Pick of the Line 28/04 – 04/05

Thursday – Kate’s Right Royal Hen Do @ Dalston Superstore

Friday – My Big Fat Royal Gypsy Wedding Easter Party! @ Metropolis Strip Club

Saturday – Hot Boy Dancing Spot, Bump n Grind Edition

Sunday – Mixmag: Day and Night @ Shoreditch Underground Station

Monday – The East End Film Festival @ Richmix

Tuesday – Karaoke @ Joiners

Wednesday – Peter Kennard and Guy Brett in conversation @ Raven Row

Thursday – Kate’s Right Royal Hen Do with Jonny Woo and Ma Butcher. Dalston Superstore

East London drag extraordinaires Jonny Woo and Ma Butcher invite you to “escape the nightmare of receding hairlines, horsey jaw-lines, and the spectre of a dead mother-in-law who threatens to upstage you on your big day.” The Royal Hen Do at the Dalston Superstore is the perfect tongue-in-cheek way to prepare for the grand day ahead.

All sorts of hen do high-jinx will abound, including the traditional stripper, but guests are advised of a strict dress code (which includes themes like “Dodgy International Dignitaries”, “Social Climbers” and “Princess Margaret”).

A further strict warning instructs: “Don’t tell Carole [Middleton] as she is NOT invited…”

Friday – My Big Fat Royal Gypsy Wedding Easter Party! @ Metropolis Strip Club, Cambridge Heath Rd

If you’re invited to the real Royal Wedding reception/after party/whatever, please get in touch with ELL to let us know whether the traditionally ghastly ‘Grease Medley’ was played alongside the dead cert of Snoop Dogg’s [S]Wet (written as “the perfect anthem for Prince William or any playa to get the club smokin’”), and which public figures were responsible for the most ungainly, drunken behaviour. BUT if you were not invited, there’s a perfectly serviceable after party going on in a strip club near you!

An all manner of hipsters, dress-ups and east London characters (including Daniel Lismore) are offering the chance to celebrate the Royal Wedding in Gypsy Style. Quite what this will involve is unclear, but an eclectic DJ line up will be yours to enjoy, as will – we’re sure – enough glitzy and garish sights to rival the real wedding reception!

£3 guestlist
£5 before midnight
£10 after midnight

Early arrival recommended.

Saturday – Hot Boy Dancing Spot, Bump n Grind Edition

The Don’t Fall Asleep DJs join Hot Boy Dancing Spot (henceforth HBDS). HBDS is a perennial favourite club night for the gays who are disillusioned with standard gay clubbing fare; all too frequently a booze-fuelled Topman fashion show to a tired Kylie soundtrack. With a crowd that’s more pale, skinny and heroin chic, than tango-tanned, ripped and steroid-sculpted; tonight in particular takes a leap away from the camp classics, with an audio buffet of Ragga, Hip Hop and Dubstep.

£5 all night and open to a delightful 5am. Arrive late – because you can!

Sunday – Mixmag: Day and Night @ Shoreditch Underground Station

Mixmag is launching a series of parties based around serving an “Entire day and night of mayhem” in exciting venues across the city. So when you are done dancing around your maypole, and jumping over the Beltane bonfire, you might morris-dance yourself down to what was previously Shoreditch Underground station for the first ever clubbing event in the converted new ‘space’. With free Kopparberg pear cider at midday, and the chance for day and night clubbing, in an outdoor/indoor venue – what more could you ask for on May Day?

Tickets from £10 available here or here


Monday – The East End Film Festival @ Richmix (Thurs 28 Apr – Mon 2 May)

Since its first edition in 2001, East End Film Festival has grown to become one of the UK’s largest film festivals. Last year’s festival reached an audience of over 30,000 people. With 13 screenings over 5 days, Rich Mix is the place to go for a diverse mix of world and British cinema, documentaries and shorts, plus director and actor Q&As. This year the festival celebrates it’s ten year anniversary, over the Bank Holiday weekend.

For full listings, visit the East End Film Festival page.

Tuesday – Karaoke @ Joiners

If it ain’t broke…

Weeknights present a good opportunity to enjoy the Joiners, a favourite venue but one which we all know is cramped beyond belief at the weekend. Avoid the bustling and the door fee by coming down on a Tuesday and singing your heart out. Fun for everyone.

“He asked me if I would

Do a little number?

And I sang with all my might

He said, “Tell me, are you a Christian, child?”

And I said, “Man, I am tonight!”

When I was Walking in Memphis…”

Wednesday – Peter Kennard and Guy Brett in conversation @ Raven Row

As part of the programme of events during his exhibition, London artist Peter Kennard will be in conversation about his work with Guy Brett, art critic, curator and writer. Alex Sainsbury, director of Raven Row, and Tarek Salhany, artist and co-author of @earth will also participate in the conversation.

This event is free but booking is essential as space is limited. Please email: info@ravenrow.org to reserve a place.

2 to 22 May 2011. Open every day 11am–6pm

Raven Row

56 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS

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