Making Faces

The premise of this exhibition, while ultra-simple one, is oh-so-much fun. Something that most of us do often – make human-like faces out of inanimate objects – gets its own show, based on a photo series by Rob O’Brien (who suffered mental illness and sadly took his own life at the age of 30). The exhibition at the Red Gallery has rather sombre overtones, yet there’s a sense of joy and happiness at its core. Plus, it’s for a good cause.

Until 11th March 
1-3 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT, London

“I do not expect to be a mother but I do expect to die alone”!

Yarn bombing probably isn’t as ‘cool’ as the street art/graffiti culture that it’s derived from, but it still has a niche appeal that has propelled one of its most prolific proponents into the limelight. Polish-born New York-based artist Olek presents her first UK solo show at Tony’s Gallery, in which she applies her crochet skills to create a major installation and sculptural environment:  an entire living quarters filled with domestic objects, all completely covered in her work, including the gallery walls and floor. Go see this colourful, crochet extravaganza for yourself.

Until 23rd March
Tony’s Gallery, 68 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR

Leika, The Isis and The White Lions

Venues elsewhere might earn their crust peddling better known bands on Friday nights, but Barfly in Camden has chosen instead to present a select few unsigned talents you probably won’t have heard of. Headliners Leika have been performing together since 2006 and though they’ve enjoyed hardly any radio play and have yet to be signed, they’ve a strong fanbase and continue to perform at smaller, more intimate events like this one. Well worth a look.

9th March
Barfly, 49 Chalk Farm Road , London NW1 8AN

Krankbrother presents BPitch showcase featuring Ellen Allien and Kiki

This promises to be a pretty special night with BPitch Control‘s Ellen Allien hitting London town with her cohort Kiki in tow. It’s the first time Ellen has had a label showcase outside of Fabric and, for that reason alone, this secret venue should be your only destination this Saturday night. Dan and Kieran Clancy aka the Krankbrothers are always on the look-out out new, rarely-used venues for their shindigs and (having been given the lowdown on this one) we can tell you it’s going to be one to remember.

10th March
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