1. Watch The Fireworks. Well, how could anything else be #1 this week? Yet sadly there’s very little opportunity for anything professionally organized in the borough of Camden these days. Your only choice is Coram’s Fields Fireworks, aimed at families with young children, which takes place on Friday 2 November from 5pm (admission free but donations welcome).
There’s nowt in nearby Islington either, but in Hackney on Sunday at 730pm there are free, simultaneous displays in Weavers Fields, Bartlett Park and Millwall Park. Or if you’re in Westminster on Monday – Fireworks day itself – try Cleveland Square fireworks, from 6pm. Tickets are only available from the Cleveland Arms pub on Chilworth Street (adults £9, children £5).
Alternatively, we recommend getting a group of mates together, a few bottles of red, and heading up to Primrose Hill on Saturday night with several hundred other revellers: it’s the perfect vantage point to witness the sky lighting up across the capital (our roof terrace is even better, but we can’t fit you all on it).
2. A New Gallery Above The Mango Room. We loved Mango a decade ago but haven’t been back for aeons. So maybe now’s the time as they’ve just launched a new upstairs exhibition space – perfect for matching some decent Caribbean food with a spot of post-prandial contemporary art. Saturday night sees the closing party for artist Raphael Prais’s latest exhibition, whose work is firmly in the modernist tradition. 10 Kentish Town Road. Starts 8pm.
3. Say Hello To That Bloke From Coldcut. Down at the Dartmouth Arms tonight, Coldcut member Matt Black will introduce his film ‘Energy Union’, a one hour audio-visual montage on the theme of ‘intelligent energy’, which toured 12 EU countries and features music by the band themselves. After the film they will be joined by Prashant Vase from Transition Dartmouth Park to explain their new project, a home energy metering competition. If you can’t make it but would be interested in having an energy meter in your home, email email@example.com. 35 Dartmouth Park Road.
4. Free Stew? And some fine art. Rather than Fine Art. In central KT The Free Space Gallery kitchen is cooking up a stew tonight for those who fancy coming down for a lively debate all about food. Inspired by their current exhibition, F/00D, a panel consisting of photographer Alex Moore as well as experts in food production and its environmental impact (including Abel and Cole and representatives from The Vegetarian Society), will consider questions raised by his work as well as their own research. 2 Bartholomew Road. 7pm.
5. And, further into Camden, Don a Sombrero. After the stew make a full-bellied beeline for the Blues Kitchen for their Day Of The Dead festival, complete with live mariachi band (and El Jimador Paloma cocktails too). You can even get your face painted by the ‘Dia de los Meurtos’ experts too. If that wasn’t enough, they’re offering complimentary El Jimador Paloma Tequila Cocktails if people can translate the following into Spanish, and say, clearly to the bar staff:
‘HAPPY DAY OF THE DEAD, MAKE MINE AN EL JIMADOR.’
Easy, right? So head to 111 Camden High Street.
6. Or Why Not Celebrate The Dead In a Crypt? St. Pancras Parish Church is hosting an evening marking Día de los Muertos in their crypt gallery around their soon-to-close exhibition, Dare to Wear. 27 artists have produced works responding to such questions as Will Flamboyance Set You Free? or What Should One Wear On The Way To The Afterlife? Come along from 6.30-9.00pm tonight to have a view and meet the artists; just try not to disturb the 577 people who still call this their final resting place.
7. The Dead Can’t Dance. But you’re still alive, so you can. And if you’re missing the summer season head to The Lock Tavern, taken over by Vibestock all weekend, who promise ‘banging bands, fist-pumping DJs and un-forgettable VIBES.’ With a Wayne’s World theme (free shot of tequila if you dress up!) and vintage stalls selling clothes and vinyls, it stands to be an appealing festival-lite. Friday evening 8pm-2am, as well as Saturday (3pm-2am) and Sunday (2pm-11pm). Best of all, it’s free, so dust off those plaid shirts and ripped jeans, brah. 35 Chalk Farm Road.
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