What's on in Hackney this weekend: 10-12 February

There's something for the lovers and loathers of Valentine's Day this weekend in Hackney

My Sister's Pain – Book Launch

£10/12.50 otd. 6.30-9.30pm, Friday, 10 February

Hackney-based writer Emeka Egbuonu celebrates the launch of his new book, ‘My Sister’s Pain’, an emotional tale of two sisters and what life throws at them. Presented in a variety bill format, the evening will be a celebration of sisterhood, filled with all-female performers and guest singers, poets, dancers, speakers, drama and more at Hackney Empire.

Andy C Residency: Culture Shock

Tickets otd from 9pm. 9pm-4am, Friday, 10 February

Ram Records boss, and one of the most technically gifted DJs in dance music, Andy C will play each Friday at XOYO in Shoreditch across January, February and March, with a slew of legendary drum and bass DJs joining him. A special guest is expected on the night.

Lady Chastity’s Reserve

£22/19. Various start times (1hr experience), Friday, 10-Sunday, 12 February

Bring your team (six people max) on an adventure of hilarious clue solving as you escape the world you know and enter rooms of ludicrously twisted mysteries at The People’s Park Tavern. Your host, Gabriel, will introduce you to the lair of the deranged Lady Chastity, as you pit your wits against her mysterious belongings and strange contraptions.

The Anti-Slam Anti-Valentine’s Show

£8/7 conc. 7.30pm, Saturday, 11 February

The Anti-Slam turns the traditional heartfelt sentiments of Valentine's Day on their head for an Anti-Valentine’s Day Slam at Hackney Attic. Challenging poets to be hilariously horrible, to create poetry so bad that it transcends quality, becoming genius.

Valentine's DIY Art Market

Free entry. 11am-6pm, Sunday, 12 February

DIY Art Market will be hosting over 70 emerging artists and independent publishers at Epic Dalston. Find that personal alternative Valentine's Day gift such as a poem written while you watch, or a hand-drawn portrait, alongside tons of creative pieces on sale.

Historical Aphrodisiacs with Avm Curiosities

£20. 6-7pm, Sunday, 12 February

Inspired by themes of love and romance, The Queen of Hoxton rooftop will play host to a seductive world where everything on the table was at one point or another considered an aphrodisiac. Sip, sniff and taste your way through 2000 years of frisky foodstuffs, from the innocent apple, reminiscent of Adam and Eve, to Kama Sutra biscuits, plus an Anglo-Saxon aphrodisiac.