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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 7 - SUN 9 SEPT

THEATRE: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Thur 6 – Sat 8 Sept

Photo by Geraint Lewis

Spontaneous musical comedy at it’s finest, this one come straight from the West End. A brand new show is created from scratch at each performance as the audiences suggestions are transformed into and all-singing, all-dancing production. Sounds like it could be utterly brilliant – if it doesn’t all go horribly wrong! yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

COMEDY: Guildford Gag House Comedy
■ Sofa.com, 218 Hight Street, Guildford ■ Fri 7 Sept

A comedy club where you can bring your own booze? Yup – although there are limits. Each person can bring either 1 bottle of wine (75cl), Prosecco (75cl), Champagne (75cl) or 6 cans of beer or cider! The line up includes funny people Ben Norris, Jon Long, Tania Edwards and Edy Hurst.

FESTIVAL: G Live Beer Festival
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Fri 7 – Sat 8 Sept

Ales from some of the country’s top independent brewers as well as live music, a hog roast and a BBQ – what more can you ask for? Tickets are £12 (which includes a beer glass). It’s on from 6.30-11pm on Fri and from 12-4pm then 6.30-11pm on Sat. glive.co.uk

TALK: Lucy Worsley – Queen Victoria
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Sun 9 Sept

Historian Lucy Worsley uncovers a new perspective on one of England’s longest reigning monarchs, Queen Victoria. Her illustrated talk – in line with the release of her new book – takes audiences into the life, the palaces, and the rich colourful age of this woman who ruled a quarter of the globe. atgtickets.com

EXHIBITION: Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920s and 1930s
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 7 October

Sidney Francis’ work gives us an insight into life in the 1920s and 1930s in Woking and nearby towns. Events such as Eid celebrations, visits of American war widows, wedding parties and sports teams are amongst the highlights of this wonderful photographic exhibition from The Surrey History collection. thelightbox.org.uk

EXHIBITION: Florabundance: Contemporary Flower Art
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 7 Oct

The Watts Gallery will be presenting a bouquet of flower paintings, drawings and prints by 12 contemporary British artists. Celebrating the best of modern floral art, the exhibition recalls inspiration from the gallery founders, George Frederic Watts and his wife Mary Watts. wattsgallery.org.uk

EXHIBITION: Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

Mary Watts by Frederic Hollyer

To coincide with the anniversaries of enabling women’s right to vote, Watts gallery will be Drawing on new research undertaken by Dr Lucy Ella Rose, exploring Mary Watts as a figurehead of non- militant feminism in her community. It also features strong female figures and symbols of freedom, that appear in Mary Watts’s work. Free with admission. wattsgallery.org.uk

FURTHER AFIELD

FASHION: London Fashion Week and Festival
■ London venues ■ Fri 14 – Sun 23 Sep 

If your invitations to the main catwalk shows got lost in the post (yours too, eh?), mere mortals can buy tickets to the London Fashion Week Festival with designer and trend shows on the catwalk, talks with various industry figures such as ex-fashion ed turned interiors blogger Erica Davies, and pop-up shopping with over 150 top British and international brands. Totter along in your Jimmy Choos (or Zara sales bargain in my case) and return home looking absolutely fabulous, dahling. londonfashionweek.co.uk

EXHIBITION: The Shape of Light
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until Sun 14 Oct

Antony Cairns, LDN5_051 2017 © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns

This new exhibition chronicles 100 years of photography and abstract art, exploring the development of abstraction with photography from early pioneers to our 21st century digital innovators with over 300 works by artists such as Man Ray and Jackson Pollock. tate.org.uk

EXHIBITION: Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
■ The Design Museum, London ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines. designmuseum.org

EXHIBITION: Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ until Sun 4 Nov

The iconic Mexican’s artist’s personal belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. There are some beautifully embroidered clothes but more interesting are her cosmetics (no jokes about eyebrow tweezers please), swimsuit and brightly painted prosthetic leg (Kahlo suffered Polio as a child and had a deformed limb) in this intimate and fascinating exhibition. V&A Museum

EXHIBITION: Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World
■ The British Museum of Food, London ■ until 30 Sep

Finally! A valid excuse to stuff my face. The British Museum of Food returns with its first major exhibition Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World. Dedicated entirely to the frozen treat, explore memorabilia from the world’s largest collection of ice cream paraphernalia, discover the neuroscience behind it and try scoops of bygone eras, from daffodil to all-day-breakfast flavour (hmm). Other highlights include ice cream-flavoured weather (vanilla fog!) and glow-in-the-dark concoction that you can eat in a futuristic luminescent cave. Pass the ladle, I’m going in… bmof.org

THEATRE: Little Shop of Horrors
■ Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London ■ until 
15 Sep

This off-beat musical about a florist shop assistant who pines for his work colleague but doesn’t know how to win her heart or what to do to sate the appetite of a human-eating plant looks great fun. Matt Willis from Busted fame, drag queen Vicky Fox, Jemima Rooper and Marc Antolin star in the OTT show that seems perfect for summer in the lovely setting of Regent’s Park (Brucie bonus – the theatre boasts the longest bar in the West End!). openairtheatre.com

ACTION: Zip Now London
■ Archbishops Park, Lambeth ■ until 9 Sep

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope it’s a human torpedo whizzing down a 738ft wire, 100ft (9 double decker buses!) above Archbishop’s Park at 50mph. Beats the tube any day of the week. What we’ll do to avoid our faces been wedged in someone’s sweaty armpit. Get yourself down to South Bank, climb to the top the tower and wheeeeeeee. Suitable from 8+. zip-now.co

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