The MALESTROM: Weekend EDIT

So Friday is finally upon us with the promise of some precious free time in need of filling. But what best to do with it? We’ve looked for the best of what’s on and have pulled together a few nuggets of inspiration for our fresh Weekend EDIT. There’s culture, football goodness and even some prison cocktails. It’s the freakin’ weekend so make sure to have you some fun.

What To Do

Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece at The British Museum

Credit: The British Museum

Get some much needed culture in your life by visiting some of the world’s most famed sculptures created by celebrated French artist Rodin. This new exhibition at The British Museum, ‘Rodin and the art of ancient Greece,’ sees the likes of The Kiss and The Thinker placed amongst The Parthenon marbles Lord Elgin brought from Athens in the 19th century, that initially inspired Rodin to sculpt his works. A must see for any art lovers.

Fabric of Football in East London

Fans of soccer style will be in their element at the Fabric of Football exhibit in Bethnal Green. The show, in support of the Bobby Moore Fund and Football Shirt Friday, brings together over 500 footie kits from over the years, ranging from the beautiful to the eye-poppingly bad. There’s a pop-up shop based close by for those yearning for their own old-school Juventus top of the like donned by Roberto Baggio back in the day.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival

Where better to celebrate all things of a literary nature than the birthplace of the bard. There’s plenty of events taking place this weekend, like workshops on writing techniques and talks from authors to keep all bookworms firmly enthralled, plus the exciting prospect of queuing up to get you’re favourite author to sign your book. The little ones are far from left out with storytelling and exciting workshops from The Ardman Model Workshop, so they can learn to make their very own Sean the Sheep. Saturday morning sees funnyman Harry Hill unleash his latest book character Matt Millz on an expectant audience, surely not to be missed.

What To Eat & Drink

Alcotraz Prison Cocktail Bar on Brick Lane

Anyone who feels they need to pay some penance after being particularly bad this week need look no further than this East London drinking experience. You get the chance to serve some hard time while sipping cocktails of your choice. That doesn’t sound to hard? After stepping into a jumpsuit the colour of Trump’s face you have to sneak some liquor past the guards so you can spend almost two hours getting your drink on in the slammer. One word of warning, watch out for the warden!

The Pitt Food & Drink Market in Edinburgh

Foodies North of the border will probably already be aware of this little gem in Edinburgh, but for those who don’t it’s well worth a visit. The Pitt Market is open every weekend till 10pm, offering the best of Scottish street food. Added to that is the finest of craft beers, cocktails and live music so you can even have a boogie with your locally sourced burger.

What To Watch

Man U v Arsenal

Ok so it’s not all positive news, with a rain-filled forecast on the horizon, why not plonk yourself in front of a big screen and watch Mr Wenger go head to head with his arch rivals one last time. Yes the farewell tour continues in earnest as Arsenal head to Old Trafford, add the tempestuous relationship between Wenger and Mourinho into the mix – which even got physical on one occasion – and you’ve got a recipe for a Super Sunday. Will the professor get one over on the petulant student? It’ll be fun finding out.

Killing Fields

Credit: Discovery Channel

If you haven’t yet watched or maybe even heard about the US docu-series Killing Fields it’s high time you got on board and did some serious catching up. In its third season we follow lead investigator Randy Patrick and the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office (Virginia) as they reopen a troubling cold case of a murdered young woman that has haunted Randy for the last thirteen years. It’s like a real life version of True Detective – check it out post haste. Stream it free in the States on Discovery or buy it on Amazon Prime in the UK.

What To Listen To

Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

Credit: Wondaland Arts Society

The brilliant Janelle Monáe is back with her third LP and as ever with this sublime songstress you wouldn’t place it in the box marked normal. Dirty Computer is a concept album that sees the multi-talented Miss Monáe here become a part android – part human figure, not that you’d call any tracks on this record robotic with bangers like the Prince tinged single Make Me Feel and Django Jane displaying the way Monáe can flutter around different genres yet still pull a cohesive and very listenable set of tunes together.

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