Weekend Combo

Sci-fi match making, St John’s stout and Nick Cave before the Bad Seeds
3 November 2023

Still, Mutiny in Heaven by Ian White, 2023

This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

What? We’ve lost an hour? But where’s it gone? We’re losing time!! Nooo, it can’t be, we have so much culture to binge on this weekend. 


Compatibility test
Is your love life so messed up you’d prefer an algorithm to just tell you if your latest partner is worth it? Well here’s one for you. Sci-fi director Christos Nikou’s latest offering is not a traditional space odyssey but it does look at love with a hefty dose of speculative scientific theory. Jessie Buckley, Riz Ahmed and Jeremy Allen White star in Nikou’s sci-fi drama, telling the story of a world where you can take a test, and find out if your love is real. As you can imagine, the plot is not a straightforward yes or no, but Nikou’s narrative appeals to sceptics and romantics alike.

Fingernails is in cinemas now. 


A hug from a lobster
Known for spotlighting emerging artistic talent, Saatchi Yates is presenting a debut solo exhibition from Spanish artist Elena Gariggolas. Compiling a series of newly commissioned works depicting her strikingly eclectic style, Garrigola warps inspirations from dreamscapes, internet culture and her day-to-day reality into surreal portraits. Brushing the mundane with a touch of the outlandish, Gariggolas’ characters explore themes surrounding motherhood, ageing and beauty through a lens of the uncanny.

Elena Gariggolas will run at Saatchi Yates until December 22nd, more info here.

‘Forever, and ever, and ever’ by Elena Garrigolas, 2023

Film Festival

Mutiny in Heaven
Music documentary festival Doc’n Roll is back in the capital for its tenth year, marking the occasion with an extensive lineup of brilliant viewing. At cinemas across the city, documentary screenings focus on seminal artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Nicky Hopkins and The Zombies alongside the premiere of 25 feature films. Highlights include a screening of Ian White’s Mutiny in Heaven, the first-ever authorised film about Nick Cave’s band The Birthday Party, and Aaron Trinder’s documentary about the Free Party Movement, notably the notorious 1992 Castlemorton Free Festival.

Doc’n Roll Film Festival runs until 12th November, more info here


Next-gen art
BUFFER is Guts Gallery’s yearly group show highlighting the work of recent graduates from art universities across the UK. For its second instalment, the progressive London-based gallery is spotlighting ten artists. Opening up a space for constructive dialogue among young, post-graduate artists just stepping into the art world, Guts has curated the exhibition to foster a new generation of artists and equip them with the experience to navigate a seemingly oversaturated industry.

BUFFER 2 runs at Guts Gallery until November 24th, more info here

Izzie Beirne, 2023


Sun, sea and sex on the beach
Winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes earlier this year, British filmmaker Molly Manning Walker’s feature debut has been hotly anticipated ever since. Exploring the complexities of sex, relationships and consent, Walker’s plot tells the story of three British teenage friends on a girl’s holiday to Malia for the first time. Amid the usual goings on of boat parties, tequila shots and skinny dipping, the girls meet a group of fellow revellers and once they become separated the sinister side of Walker’s story unravels. Think The Beach meets Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents.

How to Have Sex is out in cinemas now. 


An abstract weather forecast
British artist Lydia Hamblet is fascinated by the art of small talk and notably Brit’s obsession with rambling on about the weather. Using this as a starting point, her vibrant series of abstract works immerse the viewer in a sea of colour exploring myths, love and mysteries surrounding how we interact with the weather. Due to popular demand, Hamblet’s debut solo show at Pictorum Gallery Noises in the Florid Sky has been extended, and this weekend is your last chance to experience a slice of saturated sunshine.

Lydia Hamblet’s Noises in the Florid Sky runs at Pictorum Gallery runs until November 5th, more info here

Food + Drink

Tres bon
On these dark, wet nights, dip into 65a brasserie in Spitalfields and get cosy amongst a menu of modernised French classics. In a serene, dimmed setting, warm up with French onion soup, fillet steak with Café de Paris butter, hand-dived coquilles St Jacques, and the best potato dauphinoise this side of the Chanel. Pair your meal with a brilliant wine menu and delicious cocktails.

65a is located at 65a Brushfield St, E1 6AA.

Food + drink

Smoke, stout and St. John Eccles Cakes
This bonfire night, Dalston’s 40FT Brewery and iconic British restaurant St. John will be celebrating the 2023 edition of their collaboration beer: the Eccles Cake Stout.

First brewed by 40FT founder Steve Ryan and St. John co-founder Trevor Gulliver in 2018, the dark beer is brewed using the spiced fruit filling for St. John’s signature Eccles Cakes – so bloody yum! Celebrating the fifth edition of the drink, 40FT are throwing a party where you can try this year’s batch alongside dishes by sister restaurant Acme Fire Cult, as well as St. John’s classic Eccles Cakes with Lancashire cheese. Needless to say, you won’t go home hungry… or sober.

The Eccles Cake Stout launch party will be held at 40FT Brewery from 17:00 on November 5th. Walk-ins are welcome or book here.


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