We’ve spent the past week going through East London’s listings with a fine-toothed comb and assembled the finest collection of events to suit any tastes.
If you’ve got any suggestions or recommendations, please tweet us @eastlondonlines or leave a comment on this article. Enjoy!
FRIDAY May 18
SYMPOSIUM: AND WILL EUROPE BE STUNNED? – Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX
And Europe Will Be Stunned (2011) is a trilogy of films by Israeli artist Yael Bartana. The films revolve around the Jewish Renaissance Movement which calls for the return of three million Jews to Poland. The Symposium after the showings will present the opportunity for the discussion of these highly ambitious and contentious films.
£15, 2pm onwards.
SATURDAY May 19
HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET – St. Swithun’s Church Hall, Hither Green, SE13
A night of 70s and 80s funk, soul and disco classics. With a playlist including Aretha Franklin, Chic, James Brown and undoubtedly the late, great Donna Summer, this is an evening for those who remember the tunes the first time round and still want to party. The night begins at 7.30pm with a disco dancing class for those who want to brush up on their skills. Prizes will be given for the best retro outfits.
£10 – 7.30pm
SUNDAY May 20
JON WINDLE (LITTLE MAN TATE) – New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Road, SE14 6AS
You may remember Little Man Tate, one of the better bands to come out of Sheffield shortly after the Arctic Monkeys made the city a musical hotspot. Former frontman of the band Jon Windle is now forging a solo career and will be appearing at the New Cross Inn to play new material.
MONDAY May 21
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB PRESENT FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF – The Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
Arguably the greatest film ever made about a teenager in Chicago bunking off school, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is being shown on the roof of The Queen of Hoxton as part of The Rooftop Film Club. It’s one of many films being shown as part of the project, and full listings can be found here.
£10 – 9pm.
TUESDAY May 22
LAUGHING BOY COMEDY CLUB- Up The Creek, 302 Creek Road, SE10 9SW
A stellar line-up including Jon Richardson, Josh Widdicombe, Andrew Lawrence and Seann Walsh, this is one of ten work in progress shows for the line-up of Channel 4’s Stand Up For the Week to test topical material. Tickets are ridiculously cheap for such a good line-up and it’ll be well worth a little walk out of Lewisham into Greenwich for this.
Here’s Josh Widdicombe at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.
WEDNESDAY May 23
FROM THE JUNGLE – Victorian Vaults, 82 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JF
This innovative project fuses text, dance and even cookery to tell urban migration tales. The stories focus on women of south-east Asian origin, with a Malaysian curry being cooked on stage during one piece.
THURSDAY May 24
JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS RHYTHM AND BLUES ORCHESTRA w/ SPECIAL GUEST GREGORY PORTER, feat. GILSON LAVIS – Fairfield Halls, Croydon, CR9 1DG
The legendary Jools Holland is coming to Croydon on Wednesday and bringing his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra with him! He’ll be joined by Grammy-nominated Gregory Porter. Tickets are quite pricy but it promises to be a great evening.