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You can do it – just a few more hours and then it’s the weekend! From the look of this list, it’s going to be a good one so scrap all your other plans and work your way through this instead. Why not chow down a plate of meze at a Persian paradise, pick up some vintage bargains at a clothes fair in Chelsea, or scare yourself silly at Film4’s Frightfest all-nighter with six back-to-back horror films. Here are the best things happening over the next few days…
Fun things to do
Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum, all weekend, £12, £6 concs, £33 family. Celebrating a whopping fiftieth year in action, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary and stunning species on the planet.
Made London, One Marylebone, all weekend, £10, under-14s free. A huge range of colourful, beautiful and original craft and design will be on sale at this Marylebone fair which allows buyers to meet the people who do the making.
The Knowledge Emporium, Artsdepot, all weekend, free. This sweet shop is housed in a converted 1960s airstream caravan, but that’s not the most unusual thing about it. You can’t buy their wares with money – instead The Knowledge Emporium is in the market for stories, memories, recipes, anecdotes or facts.
Designer Warehouse Sale – Menswear, 5/6 Islington Studios, all weekend, £2. Grab some great reductions on rails of stylish menswear for autumn winter at the Designer Warehouse Sale. Pieces from over 180 menswear labels will be available at up to 70 percent off, including the likes of Moschino, Belstaff, Aquascutum and Oliver Spencer.
The Om Yoga Show, Olympia London, all weekend, from £10, £8 concs. This weekend event will host more than 100 exhibitors and is a great way to get a full introduction to yoga, or for enthusiasts to discover more about complementary therapies.
Thrill the World London, Covent Garden, Saturday, free. You probably didn’t even need an excuse to learn the Thriller dance this Halloween, but this is definitely your chance, as tens of thousands of people across the globe attempt to break the world record for the biggest number of zombies dancing simultaneously by dressing up and busting out the moves to Michael Jackson’s spooky classic.
Night Run at Osterley Park, Osterley Park and House, Saturday, From £12.50. Sneak through the gates of this impressive National Trust property after hours to explore its outdoor areas at this active evening event.
DIY Workshops with Technology Will Save Us, Lime Wharf, Saturday, £30. The mission behind Technology Will Save Us is to provide the tools for anyone to become a maker and these workshops are the perfect way for budding tech-heads to try their hand at multiple skills.
The Lodge, 9 Hildreth Street, Sat-Sun, free. The weather gets chillier and Balham gains an alpine lodge to chill out and warm up in. Pop-up pro Jimmy Garcia will be packing his immersive venue with wintry dishes and hot cocktails that will have you tearing off those jumpers in no time.
Frock Me! Vintage Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Sunday,£4 general, £2 students. Frock Me! returns with some of the best vintage the capital has to offer. Catering to everyone from serious collectors to fashion enthusiasts, Chelsea Town Hall will be filled with over 50 stalls of vintage and designer clothing, accessories and jewellery.
All Dogs Matter Devilish Dog Walk, Spaniards Inn, Sunday, £5 per dog. You might well need to trick and/or treat your dog to get them into a Halloween costume, but those whose pups don’t mind fancy dress may well be rewarded following this charity walk in aid of All Dogs Matter.
October Plenty and Apple Day, Bankside, Sunday, free. This traditional celebration starts with dancing in the street in front of Shakespeare’s Globe before a procession takes the fun across to Borough Market for their Apple Day activities.
Alex Chinneck’s ‘A Pound of flesh for 50p’, Southwark, free. Go and see this life-sized wax house before it has a complete meltdown.
…or check out more events happening in London this weekend.
Eating and drinking
‘Call My Bluff’ Wine Tasting, Glaziers Hall, Friday, £45. As if wine tasting isn’t confusing enough already, this evening will involve three experts giving descriptions of eight different glasses, which you will then taste before deciding which of the tasting notes are completely made up.
Snackistan at Persepolis, Peckham. This little café inside Peckham’s Persian delicatessen, Persepolis, is a fun place serving fun food. The vibe is colourful, crowded and charmingly bonkers. A handful of chairs and tables have been shoehorned between shelves stuffed with shisha pipes, embossed glassware, musical instruments, spices and specialist foodstuffs.
Turtle Bay, Ealing. There might be a chill in the air, but the Caribbean sun has just risen on Ealing’s High Street. Turtle Bay is a cocktail bar and buzzy restaurant with beach shack chic, calypso beats and kick-ass comfort food.
…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.
Bush Hall presents…, Friday, £17.50. Tonight you can catch multi award-winning Alan Partridge sidekick and poetical shamble Tim Key, plus support from 2014’s triumphant Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns, Aussie charmer Felicity Ward and moustachioed maestro Mike Wozniak.
Chris Martin – Responsibilliness, Leicester Square Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10. Slick young comedy talent Chris Martin (not that one) is a bit of an overlooked stand-up on the circuit. He’s warm, friendly, sharp-witted and reliably good fun.
Monkey Business Chalk Farm, Sir Richard Steele, Saturday, £12.50, £10 concs, lifetime m’ship £2.50, free m’ship with a copy of Time Out. This week, idiosyncratic promoter/MC Martin Besserman introduces slick US physical comedy duo the Pajama Men (who are performing an extended set) plus support from Rachel Parris, Bobby Mair, Alistair Williams and Giulia Pozzi.
Rubberbandits – Continental Fistfight, Soho Theatre, all weekend, £12.50-£20. The Limerick-based plastic-bag wearing musical comedy duo – responsible for YouTube sensation ‘Horse Outside’ and Chortle Award winners in 2012 – return to Soho Theatre with their latest show, ‘Continental Fistfight’.
…or check out all the critics’ choice comedy shows.
St Vincent, Roundhouse, Saturday, £22.50. The amazing Annie Clark arrives in London to perform her alluringly nuanced songcraft.
Lady Gaga, The O2, all weekend, £35-£70. If you missed out on Her Gaganess’s iTunes Festival show last year, here’s another chance to catch her in London as she brings her artRave tour to town. Here’s why you should (or shouldn’t) go see her.
British Sea Power, Barbican Hall, Saturday, £15-£25. The UK’s premier psychedelic boy scouts return with their enthralling blend of shimmering post-punk, Bunnymen-styled epics with darkly witty lyrics and off-kilter take on traditional folk.
Fuse ODG, Under the Bridge, Sat-Sun, £13.50. London-born, but of Ghanaian descent, Afrobeats and dancehall don and Azonto ambassador Fuse ODG (aka Nana Richard Abiona) headlines two nights.
…or take a look at all 43 live music events in London this weekend.
Sencity, Oval Space, Fri-Sat, Door tickets: £45 (weekend), £29 (Saturday only), £25 (Friday only). Advance tickets: £35 (weekend), £21 (Saturday only), £18 (Friday only). Originally started three years ago as a clubbing event geared towards deaf and hearing-impaired clubbers, brilliantly innovative concept party Sencity angles itself as ‘the world’s first multi-sensory clubbing experience’.
Trust, The Laundry, TONIGHT, £5-£10. Pearson Sound, one third of heavyweight bass-slinging label Hessle Audio, gets grubby at The Laundry with a mix of forward-thinking house, gritty techno and other unstoppable beats. Trust in this lot to supply a top soundtrack.
Booka Shade, Electric Brixton, TONIGHT, £20, £15 adv. German electro-house duo Booka Shade touch down in London to unleash some lush dancefloor sonics and chunky beats.
Nightmares On Wax, The Forum, TONIGHT, £19.50 adv. George Evelyn to his mum, Nightmares on Wax pumps out an infectious mix of hip hop-inspired electronica, flecked with jazz, breaks, techno and rave.
Congo Natty + Mala, The Forum, Saturday, £12.50-£19.50 adv. Jungle figurehead Congo Natty, AKA Rebel MC, is joined by fellow low-frequency warriors Mala (of dubstep pioneers Digital Mystikz), drum’n’bass don Dillinja and Glaswegian dubbed-out soundsystem crew Mungo’s Hi-Fi.
The Hydra: 2014 Series, Studio Spaces E1, Saturday, £10-£20. The stellar line-up inclides raw, minimal house master Omar S, second generation Detroit hero Kyle Hall, Kassem Mosse and Moritz von Oswald.
…or see all 56 parties planned this weekend.
London International Animation Festival, Barbican Centre, all weekend, prices vary. For ten days the LIAF takes over the Barbican’s cinemas with over 200 animated films from around the world to show that there’s more to animation than 3D blockbusters.
Film4 Frightfest Halloween All-Nighter, Prince Charles Cinema, Saturday, £40, £37.50 concs. A night of shocks and scares as FrightFest deliver six new horror movies back to back.
Sci-fi Season: ‘The Damned’, BFI Southbank, Saturday, £8.15-£11.50. The BFI’s epic three-month science fiction season is finally here, with screenings of the best in sci-fi from ‘A Voyage to the Moon’ to ‘The Hunger Games’, and everything in between.
Or at the cinema…
The Babadook ★★★★★ Who brings into their home a kid’s book called ‘Mister Babadook’, crammed with drawings of scary toothy shapes peering around bedroom doors? The answer is left deliciously vague in this slow-building, expertly unnerving horror movie built around a broken Australian family.
Fury ★★★☆☆ Germany, April 1945. The battles have all been won; the war is all but over. But Hitler refuses to surrender, so the Allies make a final push, taking Germany one town at a time. Brad Pitt is tank commander Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier, a growling war horse whose men hero-worship him like he’s the Second Coming.
Jimi: All Is by My Side ★★★☆☆ Writer-director John Ridley (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of ‘12 Years a Slave’) takes an unusual approach to the biopic in this admirable though gloomy chronicle of Jimi Hendrix (uncannily portrayed by André Benjamin).
…or see all of the latest releases.
Here Lies Love, National Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15-£45. David Byrne’s utterly winning ‘Here Lies Love’ doesn’t so much tear up the musical-theatre rulebook as exhibit a strange, endearing obliviousness to the fact that it even exists.
Dance Umbrella, various locations, Fri-Sat, £10-£22, £10-£21 concs. Vibrant, varied and brilliantly exciting dance festival Dance Umbrella returns for 2014 with a line up of dance show staged all over London.
Urinetown, Apollo Shaftesbury, Fri-Sat, £19.50-£59.50. For a musical about how the human race is likely to wipe itself out very soon, ‘Urinetown’ is a whole lot of fun. Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’s show (golden) showers the audience with pee-related puns and takes the piss out of its own love story with gritty bravado.
The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£35. This production – the first in the UK, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman – packed out the Young Vic last year, and has now transferred to the West End.
…or see our theatre critics’ choices.
This week’s best new art
Hogarth’s London, Cartoon Museum, all weekend, £7, £3-£5 concs, free under 18s and disabled. When you think of Georgian London, it’s hard not to think of William Hogarth’s gaudy, satirical paintings and prints depicting the squalor and lavish existence of London society. No other artist has quite captured the extremes of our fair capital with such imaginative detail and socially conscious provocativeness.
Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude, Courtauld Gallery, all weekend, £8.50, £4-£7.50 concs. Few people captured the human body with the obsessive fleshy intensity of Egon Schiele. His first major solo museum show in this country will be a proper chance to get your eyes around his provocative vision of men and women.
Donald McGill, Chris Beetles Gallery, Fri-Sat, free. We have the graphic artist McGill to thank for the saucy seaside postcard genre. The Blackheath resident was a dab hand at creating frolicking escapades and rib tickling antics for the British coastal visitor.Here, over 100 of McGill’s comical and audacious cartoons are on display.
Giovanni Battist Moroni, Royal Academy of Arts, Sat-Sun, £6-£10. Moroni (1520-1579) was a talented contemporary of Titian and dedicated his considerable skills to the art of portraiture. He captured the everyday lives of people in his native Bergamo with compassion and humanity, marking him out as a uniquely gifted artist of his time.
Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, National Portrait Gallery, Sat-Sun, free. The cross-dressing ceramist presents a show of fourteen portraits in Gallery 32, coinciding with the screening of his Channel Four ‘Who Are You?’ series.
…or see all London art reviews.
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