Something For The Weekend in London: October 12-14

Matilda Egere-Cooper

something for the weekend 300x225 Something For The Weekend in London: October 12 14We’ve dedicated the next three days to the pursuit of remarkable art – whether it’s heading to the mighty fair that’s Frieze, checking out the Barbican’s new indoor rain installation, watching a critically-acclaimed film, or getting acquainted with six robots named Paul who are offering to draw your portrait for free this weekend. And while Paper Scissors Rocks isn’t exactly the most creative cultural phenomenon for arty types – it’s certainly fun, so the chance to participate in this year’s championships this weekend might be too tempting to dismiss.


EAT & DRINK: Walbrook & Avon, F. Cooke, Broadway Market, Hackney, E8 4PH (from 7pm)

How much: Various

They say: “Following three years of pop-ups and a summer of successful events, Walbrook & Avon return to F. Cooke on Broadway Market with a weekly residency until Christmas. It is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7pm in the unique setting of the 1930s, marble-clad eel and pie shop. The restaurant operates a ‘bring your own’ policy on drink and changes the menu each week to reflect the weather and changing seasons. Inspired by the laid-back, unpretentious cafes and restaurants found in Barcelona, Provence and elsewhere in continental Europe, Walbrook & Avon brings honest, reasonably priced food, unfussy service and a relaxed atmosphere to Broadway Market.


ARTS & CULTURE: 6 Robots Named Paul by Patrick Tresset, NEO Bankside, Pavillon A, 50 Holland Street, London, SE1 9FU, 12-7pm

How much: FREE

We say: They’re no Rembrandt, but Patrick Tresset’s six robot artists have got the remarkable ability to sketch your portrait, and will be taking sitters this weekend as part of the Merge 2012 festival. The French artist designed the “Pauls” to simulate his own style, using a single drawing arm and it’s really a sight to behold if this YouTube clip is anything to go by:



ARTS & CULTURE: Random International: Rain Room, The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

How much: FREE

They say: “Random International invites you to experience what it’s like to control the rain. Visitors can choose to simply watch the spectacle or find their way carefully through the rain, putting their trust in the work to the test. More than the technical virtuosity necessary for its success, the piece relies on a sculptural rigour, with the entire Curve transformed by the monumental proportions of this carefully choreographed downpour and the sound of water” Barbican


ALTERNATIVE: 6th UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships, Penderel’s Oak Pub, 283 -288 High Holborn, London

How much: From £10 upwards

They say: “Take part in the ultimate decision making contest, as 128 players, (some in fancy dress) battle it out to see who will become the ultimate UK Rock Paper Scissors Champion 2012. This highly entertaining knock-out tournament creates a unique blend of fun, unbridled excitement, randomness, hilarity and incredible tension. There is also the opportunity to walk up to anyone in the room and challenge them to a game of Challenge Rock Paper Scissors, ensuring that there are hundreds of games going on around the room at any one time” UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships



ARTS & CULTURE: Moving Image Contemporary Art Fair, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank, London SE1 9PH (11-6pm)

How much: FREE

They say: “Moving Image offers a unique viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms. Moving Image 2012 features a selection of international commercial galleries and non-profit institutions presenting single-channel videos, single-channel projections, video sculptures, and other larger video installations” Moving Image Contemporary Art Fair


CINEMA: Beasts of the Southern Wild preview, Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY

How much: From £13.75 (adult ticket)

We say: This debut by Benh Zeitlin has picked up prizes at Cannes and Sundance, while screenings have already sold out at this year’s BFI film festival – so if you can cop a ticket for this rare preview, do it. In the same vein as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, this film embraces mythology and folklore, led by the incredible six-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis who makes this film a definite one to watch.


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