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YOUR WEEKEND

YOUR WEEKEND

You've got two days, make the most of it

BIRMINGHAM

FASHION FAIR

The Coventry Vintage Fair is back with 40 stalls selling vintage fashion, homeware and jewellery from the Forties to the Eighties. Get dolled up at the vintage beauty salon before dropping in at the vintage tea party. 26 May; 12pm-5pm; free; Coventry Central Hall, Warwick Lane, CV1

CAJUN CANTEEN

The Mac’s first Food Festival will see the Soul Food Project take over the kitchen with their Cajun-inspired menu of falafel, jambalaya and vegetable gumbo. There will also be taster sessions, food demos and stalls. 27 May; 11am-5pm; free; Mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, B12

DANCE SCHOOL

Learn the art of burlesque with help from Midlands-based Triple M Dance Academy. You’ll get tips on posture, walking and teasing techniques at the women-only Beginners Burlesque Workshop. 27 May; 10.30am-5pm; £27.50; The Public, New Street, West Bromwich, B70

EXHIBITION OPENING

Eastside Projects’ new exhibition features sculptural work from artists Caroline Achaintre, Sara Barker and Alice Canner. Look out for Achaintre’s striking mask-like sculptures, which blur the lines between the primitive and carnivalesque (left). 26 May; free; 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9

BIRMINGHAM BY BIKE

Don your best retro get-up for this year’s Big Vintage Ride. Begin with a picnic at St Paul’s Square before joining cyclists in a scenic bike ride past Birmingham’s historic sites, ending up at a secret location yet to be revealed. 27 May; 3pm-late; free; St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter, B3

MANCHESTER

EUROVISION PARTY

Revel in the exquisite schadenfreude of the Eurovision final at Nil Points. Cheer for Humperdinck, join in the sweepstake then dance away dashed hopes at the Euro disco. 26 May; 8pm; £3; Islington Mill, James Street, M3

BARBED AND BRILLIANT

Continuing a summer season of drama exploring social class, Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan mercilessly lampoons the vanities of Victorian society. Until 23 June; times vary; £9-£33; The Royal Exchange, St Ann’s Square, M2

BIRTHDAY BASH

In celebration of Affleck’s 30th birthday, new mosaics by artist Mark Kennedy will replace those removed in 2008. There will also be a street party with DJs and a fashion show. 26 May; 11am onwards; free; Tib Street, M2

BASEMENT POP GIG

Catch Denver indie-pop purveyors Tennis as they tour their second album, Young & Old. The husband and wife duo deal expertly in toe-tapping melodies, sparkling harmonies and lovely hair. 25 May; 7.30pm; £8 adv; Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, M1

OFF-BEAT ART

Attend the launch of Paraphrase, a compelling new multimedia art show featuring work by local artists including Mike Chavez-Dawson. 24 May; 6pm- 9pm; free; RSVP to alex@contemporarysix.co.uk; Contemporary Six, The Royal Exchange Arcade, M2

SCOTLAND

JOHN PEEL’S SHED

John Peel’s Shed is an adorable piece of theatre, all about John Osborne who won a box of records from John Peel’s Radio 1 show. A huge hit at the Edinburgh Festival – and rightly so. 26 May; 7.45pm; £15; Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1

MORE CAKE PLEASE

Always skip the sandwiches when having afternoon tea? Then you’ll love Royal Not Afternoon Tea. It consists of gin cocktails and four desserts and not a sarnie in sight. Until 8 June; 3pm- 5pm; £27.50; Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2

RUNNING JOKES

Running the Edinburgh Marathon? Then don’t miss Comedy ’n’ Carbs, where Glaswegian comedian Des Clarke serves up jokes while you fill up on pasta. 26 May; 6.30pm; £19.99; Dynamic Earth, 112-116 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8

GREAT OUTDOORS

It must nearly be summer as Jupiter Artland is open again for visitors. It’s an amazing contemporary sculpture garden. Our favourite is Marc Quinn’s Love Bomb, a 12-metre-high orchid. Until 16 Sept; 10am-5pm; £8.50; Bonnington House, Kirknewton, EH27

WHISKY GALORE!

Whisky Stramash wants you to fall in love with whisky. There will be a cocktail pod (where you and the mixologist will create a cocktail), whisky caviar and a murder mystery play. 26-27 May; various times; £25 (plus £2.50 booking fee); Surgeon’s Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8

LEEDS

TEAPOTS AND TWIRLS

We love a nice cuppa, especially when it’s served alongside cake, live music and lindy hop dancing. We can’t wait for the launch of the Teapots And Twirls charity tea dance this Saturday. 26 May; 1pm-5pm; £6; Interplay, Armley Ridge Road, LS12

THEY GOT RHYTHM

Northern Ballet takes on the roaring Twenties with Gershwin-inspired show, I Got Rhythm. Expect glorious and very on-trend costumes and beautiful dancing. Until 26 May; 2.30pm & 7.30pm; £8.50-£39.50; Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, LS1

KNIT-OUT YOUR HOME

Textile designer Deryn Relph is leading a knitted lampshade-making workshop at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Saturday. Lunch, tools and materials are included. 26 May; 10am; £80; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4

MEET SOME MATES

Today and tomorrow are your last chances to see the lovely, dog-inspired Mates, which features illustrations, sculptures and paintings of canines. The exhibition raises money for the Dog’s Trust. Until 25 May; free; 10am- 7pm/4pm Friday; Corn Exchange, Call Lane, LS1

LEEDS LOVES FOOD

The Leeds Loves Food festival will take over the city this weekend. There will be demonstrations, special offers and events, including the Moroccan Market of Handicraft on Briggate. 25-27 May; free; various venues, LS1

LONDON

NEW FLEA MARKET

The new Soho one-day flea market will have stalls from emerging design talent, including fashion and furniture. There will be musical entertainment from exciting new artists and it’s all in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust. 27 May; 12pm-8pm; Dean Street, Soho, W1

FLORAL SIDE SHOW

There will be some brilliant events at the first Chelsea Fringe. Check out the oranges and lemons garden at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch, the edible bus stop Lambeth, walking tours, pop-up flower shops and garden poetry readings. Until 10 June; mostly free; various locations

BAG A BARGAIN

Top artists are selling their work at a one-day car boot sale. There will also be a handbag disco – dance around the designer arm-candy and when the music stops, grab one. It’s all for the charity Just For Kids Law. Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair; 27 May; 12pm-6pm; £3; The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1

MUSIC AND MERRIMENT

Held in the Fifties Rivoli Ballroom, The Magic Theatre is a night to dress up and get down on the dancefloor to retro tunes. Drinks prices are decidedly retro too, which is always a good thing. The Magic Theatre; 26 May; 8pm- 1am; from £14; The Rivoli Ballroom, 350 Brockley Road, SE4

THOUGHTFUL SATIRE

Posh tells the story an elite student dining society in Oxford, who are planning how to restore their right to rule. Originally shown in 2010, it has been tweaked to address the changes in government. Until 4 August; times vary; £15-£75, Duke Of York’s Theatre, 104 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N

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