There's not much more to say about the weekend ahead except... "Whoosh! Whee! Bang! fffsssssssssstttttt....POW!" It's Bonfire Night so London is going to be quite preoccupied with either getting as close as possible to some pyrotechnic displays or heading for the hills far away from the fireworks. In case you need any other distractions between now and Monday, here's a slightly truncated Culture Crawl for those who would rather get their thrills from non-exploding items.
It's the first Friday of the month, which means it is time for another Late at Tate and this one is quite special... Iain Sinclair will be launching his latest book London: City of Disappearances, there are a few talks scheduled to be deivered by a fantastic list of names such as Will Self, Grayson Perry and Peter Bazelgette and for the people who mourn the loss of the Routemaster, there will be night-time tours on one of the beloved red vehicles. Music, food and a bar complete the experience and it's half-rpice to get in to see the Turner Prize and Holbein in England exhibitions. Late at Tate Britain, tonight from 6.00pm until 11.00pm, entry is free. For more information go to the website here.
Until Sunday 5 November
Dance on Screen draws to a close but there's still time to take part in this annual event which is all about dance and film: filming dance, films about dance, dancing for films and... well, you get it... Based at The Place on Euston Road, the 11th Dance on Screen Festival received 280 contributions from across the world for inclusion; the programme has talks, shorts, documentaries and installations. If you're not interested in anything else, have a go in the Move-Me booth, a little cubicle in which specially choreographed moves are shown on a screen and the hot-stepping person who has entered can copy them, embellish them, have their moves recorded and added to the film clips on the Move-Me website. Dance on Screen, until Sunday 5 November, see the festival website here for the full programme and ticket information.
Saturday 4 November
Well, we couldn't help but add this one, even though we promised not to overdo it on the fireworks... as part of the BP Saturdays series, Tate Britain is holding a free family festival all day called Sparky Tate. Instead of kids chucking fireworks at passing cars or trying to purchase them illicitly at a range of newsagents across town, Tate Britain is offering a full day of activities to sate any pyromaniac tendencies in your little ones. There are workshops for making Tudor and Stuart portrait inspired Guys to burn, contribute to a William Blake influenced collage of fiery images and an intriguing opportunity to "Become a firework and go pop in the Pop Art Room with artist Ruchama Hoed." There's entry to a strictly first come, first served fireworks display at the end of the day - bring a kid and prepare for a long build up to night fall... Sparky Tate at Tate Britain, from 10.00am, entry is free. For more information, go to the Sparky Tate website here.