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55 fabulous things to do this bank holiday weekend

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Another bank holiday! Thanks, May. Use it to build a bonkers structure using only tape and cardboard, glug away on sweet amber nectar at Meantime Brewfest, or party on a rooftop in Dalston. Here are all the best things happening in London this weekend.

Things to do 

3D Printshow, Old Truman Brewery, Fri-Sat, £25-£72/£22.50-£62.20 adv. The clever world of 3D printing returns to London, having already hit up Madrid, Berlin and New York so far this year. Attractions and activities span the worlds of art, design, fashion and technology, with all sorts of pieces available for purchase.

MCM London Comic Con, Royal Victoria Dock, Fri-Sun, adult (11+) tickets from £15. A firm fixture on every fanboy’s annual calendar, the London Comic Con is the UK’s biggest modern pop culture convention with dealer stalls, special guests, and plenty for manga, games and cosplay followers to get excited about.

Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear since 1900, Fashion and Textile Museum, Fri-Sun, £8.80 adults; £6.60 concessions; £5.50 students. From the English Riviera (that’s Torquay to you and me) to the rather more glamorous Cote d’Azur, Riviera Style brings together over 100 years of beachwear.

Rayne: Shoes for Stars, Fashion and Textile Museum, Fri-Sun, £8.80 adults, £6.60 concessions, £5.50 students. If it’s good enough for HRH, it’s good enough for us. Shoes for Stars explores the legacy of British heritage brand Rayne, whose shoes were worn by some of the twentieth century’s most iconic women – Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Brigitte Bardot and our own Queen Elizabeth, who wore Rayne pumps to her wedding.

Bollywood Fever, Bargehouse, Fri-Mon, £22, £12 children. Get wrapped up in the fun, energy and melodrama of Bollywood at this festival which will celebrate both modern and classic films in the genre.

Alchemy, Southbank Centre, Fri-Mon. This ten-day festival is a celebration of South Asia’s rich culture, with a line-up featuring music, dance, literature, film and fashion. In 2015 topics covered will include the area’s changing cultural landscape and the juxtapositions between classical and folk traditions.

South London Vintage Kilo Sale, Lambeth Town Hall, Sat, early bird (from 11am) £3; general £1.50. Turn up and fill a bag with vintage jumble. Once you’ve got a kilo’s worth, take it home for a mere £15. There’ll be five tonnes of vintage stock to choose from, dating from the ‘70s onwards.

The People’s Tower, Burntwood School, Sat, free. Head to Burntwood School in south west London for this unique chance to work with world renowned artist, Olivier Grossetete. Members of the local community and pupils from the school will work together to create a temporary tower constructed entirely from tape and cardboard.

West End Bake Off, St Anne’s Church, Sat, free. Meet the cast of your favourite West End shows and buy cakes baked by their own fair hands at this charity bake-off at St Anne’s Churchyard in Soho. Big name stage shows including Les Miserables, War Horse, Memphis, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia and Wicked have all signed up to take part in the event which raises money for Acting for Others.

Eurovision Screening Party at the Water Poet, The Water Poet, Sat, £10 (all proceeds go to charity). A raucous, camp, delightfully fun screening of the Eurovision Song Contest in a popular pub, with BBQ and costume competition.

The Yard Sale, Netil Market, Sun, free. Netil Market’s Yard Sale returns for the summer months, with it’s usualy array of vintage clothing, homewares and furniture, and art and photography. Once you’ve shopped up an appetite, refreshments will be on hand courtesy of Terrone & Co coffee, Morty & Bobs, PizzasDon’tCry and the Gamby Shack.

Play Days: The People’s Festival of Play, London Fields, Sun. Antidote, a company that aims to steer people away from their desks and towards silly, joyful shenanigans, is ramping up the nostalgia this summer with games of rounders, British bulldog, hoola-hooping and sack racing.

The 1877 Club, Harrow School, Mon, £45 afternoon tea, £65 dinner. How do the other half live? Immerse yourself in upper-class lifestyle at this pop-up in Harrow School’s Old Harrovian Room which is themed around the inaugural All England Tennis Championships of 1877.

…or check out more events happening in London this weekend.

Kerb does Alchemy

Eating and drinking

Kerb does Alchemy, Southbank Centre Square, Fri-Mon, free. Kerb’s spiciest street food superstars (and some extra delicious support acts) are moving into the Southbank Centre’s marketplace for an eleven-day stretch of special food menus and exotic cocktails as part of Alchemy festival.

London Wine Week, Devonshire Square, Fri-Sun, £10 wristband. Having popped its cork for the first time last year, London Wine Week is back for 2015, decanting vintages, decoding the wine list, and spitting left, right and centre. The £10 wristband gets you discounts and deals across more than 100 venues in London; it also means you’re entitled to £5 wine taster tours at partnering bars.

The Fabulous Feast, St John’s Hill, Sat, free. This family-friendly event shines a spotlight on the eateries of St John’s Hill in Battersea. The street will be transformed into a food-themed fair with stalls from local restaurants and street food vendors selling cooked and fresh food.

Meantime Brewfest, The Old Brewery, Sat-Mon, £20 adv, £25 on the day. Meantime Brewing produce craft beer in Greenwich all year round, but this fourth festival of theirs sees breweries from all over the world gather at The Old Brewery in The Royal Naval College for three days of beer tasting, food pairing and live music.

Foodies Festival, multiple venues, Sat-Mon, £15, £12 concs, free under-12s. Food-lovers can tuck into a range of masterclasses, talks and tastings at these three-day festivals which celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2015. Chefs who’ll be sharing their tips and tricks include Aldo Zilli, Ping Coombes and Michelin-starred Jesse Dunford Wood.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

Jarred Christmas – Hotfoot Mojo

Comedy

Jarred Christmas – Hotfoot Mojo, Soho Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15, £12.50 concs. Time Out fave Jarred Christmas promises an electric hour of arse-kicking storytelling comedy in his new show, ‘Hotfoot Mojo’. He’s relentlessly funny – an hour in his company is a real treat.

Bridget Christie – An Ungrateful Woman, Soho Theatre, Fri-Sat, £20, £17.50 concs. Bridget Christie won the 2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for her passionately political show attacking everyday sexism, ‘A Bic for Her’. Her follow-up, ‘An Ungrateful Woman’, is equally superb, if not better.

Bill Maher, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Sat, £27.50-£42.50. New York comic Bill Maher is an acclaimed satirist, stand-up and political commentator, and a huge name in his homecountry. His series, ‘Politically Incorrect’, ran for ten years on Comedy Central and ABC, and he’s been presenting ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ on HBO for the last 13 years.

McNeil & Pamphilon Go 8 Bit!, Backyard Comedy Club, Sun, £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. They describe it as being ‘like “GamesMaster” off the telly, but in a pub’, where guest comedians perform gaming-based material and battle it out on classic videogames.

Sheeps – Wembley Previews, Soho Theatre, Mon, £10. The title ‘Wembley Previews’ is a wonderful juxtaposition to Sheeps’s low-key style. This ace sketch trio – made up of Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts – are original, inventive and properly funny.

…or check out all the critics’ choice comedy shows.

Tom Vek

Live music

Tom Vek, Electric Brixton, TONIGHT, £14.50. The edgy electro nerd performs his brilliant debut album ‘We Have Sound’ to celebrate its tenth birthday.

Raw Power, The Dome, Fri-Sun, £50 adv. After a successful first run last August, Raw Power festival returns to sleepy Tufnell Park for three more days of loud psychedelic fun. Acts include Earthless, Hey Colossus, Esben And The Witch, The Wharves, Gnod and veteran Finnish rock bands Circle and Pharaoh Overlord.

Bill Laurance Project, Union Chapel, Sat, £17.50. Snarky Puppy keys man Laurance showcases material from his second album, ‘Swift’. Aside from his stellar work with SP, his debut under his own name, ‘Flint’ was a masterpiece: full of emotive and authentic writing that beautifully blends jazz and classical inflections with his own distinctive sound.

Talib Kweli, Brooklyn Bowl London, Sun, £20. Brooklyn native Kweli helped set a new benchmark for conscious rap through his collaborations with DJ Hi-Tek (the Reflection Eternal project) and Mos Def (as the stellar Black Star). He makes a welcome – and quite rare – solo showing here, performing his familiar free-flowing rhymes and symphonic samples.

Hear No Evil, London Fields Brewery, Sun, £15. How to make the most of your Bank Holiday Sunday? You could do a lot worse than head down to the London Fields Brewery arches, the site of this fundraising festival for the Macmillan cancer support charity.

…or take a look at all the live music events in London this weekend.

Playback: The '90s Party

Nightlife

Playback: The ’90s Party, The Laundry, TONIGHT, £25. Fancy re-living the ’90s in all their gloriously over-the-top-ness over the bank holiday weekend? Head to this two-day party in east London basement venue The Laundry and soak up all the sights and sounds of the decade.

House of Disco Rooftop Party, Dalston Roof Park, Fri, £9.50. Deep disco-loving party-throwers HoD are getting high for this party – high up on Dalston Roof Park, that is. Atop the lush, sky-high venue you’ll be able to hear spacey, nu-disco jams and grooving house, spun by Harry Wolfman, Magnier and a secret headliner.

Summer Tales, Red Market, £5, £4 before 9pm, Fri-Sun. A pop-up party from the Night Tales crew, featuring cocktails, street food, DJs and a jungle theme.

Hot Meat Boat Cruise, Tower Pier, Sat, £22.50. Anyone expecting a civilised barbecue on a boat at this party might be disappointed. This funky nautical bash is actually a boat cruise geared towards bears – a scene within the gay male community which celebrates looking big, hairy and rugged.

Rated R, Book Club, Sat, £5, free before 9pm. A night of classic R&B cuts and future-feel dancefloor sounds from the ever-impressive Southern Hospitality crew – they of Hip Hop Karaoke and Players Ball club nights. Prepare to have your ears sweetened by a selection of modern soul and R&B from across the years, from the likes of Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige and Pharrell, with a few choice old-school rap jams mixed in to further raise the tempo.

The Secret Island, A secret London location, Fri-Sat, £50 (includes four-course meal and drink). The creators of the hugely popular immersive dining experience Gingerline are back for more arty, experiential culinary antics. Billed as a mix of food, theatre, art, design and, erm, time travel, experimental new concept The Secret Island will explore what organisers are calling ‘multidimensional dining’ – essentially a night of creative cuisine and mysterious adventures.

Hip Hop Karaoke Bank Holiday Special, Jazz Cafe, Sun, £5-£7 adv, MOTD. Celebrate the Bank Holiday by rhyming along to Wu-Tang, A Tribe Called Quest, Drake, Eminem, Coolio and loads more.

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.

Clouds of Sils Maria

Film

Deptford Film Club: ‘Awesome! I Fuckin’ Shot That!’, Amersham Arms, TONIGHT, £10. As a concept, ‘Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!’ – a record of the Beastie Boys’ October 2004 homecoming gig at Madison Square Garden in NYC – is unusually ambitious and frequently intriguing. ‘Awesome’ saw 50 DV cameras dished out to fans scattered around the cavernous Garden and is compiled from the resulting 75 hours of footage.

Look Back in Anger: ‘Cathy Come Home’, Arthouse Crouch End, Sun, £11. The Arthouse Cinema in Crouch End’s ‘Look Back in Anger’ season of important British films continues with Ken Loach’s history-making 1966 television drama about homelessness. Shot in doc-style, ‘Cathy Come Home’ is the story of a family forced out of their flat when the husband loses his job as a driver after an accident.

Southern Gothic Season: ‘The Apostle’, BFI Southbank, Mon, £7.45–£8.20. Robert Duvall’s superb second film as a writer-director has dropped out of sight recently, so this BFI screening is welcome indeed. The film charts the backroad to redemption travelled by preacher Sonny Dewey (Duvall), after he takes a drunken swipe with a baseball bat at his wife’s lover.

The Dark Knight Trilogy, Prince Charles Cinema, Mon, £17.50, £15 concs. A bank holiday treat for all you leather-fetish superhero nuts out there: Christopher Nolan’s none-more-moody Batman trilogy in its entirety.

Or at the cinema…

Clouds of Sils Maria ★★★★★ A heady psychosexual drama that’s steeped in dense anxieties and rich European glamour (the film was part-funded by Chanel), French filmmaker Olivier Assayas’s latest sees him at the top of his game.

The Tribe ★★★★☆ On paper, ‘The Tribe’ sounds like it was dreamt up by the Department for Spoofing World Cinema: it’s Ukrainian, it has no dialogue and, uniquely, all the main characters communicate solely in sign-language (without subtitles).Those characters are deaf students at the most squalid, dysfunctional boarding school imaginable. They roam the neighbourhood in gangs, unleash acts of extreme violence on each other and pimp out the girls to lorry drivers in truck stops. ‘The Tribe’ artfully explores this world from the perspective of Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), a newcomer to this hellish school, who rapidly climbs the ladder of depravity.

A Royal Night Out ★★★☆☆ On May 8 1945, the day the Second World War ended, London threw the party to end all parties. The pubs ran out of beer and the Royal Parks filled with condoms. And unnoticed, into the crowd slipped two teenage girls: Princesses Elizabeth, 19, and Margaret, 14. What did they get up to? Gambling in Soho and partying in a ‘knocking shop’, according to this strictly fictional and very fluffy comedy.

…or see all of the latest releases.

Hurling Rubble at the Moon & Hurling Rubble at the Sun

Theatre

Hurling Rubble at the Moon & Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Park Theatre, Fri-Sat, £20-£25, £18 concs. This new double bill from Red Ladder Theatre Company provides a troubling perspective on London’s 7/7 attacks, with two portraits of young men: one Asian, one white, both of whom commit hate crimes.

World Factory, Young Vic, Fri-Sat, Mon, £10. Heaps of audience participation in this piece about the ethics of the fashion industry.

Klippies, Southwark Playhouse, Fri-Sat, Mon, £18, £16 concs. Jessica Siân’s new play is a beautifully wrought coming of age drama with a difference. Following two teenagers from contrasting areas of Johannesburg, ‘Klippies’ is heavy with guilt: the guilt of new passions and unfamiliar feelings, but also the guilt of a country’s past.

Sense of an Ending, Theatre 503, Fri-Sun, £15, £12 concs. A superb new play about the Rwandan genocide, given an excellent production from Jonathan O’Boyle.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.

Art15 London

This week’s best new art

Art15 London, Olympia London, Fri-Sat, £20, £15 adv; concs £15, £10 adv. With a new fair director Kate Bryan, former director of Contemporary Art at The Fine Art Society, Art15 returns for its third year with a new slot in London’s art calendar. With over 140 cutting-edge galleries selected from 40 countries, the fair continues its commitment to showcase emerging talent and young galleries alongside established artists and representatives of Asia’s burgeoning art market.

Henry Moore: Sculpture and Drawings, Osborne Samuel, Fri-Sat, Mon, free. Ahead of the 20th anniversary of Moore’s death next year, this unique presentation of the Modernist sculptor’s work includes pieces from his sister’s collection that have never been exhibited before. Covering his prolific career from early sketches made in Moore’s teens through to his significant sculptures of family groups.

Photo London, Somerset House, Fri-Sun, £20, £14-£17 concs, £29 weekend ticket, £52 family. At last London gets its own photography-dedicated fair that will hopefully turn into an annual photo-fest week. Presenting a diverse range of photographic practices throughout Somerset House, the sixty plus leading international and London-based exhibitors will showcase both familiar and celebrated names alongside rising stars.

Room&Book, ICA, Fri-Sun, £1 day membership. The three-day art book fair in association with Claire de Rouen Books returns to the ICA for its second edition. Gathering the best specialist book dealers from the UK, USA, Europe and Japan, you’ll be able to browse a wide range of out-of-print, new and iconic publications will be showcased on themes of art, photography, fashion and design.

The London Photograph Fair, Two Temple Place, Sat-Sun, £10, £25 weekend pass. This boutique-style photograph fair will take over the neo-gothic mansion with unique displays by international dealers for this special weekend edition. Focusing on vintage photos, this two-day event presents everything from rare daguerreotypes and early salt prints to original film and fashion images.

The Line, various London locations, Sat-Mon, free. Walk The Line between the O2 and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to see sculptures from Damien Hirst, Martin Creed and Gary Hume. London’s new sculpture trail will lead walkers along three miles of waterways including London’s Royal Docks and along the River Lea.

…or see all London art reviews.

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