Things to do in Hackney this weekend: 8-10 Feb
From chocolate making to heartbreaking, our picks will have you learning a thing or two this weekend.
Heartbreak Hotel: the breakup party
£10. 7.30pm, Fri 8 Feb
Do you hate Valentine's Day? Are you single? Heartbroken? Then Heartbreak Hotel delivers, an immersive 7-day multi-media festival exploring heartbreak in all its forms at Rich Mix, in Shoreditch. The opening night kicks off with a breakup party featuring an eclectic mix of burlesque, spoken word, sassy drag, comedy, musical performances and much more.
Paid in Full screening and party
£12/£15. 6.30-11pm, Sat 9 Feb
It's a 'Paid in Full'-themed evening so come dressed to impress in your best 1980s get up or favourite character from the movie and be in with a chance of winning a free giveaway for the best dressed. Expect sweet treats and a well-stocked bar, all at Hackney Picturehouse, in Hackney Central.
£10-£35. 7.30pm, Sat 9 Feb
An enthralling new show at Hackney Empire is the last stop of Scottish Opera's UK tour. Set in an Anthropocene age - in which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment - this gripping, up-to-the-minute new opera tells the story of a team of scientists who become trapped in frozen Arctic wastelands.
The Glory's Year of the Pig party
Free before 10pm/ £8 after. From 8pm, Sat 9 Feb
Original chocolate making
£50. 11am-1pm/ 3pm-5pm, Sun, 10 Feb
A great early Valentine's gift - try out this fun introduction to chocolate making with exotic tastings, goody bag, demonstrations and of course, tons of mouth-watering chocolate at My Chocolate, in Shoreditch. You know what they say, chocolate is an aphrodisiac...