'Win for Valentines' by David Shand, image courtesy of Print Club London

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
 Crouch End
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)

'Around the World' Mark Powell, image courtesy of The Hang Up Gallery

‘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)

Scene from 'King of Ubu', image courtesy of Camden Art's Centre

‘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 Privilege', image courtesy of The Camden People's Theatre

‘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)

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Open Doors: Beer Tasting at 40FT Brewery

40FT microbrewery of Stokey / Dalston are opening up their Tap Room doors today for a sunny afternoon of refreshing beer tasting. Tucked just behind Dalston Curve Garden in the Bootyard, this beautiful courtyard of hops awaits for the most discerning of beer hunters.

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Get Your Unusual Seafood on with Trawler Trash

If there ever was a way to strike the perfect balance between modern serenity and sham shackle beach hut chic, then Upper Street’s Trawler Trash have found it. The new seafood spot serves nothing but the ocean’s finest, but with a twist, they’re giving less well-known fish a platform to be experienced and gorged on by ravenous locals, hence the name ‘Trawler Trash’, because they literally ‘turn trash into treasure’.

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Market Road Gallery: Just Add Yourself

Spirited away from the hubbub of the city, sitting on the bustling boundaries of Islington and Camden, a 65 metre wide gallery resides hidden behind the Attic Self Storage building in Kings Cross. Market Road Gallery is a newly opened space for everyone to contribute to. It is London’s first bookable open air public gallery. Everyone, from the neighbourhood cat to a fancy pants established artiste, can create artwork for the space.

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Top Four Ways to Survive the London Heatwave, Solstice Style

Today Britain will relish (moan) in 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight, with the sun rising at 4:43am and setting at 9:31pm. It’s set to be a record breaking 33 degrees in London. I for one am going to need all the help I can get not to disappear like the wicked witch of the West into a sticky puddle on Stroud Green Road. Here’s our Solstice-worshipping, Pagan inspired tips for surviving the hottest and longest day of the year in London.

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Celebrate Summer with Drum n Bounce at VeloPark

It’s time. Time to bask (complain) in the sun and ask why god why when will it end?? Yes, Summer is officially here for the week, the hottest week in the last 20 years. This Friday, Drum n Bounce are coming all the way down South to help us celebrate this fact, as healthily as possible. Right in the middle section of VeloPark (link) you can take part in uplifting and limbering flow yoga with Tammy’s Yoga before 45 minutes of energising drum n bounce aerobics. This is basically getting hot and fit and dancey to your favourite tracks before you head off in to the night (or bed) with a massive sweaty smile on your mug.

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"It's Not a Party" Black Books Pub Quiz

Next Friday night, ignore your mounting list of life admin and venture outwards into the ether for a misanthropic wine a plenty. It’s the Black Books pub quiz at The Duke of Wellington as part of their couch potato themed quiz series. Entry is a meagre £2 but you can win some cold hard real cash if you’re up on your Dylan Moran / Tamsin Greig / Bill Bailey shaped references.

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Holy Crap! Who Are The Heather Brothers?

Who are the Heather Brothers? It’s a question that’s been keeping me up at night. Ever since I was asked to review their latest musical, Holy Crap, I’ve been trapped in something of a Google wormhole. To begin at the beginning: the Heather Brothers are, depending on who you ask, a musical writing duo/trio/quartet. Born in London, they grew up in Zimbabwe, where they spent their teenage years performing in a fraternal rock band. Again, depending on who you ask, they were variously known as: The Chequers, The Three People or Quiet World.

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Film Screenings for World Refugee Day, Crouch End

“Arriving back in the UK, after a long time away, there seemed to have been a swing towards xenophobia and the dehumanizing and vilify of both migrants and refugees was happening at the highest levels. I wanted to create a short that would address this trend.” Director Daniel Mulloy

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The Emotional Lives of Cucumbers: World Cucumber Day

The gin enthusiasts down at Hendricks have decided to take these cucumber celebrations a slice further with their Cultivate the Unusual campaign. Encouraging gin fans to grow their own cucumbers over the last few months in preparation, Hendricks are asking us to bring said veggies to participating pubs and bars this Thursday 15th June. The Canonbury Tavern for example, will light up if you walk in with a cucumber and will proceed to exchange it for a free gin and tonic. Can you imagine?

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The Art of Run DMC at Hang Up Gallery, Stoke Newington

Hang Up Gallery have some pretty hush hush news. And it goes a little something like this: Darryl ‘Run’ DMC McDaniels will be popping up in the Stoke Newington gallery this month to launch his new collection of works, The Art of DMC. This is the icon’s first London exhibition, showing new and unseen collection of ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a body of signed limited edition prints showcasing his underlying passion for comics.

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Summer of Love Local by #ShopStroudGreen

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Summer of Love ’67 where freedom of expression, art and love reigned supreme. #ShopStroudGreen are celebrating the fact with a Summer of Love Local weekend festival this June. Celebrate artistic expression and support local independent traders and makers with a weekend of live art, workshops and music (with a few special discounts, tasters and freebies for good measure).

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Oh Snap! Top Five Free Election Night Covfefe

Oh snap! Another general election looms. Whether you’re hopeful for a landslide win or a surprising wild card outcome, wipe the bitter disappointment from your tastebuds with some gins, ales, burgers and strong covfefe. Because let’s face, it will be neither of those results will it really? Find the perfect place for you to receive the bad news in good company.

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London, A Bigger Picture: Film Screening with Live Music

Get a different perspective on the city you live in this June. Film London are holding a screening of archive footage of London’s outer boroughs through the decades, underscored by live music accompaniment. The best of London’s Screen Archives hugely successful project, London: A Bigger Picture will be shown, funded by Heritage Lottery three years ago.

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Off The Record: Snowy the Harringay Station Cat

We caught up with Snowy the Harringay Station cat to talk Twitter, working life and his unsavoury friendship with Gus the fox. Summer is coming and, in North London, that means it’s time to hit the train stations. So we took Snow the Haringey Station Cat and photographer Mike Barry tumbling across one of them: the undergrowth of Haringey Station. Then we sat down with Snowy for a raw conversation about how to move forward after things fall apart.

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Choppin' for Chazza at Rocket Barber Shop, Stokey

“You grow it, we mow it” might be their blasé catchphrase, but Rocket’s attitude to your haircut is far from casual. These guys are serious about hair and the person that grew it. Rocket Stoke Newington are holding a day of free beer and entertainment with your cut in aid of Men’s Mental Health Sunday this 12th June. Also known as “Chopping for Chazza”, there’ll be talks on mental health, stand up comedy and more from 12 - 5pm.

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Find The Perfect Volunteering Vacancy, Islington

Unless you’re already working for charity or regularly ‘do your bit’, that £6 monthly donation to The Dogs Trust might not be doing enough to quash your conscience / save the world. Whether you’re doing it for experience, to reset your karmic balance or generally give back and help out, there’ll be a role out there for you. On the Volunteer Centre Camden’s website for example, there’s a handy search page that lets you filter through hundreds of opportunities by location, interest and activity.