Thursday August 28th, 2014 14:02

Thursday 4 September 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Comedy In The Attic w/ Alfie Brown | Hackney Attic | 4 Sep
Combatant comic (and TW interviewee) Alfie Brown headlines this night of loft-based stand-up in Hackney, with likeable everyman Luke Graves, idiosyncratic entertainer Harriet Kemsley and Funny Women Awards Finalist circa 2013 Saskia Preston adding extra appeal to the bill. ‘Coach Trip’ star Joey Page is MC-ing for the duration, and entry is a mere fiver OTD, or in advance. Details and tickets here.

FILM/FESTIVAL: The Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival | various locations | 4-14 Sep
So, cinema fans, one of a crowd of trendy yet kid-friendly free-entry film fests taking place in the city at various intervals this year, the Peckham & Nunhead FFF with a selection of restored digitised shorts made by the Edwardian-era Gaumont Film Studios, which was based in Camberwell. There’ll be a live piano score playing alongside the films, which will be shown, aptly, at the Dog Kennel Hill Open Space in Camberwell! Latter highlights of the programme at large are a rooftop spool of Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’, a showing of the movingly monochrome ‘Nebraska’ in a deli, a bike-powered ‘Belleville Rendez-vous’ in the open air, a night of 100% free cinema at the usually pay-per-view Peckhamplex. Details here.

FILM/THEATRE: National Theatre Live presents… Medea | Barbican | 4 Sep (pictured)
Beaming live into the Barbican via the digi-miracle of ‘real-time streaming’, it’s the NT’s eerie adaptation of Euripides’ ultra-tragic spine chiller ‘Medea’. Directed by the dynamic Carrie Cracknell, the play stars Narcissa Malfoy aka stage/screen actress Helen McCrory as an exiled wife willing to do anything (anything) to keep her children close. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday August 28th, 2014 12:31

Wednesday 3 September 2014 in London

Land Of Our Fathers

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

MUSIC: Hyperdub 10th Anniversary Party w/Jessy Lanza Cooly G | Corsica Studios | 3 Sep
Hyperdub, the alt-dance label your grandma probably hasn’t heard of/will likely never hear of, invites the likes of pop oddment Dean Blunt, sleek R&B artiste Jessy Lanza and singer/rapper Cooly G to a) attend and b) play live at its tenth anniversary party. Lighting fires in the DJ booth tonight are Ikonika, Scratcha DVA and label boss Kode9. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fully Committed | Menier Chocolate Factory | 3 Sep – 15 Nov
TV’s Kevin Bishop gives his snappiest NYC accent as Sam Peliczowski, the man manning the reservations line at an eatery that’s essentially Manhattan’s Chiltern Firehouse, only not real. Add in a parade of blaggers and B-list celebs, a tyrannical boss and Sam’s failing acting career and well, a trip to ‘Fully Committed’ seems all set to be one heck of a great dinner date. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Land Of Our Fathers | Trafalgar Studios | 2 Sep – 4 Oct
Picture this; it’s 1979, Thatcher lives (and is PM), and six miners are wedged down a Welsh mine together for a whole fortnight. The West End premiere of Theatre503 and writer-in-chief Chris Urch’s greatly acclaimed coal-black comedy stars ‘The History Boys’ actor Clive Merrison as wiry old Bomber, a man who risks losing his voice against the din of Britain’s changing social landscape. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 27th, 2014 14:59

Tuesday 2 September 2014 in London

Katherine Araniello

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart | The Black Heart, Camden Town | 2 Sep
Following a stint sailing the high seas of the Edinburgh Fringe, Cap’n Josie Long re-opens her still-golden comedic trove, inviting fixed guest Nathaniel Metcalfe and some other TBC figures to dig into its spoils. And the premise of ‘Lost Treasures’, by the by, is that comedians present short sets revering people/things they think don’t get the credit they deserve. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Unlimited | Southbank Centre | 2-7 Sep (pictured)
A festival highlighting the vision, originality and capabilities of disabled artists, the SB Centre’s Unlimited will this year feature its patented, glass-ceiling-smashing array of theatre, dance, literature, visual art, stand-up and music. Leading the itinerary are the likes of Robert Softley Gale (who’ll share his show ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, a collation of real-life narratives of disability), playwright Julie McNamara’s wry portrait of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, a “theatrical piece that plays on life’s crutches” by Claire Cunningham, and ‘The Dinner Party Revisited’, which will see performance artist and character actress Katherine Araniello reprising her TV-screened soiree of 2011. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? | ICA | 2 Sep – 5 Oct
The ICA hosts showcase looking at the history of Arab pop culture through various printed matter (rare posters, diaries, book covers and the like) and via the moving media of film AND video. Having taken shape in the archives of Beirut-based cultural aficionado Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh, ‘Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?’ features pieces of art and advertising dating back to as early as the 1930s to the present day, many being presented in Britain for the first time, and all raising pertinent points on how the ‘popular gaze’ is constructed from within the Arab world. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 17:59

Monday 1 September 2014 in London

Chad Vangaalen

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Tig Notaro – Boyish Girl Interrupted | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 1 Sep
Having first gained poignant notice in 2012 after confirming, live on stage at LA’s Largo, that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier that day, laidback American comedienne Mathilde ‘Tig’ Notaro is now back, “happy and healthy”, with her latest solo show ‘Boyish Girl Interrupted’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Chad Vangaalen | Oslo | 1 Sep
Calgary’s #1 garage-rock scrap man, the amazing Chad VanGaalen, plays live at Oslo all for the love (and sales) of his brillo latest LP, ‘Shrink Dust’, which is also the score to an animated sci-fi film he made titled ‘Translated Log Of Inhabitants’. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Aikainen | Arcola Theatre | 1-3 Sep
A multimedia meditation on time and temporality with a score generated by 3D-printed instruments, this experimental movement by Miika Hyytiäinen is (obvs) no ordinary opera. It plays on as part of the Arcola’s innovative Grimeborn festival, and features real-life vocalists Annika Fuhrmann and Frauke Aulbert singing against three voices on a 3D video screen. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 14:01

Friday 29 August 2014 in London

Red Bastard

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

CABARET: The Not Television Festival | Chelsea Theatre | 29-31 Aug (pictured)
Bringing over a heap of solo acts still ripe from the Edinburgh Fringe, this remote festival of comedy, cabaret and physical theatre is led, terrifyingly, by the bloblike spectre of pugnacious clown Red Bastard, who (try to keep in mind) is really a non-scary human man in disguise named Eric Davis. Also prominent on the bill are go-go gameshow host Miss Behave, a shamelessly heathen service by The Sunday Assembly, Tomás Ford’s dizzying Electric Midnight Cabaret, and Iranian writer-actor Nassim Soleimanpour, who reprises his acclaimed one-man show on isolation and exile, ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Raw Power Festival | Tufnell Park Dome | 29-31 Aug
Baba Yaga’s Hut pitches on a temp basis at the Dome for the latest cycle of its trippy psych weekender, presenting leftfield elders Acid Mothers Temple, longhaired rock coven Bo Ningen and Liverpool noisemakers Clinic as headliners; and besides them, the likes of The Oscillation, Shopping, Flamingods, and Black Moth. Plus on the side; DJs from pirate radio stations NTS and Resonance FM, a ‘giant’ merch area, and an open-air BBQ. And beer, litres and litres of beer. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Spoiling | Theatre Royal Stratford East | 29 Aug – 31 Sep
Also moving on from a ticket-shifting run at the E-Burgh Fringe, John McCann’s uncannily-timed power-play imagines a newly-independent Scotland, as the renegade Scottish Foreign Minister prepares to make a high-profile speech on her nation’s relationship with the remaining UK. Will she speak against the party? Or give in and toe the line? Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 15:45

Thursday 28 August 2014 in London

When I Think About The Universe I Laugh For No Reason

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Dave Gorman’s Screen Guild | Hackney Picturehouse Attic | 28 Aug
Despite being a pretty well kept-secret, Dave Gorman’s laptop-based comic showcase is always a quick-selling event, if a slightly unpredictable one. Hot on the htmls of his Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point* (*The Powerpoint)’, tonight’s real-life comic chat room of course has a routine from Gorman as its star attraction, but also a line-up of TBA stand-ups of Dave’s choosing. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: To Kill A Mockingbird | Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre |28 Aug – 13 Sep
Back to break hearts again following its highly-praised first stint at Regent’s Park last year, director Timothy Sheader et al’s brave staging of Harper Lee’s all-time(less) classic ‘Mockingbird’ stars a slightly tweaked cast from last time, with ‘Dead Poets Society’ actor Robert Sean Leonard replaced by great British thespian Daniel Betts as Atticus Finch. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: When I Think About The Universe, I Laugh For No Reason | Unicorn Theatre | 28-30 Aug (pictured)
Yeah well, I cry. Only kidding, kids! Because one inter-galactic reason to smile at least is this this devised piece by the Unicorn’s teen contingent (aka the theatre’s Young Company). Designed as an easily-relatable investigation into what makes us who we are,  ‘When I Think…’ profiles eight adolescents, all with wide-reaching existential questions – and littler queries like when and if they’ll ever have beards – to ask. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 15:21

Wednesday 27 August 2014 in London

Steen Raskopoulos

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Steen Raskopoulos – I’m Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business | Soho Theatre | 27-30 Aug (pictured)
Having flown in from Sydney to ‘do’ the Edinburgh Fringe (and do it pretty well indeed, having picked up a nomination for best newcomer in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards), flashy sketch slick Steen Raskopoulous now heads to the Soho Theatre to reprise his award-winning solo show, a blend of physical antics and many-faced, character-based bits. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Autobahn | King’s Head Theatre | 27 Aug – 20 Sep
Youngblood drama bods Savio(u)r act out US writer Neil LaBute’s latest piece ‘Autobahn’, a cycle of short vignettes in which ‘complicated’ characters travel America’s highways, making stops, starts and stalls along as they go. It’s all, basically, a bid to mirror the massive acclaim lavished on the company’s last play, a take on Thornton Wilder’s classic ‘Our Town’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Eye Of A Needle | Southwark Playhouse | 27 Aug – 20 Sep
This ‘graphic’ black comedy by Chris MacDonald hinges what happens when the very different lives of a binge-drinking Brit raver and a Ugandan gay rights activist clash. The former works in the UK Immigration Control, and the latter’s case lands on his desk. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 14:53

Tuesday 26 August 2014 in London

Kate Bush

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Luke McGregor – I Worry That I Worry Too Much | Soho Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Following his ‘facing fears’-themed show circa last year, and still bearing the shine of positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, buoyant Australian comic Luke McGregor is back with another anxious routine in the highly-strung ‘I Worry That I Worry Too Much’. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kate Bush Photo Exhibition | Snap Galleries | 26 Aug – 2 Oct
So no one got tickets to any of Kate Bush’s extravagantly-priced headline shows at the Eventim Apollo (which start tonight, BTW). That is a given. To those that didn’t, mind, here is a consolation prize for you all in the form of a photo show featuring KB-specific pics by Guido Harari (who helped define the ‘aesthetic’ of KB’s early releases, even styling her ‘look’ on the ‘Wuthering Heights’ single sleeve) and Gered Mankowitz (who did the ‘Hounds Of Love’ cover and promotional shots for 1989′s ‘The Sensual World’). Both have books coming out to chime with Bush’s big renaissance, and this is a way to show off lots of candid and rarely-displayed images of Kate at the time she’s most topical. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Avenue Q | New Wimbledon Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Inventive theatre crew Sell A Door – interviewed on ThisWeek here - nip quickly in to the New Wimbledon with their very excellent mobile interpretation of the highly funny n furry ‘Avenue Q’. An oft-poignant (if mainly silly) portrait of a cast of characters striving to ‘make it’ in a cold world, the ‘Sesame Street’-inspired musical satire featuring songs like ‘I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today’, ‘If You Were Gay’ and, my especial fave, ‘What Do You Do With A BA In English?’. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 19th, 2014 14:43

Monday 25 August 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Good Ship Comedy Club w/ Matt Richardson + Juliet Meyers + Mike Sheer + Chris Purchase | The Good Ship, Kilburn | 25 Aug
Babyfaced ‘Xtra Factor’ presenter Matt Richardson captains the comic convoy tonight in Kilburn, with shipmates in the shape of articulate comedienne Juliet Meyers, one-time Torontonian and totally “neat guy” Mike Sheer, and dedicated entertainment-enabler Chris Purchase. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Faded / Ministry Of Sound Carnival After Party | Ministry Of Sound | 25 Aug (pictured)
Ministry raves ‘bye bye’ to the final day of this year’s Notting Hill Carnival with this Faded all-nighter featuring live PA sets by Brit reggae lady Melissa Steel and Jamaican dancehall star Popcaan (that’s him in the photo), and DJ drop-ins from The Menendez Brothers, Rollo, CJ Beatz and Shorty Bless. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart | Banquet Records HQ, Kilburn | 25 Aug
NYC’s brightest, shiniest noise-pop-lings TPOBPAH appease their British fanbase with this intimate in-store show at Banquet Records, in so doing also highlighting the fact that their new LP ‘Days Of Abandon’ is still available in all good shops. Like, for instance, Banquet Records. Details and tickets here.

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Monday August 18th, 2014 13:44

Sunday 24 August 2014 in London

Notting Hill Carnival

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Slow Left Arm – Orthodox | Canal Cafe Theatre | 24 Aug
A dysfunctional two-man double act not quite equal to the sum of its parts (or so it’s claimed on the poster), “optimistic slacker” Mark and “tortured soul” Dom, aka Slow Left Arm, tonight haul in their first real show, a comic strip of sketches, songs and “bickering”. Details and tickets here.

EVENT/MUSIC: Notting Hill Carnival 2014 | various locations | 24-25 Aug (pictured)
Est 1964 and spreading like wildfire ever since, Notting Hill Carnival is now the biggest deal in the city’s festival itinerary, with this year’s W11-wide event featuring the usual vibrant mix of Caribbean eats, soca beats and Mas bands, as well as all the wine-ing, twerking, toilet-renting, Red Stripe-sipping, steel pan-playing and vital diversity-celebrating that go to make the parade a multi-cultural Bank Holiday party like no other. Whilst tomorrow’s vibe will probably prove more ‘turnt’, today’s family ambience is normally quieter, with both spilling over with all-star live and DJ line-ups, after parties and parallel celebrations presented by the likes of Rinse FMToddla T Sound, Red Bull, NTS Radio and Ministry Of Sound. Details here.

THEATRE: The Diary Of A Nobody | King’s Head Theatre | 24 Aug
It’s last orders for drama body Rough Haired Pointer’s adaptation of ‘Diary Of A Nobody’, a larger-than-life farce based on the “funniest book in the world” of the same name by Evelyn Waugh, which follows the pompous and hardworking Mr Charles Pooter. In Mary Franklin’s production, a cast of four actors takes on 45 parts, from ‘vulgar’ Gowing, to Borset The Butterman, to Sarah, the worst maid in all of literature. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 15th, 2014 15:05

Friday 22 August 2014 in London

Forget Amnesia

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Forget Amnesia w/ Haroon Mirza + Mark Fell + Okkyung Lee | Serpentine Pavillion | 22 Aug (pictured)
Audiovisual artists Haroon Mirza, Mark Fell and Okkyung Lee collaborate on this live Park Nights display of light-sound symbiosis, co-programmed by the Fiorucci Art Trust to coincide with Forget Amnesia, the festival and arts-travaganza taking place on the island of Stromboli. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The 99 Club w/ Joe Lycett + Matt Green + Bob Mills | Storm, Leicester Square | 22 Aug
An active presence on every TV panel game ever, chatty comic Joe Lycett tonight appears ‘IRL’ beside Matt Green and TV writer and funny guy Bob Mills. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Some Girl I Used To Know | Arts Theatre | 22 Aug – 13 Sep
Smiley smiley Denise off of ‘The Big Breakfast’ gives a little showbiz zhoosh to many pop hits of the 1980s and 1990s in this, her nostalgia-rich new solo musical. She plays a high-flying career girl who gets poked (on Facebook) by her ex-boyfriend, and so is sent on a sentimental trip of reminiscence. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday August 14th, 2014 16:50

Thursday 21 August 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Tasty Combo Go To Hell! | The Camden Head | 21-24 Aug
Tipped sketch crazies Tasty Combo present their new show, which is set in hell – hence the title. In it, a failed writer-of-skits considers making a pact with the devil in exchange for improved comic skills, but first asks old Satan to show him around a bit. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Goldfrapp | Royal Naval College | 21 Aug (pictured)
Stylish synthpop-ologist Alison Goldfrapp and band collaborator Will Gregory “can’t wait” (they claim) to play this one-time open air show, which slots nicely into this year’s Greenwich Music Time festival. It’s the pair’s only British show of 2014, and celebrates their sterling new LP ‘Tales Of Us’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: This Is The Kit | Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, Southbank Centre | 21 Aug
The Nest Collective and SB Centre present meadow-fresh folk ambience via This Is The Kit – aka Paris, Bristol-based singer-songwriter Kate Stables, who’s joined by a cast of unplugged guitarists, banjo players, hornblowers and laptop operators. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 12th, 2014 14:46

Monday 18 August 2014 in London

Troilus And Cressida

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The 99 Club w/ Ross Noble + Hal Cruttenden + Stefano Paolini | Storm, Leicester Square | 18 Aug
Keeping it 100 at this evening’s 99 Club is headliner and king-of-the-surreal Ross Noble, who’ll lollygag alongside naughty-but-nice stand-up Hal Cruttenden and Radio 4 mainstay Stefano Paolini. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FILM: Kid Koala – Nufonia Must Fall | Roundhouse | 18 Aug
Scratch DJ Kid Koala, is joined by the Afiara String Quartet in playing his original score to this special show and screening inspired by his graphic novel ‘Nufonia Must Fall’. Its scenes, which follow a jobless robot and a lonely office girl’s improbable love story, are recreated in mini sets by a team of puppeteers, with the action cinematically lit, filmed, and shown on a big cinema screen. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Troilus And Cressida | Tristan Bates Theatre | 18 Aug – 6 Sep (pictured)
On show alongside ‘Coriolanus’ as part of Lazarus Theatre’s ‘Our World At War Season’, it’s this bold modernisation of Shakespeare’s lesser-famed (if no less great) him-and-her tragedy ‘Troilus And Cressida’, in which two young lovers are torn apart against a frantic tableau of jealous, big battles, and the odd skirmish. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 12th, 2014 14:15

Sunday 17 August 2014 in London

Masud Milas

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Angel Comedy w/ Masud Milas | Camden Head, Islington | 17 Aug (pictured)
One of the Time Out Introduces Class Of 2014, “super chilled out” guy Masud Milas has now graduated from stand-up school, and is going pro as part of tonight’s Angel line-up. This evening’s heavenly comic host also features Nick Ewans, Nick Elleray, Elf Lyons, Suzy Wylde, Annie McGrath, Elliot Horn, Alex Paige, Lisa D’Aguiar, Jonny Drewek and Darrell Skipper, and by the way it’s FREE. Details here.

MUSIC: Dead Kennedys | Koko | 17 Aug
Punk lives! Presidential American band Dead Kennedys, of ‘Too Drunk To Fuck’ infamy, play what’ll likely be an exemplary set behind the re-release of their first seven-inch singles circa 1979-1982. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: What I Remember And How Things Will Be | The Rag Factory | 15-17 Aug
A play about first love from Emma Perry, ‘What I Remember…’ centres on Meredith and Tom, who get to meet following a twelve-year wait, onlt to find the wight of the past hanging heavily on them. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 8th, 2014 15:26

Saturday 16 August 2014 in London

A Guy Called Gerald

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

CABARET: Saturday Night At The Spiegeltent | London Wonderground | 16 Aug
Saturday nights at the London Wonderground’s flagship Spiegeltent space are a rather niche affair, so haters of silent disco vibes, and/or live circus and cabaret by the likes of fire-breather Aurora Galore, handbalancing man Sammy Dineen, contortionist Jo Foley, hoop acrobat Jessie Rose, and/or breakdancing crews needn’t apply to this evening’s event. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Perceptionists | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 16 Aug
Acclaimed musical funny-lady Tammy Stone, TW favourites Jo Ball and Jonathan Hansler, and on-point improv comic Yasser Kayani, are The Perceptionists, and together they do skewed impersonations in even weirder contexts. Like, for instance, Basil Fawlty on cookery show with some ghosts, or Inspector Clouseau at a speed-dating event. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: James Lavelle + Derrick May + A Guy Called Gerald | Koko | 16 Aug (pictured)
UNKLE‘s James Lavelle, Detroit techno pioneer Derrick May and acid rave innovator A Guy Called Gerald head up a larger-than-large dance line-up at Camden’s Koko, with their top sets following openers from DJs Richard Fearless (of Death In Vegas), Last Magpie, Barem, and a live appearance by French Kiwi Juice. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday August 7th, 2014 14:31

Thursday 14 August 2014 in London

The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Cafe 1001 Comedy Club w/ Nat Luurtsema + Tony Dunn + Laurence Tuck | Cafe 1001 | 14 Aug
Brilliant Jigsaw sketch trio member Nat Luurtsema (who’s solo in this case), “simultaneously enlightening, hilarious and reprehensible” stand-up Tony Dunn and comic oddment Laurence Tuck are all on show at Cafe 1001 for the bargain bin price of £5. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Luna Cinema presents… The Birds | Holland Park | 14 Aug
The hope is that life does not mirror art at this open-air showing of Hitchcock’s avian horror ‘The Birds’, which, for the unfamiliar, is about some birds. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face | The Jetty | 14 Aug – 28 Sep (pictured)
Innovative drama bizarros Shunt are giving little (okay, nothing) away as to what’s going on in ‘The Boy Who…’, apart from that the show is taking place in a Thameside space made from shipping containers, and that its narrative has some kind of link to Charles Kingsley’s ‘The Water Babies’, Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart Of Darkness’, and a strange man-child with a strange face. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 5th, 2014 14:28

Tuesday 12 August 2014 in London

Grumbling Fur

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Simon Evans – Leashed | Soho Theatre | 12-23 Aug
Esteemed ThreeWeeks interviewee Simon Evans, who isn’t a fan of wild n whiskey-snorting-type comedians, instead pays his respects to ‘Leashed’ entertainers like Frank Muir and Humphrey Littleton, also talking marriage, kids, and the limitations of life in the middle-class. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Grumbling Fur + Tim Burgess | Corsica Studios | 12 Aug (pictured)
Interplanetary psych cadets Grumbling Fur, aka experimental pairing Daniel O’Sullivan and Alexander Tucker, fly their strange and spangly new disc ‘Preternaturals’, which lifts off (aka is released) in tandem with tonight’s set. Part-time Charlatans man Tim Burgess also plays a solo acoustic show of his own, appearing again with his headliners-in-chief since he features on ‘Preternaturals’ track ‘Lightsinisters’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sinead O’Connor | Roundhouse | 12 Aug
The OG bald vocalist, Irish icon Sinead O’Connor, proves nothing compares 2 her tenth solo LP ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss’, which represents a fresh phase in her career (and her style), and is released this week. Well, yesterday (ie 11 Aug). She plays select tracks off it tonight, as well as her all-time defining hits. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 5th, 2014 14:06

Monday 11 August 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

THEATRE: Sleeping Truths Lie | Tristan Bates Theatre | 11-16 Aug
Actress/writer Melanie Hunter plays Anna, a coma patient trapped alone with her mind (oh, and a simple, biscuit eating, shape-shifting entity named Sammy), in this subconscious show laid kindly on as part of the Camden Fringe. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Brett Goldstein Tolerated This So His Children Will Be Next | Etcetera Theatre | 11-13 Aug
Skilled story-sharing comic Brett Goldstein follows his gift to last year’s Fringe field – a clever, “sincere and inventive” porn-themed show – with a nod to a Manic Street Preachers track, in which he alights nimbly on topics like sex, narcotics and Kevin Bacon. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Othello | Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe | 11-21 Aug (pictured)
Devising a topical (if pretty high-risk) new twist on Shakespeare’s classic play, the By Jove Theatre co instead make the titular ‘Othello’ a gay woman, even splicing newly-written speech and modern meaning into Shakey-P’s medieval text. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 1st, 2014 18:50

Saturday 9 August 2014 in London

Funk Da Cirque

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Comedy Carnival w/ Paul Sinha + Earl Okin + Pete Jonas | Bar Rumba | 9 Aug
The excellent Paul Sinha and “musical genius/sex symbol” Earl Okin are the main attractions at tonight’s Leicester Square-sited Comedy Carnival, along with a special guest ‘Mock The Week’ comedian, which is ring-led by Pete Jonas as MC. Details and tickets here.

DANCE/CIRCUS: Funk Da Cirque – Soul Trip | Roundhouse | 9 Aug (pictured)
Rock-steady street dance/acrobatics crew Funk Da Cirque, whose super-young cast are all aged 11-25, mix it up at the Roundhouse with a soulful show made up of b-boying, body percussion, waakin, boogaloo and even a human pyramid, damn it. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sink The Pink presents… Gloria’s | XOYO, Room 2 | 9 Aug
A five-week residential link-up between London nightspot XOYO and LGBT party clique Sink The Pink, Gloria’s is a crossover of on-point DJing by the likes of Seb Chew, Severino, Lemmy Ashton and Jonjo and ‘anything-goes’-type vibes. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 1st, 2014 18:45

Friday 8 August 2014 in London

The Closure Of Craig Solly

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Bill Bailey Unplugged | Leicester Square Theatre | 8-16 Aug
The one, the only Bill Bailey gives a reminder of his weird excellence with this no-frills ‘work-in-progress’ show in which no bells, nor whistles, nor owls feature even lightly. Details and tickets here.

FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY: Stanley Kubrick – New Perspectives | WORK Gallery | 8 Aug – 27 Sep
Marking the publication of a book of essays of the same name, the free-entry ‘New Perspectives’ exhibit centres on filmmaking icon Stanley Kubrick’s eye-popping cinematic style, especially highlighting the research and incredible attention to detail involved in creating the iconic ‘filmic spaces’ in ‘The Shining’, ‘Full Metal Jacket’, and ’2001: A Space Odyssey’. Details here.

THEATRE: Russell Kane – The Closure Of Craig Solly | Artsdepot | 8 Aug (pictured)
Usually sharp and silly comic Russell Kane comes over all dark in this pitch black one-man show, voicing violent gangland convict Craig Solly in a so-called ‘Closure Session’ designed to provide solace for the bereaved, with the audience acting as friends and family of Solly’s victims. Details and tickets here.

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