Today in London: Thursday 15 November 2012
Thursday’s the new Friday, apparently, so take a glance at a range of deceptively Friday-esque culture mini-events going on tonight (NB: it isn’t Friday, it’s Thursday).
TODAY’S ART CHOICES
Death: A Self Portrait, Wellcome Collection, 15 Nov – 24 Feb 2013
The city’s most curious curiosity shop bequeathes its major (and free) new expo to the “iconography of death”. American antiques trader Richard Harris curates a collection of afterlife-themed art and ephemera; most notably a chandelier made of 3000 plaster-cast bones, rare prints by Rembrandt and Goya, ancient Inca skulls and a Mexican Day Of The Dead-devoted installation.
TODAY’S COMEDY CHOICES
Tim Key – Masterslut, Arts Theatre, 15 – 24 Nov (pictured)
Artist, poet and TW favourite Tim Key presents his immersive bathtime sequel to the award-attracting ‘Slutcracker’, a shapely set of vignettes, sonnets, short films and lite pornography worth wallowing in. Tickets and specifics via www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whatson
Under Dogs present… Bite Me! Comedy Jam, Camden Head, 15 Nov
Under Dogs endorse a superlative night headlined by comedienne Lou Sanders’ cat-loving character Pattie Brewster, as also features modest Canadian Mae Martin, he-poet AF Harrold and Oxford kook Iszi Lawrence. Info here.
TODAY’S CLASSICAL MUSIC CHOICES
Don Giovani – An ENO Undress performance, London Coliseum, 15 Nov
The ENO dispels opera’s elitist image via its new Undress initiative, inviting guests to attend an English-speaking recital of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovani’ wearing whatever they so choose, be that trainers, jeans, or an XL t-shirt with baked bean juice on it. I should mention clothes are mandatory, this isn’t a nude event. Anyway. Click this link to advance-book £25 passes encompassing a pre-performance talk and post-show drinks with cast and creative.
TODAY’S THEATRE CHOICES
The Promise, Trafalgar Studios, 15 Nov – 8 Dec
The Donmar, now about to end a three-year stop-over at Trafalgar Studios, entrusts playwright Penelope Skinner with a brand new English translation of Russian dramatist Aleksei Arbuzov’s WW2 saga, as stars Max Bennett, Gwilym Lee and Joanna Vanderham as three orphans surviving wartime Leningrad. Ticket links here.