What To Do This Weekend 27.10.21

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Wondering what to do this weekend? SLMan has you covered. From restaurant openings and exhibitions to a cracking new podcast, here’s what to get stuck into…
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BERNE VAUGHAN

GET YOUR CULTURE FIX

The Turner Contemporary

Been putting off that day trip to Margate? Now’s the time to go. To celebrate ten years of Turner Contemporary, the seaside gallery is hosting a showcase of local artists. The Turner Contemporary Open includes work from big names – including Tracey Emin and Rose Wylie – and non-professionals. Expect to find sculptures, paintings, ceramics, film and photography, with the exhibition running until February.

Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG

Visit TurnerContemporary.org

@NEWSTREETGRILL

FILL YOUR BOOTS

New Street Grill Roast Dinners

Hit New Street Grill on Brick Lane this Sunday to try its new roast menu. For £28 a head, share cuts of meat, including beef, lamb and chicken, served with bottomless roast potatoes, seasonal veg, Yorkshire puddings and gravy. Order a bottle of red or wash it down with craft beer. If you’ve not made full use of the endless potatoes, sign off with sticky toffee pudding and ice-cream or a cheese board.

16 New Street, Brick Lane, EC2M 4TR

Visit NewStreetGrill.co.uk

TUNE INTO A NEW PODCAST

The Big Steal

This is one of the best new podcasts we’ve heard this year. It’s about the theft of Russia’s resources by a clique of men associated with the Kremlin, starring businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky and president Vladimir Putin. With very different sets of ideals, the pair were always destined to clash – and there could only be one winner. Find out how Putin put Khodorkovsky in jail for ten years, stole his company and took a big step to becoming the richest man in the world.

Visit Apple.com

GET THE BEERS IN

Toast Ale X Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is hosting a special Tate Lates on Friday 29th October from 6-10pm. This month’s theme is ‘Power to Change’ where you can tune into a range of talks, take part in workshops and visit exhibits about the climate crisis. Highlights include a talk on environmental activism at 7pm from Kajal Odedra, a ‘climate change speed dating’ class, and an upcycling workshop. Don’t miss the Tap Takeover on the first floor where you can try a selection of craft beers by Toast Ale and feast on street food from local vendors – think plant-based burgers and sustainable BBQ dishes.

Bankside, Holland Street, SE1 0FD

Visit Tate.org.uk

HIT THE SOFA

Velvet Underground, Apple TV

This new film just landed on Apple TV. Rock band The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock ’n’ roll’s most successful bands during the 60s and 70s. Through interviews, never-before-seen performances, and an impressive collection of archive recordings, this doc tells us how the band rose to fame and became icons of their time.

Visit TV.Apple.com

BOOK AHEAD

Arkham Asylum

Tickets for this immersive experience go on sale this Friday. Arkham Asylum is an original story, inspired by Batman and the DC Universe. Warner Bros. has created an epic space with theatrics to transport you into a psychiatric hospital. Details – including the location – are being kept under wraps until next year, but we know how the story starts: Batman is missing and Gotham City is in tatters. Crime is running rampant in the streets and civil unrest is festering on every corner until ambitious psychiatrist Jeremiah Arkham tries to restore order through his ‘pioneering’ treatments. The citizens of Gotham City are being summoned by law to Arkham Asylum for examination and you have to unlock the hidden storylines to find out how to save them – and the city. Batsuits are optional.

Visit ArkhamAsylum.com

TAKE YOUR MATES

The Salt Room

We’re big fans of Two Tribes brewery, so were excited to hear they’ve got themselves involved with Young’s to create this bar and music venue in Islington. Housed in what used to be the John Salt pub, The Salt Room stocks Two Tribes beers (including Metroland Session IPA and PowerPlant Natural lager) and will have new seasonal releases to try every month. Food comes in the form of caramelised beer wings, loaded burgers and curly fries, while live musicians and top DJs will play at weekends until 2am.

131 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QP

Visit TheSaltRoomIslington.co.uk

DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS FOR THIS

Crossroads By Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel came out earlier this month, but if you haven’t had a chance to dive in, now’s the time to do so. It’s December 1971 and a storm is brewing over Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink leaving behind an unhappy marriage – unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. But when their eldest child Clem returns home from college with his own secret that’s set to devastate the family, all plans of freedom are put on hold. A gripping book about a Midwestern family navigating difficult relationships and questionable moral ground.

Visit Waterstones.com

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