Pick of the Line: 4-11 April

Pic: Gaia

Pic: Gaia


Easter holidays are over but east Londoners still have lots of exciting events to choose from in the beginning of April. We picked a few to keep the spirits up while we wait in vain for spring.


Open Mic talent night Monday 8 April at 9 @ Off Broadway, 63-65 Broadway Market, E8 4PH

Off Broadway is known for its quality cocktails and the fact that it’s always crowded. Now there’s an extra reason for its popularity: the Monday open mic talent night is back! Hosted by Meg Cavanaugh, the best open mic hostess in the East end (‘’She’s more intoxicating than our drinks and the talent she attracts to this weekly event makes for the best Monday night out you have had in a long time!’’). Guaranteed to be fun. It is best to arrive early as slots fill up quickly.

For more information call 02072412786 or mail bar@offbroadway.org.uk

Adam Green & Binky Shapiro

Tuesday 9 April 19.30-23.00@ Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PQ

Eat Your Own Ears presents Adam Green and Binky Shapiro live in London. This will be the first London performance of Green and Shapiro’s self-titled Californian sunshine soaked debut album, which will be released later this month.

‘’Their debut album is an echo of late-sixties folk pop that reveals more in repeated listens as they unfurl relationship tales with bittersweet recall’’ is how Village Underground describes them, while MAGNET compared the duo’s chemistry to ‘’the electric relationship shared by Yoko Ono and John Lennon… the duo’s voices swirl and intertwine seamlessly, in tune with their late-’60s folk-pop vibes.”

Get a taste of how they sound here: http://youtu.be/WrbeDDiU92g

Have a look at the artists’ site here http://www.adamandbinki.com/

Tickets are available online here http://www.seetickets.com/event/adam-green-binki-shapiro/village-underground/693870

Everything But The Food: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience 

Tuesday 9th April 19.00- 21.00 @ Death by Burrito, 18 Hewett Street, London EC2A

Dante Gonzales is an internationally known chef and founder of Dante Fried Chicken. (DFC) The DFC team shares his cuisine with the world through signature events, pop up restaurants, an award-winning food truck and its very own homegrown variety cooking show.

Dante Gonzales collaborated with Terence The and the creative directors of HellaCrisis to author ‘’Ride or Fry: The Dante Fried Chicken Experience’’, a cookbook which was published last November.

This Tuesday he is invited by Protein Forum to discuss ‘’what it takes to tap into the universal language of food, how to stand out in the rising sea of culinary start-ups. As interest in all things food gains seemingly universal appeal are we facing a backlash against this movement? And if so, how will these food pioneers survive that?’’

Tickets cost £5 including drinks and snacks. Available to book here: http://everythingbutthefood.eventbrite.com/

Tower Hamlets

DIY Cultures 2013 @ Richmix (mainspace), 35-47 Bethnal Green Road

Sunday 7 April 12pm – 7pm

The DIY Cultures fair will be a day long festival of zines, artist books, comics and distros in a celebration of all things independent, autonomous and alternative. There will be a range of events, including talks on unemployment and creativity, DIY workshops, artist-run spaces and prisoner zines, as well as a screening of “DIY or Die“, featuring Ian Mckaye of Fugazi & Lydia Lunch.

“In spite of blogs, facebook and twitter, zines seem to have had a nationwide comeback. This will showcase the best of alternative and independent activities from all across the UK in one big gathering” says Hamja Ahsan, DIY Cultures Co-Curator.

You will be able to browse over 50 exhibitors’ stalls and buy original publications direct from the artists. If you make your own zine you can bring along some copies to sell on the day at their free communal table.

Entrance is free.

You can see the full program here: http://diycultures.tumblr.com/

Susan Hiller: Channels

Up until 14 April 2013 @ Matt’s Gallery, 42-44 Copperfield Road, E3 4RP

Channels is a vast audio-sculptural installation in which disembodied voices report on ‘near-death’ experiences.

‘’Hiller uses audio accounts in many languages from people who believe they have experienced death as the raw materials for her new work. Vivid stories of those who believe they have died and returned to tell the tale constitute a remarkable contemporary archive, whether the accounts are regarded as metaphors, misperceptions, myths, delusions or truth.’’

The exhibition is ‘’designed to engage us in a consideration of some of the gaps and contradictions in our modern belief system and collective cultural life. It is not intended as a religious consolation nor ‘new age’ fantasy, but rather as a de-stabilising aesthetic device opening to the un-representable.’’

The installation is up in Matt’s Gallery from February and will end on April 14th. This is the last chance to see it with your own eyes.

For ticket information and availability contact the gallery at info@mattsgallery.org or call 020 89831771.

Gaia: Show of hands

Preview: Thursday 11 April 6.00-9.00 @ Nelly Duff, 4 Ravenscroft St, Bethnal Green, London E2 7QG

Gaia is a young American street artist whose work ‘’attempts to aid positive social development, making an active impact on the surrounding area and community.’’

Show of hands is an exhibition of the artists’ original drawings, based on his ‘’fascination with the humble human hand: each delicately rendered finger and sensitively shaded knuckle reveals a complex modern narrative, the depictions are comparable to the emotive anatomical etchings of past masters.’’

The exhibited work is collected by institutions and private collectors around the work.

Viewings will be available from 11-18 April.

Ticket reservation at hello@nellyduff.com


4.48 Psychosis

Satuday 6- Sunday 7 April @ The London Theatre, 443 New Cross Road, New Cross,  SE14 6TA

‘’Trapped in a cage where life is nothing but pain and anger, where a single breath is murder and words are poison. Life is solitary and surreal. Only when the clock displays 4:48 are you in any state of recognition and yet it is so far from your once ‘normal’ self.’’

Darkness in Berlin brings Sarah Kane’s controversial theatrical play in New Cross for one week only.

Book the last remaiming tickets here http://www.wegottickets.com/448psychosis , or call 07538 209067


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