Today in London: Friday 1 February 2013

Music Theatre

Men Without Hats

Hey, so south London’s most acute-angled new skyscraper, The Shard (which still looks more like a very large teepee than a shard to me) is visitable/climbable to all as of today.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any passes left to view it in real life just yet, so this 360° digital vista will have to do until those are available. That, or this just-as-scenic cultural panorama…

TODAY’S MUSIC CHOICES

Acoustic Guitars: Michael Chapman & Thurston Moore, Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, 1 Feb
Jazz-folk great Michael Chapman partners with his no 1 fan, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, to play a non-electric set of classics and lesser-heard vintage hits. Details and tickets here.

Men Without Hats, Islington Academy, 1 Feb (pictured)
Safety-dancing new-wavers Men Without Hats are straying all the way from Canada to play a live date here, as represents part of the band’s first European tour in twenty years. The show will be a prime reminder that the band’s studio long player circa 2012, ‘Love In The Age of War’, is available to buy right this minute. Details and tickets here.

TODAY’S THEATRE CHOICES

Great Expectations, Vaudeville Theatre, 1 Feb – 1 Jun
Just in case the many, many film and TV versions we’ve seen in recent years haven’t sated the public’s appetite for Charles Dickens’ most lastingly popular text, tonight’s West End debut of Jo Clifford’s roving adaptation may prove just the ticket. Details and tickets here.

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Posted: Friday January 25 2013