Pick of the Line 18/11/11 – 24/11/11

Thursday – London Kurdish Film Festival @Picturehouse Hackney

Friday – Poe: Macabre Resurrections @ St Mary’s Church

Saturday – Greenwich Oxjam with The Los Dawsons, Jonny Suitcase and Rhiannon the Nightmare @ The Duke

Saturday – Amnesty International Book Sale @ Dartmouth Row

Sunday – Green Party’s Laugh for London stand-up comedy @ Arcola Theatre

Sunday – Art Fair @ James Allen Girls’ School

Tuesday – Andro Semeiko exhibition @ ACME Project Space

Wednesday – Carla Rees and rarescale gig @ St. Leonard’s Church


Press - Directed by Sedat Yilmaz

Press - Dir Sedat Yilmaz Pic: lkff.co.uk

The seventh edition of the weeklong London Kurdish Film Festival kicks off with a selection of the films from Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, amongst others. The festival will feature films and documentaries, such as ‘The Son of Babylon’ by UK-based director Mohamed Al Daradji. ‘Press’ by Sedat Yilmaz and ‘The First Movie’ by Mark Cousins. In addition, London-based Kurdish musicians will be performing at the festival. All details are available at www.lkff.co.uk

Where: Hackney Picturehouse 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE

When: November 17 – 24





Poe: Macabre Ressurections

Pic: Flikr - Kevin Burkett

Horror fans should head along to Poe: Macabre Resurrections, a reimagination of the Edgar Allen Poe’s plays. The poet grew up in Stoke Newington and here, Second Skin Theatre have resurrected five of Poe’s darkest stories. Some of the country’s visceral writers and directors have taken on plays such as ‘The Fallen Preacher’, ‘Buried Alive’ and ‘The Black Cat’. Plays will take place in the ancient church and graveyard.

Where: St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington Church  Street, N16 9ES

When: Untill December 4

Buy tickets here

No admission for under 13s.

Audience members suffering from claustrophobia are required to inform ticket staff on booking.


Oxjam at The Duke

Pic: Flikr - Kate Pugh

The Oxjam festival comes to Greenwich and brings with it a new crop of musicians. The rock and roll and blues night will take place at The Duke, which has previously provided the stage for Squeeze and Dire Straits. The line-up includes acoustic quartet The Los Dawsons, minimalist blues from Jonny Suitcase featuring Chantal Hill of the Cedars and Rhiannon the Nightmare, playing her curious mix of country-punk sparkled blues.

Where: The Duke, 125 Creek Road, Deptford, SE8 3BU

When: 8pm-1am November 19

Tickets: £3 (£2 for students)

An alternative for Saturday is the Amnesty International Book Sale. The Blackheath and Greenwich group of Amnesty has organised the annual fund-raising book sale, which will have everything from second-hand paperbacks to review copies of recently-published novels.

Where: Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row, SE10 8BF
When: 10am-4pm November 19


Eco-friendly comedy at the Arcola

Pic: Flikr - Kate Pugh

London’s best comedians and impressionists are due to team up with a socialist magician for the Green Party’s Laugh for London stand-up comedy show. The event will take place in a low-carbon theatre and Alistair McGowan headlines the show. Abie Philbin Bowman, Carly Smallman, George Marshall, the Socialist Magician Ian Saville and Calen Harley will also perform. Futerra co-founder Ed Gillespie will be compeering.

Where: Arcola Theatre Tent, 2 Ashwin St, E8 3DL

When: November 20. Doors 6.30pm. Show 7pm.

Tickets: Web or phone – 020 7549 0251

Want to know what some of Goldsmiths alumni have been doing? Art Fair at James Allen Girls’ School features the works of Alessia Blake (Goldsmiths class of 2002), Kay Spare (Goldsmiths graduate from the1980s), Gail Brodholt, Debbie Cheung and Claire Griffiths, amongst others. There’s also a £1 raffle that gives participants a chance to win original artwork by Sally Johnson, Kay and Richard Sphere and Ben Taggart.

Where: James Allen’s Girl’s School, East Dulwich Grove, SE22 8TE
When: From November 19, 11am – 5pm to November 20, 11am – 4pm

Entrance: £2.50 (under 18s free)


Andro Semeiko Lily of Blythenhale at the ACME Project Space

Pic: androsemeiko.com

Andro Semeiko’s Lily of Blythenhale is a multilayered visual story. It connects a princess’ fairytale, a founder of parliamentary democracy who creates a secret society and a brush factory. Semeiko uses painting, drawing, sculpture and archival material as props to attempt to create something as harmonious as it is random.

Where: ACME Project Space, 44 Bonner Road, E2 9JS

When: From November 11 to December 11.

Entry: Free to all!



Carla Rees to perform at St Leonard's Church

Pic: Flikr Velurajah UK

For the first time since losing her instruments, music and home in the riots, flautist Carla Rees performs with her ensemble, rarescale. The concert includes an ensemble of instruments, including guitar, soprano, cor anglais, bass clarinet and electronics. New pieces composed for Carla by Scott Miller, Scott Wilson and Ryan Molloy will also feature.

Where: St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch High Street

When: November 23, 7.30pm

Tickets: £10
email rarescale@gmail.com to reserve tickets.


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