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It's rain, it's pouring, and frankly rather boring. Equally tired of these January all-too-blues? Then take the weekend (and your paycheque) in hand and get your delectable derrieres out on the streets. Hardly advocating prostitution as a form of social escapism, I am, however, suggesting three whole nights of non-stop theatre, art, and ecstatic debauchery. So go. Get. And order me a large Scotch while you're at the bar, will you?

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SAT LAST DAYS OF DECADENCE & SHUN-KIN

FRIDAY

theatreThree Days of Rain
Beginning its previews tonight, James McAvoy joins Nigel Harman and Lyndsey Marshal in Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain at the Apollo. And as if catching the multi-award nominated McAvoy and his sterling comrades in theatrical arms wasn't enough, we're also running a competition to win a pair of tickets. Talk about spoiling you...

Time:
7:30pm
Place:
Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, W1V 7DH
Cost:
16-49.50
Info:
urbanjunkies.com

djBangers & Mash
Ah, bangers and mash. A simple, once staple pairing. Two meaty sausages poking, like plump antennae, out of an unearthly mound of snow white mashed potatoes with a moat of of brown, swirling gravy. The new B&M pairing, however, is all about the indie-lectro meets old-school hip hop, motown meets grime, hardcore caricaturing meets even harder rock 'n' roll. And with payday today, this one should be a rammed-to-the-gills giggle of naughtiness.

Time:
7:30pm-2:30am
Place:
Proud, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AH
Cost:
8, 5 before 9pm
Info:
bangersandmashme.com
SHOP

My Wardrobe
We love any launch that comes with nudity, and so we happily direct you towards My Wardrobe's menswear offering, which launched this week with ten semi-clad men wandering the streets in search of style inspiration. With ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories from the likes of Ally Capellino, APC, D&G , Paul Smith, Raf by Raf Simons, Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang, Lyle & Scott, McQ, Missoni, Mulberry, and Nudie Jeans on offer, we're encouraging you to cover up.

Info:
mywardrobe.com
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SATURDAY

theatreShun-kin
Arguably Japan's greatest contemporary author, Jun'ichiro Tanizaki charted the complexities of the interaction between traditional Japan and the growing West until his death in the mid '60s. Inspired by his incomparable work, the Barbican's new play, Shun-kin, explores the relationship between modern Japan and ancient Meiji with powerful, and suitably passionate effect. (And you just thought we were all about the free booze.)


Time:
7:45pm
Place:
Last Days of Decadence, 145 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE
Cost:
10-40
Info:
barbican.org.uk

This week's ORIGINAL pick: Last Days of Decadence
The LDOD's new namesake night of '20s-themed shenanigans (and, hopefully, no little decadence) kicks off tonight with the marvellously monikered 13-piece cabaret ensemble, the Texas Chainsaw Orchestra. Dress up in your finery, as the curious Chainsaw brigade and the immortal El Nino put an infernal smile upon your lips and a devilish swing to your step.

Time:
6:30pm
Place:
Last Days of Decadence, 145 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE
Cost:
5
Info:
thelastdaysofdecadence
TONIGHT

Girl Factor
There's an ongoing joke running through the office about my lack of a TV. 'For an Urban Junkies, who's so otherwise on the pulse' they insist, 'you clearly don't have a clue.' Big Brother, for example, totally passed me by. And that one with the dancing politician, the z-lists in the jungle, and the fools on ice. But even I get it when those Girlcore rascal-ettes lay into the ol' X-Factor phenomenon. Personally, I can't wait to see who does Cowell ...

Info:
Catch, 22 Kingsland Rd, E2 8DA, 10pm, Free entry
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SUNDAY

otherAlternative Press Fair
In the times before the Interweb of Glory (hard to imagine, I know), if you couldn't afford to get your art or written work published, and you really gave a damn, the next best thing was the self-published 'zine. The simplicity and unrelenting egalitarianism of the internet might well have killed off the older, handmade gems. But, as this fair proves, the world of slow-fi, self-published creativity is still alive and strong.

Time:
12-6pm
Place:
St Aloysius Social Centre, Phoenix Rd, NW1 1TA
Cost:
Free
Info:
comicsandzines.wordpress.com

nightlife Jaded
Settling in fully to their new Farringdon home, Jaded is celebrating it's official launch with an all-out assault of relentlessly obliterating proportions. So set aside the rest of your Sunday for recovery, bite your tongue, and push on through from whatever you've been up to on Saturday. As their inimitably Jaded selves put it: "sleep is for the week." Pretty party-animals who can pun too? Consider me smitten. Or is that smut?

Time:
4am-12pm
Place:
Ghost, 133-137 Farringdon Rd, EC1R 3BX
Cost:
12
Info:
myspace.com/jadedsundays
SEE

Rothko
Make haste, o ye fervent adorers of the modern mark, for the Tate's absorbing exhibition of work by the iconic Mark Rothko is closing this Sunday. The first major exhibition of his work in over two decades, The Tate's own Rothko collection is joined by several significant pieces from around the world, creating an exhibition of more reds on greys, greys on blacks, and a blacks on blacks than should ever be missed.

Info:
Rothko ends on Sunday Feb 1 at the Tate Modern
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EAT & DRINK

Relais de Venise
Contrary to what you might think about us greedy restaurant writers, I personally love a small menu - the less choices the better. So no choice at all sends me into rapture. Which is why Relais de Venise works so well. Formerly L'Entrecote, this classically decked out bistro does one thing - well, three: steak, frites and green salad.

Based on the same winning model as the original restaurant in Paris, the salad, which arrives first, comes with walnuts and a mustard dressing; the steak is the grass-fed sort from Scottish butcher to HRH Donald Russell and comes with a peppery 'secret sauce' and the frites are hand-chipped on the premises. And they keep half the steak back until you're ready so it stays hot and is accompanied with fresh frites. Simple. Though not ideal for vegetarians, of course, who have to 'make do' with a surprisingly lengthy and extremely French dessert menu and cheese selection, poor things!

A second branch of R de V has just opened in the city and is offering a very appealing 20% off until the end of March, but it's in Marylebone that you can linger over lunch or dinner at the weekend.

It's so decadent not having to make decisions.


Hours:
Mon-Fri 12-2.30 (2.45 Fri) & 6-10.45 / Sat & Sun 12.30-3.30
& 6.30-10.45 (10.30 Sun)
Place:
120 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2QG
Cost:
30
Web:
relaisdevenise.co.uk
Book:
020 7486 0878
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Weekend guide by AC & MaM, food review by SL
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