Pick of the Line: 08/03/12 – 14/03/12

EastLondonLines has scoured the boroughs to find the best coming-up event near you.


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The Civil Wars; Joy Williams and John Paul White, Rough Trade East, Brick Lane, Whitechapel

Award-winning act, The Civil Wars, consisting of Joy Williams and John Paul White are set to perform at Rough Trade, Brick Lane. Winner of two Grammy’s for best folk album and best country duo/group performance, the duo will perform alongside their backup band at this iconic venue. No wristband is needed for entry; attendees can just go along on the night.


Sarah Maple exhibition, Aubin Gallery, Redchurch Street, Bethnal Green

This is the last chance to see Sarah Maple’s quirky (and free) exhibition ‘It’s a Girl’. Not for the easily offended or prude, this exhibition shows the traditional expectations of women in society comically challenged in a tongue-in-cheek way. Pieces include Sleeping Beauty carrying out open-heart surgery, Beauty and the Beast’s Belle screaming encouragement at a football match and a number of photographic self-portraits.


Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet, St Swithun’s Church Hall, Hither Green Lane, Hither Green

If 70s and 80s funk, soul and disco classics are your thing, then this is the event for you. Whether you want to dress up or go in your casuals, anyone is welcome at St Swithun’s Church Hall to boogie on down. Tickets can be bought in advance at wegottickets.com for £10 and will also be available on the door for £12. More information can be found by calling 07967 163247 or visitibg haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk. The event runs from 7.30-11.30pm and prizes are giving for the craziest outfits.


Thames River clean up Pic: Mark Baynes

Deep Clean East London!, Newcastle Draw Dock off Saunders Ness Road, Isle of Dogs, E14 3EA

All ages are welcome to join in with the big clean up on the Thames foreshore this Sunday. Due to the low tides of the river this year, everybody regardless of ability can go along to tackle the masses of litter in a safe way as part of the 2012 project ‘Big Waterways Clean Up’. All of the equipment will be provided and it is a chance to do something good for the environment and have fun. Find out more.


Funkacise, Lewisham Reformed Church, 18 Courthill Road, Lewisham

For just £6, you can get your groove on with Funkacise from 7-8pm every Monday. Described as “The UK’s next big dance fitness craze” by Scott Whitley, who set up the classes last year, Funkacise can help you can get fit and have fun whilst meeting a whole host of new people. More information here.


Matthias Sperling: Do not be afraid, Trinity Laban, Creekside, Deptford

Matthias Sperling and Antonia Grove will slip into brightly colored lycra to entertain with their slick, swift moves. The idea behind the performance is that dancers may possess unique powers, which somehow allow audiences to view their mind through the body and action. “Both humorous and deadly serious” is how the two describe their performance. More at Trinity Laban.


Egg-ceedingly good Pic: Garry Knight

Faberge Big Egg Hunt, Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, Tower Hamlets

Get in the Easter spirit with this huge egg hunt where visitors can search for over 200 crafted eggs hidden all across the capital. Tower Hamlets is one of the ‘egg zones’ where approximately 11 eggs will be hidden, but it’s down to you to unscramble the clues and find out exactly where. All funds raised will go towards two good causes, Elephant Family and Action for Children. More information, along with maps for the hunt, can be found at thebigegghunt.co.uk.

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