Something for the weekend: November 18-20

Matilda Egere-Cooper

pinggame2 300x168 Something for the weekend: November 18 20I’m all for getting in the mood for Christmas (this particular song gets perumpa-bump-bumped every year), but in the run-up to December 25th, it’s nice to know there’s stuff to do that doesn’t revolve around festive lights and winter wonderlands (though I can’t knock a good ice rink –  my fellow skaters will be pleased to know a lovely one’s just opened in Canary Wharf). So this weekend, enjoy catwalks at the V&A, provocative theatre, ping pong and even a musical trip to Havana courtesy of Gilles Peterson and Louis Vega. We’re giving away tickets for that too, so for your chance to win click here; call it an early Christmas gift…


ARTS & CULTURE: Fashion in Motion: Peter Jensen at the V&A Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

How much: FREE (but tickets are limited!)
They say:
“Fashion in Motion is a series of live catwalk events presented against the unique backdrop of the V&A. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings the excitement and spectacle of the high fashion catwalk to a wide audience” V&A
We say:
Tickets are pretty limited for this but you’ll also be able to view all the show’s online via the V&A channel
Info: The V&A website

THEATRE: The Riots at The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR

How much: Starts from £8.50
They say:
“The Government has so far refused a Public Inquiry into the riots that shook our cities this summer, so the Tricycle is mounting its own”  The Tricycle Theatre
We say:
Gillian Slovo’s new production aims to analyse the causes of this summer’s riots and should offer some serious food for thought


NIGHTLIFE: Gilles Peterson and Havana Club presents Gilles Peterson and the Havana Cultura Band (with special guest Louie Vega) at Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade SW2 1RJ

How much: £12 Advance/ £15 Door
They say:
“A very special night: together for the first time ever in London – Gilles Peterson and Louie Vega, playing a special NuYorican Soul set” Electric Brixton
We say:
Mr Peterson’s been discovering the new wave of Cuban artists since ‘09, and this gig marks the release of his latest LP ‘Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura – The Search Continues

CINEMA: The British Guide to Showing Off, Cinema 2, ICA, The Mall, London, SW1

How much: Between £7.00 and £10.00
They say:
David Hockney judged the first one, David Bowie couldn’t get into the second, Derek Jarman won the third. British artist and living legend Andrew Logan takes us inside his anarchic costume pageant The Alternative Miss World Show.
We say:
It’s your last weekend to check out this hip flick which has won critics over for its superior style and intriguing subject matter
Info: The ICA website


ARTS & CULTURE: Art By Offenders, Secure Patients and Detainees, Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX
How much:
They say:
“This year’s exhibition is created by a group of magistrates – a groundbreaking exploration of judgement, art and crime” Southbank Centre
We say:
Another remarkable exhibition wraps up at the Southbank, so see it while you still can!

ALTERNATIVE: Market Club presents the World’s Longest Pong, Rich Mix , 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA

How much: FREE
They say:
“A collection of London’s social ping pong players will try to capture a table tennis world record at Rich Mix” Rich Mix
We say:
You think you got what it takes to get that world record? Bring your lucky rackets and let’s do this!

(Extra research: Yusuf Orekan)

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