Pick of The Line: Halloween events and more

Autumn is almost to an end and winter is slowly making its way to us as we enter chilly November. But don’t let the cold weather keep you bored and locked in, there are a slew of fun events for you to check out this week.

Take in an 80s Anime Classic

Deptford Cinema is presenting 'Origin Stories', a month of screenings and events celebrating comic-books, graphic novels and their influence on cinema and is pleased to announce that the first film in its 'ORIGIN STORIES' season is the epic Manga turned Anime film, 1988’s ‘AKIRA’.

The Japanese animated science fiction film follows Kaneda, who is a bike gang leader. When his close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira, Haneda sets out to save Tetsuo and runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation ignites Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to a bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago.

The film is strictly for over-15s only, so if you’re in the age range, go check out this amazing 80s classic at Deptford Cinema.

When: October 29th - October 30th at 7pm - 12am. Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7:30pm.
Where: Deptford Cinema, 39 Deptford Broadway, London, SE8 4PQ
Cost: Standard Ticket: £5, Concessions Ticket: £3.50.
Buy tickets here

Discover fresh talent at The November Fix!

The Fix is the best way for winding down, discovering new music, meeting friends and relaxing by candlelight with some of the best fresh singer-songwriters and bands around.

Some of the talent being showcased at this month’s Fix features Laura Zocca, a London-based, talented singer and songwriter, who supported Foxes on her Guinness world record tour, so she is no stranger to the live scene. She has over 11 million Soundcloud plays and 7 million YouTube views.

There will also be Lewis Bootle, a 22-year-old street folk musician from Ware, Hertfordshire. Taking influences from a wide range of artists including Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson and Jamie T, he threads together guitar with vocal melodies and lyricism for his blend of musical storytelling. Hard at work, Bootle has just finished his eagerly awaited debut EP, ‘Friction in the Funds’.

Another act in the lineup will be Sobrenadar, who is a dream pop project from Argentina. She surprised critics in 2010 with the album 'Sobrenadar', and made advancements amongst specialised media both in Argentina and abroad.

Don’t miss this night of good music, good food with a chill atmosphere and hit up the Half Moon for the Fix.

Where: The Half Moon, 93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 1EU
When: November 9th, 8 - 11pm, food served until 10pm
Cost: £2.50
Buy tickets here
More info here

Nightmare on Church Street

Come down to the Lohana Community Complex this Halloween, for a spooky night of tricks and treats in a haunted hall.

Following the runaway success of their last event, The Great Winter Ball, Youth Lohana Community South London (YLCSL) are back to bring you this year's hottest Halloween ticket. The halloween party will feature a fully stocked creepy cocktail bar available all night. There will be an extra special Haunted Happy Hour until 10pm.

Nightmare on Church Street Pic by YLCSL via Facebook

You can dance the night away with music supplied by South London DJ and Radio presenter Ambo Magic. The spookiest male & scariest female outfits will each receive a bottle of Möet & Chandon Champagne to either enjoy on the night, or take home for later.

Live up north but dreading the trip home after? YLCSL has you covered, with a coach to take the North Londoners back home after their fun trip south of the river this Saturday. So if you are interested, after you’ve purchased your tickets, contact YLCSL through their Facebook page so they can quickly finalise the route and price.

Go get your freak on at the Nightmare on Church Street!

When: October 31st at 8pm - 1am
Where: Lohana Community Complex, P.V. Raichura Centre, Church Street, Croydon, CR0 1SH
Cost: £15
Advanced booking is required and can be done here

Winter Wonders Card Crafts Session!
As we begin to enter into the holiday season, what better way to share your holiday cheer than with hand crafted cards to give to your various loved ones?

There will be a heap of colourful, craft making supplies for you to express your Winter holiday spirit, so head down to the Ashburton Library to create your own custom made holiday card at the Winter Wonders Card Making crafts session.

Where: Ashburton Library, Shirley Rd, Croydon, CR9 7AL
When: November 5th, 2 - 4pm
Cost: £1.50 for library members and £3.00 non library members

Fireworks Night

Bonfire night is coming up and what better way to celebrate than with an explosive cornucopia of colour, light and sound? Tower Hamlets Council has special plans for this year’s Guy Fawkes Night with a grand spectacle, as the fireworks display is going to be held at Victoria Park for the first time since 2010.

The glittering, booming display will be set to an atmospheric soundtrack that will surely enhance the experience, creating a truly magical event. Don’t forget to use the Tower Hamlets Council approved hashtag #fireworksTH, to share your experience of the festivities on social media.

So grab your warmest pair of gloves, keep a hot drink on hand and come enjoy to the festivities.

When: Saturday November 7th at 7pm
Where: Victoria Park, Grove Road, Bow, London E3 5TB
Cost: Free

Film Africa 2015 Family Day

Film Africa, the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent, will be holding their 2015 festival at venues across London from 30 October to 8 November. There will be a fun day for the whole family, featuring an African Market Corner, filled with arts and crafts, clothing and food stalls.

Film Africa will present a screening of Zarafa, a 2012 film about an escaped Sudanese slave boy who befriends a baby giraffe and accompanies it on a perilous journey to the shores of France. It will be a part of the Kid’s Cine Time, but the film is for all ages to enjoy.

There will also be a drumming workshop suitable for all ages to learn African rhythms. The drumming workshop will take place at 2pm.

Celebrate the vibrant colours and culture of Africa at Film Africa’s Family Day.
When: Saturday October 31st at 11am - 3pm
Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Cost: Free

See London through different eyes with 1000 Londoners Movie Night

This November, Chocolate Films are offering three screening programmes, that will give an insight to the parts of the city that are rarely seen. Screenings of selected short documentaries from acclaimed online series 1000 Londoners will take audiences right to the heart of London’s subcultures. The films, which will include premieres of new content, will be shown alongside rare archive footage of London.

This week, the featured film is Night Crawlers, rated 12A. So just who are the Londoners that come out at night? This film lets you meet the clubbers, cabaret artistes, escorts and night workers, the night crawlers of the city, in this collection of short films which will be screening alongside rare archive clips. Come experience a less explored side of London with the Night Crawlers at Hackney Picturehouse.

When: November 2nd at 7pm
Where: Hackney Attic at Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE
Cost: £5

Exhibition showcasing 400 years of textiles journeys from Africa to Hackney

As a part of African Threads - Hackney Style, this exhibition explores Hackney's historic ties with Africa through fabric and fashion. Uncover their influence on the local area, from 17th century trade with West Africa by Hackney merchants to the presence of African communities and textiles in Hackney today.

Discover how textiles were produced in different regions of Africa and the meaning behind some of their bold designs. The exhibition features stunning costumes, photographs and local people.

Experience a colourful piece of fashion history at this exhibition and share your Hackney style.

When: October 1st 2015 - January 23rd 2016
Tues, Weds, Fri: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Thur: 9.30am - 8pm
Sat: 10am - 5pm; However the exhibition may get very busy on Tuesday - Fridays from 10am - 3pm, with school groups visiting
Where: Hackney Museum, Ground Floor, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1GQ
Cost: Free

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