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Unusual Things To Do In London This Week | 5-11 October 2015

Your one-stop culture shop – everything you really need to know if you’re looking for quirky, kooky or unusual things to do in London this week!

This week we go GLOBAL, including: free films from Ecuador, free live African music on Trafalgar Square & Berlin makes an appearance near Brick Lane…

Monday 5 October – Sunday 11 October 2015

SHOWS

A House Repeated | Battersea Arts Centre, Clapham Junction | Weds 7-Sat 24 Oct | 8pm | £12/9

a house repeated

A new performance game from Seth Kriebel has arrived at the home of future theatre BAC. Inspired by ‘choose-your-own-adventure stories and early computer games’ A House Repeated takes you into an imaginary maze.

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Dark & Lovely by Selina Thompson | Ovalhouse, Oval | Weds 7-Sat 17 Oct | 7.30pm | £12/7

selina thompson dark and lovely

Take a look inside Selina’s Tumbleweave (a home made out of abandoned hair pieces) to delve into what we can learn from afro hair in relation to being Black in the UK today.

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Igor & Moreno: A Room For All Our Tomorrows | The Place, Near Euston | Tues 6 & Wed 7 Oct | 8pm | £16/12

igor and moreno

Discover the secret behaviours of humanity whilst we are close to one another with the dance sensations Igor & Moreno

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Minstrels by Lasana Shabazz | Vogue Fabrics, Dalston | Thurs 8 Oct | 7.30pm | £11

Photo by Holly Revell

‘Skin-lightening via blackface minstrelsy and gangsta rap’ from outstanding new talent Lasana Shabazz. Frank and funny, this is one not to miss.

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Vesper Time by Stacy Makishi | Soho Theatre, Soho | Thurs 8 – Sat 10 Oct | 7pm | £15/12.50

The magical mischief-maker Stacy Makishi ‘weaves together the undercurrents of Moby Dick alongside 80s and 90s pop culture to offer up a ‘vesper’, a secular evening prayer’. Unmissable!

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COMEDY

FLUU by Mawaan Rizwan | Aces & Eights, Clapham Junction | Weds 7 Oct | 9pm | £3

Mawaan Rizwan

We were very sad to miss Mawaan up at the Edinburgh Fringe. We loved this blurb so much we couldn’t bring ourselves to edit it:

‘a fucked up concoction of stand-up, dance, clowning, eggs, popcorn, Mongolian throat singing, laundry pegs and some free booze.’

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Pop-Up Poetry: Luke Wright | Kings Place, Kings Cross | Fri 9 Oct | 9pm | FREE

A free chance to see the offbeat king of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, with his mix of storytelling & stand-up through poetry.

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MUSIC

Lilies on Mars | Electrowerkz, Angel | Tues 6 Oct | 7.30pm | £8

Dream pop ensemble bring their unique rhythms to Electrowerkz this Tuesday.

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FILM

Stories from Ecuador | Bolivar Hall, Warren Street | Thurs 8-Sun 11 Oct | Various Times | FREE

stories from ecuador

Celebrate the celluloid success of Ecuador’s burgeoning film scene with free screenings of recent classics including the irresistibly sexy Sin otoño, sin primavera (No Autumn, No Spring) pictured above. Book a free seat by emailing: storiesfromecuador2015@gmail.com.

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EVENTS

Africa on The Square | Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross | Sat 10 Oct | 12-6pm | FREE

africa on the square

A feast of African food, music & culture right in the heart of our city. Don’t miss the main stage music for awesome afro-funk infused rhythms.

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Pop into Berlin |133-135 Bethnal Green Road | Mon 5-Sun 11 October | Various times | FREE

pop into berlin

Say HALLO to the creme de la creme of Berlin start-ups, retailers & movers & shakers, in London this autumn for just 1 week. There are loads of free events as part of the pop up shop on Bethnal Green Road, including a ‘How to work in Berlin‘ session and a ‘how to’ make your own 360° photos with the bizarre and beautiful Panono device.

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State of Independence Market | Cafe 1001, Brick Lane (Old Truman Brewery) | Sat 10 Oct | 12 midday-12 midnight FREE

Support London’s independent creative entrepreneurs at this banging beats-fuelled market in Brick Lane.

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HELP REFUGEES

Glory Aid | The Glory, Haggerston | Thurs 8 Oct | 5pm-late | £10 donation

gloryaid

A fantastic outre bunch unite to raise money for Syria’s refugees. Top names are on the bill including: musical mayhem from Bourgeois & Maurice, wry dry wit from funny man David Mills & fearless fun from Jayde Adams.

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Rupert Dannreuther

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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.