink.
THURSDAY MAY 17
SPECTOR at CAMDEN ELECTRIC BALLROOM
Finally, we twist the rules slightly by expanding into Camden for Pick of the Line favourites and Hackney locals and BBC Sound 2012 nominees Spector, who are playing at the Electric Ballroom in NW1. Support from Eugene McGuinness, Gabriel Bruce and Violet.
EastLondonLines music correspondant Olga Casablancas interviewed Spector, and asked them about the future of how people are going to be listening and buying music.