22 February 2013

We love weekends

There's comedy from household names at Rich Mix, a beginners' class in animation at the Geffrye, and a new Hackney Museum exhibition aiming to debunk some mental health myths in this weekend's guide to what's on in Hackney.

Open the Gate, Passing Clouds

Dubstep, funk and reggae takes place at the ever-eclectic Kingsland Road live music hangout Passing Clouds. Headliners Jazzsteppa are predisposed to blur the boundaries between live jazz and sampled electronica. The duo will be ably backed up by funk ensemble Ma’Grass, who combine decade jumping African and Latin sounds, and rapper-singer Lyric L. £5-8. Friday, 22 February.

Dong, Rich Mix

The only – at least the only one we know of – hip hop comedy night brings a rostrum featuring Felix Dexter and the anarchic stars of their own acclaimed E4 sketch show Cardinal Burns. Also performing in the comedy bracket are Fergus Craig and Ola. Hobbit, Supa Dupa Fly and Big Ted provide the music. £10-12. Friday, 22 February.

Pig Pen, The Macbeth

Excitement about this cultural night in memory of non-verbal autistic campaigner Gabriel Hardisty-Miller has been gathering momentum since an obituary highlighted his achievements in The Guardian newspaper. The event is dedicated to the life of Gabriel; the inspirational tastemaker who first curated this night of poetry, performance art, music, comic books and ‘damn good times’. £5-7. Sunday, 24 February.

Unveiling the Past, Geffrye Museum

A bumper day of activities for young people happens at the museum of interior design before the end of this half term. Create a collaborative stop-motion animated film inspired by period rooms; design mugs decorated in the style of different 20th century time periods; visit a writing workshop; and explore the museum with your free activity backpack. Free. Sunday, 24 February.

Creative Journeys, Hackney Museum

Artists and musicians with mental health issues display individual and creative work at new exhibition Creative Journeys in Hackney Museum. Brought together by charity Core Arts, it aims to dispel clichés about mental health. The charity shies away from the concept of therapy, instead focusing on the unique expression of each artist that emerges strongly in the personality of each piece. Free. Until 25 May.

E4 sketch show comedians Cardinal Burns perform at Rich Mix

E4 sketch show comedians Cardinal Burns perform at Rich Mix

E4 sketch show comedians Cardinal Burns perform at Rich Mix

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