09 May 2014 by

10 Things To Do This Weekend: From Books To Films And Food

The weekend has landed! Not got any plans yet? Here's some ideas for things you can do to fill your time, from checking out Rita Ora's new single to catching a couple of movies and organising your summer. 

1. Check out Before The Winter Chill

I’ve Loved You So Long director Philippe Claudel reteams with Kristin Scott Thomas. This time she is the spouse of a neurosurgeon (Daniel Auteuil) who becomes entangled with a former patient.

2. Listen to The Horrors' album

The Horrors grabbed more attention for their hairstyles than their music at the start – but four albums in, they’re one of the most exciting bands in the UK. Luminous is a perfect summer festival soundtrack. Out now

3. Read A Curious Career

After An Education was turned into a successful film, journalist Lynn Barber now spills on her amazing career – it started with a stint on Penthouse and has included interviews with everyone from Salvador Dalí to Lady Gaga. £16.99, Bloomsbury Publishing

4. Indulge your inner geek

The ‘Comics Unmasked: Art And Anarchy In The UK’ exhibition at The British Library traces comics from Victorian times to modern day, featuring the likes of Batman and Kick-Ass. There’s also brand-new work by Jamie Hewlett of Gorillaz. Until 19 August.

5. Eat at Raw Duck

Raw Duck opens this week with a focus on two hot US-inspired food trends: raw food and ‘ferments’ – think drinking vinegars and kombucha – on the breakfast menu. Great, arty crowd too. 

6. Download the new Rita Ora track

Written and produced by her beau Calvin Harris, 'I Will Never Let You Down' is the kind of song that finds itself involuntarily bouncing around your brain for days. It’s the first taster of her new album, which is set to include a collaboration with the purple one himself, Prince. Out Monday

7. Meet Frank

It sure is perverse to encase the head of Michael Fassbender in papier mâché, but the inspired dark comedy Frank exploits that conceit to good effect, as an aspiring musician (Domhnall Gleeson) gets out of his depth recording with a bunch of avant-garde idealists in Ireland. In cinemas from Friday

8. Catch up with 12 Years A Slave

This year’s Best Picture winner at the Oscars comes to DVD. Telling the true story of Solomon Northup, who was sold into slavery, it’s a harrowing but powerful watch. Out Monday

9. See a classic novel on stage

After a sell-out run at London’s Almeida Theatre, this adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 transfers to the West End for three months. Go see – but remember, Big Brother is watching. Runs until 19 July. 

10. Book tickets for Green Man

If there was a beauty contest for festivals, Green Man might well win the crown. Set in the stunning Brecon Beacons, it also has a brilliant line-up including The War On Drugs, First Aid Kit, Poliça and Beirut. 14-17 August


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