What’s on in Hackney this weekend

Watch Carnaby Street The Musical at the Hackney Empire

Watch Carnaby Street The Musical at the Hackney Empire - Credit: Archant

A brief guide to what’s on in Hackney this weekend:

Watch UK premiere of seminal Middle Eastern film Hundred Faces for a Single Day tonight

Watch UK premiere of seminal Middle Eastern film Hundred Faces for a Single Day tonight - Credit: Archant

Tonight (Thursday)

Watch the UK premiere of Christian Ghazi’s Hundred Faces for a Single Day, which combines documentary and abstract sequences to organise a stinging attack on the bourgeois decadence of Beirut’s political milieu. Marginalised at the time by a cultural elite deeming it too “revolutionary”, the film is only now being recognised for its signal importance in the history of Middle Eastern experimental and political cinema. From 8.30pm, at Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8. From £10, call 0871 902 5734.


Explore exhibition RAW SKIN, which aims to research what happens when internal emotions start bleeding into the body, changing, morphing, transforming and exploding it, and causing it to clash with the external world around it. From 6pm, at 213 Well Street, Hackney, E9. Free, email hello@karinjanssen.com.

Relive the 1960s with Carnaby Street The Musical, which tells the story of Jude, a working-class boy from Liverpool who arrives in London armed with nothing but his guitar and his dreams of fame and fortune. From 7.30pm, at the Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, Hackney. Costs from £10, call 020 8985 2424.

Discuss the impact, importance, patterns and relevance of votes cast by Hackney people of African/Caribbean heritage over the last 40 years and join MP Diane Abbott, Mayor Jules Pipe and others to address the question of why you should vote. The keynote speaker will be Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote. From 6.30pm, at Dalston CLR James library, Dalston Square, 60 Roseberry Place, E8. Free, call 020 8356 2539.

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Take your first steps into the world of knitting and learn how to cast on, knit stitch and introduce a new ball of wool as well as picking up advice on wool. From 2pm, at Fabrications, 7 Broadway Market, Hackney, E8. Costs £30, email barley@fabrications1.co.uk.

Be awed by an adaption of timeless classic Moby Dick. From 7.30pm, at Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8. Costs £18, call 020 7503 1646.

Enjoy an evening of diverse entertainment with music from Family of Cats, comedy from James Ross, guitar music from Jamie Smart, rhymes from Canadian slam poet Ian Keteku and tons of bold brass from the Bombastic History Underground Orchestra. From 8pm, at Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8. Costs £6, email hackney.attic@picturehouses.co.uk.

Let loose at a bimonthly club event featuring indiepop, post-punk, sixties, new wave and C86 with guest DJs The Rosie Taylor Project. Expect to hear The Smiths, Allo Darlin’, The Cure, Belle & Sebastian, Talking Heads, The Beach Boys, Shrag, Dexys, The Magnetic Fields, Veronica Falls and The Kinks. From 10pm, at Moustache Bar, Stoke Newington Road, N16. Free, email paul@scaredtodance.co.uk.


Check out a private view of Roots’, an exhibition of the work of six up and coming artists from the University of the Arts, Canterbury, as they present their responses to sociological, political and ecological issues. From 6pm, at The Colourworks, 117 Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, E9. Free, email rootsartexhibition@gmail.com.

Enter the world of Sherlock Holmes, his right-hand man Dr Watson and arch nemesis Professor Moriarty during a new show which features a call from the grave and watch a mystery unfold that would push even the world’s greatest detective to breaking point. From 7.30pm, at 130A Hoxton Hall Theatre, Hoxton Street, Hoxton, N1. Free, call 020 7684 0060.