Friday October 31st, 2014 00:01

Thursday 6 November 2014 in London

Dancer

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Weirdos All-Star Comedy Fundraiser | Camden Head | 6 Nov
A drive for donations towards fairly odd comic lot Weirdos’ Christmas charity pantomime; this tight-fitting fundraiser in the um… ‘intimate’ back room of the Camden Head features Weirdos’ greatest hitters John Kearns, Lou Sanders, Ben Target, Adam Larter, Joz Norris, Matthew Highton and… more. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/DANCE: Dancer | Battersea Arts Centre | 6-8 Nov (pictured)
Created by late theatre trailblazer Adrian Howells, this highly-praised softly pokes and prods at the idea of what it is to be a ‘Dancer’ (dahling) via Ian and Gary, two ordinary blokes happy to dance any time day or night; in jerky, camp and ethereal style, moving both visibly and invisibly. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: 2071 | Royal Court Theatre | 6-15 Nov
A cross-collaboration by ace, experimental playwright/director pairing Duncan Macmillan and Katie Mitchell, and world-leading scientist Chris Rapley too; ‘2071’ looks at the bearing climate change, and the ongoing population boom, is having on the planet. “Climate change is a matter of importance to everyone, but what to do about it is mired in controversy. What’s needed is a conversation. What do we owe future generations? How can we protect our children and grandchildren?”, asks the playbill. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 30th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 5 November 2014 in London

Kieran Hodgson

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Kieran Hodgson – French Exchange | Pleasance Theatre | 5 Nov (pictured)
On “hilarious and frankly horrifying” form at his last show – the “tour de force” that was ‘Flood’ – versatile character comedian Kieran Hodgson rings in his latest creation, ‘French Exchange’, by sharing with ‘l’histoire’ of a 2003 school trip to stay with a family in France. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Currency | The Place | 5-15 Nov
A ‘bonkers’ performance festival to tweak the mind and senses; The Place’s Currency will, in 2014, feature two wildly differing shows per night in the main theatre, and on the side, a series of ‘Blind Dates’ between British performers, ‘in conversation’ events, and food-and-art-based titillation c/o interactive cafe Hunt & Darton. Shaping the first-night are ‘Bruit De Couloir’ (a slow-motion ‘celebration of life’ by French circus/dance artist Clément Dazin), and Finnish pairing Anna Maria Häkkinen & Jarkko Partanen’s ‘Dig My Jockey’, an erotic look at fetishes, with an equine twist. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Longwave | Shoreditch Town Hall | until 8 Nov
A play articulated totally sans words; writer/director Chris Goode’s 100% silent ‘Longwave’ is the bleakly comic story of two scientist (played by Tom Lyall and Jamie Wood) living together in a shed, in the middle of nowhere. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 29th, 2014 10:33

Tuesday 4 November 2014 in London

The Frida Kahlo Of Penge West

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart w/ Josie Long + Nathaniel Metcalfe | The Black Heart | 4 Nov
It’s all thrills, spills and comic spoils at The Black Heart tavern in Camden as Josie Long presides over another edition of her highly-decorated ‘Lost Treasures’ night, which is manned by cabin boy (and hilariously quippy stand-up) Nathaniel Metcalfe, and a crew of TBA guest acts. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Rosie Lowe | Concrete | 3 Nov
Rich-voiced synth-pop ladio Rosie Lowe spills her dark-dappled new track ‘Water Came Down’, and earlier singles, ahead of the TBA LP from which it came, which itself is set to be released ‘soon’ via Adele’s right hand man Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Frida Kahlo Of Penge West | Bridge House Theatre | 4-23 Nov (pictured)
A one-woman play inside a two-woman play (if you catch my meta-drift), writer-director Chris Larner’s dark and quick-witted ‘Frida Kahlo…’ is the story of Zoe, whose quiet life is erm… amplified when an old friend (vain, ambitious out-of-work actor Ruth) decides to stage a drama based on the life of a certain fiery Mexican painter. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday October 28th, 2014 00:01

Monday 3 November 2014 in London

Torobaka

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Bridget Christie – An Ungrateful Woman | Battersea Arts Centre | 3 Nov – 15 Dec
All-star comedian (and winner of last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award) Bridget Christie chases her beautifully biting ‘A Bic For Her’ – a show owing everything to the daily grind of pedestrian sexism – with ‘An Ungrateful Woman’, in which she highlights the awful practice of female genital mutilation; plus more trivial sidelines like salads and… Michael Gove. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Knightmare Live – Level 2 | Lyric Theatre | 3 Nov
Following a massively over-attended stint at the Edinburgh Fringe, this roaming stage adaptation of long-dead kids’ TV show ‘Knightmare’ is back in the capital, featuring a cast captained by Tom Bell as Lord Fear, not to mention lo-fi challenges, slapstick action, and a pair of scared-looking comedians as contestants. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Akram Khan + Israel Galván – Torobaka | Sadler’s Wells | 3-8 Nov (pictured)
Dance artist and kathak choreographer Akram Khan and a great of contemporary flamenco – the award-winning Israel Galván – collaborate to form ‘Torobaka’, a work that finds the pair defying classification to create a distinct combination of both’s go-to styles. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:43

Sunday 2 November 2014 in London

Catriona Knox

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Catriona Knox Thinks She’s Hard Enough | Pleasance Theatre | 2 Nov (pictured)
Ace character comedian Catriona Knox dives headfirst into a fancy dress box of “perfectly-pitched” personas in her top-reviewed, audience-interaction-heavy latest solo show; which features a recession-era TV chef, a crazed psychologist giving a TED talk, and a princely first birthday party. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/SPOKEN WORD: Dead Funny | Bloomsbury Theatre | 2 Nov
Robin Ince and Johnny Mains – co-editors of ‘Dead Funny’, a new book of short horror stories by comedians, co-host this series of live readings and deathly lite entertainment by many of the writers featured in the grisly tome. Josie Long, Charlie Higson, Stewart Lee, Steve Pretty, Joanna Neary, and Mains and Ince themselves, are all in the bag so far, with more shadowy figures still TBA. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Peggy Sue & The Choir Of Echoes | Bussey Building | 2 Nov
Gnarly girl-girl-boy folkists Peggy Sue celebrate their hale and hearty third LP ‘Choir Of Echoes’ with, for one show, a real-life Choir Of Echoes comprised of covers band Deep Throat. The event, which takes place via this year’s London-wide Illuminations fest, will begin with a solo set by theatrical singer Jesca Hoop, and will feature live improv by beatboxing/DJ-ing/composing man machine Cosmo Sheldrake. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:40

Saturday 1 November 2014 in London

MO

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Live At the Chapel w/ Pajama Men + Joe Wilkinson | Union Chapel | 1 Nov
It’s always a carefree PJ party with “infinitely clever and endlessly entertaining” ThisWeek-interviewees Pajama Men, headliners of this incarnation of the Invisible Dot’s Live At The Chapel, which also boasts nightclub-style PAs by Joe Wilkinson (aka the strangest thing to hit ‘Countdown’ since… erm, ever), Mae Martin, and Brett Goldstein. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: MØ | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 1 Nov (pictured)
Stage-diving, ponytail-whipping Danish popstar-with-bite Karen Marie Ørsted shows off ‘No Mythologies To Follow’, her stone-cold brilliant first LP, with support from rising Brit singer Raleigh Ritchie (aka part-time actor Jacob Anderson, who plays Greyworm in ‘Game Of Thrones’). Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Red Like Embers – Contemporary Voices From Brazil | Theatre 503 | until 1 Nov
Brazil is a nation that does nothing by halves; and its diversity is here represented in a carnival parade of plays written from the heart of Latin America’s most sensual land, as are featured on an instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast. Multi-award-winning dramatists like Jo Bilac, Newton Moreno and Marcia Zanelatto, as well as a rich seam of emerging writers, directors and actors, present a spread of uniquely-Brazilian works taking on the universal topics of sexuality, politics, religion and violence. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:38

Friday 31 October 2014 in London

Frizzi 2 Fulci

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: The Scary Halloween Show w/ Sara Pascoe + Beard | The Invisible Dot | 31 Oct
A Hallows’ Eve splattered with gross jokes and harrowing join-in games (with horrible horrible prizes for the doomed winers), the last of the Invisible Dot’s Scary Halloween Shows for this year stars superlative quick-wit and character actress Sara Pascoe, “extremely talented” friends Rosa Robson and Matilda Wnek’s hairy sketch act Beard, plus the equally brill (and evil, deranged, etc) Ali Bryce and Beth Vyse. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: Frizzi 2 Fulci | Barbican | 31 Oct (pictured)
A classic Halloween alternative to tacky vampire fangs and ‘sexy’ skeleton onesies, the Barbican’s chill-tastic homage to master-movie-soundtrackist Fabio Frizzi and his blood brother in film, Italian director and ‘Godfather Of Gore’ Lucio Fulci, with a night of screenings of the pair’s greatest collaborative horror hits, not least ‘Zombie Flesh Eaters’, ‘Seven Notes In Black’ and ‘Manhattan Baby’. Live scores to all movies are provided by the F2F house orchestra, Alauda String Quartet and various vocalists. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Evian Christ Trance Party III | Corsica Studios | 31 Oct
Wavey beatsmith-to-Kanye, Evian Christ, re-teams with promotions firm Oscillate Wildly to present his third in a series of Trance Party nights, this scarily strong-looking one featuring Christ B2B with Mssingno, as well as Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu, Boothroyd, Danny L Harle, and probably a smoke machine. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:36

Thursday 30 October 2014 in London

Gein's Family Gift Shop

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Raising The Dead w/ Gein’s Family Giftshop + Thom Tuck + Adam Larter | Aces & Eights | 30 Oct (pictured)
NOT a human-eating robot‘ Alexander Bennett, via his This Is Not A Cult showcase, throws a spooky variety night (yeah, it’s a bit early – and so what?) featuring Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated trio Gein’s Family Giftshop (seen here identifying their ideal creepy trinkets with ThreeWeeks), vaguely unhinged This Is Not A Cult co-host Thom Tuck, Weirdos Comedy president Adam Larter and macabre character comic Milo McCabe. Details and tickets here.

DANCE/THEATRE: DV8 – John | National Theatre | 30 Oct – 13 Jan 2015
Based on over 50 frank interviews DV8 AD Lloyd Newson did with men re their sex and love lives; verbatim piece ‘John’ combines dance and dialogue to follow one man’s story from years of crime and drug use, into ‘a place unknown by most’. Containing strong language and nudity only suitable for adults, ‘John’ follows DV8’s acclaimed show ‘Can We Talk About This?’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Red Bull Culture Clash | Earls Court | 30 Oct
JME, Skepta, Wiley and the various MCs of London grime clique Boy Better Know are going crew-to-crew with A$AP Rocky’s all-American-rap A$AP Mob (aka A$APs Ferg, Nast, Ant et al); Rebel Sound’s David Rodigan, Shy FX and Chase & Status; and a rock-steady roster from reggae label Stone Love Jamaica in this year’s Red Bull Culture Clash, a Jamaican-PA-system-style battle in which all crews vie to make the most noise, and please/deafen the audience. There’ll be games like ‘The Selector’ (in which rappers/DJs are assessed on their choice of tracks), and ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ (in which opponents switch styles), whilst the finale is ‘Armageddon’, in which pretty well anything can happen, even the end of the world. Also, take-downs are mandatory. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 23rd, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 29 October 2014 in London

Who Do We Think We Are?

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

MUSIC: Real Estate | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 29 Oct
New Jersey-based collegiate rockers Real Estate, the indie band least likely to distress grannies (what with their wistful, linen-fresh songwriting style, and all), map their newest and so far, finest LP, ‘Atlas’, with a set of latest and greatest hits. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Romeo & Juliet | National Theatre, temp space | 29 Oct – 14 Oct
A short and, dare I say, snappy 60 minute edit of Shakespeare’s most-loved-play-about-love designated for pre-teens aged 8-12, script-shortener Ben Power and director Bijan Sheibani’s spin on ‘Romeo And Juliet’ finds the original story trimmed back to its bare bones, and given a contemporarily lite, exhilarating feel. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Who Do We Think We Are? | Southwark Playhouse | 29 Oct – 15 Nov (pictured)
This biographical first play by Sonja Linden and Visible Theatre is part-inspired by the lives and lineages of the company’s older cast; who last year talked over their family histories as a starting point for rehearsals. A kaleidoscope of stories dating back to 1914, with an added live score and a dash of physical theatre, ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ roves all over the world and the past 100 years, from Siberian POW camp, to the green and groovy fields of Woodstock, to Nagasaki at the time of the atomic bomb blast. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 20th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 26 October 2014 in London

The Pearl

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: The Sunday Show w/ James Acaster + Phil Wang | The Invisible Dot | 26 Oct
The Invisible Dot’s super-saver Sunday line-up has many winning attributes – not least £5 entry, cheapy pints and the stars of this particular edition, namely the highly-ThreeWeeks-rated and “very dry” James Acaster, “ready wit” Phil Wang and non-identikit sketch pairing Twins, and MC Mae Martin. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well (And Living In Paris) | Charing Cross Theatre | until 22 Nov
A big-name cast pays loving musical homage to late Belgian chanteur/actor Jacques Brel in this revue-esque ‘mini play’ mingling narrative and song, “from music hall to naturalism, political satire to rock concert”, said director Andrew Keates in his in-depth recent interview with ThisWeek. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Pearl | Greenwich Theatre | 26-27 Oct (pictured)
A stylised re-imagining of Steinbeck’s novella told via dance, verse, puppetry and a softly-softly piano score; Dumbshow’s critically-acclaimed ‘The Pearl’ dives down into the fable of a poor diver who finds the ‘pearl of the world’. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday October 19th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 25 October 2014 in London

Wet House

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET/COMEDY: Stand Up Tragedy – Tragic Horror | Hackney Attic | 25 Oct
A variety show/podcast with a downbeat (and for one time only, gory) twist, this certificate 18 iteration of Stand Up Tragedy features sad acts like surreal cabaret septet The Mechanisms, comedian and actress Sajeela Kershi, James McKay and Emily Snee. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: That Catherine Bennett Show | Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre | 25-28 Oct
A repeat feature at the SB Centre over the past year or so, it’s this inspirational skit by singing, ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award-winning performance artist Bryony Kimmings, who with her niece Taylor decides to play the ‘tween machine’ at its own tacky game by inventing a new kind of popstar. Catherine is into dinosaurs, bikes, pasta and friendship, not in ‘bling’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Wet House | Soho Theatre | until 16 Nov (pictured)
The unblinking first full script from Paddy Campbell – who gives a quick intro to the play via the ThisWeek London podcast – ‘Wet House’ is set in… well, a ‘wet house’, a hostel for homeless alcoholics in which drinking is permitted. Inspired by his own experiences, the story follows a young graduate who winds up working in such a place, looking at the singular circumstances of those living in, and staffing, the facility. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday October 18th, 2014 00:01

Friday 24 October 2014 in London

Mr Twonkey

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET/COMEDY: CON FU SE w/ Mr Twonkey | BL-NK | 24 Oct (pictured)
It’s 5* service (in weirdness stakes, if not the steak stakes, anyway) at cabaret chef and “bearded fantasist” Mr Twonkey‘s private eatery, which is only the first course of this most ‘CON FU SE’-ing of line-ups. Other plats ju jour include clowning loon Cheekykita, Weirdos oddity Ali Brice, dark Canadian comic Chris Betts and trippy city-mapper Jade The Tour Guide. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Bush Hall Presents… Tim Key | Bush Hall | 24 Oct
With wordsmith, ‘Single White Slut’ and hot TW London favourite Tim Key as the main draw, tonight’s Bush Hall-based comic strongbox also has time for reigning Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns, Australian stand-up and unabashed ‘knucklehead’ Felicity Ward, and an MC as good as any in the game, in the shape of the star of Channel 4’s ‘Man Down’, Mike Wozniak. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Nightmares On Wax + Peanut Butter Wolf | The Forum | 24 Oct
With his ‘greatest hits’ compilation on its way soon via Warp, Portishead/Massive Attack contemporary DJ Ease aka Nightmares On Wax headlines this extraordinarily high caliber live bill, curated by Soundcrash. His co-stars are Stones Throw Records boss Peanut Butter Wolf (who’ll do an AV show, and big-shot producers DJ Food, Paul White and Teebs. Details and tickets here.

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Friday October 17th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 23 October 2014 in London

The Radical Nude

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude | The Courtauld Gallery | 23 Oct – 18 Jan 2015 (pictured)
An in-parts explicit exhibition of skin-baring naked pics, ‘The Radical Nude’ celebrates the revelatory work of very late Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele, who in his brief artistic lifetime became (and is still known as) one of the most significant figures in the development of modern art. Radical, dude. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tom Wrigglesworth – Utterly At Odds With The Universe | Leicester Square Theatre | 23 Oct
Trailed by the mighty Mr Wrigglesworth himself (in his springtime chat with ThisWeek) as “80 minutes of hilarity, then ten minutes of an emotional free fall”, ‘Utterly At Odds…’ looks back on Tom’s relationship with his grandfather, incorporating poignant tapings of the two’s convos dating back to his childhood days. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: You Have To Forgive Me… | Ovalhouse | 23-25 Oct
Theatrical ideas man Brian Lobel’s ‘durational’ one-to-one show, in which he invites a single viewer to join him in bed and stream ‘Sex And The City’ for 45 mins. Apparently, it’s really an examination of intimacy, isolation and binge-watching, and also to a bid to trace the lasting significance of Carrie Bradshaw ten years on from the ‘SATC’ TV finale. Each performance will have an audience of one, and ‘pay what you like’ admission is only available to those that fill in, and pass, a 94-point questionnaire. Details here.

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Wednesday October 15th, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 21 October 2014 in London

The Curing Room

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Funny Women Players – A Journey To Enlightenment | St James Theatre | 21 Oct
Funny Women‘s on-side improv players (aka Emma Stroud, Annalea Doyle, Kate Heward, Lucy Frederick, Helen Goldwyn and Rebecca Darmody) make audience tips into into theatrical skits – like, there and then – paving the way towards the Holy Grail of enlightenment in aid of the Womankind Worldwide charity. And probably provoking the odd giggle on the way, too. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: ‘Site Specific’ Sweeney Todd | Harrington’s Pie & Mash | 21 Oct – 29 Nov
With Emma Thompon and the ENO’s astronomically in-demand ‘Sweeney Todd’ basically a no-go ticket-buying situation; this site-specific of Sondheim’s ‘Demon Barber’-themed thriller by Tooting Arts Club, based in an actual pie and mash eaterie (London’s oldest, in fact), might be a better bet. Seats are limited, and all gone for the time being, though TAC swear more will go on sale soon. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Curing Room | Pleasance Theatre | 21 Oct – 9 Nov (pictured)
One of the more um… ‘visually striking’ features of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, David Ian Lee and director Joao de Sousa’s raw, real and starkly comical ‘The Curing Room’ has an all-male, all-naked cast of seven, who play a band of Soviet soldiers imprisoned by the Nazis and left to starve in a cellar. Loosely based on actual events, the play follows the men as they try to stay alive at any cost. Details and tickets here, and check out this week’s Podcast to find out more.

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Tuesday October 14th, 2014 00:01

Monday 20 October 2014 in London

2001

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: The Hidden Gems Of The Edinburgh Fringe w/ Wil Hodgson + Mat Ewins | Prince Of Wales, Brixton | 20 Oct
Outlandish comic Wil Hodgson comes over all historical with his solo show ‘You Will Be Taken From This Place’, looking back on stories of strange-but-true executioners, and hangings, of old; whilst Mat Ewins plays his own incarnation of ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ in a bionic spy thriller that has to be seen to be… well, still not believed. Both Fringe features play at the height of a week of Prince Of Wales-hosted ‘Hidden Gems’, which also includes drop-ins by Michael Brunstrom (alias The Human Loire), Richard Tyrone-Jones and Sh!t Theatre. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: TAO Dance Theatre – 6 & 7 | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 20-21 Oct
Beijing dance instructor Tao Ye’s latest work, a double-bill; consists of ‘6’, in which a cast of six dancers move in unison against a shifting backdrop of abstract light; and its natural sequel ‘7’; a continuation of his fascination of ritual and precision that’s soundtracked by acoustic noises made by the dancers own bodies. Both numbers are also scored with commissioned music from Chinese composer Xiao He, and play under this year’s Dance Umbrella festival. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Sci-Fi – Days Of Fear And Wonder | BFI Southbank | 20 Oct – 31 Dec (pictured)
Boasting an itinerary of film and TV replays the size of a small (and possibly inhospitable) planet; the BFI’s super-massive new sci-fi season (basically imagine every single science fiction movie or show you’ve have/haven’t ever seen, ever) is split very precisely into three segments; ‘Tomorrow’s World’, ‘Altered States’ and ‘Contact!’, and starts by spooling all the way back to game-changing filmmaker Fritz Lang’s 1927 genre signifier, the dystopian ‘Metropolis’, in all its restored-in-2010 glory. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 13th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 19 October 2014 in London

Greg Proops

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Greg Proops – The Smartest Man In The World | Soho Theatre | 19 Oct (pictured)
Reliable hilarity now from quick-thinking master-of-improv Greg Proops, who in his modestly-titled solo show, aka the ‘Proopcast’, simply sits on a chair, at a table, with a microphone, and shows what sparkling conversationalist he really is. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Oxjam Shoreditch Takeover | various locations, Shoreditch | 19 Oct
Taking over six modishly tiny bars and ‘spaces’ for a good-sized programme of shows, Oxjam’s Shoreditch edition (which is, clearly, a charitable event) this year presents acts such as Kieran Leonard, DJ Tayo, Courtly Love, Ben Gomori and Chris Coco. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: MilkMilkLemonade | Ovalhouse | until 25 Oct
Profiled in this recent ThisWeek interview, Joshua Conkel’s ‘bittersilly’ Stateside hit ‘MilkMilkLemonade’ follows a ribbon-dancing boy, Emory, his chicken/best friend Linda, and centrally, says Ovalhouse’s co-AD Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, the “messed up way we think about gender and sexuality”. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday October 12th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 18 October 2014 in London

Paul Foot

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Paul Foot – Hovercraft Symphony In Gammon # Major | Bloomsbury Theatre | 18 Oct
One of the real beautiful freaks of the comic scene, sylvan wit Paul Foot kicks his latest show into gear, which is apparently it’s ‘to do with’… erm, fish or something? Oh well, here’s the synopsis: “Glistening in the wake of last night’s pearl saga, premium line-caught Sally’s clam fist choir socks it to the salt babes big time baybayyyy. Cutlery cage enquiries? First come, first preserved”. I give up. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/SPOKEN WORD: Nicholas Parsons – Just A Laugh A Minute | Cutty Sark Studio Theatre | 18 Oct
Radio and real life personality Nicholas Parsons sorts through the memorabilia of his showbiz life’s work and play, throwing in the odd bit of mimicry to make the stories more vivid. Details and tickets here.

KIDS/THEATRE: Flat Stanley | Polka Theatre | 18 Oct – 2 Nov
Send via airmail c/o award-winning children’s playwright Mike Kenny, ‘Flat’ Stanley Lambchop, the boy so paper-thin he can fit in the postbox, appears in a singing, dancing – and flat fingers crossed, no shredding – musical based on the book by Mike Brown. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday October 11th, 2014 00:01

Friday 17 October 2014 in London

Stewart Lee

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Roar With Laughter w/ Sean Lock + Ed Byrne + Stewart Lee | Hammersmith Apollo | 17 Oct (pictured)
Sporting a host of not-at-all-naff comics certain to make the most of their limited time slots, this live entertainment benefit in aid of the Zoological Society Of London features the above-named creatures, and also smiley Lucy Porter, DJ Greg Burns, him-with-the-ringlets Seann Walsh, Irishman nonpareil David O’Doherty and Phil ‘The Power’ Nichol. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Shadows Of War | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 17-18 Oct
Part of the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s autumnal trip to Sadler’s Wells is this mixed triple-bill of works, all tied by their common theme of conflict. First is Kenneth MacMillan’s Maurice Ravel-scored ‘La Fin du Jour’, an elegy to a decadent 1930s lifestyle lost to WW2. Dame Gillian Lynne’s special recreation of Robert Helpman’s 1940s Glasgow-based ‘Miracle In The Gorbals’ is next; and to close the programme, David Bintley contrasts Scotland’s natural beauty with its bloody history in ‘Flowers Of The Forest’, which is set to scores by Malcolm Arnold and Benjamin Britten. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fort G | Battersea Arts Centre | 17-18 Oct
Netherlands-hailing theatre ensemble Gehring & Ketelaars present this play based on two close-knit sisters, whose lives start to drift apart when their father dies. Details and tickets here.

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Friday October 10th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 16 October 2014 in London

William Morris

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART/EXHIBITION: Anarchy And Beauty – William Morris And His Legacy | National Portrait Gallery | 16 Oct – 11 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Victorian artist, craftsman, writer and all-over visionary radical William Morris, him of printed floral wallpaper fame, is paid homage to in a spotlit showcase of his portraits, furniture, textiles, homeware and personal paraphernalia – many pieces of which are on display for the first time in all of time. Arranged alongside his work are bits n bobs by his contemporaries Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones; plus a horde of books, jewellery, ceramics and clothing by Morris inspirees like Eric Gill, Terence Conran and Bernard Leach. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stuart Laws – When’s This Gonna Stop | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 16 Oct
Oi, it’s ya boy, the spontaneous and slightly unhinged Stuart Laws, who in his Edinburgh-Fringe-reprising solo show ‘When’s This Gonna Stop’ will toy with topics like catchphrases, gibbons, Billy Joel, spiders and ‘Donnie Darko’. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Rocío Molina – Bosque Andora | Barbican | 16-18 Oct
Skirt-tossing first-lady-of-flamenco Rocío Molina choreographs and stars in this dance based around the ‘animal’ instinct for survival, as a cast of two male dancers and six musicians accompany Molina in a whirl of drama, sound looping and, of course, some moving; all with a crisp and distinctly non-‘trad’ aesthetic. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 13:43

Wednesday 15 October 2014 in London

The Rivals

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Rembrandt – The Late Works | National Gallery | 15 Oct – 18 Jan 2015
The rather disastrous autumn years of Dutch artist Rembrandt’s life are the focal point of this seasonal major show, which traces his increasingly radical and expressive style in an array of bold and self-examining paintings and prints, most emblematic of all his warts-and-all ‘Self Portrait At The Age Of 63′, which was finished in the final year of his life. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Mostly Comedy w/ Phil Kay + Luke Benson + Lou Sanders | Leicester Square Theatre | 15 Oct
“Bright and sparky” two-man package Doggett & Ephgrave host an in-the-mainly-comic night of… well… ‘Mostly Comedy’ by “accommodating” master-narrator Phil Kay, Amused Moose Laughter Awards finalist 2014 Lou Sanders, and tall class clown Luke Benson. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Rivals | Arcola Theatre | 15 Oct – 15 Nov (pictured)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s witty five-act society play circa 1775 is updated under the guidance of Selina Cadell. Gemma Jones stars as the formidable and gaffe-prone Mrs Malaprop, and Nicholas Le Prevost is Sir Anthony Absolute, a rich aristocrat whose son/heir pretends to be poor in order to woo the sentimental Lydia Languish. Details and tickets here.

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