This week is jam-packed. Now, I know it is miserable outside: mainly grey and wet with tremendous gusts of wind, followed by the shy glimpse of the sun, which fools us momentarily into a false sense of security only to be showered again by glistening drops of rain. BUT, we have to be brave, and my steals this week will make you want to be valiant and venture out to all these events, because as you well know by now, they are all FREE or under a tenner. That’s how we roll!
So, today Tuesday 18th Feb, what can you do after work? If you enjoy spoken word then you might want to head over to The Sun and 13 Cantons pub in Soho for a night named ‘Ambit New Voices.’ The perfect way to unwind and be serenaded by readers Eli Goldstone, Dan Duggan, Lisa Kelly, Martin Monahan and Huw Laurence. It starts at 7pm and will cost you the stealer friendly price of £5.
But if you’re a southern chicken and keen on cinema come down to the Rizty Cinema in Brixton, which is incidentally, my ends (not a green light for stalkers). It is the Short Sighted Cinema evening, and the theme? London life. Could this fit in more to our vibe? You can watch screenings from emerging filmmakers, get boozed up and participate in the Q&A. It’s FREE so just rock up at 7.30pm and have yourself a wonderful evening.
Still down south, on the Wednesday you can visit the South London Gallery in Peckham where the artist and sculptor Richard Fleischner will be discussing his current exhibition, his inspirations and methods to his art with curator and writer Ben Tufnell. Its £5, £3 concessions, starts and 7pm and you will have to pre-book.
This same Wednesday 18th at 7.45pm you also have Story Sessions: Queer Tales at The Ivy House in Nunhead FREE. It is an evening of music themed readings to celebrate LGBT history month. The night is headlined by Clare Summerskill, and joined by Rebecca Idris, author of The Sitar. They will be supported by local author Cherry Potts, Cath Blackfeather and poet Anny Knight. If you’re feeling particulary brave then you can recite 100 words of your own poetry in their Flash from the Floor spots after the interval!
Moving on to Thursday, expect music!
Firstly, the National Theatre Bookshop provides live pop-up music on Thursdays for FREE. It starts at 5pm and should you turn up your ears will encounter singer songwriter Andrew Page; feel good folky pop.
Up in the trendy streets of Shoreditch, specifically at the Paper Dress Vintage shop the awesome August and After will be playing at 7.30pm. Its £5/£4 entry, make sure you pre-book now!
If you prefer words without music then you can find monologues, duologues, poetry and prose at the Picturehouse in Hackney. The evening is called Write it: Mic it, starts at 7.30pm and costs £3
Right, we’ve made it to Friday and I have a variety of options to get your weekend started.
Firstly, there is a new conceptual art exhibition named ‘Nothing To See Here’ opening this Friday 21st. The exhibition is set in a male Victorian public toilet in Kennington called ArtsLav and you will be able to explore the concept of nothing by the hand of four talented artists. The opening on Friday will provide food and drinks as well as a post exhibition live music night at The Dog House with Blues, Electro, House, Funky Rock and poetry! Not to be missed! Check out my interview with curator and artists Kosha Hussain and more details of the event. The exhibition will be on till the 28th February.
That is a hard event to follow but if you fancy a more tranquil Friday night or your looking for a wonderful romantic evening to sweep your girl or boy of their feet then head to The Tea Box in Richmond at 7.30pm for a night of Jazz, featuring London based vocalist Alex MacLaine who will sing over the guitar of Riga Nora Bite. £5 entry fee on the door.
Lastly, if you fancy being serenaded to sleep by nighttime storytelling and music then join London Dreamtime and Nigel Bermondsey in a secret location near Deptford Bridge. Its £3 and you will need to pre-book via email email@example.com. Meeting place is Greenwich DLR 8pm.
Now it is weird that it is London Fashion Week and I have not mentioned a single fashion steal. Well, that’s because my fellow stealer Elle Ford has written up a very specific LFW guide for Spindle, but I still have a little something…
This Saturday at St Paul’s Church in Whinchmore Hill there is a recycling-friendly swishing event which is FREE and you won’t spend a penny because you’re just switching it up, swapping old for new. Well, new to you. Just turn up at 12.30pm.
And if you insist on getting your drunk on then you want Drunken Night. It takes place at The Bell in Aldgate, FREE, starting at 7.30pm. The concept is to launch new emerging London artists’ and to well, get people a little drunk. Or maybe a lot drunk.
Last but not least, is Sunday. I love funday Sundays and here are two options to round of your week and begin the new one in fresh spirits.
This is one I’m very excited about as I am from Spanish parents and grew up there for many years. Flamenco-themed screenings, dance & percussion workshops! Just turn up at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane at 5pm and have yourself a wonderful Sunday evening. There is nothing like a bit of Flamenco to sooth the soul. Oh, and if you go with your partner, be warned, as passion will fire up!
But if what you need is a bit of a giggle to get you ready for the next week ahead then you’ll want an evening of comedy. The Amused Moose Laugh Off Heats 1 & 2 takes place at The Albany comedy cellar, next to Great Portland Street. All the fun and laughter is split into 2 sessions: one at 6pm and another at 8pm. Its £5, which is not only stealer friendly, but also a great price for great comedy.
Enjoy your week and remember to tweet us @alondonsteal for any suggestions on steals we’ve missed out or to tell us of your experience at any of these events!
Catch the radio show @LDNStealRadio with me, Rue, this Saturday 12-2pm on Hoxton FM (@Hoxton_FM)
Words: Irune Rue Chamberlain