Monday July 28th, 2014 13:18

Saturday 2 August 2014 in London

The Forbidden Zone

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

COMEDY/FESTIVAL: Phoenix Fringe | The Phoenix, Cavendish Square | 2-9 Aug
A closer-to-home Fringe option worth considering (only if Edinburgh is a no-go, that is), the Phoenix ignites one long, hot week of comedy. Opening with shows from Ed Byrne, Lee Nelson and Gavin Osborn, it burns on c/o Frankie Boyle, Nick Helm, Danielle Ward, Aisling Bea, Joe Lycett, Brian Gittins, and also a go on ace panel-game podcast ‘Do The Right Thing’ starring two-thirds of Pappy’s, Matthew Crosby and Ben Clark, and Isy Suttie. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Visions Fest | various locations | 2 Aug
Criss-crossing various sites in East London, the all-day bank of Visions 2014 has locked in an (opposite of shit) ton of cool original bands and acts, not least party aficionado Andrew WK (who’s doing a ‘very special’ solo show BTW), sensitive singer-pianist Perfume Genius, moody pop ring Polica, scraggly trash-rock band Fat White Family, Weird World-signed synth whizz Jaako Eino Kalevi, and still many local/international imports besides. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/FILM: The Forbidden Zone | Barbican | 2 Aug
An ‘immersive’ film event live-streaming via this year’s Salzburg Festival, Katie Mitchell’s ‘The Forbidden Zone’ posits the sad and strained story of the Habber family (whose patriarch, Fritz, first developed poison gas as a weapon), remade with five video cameras and innovative set-pieces, like a moving subway train. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 24th, 2014 14:03

Monday 28 July 2014 in London

Anthony Jeselnik

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

COMEDY: Anthony Jeselnik | Soho Theatre | 28 Jul – 2 Aug (pictured)
Anthony Jeselnik is over from the States to fill the Soho Theatre with his own brand of dark stand-up for a six night run, starting tonight. A regular on US TV, including his own show ‘The Jeselnik Offensive’, this is a must-see. There, I said it. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: The Camden Fringe | various venues | 28 Jul – 24 Aug
Our sister mag ThreeWeeks is heading off to Edinburgh this week, but we’re not bitter because, despite what you might have heard, there’s still plenty going on down in London. Much of it thanks to The Camden Fringe, now in its eighth year and so full of comedy, theatre and more that its slightly breaching the borders of the borough of Camden. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Drag King Richard III | Riverside Studios | 28 Jul – 3 Aug
Terri Power’s award winning production reworks Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ into a black comedy examining transgender identity. The story follows Laurie, as she becomes a he, and her friend La Femme, a lesbian who also plays with her identity, switching between ‘butch’ and ‘femme’, but who struggles to come to terms with the prospect of Laurie’s more physical change. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 14th, 2014 15:20

Friday 18 July 2014 in London

MIA

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

COMEDY: Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall – Success Arms | Soho Theatre | 18-19 Jul
Though his name sounds like that of an anxious Scottish aristocrat, Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall is in fact a Canadian-Australian with ‘attitude’. The UK debutante’s solo show du jour finds him doing a lot of jokes about things that are grim, but “in a fun way!”. So take that as you will. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Lovebox | Victoria Park | 18-19 Jul (pictured)
With a whirlwind of acts playing live all day (and later, heading on to play parties after dark), this year’s Lovebox weekend is blessed with twice the headliners in Chase & Status, MIA, Nas and A$AP Rocky, with the slightly lesser-billed (yet still very kissable) likes of Katy B, Bonobo, Banks, The Horrors, Duke Dumont, Mount Kimbie and Annie Mac also due to light up the two-day line-up. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/FESTIVAL: InTransit Festival | various locations, Kensington + Chelsea | 18-27 Jul
A sprinkling of live art and performance taking place in the city’s SW7 areas, InTransit is this year directed by ‘immersive design’ firm O’Neill/Ross, who’ve chosen shows like avant-dance work ‘Flock’, kids’ physical theatre piece ‘The Little Witch’, and ‘Salvage City’, an installation space/hideaway based on city living. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:09

Saturday 12 July 2014 in London

Agnes Obel

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

COMEDY: Chelsea Handler – Uganda Be Kidding Me | London Palladium | 12 Jul
She dated 50 Cent, sliced and diced Piers Morgan live on TV, and now close-to-the-bone US comic/chatshow dame Chelsea Handler is flying in, first class, to sock it (‘it’ being her live show, ‘Uganda Be Kidding Me’) to you. Based on a book of the same name, it’s about an African safari trip gone-wrong, and her many extra travel misadventures besides. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Agnes Obel | Somerset House | 12 Jul (pictured)
A Danish nightingale with a crisp and timeless trill, singer-pianist Agnes Obel released her new LP ‘Aventine’, the follow-on to her first, ‘Philharmonics’, earlier this year. She celebrates it tonight as part of Somerset House’s Summer Series festival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Hyde Park | 12 Jul
Following appearances by Arcade Fire and Black Sabbath, it’s folk-rock grandaddy Neil Young’s turn to headline this year’s British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, winding up the night following support slots by The National, Tom Odell, and others. Neil and his long-time jam band Crazy Horse will rattle through their many, many, many Americana classics, and, it’s likely, select tracks off their latest LP, ‘Psychedelic Pill’. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 10:27

Friday 11 July 2014 in London

Mo

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

COMEDY/FESTIVAL: Balham Comedy Festival | The Bedford, Balham | 11-19 Jul
The Bedford alehouse in Balham gives up its many rooms to this full-to-busting bag of top stand-ups, doling out solo shows from Reginald D Hunter, Susan Calman, Phill Jupitus, Tony Law, Milton Jones and Shappi Khorsandi over the next nine nights. In addition, Banana Cabaret will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a nightly ‘Best Of’ live review, and also Paul Daniels is coming down to do some magic. So, um, that’s a thing. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/FESTIVAL: Ealing Comedy Festival | 11-18 Jul
A westerly rival to Balham Com-Fest’s SW12 appeal, this year’s five-day ECF presents entertaining revelry with David Baddiel, The Boy With Tape On His Face and Kerry Godliman, who are all providing the laughs at today’s first night gala. The remainder of the bill features Trevor Noah, Rich Hall, Paul Chowdhry, Andrew Maxwell, Hal Cruttenden and Lucy Porter. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: LeeFest | Highams Hill Farm, Warlingham | 11-13 Jul (pictured)
Having started life as a party in enterprising then-teen Lee Denny’s back garden, LeeFest has since earned its title as a legitimate event, with big headliners and everything. This year’s LeeWeekender features myriad live showings by rag-tag Wakefield three The Cribs, Danish pop dyna-mo Mø (pictured), Scottish folkoids Frightened Rabbit and glitchy rap ubermenschen Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. That plus family (or non) camping, the finest food trucks, a no-tears paint fight, and an activity named ‘disco dodgeball’. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday June 17th, 2014 15:00

Friday 20 June 2014 in London

The Valley Of Astonishment

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

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: The Camden Crawl | various locations | 20-21 Jun
Whilst the Camden-wide #CC14 fest (which is spread over 25+ stages in the NW1 area, all accessible all weekend with wristband), is headliner-less per se, it certainly isn’t lacking in big acts. Playing over the two-day span are weirdo psych-poppers Of Montreal, mind-bending electro sprite Laurel Halo, Croydon producer Plastician, NYC-based nu-rap pack Shabazz Palaces, Belfast band Girls Names, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and The Beta Band’s Steve Mason. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: In Dreams – David Lynch Revisited | Barbican | 20 Jun
Villagers’ Conor O’Brien, Savages’ Jehnny Beth, Japanese alt-pop pairing Cibo Matto, choral folk flock Stealing Sheep and Tindersticks’ Stuart Staples pay live homage to the original scores and borrowed soundtracks to a host of films from master-of-darkness David Lynch. With David Coulter directing, tonight’s eerie repertoire features covers of songs by Roy Orbison, David Bowie, Chris Isaak, Marilyn Manson and Elvis Presley. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Valley Of Astonishment | Young Vic | 20 Jun – 12 Jul (pictured)
Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne’s new play examines the very zeitgeisty effects of synaesthesia (or blending the senses), integrating real-life stories of those with the condition to look at the world in all kinds of radical ways. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday June 7th, 2014 10:08

Sunday 15 June 2014 in London

Waltz With Bashir

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

COMEDY: Downstairs At The King’s Head w/ Caroline Mabey + Kai Humphreys | The King’s Head, Crouch End | 15 Jun
As meaty and filling a Sunday staple as roast beef and gravy, tonight’s twist on King’s Head’s Downstairs showcase stars oddball lady Caroline Mabey, “lovely Geordie comic” Kai Humphreys, “slightly deranged” entertainer Tony Dunn, and Aussie stand-up Josh Dolin. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Celebrating Sanctuary London | South Bank | 15-22 Jun
The 2014 edition of Refugee Week gets going today with a launch party jammed to the brim with live speakers, performers and foods of the world, featuring the likes of leading Brit comedian Prince Abdi, grime MC Afrikan Boy, poet Avaes Mohammed and a one-off collaboration by Jewan Mohammad and Gaby Young & Other Animals. Details here.

FILM/MUSIC: Waltz With Bashir + Live Soundtrack | Royal Festival Hall | 15 Jun (pictured)
This year’s James Lavelle-directed Meltdown festival offers a rare screening of the multi-award-winning animated film ‘Waltz With Bashir’, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Max Richter playing the latter’s acclaimed score right alongside. A free Q&A with the movie’s maker, Ari Folman, will follow. Details and tickets here.

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Friday June 6th, 2014 16:00

Saturday 14 June 2014 in London

CHloe Howl

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

COMEDY: The Saturday Night Show w/ Bridget Christie + Joe Lycett + Phil Wang | The Invisible Dot | 14 Jun
Taking the biggest bite of The Invisible Dot’s Saturday showcase tonight is the peerless Bridget Christie, who’s still on a high following her big-selling, big-winning ‘A Bic For Her’. Bridget’s co-performers, relaxed comic technician Joe Lycett and the biggest Wang in stand-up, Phil (Wang) will still get a look in, mind. Details and tickets here. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: The Big Noise Fest | Bussey Building | 14 Jun
The Big Issue Foundation’s annual Big Noise blowout fills the Bussey Building to its brim with a multi-coloured line-up of live music, spoken word, comedy, theatre and art, all, of course, for charity. With co-headliners Perc, Dillinja, The Correspondents and Channel One Soundsystem (and beatboxing ace Shlomo, turntablist Mr Switch and Slovenian DJ Nightwave) taking care of the sonic side of things, this year’s event features additional attractions in the shape of comic hot rods Richard Herring and Chris Martin, award-winning poet Inua Ellams, and even Booty School Dropout, who’ll teach a seminar in ‘twerking’. Oh lord. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Bushstock Festival | Various Locations, Shepherd’s Bush | 14 Jun (pictured)
The W12 district’s yearly Bushstock festival, which is spread liberally over several sites in Shepherd’s Bush, sets a bit of the city’s West side alight via live showings over 30 bands all told, from the likes of pop siren Chloe Howl, to chiselled singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh, rad folk trio Peggy Sue, splishy-splashy NYC dance clique Rubblebucket and young indie foursome Bad Suns. Details and tickets here.

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Friday June 6th, 2014 12:00

Friday 13 June 2014 in London

Meltdown

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

FESTIVAL: James Lavelle’s Meltdown | Southbank Centre | 13-22 Jun (pictured)
And so kicks off another too-hot edition of film and music combo Meltdown, which this year is curated by Mo Wax label boss and UNKLE man James Lavelle. High points of this year’s event? Try live sets by Queens Of The Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Neneh Cherry, DJ Shadow, Edwyn Collins and Chrissie Hynde; plus Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner’s large-scale classical composition ’41 Strings’, Max Richter and the Royal Philharmonic live-scoring ‘Waltz With Bashir’, and an also live soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s acclaimed alien horror ‘Under The Skin’ by its creator Micachu. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Return Of The Rudeboy | Somerset House | 1 Jun – 25 Aug
A select rack of images, installations and set pieces arranged by photog/filmmaker most-wanted Dean Chalkley and style director Harris Elliot, ‘Return Of The Rudeboy’ shows that the sartorial subculture of the Jamaica-originating ‘Rudie’ or ‘Rudeboy’ is still alive and thriving in the present day. Over 60 sharply-clad individuals have had their pictures taken for the show, each choosing an apt playlist to sit alongside their photo. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Adler & Gibb | Royal Court Theatre | 13 Jun – 5 Jul
Based on the lives of Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb, two conceptual artists working in NYC in the 1990s, this new play marries its writer/director, creator of 2009′s divisive and provocative ‘The Author’ Tim Crouch’s ‘fascination with form’ with a ‘thrilling story of misappropriation’. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday June 1st, 2014 18:40

Saturday 7 June 2014 in London

Metronomy

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

COMEDY: Live At The Chapel w/ David O’Doherty + Tony Law + Phil Wang | Union Chapel | 7 Jun
Perrier-winning mild man David O’Doherty sits amiably in the driving seat at this month’s instal of the always-roadworthy LATC, which tonight also carries zany Canadian woodsman Tony Law, fast-mouthed young gun Phil Wang, and safe bet Ed Gamble. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Sheffield Doc/Fest x BFI | BFI Southbank | 7-9 Jun
Sheffield’s annual Doc/Fest of faction film links up with the BFI to share some of its 2014 programme. Tonight’s bill features the ‘Senna’ creative team’s new film ‘All This Mayhem’ – which charts the rise and fall of Australian ramp skaters Tas and Ben Pappas – and ‘Pulp’, a movie about the band Pulp, and in particular Jarvis and co’s comeback-come-homecoming 2012 show at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, plus live satellite Q&As with the makers and stars of both. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Field Day | Victoria Park | 7-8 Jun (pictured)
Besides an array of of trendy-indie-fete-style activities, stalls and refreshments, the main asset at this year’s Field Day (which in reality is a weekender in a park) is its elite line-up of international and native indie/rock/pop/rap types, not least Future Islands, Danny Brown, The Horrors, Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry, SBTRKT and Sky Ferreira. Synth eccentrics Metronomy head the bill today, whilst the one, the only, the still-here Pixies close the show tomorrow. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday May 31st, 2014 13:50

Friday 6 June 2014 in London

Ladies Live Longer

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

COMEDY: Ladies Live Longer – Volunteerology | Canal Cafe Theatre | 6-7 Jul (pictured) Funny Women Award (and 5/5 ThreeWeeks review)-winning twinset LLL are back, and courting a cult-like show in which they pose as recruiters from the in-no-way suspicious Volunteerology Society. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Messages For Posterity / The Outsider Inside – The Complete Dennis Potter | BFI Southbank | 6 Jun – 30 Jul The BFI fires off iconic TV writer Dennis Potter’s vast body of dramatic work, which still burns so brightly in the likes of ‘Pennies From Heaven’, ‘The Singing Detective’ and ‘Visitors, Brimstone & Treacle’. Starting with his radical youth at Oxford, to his last creation ‘Cold Lazarus’, this two-part season of talks and screenings looks at Potter as artist, innovator and man. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Skylight | Wyndham’s Theatre | 6 Jun – 23 Aug Run, don’t walk, to save a place at ‘Skylight’, David Hare’s psychological thriller circa 1995, which, by the way, stars acting A-listers Carey Mulligan and (‘age gap’?? What age gap?) Bill Nighy. Ably directed by Stephen Daldrey, Carey plays a penniless teacher visited by her former love interest (aka Nighy), rich restaurant owner, and his son. Details and tickets here.

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Monday May 26th, 2014 13:37

Sunday 1 June 2014 in London

Mark Cooper-Jones

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

COMEDY: Mark Cooper-Jones – Geography Teacher | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 1 Jun – 7 Jul
Swimming solo for the duration of tonight’s show, smart and silly WitTank tadpole Mark Cooper-Jones, a real-life part-time ‘Geography Teacher’, workshops a (presumably) updated take on his back-to-school Edinburgh Fringe hit of 2012. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Japanese Clarinet | The Space | 1 Jun
Like Japan? And the music that’s native to it? Love woodwind too? If so, this recital (which features the East London Clarinet Choir playing a programme of scores by Chang-Su Koh, Satoshi Yagisawa, Akira Toda, Masamicz Amano, Chieko Arai, and in contrast, some Japan-inspired homages by Brit composers like Jeffery Wilson), is just the £10 ticket to fit your requirements. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/ART: LCMF – Italian Colourism | Peckham Multi Storey Car Park | 1 Jun
Now in its third year and still flourishing, the multi-disciplinary London Contemporary Music Festival, or LCMF for short, closes with one last show shining a light on Italian masters Domenico Scarlatti, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, showcasing late composer Scarlatti’s famed keyboard sonatas, the premiere of Sciarrino’s seventh and ninth string quartets, and ‘Ten Less One’, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s mirror-themed live performance piece, which finds him taking a hammer to some glass. Details and tickets here.

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Monday April 28th, 2014 13:26

Sunday 4 May 2014 in London

Nozinja

Movies and munchies? Oh yes, in amongst this batch of ThisWeek tipped shows….

COMEDY/MUSIC FESTIVAL: Gillespie Gathering feat Kevin Eldon + John Hegley, Gillespie Park and Ecology Centre, 4 May
Elfin TV comedy celeb Kevin Eldon and poetic demigod John Hegley are the star attractions at this pay-what-you-like charity fete, donations to which will go straight to Islington Mind. Also playing live, singer-songwriter Jason McNiff and acoustic acts Joe Wilkes, Simon Stanley Ward, Lorraine Wood, Laura Tenschert, Black Scarr, Trent Miller, Crowheart Boy, James Burton and Robert Cheney. Details here.

FILM: Edible Cinema presents… Romeo & Juliet, 195 Piccadilly, 4 May
Edible Cinema is, to sum up, a high-spec film experience with the extra benefit of a ‘bite-sized’ menu designed to tie in with specific bits of the movie, which in today’s case is Baz Luhrman’s flashy Shakespearean sob-a-thon ‘Romeo & Juliet’. Seats + eats are £37, and sponsorship comes from princely gin-makers Bombay Sapphire. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Nozinja aka Shangaan Electro, Electrowerkz, 4 May (pictured)
A pivotal force in the shangaan game (that’s ‘shangaan’ as in the high-speed dance craze invented in Limpopo), Warp-signed South African producer Richard Nozinja brings his rapid-fire show to the chillier climes of Islington, and the Electrowerkz, for one night only. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday April 27th, 2014 13:26

Saturday 3 May 2014 in London

Avant Garde Dance

Plenty of comedy and a hip hop dance showdown appear in ThisWeek’s tipped events for today in London…

COMEDY: The Saturday Night show feat Foil, Arms & Hog + Alfie Brown + Amir Khoshsokhan, The Invisible Dot, 3 May
The Invisible Dot’s Saturday Night show boasts boyish Irish trio Foil, Arms & Hog, wild-haired comic combatant Alfie Brown and the whimsical Amir Khoshsokhan, who’ll all parade brand spanking solo routines. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Terry Alderton – Seasons 1-4, Bloomsbury Theatre, 3 May
ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winner par excellence Terry Alderton reviews his ‘greatest hit’ solo shows of 2010-2013, presenting his tried and tested mix of improvised noises, voices, and energetic, left-field silliness. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Breakin Convention, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 3-5 May
Jonzi D and co’s ultimate hip-hop dance showdown is back for another spin, and counts the likes of London-based innovators Avant Garde Dance, Brit street crew Blue Boy Entertainment and ‘Got To Dance’ grad Duwane Taylor amongst its main attractions. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday April 26th, 2014 08:47

Friday 2 May 2014 in London

Kelela

Musical revivals, modern musical treats and some unmasked comics all appear in this batch of ThisWeek TODAY IN LONDON tips…

THEATRE: Pajama Game, Shaftesbury Theatre, 2 May – 13 Sep
Richard Eyre revives this perky, light-stepping 1954 musical, which features hits like ‘Hey There’, ‘Once-A-Year Day’, and ‘Steam Heat’, all swirled inside the story of factory girl (and social campaigner) Babe Williams’ blossoming romance with her swish and swoonsome Superintendent Sid Sorokin. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Elsewhere Festival, various locations, Hackney, 2-3 May
Party-planners Dollop bring a ladle-load of high-calibre acts – top talk-rap lad Mike Skinner, atypical R&B lady Kelela (pictured), slick and syrupy Canadian beatsmith Ryan Hemsworth, bass player Actress and minimalist dance DJ Floating Points - to this vari-sited two-day jaunt, which takes place all over the so-hot-right-now locale of Hackney. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Comics Unmasked – Art And Anarchy In The UK, British Library, 2 May – 19 Aug
This anti-nice day at the library – not really one to take the kids to – is the biggest conglom of graphic art in the history of the British comic book. Showcasing works by icons like ‘Sandman’ artist Neil Gaiman, ‘Watchmen’ scribe Alan Moore, and ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ creator Grant Morrison, it traces the bold, violent and anarchic world of the comic strip, from 200 year-old cartoons of Jack The Ripper, to the highest-tech digital pix of the present day. Details and tickets here.

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Friday April 25th, 2014 08:45

Thursday 1 May 2014 in London

The Testament Of Mary

ThisWeek’s tipped events for this here May Day in London (ie proper May Day, rather than the Bank Holiday that also takes that name) are as follows…

COMEDY: London SketchFest, Backyard Bar & Kitchen, 1-4 May
London’s premiere fest of sketches begins tonight with the golden boys of sketch comedy Pappys, who’ll open proceedings with their ‘Best Of’ medley. Wicked women Shirley & Shirley, young-buck double acts The Pin and Thunderbards, top Irish trio Foil, Arms & Hog, the acclaimed Real MacGuffins, the bizarre ghost-story ‘House Of Nostril’ from ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winning Casual Violence, and rebel sketch prefects Max & Ivan complete the long-weekend listings. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Hollywood Babylon - Early Talkies Before The Censor, BFI Southbank, 1-31 May
This provocative BFI season takes the cloche off Hollywood’s headiest cinema era, when, in the early 1930s, film studios roundly ignored the ushering-in of the Motion Picture Production Code, and turned out some seriously shocking (for its time) celluloid gold. From naughty comic romps, to raw social commentaries, the period also proved a hothouse for rising figures like James Cagney, Jean Harlow and Clark Gable. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Testament Of Mary, Barbican Centre, 1-25 May (pictured)
Acting marvel Fiona Shaw plays a mother, any mother, wracked with pain at the looming loss of a son (who in this case is, incidentally, Jesus), playing The Virgin Mary in director Deborah Warner’s vastly praised ‘Testament’, an adaptation of writer Colin Tóibín’s fictionalisation of the story of Christ. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 08:36

Monday 28 April 2014 in London

Simon Munnery

ThisWeek’s tipped events for this most Monday of days are as follows, with the kick off of an Edinburgh preview fest, a little bit of nervous soul, and some stripped back Shakespeare …

COMEDY: Angel Comedy Festival, Camden Head, 28 Apr – 4 May (free)
A testing lab for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe comedy-hits-in-waiting, Angel’s mish-mash of 100% gratis shows will feature, over the coming week or so, Richard Herring, ‘Good News’-bearers Luke Toulson and Joel Dommett, loveable loon Simon Munnery, improv rap favourites Abandoman, brainy political satirist Andy Zaltman, livewire wit Patrick Monahan over, with musical spontaneacs The Showstoppers stealing the spotlight tonight. Details here.

MUSIC: Ava Luna, Birthdays, 28 Apr
Peppy NYC septet Ava Luna, who ply a mix of doo-wop, dance, R&B and ‘nervous soul’ (the genre of their own devising), celebrate their new LP, ‘Electric Ballroom’, with a bright light and noise show at Birthdays. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s Globe, 28 Apr
Actors Emma Pallllant and Simon Bubb pose as lovers in denial in Shakespeare’s skin-tight psychological jolly, which the Globe is staging in a slightly scaled-back form so as to fit it in its ‘Globe To Globe’ international travel case. Details and tickets here. 

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Saturday April 19th, 2014 10:19

Friday 25 April 2014 in London

NXDFFF

ThisWeek’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature a fun night at the museum, a Big Red makeshift cinema, and a birthday party celebrating the first ever synths…

COMEDY: Fancy Meeting You Here – A Roving Comedy Tour, British Museum/Tate Modern, 25-26 Apr
On a valiant mission to make London’s cultural/historical landmarks more ‘fun’, NYC-based comics Carl Arnheiter and Dave Hill (plus guests like Josie Long, John Kand Maeve Higgins) will be giving guided tours around the British Museum (tonight) and the Tate Modern (tomorrow), pulling improv humour – and the odd bit of wisdom – from the most serious exhibits. Show up in the Brit Museum’s lobby at 7pm to join in. Details here.

FILM: New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival, various locations, 25 Apr – 4 May (pictured)
Criss-crossing a host of galleries, eateries, shops, schools and pubs, 2014′s NXDFFF launches tonight at Deptford’s Big Red Pizzeria bus, and a look at ‘Supermen Of Malegaon’, Faiza Ahmad Khan’s heartfelt 2012 film. Over the next week the itinerary features big-screen and mainstream movies, kids’ favourites, classic and contemporary docs, and a pair of bike-powered playbacks of ‘Attack The Block’ and ‘Grease’ in local parks. Details here.

MUSIC: Booka Shade, Village Underground, 25 Apr
A facet of this year’s arts-meets-tech fest Convergence, tonight’s Noise Of Art-hosted showcase stars popular kraut-haus boys Booka Shade, and signals 100 years since Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo first trial-ran his prototype synthesisers at the world’s first official electro show. Details and tickets here.

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Friday April 18th, 2014 05:22

Thursday 24 April 2014 in London

Papupsza

ThisWeek’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature EDM’s ‘next big thing’ aka Jacques Greene, a ‘Select’ heap of rising graphic art stars, and a snapshot of Polish film…

ART: Pick Me Up, Somerset House, 24 Apr – 5 May
Britain’s original graphic arts fair – a maze of mini booths and spaces – showcases works from bargain grad illustration, to comic book, to big-name designs, and features on-site displays created especially for the event, informal talks and workshops. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, various locations, 24 Apr – 30 May (pictured)
As well as all the usual Q&As, new and classic films, live bands, animation, shorts and workshops, and a special series of events celebrating late cineaste Walerian Borowczyk, this year’s five-week Kinoteka fest reps the best in Polish art, music and cinema. It begins this evening with a gala screening of ‘Papusza’, Joanna Kos-Krauze’s black-and-white portrait of the first known Roma poetess, and a free-entry exhibition of posters by post-war graphic artist Henryk Tomaszewski. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Jacques Greene + Koreless, St-John-At-Hackney Church, 24 Apr
Shapeshifting R&Beats man Jacques Greene primes his recently-released three track EP, ‘Phantom Vibrate’, with a hardware-heavy party at St-John-At-Hackney, co-habiting with hot Scots DJ Koreless on the bill. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday April 17th, 2014 05:20

Wednesday 23 April 2014 in London

 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

ThisWeek’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature comic sad acts Harry Deansway, Trevor Lock and Luke McQueen, a feast of France’s finest films, and a Globe-to-Globe production of ‘Hamlet’…

COMEDY: Sadwave Comedy Club feat Trevor Lock + Harry Deansway + Luke McQueen, 23 Apr
Top comic no-hopers Trevor Lock, Harry Deansway and Luke McQueen pool their considerable inadequacies, insecurities and in-jokes for a night of scratch stand-up with a distinctly sad overtone. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, Ciné Lumière/Curzon Soho, 23-30 Apr
This year’s taster-tray of France’s finest filmic treats, which this year pays homage to  late great cineaste Alain Resnais, features Albert Dupontel’s award-winning baby boom romp ’9 Month Stretch’ – plus a Q&A with Dupontel and his co-star in the movie, Terry Gilliam – a screening of ‘Amelie’-maker Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s new adventure ‘The Young And Prodigious TS Spivet‘, and an ‘in conversation’ chat with JPJ and actress Helena Bonham-Carter. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe, 23-26 Apr
This pared-back adaptation of the ultimate Shakespearean tragedy, which finds young London-born actors Kadu Eneruwa and Baeem Hayat sharing the part of Prince H, hits LDN first on a world-roving Globe To Globe tour. Details and tickets here.

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