Saturday November 22nd, 2014 00:01

Friday 28 November 2014 in London

Usagi Yojimbo

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

CIRCUS: Handspun / Namesake | Jacksons Lane | 28-29 Nov
Following a research at development residency at Jackson’s Lane, aerialist Ilona Jäntti gives back to he theatre via this split bill of circus-y works; risky and ‘dreamlike’ dance-on-a-rope ‘Handspun’ and ‘Namesake’, a piece inspired by all-time great aerialist Lilian Leitzel, and by Jäntti’s own great grandmother. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Palestine Film Festival | Barbican + various locations | 28 Nov – 11 Dec
Covering all bases (as film festivals typically do) from docs to dramas, from mainstream rom-coms to avant-garde shorts; 2014’s London PFF starts with a sold-out gala showing of Najwa Najjar’s real-life based West Bank thriller ‘Eyes Of A Thief’ taking place, as will most of the bigger screenings, at the Barbican. Following that is a real mixed bag, featuring the likes of family-friendly tale ‘Giraffada’, dark aristocratic satire ‘Villa Touma’, and, on the non-fictional side, themed shorts sessions on the city of Rmallah and the Gaza Strip, and filmic essays on the PLO’s Lebanon zenith, colonisation and refugee return. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: Usagi Yojimbo | Southwark Playhouse | 28 Nov – 4 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Transcribed to the stage straight from the pages of Japanese-American artist Stan Sakai’s iconic comic book, ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ (or ‘rabbit bodyguard’) follows in the tracks of a young bunny with aspirations to become a samurai warrior. Amy Draper directs a cast of six in this live-action adaptation by Stewart Melton, which is suitable for eight year olds and over. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday November 12th, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 18 November 2014 in London

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs

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

COMEDY: An Evening With Noel Fielding | Hammersmith Apollo | 18 Nov
Caped kook and pal-to-Kasabian Noel Fielding, certainly one of life’s real one-offs (if not the most topical or realist comedian going), hits the Eventim Apollo with a big, weird, lyrically-bent stick via his first live progress in five years. ‘An Evening With…’ combines live animation, ‘musical interludes’ and Noel’s face smeared in shaving foam as ‘The Moon’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/CABARET: Mimetic Festival | The Vaults, Waterloo | until 29 Nov
A full-to-the-brim saucy pan of devised, physical and visual theatre, puppetry and cabaret, Finger In The Pie’s thrill-a-minute Mimetic fest this year features ‘preposterous’ Vaudeville(ainous) puppets Boris & Sergey, a grisly spin on one-time ‘Dr Who’ Tom Baker’s short story ‘The Boy Who Kicked Pigs’, Antler’s wintry polyphonic song-and-storytelling piece ‘Where The White Stops’, and many-faced mime Pi’s ‘Un Cas de Nostalgie’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Stink Foot | Yard Theatre | 18 Nov – 13 Dec
Jeff James directs this treacle-steeped (literally) adaptation of Sophocles’ ‘Philoctetes’, following the Greek playwright’s ancient narrative of a ‘master archer’ exiled to an island because of the stench of his injured foot. Odysseus is dispatched to trick the bitter castaway into coming back to the Trojan war. Details and tickets here.

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Monday November 10th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 16 November 2014 in London

Tinariwen

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

COMEDY: World Toilet Day – It’s No Joke! Comedy Festival | various locations | 16-19 Nov
A drip-drip of fresh and clean comics appearing at a chain (sorry) of one-time public lavatories all over the city, Water Aid’s charitably-motivated first ever comedy fest is flush (I really am so, so sorry) with the live likes of Helen Lederer, Bec Hill, Phil Wang, Harriet Kemsley, Tom Craine; and also features a stand-up workshop with acclaimed trainer Logan Murray, and a ‘toilet disco finale’. “Urine for a treat!”, claim Water Aid, who are certainly not yanking anyone’s chain with all this. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Candoco Dance Company – Curious Encounters / Close Encounters | Sadler’s Wells | 16-17 Nov
This showcase by Candoco, a contemporary co comprising both disabled and non-disabled dancers, is split into two halves; interactive matinee event ‘Curious Encounters’ – a chance for families to quiz the choreographers and dancers on their work, and ‘Close Encounters’ – a more conventional performance followed by a Q&A. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tinariwen | Roundhouse | 16 Nov
Desert blues tribe Tinariwen, a band of Malian musicians who met in exile in Libya, present a rare live set celebrating the their mystic latest LP, ‘Emmaar’. Details and tickets here.

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Friday November 7th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 13 November 2014 in London

Emiliana Torrini

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

ART: Allen Jones RA | Royal Academy | 13 Nov – 25 Jan
An appraisal of great British Pop Artist Allen Jones; looking at all his years in the biz (if not quite in the right order), the RA’s big exhibition is a jigsaw linking the various motifs and common ‘visual language’ of his work; which combines traditional painting with the crisp, sexy city and advertising iconography of modern life. And yeah, his notorious 1960s ‘furniture’ sculptures (aka woman as ‘Chair’, ‘Table’ and ‘Hat Stand’) are part of the show; as is the plastic breastplate he made for Kate Moss; though also prominent are his many canvases and explanatory storyboards. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The QI Elves – No Such Thing As A Fish Podcast Live | London Irish Centre | 13 Nov
The behind-the-scene research team off of ‘QI’, the self-styled ‘Elves’, present a live recording of their highly informative and, above all, silly podcast ‘No Such Thing As A Fish’ as part of this year’s Chortle Comedy Book Festival. ThreeWeeks-interviewed academic/comedian Dan Schreiber hosts; with James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski all chatting and adding factoids too. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ja Ja Ja Festival w/ Emiliana Torrini | The Lexington / QMU Great Hall | 13-15 Nov (pictured)
The Ja Ja Ja Festival, a frosty city fest of all-things nice and, critically, Nordic; is this year headlined by Icelandic lark Emiliana Torrini (who leads the event’s final, all-day bill, in the Great Hall of Queen Mary University); and featuring live sets by all-Nordic acts When Saints Go Machine, Jenny Wilson, Highasakite, Sumie and Asbjørn; a series of screenings from the Nordic Music Video Awards; and innovative food programme from Helsinki-bred chef Antto Melasniemi. 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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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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Tuesday October 21st, 2014 00:01

Monday 27 October 2014 in London

Rosie Holt

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

COMEDY: Fall Girl | Canal Cafe Theatre | 27-29 Oct (pictured)
Written by comedian Rosie Holt, aka the ‘love child of Satan and Miranda Hart’ (says playwright Mark Ravenhill), ‘Fall Girl’ features original songs and lyrics by Tim Newns, Daniele Finley and Holt herself. What’s more, Holt scores the theatrical hat-trick by starring as naive main character Hayley, who’s forever getting tricked and lied to by those more ‘streetwise’ than she is. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Nuri Bilge Ceylan Season | BFI | 27 Oct – 27 Nov
The BFI’s timely new strand is dedicated to Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the winner of this year’s Palme d’Or for ‘Winter Sleep’, who’s hailed by BFI curator Geoff Andre as “one of the most incisive observers of the male psyche working in film today”. This season feting Ceylan’s ten year career begins with a split-bill comprised of early short ‘Cocoon’, which stars his real-life parents, and 1997’s ‘The Small Town’, a four-part tale told from the POV of a group of children, and based on his and his sister Emine’s first introduction to the adult world. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Illuminations | various locations | 27 Oct – 7 Nov
Cosmic rap pack Shabazz Palaces, Franco-pop-o-naut Sébastien Tellier and Melt Yourself Down (featuring a rare PA by guest James Chance) are all listed to play live headline sets at this year’s Illuminations festival, live promoter Rockfeedback’s London-based series of one-off shows and music-themed film events. Taking place in various spaces all over London from 27 Oct – 7 Nov, the Illuminations 2014 programme starts off with a screening of ‘Wild Combination’, a film portrait of late alt-disco infiltrator Arthur Russell, and later plays host to Fugazi doc ‘Instrument'; a Channel 4 ‘Random Acts’-curated night of short films featuring the likes of Savages and Jacques Greene; a ‘from the vault’-style parade of ‘shocking and sensational’ music videos from MTV’s ‘120 Minutes'; and on 31 Oct, a Halloween screening of ‘Godfather Of Gore’ Lucio Fulci’s horror movies with live rendition of their Fabio Frizzi-written scores. Details and tickets here.

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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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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 12:49

Tuesday 14 October 2014 in London

The Hundred We Are

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

ART: ICA Off-Site | The Old Selfridges Hotel | 14-18 Oct
Team ICA check into the listed Old Selfridges Hotel for a week of free-entry events, designed to coincide with this year’s Frieze London art fair. Brooklyn-based dancer and curator Isabel Lewis kicks things off with a sequence of dance ‘occasions’ modelled on the drinking/love-making/philsophising symposiums of ancient Greece; with latter ICA link-ins with online-only alt station NTS Radio, the Siobhan Davies Dance co, NYC art man Korakrit Arunanondchai culminating in a ‘summit’ on contemporary art and ‘the politics of digital dirculation’. Details here.

ART: MirrorCity | Hayward Gallery | 14 Oct – 4 Jan 2015
A showcase of various artists’ reactions to the physical/abstract realities of life in ‘digital age’, ‘MirrorCity’ features features special commissions, and recently-made creations relevant to the theme, by Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Anne Hardy, Ursula Mayer, Katrina Palmer, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Sawtell, Lindsay Seers, John Stezaker and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Hundred We Are | The Yard Theatre | 14 Oct – 8 Nov (pictured)
Having awed critics and norms with his last play ‘Invasion!’, Jamie Harper once again looks to the Khemiri theatre co to ‘make real’ his latest script, which traces (and tangles) the lives of a radical young girl, a middle-aged homebody and a wise old sage lady in a fast-paced inter-mingling of time, space and identity. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 12:42

Monday 13 October 2014 in London

Afrovibes

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

FESTIVAL: Afrovibes Fest | Stratford Circus/Albany Deptford | 14-18 Oct (pictured)
A twice-yearly carnival of South African live (and not-so-live) arts and culture, this latest Afrovibes Fest is spread richly over the realms of photograpy, film, dance (‘Biko’s Quest’), drama (‘Skierlik’), and music. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: London Horror Festival | Etcetera Theatre | 13-31 Oct
So, it’s the most spookiest time of the year, and what festival so apt to celebrate that fact as the Etcetera’s frighteningly brill blood-nanza of theatre and ‘live arts'; which features the all-female Dante/Bard megamix ‘Shakespeare In Hell’, an arch dramatisation of ‘Gentlemen Of Horror’ Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing’s real life and on-cam relationship, haunting one-woman play ‘Greywing House’, and an additional clot of cabaret, magic, and hammer-style silliness. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Blake Mills | Bush Hall | 13 Oct
A thinking (wo)man’s songwriter in the style of Cass McCombs and his oftimes collaborator Fiona Apple, Cali singer Blake Mills lays bare his high n wild new LP ‘Heigh Ho’ for British fans. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014 14:27

Sunday 12 October 2014 in London

Pappy's

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

COMEDY: The Grin Bin w/ Phill Jupitus + Pappy’s + Sofie Hagen | Backyard Comedy Club | 12 Oct
A well-paced benefit gala evening-type affair in aid of England’s national roller derby team (and why not?), The Richard Sandling MC’d Grin Bin is literally spilling over with an embarrassment of comic riches; not least a headlining set by TV/theatre trash man Phill Jupitus, sketch pals Pappy’s, Scandi stand-up Sofie Hagen, and even ‘Game Of Thrones’ actress Gemma Whelan. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Chantal Akerman Day | JW3 | 12 Oct
Lovers-of-film A Nos Amours host this daytime symposium on artist and filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who specialises in meditations on loneliness, anxiety, alienation and unease. Alongside a number of curated showings of her work; the programme includes short papers, panel discussions, screenings of interviews – and indeed a live Q&A – with Akerman herself. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Oxjam Dalston Takeover | various locations | 12 Oct
LDN’s too-cool Dalston locale comes alive in the name of charity, with a single Oxjam ticket granting the right to party with a hive of DJs and live acts, like for instance Throwing Shade, Blue Hawaii, Livin Proof affiliates Budgie & Raj, Kit Grill and Bell Towers. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014 14:21

Saturday 11 October 2014 in London

Freeze!

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

COMEDY: Live At The Chapel With Tim Key | Union Chapel | 11 Oct (pictured)
Daft comic laureate Tim Key headlines this latest Live At The Chapel extravaganza, bringing to the altar his idiosyncratic poetic style. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Hackney Wonderland | various locations | 11 Oct
An indie-rock all-dayer – the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the East End since the zenith of, say, articulate pop auteurs Art Brut and Tyne-And-Wear-based tykes Little Comets – Hackney Wonderland takes over a three mile strip of the E8 district to present live sets by the likes of chance headliners Art Brut and Little Comets, and Crocodiles, O Children, The Oscillation and Babyshambles man Drew McConnell. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: Fuel – Phenomenal People | Camden People’s Theatre | 11-12 Oct
A series of speeches and performed pieces set in a special inside garden, ‘Phenomenal People’ will feature ladies-in-the-arts like Jenny Sealey (who created the 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony), stand-up Rachel Mars and designer Sophia Clist celebrating the women who inspire them the most. The show is a part of the CPT’s excellent ‘Calm Down, Dear’ festival of feminism. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 2nd, 2014 13:51

Wednesday 8 October 2014 in London

Tracey Emin

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

ART: Tracey Emin – The Last Great Adventure Is You | White Cube Gallery | 8 Oct – 16 Nov (pictured)
It’s easy to take a shallow reading of pre-Eminent (see what I did there?) artist Tracey E’s work, yet here she still is, as present and anti-relevant as ever, and represented in her first show at Bermondsey’s White Cube in five years. Featuring bronze casts and placques, gouaches, paintings, neon creations and her famed large-scale embroidery, ‘The Last Great Adventure Is You’ is, says Emin, a contemplation of “rites of passage, of time and age, and the simple realisation that we are always alone”. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: New Adventures – Lord Of The Flies | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 8-11 Oct
This ballet adaptation of William Goulding’s novelette from dance maestro Matthew Bourne – him of all-male ‘Swan Lake’ fame – moves the ‘kids gone wild’ story of Ralph, Jack, Piggy et al from a desert island to an empty theatre, with a cast of muscular adult dancers posing as the book’s bunch of abandoned schoolboys. Which is always fun. Details and tickets here.

FILM: BFI London Film Festival | various locations | 8-19 Oct
So this is it, the big one. The big, massive, film-based one. The LFF. London. Film. Festival. Starting with a red carpet gala screening of the highly-anticipated ‘Imitation Game’ (aka the one with Benedict Cumbersquatch playing computing genius Alan Turing); it kinds of goes without saying that this year’s programme covers both movies by dyed-in-the-wool Brit directors – like Mike Leigh’s Timothy Spall-starring painter biopic ‘Mr Turner’, or ‘Dreams Of A Life’ filmmaker Carol Morley’s new feature ‘The Falling’ – AND the best in A-list and fringe cinema from all over the world. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 30th, 2014 16:59

Tuesday 7 October 2014 in London

Broadcasting Bites

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

COMEDY: Jam Sponge – Broadcasting Bites | Leicester Square Theatre | 7-8 Oct
‘Broadcasting Bites’ is a tasty dollop of skit-based action from Jam Sponge, who set their new sketch series both behind the scenes, and on camera, at at imaginary TV show. It follows the company’s last foray, last year’s “tight and entertaining” (said ThreeWeeks at the time) ‘Bench Bites’, which was all situated on a single bit of park seating. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Real Lies | Upstairs @ The Garage | 7 Oct
The nonchalant-looking poster kids for a kind of ‘normcore’-variety dance pop, London boys Real Lies play The Garage behind their critically-hyped new split single ‘North Circular’/‘Dab Housing’ with an all-new live set, which will feature them playing real guitars and singing and everything. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Secret Theatre Festival | various locations | 7-18 Oct (pictured)
The Lyric Hammersmith’s new and exciting tray of select theatre tidbits features, which places the emphasis heavily on the ‘new and exciting’ bit, features, first off, ‘Woyzeck’, a ‘mind-boggling’ twist on playwright Georg Büchner’s still-incomplete story of story of a lowly soldier and his unfaithful wife. Also on the Secret Theatre horizon; a bold upgrade of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire'; the lo-fi ‘Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts’, which is essentially an interactive game of dares and party tricks; and, finally, leading stage writer Mark Ravenhill’s arresting new thriller ‘Show 6′. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 30th, 2014 13:09

Sunday 5 October 2014 in London

Violet

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

COMEDY: The Geekatorium w/ Nick Revell | The Phoenix, Cavendish Square | 5 Oct
Presented ‘on-the-reg’ by comic/’Nintendo apologist’ Paul Gannon and his peer-in-nerddom, humble genius Eli Silverman, this particular edition of Sunday night pop-culture hub ‘The Geekatorium’ features dorky guest witticisms from Nick Revell. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Witching & Bitching + Violet + Who Killed Bambi? | Cine Lumiere | 5 Oct (pictured)
Making that ‘a wrap’ on the final day of this year’s London Spanish Film Festival, it’s a trio of films starting off with Álex De La Iglesia’s nail-biting horror ‘Las Brujas De Zugarramurdi’s (or ‘Witching & Bitching). And following that, in order, are Luiso Berdejo’s polaroid-based love story ‘Violet’ (pictured), and ‘Quién Mató a Bambi’ (aka ‘Who Killed Bambi?’), a crazed black comedy from director Santi Amodeo. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Free As Air | Finborough Theatre | 5-21 Oct
A chirpy, paradisiacal musical dating back to 1957, Julian Slade’s ‘Free As Air’ is set on the tiny floating oasis of Terhou amidst its happy Channel Island natives. It’s here revived by Stewart Nicholls, and stars Wiltshire-born soprano Charlotte Baptie as ‘beautiful stranger’ (and potential May Queen) Geraldine. Details and tickets here.

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Friday September 19th, 2014 12:36

Friday 26 September 2014 in London

Sahara Soul

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

ART: Nathan Sawaya – Art Of The Brick | Truman Brewery | 26 Sep – 4 Jan 2015
Nicely-timed given Lego is so totally ‘in’ right now, lapsed corporate lawyer and now artist Nathan Sawaya’s smash-hit global showcase, which was built one brick at a time over 4188 hours, mixes large-scale replicas of ‘The Mona Lisa’ and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in with his own abstract creations. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Lust For Youth | 100 Club | 26 Sep
Danish ‘coldwave’ trio Lust For Youth translate the slick yet sensitive electronic pop vibes of their latest LP ‘International’ within the distinctly non-chilly confines of LDN’s cosy 100 Club. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Transcender Festival | Barbican/The Laundry | 26 Sep – 1 Oct (pictured)
A mini yet mighty festival of “ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic” music, this year’s internationally-gleaned Transcender celebrates its first night with a one-off show at The Laundry headlined by Sweden’s 28-piece Fire! Orchestra. Boosting the programme on latter days are the highly-watchable Sahara Soul – a group of musicians from all over Africa – plus the Britten Sinfonia’s rendition of Tavener’s ‘Flood Of Beauty’ and Iranian band The Kamkars. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:45

Thursday 25 September 2014 in London

Snakes! The Musical

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

ART EXHIBITION: Witches & Wicked Bodies | British Museum | 25 Sep – 11 Jan 2014
A concoction of Albrecht Dürer’s aptly-titled 1501 engraving ‘Witch Riding Backwards On A Goat’, Francisco de Goya’s occult grotesques, and the Pre-Raphaelites sexualised, siren-like enchantresses; the British Museum’s free-entry ‘Witches & Wicked Bodies’ eyeballs representations of witches and witchcraft from the Renaissance era to the late 1800s. Details here.

FILM: Doc N Roll Festival | Hackney Picturehouse | 25-28 Sep
The cool-looking first ever Doc N Roll Festival, a tight schedule of rock-themed film screenings of a doc-like ilk, features the likes of new release ‘Looking For Johnny’ (which looks at the life of late New York Dolls/Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991 aged 38); Stones Throw Records review ‘Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton'; a strand given over to Brit director Julien Temple (and a Q&A with JT); and, tonight, the London premiere of ‘A Band Called Death’, Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlet’s doc on 1970s rock trio Death, who are oft-hailed as the first black punk band. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Snakes! The Musical | Leicester Square Theatre | 25 Sep – 19 Oct
Quite Nice Theatre play a quite little theatre company searching for a £50 million investment to take their modest-sized musical adaptation of ‘Snakes On A Plane’ to the West End. A cleverly ‘meta’ piece of new writing with a “versatile, creative and energetic cast”, ‘Snakes!’ received a rave 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here. And look out for a snippet from the show in the next edition of the ThisWeek London Podcast, out next week.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:25

Wednesday 24 September 2014 in London

Lindsay Lohan

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

COMEDY: Greenwich Comedy Festival | National Maritime Museum | 24-28 Sep
Stewart Lee is first-night headliner of this year’s GCF tent, playing to the gallery following appearances by the inimitable Josie Long, Tony Law and Aisling Bea. Also tightly packed in over latter bills are the likes of the great and good David O’Doherty, Milton Jones, Stephen K Amos, Rich Hall, Ardal O’Hanlon, esteemed TWL interviewees Cardinal Burns, and a special screening of ‘Tunnel Club’, a film tracing the rise of comic compere Malcolm Hardee’s famed nightspot of the same name. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: John Kearns – Shtick | Soho Theatre | 24 Sep – 18 Oct
The first and only human to win the main Foster’s Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe only a year after taking the like-prize for Best Newcomer, wig-and-teeth-wearing John Kearns appears ‘in character’ to reminisce on the ways his life has changed since all the critical acclaim. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Speed-The-Plow | Playhouse Theatre | 24 Sep – 29 Nov (pictured)
West End vet Lindsay Posner sits in as director on this considerably high-risk remake of David Mamet’s ‘Speed-The-Plow’ stars ‘Mean Girls’ tearaway Lindsay Lohan (a stage debutante) as Karen, a temp secretary at a film company whose bosses think signing on an A-list actress will make their movie a big box-office hit. Madonna played the part originally on Broadway to less-than-great reviews – so it remains to be seen whether Li-Lo can act it any better. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday September 6th, 2014 16:35

Saturday 13 September 2014 in London

Massive Attack

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

COMEDY/MUSIC: The Axis Of Awesome – Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas | Leicester Square Theatre | 13 Sep
The very apex of all that is excellent in irreverent singing and viral video-making-based entertainment, ThreeWeeks cover stars Axis Of Awesome are over from Oz to airmail-in their usual mix of titillating original songs and formulaic-pop-hit spoofs. Preview the band’s material right here on the ThisWeek Podcast. Details about the show and tickets here.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: OnBlackheath | Blackheath | 13-14 Sep (pictured)
Come one, come all, and have a dance to the likes of Massive Attack! Grace Jones! Aloe Blacc! Young Fathers! And Slow Club! (and Frank Turner) at this good-looking music/food hoopla situated on top of South East London’s most fun and family-suitable mass burial pit (of old). In addition to all the cool acts playing, OnBlackheath also offers live cooking demos by Michelin-starred chefs and Gizzi Erskine, cocktail mixing classes and craft ale tasting. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Welcome To Busseywood – African Cinema Festival | Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe | 13 Sep
Programmed by local know-alls (in a good way) Orville Kunga and Vashti Henry, this free-entry celebration of African cinema gets into gear at 12.30pm with Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu post-apocalyptic short ‘Pumzi’, and later features screenings of the brilliant ‘District 9′, Zanzibar-based fishing fantasy ‘Jonah’, surreal classic ‘Touki Bouki’, folkloric action movie ‘Oya – Rise Of The Suporishas’ and, to close, the Thandi Newton and Chiwetel Ejifor-starring ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’. Details here.

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