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Creative Living In E17 and East London

MUSIC DESIGN PERFORMANCE CRAFT WORD VISUAL ARTS

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Great Music, Great Beer, Great Atmosphere

“Best live music entertainment venue in North East London”

A great range of beer and wine including magnificently kept real ales. 173 Wood Street, Walthamstow (opposite Wood Street Station) 07767 398908

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Welcome to the Launch Issue of Contents

2-4 Jesse Richards - Illustrator 6-8 E17 Jazz Collective 10 - 11 Putting the community back into the pub 12 - 15 In the studio with Jim Jack - Sculptor 16 - 18 Johnny Black 20 - 23 Postcards from the Art Trail 24 Simon Warren, Photographer 26 - 28 Print making with an Inky Cuttlefish 30 - 31 Spotlight on Dee Curtis Red Onion 32 - 33 Neal Zetter proving poetry can be fun 34 Roger Huddle 36 - 37 Craft Guerrilla 38 - 39 E17 Arthouse 40 - 42 EMD Cinema’s 80th birthday. 44 - 47 Whats On Listings 48 Artists Noticeboard

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There are sooooooo many artistic and creative activities happening in Walthamstow and the surrounding areas that we thought it was long overdue that E17 had a central voice for it all – something that people could pick up regularly and keep in touch with what’s going on. So over time, we will be reporting on painting, sculpture, theatre, music, film, photography, crafts, design, dance, literature……and so the list goes on! (oh my goodness, what have we let ourselves in for!?!) We’ve gotten off to a fantastic start, and have received many emails and phone calls wishing us the best of luck and being incredibly supportive it’s really just exceeded all our expectations. We’d like to send a BIG “thank you” to everyone who has been in touch, and given us their support – both practical and emotional. special thanks for starters have to go to: Terry & Cat Viv, Bun & all at The Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, Hoe St, E17 Gary & Steve Graham Larkbey Jim Jack We hope you enjoy reading our magazine, and we hope it will help to give local artists, performers and all, the benefit of some well-deserved extra exposure, while also highlighting to residents and visitors just how much we’ve got going on in our town! Kate & Matt Editor: Kate Tilmouth Sales & Distribution: Matthew Cook Interviews & Feature Writer: Matthew Cook Contributors : Lloyd Park, Simon Warren Neal Zetter, David Elms, Roger Huddle Bill Hodgson Design & Photography: Kate Tilmouth Publishing Consultants : Ontrade Media www.arteast17.com If you would like to be a stockist for this magazine please email : editor@arteast17.com

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Jesse

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magine feeling hungry as you step off the bus at Walthamstow Central to find that Manze’s Pie & Mash Shop has been conveniently relocated to just a few short steps away. Or perhaps you’ve just completed a sweat-drenched workout at Pumps Gym in Forest Road. How pleasant to discover that you can now relax with a gentle stroll through the village past the Ancient House that’s now magically arrived on the opposite side of the road!

In the latest edition to his ‘London Illustrations’, Jesse Richards has created an imaginative new vision of Walthamstow where such disparate parts of town have been gathered together and re-arranged, creating a bustling and diverse topography of acutely observed street scenes. These are images that you can look at again and again, every time seeing something new and fascinating as Jesse presents us with a view of city life that is both panoramic and intimate at the same time. He began his series of townscapes while still living in South London where he graduated from Camberwell School of Arts in 2002. The series now includes Camberwell, Stoke Newington and his newly adopted home of Walthamstow. Following trips into town for some candidly taken photography, Jesse translates the resulting images into free flowing sketches. By referring to the photographic material for visual inspiration rather than following a process of laborious copying, he manages to capture and communicate something of the life and individuality of both the architecture and the inhabitants with a keen draughtsmanship and a compassionate eye.

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VISUAL ARTS Then comes the process of working these sketches up into a crisply defined A1-sized drawing in pen. The final piece is next taken to a specialist large-format scanner to be converted into a digital file, which Jesse can then colour and finish in Photoshop. Each completed illustration is therefore the product of a very modern marriage between hand drawn artistry and the latest digital technology. The whole process can take weeks of hard work. “I’d love to do loads of areas around London and produce a whole book of these places, but its so time consuming, it could be five years until I could get it out there!�

Whilst continuing to work professionally as a freelance graphic designer specialising in animation (his list of previous clients includes the BBC, Nike, Samsung, Clarks, Sky and musical acts such as Rihanna, Kanye West and Oasis), Jesse retains his love of illustration as reflected in the care and attention to detail he gives to each of these engaging works. You can find out more about Jesse Richards by visiting

http://jesserichards.co.uk. His prints and illustrated mugs are currently available to purchase at: Beautiful Interiors in Orford Road, E17. Phone for details on 020 8509 0039. Jesse can be contacted direct at: jesse@jesserichards.co.uk

Jesse Richards - London Illustrations

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n a relatively short space of time E17Jazz has established itself on the wider music scene with a reputation for bringing together some of the countries top jazz musicians and for actively raising awareness of the art form. Set up nearly three years ago by saxophonist Carlos Lopez-Real, this vibrant collective runs regular live music nights at The Plough pub in Wood Street, and collaborates with other local organisations on

projects to help increase participation and commission new music. We met up with their current chairman, guitarist Jez Franks, for a chat about the collective and to discover just what it is about Walthamstow and all things Jazz. “It’s almost ridiculous the amount of jazz musicians that live in Walthamstow. We moved here because all of our music friends lived in the area, and I could name about three jazz musicians who are buying houses here at the moment. There’s a whole element about jazz being viewed as a fairly intellectual thing, but if you come and see one of the bands down at the Plough I’d say you’d find E17 Jazz is a completely welcoming evening. I don’t think there’s anything within the collective that’s inaccessible.

Jez and his band Compassionate Dictatorship

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MUSIC actually see that and to hear it. I think anyone can get that if it’s good music – which it is. I remember the first sort of jazz-rock fusion thing I heard was a record by Allan Holdsworth who is an incredibly virtuoso guitar player. I remember getting that record and there was something in it, something about the sound and the energy of the music that made me feel really excited, it made me feel amazing. And I can’t Joe

It’s an informal setting you know and its got the feel of a good music venue plus the sound quality is good. We chat to the audience and it’s nice and relaxed, so there’s nothing exclusive about it at all. It’s a good place to just listen and find out what this thing called Jazz is all about. There’s about 18 people in the collective, and you could see each of those members as a band leader. We are all busy doing our own thing, making albums and doing tours of our own, but each band will do a gig at E17 Jazz every season or so. Plus we put on bands from outside of the collective as well. It’s all quite fluid and there’s a lot of cross-over so it allows for a lot of variety. There’s a whole side to jazz that you don’t feel unless you go to a gig, there’s a whole energy to it that you get. And the other factor that’s in jazz that people don’t realise is the amount of communication between the musicians. And I think that’s really important, that energy and that communication. And you don’t have to know anything about jazz to

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see why anyone can’t experience that. One of the things I love about Jazz and one of the reasons I particularly like being involved is that you’re sort of living in this little community of musicians, and everyone’s writing music, everyone’s creating stuff all the time. And the remuneration you get for it is minimal and on your own project you’re probably losing money, but I love the fact that there’s all these people beavering away all the time just trying to express 7


MUSIC some thing about what they do - yes hoping to make some money back and be able to survive – but first and foremost it’s for the love of what they do.

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And I think that’s such a rare thing in any field these days. It goes against so many things in our society today, but that’s what I love about it, and that draws me to it and keeps me involved.” You can catch E17 Jazz at The Plough Inn, Wood Street every Thursday (except the first Thursday of the month) www.theploughinne17.co.uk Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30 start. Entry price £5

Find out more about E17 Jazz at: www.e17jazz.com/ e17jazz@googlemail.com

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Jezz’s own band is Compassionate Dictatorship, and comprises: Jez Franks – guitar Tori Freestone – Sax Jasper Hoiby – bass James Maddren – drums Dave Manington

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Putting the community back into the pub H

ow many times have you had a fantastic spurof-the-moment idea that, although seems oh so plausible at the time, never comes to fruition in the cold light of day? Thankfully for the residents of Walthamstow and its surrounding areas, five people with vested interests in providing theatre-based entertainment and a desire to provide a much-needed venue for community-based events, weren’t so easily dissuaded from taking the plunge after seeing a for lease sign outside a local pub. Undeterred even by their complete lack of experience of running a pub, Bun, Viv, Andrew, Aaron and Joanna have, over the past two-and-a-half years, realised their dream and transformed a rather downat-heel boozer into a venue that provides affordable entertainment, a community hub, and a great place to socialise and make new friends, under the umbrella of a traditional public house right on your doorstep. In an era when so many pubs are struggling to stay in business or have lost their core customers through catering to a more-ephemeral clientele, our intrepid publicans have stuck to their original intentions and have built what they hoped would be an egalitarian extension of their living room around a pub with a creative and artistic theme.

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And the community that it serves is what is at the heart of the Rose and Crown. Whether it is giving local artists or musicians a forum to showcase their talents, providing a meeting point that can be used as an informal venue for committees or hobby groups to convene, having a large upstairs room that can be


PERFORMANCE rented at a reasonable price to hold a celebration or a bijou venue that is suitable for exhibitions, or just as somewhere where you can go on the off-chance and, more often than not, you will meet someone you know, the Rose and Crown caters for every strata of the community.

If you’re looking for an informal and entertaining night out in between shows, there is something on offer to cater for all tastes most nights of the week at the Rose and Crown. You can exorcise your inner performer at the open-mike nights, see live gigs for free, take a trip down memory lane with the Shellac Collective and Frill Seekers, enjoy jazz virtuosity courtesy of Los Otros, satisfy your cultural leanings with poetry readings, or stock up your wine cellar and help producers in the developing world at the same time at the fair-trade wine tasting, to name but a few.

Picture by David Elms

Much of this community cohesion comes from the atmosphere of mutual benefit that the hosts have cultivated with their patrons. Rather than presenting the customers with a fait accompli of their vision of how the pub should be, regulars have seen the gradual evolution of the pub, as the funds have become available; and the owners are very grateful for the time, fund raising, expertise and advice that the patrons have provided in return. One of the main attractions of the Rose and Crown for the owners was the potential and ample space to build their theatre, which now boasts two resident theatre ensembles—What’s in a Name Productions and All Star Productions. Between them, these repertory companies have staged more than a dozen sell-out productions, hand-picked from a diverse portfolio that ranges from Sondheim and Furth’s treatment of the dysfunctionality of adult relationships in Company, a sexually charged rendition of David Eldridge’s Under the Blue Sky, right through to the recent transfer of Shakespeare from 17th century Stratford to 21st century Hoe Street, in the Merry Wives of Waltham. The next production, in a run that spans October and November, is the show-stopping, standard-filled musical, Follies. New developments are underway in the upstairs areas: so watch this space!

And while you sit back and enjoy the entertainment why not enjoy a pint or two of real ale. The Rose and Crown boasts up to six pumps of ales, sourced from a selection of more than 600 local microbreweries, each week. The quality of the cellar at the Rose and Crown is reflected by the award of finalist for 2 years running in the east London and city pub of the year voted by CAMRA.

So what is next for the Rose and Crown? Never known to rest on their laurels, they are now offering homecooked lunches and have many exciting events in the pipeline, so why not pop in and say hello. Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub 53 Hoe Street, Walthamstow 020 8509 3880 Article Written by Guest Writer Lloyd Park

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In The Studio With Jim Jack Sculptor

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arooned somewhere between the Olympic Development site and the Blackwall Tunnel approach road lies the artists studio of Walthamstow sculptor Jim Jack. Beyond heavy metal industrial doors, we enter a room filled with an array of sensuously curving wooden forms, ranging in size from the smallest of maquettes and hand held pieces, to larger sculptures of neararchitectural dimension. Jim combines the attention to detail and skill of a craftsman with the enquiring mind and vision of an artist, often working on several pieces at once, each at a different stage of their development.

Multiple layers of wood laminate or corrugated card are sawn and shaped, glued and fixed with wooden dowels; turned and manipulated, carved, ground and sanded down. Surfaces and textures add further dimensions, while the natural beauty and depth of colour of the material is brought to life with a simple finishing of wax. Jim directs our attention to an impressive piece called ‘The Snake Charmer’ that reaches almost from floor to ceiling dominating the room. “This is all made out of scrap wood starting with different pines and laminates that were being thrown out of a place near where I used to work. So it has its own strata, like it’s got its own geology from the materials that I had around at the time”. Naturalistic themes come readily to mind when confronted with Jims work, so it’s something of a revelation to learn how such graceful, organic forms evolve from tiny geometric templates formed with the precision of an engineer. “I think that’s one of the surprising things about a lot of my work, that its actually quite symmetrical, at least at the template stage…… There’s a lot of

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playing involved, I play a lot with the compass…… So the original shapes are very regular, and then once you start manipulating, cutting and shifting, they form these very informal natural shapes. My way of thinking is…What can I do with this?… How can I change it?…What happens if I do this?… And it’s as simple as that. Once a piece manifests itself and I understand the structure, then come the variations” And so as the piece responds to the sculptor’s decisions and handling, and the sculptor responds to the piece, this ongoing conversation continues until a point of resolution is reached. Jim’s work is also invitingly tactile. You cannot help but want to touch and stroke these objects, and he is happy for viewers to interact with his work in such a personal way. “My work has movement, inside and outside and I think they’re quite sensual as well…… I’m always looking for new shapes. I spend a lot of time in Southern Africa and you know the flora and fauna there is so unusual for us. It’s a whole new vocabulary” 14

Referring back to the genesis of his ideas, the repeating patterns and mechanical shapes, I ask for his thoughts on using computer-aided design.

“The problem with that is you can rule out mistakes, which means you might not make that decision that makes the thing more interesting, the thing that makes all the difference. I try to teach my students, don’t pre-empt yourself. Don’t have a finished idea in your head, because then you’re just manufacturing an object and you lose any element of surprise.” The inherently playful nature of Jims sculpture is reaffirmed “The surprise is what makes it personal.” Jim chooses to show his work mainly through open studio events and via selected agents. You can see more of his work at: www.cavalierofinn.com

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ohnny Black, a man once referred to as ‘The Brown Ale Bob Dylan’, is a local singerOriginal story telling songwriter with a talent for weaving darkly comedic delivered with humour and conviction narratives on modern English life that can make combined with a love you laugh out loud whilst wincing with painful recognition at the same time! of language Listing among his many influences Jagger & Richards, Graham Parker, Noddy Holder, Jake Thackery and even Vic & Bob, he has teamed up with folk-circuit regular Emma Scarr on fiddle and vocals to form their new band ‘The League of Nations’. The name was chosen to reflect the range of countries these talented musicians all hail from including; Germany, Slovakia, England of course, and perhaps in Emma’s case Nashville Tennessee (or at least that’s in a spiritual sense, with her really coming from Leytonstone!). We were lucky enough to catch them at their debut performance back in August at The Plough pub in Wood Street, where I asked Johnny for some snippets about his musical journey. “I was born in a place called Horden, about 7 miles from Hartlepool, near Sunderland and I grew up in the Midlands. Then I came down to London in 1981”. I’m immediately thinking of Johnny’s unflinching telling of tales as in “Streets are Paved with Gold” dedicated to anyone who has left their home to come to London looking for a better life only to discover otherwise. A song now given an appropriately dust-bowl backing by 16

the League of Nations. ‘I come from the North, I’m heading down South, I’ve got no job, I’ve got no money, I’m heading for the city where the streets are paved with gold’

“And then later, I hadn’t played for 25 years - I hadn’t even looked at my guitar - I was living on my own up a mountain in Spain. And you can get such a twisted image of England when you’re living abroad. You imagine if you step off the plane you’re going to get slashed or happy slapped and everyone’s wearing hoodies…which is maybe partly true… But no-one was writing songs about it like ‘Little Britain’, or none that I had heard, and I thought well, someone should be doing that”. “And so I started writing, and once I started it just came pouring out, and the good thing is – I mean Bob Dylan used to do it when he started, he used to write from newspapers, because the stories are all there – you come up with some good lines and the songs almost seem to write themselves.” Original story telling delivered with humour and conviction combined with a love of language are among Johnny Black’s trademarks. “It annoys me how if you listen to popular music, most songs are written using the same 5% of words in the English language” he tells me later. “If you took


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out the word ‘baby’, that would wipe out most of modern R&B” And when Johnny writes a love song, you can tell it’s not going to be the usual cliché-ridden fodder just from the title “Love is a Dirty Word”. Hearing his English-to-the-core songs delivered by

such a ‘Folk meets Skiffle meets American Country’ combination of instrumentation was a revelation – the marriage worked perfectly in so many ways. With the band swapping between Johnny’s and Emma’s songs, the two both took turns with lead or backing vocals. Johnny’s forceful no-nonsense Northern tones were complemented perfectly by Emma’s crisply restrained voice, described by Folk and

Roots as “spontaneously communicative, upfront and insistent……but also possessing a touch of almostsweetness that can surprise”. Though stylistically so very different from Johnny, Emma’s own talent at story telling shares a lack of sentimentality and a solid sense of place. Her character-filled songs give voice to the universality of struggle and resilience in everyday scenarios. “My best years are behind me but I’m stubborn and I’m strong” she sings on ‘New Years Lament’. Emma Scarr has built a well deserved reputation on the London folk scene and beyond having been performing for around two decades, including a long association playing with The Northern Celts. She lists her influences as ranging from Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, to Mary Gauthier and Gillian Welch and from Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and The Band, to traditional Celtic and English folk. You can find her latest solo album “Angel Way” at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/emmascarr. I asked Johnny what attracted him to Emma’s song writing. Was it the connection with modern, authentic story telling that they seem to share? “Yeah, exactly, and Emma uses English references, 17


MUSIC “Well we’re going to carry on, but you just try getting five musicians together who all have their own projects going. I’d like to be playing 7 nights a week if I could……and if it paid! This is the best band I’ve been in to be honest. I’ve played a lot of gigs up in the West End, but in a lot of places you play, nobody cares. This place is different. Walthamstow’s got a definite community” The good news is you can catch The League of Nations playing again at The Plough Inn, Wood Street, E17 on 16th October. You can also see some great clips of them in session at:

www.myspace.com/ myjohnnyblack “I’ve played a lot of gigs up in the West End, but in a lot of places you play, nobody cares. This place is different. Walthamstow’s got a definite community” and that’s what I do. She’s not writing about going down Route 66 and all that, so that’s what I like about her stuff.” We’ve seen many great bands perform at The Plough but I doubt many got louder or more thunderous applause than the League of Nations received and after they finished with “Beer Drinkers Lament” there was little chance of leaving without doing at least one more. And so followed a triumphant encore of a cover of ‘Dead Flowers’ by The Rolling Stones (referred to by Johnny as “the best Skiffle band there ever was”) with Graham Larkbey guesting on harmonica and backing vocals. So I asked Johnny about where he sees things going from here – the evening had gone so well, and the band (who it turns out had just rehearsed together a handful of times) work so well together, when could we get to see them again? 18

The League of Nations consists of: Johnny Black: Vocals, guitar, harmonica Emma Scarr: Vocals, fiddle Chris Jinks: Dobra, banjo Jan: Double bass Zepi: Box percussion Hear for yourself at: www.myspace.com/myjohnnyblack and more of Johnny and Chris at: www.18tilidie.com and more of Emma Scarr at: www.myspace.com/emmascarr


FOLLOW MISTRESS QUICKLY TO WALTHAM FOREST FC! If you caught “The Merry Wives of Waltham” at the Rose & Crown Theatre Pub……you’ve been there, seen the shirt, now see the team for real! WALTHAM FOREST FC – KEEPING REAL FOOTBALL ALIVE IN WALTHAMSTOW! After over two years in exile at Cricklefield Stadium in Seven Kings, the Forest are about to move back to their old home at Wadham Lodge, Kitchener Road, Walthamstow (just this side of the Crooked Billet roundabout). Indeed they may even be back there by the time you read this! FORTHCOMING HOME FIXTURES (All Ryman League Division 1 North) 27th October – Thamesmead Town 30th October – Needham Market 10th November – Cheshunt 20th November – Brentwood Town 4th December – Grays Athletic 11th December – Enfield Town 27th December – Wingate & Finchley 8th January – Leyton All dates correct at time of going to press. Check website www.walthamforest-fc.co.uk for any lastminute changes – and whether they’re at Cricklefield or Wadham Lodge!

“IT’S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH IT’S TUNNEL VISION TIME!” The best in rootsy, bluesy, country, pub-rockin’ music - every month at the Plough, Walthamstow (right opposite Wood Street Station)

Resident band/hosts: GRAHAM LARKBEY & THE ESCAPE COMMITTEE “Like a cross between the Stones, the Faces and the pubrock bands of the 70s – Ducks Deluxe, Brinsley Schwarz, the Feelgoods, etc etc”. UPCOMING GUESTS: Friday October 15th: Tenebrous Liar, Michael Rosenberg Friday November 19th: The New Giants, Russ Chandler Saturday December 11th: Christmas Party Spectacular with special guests and surprises!

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was recently commissioned to document a completed building in Manchester. I had been involved in shooting the site every month for two years so had an intimate knowledge of the structure and form of the building. I had seen the columns’ that are featured in this image being erected and thought that they would maybe make an interesting shot. It was not until the building was completed that I saw what a challenge it would be to take this shot. The gap between glass and steel was only about 12 inches so getting me and a camera there was tricky indeed. But I managed it. The client loved it and used it on the cover of their sales brochure for the building. They received many comments… mostly saying “Wow” and “Where on the building is that”? I always strive to give my clients something different and interesting 24

to look at! Im a professional living and working in Walthamstow. Im a member of Image17, a collective of local photographers who this year will be having their second show at The E17 Art Trail. Sadly due to immense work pressures I was not able to take part in this years show. As well as shooting commercial architecture. I shoot portraits, bands, and artistic individuals for their publicity. I do this gratis as it gives me great pleasure. I also teach photography in small groups on weekends and one to one… My work can be seen at www.simonwarren.com. If you are interested in private tuition do please get in touch… Simon


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Inky Cuttlefish and intensity of someone passionate about her work. “I fell in love with printmaking while doing my fine art degree back in my home country of South Africa. I loved drawing and I loved etching and I was making these tightly controlled, tiny little etchings influenced by the classics, and that’s how I started”

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e’re sitting in a converted ground floor industrial unit in Blackhorse Lane chatting over coffee and biscuits amongst all the paraphernalia and organised chaos of a busy working print studio. Looking around, I see vibrant and colourful imagery adorning almost every wall whilst framed prints stand wrapped in cellophane ready for a forthcoming exhibition. Banks of workbenches creak with bottles of various inks and paints as large printing presses loom like something straight out of the Industrial Revolution. Worksin-progress cover almost every remaining available surface. This is ‘Inky Cuttlefish’ and I’m speaking with professional artist and studio director Anna Alcock. Amidst a pleasantly inky aroma, Anna speaks with the warmth

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She pulls out a huge canvas produced some time later while working on an art project with South African rural women’s groups. The canvas is covered by multiple layers of paint and stencilled shapes formed from paper cut-outs, all incorporating elements of storytelling and symbolic imagery.

in the development of a linocut featuring an image of the Hackney Empire first produced while at East London Printmakers. Multiple re-workings and developments have created several successful variations including “Beastie Birds in London” and “Africa Rising Moon” as featured in her recent exhibition entitled ‘Wonderful Creatures’ at The Changing Room Gallery in August of this year. “A lot of my art has strange creatures, kinds of myths within them. I love that magical side to things” Following the successive struggles of working to pay for her Masters degree, then graduating, having Kirsten

The freedom of expression, colour and multi-layered nature of the work produced in this collaborative way fired Anna’s imagination even further. “I got so excited about this and thought I want to do something like that! Etching has more drawing in it, but I really like the sense of depth. So I started playing around with huge lino cuts and screen-prints and I found the way to get something really effective is to have layer upon layer upon layer”. These evolutions in her artistic development continue to influence her right up to the present day, as can be seen


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VISUAL ARTS As many creative people will know, finding appropriate and affordable workspace is one of the most difficult aspects to being a working artist. So when they discovered a large unit available in Blackhorse Lane, Anna and Kirsten found the answer by sub-dividing it in order to provide affordable studio space and other services to local artists.

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her first child, and helping East London Printmakers set up at their premises in Space studios in Hackney, Anna found she longed to be more independent. In order to be able to work closer to home and be in more control of her own career, she teamed up with fellow artist Kirsten Schmidt to establish their own studios in Walthamstow. Anna Alcock In the studio

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‘Inky Cuttlefish’ was born, opening in time for the Art Trail in 2007 and quickly became an established part of the arts scene in Waltham Forest. Teaching and facilitating a wide range of workshops to both community groups and private individuals is another important role of Inky Cuttlefish, however for Anna, her art remains intensely personal and the focal point of what she is doing. “For me it’s always going back to the art, that’s what it’s really all about”. Recent developments include a book of Anna’s prints illustrating a poem written by her sister for her daughter Isabella, and participation in the forthcoming exhibition ‘Inspired by

Morris’ at the William Morris Gallery in collaboration with Kirsten Schmidt.

To find out more contact:

Inky Cuttlefish Studios Lower Ground Floor 5 Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS http://www.inkycuttlefish.co.uk/ anna.alcock@ ukonline.co.uk 07753 686 331 African Rising Moon - Anna Alcock


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on Dee Curtis

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started out as a trained vocalist and performer in the music industry doing a lot of session work for T.V shows like Top of The Pops and GMTV.

Then around 1999 I set up a Gospel Choir called ‘Citizen K’. We were really quite successful and appeared on programmes such as Stars In Your Eyes, The Charlotte Church Show, and ‘Music of The Millennium’ singing with Mel C. Later on, I went on a world tour with the Stereo MC’s for their Deep Down & Dirty album. If you search for ‘Stereo MC’s Live 2001’ on You Tube you’ll see me in the concert footage. I was one of the three girl singers they nicknamed the ‘gro Diva’s! But after a while I felt like I had done all I wanted to do. I had toured the world, performed at Wembley, been on Top of The Pops, and I think I really needed a new direction.

Dee Curtis with the Stereo MC’s

“I get such a buzz from seeing all the other young kids who are coming through and performing”

Back then in 2003 there weren’t any studios or dance places around here and I used to have to go up to the West End instead. So I started Red Onion because I wanted somewhere for local people to be able to go to. I got this small studio in Hatherley Mews, and I wanted to use it to support young and up and coming artists who couldn’t afford anywhere to rehearse. And it really just took off from there. Now we’ve moved and we’re going out more into the community to deliver programmes of activities and events. I get such a buzz from seeing all the other young kids who are coming through and performing.

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PERFORMANCE Social events for the under 18’s including opportunities for young people to gain experience in dance, poetry, performance and singing The Pink Sundae Club, a regular LGBT social event, following on from Red Onions success in 2008 working with ELOP to present the Big Pride dance party during the Waltham Forest Fellowship Arts Festival.

Red Onion Youth Programme

And new well-being projects bringing dance and yoga into our local leisure centres helping to provide some fun, affordable, healthy activity for the local population!

To find out more, phone Red Onion on 020 8520 3975, or visit www.redonion.uk.com/

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Neal Zetter Proving Poetry Can Be Fun

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eal Zetter is an unusual breed whose response to people who ask him at parties, “so what do you do for a living?” often leaves them a bit lost for words. That’s something he rarely is though - as he is a fulltime comedy performance poet. The Chingford-based bard asks those whose curiosity is piqued by his profession to put aside any preconceptions they might have about poetry being boring and give him a chance to prove that it CAN be fun and accessible to all. He puts this into practice in two different ways: Firstly he runs poetry writing workshops teaching people how to follow in his footsteps. He does this in schools (primary, secondary, special, exclusion units etc), libraries and NHS settings with a variety of adults and children of all ages and abilities. Sometimes he plies his trade with many traditionally `hard to reach groups’ such as offenders, people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems and those who use English as a second language or have special needs. His company (of one) is CCCP Workshops Limited which stands for `Confidence in Communication through Comedy Poetry’ as it’s very much the case

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WORD that Neal uses the power of creative writing to help his workshop participants improve their self- expression, self-esteem, literacy and communication skills. “Being able to express ourselves through the written and spoken word in a light hearted or more reflective way is something that’s inside all of us,” explains Neal, “I am simply the catalyst that brings it out of people.” Neal, who has been producing his own poems since the age of seven, also encourages people to discover poetry through his live performances. As a slightly elder statesman (50) now of the poetry and comedy circuits, rather than gigging two or three nights a week as he once did, Neal puts together his own shows, that he hosts, showcasing established poets, indie-folk music and rising starlets very new to the world of live words and music.

You can catch his next performance at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub (upstairs), 53 Hoe St, E17 on Saturday 30 October at 7.30 for 8pm. It’ll cost you just £5 and there will be a bar running all evening. You’ve no need to book, just come along on the night. See www.cccpworkshops.co.uk or email neal@cccpworkshops.co.uk if you would like to find out more about Neal’s workshops. See www.myspace.com/ nealzettercomedyperformancepoet for more details about Neal’s performance work – and make sure you DO put aside those poetry prejudices and come along for an evening of fun and laughter on October 30!


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Tea

What’s my tipple My habit My obsession My addiction My `poison’ My weakness My passion My affliction My non-narcotic remedy A tannic acid fix for me? It’s got to be A cup of tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea The 20th letter of the alphabet I like it warm I like it wet Although it makes my body sweat And my bladder pee (That’s the 16th letter incidentally) I wanna soak my throat in a moat of Tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea

`T’ for tranquillity Tea in company Tea for two - you and me Tea takes the stress out of when we break up Tea is the best brew for when we make up The world would be a more peaceful place If tea was consumed by the whole human race Where you gonna dunk your Digestive or Garibaldi? In your tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea So come back to mine for some you know what Something you love that’s steamy and hot We don’t have to share a bed When we can share a pot instead As we sidestep current thinking With the drink that we’ll be drinking Boycott the coffee revolution For this ingenious infusion It’s rather odd To say that honey is the Nectar of the Gods? When it’s tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea Cup of cha Rosy Lee Tea, tea, tea, tea, TEA!

Assam, Russian Caravan, Lapsang Souchong Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Camomile, Ceylon I’m even compelled to lick my lips For Typhoo, Tetley and PG Tips My favourite bush My favourite leaf It sees me through my pain and grief Although my dentist says it discolours my teeth When the kettle boils at three It’s time for tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea When my nerves are on the edge When I’m gonna jump from that window ledge I don’t want a downer or an upper But my chosen beverage A good old fashioned cuppa It’s soothing, relaxing Calming, untaxing What liquid’s got me lyrically waxing And writing poetry? Tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea, tea 33


Sat 30 Oct, 7.30pm for 8pm

Word Up Walthamstow Comedy, Spoken Word, Poetry, Indie Music (& Bar) @ Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub 53-55 Hoe St, Walthamstow E17 Starring • Neal Zetter (compère) • Adisa the Verbalizer • Vis the Spoon • SuperPennie • Sabrina Mahfouz • Emily Heath • Plus floor spots Tickets On door (or £5 advance from 020 8509 3880) Info neal@cccpworkshops.co.uk www.roseandcrowntheatrepub.webeden.co.uk 5 min walk from Walthamstow Central Tube (Victoria Line) Walthamstow Central BR (Liverpool St/Chingford Line) Buses: 20, 34, 48, 58, 69, 97, 212, 215, 230, 257, 275, 357, W11, W12, W15, W19


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ROGER

HUDDLE You, me and Charlie for Christopher Francis We were from the age of existentialism and Charlie Mingus: watching Walthamstow Avenue lose on cold Saturday afternoons — playing darts Sunday lunchtimes with Clancy in the public bar at the Nags Head — playing cribbage with the old men down the Flower Pot — inhaling the glories of rock and roll, laying on dusty floors, cushions scattered amongst vinyl and torn Rizlas. Navigating those unknown pathways between civil rights and May ’68. Remember Lorraine coming to Howard Road? Snow falling you playing Fire and Rain by way of introduction: remember you and Willie coming through the window in Crouch End with an ounce wrapped in a Daily Mirror. Somewhere I have a photograph of you on the playing fields of Oxford — your visit to my false life. And then later you beating my Dad at snooker – two bad losers up for the title. In Levis and Donkey jackets, like Dylan’s drifter, we plotted our escape. In the saloon bar of the Queens Arms we built a ramshackle philosophy from the lyrics of Sonny Boy Williamson and Howling Wolf, from the bittersweet tears of Ray Charles and Nina Simone’s angry love. We looked out on Desolation Row for the Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands Bob shouting ‘It’s all right Ma — it’s life, and life only’ We looked and looked for peace love and understanding: waiting and waiting for the mushroom cloud — ‘Oh Lord don’t let them drop that atomic bomb on me, stop it, be-bop it’, testified Mingus. We danced to the rhythms of jazz, and walked through brick carrying dreams of being the poet hobo and honest gambler — blue notes and rebel songs, playing guitar on the borderline, or piano in some chrome diner out in the desert. I’d swear you smiled and walked like Steve McQueen in your blue mohair while you gambled sugar on their future markets. Doing your bit for Cuba. But they beat you in the end with the absurdity of it all. You thought yourself hard but you were innocent and then, you went on your own into a slow fade while my back was turned.

Roger Huddle was born in Walthamstow and apart from some wandering in the late sixties has always lived here. His writing is about place and memory and the way music informs both. He worked most of his life as a graphic designer (a retrospective was on show during the recent Art Trail), he is keen on local radical history, continues to look for the perfect piece of music and writes when he can. You, me and Charlie was written for Chris Francis, also born in Walthamstow, who became his friend and then his brother-in-law. 35


Craft What is the Craft Guerrilla?

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id you know that East London is at the epicentre of a radical movement of independent designer-makers that is making its hand-made mark felt far and wide? Just a few years ago, local artist and ceramicist Deborah Daniel organised a series of craft markets in the garden of Penny Fieldings ‘Beautiful Interiors’ shop in Orford Road, Walthamstow, little realising perhaps, just what she had started. Deborah soon met up with fellow craftspeople Lisa Margreet and Louise Batten and discovered that they shared very similar values. Wanting to help promote quality hand made goods over the usual soulless mass produced items, share their knowledge and encourage sustainability and participation,

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they got together, got organised, and so the East London Craft Guerrilla was born. And from this humble start it has developed into a network of Craft Guerrilla groups across the country and even looks poised to go international! One of the main activities of the East London Craft Guerrilla (as well as the regular markets that still take place during the Summer months) are their D.I.Y craft nights. These friendly monthly gatherings are held in a local pub, currently the Rose & Crown in Hoe Street E17. During these unique evenings, anyone is welcome to come along to try their hand at various craft techniques. You can join in a themed workshop lead by one of

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the Guerrilla tutors (for a fee and pre-booking is recommended), pick up a ‘Craft-Kit’ to enjoy making whatever is inside, buy and read a copy of their Craft-Zine, and best of all, meet up with a bunch of welcoming fellow-enthusiasts of all things hand made and original. We popped along ourselves to have a chat and find out more, and we were bowled over by the welcoming atmosphere and what a good turnout the event attracts. “And this is a quiet night because of the holidays” Deborah tells me.


VISUAL ARTS Looking around, we see tables strewn with colourful fabrics, button making materials, recycled items, bags, cup-cake pincushions, fabric key-ring kits and all sorts. Hand made bunting hangs above the many tables all surrounded by enthusiastic crafts people chatting away and relaxing together or busily concentrating on their tasks. We get to meet some fascinating people, including one lady who makes her own fabric jewellery and retro-styled clothing range. Deborah explains some more to me about the growth of the Craft Guerrilla movement. “East London was the first one but it’s just part of the wider Craft Guerrilla. There’s already a Brighton Craft Guerrilla and one in Edinburgh and the next one starting is going to be in West London. We’ve even had interest from as far away as Portugal and Sweden.” Looking at their website, it’s evident just how much interest they have attracted with articles featured from the likes of Time Out, The Evening Standard and some of the national craft magazines. The website itself provides a focal point for the networking role of the Craft Guerrilla movement as reflected in their manifesto which states: “Our main aim is to work within a creative community, thrive and grow as a collective that benefits each and every one person involved, share our creative know how, our experience and the ethos and value of hand made goods!” Anyone can apply to set up their own Craft Guerrilla if there is not one already in their area, but you do have to contact Deborah and the team for guidance as they wish to ensure that the participating groups all share the same values and ethos.

With participation in a Swedish exhibition showcasing worldwide crafters and collectives entitled ‘Craftivism 2.0’ curated by designer/ artist/ activist Otto Van Busch, plus a book about Indie Craft coming out in the new year, it appears the Craft Guerrilla is continuing to go from strength to strength.

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E17

ART HOUSE

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dark and dingy anonymous storeroom in central Walthamstow has been imaginatively converted into a bright and welcoming, light-filled picture framing workshop and bijou gallery – complete with well-tended mini front garden! Local artist and printmaker Kirsten Schmidt and graphic designer Elaine McCloskey, who between them have over 20 years framing experience, opened their business in the summer of this year. “We thought the name ‘E17 Art House’ was so apt because we are at the end of a residential row of houses, and because of the domestic size of the gallery space” Elaine explains. The pair met several years ago while working at ‘Frame’ in Portobello Road, gaining experience in specialist high art framing, and this year decided

that the time was right to set up in business together. “We wanted to bring high quality art and framing to Walthamstow, as well as our more affordable ranges”. Elaine shows us the range of materials they use, including specialist anti U.V glass (to help prevent images from fading), low reflective glass, and crystal clear glass that you can hardly see that allows true colours to show through. Kirsten shows me the range of similar quality mount boards of acid free cotton with colour running right the way though. “This is conservation grade, museum quality stuff ”. “We want peoples work to look great and we’ve got good ideas. Because we come from artistic backgrounds ourselves, we can see things from the artists perspective and I feel we understand their needs”. The front of house gallery space is filled to the brim with original artworks from artists both local and further afield, all personally selected by Kirsten and Elaine. They also hold exhibitions and events such as their recent participation in the Art Trail that included running childrens art workshops along with ‘Frill Seekers’ vintage clothing. Setting up any new business is an adventure and a risk, but it appears that their commitment to quality, great location, and growing word of mouth recommendations have got them off to a great start. E17 Art House Churchill Business Centre, 6-10 Church Hill, Stainforth Road entrance Walthamstow, E17 3RY Open Monday-Saturday 10.00am-6.00pm Telephone: 020 8509 8211 e17arthouse@gmail.com www.e17arthouse.com

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“Because we come from artistic backgrounds ourselves, we can see things from the artists perspective�.

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HITCHCOCK RAISES A GLASS AT EMD CINEMA 80th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS A

round 800 people attended a special event on Saturday 18 September to celebrate the EMD Cinema’s 80th birthday. The McGuffin Film Society organised the free one-day festival which took place next door to the cinema in Hatherley Mews and at neighbouring venues including the Victoria pub and the Grove Cafe. The event featured a new life size Alfred Hitchcock sculpture by local artist Roger Todd which was created specially for the occasion. It was unveiled during the evening by Stella Creasy MP and McGuffin organiser Bill Hodgson.

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“The Hitchcock sculpture was finally revealed towards the end of the event and it went down a storm,” said Mr. Hodgson. “It was great to see so many local people turn out in support of the cinema and help mark this anniversary with such enthusiasm”. The cinema’s birthday bash began during the afternoon outdoors in Hatherley Mews with live music, craft stalls, children’s activities and film screenings in the Grove Cafe. The Mews also played host to an exhibition of cinemainspired art along with a display of potential designs for a revived EMD including a radical proposal


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Kingdom of God which is currently seeking council approval to convert the venue for religious use. A recent councilcommissioned report described the EMD as “probably the single most valuable asset Walthamstow has” and the only local venue with the potential to attract customers from outside the borough. A decision on the cinema’s fate is expected later in the year. Full details about the cinema campaign can be found at www. mcguffin.info Written By Bill Hodgson

by local architect Paul King to reinvent it as Britain’s ‘greenest’ picturehouse. The exhibition featured the first public appearance of plans which were created for the venue’s revival in 2006 when it was briefly up for sale. A number of films were screened throughout the day including children’s favourite ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and the 1950s comedy ‘The Smallest Show on Earth’ as well as documentaries examining Alfred Hitchcock and the cinema itself. The celebrations drew to a close at midnight with performances by comedians from the Glee17 Comedy Club in the Victoria bar. The EMD opened in September 1930 and was the first venue operated by the Granada chain in the London area and the only one to survive into the 21st century as a working cinema. It finally closed in 2003 when it was purchased by the Universal Church of the 42


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WHAT’S ON

What, Where, When, Who

OCTOBER LISTINGS VISUAL ARTS

Behind The Bar 9th Oct - 23rd Dec Wed - Sun FREE 10am to 5pm An exhibition by local history societies and Vestry House museum. The Vestry House Museum, Vestry Rd, E17. Inspired by Morris 9 Oct. - 24 Dec. FREE Wednesday-Sunday, 10am5pm A group show - William Morris Gallery, Forest Rd, E17 Walthamstow and District Photogaphic Society Annual Exhibition Mon. 25th – Sat. 30th October 7pm - 10pm except Sat 10.30am - 8pm The Welcome Centre, 8 Church End, Walthamstow Village.

MISC.

Green Drinks 1st Oct FREE Community get together The Rose & Crown 53 Hoe St, E17 Jerome World Of Swing 2nd Oct, 2pm -3pm £6 per Workshop The Rose & Crown, Hoe St, E17

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McGuffin Film & TV Quiz Night 2nd Oct First Saturday of the month Come and test your knowledge of the film and TV greats at the popular McGuffins Quiz on the first Saturday of every month at The Rose & Crown pub, Hoe St, E17. Cinema tickets, videos, DVDs and rare film and TV memorabilia to be won. Prompt 8.30pm start. Admission £1. Autumn Ball - It’s A Swing Thing 8th Oct. details at 020 8509 3880 The Rose and Crown Pub 53 Hoe Street, E17 Life drawing classes Every monday from 7 - 10pm In the room above the pub. To join the life drawing class contact Jim 0208 521 4866 The Nags Head Pub - Orford Road, E17 Egyptian dance classes Tues. Beginners 7pm - 8:30pm 8:30pm - 10pm Fridays Mother & Baby 11am 12:30pm. Call 07930 988 022 The Nags Head Pub - Orford Road, E17

MUSIC

Open Mic Night at The Plough Inn 2nd Oct 8.30pm FREE Singers/Songwriters/Performers Night. Your hosts Jerry Spangles & Graham Tutton present their brand of Open Mic on the first Saturday of every month.

Live Jazz session 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st Oct The Nags Head, Orford Rd E17 every Sunday - 4:30pm to 7:30pm. - FREE Walthamstow Folk 3rd Oct. £6 (£5) Lucy Ward 10th Oct. £7 (£6) Bob Fox 17th Oct . £6 (£5) Barron Brandy 24th Oct. £8 (£7) Jim Moray 31st Oct £7 (£6) Mick Ryan & Paul Downes Features the very best in traditional and contemporary music from the UK and around the world. The Plough Pub - Wood St. E17 www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk/ Urban Fusion 4th Oct 8pm FREE Live music in the bar. The Rose & Crown Pub, 53 Hoe St. E17 Monday Night Blues Jam 4th Oct. 11th Oct.18th Oct A relaxed evening of the blues, hosted by The Blues Filled Saucepan. The Plough Pub, Wood St, E17 FREE Los Otros Jazz Band 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Oct 8pm Live Jazz in the bar The Rose & Crown Pub 53 Hoe St. E17 FREE Open Mic Night At the Rose 6th Oct FREE Every 1st Wed.of the month. The Rose & Crown Pub, 53 Hoe St. E17 Friday Rock Music 8th Oct Turbulance 15th Oct Anthem 22nd Naked Apes Covers bands every friday night at The Dukes Head, Wood St. Free 9:30pm


Shellac Collective 13th Oct 8pm Free Come and enjoy and evening of listening to old 78’s played on a traditional gramophone. E17 Jazz 14th Oct Dave Manington’s Riff Raff 21st Oct Beraha/Lopez Real Duo & the Man Who Laughs 28th Oct Sara Mitra Band A vibrant arts organisation promoting jazz The Plough Inn, Wood St. E17 8pm - £5

Tunnel Vision Friday 15th Oct 8pm FREE A live music club located at The Plough Inn, Wood St. Walthamstow. A house band (The Escape Committee) and pre-booked established acts play on the third Friday of each month. Johnny Black & The League Of Nations 16th Oct The Plough, Wood Street, E17 Music In The Village 21st Oct £10 (£5) on the door Duo Trobaritz & Nicholas Parle Beautiful classical music, wine and soft drinks at the interval St. Marys Chrch, Church End, E17 - 7:30pm. Forest Philharmonic 24th October at 6.30pm Walthamstow Assembly Hall Stalls £10, Balcony £14 SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture ARUTUNIAN Trumpet Concerto TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 Soloist: Paul Archibald Conductor: Andrew Gourlay An Afternoon of Gospel Music 24 October, 2pm-4pm Vestry House - Vestry Road, E17

17 Blues Club 29th Oct FREE 8:30pm A monthly celebration of the Blues. An evening of cool blues music, featuring audiovisual, DJ’s and live artiste’s/bands, covering all aspect of the Blues. Steven Finn The Plough Inn, Wood St, E17

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Book Signings 9 October 2010 Meet Arsenal Legend Peter Storey Saturday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM Waterstones, Selborne Walk, E17 Book Club Tues 19th Oct Contact pub for times The Rose & Crown,53 Hoe Street, E17 020 8509 3880 Word Up Walthamstow 30 Oct, 7.30pm for 8pm Tickets on door (or £5 advance from 020 8509 3880) Comedy, Spoken Word, Poetry, Indie Music (& Bar) Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub 53-55 Hoe St, E17 Monthy Poetry Group 7pm 18th Oct The Rose & Crown, Hoe Street, E17 Contact Paul McGrane 020 7420 9881

Have you got something going on? A music gig, an exhibition, in fact if it is creative in nature we want to know about it. These what’s on listings are FREE. editor@arteast17.com

PERFORMANCE

An evening of Gilbert and Sullivan music 4th Oct, 8pm FREE Chapel End players Salway Evangelical Church, Forest Approach, Woodford Green Importance of Being Earnest 11th – 16th Oct Immerson Theatre Ltd is proud to present a fresh and original interpretation of the Oscar Wilde classic. Set in the present day. The Rose and Crown Pub 53 Hoe Street, E17 Tickets 020 8509 3880 £10 FOLLIES 21st Oct – 12th Nov Sondheim and Goldman’s broadway legend. Glittering showgirls mix with the eerie ghosts of a forgotten era in this stunning musical extravaganza. The Rose and Crown Pub 53 Hoe Street, E17 Tickets 020 8509 3880 £12 (£10) Our Country’s Good 29th Oct 8pm 30th Oct 3pm and 8pm £7 adults, £4 concessions Book tickets 020 8504 3872 In a penal colony in 1789, a young lieutenant directs rehearsals of the Restoration comedy, The Recruiting Officer. But with a cast of dispirited convicts, opposition from sadistic officers, and a leading lady who faces being hanged, Australia’s first theatrical production is in trouble from the start . Woodhouse Players Welsh Church Hall, 879 High Rd, E11 All our information was correct at the time of going to press, but we suggest you check before visiting.

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NOVEMBER LISTINGS MUSIC

Open Mic Night At the Rose 3rd Nov FREE Every 1st Wednesday of the month. The Rose & Crown Pub, Hoe St. E17 E17 Jazz 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Nov 8pm - £5 A vibrant arts organisation promoting jazz The Plough Inn Wood St. E17 Los Otros Jazz Band 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Nov Live Jazz in the bar The Rose & Crown Pub 53 Hoe St. E17 FREE Friday Rock Music 5th Nov Crossbow 12th Captured 19th Anthem 27th Ska Nite with Big 10 Covers bands every friday night at The Dukes Head, Wood St. Free 9:30pm Open Mic Night at The Plough Inn 6th Nov 8.30pm FREE Singers/Songwriters/Performers Night. Your hosts Jerry Spangles & Graham Tutton present their brand of Open Mic on the first Saturday of every month. Walthamstow Folk 7th Nov. £6 (£5) David Campbell 14th Nov. £6 (£5) Jim Mageean & Graeme Knights 21st Nov. £7 (£6) Sara Grey & Kieron Means 28th Nov. £6 (£5) Philip Henry Features the very best in traditional and contemporary music from the UK and around the world. The Plough Pub - Wood St. E17

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Live Jazz session 7th,14th, 21st, 28th Nov The Nags Head, Orford Rd E17 Every Sunday - 4:30pm to 7:30pm. - FREE Shellac Collective 10th Nov 8pm Free Come and enjoy and evening of listening to old 78’s played on a traditional gramophone. Music In The Village 18th Nov £10 (£5) on the door Simon Nicholls performs programme of J. S. Bach, Skryabin, Chopin ballards and Schumann’s “Davidsbundler”. Beautiful classical music, wine and soft drinks at the interval St. Marys Church, Church End, E17 - 7:30pm. Tunnel Vision Friday 19th Nov 8pm FREE A live music club located at The Plough Inn, Wood St. Walthamstow. A house band (The Escape Committee) and pre-booked established acts play on the third Friday of each month. 17 Blues Club 27th Nov FREE A monthly celebration of the Blues. An evening of cool blues music, featuring audiovisual, DJ’s and live artiste’s/bands, covering all aspect of the Blues. The Plough Inn, Wood St, E17

MISC.

McGuffin Film & TV Quiz Night 6th Nov First Saturday of the month Come and test your knowledge of the film and TV greats at the popular McGuffins Quiz on the first Saturday of every month at The Rose & Crown pub, Hoe St, E17. Cinema tickets, videos, DVDs and rare film and TV memorabilia to be won. Prompt 8.30pm start. Admission £1. E17 Designers Christmas event Friday 26th Nov. 7-10pm Saturday 27th Nov 2- 6pm Asian Centre, 18a Orford Road, London E17 Life drawing classes Every monday from 7 - 10pm In the room above the pub. To join the life drawing class contact Jim 0208 521 4866 The Nags Head Pub - Orford Road, E17 Egyptian dance classes Tues. Beginners 7pm - 8:30pm 8:30pm - 10pm Fridays Mother & Baby 11am 12:30pm. Call 07930 988 022 The Nags Head Pub - Orford Road, E17

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GET YOUR EVENT LISTED It’s FREE e-mail editor@arteast17.com

Behind The Bar 9th Oct - 23rd Dec Wed - Sun FREE 10am to 5pm An exhibition by local history societies and Vestry House museum. The Vestry House Museum, Vestry Rd, E17.


Inspired by Morris 9 Oct. - 24 Dec. FREE Wednesday-Sunday, 10am5pm A group show - William Morris Gallery, Forest Rd, E17

PERFORMANCE

Our Country’s Good Fri 5 November 2010, 8pm Sat 6 November 2010, 3pm and 8pm £7 adults, £4 concessions Book Tickets 020 8504 3872 In a penal colony in 1789, a young lieutenant directs rehearsals of the Restoration comedy, The Recruiting Officer. But with a cast of dispirited convicts, opposition from sadistic officers, and a leading lady who faces being hanged, Australia’s first theatrical production is in trouble from the start . Woodhouse Players Welsh Church Hall, 879 High Rd, E11 An evening of Gilbert and Sullivan music Sat 13 November, 7.30pm All tickets £6.50 Chapel End Players Ilford Hospital Chapel, 48 Ilford Hill, Ilford Glee17 Comedy Club 24th Nov 7:30 - 10:15pm The Rose & Crown Pub, 53 Hoe St. E17 £3 on the door A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol Fri 26th and Sat 27th Nov 7.45pm All Tickets £8 Chapel End Players St Johns Church, Chingford Rd corner of Brookscroft Rd, E17 All our information was correct at the time of going to press, but we suggest you check before visiting.

FOLLIES 21st Oct – 12th Nov Sondheim and Goldman’s broadway legend. Glittering showgirls mix with the eerie ghosts of a forgotten era in this musical extravaganza. The Rose and Crown Pub 53 Hoe Street, E17 Tickets 020 8509 3880 £12 (£10)

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Book Signings Waterstones, Selborne Walk, E17 6 Nov 3:00PM - 4:00PM Author Signing - And Still Ricky Villa: My Autobiography 13 Nov, 11:00AM - 1:00PM Meet Darren Anderton Darren Anderton Monthy Poetry Group 7pm 16th Nov Ye Rose & Crown, Hoe Street, E17 Contact Paul McGrane 020 7420 9881

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Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub finalist in ‘Pub of the Year’ (East London and City) as voted by CAMRA, provides you with a warm and friendly environment. A top entertainment venue featuring a great theatre, stand up comedy, open mike nights, quiz nights, live bands and now serving quality home-made food daily from 1pm including a Sunday Roast. Try the ‘Real Ales’, quality wines or one of our fabulous selection of Malts.

53 Hoe Street Walthamstow London E17 4SA Tel. 020 8509 3880 www.yeolderoseandcrowntheatrepub.co.uk

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