London To Do List – 3-8 September 2013

London To Do List – 3-8 September 2013

Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!

// All Week //

Fleabag | Soho Theatre

Fleabag | Soho Theatre | 7pm | £15

“Today I am going to be a new person. No more slutty pizzas. No more porny wanks. Lots more lovely threesomes. GO.”

The Fleabag bites back. A rip-roaring account of some sort of a female living her sort of life.

Soho Theatre Associate Company DryWrite return with Fleabag, their debut Edinburgh show, written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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// Tuesday //

Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool | Cinema Museum

Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool: The Films of Mike & George Kuchar | Cinema Museum | 7:30pm | £5

Born in The Bronx in 1942, twin brothers, Mike and George Kuchar started making 8mm micro-epics in their youth, creating a DIY cinematic style that celebrates the common man whilst oozing ‘kitchen sink’ Hollywood excess. Parting ways as co-directors in 1965, the brothers went on to hone their own unique styles. Little Joe have teamed up with Copenhagen-based writer Jack Stevenson to honour both brothers, presenting a selection of their works in 16mm, taken from Jack’s own personal collection.

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// Wednesday //

Oxbow Lakes | Hoxton

Oxbow Lakes | 17-20 Parr Street, Hoxton | 7:30pm | £15

Oxbow Lakes dramatises a child’s experience of his parents conflicted feelings towards him and themselves. It turns this emotional, psychological territory into an imaginative visual landscape inhabited by an array of characters – comic, grotesque, disturbing. Oxbow Lakes is part fairy-tale, part murder-mystery, part dark musical-comedy.

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// Friday //

Museum Hours | National Gallery

Museum Hours | National Gallery | 6:30pm | £6

In the city of Vienna, Johann, a guard at the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum encounters Anne, a foreign visitor called to Austria because of the poor health of a friend. Never having been to Austria and with little money, she wanders the city in limbo, taking the museum as her refuge. Johann, initially wary, offers help, and they’re drawn into each other’s worlds. Their meetings spark an unexpected series of explorations – of their own lives and the life of the city, and of the way artworks can reflect and shape daily experience.

Using a lightly experimental fusion of drama and documentary, Jem Cohen’s film observes how art and modern day life interconnect.

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// All Weekend //

Reclaiming spectacle | Horse Hospital

Reclaiming Spectacle: A two-day symposium | Horse Hospital | All Day | £12 (or £20 for both days)

The Congress for Curious People will draw to a close with this two day symposium addressing the concept of spectacle. To download a short version of the programme as a PDF, please click here. For more information about each speaker, take a look at the participants page.

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Get On The River | Thames Festival

Get On The River | Thames Festival – Various Locations | Various Times | Various Prices (Lots Free!)

Make sure you Get on the River this Thames Festival!

Paddle a canoe under Tower Bridge, take in a high-octane speedboat trip, indulge in a film by David Kew at Hermitage Moorings, enjoy a gentle cruise in a traditional Thames barge or get behind the scenes at the UK’s busiest lifeboat station.

There’s something for everyone.

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Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival

Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival | Various Locations | Various Times | Free

The 2013 Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival takes place 5-15 September, with 30 FREE events.

This is the fourth year of the festival. Every event free. No booking required, just head along. For full details, download the programme.

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// Saturday //

Meatopia | Tobacco Dock

Meatopia | Tobacco Dock | Time | £45 (SAVE £10 BY BOOKING THROUGH YPLAN!)

Over the years, us Brits have given plenty to our American cousins. David Beckham, Cary Grant…their freedom. Because of that history of generosity, we have no qualms about now taking from them and so it is with great pleasure that we announce that Meatopia – an annual food event in New York City – is now coming to Tobacco Dock, London.

The brainchild of TIME Magazine food columnist and James Beard award-winning food writer Josh Ozersky, Meatopia is an acclaimed food festival for discerning carnivores, brought to you in London for the very first time by Turner & George.

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// Sunday //

Chrisp Street Festival

Chrisp Street Festival | Chrisp Street Market | 11am – 9:30pm | Free

International talent comes to Chrisp Street Festival as final acts confirmed for the first annual community festival.

Live music performances will take place from 11am on Sunday 8 September in celebration of the East End: past, present and future.

The free festival is fun for the whole family. Featuring live music, craft classes, children’s rides, a classic car display, Lindy Hop lessons and music from:

• Hackney Globe Trotter – our resident DJ for the day. Russ Jones was behind some of the biggest club nights of the mid-90s.
• Beatbox Collective – this crew has played at Glastonbury and The Big Chill
• Trio Manouche – These three ‘gypsy swing’ kings get jazz joints and festivals jumping across the UK at venues like Ronnie Scott’s the 606 club and the Secret Garden Party festival
• Hackney Colliery Band – this local London band fuses together the sounds of New Orleans marching bands and hip-hop brass sounds

And not forgetting …
• Wara – A band that regularly packs London’s Jazz Café. The Guardian gives four stars to the band’s debut album.

Chrisp Street Market will be filled with cookery demos, art workshops and street food stalls with a pop-up Chrisp Street Cinema in the evening.

There’s also vintage make up, poetry, mask making and craft workshops throughout Chrisp Street Market and Langdon Park.

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.