Saturday April 12th, 2014 14:22

Easter Bank Holiday 2014 in London

Anna Karenina

ThisWeek’s tipped events THIS EASTER WEEKEND IN LDN are…

COMEDY: Adam Buxton – Kernel Panic, Duchess Theatre, 21-25 Apr
Switching his ‘Kernel Panic’ solo show off and on again following its mega-well received premiere last year, MacBook Captain Adam Buxton is back again to mine the digital depths of the internet, and present his findings in a comical www.ay. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Susan Calman – The 68 Comeback Special, Udderbelly, 19 Apr
Only a small pool of stand-ups are capable of packing out the Udderbelly tent without giving out any info on what the routine will actually be about, and the unfailingly smart and funny Susan Calman is one. Things you should know about ‘The 68 Comeback Special’ are that a) Susan is in it, b)  She may talk about cats and jogging, but not at the same time, and c) It’ll be as much fun as you want it to be. And that’ll have to do. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Torriano Preview Mini-Festival feat Lou Sanders + Garrett Millerick + Bec Hill + Sarah Bennetto, The Torriano (Kentish Town), 20 Apr
This entirely free-entry event is a feast of pre-Edinburgh Fringe previews by the likes of side-splitting little gem Bec Hill, the brilliantly unhinged Lou Sanders (and ‘Another Great Show’), brash soapbox comic Garrett Millerick (and his show, ‘The Unbearable Shitness Of Being’), and “exhilerating” entertainer (and “dick”, says Tony Law), John-Luke Roberts. Details here.

DANCE: Eifman Ballet’s Anna Karenina, English National Opera, 19 Apr
Boris Eifman’s Russian ballet corps is back with its bold and brawny take, circa 2005, on Tolstoy’s literary love lockdown, dancing to a grand, gripping Tchaikovsky score. Details and tickets here.

DANCE/THEATRE/KIDS’ SHOWS: Family Weekend, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 18-19 Apr
As well as the weekend’s main events – balletLORENT’s Carol Anne Duffy-scripted spin on ‘Rapunzel’, and gobbledegook’s interractive fantasy setpiece ‘Deep Into The Woods’ - Sadler’s Wells Theatre’s yearly Family Weekend presents a series of kid-friendly treats, games and activities over the Easter break. Details and tickets here.

FILM: James Dean Season, BFI Southbank, 18-30 Apr
The BFI shows state-of-the-art digital restorations of the only movies Hollywood’s coolest nonconformist made in his life, ‘Giant’, ‘East Of Eden’ and ‘Rebel Without A Cause’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: CONVERGENCE, various locations, 18-27 Apr
A series of East London-wide live shows, talks and events linked by a single theme: the ‘Convergence’ (get it?) between technology and art, Convergence will lend its banner to special nights featuring acts like Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie, Jacques Greene and Booka Shade; and this year’s Denovali Swingfest, whose line-up includes Anna Von Hausswolff, The Haxan Cloak, Ulrich Schnauss and Hidden Orchestra. And a screening of sci-fi film ‘Silent Running’ with a live-score by 65daysofstatic. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Record Store Day In-Stores, Rough Trade East/Rough Trade West, 19 Apr
Rough Trade’s two London-based retailers, and the one in NYC, will play host to some nice noisy parties on this year’s Record Store Day, all three featuring live bands and DJs. Rough Trade East will soundtrack many a vinyl-shopping-trip with in-store shows from the likes of indie superduo Bernard Butler & Ben Watt, plus Toy, East India Youth, Younghusband, J Spaceman, and The Amazing Snakeheads. And Trevor Jackson and Django Django shall spin discs. Rough Trade West’s in-house line-up has Adam Ant, Slow Club, Eyedress and Edwin Collins all playing live. Details here.

OPERA: La Traviata, Royal Opera House, 19 Apr – 20 May
Richard Eyre’s vivid adaptation of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ (aka ‘The Fallen Woman), a tragic portrait of a love-blind Parisian courtesan, has American soprano Ailyn Pérez and the Bavarian State Opera’s Diana Damrau sharing the part of Violetta. Details and tickets here.

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Friday April 11th, 2014 14:22

Thursday 17 April 2014 in London

Matisse Cut-Outs

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature scissors-and-paper shapes by the great Henri Matisse, Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, and a triad of tipped rock/alternative acts: PINS, Francis Lung, and Kagoule. And free pizza…

ART: Henri Matisse – The Cut Outs, Tate Modern, 17 Apr – 7 Sep (pictured)
The Tate M displays art giant Henri Matisse’s snip-and-paste series, which he began making in latter life once ill-health had prevented him from painting. This is the first time so large a number of his paper ‘gouaches découpées’, which include the famous ‘Blue Nudes’ and the large-scale ‘Snail’, have gone on show at the same time, in the same place. Details and tickets here.

FILM: The Bigger Picture, presents… Rust & Bone, East Dulwich Tavern, 17 Apr
Pop into the EDT tonight if you want to watch Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts having one whale of a Palme d’Or-nominated love affair, which first came out in 2012 c/o award-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Lock Tavern Festival, Lock Tavern, 17-20 Apr
This year’s LT Fest, a string of free-entry parties featuring DJs, live bands, and pizza-based ambiance, begins this evening at 6pm with a line-up including Mancs rock ladies PINS, melancholic pop soloist Francis Lung and noisy teen trio Kagoule, with guest turntablists Semi-Deluxe and Richie Sanks, and Big Deal, Girl Band, Seekae, DEMS and Pablo Nouvelle buoying things up over the subsequent days. Free slices of pizza will be given on arrival to those RSVP-ing pre-the event via Billetto. Details here.

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Saturday April 5th, 2014 14:23

Friday 11 April 2014 in London

This Prismatic Room

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature National Theatre treasure Simon Russell Beale, early evening gags with Bec Hill and Jim Smallman, and varied psychedelic vibes via bands like The Proper Ornaments, Boogarins and TOY…

COMEDY: An Appointment With Martin, The Proud Archivist, 11 Apr
Acting as a… what I call a ‘teatime appetiser’ pre the first of Miranda Hart’s ginormous solo stand-up shows at The O2 (which is tonight) this 4.30pm appointment with ‘Pun Run’ medallist Bec Hill, funny urbanite Jim Smallman, small n bearded satirist Tiernan Douieb and Steve Hall (once of sitcom trio We Are Klang) encourages you, if your boss says it’s okay, to bunk off work and go have a late-afternoon laugh. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Bad Vibes Weekender feat The Proper Ornaments/TOY/Lumerians/Gap Dream/Boogarins/Blue Angel Lounge, Shacklewell Arms, 11-13 Apr
Like psych? If so, why not go hide away in at the back of the Shack, in its ‘Prismatic’ batcave, and take in warm and waxy vibes via a trove-load of the live bands playing there this weekend. Like, for instance, today’s headliners, the dreamily decorative The Proper Ornaments, and also moody rock longhaireds TOY, Californian band Gap Dream, Brazilian pairing Boogarins, and mindbending Frisco crew Lumerians. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: King Lear, National Theatre, 11 Apr – 2 Jul
Still reaping serial great reviews at the National Theatre, Simon Russell Beale slips back into playing Shakespeare’s tyrannical yet fragile ageing king in this Sam Mendes-directed adaptation. Details and tickets here.

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Friday April 4th, 2014 08:57

Thursday 10 April 2014 in London

The Winter's Tale

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature masterful Royal Ballet choreog Christopher Wheeldon, calcium-rich Udderbelly comedians Tony Law, Andrew Maxwell and Vikki Stone, and the writer of the much-lauded ‘This House’, playwright James Graham…

COMEDY: Udderbelly Opening Gala, Udderbelly Southbank, 10 Apr
The capsized purple ungulate moo-st commonly known as the Udderbelly, which is back, on its back, on the Southbank for a long, hot summer of artistic thrills, throws its annual first-night gala in the company of some of the acts who’ll be titivating its teats over the next twelve weeks. Like, for instance, cash-cow comics Andrew Maxwell, Tony Law, Brendon Burns, Phil Nichol, Mark Dolan and Vikki Stone, the cast of musical improv biz-kids The Showstoppers, and Victorian magicians Morgan And West. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: The Winter’s Tale, Royal Opera House, 10 Apr – 8 May (pictured)
The Royal Ballet and Christopher Wheeldon look to make light work of this unenviable (and unseasonal) dance-interpretation of Shakespeare’s frost-bitten romance, the company’s first adaptation of one of the Bard’s plays since Macmillan’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in 1965. Leading ballerinas Lauren Cuthbertson and Marianela Nuñez alternate the part of the beautiful Queen Hermione, whilst Edward Watson and Thiago Soares share Leontes, King of Sicily. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Privacy, Donmar Warehouse, 10 Apr – 31 May
James Graham’s new play, a pressing investigation into the ‘sharing of personal information’ in the digital age, taps real interviews with analysts, writers and politicians to ask the audience straight-out: how much do we really give away about ourselves online? Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday March 26th, 2014 05:12

Tuesday 1 April 2014 in London

A Small Family Business

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature April Fools Lucy Beaumont and Phill Jupitus (him, twice), magic man Ali Cook, solo dramatist Ira Brand, and a good old Alan Aykbourn stage-play…

COMEDY: Fools’ Week, Drayton Theatre, 1-5 Apr
Why limit April Fool-ishness to a single day, when you can make the springtime silliness last for five? Exactly. Anyway, getting this irreverently funny mini-fest started this evening are big-man-on-’Buzzcocks’ Phill Jupitus and BBC Comedy Award-winning Hull girl Lucy Beaumont, with John Hastings, Angela Barnes, Milo McCabe, Carly Smallman and Alex Edelman all set to appear hereafter. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A Small Family Business, National Theatre, 1 Apr – 31 May
Alan Ayckbourn’s rowdy comic exposure of entrepreneurial greed and corruption returns to the site of its 1987 premiere. Jack McCracken, a man of principle, takes over his dad-in-law’s family firm, and finds in himself a well of self-interest which reaches a grim climax. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: First 2014 – A Festival Of Solo Performances, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1-19 Apr
Starting tonight with Ira Brand’s ‘A Cure For Ageing’ – a piercing celebration of life and its inevitable decline – and, by contrast, all-star magician Ali Cook’s ‘The Art Of Astonishment’, this intimate array of one-man shows also has space on its programme later this month for comedians Grainne Maguire, Rosie Wilby, Ivo Graham and Shappi Khorsandi; moving theatre solos from Lucy Hopkins and Yuni Shin; light and heavier-hearted cabaret; and Phill Jupitus posing as Porky The Poet in his first longform prose show. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday March 20th, 2014 16:03

Wednesday 26 March 2014 in London

La Meute

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature a white-knuckle Russian circus swing, a vampiric romance, and a portrait of a pauper’s funeral…

FESTIVAL: CircusFest 2014, Roundhouse, 26 Mar – 21 Apr (pictured)
Five glittering weeks of agile big-top shenanigans begin this evening with Bertil Nilsson’s cleverly-lit commission ‘Luminescence’, a light-hearted aerial riff on femininity in ‘Expectation’, and the British premiere of French piece ‘La Meute’, aka ‘The Wolf Pack’, in which a gang of acrobats use a giant ‘Russian Swing’ to hoist themselves high in air. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Let The Right One In, Apollo Shaftesbury, 26 Mar – 27 Sep
Following a flit from its last seat at the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre Of Scotland reprises its chill and spiny adaptation of the acclaimed Swedish (and now, Hollywood) film-story of a little girl vampire’s oddly warming relationship with a mortal boy. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Nine O’Clock Slot, Red Gallery, 26 Mar
Fire&Ice, specialists in shining a light on human rights in their theatre, confront the rising instance of the ‘pauper’s funeral’ in present-day Britain via an immersive 360° mix of film, choreography, spoken-word poetry,  physical comedy, song and dance. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 15th, 2014 10:46

Saturday 22 March 2014 in London

This Is The Moon, That Is The Earth

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature the fiery Ms Ruby Wax, bowling ‘The Big Lebowski’-style, and an anti-’Gravity’ space skit…

COMEDY: Ruby Wax – A Sane New World, Blackheath Halls, 22 Mar
Drawing, as in past shows, on her experiences of living with depression, Ruby Wax’s edu-taining ‘Sane New World’ finds her dissecting (not literally) the human brain and psyche, and asking how we can rewire our thinking and find calm. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Big Lebowski Party, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, 22 Mar
The Bloomsbury shows big love for the Coen Brothers’ psychedelic ten-pin film of 1998, paying its respects to The Dude and his crew with themed DJ sets, a live rep by Americana blues bands, white russians on tap, and an optional fancy dress contest. And the bowling, of course, with a side of other Coen Bros’ flicks, like ‘True Grit’ and ‘No Country For Old Men’ showing in-house at the Bloomo’s cinema. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Sprint 2014 – This Is The Moon, That Is The Earth (We Are Here, We Are Here), Camden People’s Theatre, 22 Mar
An Ovalhouse co-production playing as part of this year’s Sprint theatre festival, Gameshow’s ‘This Is The Moon…’ finds a pair of wannabe astronauts taking a haphazard quest into deep space. They’ll play games, play for laughs, and dance around to rock n roll. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 15th, 2014 09:26

Friday 21 March 2014 in London

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature sad (tonight) comedy types The Beta Males, MJ Hibbett and Michelle Madsen, LOLs-leaches Brendon Burns and Ben Target, and a heavy load of human rights films…

COMEDY: Leach On Laughter feat Brendon Burns/Ben Target/Tom Deacon/Wouter Meijs, Record Club, 21 Mar
**This show has been cancelled due to refurbishments**
Jeff Leach introduces a mob of stand-up bloodsuckers, including frequent ThreeWeeks columnist and Edinburgh Fringe legend Brendon Burns, propsmaster Ben Target, BBC Radio 1′s Tom Deacon and Dutch dazzler Wouter Meijs. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stand Up Tragedy feat The Beta Males/MJ Hibbett/Michelle Madsen/Drunken Chorus, Hackney Picturehouse, 21 Mar
A very British night of misery-themed skits climaxing in a ‘cathartic sing-a-long’, this so-sad-it’s-happy comic showcase co-stars melancholy moaners The Beta Males, wonderful comedy music man MJ Hibbett, poet/peformer Michelle Madsen and drama throng Drunken Chorus. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, various locations, – 28 Mar (pictured)
Bringing to light various human rights abuses, and at the same time building a forum for discussion, London’s annual HRWFF incorporates films from all over the world. From Africa, searching Madiba doc ’Mandela: The Myth and Me’, to a string of shorts on life in wartime Syria, to aspirational Iranian feature ‘Sepideh’, no topic is off limits. Details and tickets here.

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Friday March 14th, 2014 10:32

Thursday 20 March 2014 in London

Lilting

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature a myriad LGBT films, high-security comic duo Den & Ray, and a wise owl story…

COMEDY: Den & Ray present… Got It Covered Comedy, The Lion, 20 Mar
Bro-sis duo James and Becky Bone, in character as cockney bouncers and Hoxton Radio co-hosts Den and Ray Jenkins, hustle in guest punters Dane Baptiste, Sarah Callaghan and top dog Tony Law. Details and tickets here.

FILM: BFI Flare – London LGBT Film Festival, various locations, 20-30 Mar (pictured)
Back with a fiery new title and, as ever, an excellent array of LGBT films, this year’s Flare Festival celebrates its first night by screening of Hong Khaou’s Ben Whishaw-starring ‘Lilting’ (pictured), with the following ten days featuring movies like ‘The Last Match’, a Cuban tale of sexual awakening, poignant doc ‘Valentine Road’, director Nejc Gazvoda’s playful night-time intermission ‘Dual’, and a lengthy itinerary of industry events. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Puffball, Battersea Arts Centre, 20-22 Mar
It might sound cutesy, but ‘Puffball’, in which a woman finds and takes care of an injured owl, is something much more profound than just a funny puff-piece. In fact, it’s Caroline Williams’ real-life story, a show about fear, hope and human frailty. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday March 12th, 2014 10:32

Tuesday 18 March 2014 in London

Father Nandru And The Wolves

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature a jurassic cabaret, a grand Victorian organ, and a Romani folk tale…

CABARET: Cabarera feat Spencer Jones/Huntington & Hutt/Short & Curly, The Miller, 18 Mar
Lounge lizard Spencer Jones and pals present an era-themed evening of stand-up and cabaret, which tonight is based on the time dinosaurs walked the earth. Scaly sketch acts Huntington & Hutt and Short & Curly will perform prehistoric skits, with actress/comedians Rebecca Shorrocks and Susan Harrison acting as jurassic park wardens. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Pull Out All The Stops, Southbank Centre, 18 Mar – 7 Jun
Organised around the Royal Festival Hall’s grand Victorian organ, which is now in full working order once more following six-years of restoration, this large-scale organ-athon has on its programme contemporary commissions from John Tavener and Peter Maxwell Davies, installations incorporating the organ by artists Martin Creed and Lynette Wallworth, and an array of galas and recitals featuring major organ works not heard at the RFH for a long, long time. Details here.

THEATRE: Father Nandru And The Wolves, Wilton’s Music Hall, 18 Mar – 18 Apr (pictured)
The last full-scale production at the historic Wilton’s before the builders move in to restore it, award-winning playwright Julian Garner’s larger-than-life puppet adaptation of this fantastical Romani folk tale features a live gypsy band. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 8th, 2014 08:34

Friday 14 March 2014 in London

Grimm Tales

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature spoken-word woman-of-the-hour Kate Tempest, a hive of exciting DIY bands, and Phillip Pullman at his most ‘Grimm’…

MUSIC: Repeater Festival, Shacklewell Arms, 14-16 Mar
So good that it’s set to take place bi-monthly, the Shacklewell’s new mini-fest features the cream of the DIY scene, not least Portland garage band White Fang, electro collective Patterns, melancholic pop act Fear Of Men, and the uber-prolific Keel Her, all playing live. All that plus a zine, vinyl and tape fair, craft ales and on-trend refreshments. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Glasshouse, Battersea Arts Centre, – 15 Mar
Equipped with a script by ‘it’ girl poet Kate Tempest, ‘Glasshouse’ is built on three interrelated tales, all of same fragile British family. It’s a ‘forum theatre’ piece, which means the audience is given a say in how the story ends. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Grimm Tales, Shoreditch Town Hall, 14 Mar – 24 Apr (pictured)
Philip Pullman’s ‘Grimm Tales For Old And Young’ are brought to life in this promenade adaptation, in which Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and their ilk will spring up in Shoreditch Town Hall’s many underground nooks and crannies. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 4th, 2014 09:35

Monday 10 March 2014 in London

The Cat In The Cupboard

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature off-kilter comedian Tim Key, a cocktail bar cult, and a kids’ play about a fat cat…

COMEDY: Tim Key – Single White Slut, Arcola Tent, 10-29 Mar
Pitching up at the Arcola Tent post-a sold-out run at Soho Theatre, single white weirdo Tim Key recites the secrets of his love life in verse, lighting on themes like owls and fairies, and mainly doing basic talking. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Illumination, Lumiere, 10 Mar – 5 Apr
Specialists in immersive theatre Velvet Loop, masquerading for the purposes of this show as a religious cult called the Scholars Of The Last Torch, take over a Clapton cocktail bar to offer salvation to dissatisfied souls. Though the group gives off a front of unity, whispers on its fringes tell a different story. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Little Angel Firsts Festival, Little Angel Theatre, 10-23 Mar
The Little Angel Theatre presents a mini festival of firsts-for-kids, giving its blessing to fresh plays like ‘Cell’, the tale of one man (and his fish)’s trip of a lifetime following a diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease, or Tiny Light’s ‘The Cat In The Cupboard’ (pictured), the extraordinary story of a cat that won’t stop eating, and growing. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday February 25th, 2014 20:41

Tuesday 4 March 2014 in London

bukowskiscass

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature R&B-style pop soloist Py, stage arts ensemble Opera Viscera acting a short Bukowski story, and a group of artists with a liking for ruins…

ART: Ruin Lust – Tate Britain, 4 Mar – 18 May
The Tate Britain builds an exhibition of over 100 works – from eighteenth century masters like Constable and Turner, film artist Tacita Dean, and late sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi. All the art is unified by its makers ‘lust’ to depict crumbling old ruins in various ways and in various lights, from the mournful, to the thrilling, to the comic and perverse. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Py/Mo Colours, Madame JoJo’s, 4 Mar
London girl and pop vocalist Py celebrates the imminent 10 Mar release of her heady new single ‘Swimming Slow’ with a headline appearance at Madame JoJo’s weekly White Heat night. Half-Mauritian soul producer Mo Kolours and LA DJ Kastle are also on the bill. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Bukowski’s Cass, The Vaults, 4-8 Mar (pictured)
Running in the last part of The Vaults’ underground arts marathon, Opera Viscera’s contemplation of beauty, intimacy and spirit based on Charles Bukowski’s short story, about a wild and charismatic girl who ‘haggles’ her beauty, is brought to the stage in a whirl of prose, music and dance. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday February 4th, 2014 12:14

Monday 10 February 2014 in London

A Taste Of Honey

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature the stellar Lesley Sharp, kids’ laureates Jacqueline Wilson and Malorie Blackman, and a chance to watch ‘The Goonies’ on a roof…

FESTIVAL: Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, 10-23 Feb
This year-on-year bean feast finds the kids going wild in the aisles of the Southbank Centre, as they’re allowed to take over the ticket office, tannoy and backstage production tasks. That, and take part in a ton of fun activities and creative learning workshops; ogle lots of live performance; and mingle with/quiz the likes of Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and  Quentin Blake. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Rooftop Film Club presents… Feel Good Feb, Kensington Roof Gardens, 10-12 Feb
The RFC presents a series of high-rise film screenings to ease any winter blues. Tickets entitle movie-goers to one snack, one drink, and one seat for ‘The Goonies’, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘About Time’, ‘Stand By Me’, and a whole host of other endorphin-boosting movies. And ‘Gravity’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A Taste Of Honey, National Theatre, 10 Feb – 11 May (pictured)
Scripted by a teenage Shelagh Delaney in 1959, this keen-eyed, anti-archetypal ‘kitchen sink’ drama stars Lesley Sharp as a working-class Salford woman who leaves daughter Jo for her car salesman-lover. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday January 25th, 2014 09:08

Friday 31 January 2014 in London

BAM Festival

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature art darling Grayson Perry, soapbox bard Billy Bragg, Canadian comedians Tony Law and Mae Martin, and live sub-bass bunker the Boiler Room…

COMEDY: The Phoenix Fringe Winter Weekender, 31 Jan – 2 Feb
A beautiful winter’s stew peppered with the spiciest stand-ups in town, the Phoenix’s very own Fringe defies the cold with the help of criminally-odd Canadian loon Tony Law, Radio 4′s resident song-spoof artiste Mitch Benn, ventriloquist Nina Conti and Law’s fellow Canada native and a breath-of-fresh-air, Mae Martin, who light up tonight’s line-up. Elsewhere, there be incredible sets from Alan Davies, Nish Kumar, Robin Ince, Al Murray, Bridget Christie and Kevin Eldon. Details and (hot) tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Being A Man, Southbank Centre, 31 Jan – 2 Feb (pictured)
Grayson Perry, Billy Bragg, Akala and Simon Armitage celebrate their shared maleness in this brand new festival of film screenings, debates, presentations and live displays of artistic integrity. Based on the findings of a mass ‘think-in’ by 250 men, each day bears a different theme – ‘Policy Making’ is today’s, followed by ‘Society’ and, finally, ‘Getting Personal’ – in a bid to investigate all facets of what it means to be a ‘he’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Boiler Room’s Sound It Out, V&A, 31 Jan
Live/online sonic hothouse the Boiler Room tonight takes over the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as part of the V&A’s Friday Lates series. The free-entry event will feature still-TBA DJ and live sets taking place in secret spaces at the V&A, and various installations looking at music’s relationship to technology, and vice versa, not least a performance by specialist synth shop London Modular featuring Hemlock Recordings boss Jack Dunning, and talks by sociologist Laurie Waller and sonic artists Tom Richards and Fiorenzo Palermo. Details here.

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Friday January 24th, 2014 12:17

Tuesday 28 January 2014 in London

Vault Festival

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature a funny rugby scrum, a gonzo stage adaptation of ‘Fear & Loathing’, and prog-pop oddity Connan Mockasin…

COMEDY: Don’t Drop The Egg, Leicester Square Theatre, 28-31 Jan This “so funny” show about a group of young rugby thugs – the cocky one, the goofy one and the nice one – romps on to the LSQ stage following a solid run at 2013’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Vault Festival, The Vaults, 28 Jan – 8 Mar A goldmine of alternative cultural riches spanning stand-up, theatre, live music and performance of all kinds, the Waterloo Vaults’ six-week festival opens its trove tonight, offering introductory delights like Lou Stein’s wild staging of ‘Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas’, David Aula’s adaptation of Ian McKewan’s distorted coming-of-age drama ‘The Cement Garden’, and speakeasy swingtime with the Kansas Smitty’s House Band. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Connan Mockasin, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 28 Jan Psychedelic pop savant Connan Mockasin runs his fingers through silky new LP ‘Caramel’, continuing the man-and-mammal love-narrative of his last one, ‘Forever Dolphin Love’. Details and tickets here.

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Monday January 20th, 2014 06:00

Saturday 25 January 2014 in London

Felicity Ward

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature ace card trickster Pete Firman, Aussie comics Colin Cole, Felicity Ward and Benny Boot, and experts on the ‘real’ London…

COMEDY: Pete Firman, Pleasance Theatre, 25 Jan
The inspiration for Heart’s ‘Magic Man’ (no, really), catch slick trickster and TW interviewee Pete Firman at his most enterprising, trying new illusions for size. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Australia Day Special feat Colin Cole/Benny Boot/Felicity Ward, Clapham Grand, 25 Jan (pictured)
All for Australia Day, the Clapham Grand calls on  a holy trinity of bonza comics – one-time Australian Comedian Of The Year Colin Cole, Tim Minchin’s BFF, the “charming, disarming and proper fucking funny” Benny Boot, and Melbournian “knucklehead”, the truly clever and funny Felicity Ward. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: UnLondon, St Mary’s Old Church, 25 Jan
Scratching London’s gilded streets to reveal an Un-derbelly of, well, reality, this year’s UnLondon celebrates and peers into the lives and times of the city’s ‘ordinary’ denizens, with insight from writer Bernard Kops, author Travis Elborough, anthropologist of the ‘working classes’ Ken Worpole, and Des De Moor, the taste-maker behind the ‘CAMRA Guide To London’s Best Beer’. A soundtrack of London songs, known and unknown, plus short films, cold ales, and hot snacks, are also on tap. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday January 9th, 2014 08:59

Friday 10 January 2014 in London

The Punk Singer

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature rock chair-grrrl Kathleen Hanna, and camp comic headliners Topping & Butch…

COMEDY: Headliners feat Topping & Butch/Sean Percival/Carey Marx, George IV, 10 Jan
Sassy cabaret pair Topping & Butch, ex-welder (and presently a comedian) Sean Percival and dark humourist Carey Marx earmark tonight’s Headliners bill for success. And LOLs, of course. Details and tickets here.

FILM: London Short Film Festival, various locations, 10-19 Jan (pictured)
Celebrating its eleventh year celebrating brevity in cinema, the LSFF mingles independent shorts with live music, training events, debates and parties. Kicking things off tonight is an ICA-based screening of Sini Anderson’s doc ‘The Punk Singer’, which scrutinises the life and times of riot grrlll pioneer and right-on sister Kathleen Hanna. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby, Royal Court Theatre, 10-18 Jan
Acting paragon Lisa Dwan voices a trio of one-woman plays by Samuel Beckett. ‘Not I’ is a stark soliloquy spoken (as Beckett meant it) as if at the rate of thought, ‘Footfalls’ finds Dwan – as May – pacing a landing as her mother dies in the next room, and ‘Rockaby’ explores loneliness, and centres on  an elderly lady in a rocking chair. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday January 7th, 2014 13:03

Wednesday 8 January 2014 in London

The Big Melt

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature Jarvis Cocker, renegade comedian Alfie Brown, and a host of pantomimes, harlqeuins and fools…

COMEDY: Alfie Brown – The Revolting Youth, Soho Theatre, 8-11 Jan
Bold and barbarous young gun Alfie Brown summons the oblivious UK youth of 2014 to revolt against big corporations, fat cat politicians and their own ennui, even promising some LOLs once the revolution’s over. And hey, if you’re bored in the interim, why not bone up on Brown’s previous visit to the Soho c/o our interview with him. Details and tickets here.

FILM: The Big Melt + Jarvis Cocker Q&A, Curzon Mayfair, 8 Jan (pictured)
This preview screening of ‘The Big Melt’ – a live-recorded, live-scored (by Richard Hawley, Pulp, and a brass band, no less) BBC Storyville doc etching the history of Sheffield steel – is preceded by an interview/intro with its directors, Jarvis Cocker and  Martin Wallace. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: MimeLondon International Mime Festival, various locations, 8 Jan – 1 Feb
Despite being silent, the art of mime still has a lot to say for itself. This year’s LIMF bill features a wealth of international visual theatre, circus, puppetry and illusion, highlights being the likes of Compagnie Non Nova’s striking aria on air and identity, a tribute to silent film, and an appearance by France’s award-winning Cocorico. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday December 8th, 2013 13:15

Saturday 14 December 2013 in London

Greenwich Circus Festival

TODAY IN LONDON high-wire circus fliers AirCraft, French EDM hero Busy P and simian comics Abandoman, Daniel Simonsen and Will Franken all feature in the following TW-recommended events…

COMEDY: Monkey Business Comedy Club feat Abandoman/Daniel Simonsen/Sean Brightman/Will Franken, Bar Titania, 14 Dec
Monkey Business splits its truly bananas line-up into equal segments featuring hip hop improv posse Abandoman, pithy Norwegian Daniel Simonsen, comedy rogue Sean Brightman, and the surreally brill Will Franken. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Greenwich Circus Festival, Hangar Arts Trust, 14-15 Dec
Split into ‘day’ and ‘evening’ sessions, this part-spectacle, part-learning-experience festival of big top skills includes ‘Damaged Goods’, AirCraft Circus’ intriguing, gruelling and subversive new show on people’s imperfections, plus workshops and a GIANT INFLATABLE SLIDE. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Busy P, XOYO, 14 Dec
Not only is Busy P the very prolific boss of ear-splitting French dance label Ed Banger, he’s also a real force majore on the turntables, having collaborated with Justice and Daft Punk, and released pretty mean remixes and tracks in his own right. Tonight he scales new decibel heights, with live support from Boston Bun, Riton and Girls Girls Girls. Details and tickets here.

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