MUST DO: this weekend


Go GayW3, chew on perhaps the best bagels in town, and immerse yourself in cabaret in a former furniture factory



Bowery Bagels: the new name for Chalk Farm Road's Tower 47. Photo: BB
Bowery Bagels: the new name for Chalk Farm Road’s Tower 47. Photo: BB

LGBT MONTH: GayW3, free movies or Fathomless Riches?

As part of February’s annual celebration of gay and lesbian history, Finchley Road Jewish centre JW3 hosts GayW3 this weekend, which includes an appearance from National Book Award-winning author, Andrew Solomon (341 Finchley Road NW3, from 20-22 February.) Alternatively, why not check out the only vicar in Britain to have had a Number 1 hit? Ex-Communard Richard Coles discusses his new autobiography at the British Library tomorrow Feb 20 (630pm, tickets £7 here). Finally, an afternoon of LGBT-themed documentary films is at the British Museum this Saturday (midday–530pm). Tickets are free, from here.

CABARET: the Violet Crab at DRAF

Intriguing new show at the DRAF in Camden. Photo: PR
Intriguing new show at the DRAF in Camden. Photo: PR
This new show at the spacious former factory off Camden High Street looks to cabaret past and present in new commissions, live acts and works in an extravagant mise-en-scene designed and directed by artist Than Hussein Clark. Be warned: the show contains nudity and explicit images and language (no under-18s). Book now for the intriguing Violet Crab Comes To Life! (Evening performances take place on Mar 19, 20 & Sat 21, more info here). Gallery open Thurs-Sat 12-6pm. Symes Mews NW1

FOOD: hang out at Bowery Bagels

What used to be cool multi-use coffee/art/music space Tower 47 has been reborn with a very Lower East Side moniker. A new baker joined them a week or so back and the emphasis will now be on dishing up a real NY bagel. “I decided to personally make the old Brooklyn style bagel that I grew up on,” says New York-born owner Syd. “It takes a total of 20 hours to create from beginning to end – that’s how you get the chewiness from it. We’ll even have bakers hand-rolling bagels out front at some point soon.” Yum. 47 Chalk Farm Road NW1


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