Weekend Agenda: 22-24 February

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We woke up in the kitchen saying
"How the hell did this shit happen?"
Oh baby, drunk in love - we be all night
Last thing I remember is our
Beautiful bodies grinding off in that club.

That's our energy this weekend. Climb aboard.
Stuff to do
DJ, producer and label owner Jayda G has been on a bit of a roll recently, and it's all about to come to a head at the final night of her month-long residency at Phonox. Come see the energetic performer as she lays down the finest of house, disco and soulful cuts. As it’s her last night, she’ll be playing all night long, so dress comfy and try not to get too emosh’.
We blagged our way through our Baftas party pretending to have seen all the films, but we're not risking it again for the Oscars. The Barbican are showing all the big noms and some smaller numbers throughout the weekend and into next week. The Favourite and A Star is Born are B2B on Saturday which sounds like a real roller-coaster of a day.
Magazine and publishing collective EYESORE are talking over Giant Steps on Saturday for a free day of talks, film, music and installations all around the themes of collectivity, community and activism. The focus here is on Grenfell and the protest, music and community activism that has been born from the injustice of the tragedy. There's a screening of award-winning doc 'On The Ground at Grenfell', talks on protest music and a party to wrap it all up.
This weekend is your last chance to catch this in-depth look into the design processes and political power of video games. The show takes you through some of the most visually stunning and emotionally driven games of the past ten years, looking at the motives and methods of the people that make them. The exhibition ends in a futuristic arcade with some playable experimental games that give an idea of the future of interactive media. Also you can tell your mum that you spent your Sunday at a museum, and she might just give you a tenner for Nandos.
This year's OpenFest at the Barbican is all about British identity - a topic which is super hot rn. They've commissioned work from 50 artists from a wide variety of different disciplines (poetry, meet dance and film) to compile a spectrum of responses to the question of what is Britishness. Expect classical music, street dance, an A.I. Britbot and more in what is sure to be an enlightening (and free) day.
Brainchild Festival is known for its leftfield, surreal and frivolous approach to fun-having, so we're pretty excited for their takeover at the Vaults on Saturday. There's gonna be DJs, bands, games and all manner of out-there performances from members of the BC extended family. All you need is yourself and an open mind and you're set to have a nice little slice of fun.
Food and drink bits
Nourish thyself with some flavourful Georgian edibles, obscure natural wines and (hopefully) some good company at HARA's first dinner party of the year. The theme here is the food of Georgia and you can expect four courses of veggie classics from the motherland. Wine is being seen to by Proper Natural Wine, so expect some excellent pairings of the untampered-with variety.
Over in Dalston there's this adorable little cafe called Coffee is My Cup of Tea. Every so often it plays host to a different pop up and this time it's Chicken and Gochu's shot. So dust off your digits and tuck in to the sticky goodness of Korean fried chicken with gochu chilli and soy sauce; kimchi fried rice; danmuji pickles; broccoli and tofu; bulgogi beef bun; and authentic hobakjuk butternut squash soup.
Classics
Scoot down to Tooting and you'll find this unassuming spot with a knack for dishing up spicy Sri Lankan goodies. Jaffna has been on this spot in some form for about 30 years now and is ever popular with the locals so you can trust in their methods. From devilled prawns covered in a rich sauce, to string hoppers and sambal, to hearty thalis - all the South Asian specialities are here ready to work your taste buds into some sort of frenzy.
On the fairly drab Walworth Road, Louie Louie stands out like a suave thumb - a beacon of charismatic chic where your needs for something nice will be seen to whatever time of day it is. Daytime is dominated by smooth coffees, hearty brunches and those baked treats we all love. Evenings, on the other hand, are for well mixed cocktails, good music on high-end speakers and small plates seen to by whoever's handling things in the kitchen.
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