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SOUTH LONDON’S TOP 7 EVENTS IN OCTOBER

1 BluesFest
Multi-award winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow (pictured above) will headline the final night of BluesFest at the Royal Albert Hall on 31 October. The gig comes following the release of 2013’s Feels Like Home, her ninth studio album – and will bring to a close a gig-packed six days of blues, jazz, RnB and soul.
Kensington Gore SW7 2AP; Box Office 0845 401 5045. Full listings at royalalberthall.com

2 Herne Hill Music Festival
Herne Hill Music Festival, now in its fourth year, runs from 10-19 October with everything from lyrical performances in the Prince Regent to bandstand music at the Railton Road Market and choral evensong at St Paul’s Church. On 18 October pianist Haruko Seki, who has recorded for the BBC, performs a programme featuring Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Herne Hill United Church (7.30pm-9.30pm, £8).
For further information and tickets see hernehillfestival.org

3 Affordable Art Fair
It’s been 15 years since the first Affordable Art Fair, welcoming art lovers, art connoisseurs, and art novices alike to discover affordable art by thousands of artists under one roof. This year organisers celebrate the landmark anniversary by returning to its original home from 23-26 October – Battersea Park. 112 participating galleries come from all over the UK and abroad, bringing their choicest selections for you to browse, buy, and enjoy. All art exhibited is for sale between £100 and £5,000, with paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography all on show. Tickets £10.80-£27.
affordableartfair.com

4 The House of Fun 
The House of Fun, a new variety show featuring comedy, music, theatre and more, compered by Arthur Smith, comes to Blackheath Halls on Saturday 18 October. The line-up includes comedian David Whitney, the irreverent Pete Heat – a cross between Derren Brown and Russell Brand (pictured above) – Felicity Duncan as manic cleaner Eva, scattering inappropriate malapropisms all over the place, and Slapper, a seven-piece band that combines music hall with avante garde punk cabaret. 7.30pm. 
Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ; 020 8463 0100; trinitylaban.ac.uk/blackheath-halls

5 The Hunters Grimm
Teatro Vivo transforms much-loved stories into theatrical adventures, collaborating with communities and audiences to turn everyday environments into magical worlds. The Hunters Grimm, running 22 October till 8 November at the Albany in Deptford, integrates into the local nightlife as an exciting theatre-promenade experience. 7.30pm. Tickets £12.
Douglas Way. Deptford SE8 4AG; 020 8692 4446; thealbany.org.uk

6 Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity
Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity is a new exhibition of Romanian clothing, textiles and craft, opening at the Horniman Museum and Gardens on 4 October. The exhibition explores how Romanian folk art has been used to express identity and nationhood in Romania in the 19th and 20th centuries. A second exhibition– Portraits from London – opens alongside it, featuring 34 images of contemporary Romanians living and working in the capital, by photographer Ion Paciu.
Both exhibitions are free to visit. 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; 020 8699 1872; horniman.ac.uk

7 Rich Hall’s Hoedown
Following a successful spring tour, Rich Hall brings his amazing Hoedown to Blackheath Halls on 31 October. Join Rich and his virtuoso musical mates for a mash-up of music, comedy and gratuitous coloration. Performing will be the Hoedown’s regular band of talented and chronically unemployable urchins, and the floor will reek of liquor and spent dreams… Rich Hall is known for his plain-spoken, growling indignation and acerbic observations, which have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time. 8pm. Tickets £16-£18.
23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ; 020 8318 9758; blackheathhalls.com

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