Pick of the line 03/03-09/03

Thursday: Ethical Fashion @ V&A Museum of Childhood

Friday: Eye of the Blackbird @ Tank Gallery

Saturday: 6 Billion Ways @ Rich Mix

Sunday: Monotonix @ Cargo

Monday: Comedy @ The Amersham Arms

Tuesday: Extremities @ The Courtyard Theatre

Wednesday: Eat out @ Little Bay restaurant

Thursday: Ethical Fashion @ V&A Museum of Childhood

'Ethical Fashion'. Photo: V & A Museum of Childhood.

Fair trade-minded fashionistas should make their way to the V&A Museum of Childhood tonight and join The Papered Parlour for a mini-festival of ethical fashion. Uncover hidden workshops, live music,

performance and craft stalls as you wonder round the museum’ s exquisite collections.

Join with London’ s leading eco-journalists, green stylists and ethical campaigners to celebrate the rise of ‘ slow fashion’ and discuss the key issues surrounding this growing social movement. In the age of austerity, can we justify the added expense of buying ethically? Or is make-do and mend set to be the next big trend?

The line up reads like a who’s who of ethical fashion- fashion designer and V& A Trustee Betty Jackson will be in attendance along with the Guardian’ s ethical living columnist, Lucy Siegle, who will be speaking about her forthcoming book ‘ To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World?’

London’ s ultra-cool stylist Jocelyn Whipple will be running a unique workshop on green styling, plus campaign groups ‘ Labour Behind the Label’ and ‘ Love Fashion Hate Sweat Shops’ will be offering top tips on how to be stylishly sustainable.

If you have a passion for fashion with an ethical heart then this should be your perfect evening out.

Don’ t forget to grab yourself a fair trade beverage for the journey there!

Free Entry, 6pm- 9pm.

V& A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

Tel: 0208 983 5200

Friday: Eye of the Blackbird @ Tank Gallery

'Eye of the Blackbird'. Photo: Tank Gallery

Who would’ve thought that there would be enough space in the teeny-tiny Ladywell for a flourishing art gallery? Yet nestled behind the Ladywell Tavern (winners of the Best Pub 2010 in the Lewisham Mayors Award) is Tank, a small but dynamic space committed to ‘ presenting interesting and challenging contemporary art by local and international artists’ and encouraging experimentation.

This afternoon sees the penultimate day of the Eye of the Blackbird exhibition: a collection of work by two contemporary artists, Maria Chevska and Stephen Lee, focusing on landscapes of the country and city and exploring materiality and metaphor through painted cobblestones, landscape painting and sculpted animals. You can try and work out exactly what that means or just pop down between 3pm-6pm to see all the artwork for yourself and support local art ventures such as Tank in the process.

Free Entry,  3pm-6pm, Friday 4th- Saturday 5th March

Tank, The Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road, SE13 7HS

Tel: 07866984727

Saturday: 6 Billion Ways @ Rich Mix

Photo: 6 Billion Ways

Egyptians toppling their president, students marching through the city of London for their future…

Today, more than ever, people are willing to take a stand for something they truly believe in. We should use this new found strength of resistance to continue to battle against the injustice of the world, to make sure that that it is no longer the greed of the few destroying the lives of the masses.

6 Billion Ways is a day that explores this resistance through discussion, ideas, action and the arts. With speakers and practical workshops for all ages, debates, films, music and art, 6 Billion Ways is your chance to inspire and be inspired, and to make connections with others who want to challenge injustice and inequality, both in the UK and globally.

With such an eclectic programme you are sure to find something to motivate your own path towards fighting injustice. After all, it may be just a drop in the ocean but the ocean is made up of many drops.

Free, but register online at 6billionways.org.uk/register

9:30am- 12am Saturday 5th March

Rich Mix, 34-35 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Sunday: Monotonix @ Cargo


Monotonix are a band to experience rather than watch. They are renowned for their crazy antics on stage and it has been said that at one gig the drummer played his drum kit whilst it was on fire.

How rock and roll is that?!

Monotonix will be tearing up the City Arts and Music Project tonight. Finding themselves banned from most of the venues in their home city of Tel Aviv in Israel, they chose to go further afield to spread their musical message in a hail of screeching electric guitar, heavy percussion and some Stone Roses style vocals.

Make your way to Cargo, a nightclub, restaurant and live music venue housed in the railway arches of Shoreditch, to experience these crazy kids for yourself.

Tickets £8.00 (Advanced), 7pm.

Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AY

Tel: 0207 749 7840

Monday: Comedy @ The Amersham Arms

Holly Walsh. flickr @ Diamond Geyser

Now in its sixh year, Happy Mondays Comedy succeeds in getting some really top names from the world of funny to appear at its shows – over the years, Russell Brand, Daniel Kitson, Russell Howard,

Simon Amstell and Stewart Lee have all graced the stage.

Held in the Amersham Arms, a regular haunt for Goldsmiths students, the stage is set up like a living room complete with lamps and armchairs and it’s equally comfortable for the audience with sofas and tables aplenty. Hugely popular, Happy Mondays is a boutique comedy club that manages to secure big names and a lively audience.

Tonight you can see Dan Atkinson, Holly Walsh and others work their comedy muscles. Get yourself a pint, relax and literally LOL.

Tickets £6.00 (Concessions £4.00), 8pm.

Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, New Cross, SE14 6TY

Tel: 0844 477 1000 (Ticketweb)

Tuesday: Extremities @ The Courtyard Theatre

Photo: Courtyard Theatre

Today is a day like any other. Nothing new is planned for Marjorie’s morning other than clearing away the breakfast plates left by housemates Terry and Patricia, and easing her way into the afternoon. However, this summer’s morning brings two unwelcome visitors: the first, a wasp, which stings Marjorie but escapes and the second , Raul, a stranger and serial rapist. But this time he has met his match.

The housemates return to find the tables turned and Marjorie in control of Raul but not quite of herself.

Who will their loyalties lie with? Who is the victim now? And whom will they believe?

The play aims to take its audience on a journey exploring the impulses of self-preservation and revenge prepare for something incredibly thought-provoking. What happens to our humanity when it’s under threat from our own animal within? The play investigates issues surrounding personal choices of both victim & perpetrator…when survival is key.

The play opens tonight, so if you like your theatre to challenge and provoke questions of humanity and the self then this may just be a play for you.

Tickets £14.00 (Concessions £12.00)

8th March 2011 to 27th March 2011 – 7.30pm

The Courtyard, 40 Pitfield Street, Shoreditch, N1 6EU

Tel: 0207 729 2202

Wednesday: Eat out @ Little Bay restaurant

Photo: Little Bay

When I eat out, I like it to be a proper experience- with good friends, great food or stunning surroundings. From what I have heard, Little Bay restaurant in Croydon definitely provides you with the latter two.

The restaurant’s interior almost transports you to a different world, a truly theatrical setting with draping curtains and gold plated props. It’ s almost as though you have walked onto the set of some 16th century play. Have you ever been served your dinner by a waiter up a ladder? No, neither have I, but seat yourself in one of the restaurant’s theatre-box style tables and that’ s exactly what you get. Also if you go tonight (Wednesday) you can be serenaded by the live opera act too!

The food is something to rave tool. A modest, bistro-style menu provides something for everyone at a brilliant price (I’ ll be having the profiteroles with banana cream and chocolate sauce for pudding- at £3.25 that’ s a bargain!). And I have been told that as well as being full on flavour, the portions are incredibly generous.

So get yourself a table with some good friends at Little Bay tonight and you’ll have the perfect dining experience.

Main Meals are £5.25 till 7pm, £7.25 after. Open Mon to Sat 12pm- 12am and Sun 12pm to 11pm.  Live Opera on Mondays and Wednesdays. Live Music on Saturdays.

Little Bay Croydon, 32 Selsdon Road, South Croydon, CR2 6PB.

Tel: 0208 649 9544

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