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- Bring on the samba beats and celebrate Carnival 2011 with a weekend of Brazilian parties going off at Guanabara and Favela Chic. Rock it like you're in Rio this Saturday, with Batmacumba at Notting Hill Arts Club or don fancy dress for the (unlikely) Bavarian Beerhouse party.
- Watch a movie at the Pan-Asia Film Festival
- Explore the free Barbican Weekender
- See the shiny things in the British Museum's Afghanistan exhibition
- Get experimental with Sprint Festival at Camden People's Theatre
- Visit British Art Show 7 at Hayward Gallery
- Stay Late at Tate Britain
- Wisewords comedy night at Rich Mix has an all female comic line up, including Lucy Porter and Ava Vidal. From 7.30pm, £10.
- Basketball Week culminates in NBA basketball games at the O2 (and Saturday).
- Greek Halloween is being celebrated in the city. A very select Apokries party takes place at Mythopolis, 277 City Road, EC1 from 11pm but you can also do your own with a goat dance, a bonfire and a huge phallus.
- Craig Charles is spinning soul and funk in the Book Club, Shoreditch. You'll need to be early: from 8pm, £5 after 9pm.
- Will you be joining part two of our East London Line pub crawl?
- Or will you get a free book or be at the World Book Night event on the Southbank tonight?
- Or will you be listening hard at the In The Dark audio all-dayer: Clocks and Clouds?
- Introduce the kids (and yourselves?) to classical music with a space themed concert '3 2 1 Lift Off' from the Philharmonia Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall. Expect the Planets and that one from 2001. 11.30am, £12-14 for adults, £5-7 for under 16s.
- London Rollergirls present 2 fast and furious roller derby bouts from 4pm at Brompton Hall, Earls Court. Adult tickets £15.42.
- Get springy in Trafalgar Square with free Maslenitsa celebrations all afternoon.
- On a Russian theme, watch the Bolshoi Ballet perform Don Quixote from the local comfort of the Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley, beamed live from Moscow, starting at 4pm. Tickets £15.
- Don't Look Now screens at BFI Southbank 8.45pm as part of a month long examination of Nicolas Roeg's work.
Other good stuff:
- Like literature? Meet the Book Grocer
- Feeling cultured? Absorb Arts Ahead
- Making spending cuts? Consult London on the Cheap
Image by rodwey2004 via the Londonist Flickrpool.
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