Shut down that spreadsheet and get planning your weekend with the jolly list below. Feast on a fantastic meatball menu at a Deptford pop-up, celebrate the Bard’s 451st birthday at the Globe, or catch the wonderful Sonia Delaunay exhibition that has just opened at Tate Modern. Cheers to the weekend, and a sunny one to boot!
Things to do
Ri Lates, Royal Institution of Great Britain, Tonight, £12, £8 concs. Embrace the silly side of science in these late openings at the Royal Institution which feature workshops, screenings, demonstrations and talks.
California Soul, Royal Academy of Arts, Saturday, £22. Soak up some imaginary sun at this event channelling the spirit of 1970s California in tribute to the RA’s current Richard Diebenkorn exhibition, which features images painted on the artist’s beach front studio in Santa Monica.
Super Warehouse Gaming Party, Oval Space, Saturday, £10. Choose from over 700 retro games to play and get down to the best chiptune and gaming-inspired DJs out there at this monthly event for gameboy lovers.
MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum, ExCeL London, Saturday, £100. Magic-obsessed muggles can feel that bit closer to the wizarding world at this one-day convention that’s organised by one of the world’s most successful Harry Potter fansites. Guests panels will feature actors who have appeared in the film series (Warwick Davis, Jessie Cave and the cat that played Crookshanks are among those confirmed so far) and discussions with crew members will reveal more about the making of the movies.
Great British Barnes Bake Off, White Hart Barnes, Saturday, £2. Budding bakers can go head to head in various categories spanning best traybake, cupcake, sponge cake, biscuit and bread at this annual bake off for local charity, St Christopher’s Fellowship.
DC Comics Super Hero World Record Attempt, Toys ‘R’ Us Brent Cross, Saturday, free. Have you ever wanted to be a super hero? This is your chance to take that dream and knock it out of the park, because you could be a record breaking super hero at this world record attempt from DC Comics.
Shakespeare’s Birthday, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sunday, free. This day of family-friendly events celebrating the bard’s 451st birthday takes on a Hamlet theme. Actors who have played Hamlet through the ages will take to the stage as part of an attempt to deliver the fastest ever reading of the play and famous film versions will be screened around the site.
Tooting Field Days, various London locations, Sunday, free. Go on a south London safari with these guided nature trails featuring craft workshops, scavenger hunts, games and performances. The sessions take place monthly and each focuses on a different theme, with activities chosen accordingly.
The Jungle Book Club, The Book Club, all weekend, free. Puck Collective take over the east London space with their latest group show themed around the wonderful creatures found in the jungle. Alongside the work from the illustrators, print makers and painters lining the walls, a series of events, games and workshops will take place from now until June 28.
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, all weekend, £12 incl exhibition guide, £9 concs, three-day ticket £25. For a decade Ceramic Art London has been showcasing – and selling – the most exciting pottery from the UK and overseas. This year the work of 80 ceramicists (including Peter Beard, Akiko Hirai and Annie Turner) will be on show, as well as examples from the current crop of Royal College of Arts students.
Rad Science, 5th Base Gallery, all weekend, free. For their latest show, Hero of Switzerland present a body of illustration relating to the mad-cap world of radical science. The work of around 20 illustrators lines the walls of this east London gallery, exploring everything from oozing green slime and malfunctioning machinery to bubbling beakers of dodgy looking liquids and creations that hum, whir, fizz and explode.
…or check out more events happening in London this weekend.
Eating and drinking
The Street Food Kitchen Hijack: Meat Heads, The Job Centre Deptford, Fri-Sat. Meatball mavericks ‘Meat Heads’ take over the kitchen of this south London pub with their delicious menu. Choose from a classic New Yorker sub, lamb and feta balls, or a tasty blend of pork, fennel and roast peppers.
Model Market, Lewisham, Fri-Sat, free before 7pm, £3 after 7pm. Last year the makers of Street Feast brought their night-time street food party to an abandoned 1950s covered market in Lewisham. Foodies of south east London loved it so much that it’s back in 2015, serving delicious portable dinners from the likes of Rola Wala, Mother Flipper and SmokeStak.
Dram & Smoke, Swan Wharf, Fri-Sat, £40. If you like your meals to scream ‘North of the border’ this five-course supperclub will have you donning tartan and borrowing bagpipes. Many of the ingredients on the menu have been smoked in a whisky barrel, and traditional Scottish flavours will include cullen skink (smoked haddock), tattie scones and hot toddies.
Spring Festival, Chrisp Street Market, Saturday, free. Chrisp Street’s the place to be to get your five-a-day for one day only thanks to this festival with a focus on healthy eating, growing your own and generally making your life more green.
The Wine Parlour Wine Festival, Brixton, all weekend, free. Drop into The Wine Parlour for a top notch tipple at this long weekend of free discussions, winemaker sessions and blind taste tests.
Brunch at the Sea Containers, all weekend. The Mondrian’s 4 star restaurant is launching their new brunch offering this weekend with tasty sounding pancakes, classic breakfasts, salads and sharing platters.
…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.
Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser, Royal Festival Hall, Saturday, £10-£100. As any arts-lover knows, Battersea Arts Centre was severely fire-damaged recently – a whole third of the building is now unusable, including the beautiful Grand Hall. This benefit gig at the Southbank Centre is raising money to help BAC get back on track, and features a spectacular line-up of comedy, music and theatre.
Brendon Burns – Outside the Box, Cereal Killer Café, Saturday, £10. The Outside the Box tour sees the hardcore comic playing lots of strange venues – anything but comedy clubs. That way, punters who want to see him will find him, rather than Burns trying to win over drunken Friday night crowds.
McNeil & Pamphilon Go 8 Bit!, Backyard Comedy Club, Sunday, £9, £5 early bird. Bantering sketch duo McNeil & Pamphilon mix together their two loves – comedy and video games – for a live night of funny, pixely fun, which was a big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe.
…or check out all the critics’ choice comedy shows.
Findlay, Oslo, TONIGHT, £8. A headline set by spooky Mancunian singer Natalie Findlay, former support act for Jake Bugg, who has some nicely thrashy, blues-edged indie rock songs to deploy.
Stormzy, O2 Academy Islington, TONIGHT. Tipped for mega-fame in 2015, young Stormzy’s a south London MC who’s been working on his sound since the tender age of 11, when he first heard Wiley and Skepta. That’s right: grime has reached its second generation.
Electric Wire Hustle, Oslo, Saturday, £12.50-£14.50. This New Zealand duo do a nice line in soulful psychedelia, layered over smoky hip hop beats and peppered with occasional Afrobeat rhythms and jazzy riffs
…or take a look at all the live music events in London this weekend.
How Does It Feel To Be Loved?, Shacklewell Arms, TONIGHT, £6 (£4 with free membership by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org). Ian Watson and guest DJs deliver a gloriously twee mix of indie pop, northern soul, Motown and ’60s heartbreak.
Supa Dupa Fly, Ace Hotel, TONIGHT, £10. A popular, fun club night soundtracked by classic hip hop and R&B jams from the ’90s and early 2000s.
Jungle Splash Boat Party, Westminster Pier, Saturday, £25. Hard-hitting party crew Jungle Splash – who’ve beengoing strong for over two decades – are getting nautical with a boat party of epic proportions.
The 2 Bears present Bears in Space, The Pillars of Hercules, Saturday, free. Our favourite furry funksters The 2 Bears are going all out for Record Store Day with a fab-sounding party at central London boozer Pillars of Hercules. It’s essentially a launch event for their exclusive RSD releases and as you can guess from the title it’s very much themed around space.
Horse Meat Disco, The Eagle, Sunday, £6. This long-standing residency from obscenely funky and highly acclaimed DJ crew Horse Meat Disco has become a Sunday night staple for many. Though often to be found spinning rare disco gems in a New York loft party or Berlin basement session, one or more of the crew always makes it back to this Vauxhall party boozer to lay down a storming set.
…or see all the parties planned this weekend.
LA Rebellion: ‘Welcome Home Brother Charles’, Tate Modern, Saturday, £5. Another in the Tate Modern’s short season exploring that period in the 1970s when independent black filmmakers found new avenues of expression and created some of the most exciting and inventive (but sadly least recognised) works of American cinema.
Kinima: ‘Network’, The Cinema Museum, Saturday, £13, £11 concs. An evening of jazzy cabaret performance and stark cinematic satire might seem like an odd fit, but we trust Kinema to make it work. First up, there’ll be a music-hall inspired stage turn. Then it’s time for ‘Network’, in which a washed-up news anchorman flips on air, finds God and is gleefully exploited by his TV company to boost the ratings with his epileptic evangelic revivalism.
‘Force of Evil’ + ‘Red Hollywood’, Rio, Sunday, £10, £8 concs. A cracking double bill exploring the Hollywood ‘Red Scare’ in the 1950s. ‘Red Hollywood’ is a new documentary from ‘Los Angeles Plays Itself’ director Thom Andersen, who explores the lives and work of the ten filmmakers who were blacklisted for alleged Communist sympathies.
Or at the cinema…
The Last Five Years ★★★☆☆ Anna Kendrick, of all-round awesome fame, has sung her heart out in movies before (‘Pitch Perfect’, ‘Into the Woods’). She’s at it again in this adaptation of an off-Broadway musical, the story of a failed five-year relationship between an actress (Kendrick) and an aspiring writer (Jeremy Jordan).
A Little Chaos ★★★☆☆ Kate Winslet plays a pioneering seventeenth-century gardener in the French court of Louis XIV, and she’s the best thing about the film. Wearing a corset so tight that it’s a miracle she can breathe, let alone act, she gives an emotionally switched-on performance as Sabine de Barra, a woman with nothing to lose after the death of her husband and daughter.
…or see all of the latest releases.
Gypsy, Savoy Theatre, Fri-Sat, £19.50-£69.50. The Chichester Festival Theatre’s wildly acclaimed, Imelda Staunton-starring Sondheim revival hits the West End.
So It Goes, Shoreditch Town Hall, Fri-Sat, £10, £8 concs. In this beautifully poignant piece from theatre company On The Run, Hannah Moss wants to tell us about her dad, but she isn’t going to use any words. ‘So It Goes’ relays Moss’s extraordinarily personal tale of loss, grief and coming to terms with death, through the medium of whiteboard.
Between Worlds, Barbican Centre, Sat-Sun, £16-£50. A new opera about the events of 9/11 from Tansy Davies which is a musically superb meditation on grief and transcendence; though dramatically, the anonymity of the characters or any subplot beyond obvious victim responses, keeps the horror of 9/11 curiously distant.
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Udderbelly, Sunday, £16.50, £15 concs. The unstoppable ‘Showstopper!’ is back, as the entirely improvised night of musical theatre larks takes up space at the Udderbelly until July.
…or see our theatre critics’ choices.
This week’s best new art
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Photographers’ Gallery, Fri-Sat, free. The sought after and respected international photographic prize has announced this year’s four shortlisted photographers.
Carol Bove: The Plastic Unit, David Zwirner, Fri-Sat, free. The New York-based artist uses natural and industrial materials in her large-scale sculptures.
Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award, Royal Academy of Arts Burlington Gardens, Sat-Sun, free. Now in its fifth year, the annual award have partnered with the Royal Academy of Arts to present this year’s five shortlisted artists.
The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay, Tate Modern, all weekend, £16, £14 concs. The first UK retrospective of the distinctly dazzling work of the Russian-French abstract artist often overshadowed by her husband.
Magic Mirror, The Nunnery, all weekend, free. The surrealist photographer Claude Cahun (born Lucy Schwob) used her androgynous looks to create self-portraits that questioned gender and identity. Here, Sarah Pucill’s film ‘Magic Mirror’ unites two key aspects of Cahun’s practice: her writing and her distinctive black and white photography to explore the theme of self.
…or see all London art reviews.
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