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Out & about Trippy synths and dreamy vocals Poliça are an American Synthpop and alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota founded in 2011 by Ryan Olson and Channy Leaneagh. www.troxy.co.uk Fab four Stories of four feminine men and masculine women from Rose Collis. see below 1800 to the present day. Free. Daily until Mar 9. V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2. 8983 5200 www.museumofchildhood. org.uk Michael Chanarin: Illustrated Guide to Wisdom, Version 3.1 Following the success of 2011’s Illustrated Guide for the Confused, Chanarin returns with new work inspired by the pen and ink illustrations used in children’s morality tales of the 1930s-60s. Until Feb 28. Mon-Fri, 12-6pm, Suns by appointment. 11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, E1. 7247 1816 www.elevenspitalfields.com The Little Paper Slipper Created by Marie-Louise Jones, the work involved a series of art workshops in refuges with women who have experienced domestic abuse. Free. Until Sun, Feb 9. Daily from 11am-6pm. Mother Project Space Gallery, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, E9. Family Canary Wharf Ice Rink Last chance to skate on the 1,100sq m rink, and along a skate path through trees lit by fairy lights. Under-13s must be accompanied on the ice by an adult. £13.50, £9 under-13s, £36.50 family ticket. Daily from 10am until Feb 16. Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14. www.icerinkcanarywharf. co.uk Kids Tales Back in Time Join a Victorian chimney sweep and his puppet friends as they travel back through London’s colourful history using music, movement and magic. Free but pick up tickets from front desk. Mon, Feb 17. 11am for under-5s; 2pm for over-5s. Museum of London Docklands, Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, E14. 7001 9844 www.museumoflondon.org. uk/docklands Music Poliça Languid trippy synth from the Minneapolis band topped off with Channy Leaneagh’s dreamy vocals. £15. Weds, Feb 12. 7pm. Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, E1. http://www.troxy.co.uk/event /polica/ Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls Politicised, slightly punky, folk from Turner and his backing band. £26. Weds, Feb 12. 6.30pm. The O2, SE10. 0844 856 0202 www.theo2.co.uk A month celebrating LGBT BY SHAMIMA KHATUN DIVERSITY is the focus of Tower Hamlets’ 2014 celebrations for LGBT History Month. The council’s Idea Stores are holding a number of events to celebrate the contribution, history and experiences of the East End’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. More details below and at www. ideastore.co.uk Out in Time: a lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender history of the East End Exhibition providing a glimpse into the history of LGBT people in the East End – often a story of struggle against adversity and oppression, hidden from history. Bethnal Green Library, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 until Feb 15. Then Idea Store Watney Market, 260 Commercial Road, E1, Feb 16-28. The National Archives LGBT Exhibition Photographs and documents giving an insight into how governments have interacted with and viewed the LGBT community through history. Idea Store Canary Wharf, Churchill Place, E14. Feb 18-Mar 17. Theatre Ham Crazy comic one-man retelling of the story of Noah from the point of view of the Ark builder’s disobedient son, from writer Nathan Wood. £12/£8 concs. Tues Feb 4-Sat, Feb 15. 7.30pm. The Space, 269 Westferry Road, E14. The Vinyl Closet – Pink, Black & Blues Entertainment from the musical closet of the pre-gay liberation era (pictured above). Free. Sat, Feb 22. 7.30-9.30pm. Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, E2. Local Lives in the Queer Metropolis – talk and discussion There is a well-established story of ‘queer London’ since the war which takes in a changing club scene, activism, arrests, Pride and the impact of AIDS. But beyond the West End, Earls Court or Vauxhall, lives in other parts of the city give a more complex sense of the capital. This talk by Dr Matt Cook from Birkbeck, University of London, explores three such lives. 7515 7799 www.space.org.uk Static Coming of age story that spans a decade, from the attack on the World Trade Centre. Created from verbatim news reports and performed with traditional storytelling. Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 on Fri, Feb 21. 6.45-8.45pm. Other events Rose Collis in Trouser-Wearing Characters The stories of four ‘masculine women and feminine men’. From Tues, Feb 5. 7-9pm. Also, Fri-Sun, Feb 14-16. 7-9pm. Tickets £6, £5 concs. The Gallery Café, 21 Old Ford Road, E2. www.rosecollis.com Winter Pride UK Awards Highlights outstanding contributions to art and culture within the LGBT community, featuring awards such as Best DJ, Personality of the Year and many more. Hosted by Jodie Harsh. After party until 4am. Sat, Feb 8. 9pm-4am. £75, £25, £11.50 adv. Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W. winterprideuk.com What’s inside the local archives? Explore material reflecting LGBT history in Tower Hamlets. Free. Thurs, Feb 13. 6.30-7.30pm. Local History Library & Archives, 277 Bancroft Road, E1. £12/£8 concs Tues Feb 4-Sat Feb 15. 7pm. The Space, see above. Walks Occupy London Walking Tours: Canary Wharf Take a journey through the 2007/8 financial crisis, as you stroll through Canada Square. You can help the organisers try to set up an offshore bank account with Barclays, make a ‘credit default swap’ and visit the remains of Lehman Brothers. Free. Thurs Feb 20. 7pm. Meet at Canary Wharf Tube station, Isle of Dogs, E14. 07749 552063 www.occupytours.org FEBRUARY 2014 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS VISUAL ARTS KATE MALONE - A CELEBRATION OF CLAY UNTIL 14 MARCH / LOBBY, ONE CANADA SQUARE / FREE COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY / 6.30-7.30PM (DOORS 5.45PM) EAST WINTERGARDEN / £7 / £24 (FAMILY TICKET) COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS WORKSHOP 12.30-2PM (DOORS 12.15PM) / 3-4.30PM (DOORS 2.45PM) £5 OR £10 INC. SHOW TICKET CANARY WHARF COMEDY CLUB TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY / 7.15PM (DOORS 6.30PM) EAST WINTERGARDEN / £12 VIVA LA 80S! THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY / 7.30PM (DOORS 6.45PM) EAST WINTERGARDEN / £15 AFTER HOURS WITH... ALICE RUSSELL FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY / 7.45PM (DOORS 7PM) EAST WINTERGARDEN / £20 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT CANARYWHARF.COM @YOURCANARYWHARF BOOKING Online: seetickets.com / Tel: 0871 220 0260 In person: On the door (subject to availability) Booking fees apply. If you do not require TicketPlan Refund Protection please untick the box on the Order Details page. All details correct at time of press. 3 – 9 FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY GET A LIFE 3


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