10 Things To Do This Weekend: From Checking Out A Musical To Watching Pulp Fiction

16 May 2014 by

The weekend has landed - and it's going to be a sunny one! Not got any plans yet? Here's 10 fun things to do.. 

1. Book for a Film4 Summer Screen

As well as showing old favourites like The Royal Tenenbaums and Annie Hall, this event, now in its 10th year, has UK premieres including Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s latest, Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cotillard. 7-20 August.

2. See a classical musical

Miss Saigon is back in the West End after 15 years and is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The story of a US soldier who falls in love with a Vietnamese girl has been updated for modern audiences – but promises to be as stirring as the original. Prince Edward Theatre, London.

3. Read Barbarians

This ambitious debut by political researcher and speechwriter turned lawyer Tim Glencross begins at a house party during the dying days of New Labour and follows a family as the election heralds a change in government – and their lives. £14.99, Hodder & Stoughton.

4. Catch up with the Wolf of Wall Street

Some thought it glamorised debauchery, but there’s no denying Scorsese’s tale of real life ‘wolf’ Jordan Belfort is a hugely entertaining way to spend three (yes, three) hours. It’s a perfect role for Leonardo DiCaprio – but Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie are equally impressive. Available on DVD and to download now.

5. Listen to This American Life

Ira Glass’s radio show is a US phenomenon – 2.2 million listeners tune in to hear him explore a different theme in his uniquely engaging way. Now a ‘best-of’ hits the UK. Sunday, Radio 4 Extra, 11am.

6. Celebrate Pulp Fiction

Has it really been 20 years since Quentin Tarantino blasted adrenaline into the heart of a comatose Uma Thurman, made Samuel L Jackson a bona-fide star, and taught us all what the French call a quarter-pounder? To celebrate, the brilliant Pulp Fiction plays again in cinemas nationwide.

7. Visit the 3 Crowns

This unassuming-looking pub on London’s Old Street has been transformed by a trio of restaurant whizzes – including chef Lee Urch (ex QuoVadis). Serving locally sourced British cuisine in a classic setting (think dark wood panels and leather banquettes), it’s perfect for an intimate dinner. 

8. Catch new music at Dot to Dot

In Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham over three consecutive nights, Dot To Dot festival lets you skip from venue to venue, catching the best new acts around. Peace headline, and other must-sees include Courtney Barnett, Marika Hackman and Slaves. Fri, Sat & Sun.

9. Try a brilliant new fashion app

Combining the best bits of social networking with online shopping, Nuji gives you access to 40,000 different stores, as well as letting you connect with other users to swap fashion tips and outfit ideas. Free.

10. Listen to Coldplay's Ghost Stories

Those looking for clues to the cause of Chris and Gwyneth’s recent ‘conscious uncoupling’ will be listening intently to the new Coldplay album – which the frontman has admitted was inspired by the ‘colourful challenges’ of life. Out now.


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