15 February 2013

We love weekends

IF you’re looking for an exciting new read, an accessible night out with a difference, or live African music, Hackney’s got it all this weekend.

Valentina at Birthdays, Stoke Newington Road

Birthdays' first headliner of the year, and Two Door Cinema Club collaborator, Valentina performs solo with guitar this Friday; the London-based Italian vocalist has finished her debut EP. Four-piece band Superfood are also playing live and there’ll be an indie disco afterwards. And it’s free before 11pm. Friday, 15 February

Children’s book-swap at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road

Are your kids done with their old books and looking for a new tale? Under 12s can bring a book they’ve enjoyed to Rich Mix this Saturday and swap it for another recommended read. You can even spend the day, find a cosy corner to read, write you own story or listen to a magical tale. Saturday, 16 February

Zanzibar fundraiser at Hackney Attic, Mare Street

Africa comes to the Attic this Sunday, kicking off with a screening of As Old As My Tongue, a documentary about female drummer and singer, Bi Kidude – probably the oldest living performer on the world stage. There will also be live sets from Jally Kebba Susso, Seddik Zebiri, Abdoulaye Samb and DJ sets. Saturday, 16 February 

Club night for people with disabilities, Forest Road Youth Centre

Open to 13 to 19-year-olds with a disability or special educational needs, this is an accessible night out with a difference. Clubbers can experience the latest tunes, or a sensory experience of vibrations, light, smell and touch. What’s more there’ll be jewellery making, clay design and custom clothing, as well as DVDs, computer games, a live band and party food. Friends and siblings are welcome too. Sunday, 17 February

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Arcola Theatre, Ashwin Street

Simple8 theatre company has appropriated one of the most influential films of all time, and a defining moment in cinematic Expressionism, into an exciting new play at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston. A travelling fair full of clowns, freaks, magicians and sleepwalkers, drags the protagonist into a series of nightmarish murders, spinning dreams into chaotic reality. Until 16 March

Bi Kidude is probably the oldest performer on the world stage

Bi Kidude is probably the oldest performer on the world stage

Bi Kidude is probably the oldest performer on the world stage

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