Hello and welcome to Seagull Recommends! For those who didn't see our Monday briefing (and if not, why not?) we've moved our recommendations out of there and into its own dedicated Friday slot, just in time for the weekend. Look forward to this sprawling massively as the Briefing has, but for now enjoy this compact selection of our recommendations for the weekend and beyond.
🏳️🌈Pride: It's Pride this weekend! If you're heading to the festival in Preston Park then don't miss excellent popstars Raye and Girli, the wonderfully soulful Sherika Sherard, or The Cocoa Butter Club, which exclusively showcases and celebrates cabaret performers of colour. If you're not going to the festival there's still so much else to do: the parade, which leaves Hove Lawns at 11am (for anyone wondering, it goes along the seafront, through the city centre, past St Peters Church, along London Road and ends at Preston Park at about 4pm), The Pride Village Party in Kemptown all weekend, and ever-popular club nights Polyglamarous tonight (the dress code is 'rainbows') at Chalk and Gal Pals tomorrow at Komedia. If that all sounds a bit much, collectively-owned LGBT+ space The Queery is holding a queer market all weekend from 12-5. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, have a wonderful Pride!
🎭Theatre: Brighton Little Theatre is staging an adaptation of the beloved E. Nesbit classic The Railway Children at the Open Air Theatre—ideal for families with kids on holiday, or those with fond memories of the book. We loved their production of Anne Boleyn during Fringe, giving it our Best Play award, so this is bound to be smashing.
😂Comedy: On The Edge Comedy is at longtime Seagull favourite Caroline of Brunswick tonight. The monthly comedy night's theme this month is 'WTF is Edinburgh?', featuring character-creater Sam Savage, Brightonian Alex Petrovic (he was South Coast Comedian of the Year Runner-up 2019!), Will Hitt, Jack Skipper (big on TikTok we're told), Sophia Mainwaring, Paul Griffiths and regular MC Dan Fardell. All starts at 8pm, they have aircon, and we have a discount code: LEDGENDS5 for £5 tickets for comics, key workers and students. Tickets here!
🍱Food and drink: Our editor went into Three Jolly Butchers on North Road the other day for a quick pint before an (after-work) meeting, and met a gentleman called Andy. Andy had been there since midday, buying drinks for all with the winnings from a sports bet he'd made prior. He was lovely, and while we can't guarantee he'll be there when you go (or if he is, that he will still be buying everyone drinks), you will definitely still get a warm welcome, find somewhere cosy to sit and some tasty Thai food if you're hungry.