Sian Rowe | Contributing Writer | Friday, 6 March 2015

The Exhibition All About Beards And More Things To Do This Weekend

The Debrief: Plus, the sale with the cut-price designer jeans. Go go go!

Rejoice! Yesterday was one of those ‘first glimpse of spring’ days. The sky was blue, the tiny daffodils were blooming and maybe you decided 'fuck it I’m wearing loafers without socks because I want to feel the sun on my cold, cold skin' (then regretted it by 5pm). While it’s probably raining right now the evenings are lighter, there is a change in the air and some of the weekend’s events reflect that. Risk a fresh new look in a London record shop, search for new jeans, hunt for new inspiring art at a Manchester carboot or get ready for Summer with a terrace party from Brooklyn favourites Mister Sunday.  

The place to invest in the perfect new jeans…
MiH Jeans and Issa London sample sale @ The Music Room, London 
Fri Mar 6 
 Denim is going to be big this season (see proof from people who knew)  so you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the best stuff out. To properly stock up, head to this sample sale co-hosted by the brilliant MiH jeans (lusting for this 70s inspired dress) and Issa London. Entry is £2 with the fee going to breast cancer charity The Haven and some pieces will have up to 75% off. 

Or a bold new look…
Rhythm Parlour @ Rye Wax Records, London 
Sat Mar 7 
While you personally might not want to get the chop in front of a room full of vinyl collectors (if you’ve got short hair, why not go for a barber though?) take a friend down to this month’s edition of The Rhythm Parlour. Sip on Rye Wax’s drink selection and check out the latest white labels while you wait. 

The exhibition that proves beards are still a thing
Beard @ Somerset House, London
Thurs Mar 5- 29
Thought beards were on the way out? Think again. New exhibition at Somerset House Beard features photos of men from around the world with, yep you guessed it, beards. Includes amazing pictures of actor John Hurt, USA goalkeeper Tim Howard and campaigner Jimmy Niggles.

Pick up something to freshen up your house…
Northern Art Carbooty @ Islington Mill, Manchester 
Sunday Mar 8 
Car Boots are brilliant for getting rid of old stuff and for finding joy in other people’s castoffs (Sade records for 20p! A vase that will fit with your new mid-century inspired decor for a quid!). Seriously, if you see one advertised near you this spring - go to it. Or, alternatively, check out the Northern Art Carbooty this weekend at Manchester’s Islington mill. They say 'anything and everything can be sold here' but there’s a focus on work from artist and designers.

The parties that feel like summer… 
Funksoulnation presents Romare Live @ The Hifi Club, Leeds 
Fri Mar 6
Pagoda, Al Dobson Jr @ 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool 
Sat Mar 7
Mister Sunday Night @ Oval Space, London
Sun Mar 8 
 It’s funny how the weather affects music taste. Maybe that’s why Uptown Funk did so well on its release; - it brought some bright sunshine into a chart that would otherwise be full of dreary men in suits singing songs about their icy winter heartbreaks. With that in mind, this weekend’s best parties will warm even the coldest people not-moving in the club. On Friday in Leeds catch Ninja Tune signing Romare (whose new album projections is worth a listen), while on Saturday the hip-hop, jazz and funk inspired Al Dobson Jr will be nudging Liverpool into Summer. If you really can’t wait to get outside, Black Atlantic present New York’s Mister Sunday at Oval Space on Sunday. The pair are used to hosting hot parties in Brooklyn parks but this weekend they’ll make do with an enthusiastic dance floor and the outside terrace featuring ping pong and delicious chicken.

And if you really really really still don’t want to go outside 
Appropriate Behaviour
In Cinemas from Friday
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
On Netflix from Mar 6 
This week’s obligatory ‘if you barely want to leave the house/duvet moment’ mainly comes courtesy of Desiree Akhavan, who directed, wrote and starred in the Sundance film festival-approved Appropriate Behaviour. She plays Shirin, a New York based twenty-something who is finding it difficult to please her family from who she hides her bisexuality (and plenty of other things) as she navigates relationships, work and being confident in her own skin. Tina Fey is back in the producer role for a new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt airing from March 6. The fizzy Ellie Kemper stars as Kimmy, who has escaped from a doomsday cult and begins a new life in New York working for Jane Krakowski’s Jacqueline Voorhees. Wait, is this a comedic extension of Taylor Swift’s Welcome To New York?

PLUS on Sunday it is International Women’s Day 
As well as WOW (which we covered last week) there are many, many International Women’s Day events happening all over the UK. For a full list visit
Plus, take a listen to radio station NTS, as Q Project take over to celebrate the day.

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Tags: Boozing, Weekend Raving