From David Bowie to Feminist Economics: FIVE ways for Londoners to have some Feel-Good Fun this Week

It's this week's happy List!

1. Experience David Bowie’s swansong album Blackstar like never before @ The Lexi Cinema –  Wednesday 21st

An absolute must for David Bowie fans. Social enterprise cinema, The Lexi, is teaming up with Pitchblack Playback for a unique listening session of Bowie’s swansong album in full. In the dark. With the full benefit of the Lexi’s incredible sound system. Sit back in total darkness and focus on the spellbinding music.

Tickets are £6 (available here) and include Pitchblack Playback’s signature blindfold. All proceeds go to ‘Help Refugees’, a great charity chosen with Bowie’s commitment to humanitarian and refugee causes in mind.


2.  Join Mike’s Table for a surplus food supper club, all for a great cause @ London Cooking Project – Thursday 22nd

Join social enterprise supper club, Mike’s Table, for a unique “chef’s table” experience. Watch their chefs cook you a 3 course meal from food they’ve only just been given and  then enjoy your meal in the cosy kitchen environment of the London Cooking Project. Your ticket ensures that someone else less fortunate will enjoy the same great experience but for free.

Tickets are just £30 and can be bought either here or here. It starts at 7:30pm.


3. A beginner’s guide to feminist economics @ Hackney Showroom – Wednesday 21st

Do politicians and economists mystify the system to prevent us from kicking back?  Do you ever get this nagging feeling that if you could just understand how the economy works, you could figure out how to fight for a more equitable society? Throughout Feb and March, social enterprise venue Hackney Showroom has been presenting a series of free masterclasses for adults living in Hackney on a range of subjects around the economy, debt and finance. Presented in partnership with Positive MoneyNew Economics Foundation MONEY is an accessible, informal series of workshops-lectures-discussions.

This week’s session is called Feminist Economics: Beyond the Pay Gap, led by Sophie Yates & Noni Makuyana (Positive Money), Özlem Onaran (University of Greenwich and Women’s Budget Group), Antoinette Hage, (International Planned Parenthood Federation) & Zoe Kennedy (Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists)

Tickets are free (available here), but a donation to the venue is encouraged. If you are not living in Hackney but would still like to attend, please wait until the day of the event to book.


4. Performance of the week: Mine @ King’s Head Theatre – Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th

“She loves him. Isn’t that what parents do? But is it still possible to love someone like that?” A woman waits for her son to come home from a night out. Then the police arrive. After that, everything changes. Mine is an intense new one woman play examining what a parent must overcome when their child is arrested for something truly unspeakable. After garnering critical acclaim and multiple awards around the Fringe Festival circuit, Put the Book Down are excited to bring their visceral debut show (for 3 nights only) to the Kings Head Theatre – a social enterprise and one of London’s most ethical venues, supporting the finest independent talent.

Get your tickets here. Show starts at 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday, 5:30pm on Sunday,


5. Film of the week: Whose Streets, Rio Cinema

Make sure you get out of work on time this time and get down to social enterprise the Rio Cinema to see the highly-rated documentary, Whose Streets? The film centres on Ferguson, Missouri, the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown and the justice movements that followed. Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising.

The films starts at 6:30pm. Get your tickets on the Rio website, here. It’s part of the Right Now Film Festival, screening six powerful documentaries from 21st – 27th March, with the Rio being London’s venue.