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34 fabulous things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman

Help celebrate Kerb's fourth birthday at a party packed with great grub and booze, hop along to a screening of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' at the Cinema Museum, or check out Bruce Nauman's light-filled room at Blain Southern gallery. Whip your weekend into shape with the ideas below.

Things to do

St John's Organ Project, St John's Notting Hill, TONIGHT, £10. 'The Lodger' will be brought to life with a live organ accompaniment within the candlelit surrounding of St. John's church; the latest of a series of similar sell-out screenings.

Wild Life Drawing: Barn Owl Conservation, Paper Mill Studios, Sat, £25. An afternoon session with Sketch and Smudge, two lovely barn owls who have previously starred as models. Learn about the conservation issues affecting the barn owl population while you draw them.

Home Movie Day, Cinema Museum, Sat, free. The annual Home Movie Day, where members of the public are invited to bring their old-school movies (Super8, 8mm, 16mm etc) for inspection by a trained archivist and get advice on storage, digitisation and other matters.

Africa on the Square, Trafalgar Square, Sat, free. Trafalgar Square turns into a celebration of Africa for a third year in 2016, featuring live music, traditional dance, fashion, food and crafts to enjoy.

Cabbages and Frocks Dog Day Afternoon, Marylebone, Sat, free. Think your dog’s looking a bit ruff? Bring your pooch along to this annual Cabbages and Frocks market day starring doggy accessories, treats, training and puppy portraits.

Diwali on the Square, Trafalgar Square, Sun, free. This annual celebration in Trafalgar Square marks the Festival of Lights with heaps of food, music, activities and fun.

Tellit Festival, various London venues, Sun, prices vary. A festival dedicated to true-life storytelling with a programme of talks, shows and workshops spanning poetry, open-mic, comedy and spoken word.

Adams Antiques Fair, Royal Horticultural Halls, Sun, £4. This huge antiques fair has been selling precious objects at 'The Horti' since the 1970s, making it one of the stalwarts of the London antiques scene.

Steakhouse Live Presents: Longer Wetter Faster Better, various, all weekend, £10-£35. A provocative schedule of performances involving 30 different artists will take over Rich Mix, The Yard and Artsadmin for this three-day festival.

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






Eating and drinking

Kerb is Four, West Handyside Canopy, TONIGHT, £4 + booking fee. KERB celebrates four years of trading with a party themed around the number. Entry and dishes are both £4 and there will be four free pints for every new keg opened.

Five Points Autumn Jolly, Five Points, Sat, £4. Five Points brewery will be opening its warehouse space for an autumn party with beers flowing, music pumping, food, fun and games.

Morito Seafood Festival, Morito, Sun, £55. The fourth instalment of Morito’s seafood sensation brings a celebration of the sea to London’s landlubbers.

OktoBeerFest, The Wild Card Brewery, all weekend, free. The brewery’s favourite beers will be flowing alongside a special small batch of raspberry wheat beer made especially for the occasion.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


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Live music

Seasick Steve, Wembley Arena, TONIGHT, £27-£48.75. Grizzled sounds from the award-winning blues hobo.

Four Tet, O2 Academy Brixton, Fri-Sat, phone for prices. Producing records for other artists as well as delivering marathon DJ sets and working on his own awesomely funky solo electronica, one-man digital groove machine Kieran Hebden is pretty much the busiest man on the London music scene.

Mr Scruff, Koko, Sat, £16. Stockport's finest bedroom turntablist returns yet again to Koko to show off his quirky, crate-digging mix of hip hop, ska, funk, jazz, kitsch-pop and exotica.

We Are Scientists, Oval Space, Sat, phone for prices. The Californian indie band who are much bigger in the UK than at home play tonight.

Hackney Wonderland, Oval Space, Sat-Sun, £20. Not as funky as Boogie Wonderland, but with a lot more rock ’n’ roll swagger, the cheap-as-chips one-day festival in E8 expands to two days for its third year.

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







Tief Presents Rush Hour, Corsica Studios, TONIGHT, £15-£20 adv. Antal, Soichi Terada and Sassy J supply house, soul, electro and disco.

Shift: Norman Jay, Proud Camden, TONIGHT, £5-£8. DJs play house, garage, R&B, 1980s, '90s and club classics across three rooms.

The South London Soul Train, CLF Art Cafe (Block A, Bussey Building), Sat, £10. This monthly Peckham party promises 'no bass wobbles, only love, funk and soul'.

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.







Time Out Loves Nomad, Farmopolis, TONIGHT, £15. We’ve teamed up with The Nomad Cinema to bring you three cult classics, as selected by our Film Editors, at the new Greenwich Peninsula venue, Farmopolis. Catch Wes Anderson’s 'The Life Aquatic' tonight.

Star Trek at 50, Regent Street Cinema, Fri-Sat. This weekender at the Regent St Cinema collects all six of the Shatner-era Trek features, from the cosmic pomp of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’, via the series-high action antics of ‘The Wrath of Khan’.

Amnesty Tower Hamlets presents ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, The Cinema Museum, Sun, £10. A charity screening of this upstanding adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, a film that combines the horrors of racial intolerance with the nightmares of childhood.

Or at the cinema...

My Scientology Movie ★★★☆☆ Louis Theroux presents an entertaining but rather light doc on the infamous Church.

American Honey ★★★☆☆ British writer-director Andrea Arnold heads to the US for a bold, flawed road movie about American teens.

…or see all of the latest releases.


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No's Knife, Old Vic, Fri-Sat, £10-£35. Lisa Dwan gives an impressive performance in this trying Samuel Beckett stage premiere.

The Boys in the Band, Park Theatre, all weekend, £18.50-£29.50. Mark Gatiss and his hubbie Ian Hallard star in this rancorous gay theatre classic.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.


Bruce Nauman, 'Natural Light, Blue Room', 1971, Courtesy the artist and gallery





This week's best new art

Bruce Nauman: Natural Light, Blue Light Room, Blain Southern, Fri-Sat, free. For this piece (first made in 1971), all Nauman needed was an empty room and some light. It follows a conceptual path that Yves Klein laid when he filled a gallery with naff-all back in 1958, and in its own quiet, simple way, it’s a pretty great work of art. 

Jeff Koons, Almine Rech Gallery, Fri-Sat, free. Looks like Jeff Koons is feeling festive. His show of new work at Paris gallerist Almine Rech’s new space is filled with adorably Christmassy blue baubles.

Malick Sidibé, Somerset House, all weekend, free. At a time when the West was fretting about whether photography was even an art form, Malick Sidibé was taking pictures of young people in Bamako which contain all the issues in that debate: authenticity, imitation, control of the image.

…or see all London art reviews.

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