Our weekly pick of events to help you make the most out of your weekend... 

Enfield Independent:

Ulla’s Odyssey

14-year-old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly. All is not plain sailing, as she encounters mythical creatures and obstacles on her journey. This new opera is an enchanting nautical fantasy by New Zealand composer Anthony Young and Canadian librettist Leanna Brodie.

Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford, E18 2RB, Thursday, February 2, 1.30pm and 4.45pm. Details: 020 8708 8800

Britten Sinfonia/Mahan Esfahani

Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani directs Britten Sinfonia in a programme of works by Italian and Spanish composers, including a world premiere by Francisco Coll.

Milton Court Concert Hall, Silk Street, Barbican,  EC2Y 9BH, Friday, February 3 7.30pm. Details: 020 7638 8891

Offenbach – Orpheus in the Underworld

This irreverent satire was unleashed on Parisian audiences in 1858 to a combination of shock and delight. Its many memorable set-pieces include the risqué Galop Infernal, better known as the ‘can-can’.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ, Friday, February 3, to Monday, February 6. Details: 02089 852424

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ChairMen of the Board

A London-based five piece jazz swing blues band bringing you an energetic repertoire of classic tunes from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG, Friday, February 3, 10pm. Details: 07904 525639

The Ray Charles Project Featuring Jeremy Sassoon

This is a tribute to the music of Ray Charles featuring the finest line-up of the North West’s Jazz alumni. The band features horn and woodwind section plus backing vocals.

Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ, Friday, February 3, 7.45pm. Details: 020 8807 6680

Acoustic Zone

Sally Vinson & Rachel Eyres: versatile duo, folk, Irish, tangos, bluegrass covers and original songs on guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Luke Drummond: an accomplished classical guitarist. Margarita Helene sings originals and recent covers and plays keyboard and guitar.

RAFA Club, 295 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, IG1 4UA, Friday, February 3, 7.45pm. Details: 07917 050490

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Talon - The Acoustic Collection

Sat on bar stools and armed with no more than their trademark four-part vocal harmonies, acoustic instruments and laid back banter, Talon will leave you spellbound with their arrangements of contemporary acoustic classics.

Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS, Saturday, February 4, 7.45pm. Details: 020 8807 6680

Fare Healthy

This healthy eating festival includes a full line up of inspiring faces telling their stories and discussing certain topics. There will also be Fare Healthy Cooks, a large demo kitchen featuring some favourite chefs and personalities. Then there are two ‘Have a Go’ areas, where you can take part in a number of workshops throughout the day. There is also a Kids Zone, Nutritionists’ Café, a book shop with singings all day and, of course, food, drink and shopping every direction you look. Guests include Deliciously Ella, Niomi Smart, Skinny Bitch Collective, Madeleine Shaw, James Duigan and many more.

Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR, Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 5. Details: farehealthy.com

Hackney Flea Market

An eclectic selection of over 30 hand-picked vintage stall holders, all selling an amazing mix of salvaged, one-of-a–kind, lost and found objects, and handmade items.

73A Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS, Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 6, 11am to 6pm. Details: hackneyfleamarket.com

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Walls of Heartache

Walls of Heartache is back for more simple northern soul music on original vinyl, with guest, well known collector and DJ, Tony Smith.

Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG, Saturday, February 4, 8pm. Details: 07904 525639

Singin’ in the Rain

Don Lockwood is a silent movie star who barely tolerates his vapid leading lady, Lina Lamont. After the first talking picture proves to be a smash hit, Monumental Pictures have no choice but to convert the new Lockwood and Lamont picture into a talkie. But the production is beset with difficulties, while Don is distracted by his new love interest, aspiring actress Kathy Selden.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, until Saturday, February 4. Details: 01708 443333

Sheer Pleasure

An exhibition of important Japanese paintings, prints, furniture and ceramics belonging to the personal collection of the Gallery’s founder Frank Brangwyn RA. This will be a rare and exciting opportunity to view the works in the Brangwyn collection, many of which will be displayed publicly for the first time, alongside important examples of Brangwyn’s own work.

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP, Saturday, February 4, to Sunday, May 14. Details: 020 8496 4390

Enfield Independent:

Swan Lake

Pre-recorded from the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. By moonlight on the shore of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched swan-woman Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his love to her. However, the Prince realises too late that Fate has another plan for him.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Sunday, February 5, 3pm. Details: 01245 606505

Chelmsford Dance Spectacular

A variety of dance styles including ballroom, Latin and hip hop. Performers range from 18 months old through to seasoned professionals.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Sunday, February 5, 2pm. Details: 01245 606505

Clare Teal and Her Mini Big Band

Clare Teal’s concerts are renowned across the country for their energetic exuberance. The eclectic song list includes music from Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and many more.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, February 5, 4pm. Details: 01708 443333