Today in London: Friday 16 November 2012

Comedy Music Theatre

Chickfactor 20

Hey, ever felt like going dancing on ice in the neoclassical courtyard at Somerset House? Well, good news, because the now-frozen SH courtyard is to be transformed into a glacial Ibizan paradise tonight via the first of a series of special and self-explanatory club nights on the building’s festive ice rink.

Tonight, White Isle party pros We Love present disco character Dimitri From Paris and Ministry Of Sound-signings The Cosmonauts, who’ll be DJing till late on “rink-side decks”. Rob Da Bank, Bugged Out, Nocturnal Groove, DJ Mag and Ibiza Rocks will host subsequent events spanning the winter months.

TODAY’S COMEDY CHOICES

Ava Vidal Goes Dutch, Stratford Circus, 16 Nov
Straight-faced London lady Ava Vidal questions notions of community and responsibility, no doubt in her own sharp and uncompromising style. Pre-bookings here.

No 5 Club presents… Loretta Maine, Shazia Mirza, Paul T Eyres and Phil Zimmerman, Drayton Court, 16 Nov
Manic alcoholic character Loretta Maine, the beautiful and astute Shazia Mirza, experienced Fringe comedian Paul T Eyres and ‘maverick’ joke-teller Phil Zimmerman take the stage at this Friday night club, tickets guaranteeing entry to which may be purchased here.

TODAY’S MUSIC CHOICES

Chickfactor 20: For The Love Of Pop!, The Horseshoe/Bush Hall/The Lexington, 16-18 Nov (pictured)
Back with its first print edition in a decade, US-based girl zine Chickfactor cherry-picks anti-indie Glasgwegans The Pastels and John Peel-beloved singer-songwriter Bridget St John to perform at its twentieth birthday mini-fest. Also playing are The Aislers Set, Amor De Dias, Would Be Goods, Tender Trap, Pipas, The Real Tuesday Weld, plus party-going guests can buy into a pop quiz and rarified screening of ‘Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story’. Details via chickfactor.com

TODAY’S THEATRE CHOICES

Merrily We Roll Along, Menier Chocolate Factory 17 Nov
Triple Olivier Award winning actress Maria Friedman directs a star-spangled staging of Stephen Sondheim’s 1982 musical. West End pros Damian Humbley, Jenna Russell and Mark Umbers appear first as cynical characters at a celeb party, and afterwards – when their 1960s past is made the play’s present – as their optimistic twenty-something selves. Roll over to buy tickets here.

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Posted: Friday November 9 2012