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Stuck for things to do over the weekend? Try our top tips

November 23, 2013


many So it was Hull. For us, the rictus grins and the uncorked fizz. For them, the 91stminute-penalty celebrations, and the golden promise of millions and millions of pounds in spin-off investment. Oh, and the force 12 storm of sneering by southerners on social media. (Momentarily fortifying to read, perhaps, but make no mistake: We'd have copped all that, too).

What we need, then, is a pick-me-up. Something to take our minds off the knockback. A bit of culture, perhaps.

How about classical music, reggae, opera, chorales, comedy, sci- fi, storytelling and French film. Is that culture-y enough for you, Maria Miller? winner of the coveted Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Abdellatif Kechiche's whirlwind love story, Blue is the Warmest Colour, is a portrait of an electrifying attraction between two students with very different outlooks on life, in the northern French city of Lille.

Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) is a 17-year-old whose world is turned upside down when her best friend Valentin (Sandor Funtek) takes her to a gay bar, and she catches the eye of a blue-haired free spirit called Emma (Lea Seydoux), who studies art at a nearby college.

You can go see it from this weekend.

sunny stand-up Josie Long and her pal Doug King have made a couple of short comic films and are tootling round the country in a camper van, taking them to the indie cinemas of the UK.

Tomorrow, it's Leicester's turn to catch Let's Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure. See them at the Phoenix from 8pm, introduced by Josie herself.

spectrum is a labour of love by 2Funky Arts, a documentary chronicling the history of soul, disco, reggae, R'n'B, gospel, house, drum'n'bass, hip-hop and urban music in Leicester, over the past 40 years.

It includes interviews with reggae DJs Junior Blues and Skully, singer Carol Leeming, jazz DJ Tony Minvielle, drum'n'bass big cheese DJSS and more.

The launch is tomorrow from 4.30pm to 7pm, at Leicester's African Caribbean Centre, in Highfields. There's a youngster's launch at Curve today, from 2.30pm to 4pm.

another reggae tip: Leicester lads By The Rivers play the O2 Academy tonight, a homecoming show after playing gigs here, there and everywhere. Support comes from Will and The People and Mysterians.

many happy returns to Doctor Who, 900-odd years old, and celebrating his 50th birthday.

The world's longest running sci-fi series celebrates its landmark anniversary with a hellsapoppin episode tonight, which is also screened in 3D at the flicks, including Leicester's Cinema de Lux.

spookier than a torch shone upwards at George Osborne's face, in the woods, at night, Dr Nicolas Grimoire returns to Leicester to light up The Guildhall with his dark stories this evening.

Gothic tales of murder, hauntings, death and obsession are punctuated by mind-reading mysteries. "During the evening, someone's heart will stop!" says the blurb. "Could that someone be you?" Well, it would certainly save on a taxi home.

chants would be a fine thing at Curve today, which is hosting a double bill of song as part of a festival of choirs.

This afternoon's show features gospel choirs from primary and secondary schools in Leicester and Leicestershire.

The evening showcase has uplifting performances from Kaine Gospel Choir, Leicester Women's Gospel Choir, Curve Gospel Choir, Amika Choir and Leicester University Voices.

Over at De Montfort Hall, the Chisinau National Opera and Philharmonic perform Verdi's tragic tale of love, jealousy and revenge and war, Aida, tonight.

Tomorrow, the hall welcomes back the mighty Philharmonia, with a programme including works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

if all that sounds a little too highbrow for you, at Welford Road this afternoon you can see two teams of Titans clatter into each other at bone-breaking velocity. The Tigers take on London Irish from 3pm.

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