Pick of the Line: 11/11/11 – 18/11/11

EastLondonLines hand-picks the best places to see and be seen over the coming week. I think you’ll find we’re always right on track…

Here are this week’s carefully picked events:

DotDotDashDot, Hackney, Starts tonight.

Aperture Assassin, Honor Oak, Friday.

Bangladesh Theatre, Tower Hamlets, Friday until 2nd December.

WriteIdea Reading Festival, Tower Hamlets, Friday until 18th November.

11.11.11 at The Hackney Empire. Friday.

Armistice Rocks at The Victoria, Friday.

Parkrun, Croydon, Saturday.

Fashioning The Future, Canary Wharf, Saturday and Sunday.

Cinetopia, Telegraph Hill, 18th November.

Storm Thorgerson- Big & Small, Shoreditch, Until 13th November.

Portraits on Broadway Market Exhibition, Hackney Museum, until 9th January.

The Future Shorts Festival atThe Hackney Picturehouse. Monday 14th November.

Eastend Cabaret,The Arcola Tent, Dalston. 16th-19th

Literary November– Various Locations

East London Photo Month – Various Locations


Photographers Aperture Assassin are staging an ‘exhibition of urbanography’ at the newly opened Hopscotch coffee bar in Honor Oak. It kicks off with a launch part at 8pm on Friday. For more details email info@apertureassassin.com.

Nation-Stage: Bangladesh Theatre, Archives and Performance Art, Fri 11 Nov 11 – Fri 2 Dec 11. Mon – Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm. Brady Arts and Community Centre. In conjunction with the theatre season, artist and curator Hamja Ahsan has curated a special exhibition built around his archive of theatre posters, performance art and other related material. Participants include include Prachayanat – a theatre collective based in Dhaka consisting of over 100 people, early graphics from artists and musician Harold Rasheed, DRIK based photographers, and contemporary artists-run space Porapara performance art workshops. The designs also reinterpret the Western theatrical canon such as Ionesco’s Rhinoceros and Moliere’s Tartuffe in a Bangladeshi context. The event is free. For more details click here.

Fashioning the Future. East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12-4pm. This showcase is the international platform for innovation in sustainable design and is the only student competition of its kind. The event has been designed and coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion. Finalists will be judged by a stellar panel including supermodel Erin O’Connor; Chairman of the British Fashion Council Harold Tillman and eco pioneer Jo Wood. For more click here.

This exhibition neatly coincides with the launch of Closet Swap, a new Facebook and iPhone app from Channel 4 which encourages teenagers to swap not shop. Closet Swap is a free, online fashion community site and application commissioned by Channel 4 Education, which allows teens to share clothes with their Facebook friends.

pic: Transition Brockley blog

Cinetopia, 18th November. The first of a new series of film nights to be held at the Hill Station by The Telegraph Hill Film Club. Each Cinetopia event includes a quiz based around the theme of the film being shown plus hot food and a bar. To add extra frisson to each event the audience do not know what the film is until they turn up. In other words, always expect the unexpected. Contact cinetopia@hotmail.com

pic: Write Idea festival

WriteIdea Reading Festival, Tower Hamlets. 11th-19th November. The line up includes something for everyone; a selection of excellent authors, live music and an extravaganza for children, with poet, novelist and broadcaster Michael Rosen. This year five of the author events will be British Sign Language interpreted. Find more info here.

pic: hackneyempire.co.uk

11.11.11, by The Grand Union Orchestra and Guests at The Hackney Empire – Celebrating Freedom and the Art of Improvisation. Armistice Day 2011, in a month which sees London awash with jazz, this is an irresistible opportunity to commemorate the related ideas of liberty and creative freedom – since jazz is both the music of the liberated and the most liberated of musics. More info on the Hackney Empire web site.

Storm Thorgerson has created famous album art covers including 'Absolution' for Muse

Storm Thorgerson – Big & Small, Until Sunday, 13 November 2011 6:15pm – 8:45pm. Idea Generation Gallery proudly presents “Big & Small” – a brand new exhibition of the album cover art of Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios. From billboards and bus sides, to digital downloads and postage stamps, Big & Small will illustrate the vast diversity of format now facing music designers. Weekdays 10am – 6pm. Weekends 12pm – 5pm. . 11 Chance Street, London, E2 7JB. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Rachel Wood. Email: rachel.wood@ideageneration.co.uk .

DotDotDashDot – A series of film evenings hosted by the Artsadmin Youth Board, combining the old with the new it sees three short ‘dots’ from emerging artists screened alongside a longer ‘dash’ from an established artist. Our next event will take place in the Arts Bar & Café at Toynbee Studios on Thursday 10th November, 2011. More info here.

Parkrun, Saturday 12 November 9am. Lloyd Park, Coombe Road, Croydon. This a 5K run around a pre marked course. There are no time limits just race against yourself and try and beat your personal best each week. All parkruns are free but you must register in advance. For more info see the Parkrun web site.

The Feminists pic: Myspace

Armistice Rocks! Commerating the 93rd anniversary of the end of World War 1, bands such as the Feminists from Germany and Girls Girls Girls from UK will be playing along with other artists on Friday, November 11 at The Victoria. For tickets click here.

Portraits on Broadway Market Exhibition, Hackney museum. 1st November – 9th January. The photographs now displayed in the Museum were part of a much larger exhibition, originally at the Seven Seven Gallery on Broadway Market in 2006. The photographs documented the people who came and went, live and worked just as the neighbourhood was beginning to gentrify. Some of the photographs were taken on the market street using a backdrop and available light. Others were taken over the years in various locations around the market. For more details see the Hackney museum web site.

Literary November. A series of events at Hackney’s independent bookshops throughout the month. On 15th November, Broadway Bookshop hosts a visual and talk performance of The Hardy Tree by the author Iphignia Baal. It is 1864, St Pancras is a sprawling cemetery-slum. Ten thousand bodies must be disinterred. Charged with the exhumation are The Resurrection Men, and at their head is  the young Thomas Hardy. For more info click here.

East London Photo Month. An international photography festival. In 2011 more than 100 galleries and venues are exhibiting work by established and emerging photographers. Major events include the photofair in Spitalfields Traders Market, the photolounge at the Old Truman Brewery, the photomonth lecture at the Whitechapel Gallery and the photo-open at the Rich Mix. There is also a whole series of photowalks and a wide range of workshops, seminars, talks and discussions providing opportunities for everyone to engage in photography. For more info see the web site.

pic: futureshorts.com

The Future Shorts Festival. The Hackney Picturehouse. Monday, 14th November. The evening will showcase November’s programme, including six-award winning short films, followed by a Q+A with short film directors Mikey Please and Ariel Kleiman, whose shorts are featured in the selected programme.at 6:45pm. For more information see the Future Shorts web site.

pic: Eastendcabaret.com

Eastend Cabaret. The Arcola Tent. 16th-19th November and 24th-26th November. Be enthralled by the bewitching Bernadette Byrne as she hosts an intoxicating evening, accompanied by the beautiful, the ever so slightly strange Victor Victoria and her miscellany of musical instruments. Together they muse wantonly on sex, love and communism.  For more info click here.

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