1. The Psychedelic Curiosity Shoppe
This Friday evening, head to Dalston for a ye olde shoppe… with turntables. Steam punk, vintage and psychedelica come together in a clubbing experience with a Victoriana twist.
8.00pm, Friday 13th April
Junction Room, 578 Kingsland Road, EN8 4AH
2. Guerrilla Gardening at the News from Nowhere Club
For horticultural prowess with a big social agenda, get to the News from Nowhere Club on Saturday to hear some words of wisdom from the founder of GuerrillaGardening.org.
7.30pm, Saturday 14th April
Epicentre, West St, E11 4LJ
3. Station Sessions Festival
This spring, Kings Cross St Pancras Station is playing host to the Station Sessions Festivals. Over six weeks, four stages and eighty live music acts will be performing in the newly renovated home of Platform 9 3/4.
Best of all – every gig is free.
This Wednesday, the festival organisers have told us there’ll be a ‘secret session’ taking place. So someone’s either pulled out last minute, or there’s a rather exciting act on the line-up. Could be a worth a visit either way.
5.30pm, Wednesday 11th April
Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Euston Road, N1C 4QP
It’s been a sad old decade for Blockbuster, whose directors probably go to sleep shaking their fists at all those gosh-darned it interweb places where y’all can see a movie on the line.
There once was a golden age, where we all knew the rules about capitalising proper nouns (whatever have you done iTunes) and we had to rewind films before viewing. To honour these times gone by and the former reign of the VHS tape, artists and performers are taking up residency in the now empty Catford Blockbuster. Expect installations, screenings and talks about the once mighty sovereignty of the video cassette.
12 noon – 11pm, Wednesday 11th April – Sunday 15th April
Catford Blockbuster, 95/105 Rushey Green, SE6 4AF
5. Short Film Showcase
For short films, animations, free popcorn and two-for-one cocktails, get yourself to Brick Lane for a celebration of independent bite-size cinema. Schmooze afterwards with other film makers, movie buffs and industry types.
5.00pm, Wednesday 11th April
93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Click here for the Facebook event.
6. Holland House Dutch Festival
Start raiding your wardrobe for all things orange. To mark the Dutch Queen Mother’s birthday, the Holland House Dutch Festival (or Koninginnedag) takes over Trafalgar Square every year. Expect live music, Dutch food and drink, traditional Dutch games and displays of just how flippin’ darn good Dutch people are at cycling to work. For the arty-farty amongst you, knowledgeable types will be running free tours of the Dutch paintings in the National Gallery.
12 noon, Saturday 14th April
Trafalgar Square, WC2
7. Brassroots at Rich Mix
Brassroots are going back to their…well… roots in East London. Less marching band more jazz-funk fusion, these festival regulars will be playing their first London gig of 2012 at Rich Mix this Wednesday.
7.30pm, Wednesday 11th April
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
8. The Makers of Modern London
Discovering the inventors, campaigners, engineers, and philanthropists behind the development of modern London, this free guided walking tour reveals the secrets behind historic Clerkenwell.
3.00pm, Sunday 15th April
Farringdon Tube Station, 39 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BY
9. Sarah Lucas ‘Make Love’
If you’re feeling low on your erotic art intake for the week, you could do worse than to head down to Situation for Sarah Lucas’ spicy surrealism. Think concrete cast thigh-high boots, tights in the shape of boobs and soft-porn with confetti.
4 New Burlington Place, W1S 2HS
10. Give Up Clothes for Good
Feeling charitable? Show your support for Cancer Research UK by raiding your wardrobe, bagging up those unwanted items and dropping them off at your nearest TK Maxx. Take part and you could be in with a chance of winning £1,000.
TK Maxx Stores, London wide