10 Ways to Get Some Culture This April
Written by: Violet Myers
It’s nine o clock on a Friday and you’re parked on the sofa, Dorito in hand, farting into your Spiderman onesie. Haven’t you already seen this episode of ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’? Remind me again why you spend 70% of your earnings on rent so you can stay in? This is London baby and conceptual artists are the cities greatest pests, third only to rats and people mispronouncing the word Southwark. The place is crawling with culture and it’s yours for the taking. Telly off, bra on, it’s time to get civilised.
‘Hung up Ripped Off’ @ Atom Gallery
Atom Gallery, 77 Stroud Green Road, N4 3EG
Until the April 2nd
David Shand presents a small selection of his ‘Hung up Ripped off’ series inspired by the decaying billboards of tube stations. The images are striking, colourful and raw. (FREE)
‘A Public Resource’ @ Cubitt Art Gallery
Cubitt Gallery, 8 Angel Mews, N1 9HH
April 2nd, 2:00 – 6pm
Cubitt Art Gallery presents a day of discussion, with topics ranging from black activism, feminism, social housing and gentrification. Each talk lasts 50 minutes, or clear your Saturday and prepare for a whole day of knowledge. (FREE)
‘Couple in a Hole’ @ ArtHouse
ArtHouse Crouch End, 159A Tottenham Lane, N8 9BT
April 8th, 6pm
A one off showing of Belgian born filmmaker Tom Geen’s dark thriller about a middle aged couple who, after renouncing civilisation, move into a cave in the middle of the woods. Mondays, am I right?! (£11)
‘Rear Window’ @ The Screen on the Green
The Screen on the Green, 83 Upper St, N1 0NU
April 9th, 11pm
Enjoy one of Hitchcock’s classics at one of Screen on the Green’s popular late night showings. Featuring a new cocktail menu inspired by the film’s New York setting. (£10)
‘Anthropology’ @ Hang-Up Gallery
Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8AD
Until April 10th
Mark Powell returns to Hang-Up Gallery to present an exclusive collection of his beautifully intricate ink and biro drawings. (FREE)
‘Smoke and Mirrors’ @ Jacksons Lane
Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA
April 19th – 23rd, 8pm
Acrobatic duo The Ricochet Project treat their audience to a night of mesmerising contemporary circus, aerial, dance and trapeze. This is one circus not to treat the kids to as the performance features adult themes and lots and lots of bare boobies. (£14.95)
‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ @ Union Chapel
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
April 28th, 7pm
An all female music night that campaigns to put a global end to FGM worldwide. The event is to raise awareness and funds for FGM charity Orchid. (£10)
‘Rikuzentakata’ @ Central Saint Martins
Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, N1C 4AA
Until April 20th
Featuring the work of emerging artistic duo Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori and high profile Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakeyama, the photography exhibition explores the area of Rikuzentakata, the town that was swept away in the 2012 Tsunami. (FREE)
Franciszka & Stefan Themerson Books Camera, Ubu @ Camden Arts Centre
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG
All throughout April
In an exhibition exploring the Polish experimental filmmakers’ film practise, their use of puppetry, stage design and comic strips. A celebration of the duo’s extremely inventive and original careers. (FREE)
‘The Privileged’ @ Camden People’s Theatre
Camden People’s Theatre 58-60 Hampstead Rd, Kings Cross, NW1 2PY
April 12th – 16th, 9pm
A playful, solo participatory performance event that explores race, community and identity. The event includes an after performance discussion and male nudity, wahey! (£12)
Whilst progressive thinking about gender has become more and more mainstream recently, there is still far to go. Traditional gender constructs are yet to be broken down fully and there will likely always be resistance to the movement. Which is why it is so important to celebrate and promote events like Camden People’s Theatre, Come As You Are Festival: a celebration of non binary existence like no other.
Andrew Rummer is someone you want on your side when you’re choosing your new poison. You also want him on your side when finding where to source that beverage. He is the brains behind Sipping Liquor: a craft spirits club that delivers carefully chosen spirits to your door on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
Got a supper club, guinea pig cafe, unicorn tears cocktail pop up? Stoke Newington wants it. Luckily a cafe close to Columbia Road has the space you’ve been looking for all along. Probably. Think exposed bricks, boutique lighting and tiled counters, like you’ve just stumbled off a long haul flight and ended up in a trendy Brooklyn coffee house.
“I’m on the veg… of reeeeason” Sang Lady Gaga, whilst cavorting around a staircase in shorts. The very same can be said of Kerb Street Food’s latest event organisers. The amount of quality vegetarian food stalls they’ve gathered together for us is teetering on the unreasonable. It’s not fair on our stomachs, nor on our eyes that are bigger than said stomachs.
What’s it really like to live in North London gem Stroud Green? This short film gives you a glimpse into local life. See if you can spot yourself on Stroud Green's streets; walking your dog, buying bananas from the fruit and veg shop, cheering to a bad joke over a pint outside The Worlds End...
Ever walked past Stokey Town Hall and thought, oh the things I’d do with that space. What would you do exactly, if you had the chance to take over? It’s a question we’ve often asked ourselves. Well now Hackney Council are finally asking us. Residents and business owners in the surrounding areas are being consulted on their draft proposals.
Sadiq Khan’s decision to change London underground announcements from ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ to gender neutral greetings might have seemed like an obvious, positive step in the right direction. Unfortunately the news was met with some resistance and negativity. Some saw it as an attack against gender, deeming it ‘pathetic’, unnecessary and even ‘demeaning’. Presumably that affectionate term, Snowflake was also bandied around for good measure.
I'd had a bad day, so I thought reading the Slimming World magazine while eating a family-sized bag of crisps would help. This was the day I realised London was ridiculous. And it had rubbed off on me. I started out the day wet. Wet in my cute summer dress with a raincoat on top. It was July, pissing it down. But hot, very hot.
Beyond The Binary is our mini series breaking down gender norms and exploring queer theory through events and interviews. We're kicking things off with an explosion of fashion, identity and expression. This September it’s London Queer Fashion Show. LQFS showcases the greatest new talent from people who know that ‘gender exists beyond the binary’, that clothing doesn't take male or female forms.
Did you know, the recipe is a relatively new invention? Back in the 80s, a soon-to-be infamous supermodel (sorry but it was blats Naomi Campbell) walked into a bar feeling sleepy and sober and in need of a pick me up. Asking notorious and rakish bartender, Dick Bradsell for something that would “wake me up and fuck me up”, she watched him crack his fingers and deftly shake up the tasty Espressotini we all know and regret ordering today when we look at our bank statements the next morning.
This family run restaurant has been sourcing the best of date night seafood the for the last twenty years, sourcing the finest and freshest fish from their very own fishmongers in Stoke Newington. But not only are they super sustainable, these guys are also super on trend with a signature lobster sub. So you can feel posh and down to earth all at once, stroke your beard then passionately get off with an avocado once you’ve finished cycling home on your fixie.
Have you ever sat in the pub with ol Vick and Charlie and whatsherchops and thought, I’d love to draw a nude right now? No? Well what about a neon nude? Yeeah, now you’re keen! Well luckily that tasty Duke of Wellington pub happens to have just the right set up for a life drawing class. Not to mention a fluorescent one. So that is exactly what they do now. Every other Monday Jylle leaves her superb gin and tonic pouring duties to host Neon Naked.
The last time I checked it was March 18th and I was watching someone drink green beer in a big hat and wondering whatever happened to Boxing Day. But someone has informed me that it is August and we need some kind of plan for the month because all logic has flown out the window and nobody knows what anything means anymore and I can’t remember if I had breakfast yesterday no but thanks for asking. Time for some live music to zone out to and tap along blankly while we gather our thoughts.
Haunting melodies, rich ambience and devilish lyrics: indie folk singer Hazel Iris comes to Stokey all the way from California. Joining her is musician Mally Harpaz on accordion, cello, guitar and even percussion to create a pretty special double bill of musical awesomeness together.
I’m Emmie, I'm 24 and from Newcastle. J'adore le foot. Ou est les piscine? I moved to London 6 months ago because 'it's where all the jobs are'. The above new-life-motto was a graffiti tag I saw in my first few days of London life. Capital R and all. I certainly followed through when, that night, I went to a gig and nipped to the loo... Sitting on the uncomfortably warm seat I looked up to see a club night poster advertising: '4 Jägerbombs for £20!'
Who’s Richard Hunt and what are exciting little gimlets when they’re at home? Take a walk down Stoke Newington High Street this month and you’ll find out. An intriguing new cocktail bar and teahouse has opened, calling itself The Mint Gun Club and offering up a three fold menu of teas, cocktails and pantry style food.