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Three million Tube travellers a day London’s underground railway – the world’s first – opened in 1863. Today three million passenger journeys are made every day, serving 275 stations and more than 250 miles of railway. see below 2014 – year of the horse People born in the Chinese year of the horse are said to be fond of the limelight and great communicators. see below Out & About News in brief Winter-warmer real ale festival SAMPLE a host of winter bluesbeating brews on tap this week at the Gun’s real ale festival. From Thursday to Saturday, January 30 to February 1, real ale enthusiasts can toast the end of “the most depressing month of the year” with more than 30 cask and keg brews at the awardwinning riverside gastropub. A specially created beermatching menu recommends the best bar snacks to accompany all the available ales, while the Homage to Fromage cheeseboard combines miniature ales perfectly paired with a selection of artisan cheeses. The Gun is at 27 Coldharbour, Isle of Dogs. Field Day line-up EARLY summer festival Field Day, in Victoria Park, has announced new additions to its line-up. On Saturday, June 7 you can catch All We Are, Blood Orange, Courtney Barnett, Charlotte OC, DJ Barely Legal, Mercury Prize winner Ghostpoet and Jaakko Eino along with the already announced Metronomy/ Danny Brown, The Temper Trap, Simian Mobile Disco and more. New acts confirmed for the Sunday, which will be headlined by seminal band the Pixies, include The Horrors, Temples and POND. For ticket information visit http://fielddaylondon.tumblr. com/tickets Talk reveals homes’ hidden history JOIN an evening talk looking at hidden histories of people’s homes. Who Once Lived in My House will share fascinating insights into a project exploring the often hidden or forgotten past of seemingly everyday abodes. It is at the Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 on Wednesday, January 29 at 6.45pm. Tickets cost £7.50/£5 concessions (includes a glass of wine) and booking is essential. More details on 7739 9893 or www.geffrye-museum.org.uk AN artist who spent three years painting every station on the London Underground is showing his work. Ross Ashmore finished his labour of love in June 2013 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. The expressionistic paintings were created using heavy impasto oil paint on canvas, and Ashmore wants viewers to seize the opportunity to see a collection of work that documents a moment in a city that is forever changing. Underground Art is at Oxford House Gallery in Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green from February 1-28. Entry is free. Along with many galleries in the East End, Oxford House will welcome late visitors during the First Thursday of the month – a night to enjoy Underground Art, have a glass of wine and meet the artist from 6.30pm-9pm. Pictured above, Ross Ashmore’s painting of Stepney Green Tube station. A New Year journey from China to London BY RUSSELL COTMAN BRITISH Chinese musician and composer Liz Liew returns to Rich Mix with a special one-off acoustic show to welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Horse with a bang. Performing on the piano and violin, she will be joined by Dennis Lee on the ethereal xiao (Chinese flute) and guzheng (zither). Featuring extended music from her dance and music piece Snapshots, the evening promises to take listeners on an evocative musical journey from China to London. The show will end with a DJ set from Russ Jones, aka Hackney Globe Trotter, spinning tunes from China and beyond. Liew is a musician and composer, her music a blend of east meets west, with rhythms and melodies inspired by her Chinese roots, combining Chinese instruments (erhu, jinghu, liuqin) with electric violins and electronics. As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, she co-wrote XX/XY which premiered to 12,000 people in Trafalgar Square in January 2012. She has also performed at the South Bank Centre, featured on BBC2’s Review Show and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She has worked as a session musician with Moby, Gnarls Barkley, Goldfrapp, Lamb, Asian Dub Foundation, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra and is part of Arun Ghosh’s Arkestra Makara, a pan-Asian music collective formed for the London 2012 Olympic event BT River of Music. The show is on Saturday, February 1 at Rich Mix, 35-37 Bethnal Green Road, E1 and tickets a r e £ 6 , £ 4 c o n c s . V i s i t http://tinyurl.com/n9rzkxb or call 7613 7498. Fortuna in her new show Superstar in the making HAVE you ever met someone who’s convinced they’re going to be a star, but whose talent doesn’t match their ambition? Writer and performer Fortuna Burke has met plenty. And for her new show, Laundrette Superstar, the 25-year-old Londoner has distilled them into a desperate wannabe who works part-time in a launderette, while all the time telling anybody who will listen that she’s on the cusp of big things. “She is completely deluded – with a lot of ambition but no talent. I’ve met quite a few people like this,” Fortuna told East End Life. Fortuna plays all the characters and the music in the hourlong performance, while dressed like a character from a 1980s sci-fi B movie. Fortuna said: “It’s a comic take on high fashion and the show is interspersed with surreal, comic songs. The eighties is my favourite decade. I love the fashion and I am obsessed with synth music.” Fortuna has been working with fashion designer Magda Durka who came up with the costumes and made MC Hammer-style jewellery. Fortuna said: “We also use this fabulous limited edition black and red Microkorg XL synthesiser, which is played deliberately badly during the show.” It is part of Programme B at the One Festival at the Space, 269 Westferry Road, on the Isle of Dogs. Catch the show on Friday, January 31 at 8pm. For tickets and information about the festival, visit https://space.org.uk/ Liz Liew PHOTO BY SUKI MOK PHOTOGRAPHY 27 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 21


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