30 things to do this weekend

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30 things to do this weekend

Jasmine Kara. Photo by Michael R. Falla

30 things to do in Tokyo this weekend
Friday | Saturday | Sunday


Cézanne: Paris-Provence
The National Art Center, Tokyo's exhibition of 90 works by influential post-Impressionist dauber Paul Cézanne wraps on Monday. Beat the last-minute rush by heading today, when the museum stays open until 8pm. Read more

Todd James
Like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat before him, Todd James successfully navigated the leap from New York's street art scene to the world of fine art. Get an eyeful at the self-taught artist's first solo Japan show. Read more

We Bought a Zoo
There's more to Matt Damon than Jason Bourne, you know. The actor shows his tender side as a widowed father attempting to run a zoo in this 'happy-sad feelgood drama' by Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire). Read more

Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Indie rockers Asian Kung-Fu Generation wrap up a short national tour in advance of next month's Nano-Mugen Fes., accompanied by US guitar band Ozma, Bloodthirsty Butchers and The Chef Cooks Me. Read more

Jasmine Kara
Of all the singers to have been touted as the 'next Amy Winehouse', Jasmine Kara is one of the most convincing candidates. Catch the Swedish-Iranian vocalist as she makes her Japan debut at the Blue Note. Read more

They've got a tour of the US, Canada and Australia planned later in the year, but Rolling Stones-loving quartet Zoobombs have an album release party in Tokyo to take care of first. Gellers and Gekitetsu support. Read more

Marc Chagall
The public's inexhaustible appetite for the work of Marc Chagall gets further stoked at Takashimaya this weekend, as 39 paintings by the Russian-French artist receive their first ever public showing in Japan. Read more

Ubik feat. Dave Aju
San Francisco tech house producer Dave Aju fashioned his new album, Heirlooms, from recordings inherited from his late father, a prolific jazz trumpeter. Expect to hear a few cuts when he DJs at Eleven tonight. Read more

Hyperdub Episode 1
One of the most innovative forces in the world of dubstep, bass music or whatever the heck you call it, the UK's Hyperdub label will be out in force at Unit, with sets from Kode9, King Midas Sound, DVA and more. Read more

Rhythmholic feat. Kenny Larkin
The funniest man in Detroit techno, producer and stand-up comedian Kenny Larkin makes his first-ever appearance at Womb tonight – fresh from signing up with Luciano's Cadenza Records stable. Read more

Patagonica DJ Contest
Local DJs duke it out for the prize of a free trip to Chile in the Japan final of this year's Patagonica DJ Contest, joined by the winner of the Chilean leg of the competition, Santiago-based spinner Marco Latrach. Read more

Electric Buzz
How's this for an impressive last-minute substitution? After Doc Martin cancelled his trip to Tokyo at the last minute, the organisers of Electric Buzz managed to draft in techno veteran John Acquaviva as a replacement. Read more

30 things to do in Tokyo this weekend
Friday | Saturday | Sunday

By James Hadfield
Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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