Weekend Combo

Halloween creepers, Cuban collar jazz and hand-pulled chilli noodles
23 October 2020

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FRIDAY 23rd October – SUNDAY 25th October 2020


With Hallowe’en creeping up, it’s time to bring out the frighteners and get a bit jumpy. Bringing 360 eerie vibes to the occasion, Pop Up Screens has created a spooky woodland setting in the deep depths of South London (read: Peckham) where they’ll be showing a killer line-up of feared favourites.

There’s the classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Shining, the new kids on the block like Hereditary and It, and the howlers like Beetlejuice and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Running from the 23rd October – 15th November, you’ve plenty of time to fill your boots. Or underwear. And here’s a deal for you, use code HERO10 to get 10 percent off. Tough times and all that.

Find more information here.


Call for change
Looking back across 30,000 years of history, a new exhibition at The British Museum traces the creativity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic, posing the question: how has a civilisation managed to not just survive but thrive in these unforgiving conditions?

In the mix, practical creativity is highlighting, like a 19th-century waterproof suit made of seal skin used by hunters to sneak up on sleeping whales before harpooning them, alongside more fun, artistic creations, like a miniature reindeer camp carved from mammoth ivory and a scene of canoes and local birdlife carved on to a walrus tusk.

The timing for such an exhibition couldn’t be more poignant – the polar ice caps are rapidly shrinking and erratic weather caused by climate change is creating unprecedented pressure on Arctic Peoples. Here’s a celebration of a community in danger, and in that, a siren call for immediate action.

Arctic: culture and climate runs at the British Museum from 28th May – 23rd August.

Photograph by Kiliii Yuyan/British Museum


Alright, alright, alright
Film number two: Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age classic Dazed and Confused is being screened at Hackney’s Oslo.

Dubbed the ultimate ‘hangout movie’ – a film that feels like catching up with old friends –by Quentin Tarantino, the movie takes place one day in the spring of 1976, on the last day of school at Lee High School in Baytown, Texas. Here, a bunch of kids are looking to let loose for the summer, just hanging out, chatting, drinking, you know, things kids do. And that’s the genius of the film, it’s authenticity and everyday pace. Boasting a fresh-faced cast that includes Ben Affleck, Parker Posey and Matthew McConaughey, the soundtrack ain’t half bad either.

Dazed and Confused is being screened at Oslo, Hackney, on Sunday 25th. Buy tickets here.


Livestream gleam
South London band Horsey are quite the act. In gold lamé jackets and Cuban collars, they settle in that coveted middle ground between Las Vegas and Les Dawson. With jazzy tones and crooner throws, they’re a whole lotta fun and will be performing this weekend. Sadly they can’t be there in person, but they’ve sent a livestream link to present their gig instead, transmitting directly to your screens. With support from French-born multi-instrumentalist Clémentine March, it’s going to be a good one. All you need to do it sit back and let Horsey do their thing.

Horsey perform on Sunday from 20:00, find more information here.

In the meantime, read our interview with Horsey band member Jacob Read.

Food + Drink

First impressions are everything
Tucked away in the shadows of Arsenal’s Emirates stadium is one of north London’s worst kept secrets. Xian Impressions has been serving up some of the capital’s best Chinese food for decades, bringing authentic street staples from the country’s northern Shan Xi province for a very reasonable price.

The hand-pulled noodles are an absolute must (we recommend plain ol’ chilli), as are the chicken and mushroom potstickers. So long as you’re not expecting an American-style patty, the Xi’an pork burger with Qishan sauce will bring a smile to your face, too.

Xian Impressions can be found at 117 Benwell Road London N7 7BW.


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