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.
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).
“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.
At the time of writing this the menu has just been released for Food by Feast’s new supper club. I imagine, however, that by the time you read this every dining space will be swiftly filled. If you aren’t acquainted with the duo yet (tsk), they’re the genius collaboration of Cordon Bleu chef and food writer Olivia Potts and Guardian food writer and cook, Kate Young. Having successfully completed the likes of a Gilmore Girls supper club to rapturous applause and smacking lips recently, the latest menu experience is Twin Peaks inspired and looks equally witty and delectable.
Unfortunately rising rents are affecting community spaces in Stoke Newington and their availability. St Mary’s Centre currently provides a space for projects including the Foodbank, Hackney Migrants centre and the Night Shelter but they're at risk of losing their space. To help raise funds to redevelop the space and increase awareness, they are organising a weekend food market in Stokey. The pop-up food market is a launch event for their huge fundraising drive to rebuild the community rooms attached to St Mary's Church in Stoke Newington.
Ten years ago MINT Vintage first opened in Covent Garden before moving on to the more creative surrounds of Stoke Newington, pioneering fashion forward vintage. Every piece is hand selected and sourced from all over the world, ensuring every garment is trend driven but timeless and always unique. This May they’ve decided to transform their world in to an “oops we were trying to make corduroy and came up with denim” dreamland*.
Back in 2014 The Good Egg was hatched, mixing Californian sunshine with Tel Aviv traditions to bring one heck of a menu to Stoke Newington. Food critics, instagrammers and swathes of Stokey baby holders flocked to it’s doors to get stuck in to the Jerusalem breakfast, merguez sausage and indeed eggs washed down with spicy brunch cocktails.
Calling all retro gamers / bakers / geeks in Stokey. Whether you’re of the age to remember GameBoys first hand or see them as more of an urban myth you from Urban Outfitters Insta, the allure of the pixellated pastime is strong. The mere sound of a MegaDrive game starting up, the dreamlike and glitchy, “Seeegaaa” brings an elated glazed look to most people’s eyes as they fall in to a YouTube retro gamers wormhole.
Joginder's Supperclub is a North Indian Punjabi supper party founded in 2009 by mother and daughter team, Rani & Saira. Based in their home in Tufnell Park, North London, 12 guests enjoy a nine course punjabi feast around the big library table while Rani & Saira cook up each course in the kitchen. Joginder was Rani's mother to whom the supperclub is inspired by and memory of. They have held their supperclub once a month for the last 8 years with many returning guests over the years. Catering for both meat eaters and vegetarian the evening is meant to be enjoyed in the spirit of good hospitality, good food and enjoyable company.
Dust off your knee socks and rubbery bats: it’s time for a ping pong resurgence. From 7 - 9pm this Friday 14th you are invited to Clissold Leisure Centre to the Table Tennis Club. Meeting every Friday, all players are welcome of varying abilities and depending on numbers, they play relaxed games of Round Robin, doubles, around the world and more.
Fancy a silver ring workshop? Because let’s face it, if no-one’s giving you one you need to make your own. Alternatively you could make it for someone special and take a step towards restoring your karmic balance. But remember to measure their fingers as subtly and awkwardly as possible (or borrow one of their rings for reference).
Hands up, who watched The Great Pottery Throwdown? Didn’t you love it when Ryan kept smashing his final show piece and barely even reacted? Did you also think it was mildly inappropriate when Sara Cox kept asking Richard if he wanted to touch the model’s bare torso? Also, also, how lovely was it when Keith the judge got teary about Richard’s lamp?
Hold the actual phone. Donald Trump’s planned state visit to the UK could be set to occur earlier this year, “as early as May”, London police chief Sir Brian Hogarth says. What joy… But that’s not all. Despite mass protest and UK wide opposition to this visit, the President’s potential visit to the UK, which will include an audience with the Queen, is still to go ahead. In Finsbury Park. Nearly two million people signed a petition calling on Theresa May to cancel the visit, but new information points to a North London based welcome as Trump has stated his fear of Central London based meetings and any travel near Westminster.
Chocolate smoothie yoga rave sort of sounds like a game I made up in year 5 that involved jumping from one end of the classroom to the other without touching the floor whilst eating a chocolate frube. Funnily enough, this event has the exact same premise.
Are you a local photographer, illustrator, painter, filmmaker? How about a ceramicist looking for a venue to showcase your works and wares? As part of the upcoming Shop Stroud Green: Summer of Love Local this June, we’re looking for local artists, makers and workshop takers to hijack shops and spaces along the Stroud Green Road.
DIY Art Market are hosting the Independent Ceramics Market in Stoke Newington. Abney Hall will be showcasing over 60 innovative ceramicists, and DIY potters, ideal for discovering a new wave of early career, and some more established ceramic artist.
Amongst a parade of local pubs, eateries and craft shops sits a long established secondhand bookshop on Stoke Newington High Street. As well as the classics section and fiction aisle, you’ll find childrens books for the yummy mummies and daddy cools, art and photography books for the hipsters upgrading their coffee tables and even a travel guide section for the holiday pic pervs. Yes, every Stokey cliche is catered for in Stoke Newington Bookshop and all found at very reasonable prices, from warm and knowledgable staff.
A politician a journalist and a filmmaker walked into a University. London Met to be precise, to discuss exactly this: what is a Londoner? Next Tuesday 7th March you can join them all and hear from the likes of Hackney and Islington Labour politician Jennette Arnold, a keen campaigner for women’s rights, firs training as a nurse. Guardian and Spectator writer, Maurice McLeod will also be speaking, a trustee for campaign group Race on the Agenda he writes about social issues, racism and cultural diversity.
Aspiring music maker? In need of some inspiration? Keep being told you need to do more networking? Pop along to this free event next month, targeted at music makers and music lovers for a night of on Fonthill Road. A menagerie of graphic designers, illustrators, writers and musicians have come together for Hi-Fi Sci-Fi
Lucky for us glass half fullers, The Culture Capital Exchange have invited us to a seminar focusing on Brexit and EU funding opportunities from 2017 - 2020. On 29th March, and in collaboration with culture.info and Euclid, the talks will help shed light on what Brexit actually entails.