Saturday: a day of the week so uniquely brilliant that Elton John, Nick Drake and, uh, Whigfield all wrote songs about it. Whether you plan to spend yours dancing, drinking, shopping or broadening your cultural horizons, we've got you covered with our pick of the day's best events.
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Revisit your gap year (only with better food) at this late-night dining sesh. There’ll be ice buckets filled with Thai whisky, a DJ set until 1.30am and a menu of fresh Asian recipes with a chilli hit. It’ll be better than a night on Khao San Road, and you’ll be able to call an Uber home at the end.
2016 marks the 150th anniversary of celebrated children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor to the museum where she would often sit and sketch. This exhibition celebrates the date with artworks, original sketches and her earliest published works on show.
From Whitechapel Market, you can look west along the high street to where the Gherkin stands out above the City. It might as well be the Emerald City for all the relevance it has here: this is a non-stop, heaving, all-weather, cacophonous East End micro-economy, born of pragmatism rather than fashion and largely sustained by local Bangladeshis. Go for fruit, phonecards, pots and pans, fish, spices, cleaning products and the sort of vegetables you might have to ask the name of. For a lunch break visit Needoo Grill: just over the road, this no-frills BYO restaurant serves excellent Punjabi food.
It should have been a match made in heaven. Take one artist, one writer, both LA socialites, both with eyes set beadily on the shallowness and excess of Tinseltown, and get them to collaborate. But Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis have managed something quite remarkable in this exhibition at Gagosian: they’ve cancelled out each other’s talents entirely. The pair’s working method is simple. Israel provides the imagery, having bought it on stock photography websites. Ellis writes passages of text: glib, nihilistic statements that might be said by the self-obsessed actors, stockbrokers and Ivy League students that populate his novels. The combined results are executed at billboard scale by a team of scenery painters at Warner Bros. The two pieces on display here have been hung in the windows, so that to walk inside the gallery is to be met with an empty, white space, and all there is to see is the film studio’s logo stamped on the backs of the canvases. Yes, guys. We get it. Behind the surface of Hollywood there is nothing, yadda yadda yadda. But here’s where they’ve gone wrong. Ellis’s faux-banal prose works in books such as ‘Less Than Zero’ and ‘American Psycho’ because over the course of hundreds of pages, through sheer volume, he manages to demonstrate how soul-corroding the worlds of consumerism and privilege can be. But here, in these throwaway little snippets, it amounts to nothing, certainly not atop images specifically chosen for their blandness. There’s no damnation
A series of the Spanish giant's late works will go on display for the first time outside of his native country. All characteristally monumental in size, these semi-abstract, semi-figurative pieces deal with some decidedly messy themes of sex, violence and the human body.
Over the coming weeks, a mountain in a central London gallery will collapse in on itself. Built from layer upon layer of clay extruded by a massive 3D printer, Anya Gallaccio’s work is destined – and designed – to fail. ‘Beautiful Minds’ is based on a scan of Devil’s Tower, a mountain in Wyoming that’s a sacred place for Native Americans, though you might know it better as the mountain in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Every day, an endless tube of clay will be squidged out of a computer-controlled printer into hexagonal shapes, building a scale-model of that mountain – but it’s imperfect. The layers slip off each other, droop onto the ground, like long faecal ropes disintegrating. It’s a long, squiggly mess, full of tension because of its structural frailties It’s such a temporary work. As with so much of what Gallaccio does – like ‘preserve ‘beauty’’, her wall of withering flowers that was on show at Tate Britain – the process is the point. Gallaccio is forcing technology – 3D printing and scanning – into fallibility, forcing nature to fail. It’s a power play, crowbarring some humanity and errors into things that have none. Everything here is temporary, it has to fall apart. In a world that feels on the brink of collapse, Gallaccio’s sculpture feels like a damning, dangerous and prescient reflection our times. @eddyfrankel
Shoreditch club XOYO always delivers when it comes to delivering on-point electronic music, whether through nights at the club itself or the XOYO Loves series, which see the brand branching out to different venues. Music-wise, expect anything from deep house to disco to dubstep to R&B, spun by some of the finest in the game.
For the closing night of this year's VAULT Festival, Time Out are making it their mission to make. you. come. out.Our Nightlife team are throwing an all-night disco party to get you all coming out to the sound of beautiful, joyful disco music. Tickets to this one-off event are just £10 for the first 100 lucky people, then it's £15 for the rest.Across multiple rooms at this ace cavernous venue, there'll be... – The opportunity to come out in style down our Midnight Runway. Whether it's a new you or just a regular you, we want YOU to come out strutting all your stuff down our runway-funway.– The chance to be transformed in mind, body and spirit by taking one of our glitter showers.– Plenty of strong looks doled out in the upstairs salon by our face vajazzler, May Cup.– A fully stocked photo booth, or the chance to do it yourself in Selfie Corner.– And at the heart of it all, a main room dancefloor that will rock all night to sweet disco music old and new, from Time Out's Music Editor, Oliver Keens.What to wear? That one thing you have been hiding in your closet that's dying to come out – or that masterpiece you've been meaning to create. However you rock up, all is accepted and encouraged when we give the 2017's Vault Festival a truly outrageous send off. Join us as we say goodbye to the winter of our disco intent. PICK UP TICKETS FOR THE PARTY HERE. Brought to you by Shoes Off Feet Wet, Kat McGarr and Time Out Live.
This latest season of late night fun at Styx rises to it's potential as a venue. Not only will '90s bands and DJs play every Friday and Saturday but there's after parties with loopy performance artists Figs in Wigs, a Bjork inspired Drag extravaganza with Take That tribute 'Take Twat', '90s techno from Vector Space, ITCH FM are doing a tribute to '90s hip-hip and folk covers of the decade's classics from Super Tennants. The '90s season also includes productions of that decade's most experimental theatre.
Hyperactive comedy superstar Russell Howard is embarking on his biggest ever world tour – inventively titled 'Round the World' – taking in the US, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. And for his London stint, the Bristolian arena-filler is playing a whopping ten-night run at the Royal Albert Hall. It's not till 2017, but buy tickets soon, is our advice. Plus, wherever possible, Howard will be performing 'in the round'. The former 'Mock The Week' regular is one of the friendliest comics around, moving from topic to topic with effortless ease, and loves to examine life's simple pleasures, tell stories about his mad mum and basically fool around like a cheeky teenager. Unless you've been living in a wifi-free cave, you'll know that his self-titled series 'Russell Howard's Good News' is wildly popular, pulling in millions of viewers and constantly ranking as the most watched programme on the BBC iPlayer. His new Comedy Central offering, 'Russell Howard's Stand Up Central', has been a huge hit, too. But Howard's most at home live on stage. He's a fast-talking charmer, and always a huge amount of fun. Read our interview with Russell Howard
The UK comedy scene's most bigoted scumbag, back with a new hour of morally repugnant, borderline criminal material in the very poorest taste. No laugh too cheap. Bring a friend who's easily offended, and be sure to take everything at face value. As seen on Live at the Apollo, star of four series of his own show on BBC Radio 4.
The brash, quirky alt rockers from Portland – best known for their start-of-the-noughties anthem 'Bohemian Like You' and for appearing alongside The Brian Jonestown Massacre in Ondi Timoner's film 'Dig!' – return to pump out new tracks from their eighth LP, 'This Machine'.
It's been a while since we heard anything from these epic, Interpol-admiring doomers and gloomers, who famously started out as a choppy guitar-pop group called Fear Of Flying before turning to the dark side and coming over all pale and interesting. Expanding to a five-piece for live shows, they're well versed in delivering widescreen indie rock with a black heart, and tend to come across better on stage than on record.
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One of a number of Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road, Viet Grill forms part of the 'pho mile', as this area is often referred. It's less ramshackle than many of its neighbours - there's even a cocktail list. The food menu is authentic, with traditional Vietnamese dishes such as summer rolls, five spiced grilled quail and green papaya salads alongside Vietnamese curries, lemongrass chilli chicken and roasted whole mackerel marinated in tumeric, galangal and lemongrass.
Venue says: “We have some great set menus coming soon for our exclusive hire and private event space at Viet Grill. Watch this space! Info coming soon.”