Pinboard: Another Superstar in K-Town? Plus charity, art, workshops, gigs. Phew.

1. Bobby Womack Comes To K-Town. Forget ‘Rihanna in the manor’ – athough, yes, that was quite exciting (she even …

1. Bobby Womack Comes To K-Town. Forget ‘Rihanna in the manor’ – athough, yes, that was quite exciting (she even swung by Map Cafe, don’tchaknow) – a real superstar descends on NW5 this weekend. Hot on the heels of his excellent Damon Albarn collaboration, the XL-released The Bravest Man In The Universe (one of the Kentishtowner’s favourite albums of 2012), the 68 year old is here pretty much for the next week. Perhaps he’s taken the quite spacious suite upstairs at Tolli? Anyway, his residency at The Forum takes in two nights, Sunday and Tuesday (some tix still available too apparently). We advise the Bobster uses our handy NW5 guide to ensure he doesn’t miss out in a spot of downtime.

2. Talk About The Economy. For something a bit more sobering, this Saturday a coalition of local groups, including Transition Kentish Town and Camden UNISON take over Camden Town Hall all day to explore alternatives to public spending cuts. Is it get us out of this economic mess through a green economy? Whether you respect politics in a tent or the Council Chamber, there will be great speakers representing all sides of the resistance spectrum, and eleven workshops to help people learn how to take practical action that makes a positive difference. More info and tickets can be found here. Camden Town Hall, Saturday 24th November, 9.45 – 4pm.

3. Salsa On Friday. The charity Home-Start Camden is putting on a Sizzling Salsa Night at the Kentish Town Community Centre from 8pm to 11pm tomorrow night (Fri). Your first drink and snacks included in the ticket price (£10). All proceeds go to Home-Start Camden, which helps local families under pressure with a friendly supportive weekly visit from a regular trained volunteer parent. Get your tickets in advance by calling 020 7424 1603 or by emailing


4. Two Bands Worth Catching. A really nice girl called Denise has been emailing us regularly about the Lancashire Hotpots, whose 6th album (did we miss something?) was apparently released in July. They take over K-Town’s legendary Bull & Gate on Saturday 24th, 8pm (£10). Meanwhile, down in deepest Camden, our sources tip up and coming Bournemouth indie band called The Cramatics (pictured), who are doing their thing at The Wheelbarrow – an always reliable venue, anyway – next Wednesday, 28th.

5. Not Another Event at The Grafton! They certainly keep a busy diary over at the Prince Of Wales hotspot. This weekend it’s the turn of the Kentish Town Market, who are throwing a special seasonal vintage and craft bash on Saturday 24th. Organiser and telly bloke Phil Clifton promises jewellery, food, handmade bits n bobs and even tarot readings.

6. Haggle Over Things. The Other Art Fair calls itself the UK’s leading artist-led fair, offering visitors ‘an inclusive environment where they can openly discuss artworks and negotiate pricing with the artists themselves whilst avoiding gallery commission’. Sounds quite intriguing, no? Plus there are photography booths, cocktail masterclasses, ‘pop up’ restaurant, an interactive art space for children of all ages. It runs from tomorrow till sunday (11-6pm, £6) at Ambika P3, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1

7. Guffaw. Close the weekend with a laughter-induced teary eye or two at The Oxford, which is hosting a celebration of cult sitcom Red Dwarf, the late 80s show featuring someone called, um, Rimmer. It’s a charity event, obvs, and will include screenings of favourite episodes, trivia quiz, and raffle. Optional fancy dress. Proceeds will be donated to Headway – the brain injury association. £6. Doors 5pm.

And finally – Shebeen are celebrating being Rihanna’s #1 hotspot by extending their licensing hours to a mighty 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. Wowsers.

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Words: Stephen Emms, Tim Sowula, Conor Fisk

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  • Jon Simmons

    It’s the Primrose Hill Christmas Fair on Sunday too.