January 17-24: Mussels or Muscles? Take your pick

Future Cinema presents Shawshank Redemption. Pic: James Hope-Falkner

From the Mussel Men to the muscled wrestling all-stars, this week could prove to be rather active. Free music gigs and comedy nights are aplenty – topped up further with a heavy dose of unusual cinematic events.

Kojo’s Comedy Fun House

Saturday, January 19, 8pm

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ

As seen on MTV Base: previous performers to have graced this brand include Dave Chapelle, Kevin Hart & Chris Rock. Plus this comedy club is renowned for having launched the careers of comedians such as Babatunde, Funmbi, Eddie Kadi, Prince Abdi and Jason Patterson.


Mussel and Prosecco Heavenly Pop Up

January 18-20, 6-9pm

Fabrica 584 Dalston, E8 2AZ 

Mussel Men are heading back to Dalston this weekend.  They will be offering an entire kilo of Shetland mussels with ‘skinny’ frites and a bottle of prosecco, followed by either four of their finest oysters or a dessert to share.  Also, anyone who beats Captain Bob in a thumb war wins a Mussel Men T-Shirt.  1,2,3,4…. You’ve got this.


Stand Up Tragedy

Friday, January 18, 7:30pm

Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE 

Stand Up Tragedy is a night where people stand up and tell tragedy. They'll make you sad; they'll make you think; but they will always make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more - all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it seriously. The night ends not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long. 


The Retreat at Hoxton Hotel

Friday, January 18, 6-9pm

The Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU 

Curious Duke Gallery has teamed up with Hoxton Hotel once again to bring you The Retreat. This winter escape the London crowds to find the delights of Sue Young Lee keeping watch over the lounge, and the calm of the exhibition corridor with photography from Vikram Kushwah and the Kareena Zerefos' illustrations, to name a few.


Crowd Talks Trends

Monday, January 21, 7-10pm

The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH

Crowd Talks aims to create a space for design discussion between a panel and an audience, instead of a traditional speaker-led event. This first event is all about trends, opening up a conversation about the role of trend awareness in design, and why trend has become a dirty word. Crowd is aimed at everyone interested in the design world.


Gentleman Performing Live at the Shacklewell Arms

Wednesday, January 23. 8pm

Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB

Eat Your Own Ears are presenting a free show with Gentlemen at the Shacklewell Arms. Check out a teaser video from them here.


Cinetopia Mystery Cinema

Friday, January 18, 7:30pm

The Hill Station Café, Kitto Road, London, SE14 5TY

Cinetopia combine the magic of great movies with the warm conviviality of the pub quiz and add a touch of mystery. 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 the experience the audience do not know what the film is until they turn up. In other words, always expect the unexpected. A tragicomic masterpiece from the golden age of American independent cinema combining a razor-sharp script and a stunning central performance from a true star at the peak of his powers.


Forerunner EP Release at the New Cross Inn

Saturday, January 19, 7pm

New Cross Inn, 323A New Cross Road, SE14 6AS

A free live music gig for the release of Forerunner's second EP 'Origins'. Forerunner will be performing a headline set with all the classics, as well as the entire new EP. The show promises to be typically energetic with live music from the New Subjects, The Elevaters, and Jacko Hooper as well.


Industry #1 Global Hip Hop Festival

Saturday, January 19, 12pm-3am

The Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6TY

The world of hip hop unites fans and artists alike for a day of performances from MCs, DJs, graffiti artists, BBoys, and beatboxers for a full day festival. There will also be screenings of the promo for the documentary “A Story of Hip Hop Globalization” throughout the day. Line up includes Mystro, MDC, Son of Light, and more.


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