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Something for the weekend -1-3 Feb 08

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Published on January 31st 2008.

Something for the weekend -1-3 Feb 08

Take a Leaf
This Friday, the Static Gallery will play host to a brand new bi-monthly club night called Rhumba.

Don't let the name deceive you. Although the word Rumba may evoke images of the erotic and sensual Latin dance, this night will be more about electronic music, ranging from deep house to techno. And don't expect the fun and games to stop there. Also promised – jugglers, stilt walkers and fortune-tellers. Fortune-tellers? You don't need them to foresee it's going to be a good night!

Rhumba @ Leaf Warehouse (formerly Static Gallery) Roscoe Street
Friday 1 February
£8 on door / £7 advance or NUS

Art at The Tate
For you arty types out there, the first UK exhibition of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle is at The Tate. De Saint Phalle became well known in the 1960s as a powerful and original figure in the highly masculine international arts world.

Her large, brightly coloured sculptures of women have become enduring images of maternity and femininity. They also hurt your eyes and your head a little bit.

The exhibition will include De Saint Phalle's much lauded Shooting Pictures. In these instances, a painting consists of a wooden base board on which containers of paint were laid, and then covered with plaster. De Saint Phalle would then shoot at it with a .22 Calibre rifle. The bullets penetrated paint containers which spilled their contents over the painting – probably not something you should be trying at home. In fact, it's downright bloody irresponsible. Fun though.

Niki de Saint Phalle
February 1 – May 5
Fourth floor galleries
The Tate

Stags for the future
Not content with drawing sell out crowds at The Empire with Blood Brothers, Willy Russell brings us his revamped play - Stags and Hens.

First performed in The Everyman, 30 years ago, Stags is back. Russell's sharply observed comedy follows a couple who inadvertently bump into each other on their stag and hen nights. Set to a soundtrack of disco classics, the drama unfolds as ex boyfriends appear, superstition rears its head, the drink flows and territory is marked.

Stags has been brought up to date with a few new lines, a few new tunes and a few ruder words. Tickets start at £10, although you can enjoy a meal before the performance if you stump up another tenner.

Stags and Hens @ The Royal Court
Friday 1 February – Saturday 1 March
Doors open – 6:30pm, Last Food Order 7pm, Show 8pm; Matinee: Doors 12.30pm, Last Food Order 1pm, Show 2pm
0870 787 1866

Mod for it
Dust off your Dr. Martins; polish down your scooter and head on down to The New Picket for Modmania! The night celebrates all things mod and features performances from The Live Jam – a tribute to The Jam, and a band called Moses (not the guy who received the Ten Commandments) who will play a range of brilliant mod covers. Dress code is unspecified. And you can forget any rioting. You're too old.

Modmania @ The New Picket, 61 Jordan Street
Saturday 2 February

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