Pick of the week 2/8/11 – 7/8/11: cinema scores to sexy salsa

The Cabinet of Living Cinema

Tuesday, August 2:

Are you aged 15 to 19, talented and enthusiastic about performing studies? It’s your lucky week!Second Wave Centre for Youth Arts in Deptford is hosting workshops for youngsters willing to learn some street dance moves, singing, song writing, poetry and, even, rap!

The course starts this Tuesday and continues until Friday, when a performance by those participating will be staged. The organisers promise the course will be quite intensive – so if you are motivated enough, call 020 7793 9193 or text 07943 201307 to book a place NOW.

Tickets cost £15, but bring a friend and you might get a discount!

More details: http://www.secondwave.org.uk/

Wednesday, August 3:

Prepare to move your bottom to the rhythm of Cuban melodies salsa style at the Curve Bar in Lewisham.

Dance teacher Musi Salsa (we envy the surname!) is inviting people of all ages and genders to join his upbeat classes for beginners as well as improved dancers. Musi prefers his classes to be small and intimate, where he can work on a one-to-one basis to polish the movements.

If you wish to become one of the privileged, put your highest heals on – as in the world of Salsa it is the most practical! No trainers allowed, boys, so hide your Converse and dust off those shiny formal shoes waiting to be worn since that wedding years ago.

Bar opens few hours before the class with 2 for £10 drinks available.  See you on the dance floor!

Ticket: £5 at the door

Thursday, August 4:

Thursday is a synonym for ‘late night art’, at least in the East End. Every first Thursday of the month galleries and museums across east London open late for amazing art and culture events. Over 100 galleries and museums will be open until 9pm with exhibitions for various tastes.

The top five galleries Time Out has selected are The Estorick Collection, Pure Evil gallery, Next Level Projects, Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery and The Outside World. With many trendy restaurants and bars nearby, east London will be buzzing with art-lovers until late. Become one of them – or wait a month!

Visit  www.firstthursdays.co.uk for more information about the event.

Friday August 5:

Movie night? Bet it is. But instead of repeating your Friday trip to Cineworld for a dose of Hollywood, make your way to Rich Mix at Bethnal Green for films that will not get you predicting the next scene. Or head north to E9 for an extraordinary photography exhibition about the childhood of Alfred Hitchcock.

Making Tracks at Rich Mix is an event that first appeared at the East End cinema last winter – and will now become an ongoing feature. Brought to life by Whirlygig Cinema and The Cabinet of Living Cinema, it is an interactive project that welcomes new artistic filmmakers into the movie industry.

The principle of the event is quite simple: the organisers look for amazing independent films and show them to the public. What is unique about it is that the films do not contain their original soundtrack – The Cabinet replaces it with brand new live re-scores. Not something Vue can offer quite yet, huh?

Making Tracks tends to apply the mix and match approach and show anything from animation and music videos to experimental and narrative film. This Friday prepare yourself for twelve short films to satisfy all tastes.

Where: Rich Mix Bar, Shoreditch, London

Doors open at: 7:30, films start at 8pm.

Ticket: £8 at door/ 6£ in advance

Full details: http://whirlygigcinema.com/ or http://www.thecabinetoflivingcinema.org.uk/

The exhibition at the Etcetera gallery at 1a Darnley Road gallery in Hackney, by photographers Spencer Rowell and David George  explores the places which may have acted as Hitchcock’s early influences while he was growing up in East London.  George’ s photographs show places in the East End that might have caught Hitchcock’s eye as a child and suggest what they may have looked like seen through the director’s gothic sensibility while Rowell uses photography to restage Hitchcock’s childhood fears and anxieties.

The exhibition, which  runs from today until August 10, is the pre-cursor to a large scale exhibition at The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design
at London Metropolitan University, in Islington,  from  November 17. This exhibition, part of London Photomonth, will include a symposium about Hitchcock’s East End on  November 24.

Where: 1A Darnley Road, Hackney E9 6QH

When: 5 – 10 August, 11am – 6pm, excluding Sunday

Further details http://www.davidgeorge.eu/ and http://www.spencerrowell.co.uk

Here are two of their images:

Pic: David George

Pic: Spencer Rowell


























Saturday, August 6:

Dear theatre lovers, who have not yet been to the newly opened theatre in Hackney Wick, The Yard is waiting for you.

With shows playing every night of the week, we have tried to select the one we think will impress you the most. So hop onto east London line train this Saturday to see… Half Pork.

Jakub Porcari Association, a young theatre company from Poland, will make you wonder whether you are watching a play, or performing in it. The evening will be very experimental and challenging, and rules of the theatre are bound to be broken… ‘An uncompromising exploration of what it is to be a victim’, The Yard defines it. Say no more.

Start: 8pm. Tickets: £10. Book online on www.the-yard.co.uk


Sunday, August 7:

For many of those who will have spent their Saturday at the Field Day in Victoria Park and their evening at various wild Field Day after-parties, Shacklewell Arms in Dalston Kingsland will be hosting the very final Field Day Official Post-Party on Sunday.

Come anytime from 3pm to midnight for cheap drinks, snacks and non-stop party anthems. Local DJs will be playing electro, indie and pop, and some guest DJs will make an appearance. Attend and celebrate, well, anything you want really. You’ll have a rest next week.






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