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The weekend guide

Our tips to help you plan ahead and get the best out of your weekend in the city: Friday 2 - Sunday 4 October.


The youngest comic ever to win the Perrier award, for his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 1990, Sean Hughes has been doing more acting of late - you may recall him as love rat Pat in a recent Coronation Street storyline.

Sean Hughes
Sean Hughes was 24 when he made his winning Edinburgh Fringe debut

Now the 43-year-old funnyman and former panellist of Never Mind The Buzzcocks returns to his roots with a new stand-up show that finds him in droll good humour, mining delights from the process of aging, of growing up, and coping with life's slings and arrows.

There's front-row banter and self-deprecation about his enduring status as a singleton; some darker, uncomfortable truths; and a tirade against Stephen Fry, which if early indications are anything to go by, is likely to be surprisingly well-received by the audience.

Sean Hughes: What I Meant To Say Was ..., Saturday 3 October, artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, north Finchley N12, 8pm. Tickets: £15, £13 concs. Box office: 020 8369 5454

Arts festival

Speculation has been growing over the summer that London's arts scene is shifting away from the East End to places like Camberwell and Peckham.

Artwork by Izzi Ramsay
Gardens are a recurring theme of Izzi Ramsay's recent photo work

It may be early days yet but something is clearly afoot in the southern half of the capital: this weekend for instance brings the Lambeth Open, a new event which serves as a platform for artistic talent working nearby in Clapham, Brixton, Herne Hill and West Norwood.

Over 200 artists will be opening up their studios, allowing visitors to peer and delve into workspaces to get a closer look.

Brixton photographer Izzi Ramsay will be showing and selling her work; so too are Herne Hill glassworkers Roast Design and the artists who work under the Stockwell Studios umbrella. The website below has a clickable map showing your nearest open studio.

Lambeth Open, Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 October, various venues, 12noon - 6pm both days. Free admission.


West London mods The Who are profiled in a photo series shot by veteran snapper Colin Jones, on assignment for The Observer during the band's explosive mid-60s heyday.

Here in striking black and white for the most part are messrs Townshend, Daltrey, Moon and Entwistle at home and at play, shopping for clothes, larking around backstage and bursting into riotous life in front of a Manchester audience.

Jones also took the iconic band shot that has been reproduced around the world, the one in which Pete wears a Union Jack jacket, mirroring the flag that hangs in the background - 'borrowed' by Moon, Jones tells us, from a nearby hotel flagpole.

The Who: In the Beginning, Monday - Saturday 11am - 7pm, Sunday 11am - 6pm to 15 November, Proud Central, 32 John Adam Street WC2. Free admission.

Film festival

Blazing its way back into the capital comes the festival that prides itself on a certain rock n roll style and a track record of hosting premieres of cult classics such as Pulp Fiction, The Blair Witch Project and Memento among others.

The 17th Raindance Film Festival has a line-up of 75 features and over 150 shorts alongside live events, director Q&As and masterclasses; jury members will include musician Tom Waits and writer/director Armando Iannucci; and still to come is the first English screening of Steven Soderbergh's latest, The Girlfriend Experience.

Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard is the subject of a documentary portrait at the festival

Two films are worth noting over this, the opening weekend: Believe is a chronicle of comedian Eddie Izzard's rise to fame while Journey of the Childmen follows comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh on and offstage on their recent 110-show tour of the UK.

Tickets are available for both; together they exemplify the festival's quirky, left-of-centre attitude.

Believe, Saturday 3 October, Apollo Cinema, 19 Lower Regent Street SW1, 6.45pm. Journey of the Childmen, Sunday 4 October, also Apollo Cinema, 6.30pm. Tickets: £12, booking fee extra. Call 0871 220 6000 or book online. The Raindance Film Festival continues to 11 October.

Live jazz

Sunday lunchtime, a spot of jazz and a drink to hand: some combinations are made for each other. Add a hip hop twist and a name artist like Soweto Kinch and it begins to appear almost irresistible.

Soweto Kinch (photo: Robin Little/Redferns)
Soweto Kinch has been playing saxophone since the age of nine

Londoner Kinch is a fluent, lyrical alto saxophonist whose talent was nurtured at an early stage by jazz luminaries Courtney Pine and Gary Crosby. He's received several accolades, including a MOBO, and a nomination for the Mercury Prize in 2003.

He appears here in a Free Jazz Sunday session with his trio, bassist Michael Olatuja and drummer Troy Miller; a selection of guest artists and performers take the stand in similar fashion through to 13 December.

Soweto Kinch Trio, Sunday 4 October, Rich Mix Bar, Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road E1, 2pm - 5pm. Free admission.

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