Friday July 18th, 2014 16:47

Sunday 27 July 2014 in London

Television

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

COMEDY: The Leeds Tealights – Lockdown | Canal Cafe Theatre | 27 Jul
“Fast-paced, entirely unpredictable and highly entertaining” said ThreeWeeks of sketch comedy quintet The Leeds Tealights. They’ll be bringing their new show, ‘Lockdown’, to the Canal Cafe for a one-night preview, before taking it up to Edinburgh for many nights more. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots Comedy Club | The Exhibit, Balham | 27 Jul
Not one but two Edinburgh previews at Rise Of The Idiots tonight, with Paul Chowdhry giving London a look at his new show, ‘PC’s World’, and Alfie Brown doing the same with the perhaps more descriptively titled, ‘Divorced From Reality (& My Wife)’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Television perform Marquee Moon | Shepherds Bush Empire | 27 Jul
Television released their seminal ‘Marquee Moon’ album way back in 1977. And 37 years later it remains an influential reference point for many a band trying to make their way in the music biz. So, how would you like to see Television themselves play every track from the album live? Well then, you’re in luck, because they’re doing just that tonight. Details and tickets here.

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Friday July 18th, 2014 15:29

Saturday 26 July 2014 in London

Mike Wozniak

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

EXHIBITION: Disobedient Objects | V&A | 26 Jul – 1 Feb
From Suffragette teapots to protest robots, this exhibition examines the role of objects in movements for social change. It aims to demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design. Details and tickets here.

CHILDREN’S SHOW: CBeebies Prom | Royal Albert Hall | 26-27 Jul
As part of the ongoing BBC Proms season, the first ever CBeebies Prom will bring a whole host of your kids’ favourite characters to the stage to explore the sounds of the orchestra today, and repeating on Sunday. Amongst those ivolved are Katy Ashworth, Bernard Cribbins, Gemma Hunt, and Chris Jarvis. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Mike Wozniak – Master Of Disguise: Scratch | Battersea Arts Centre | 26 Jul (pictured)
For one night only, before he heads up to Scotland for a month, winner of the 2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Mike Wozniak will be bringing his latest solo show to Battersea. “Bizarre, embittered and gloriously moustached” said ThreeWeeks of Wozniak at last year’s Fringe. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 14th, 2014 15:29

Tuesday 22 July 2014 in London

David Elms

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

COMEDY: David Elms – Nurture Boy | Battersea Arts Centre | 22 Jul (pictured)
‘Thoughtful romantic’ and victor of the 2014 Musical Comedy Awards David Elms whispers it from the rooftops in this, his debut solo show, a giftbasket of songs, surprises and ‘big gestures’. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Simon Munnery Sings Søren Kierkegaard | Battersea Arts Centre | 22 Jul
Although still working on his new solo show – an intriguing-on-paper study of the various writings of Danish deep-thinker Kierkegaarde – pre the Edinburgh Fringe, olde tyme comedy kook Simon Munnery is nevertheless previewing it tonight. Isn’t he kind? Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars | Shacklewell Arms | 22 Jul
A band of musicians displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War, the eight All-Stars have since scaled the globe, playing a mix of reggae, ‘world’ and earthy African music, and backing humanitarian causes. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 14th, 2014 15:27

Monday 21 July 2014 in London

Carlos Acosta

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

COMEDY: Hurt And Anderson – Bringing Sketchy Back | Canal Cafe Theatre | 21 Jul
The ThreeWeeks-deemed “next Mitchell and Webb”, girl-girl caperers Hurt And Anderson are ‘Bringing Sketchy Back’ – like the J-Timberlakes of imaginative skit-based stand-up. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: The Royal Ballet – Cubanía | Royal Opera House | 21-23 Jul (pictured)
Herculean ballet man Carlos Acosta headlines this mixed bill celebrating the dance styles and rhythms of his native Cuba. The programme features premieres by Russell Maliphant and Edwaard Liang, and Acosta’s own work ‘Tocoroco Suite’, in which he stars alongside dance group the Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Julia Holter + Ocitrop + Karen Gwyer | St-John-At-Hackney | 21 Jul
LA-based alt-classical lady Julia Holter relays her elegant, ‘Gigi’-inspired new LP, ‘Loud City Song’, in this latest show to slot into 2014′s storied St John Sessions. Holter waits till last to play, following sets by site-specific synth trio Ocitrop and disco collagist Karen Gwyer. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 14th, 2014 15:23

Sunday 20 July 2014 in London

Your Vivacious Voice

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

COMEDY: Bill Bailey – Qualm Peddler | Kew Gardens | 20 Jul
So grass-roots he even has a carnivorous plant named after him, down-to-earth oddball Bill Bailey heads to Kew Gardens’ Kew The Music fest to do as nature intended; think up genius surprise mashups, strange twists on pop music tropes and funny stories highlighting exactly how baffling modern life really is. Details and tickets here.

KIDS’ SHOW: Uluzuzulalia | Artsdepot | 20 Jul (pictured)
A ‘voice playground’ for kids guided by funny creatures in which it’s fine to get a little loud, Your Vivacious Voice’s ‘Uluzuzulalia’ invites families to create vocal tornados, howl with wolves, beatbox AND dance at the same time, invent magic spells, and blow colour bubbles. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: 17 | Finborough Theatre | 20-29 Jul
In a world’s first airing at the Finborough, this class-divisons-based drama by Liverpool’s Dameon Garnett centres on teen boy Scott, who finds himself trying to fit in with a new middle-class family, and his estranged birth mum, after his adoptive mother dies. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 14th, 2014 15:21

Saturday 19 July 2014 in London

Mummenschanz

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

DANCE: Mummenschanz – Musicians Of Silence | Peacock Theatre | 19-29 Jul (pictured)
Reprising their well recieved show ‘Musicians Of Silence’ in this, their 40th year of activity; playful Deutsche dance co Mummenschanz use mime, masks, props, light-dark illusions and, um, lots of loo rolls to build a wordless world of possibilities. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Love Motown! w/ Jazz Jamaica All-Stars | Southbank Centre | 19 Jul
Big-voiced Beverley Skeete and soul man Noel McKoy lead a 32-piece reggae band and 200-man Voicelab choir in this Jazz Jamaica All Stars live special, singing and playing the greatest hits of Motown’s golden age. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Frankenstein – UnBolted | Leicester Square Theatre | 19-20 Jul
“Gloriously silly” British skit-kings Last Chance Saloon give a ‘Carry On’-style comic shock to classic horror ‘Frankenstein’, splicing grotesque pop songs into Mary Shelley’s story of a mad doctor and his anarchic lab monster. 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 13:21

Thursday 17 July 2014 in London

The Nether

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

COMEDY: BUG w/ Sara Pascoe | BFI Southbank | 17 Jul
Stand-up and actor Sarah Pascoe auspiciously subs in for usual BUG host Adam Buxton, curating and linking to an array of astonishing, rare and, dare I say it, ‘wacky’ music videos and TV clips. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Porgy And Bess | Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | 17 Jul – 23 Aug
Bedded in amid Gershwin’s all-time great and heartbreaking score (‘Summertime’ and all), this adaptation of ‘Porgy And Bess’ stars Rufus Bonds Jr and Olivier-nominated Nicola Hughes as the crippled beggar and wild woman named in its title. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Nether | Royal Court Theatre | 17 Jul – 9 Aug (pictured)
A sinister sci fi/crime thriller by Jennifer Haley, ‘The Nether’ stars Irish thesp Amanda Hale as a detective investigating a new virtual-reality realm in which possibilities are limitless, and which reaches into the darkest parts of the human imagination. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:20

Wednesday 16 July 2014 in London

Malevich

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

ART: Malevich | Tate Modern | 16 Jul – 26 Oct (pictured)
The Tate Modern pays its respects to radical Russian painter Kazimir Malevich, who changed the game in the late 1800s/early 1900s with his stark experiments in the ‘suprematist’ style. Bringing in his early landscape canvases, the show follows Malevich’s leap into abstract depictions of war, power and revolution. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Jack Dee’s Helpdesk | Soho Theatre Downstairs | 16-18 Jul
In a dilemma and need it fixed? Ahead of a short run at next month’s Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Lead Balloon’ grinch Jack D is back on the SOS helpline at the Soho Theatre, and in a rare fit of kindliness will be dishing 100% sincere (and in no way disdainful) career, relationship and general life-advice to anyone asking for it. And when I say ‘asking for it’, I mean exactly that. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Holes | Arcola Theatre | 16 Jul – 9 Aug
An award-winning TV writer for ‘Fresh Meat’ and ‘Cowards’, Tom Basden scripts this quick-sharp comic play about a group of four survivors of a plane crash, stranded and waiting to be saved. Amongst the cast are ‘The Wrong Mans’ actor Mathew Baynton and BAFTA-winner Daniel Rigby. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:18

Tuesday 15 July 2014 in London

Fat Man

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

COMEDY: Whirledart Cinema Comedy Night w/ David Trent + Stuart Laws | Whirled Cinema, Lougborough Junction | 15 Jul
“Sincere and skilled” technological comic David Trent and the “refreshingly funny” Stuart Laws each take a spin at manning the Whirledart Cinema stage, presenting a ‘his & his’ selection of Ed-Fringe previews. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fat Man | Ovalhouse | 15-19 Jul (pictured)
This wry story of love, loss, and the risks of grieving-and-eating, a one-man play written and acted by Martin Bonger, posits ancient Greek hero Orpheus as a ‘stand-up for the gods’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: This Was A Man | Finborough Theatre | 15 Jul – 2 Aug
Placing a magnifying glass on an ailing marriage between painter Edward Churt and his cheating wife, Noel Coward’s somewhat ‘lost’ play gets a belated pro premiere under the directorship of actress Belinda Lang. It was written in 1925, and immediately banned for its vivid and irreverent portrait of infidelity. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:16

Monday 14 July 2014 in London

Medea

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

COMEDY: Charmian Hughes + Grainne McGuire + Sarah Campbell + Jessica Fostekew | The Peckham Pelican | 14 Jul
Billed (pretty lengthily) ‘The Peckham Pelican Comedy Preview Society’s Only Ever Meeting’, this liberal helping of Edinburgh Fringe previews is quartered into four all-girl solo shows from the charming Charmian Hughes, smart Grainne McGuire, sharp Sarah Campbell and ‘Comedy Human’ Jessica Fostekew, who’s doing her new bit ‘Jessanory’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Boy | Arcola Theatre | 14-26 Jul
An all-ages war story marking 100 years since WW1 broke, ‘Boy’ is based on the real life and times of Jack Cornwall, an East London teen who “did extraordinary things, and paid the ultimate sacrifice”. A collaboration with avant-garde dance choreographer Tony Adigun, it combines contemporary movement with street theatre techniques and a live score, in a bid to question why a child might decide to fight for his country, and what things we might risk our lives for. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Medea | National Theatre | 14 Jul – 4 Sep (pictured)
Anchored by Helen McCrory in its title role, and with an original score by Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, Ben Power gives a new twist to Euripides’ time-defying tragedy of the exiled wife who wants revenge on her errant husband. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:10

Sunday 13 July 2014 in London

Virginia Woolf

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

ART/PHOTOGRAPHY: Virginia Woolf – Art, Life & Vision | National Portrait Gallery | 10 Jul – 26 Oct (pictured)
Still a real lark (and a plunge!) following its launch last Thursday, this thorough showing-off of portraiture and rare artefacts from late author Virginia Woolf’s early, mid and latter life is curated by art historian Frances Spalding. Amongst the highlights are paintings of Woolf by her sister Vanessa Bell and various other Bloomsbury Group contemporaries, photos taken by Man Ray, candid family images, and a sheaf of letters, diaries and manuscripts. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: An Audience With Pieter Dirk Uys | Soho Theatre | 13 Jul
Paying spectators dictate the state of play at South African satirist and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys’ Sunday Soho show, choosing one of fifteen boxes Uys has on stage, each containing different set of stories and characters from SA’s dark political history. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Confession Room | St James’ Theatre | 13 Jul
A funny Brit supermusical starring ‘Les Miserables’ player Jon Robyns, ‘The Confession Room’ closely follows a group of guys and girls playing a game of ‘truth or truth’, and spilling their most embarrassing secrets. 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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Wednesday July 2nd, 2014 10:49

Wednesday 9 July 2014 in London

The Rape Of Lucrece

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

COMEDY: Tom Price – Not As Nice As He Looks | Canal Cafe Theatre | 9 Jul
Older, balder, noisier and above all BACK following a leave of paternity, self-styled ‘flinty git’ Tom Price wonders how he can stop his beautiful baby  becoming a ‘spiteful cock’ like his dad. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Shelter Fundraiser w/ Nish Kumar + Felicity Ward + Mark Dolan | The Phoenix | 9 Jul
Hoping you’ll ‘Laugh Up A Storm’ at tonight’s charity gala, which benefits Shelter, it’s friendly telly nerd Mark Dolan, enthusiastic Aussie comic Felicity Ward, and, on the flipside of Ward’s smily Antipodean coin, Brit sourpuss Nish Kumar. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: The Rape Of Lucrece | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 9-12 Jul (pictured)
Cult cabaret lady Camille O’Sullivan ‘inhabits the souls’ of both blushing wife Lucrece AND voracious king’s son Tarquin in this RSC adaptation of Shakespeare’s sexually explicit saga. O’Sullivan sings an original score co-written by Feargal Murray. Details and tickets here.

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Monday June 30th, 2014 10:43

Monday 7 July 2014 in London

Under Milk Wood

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

COMEDY: Alex Horne Breaks The News – Live Recording | Soho Theatre | 7 Jul
Keeping the chat firmly on ultra-lite comic topics, games, songs, and wallets, furry-faced funny man Alex Horne is joined at his (non)news desk for this evening’s live recording by the following guest experts: ‘Political Animal’ Andy Zaltzman (who’ll likely try to bring a big pointy talking stick of satire) and “quick wit” Ian Smith. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stand Up Against Austerity w/ Jo Brand + Stewart Lee + Mark Steel | Eventim Apollo | 7 Jul
Hitting back at financial hardship at tonight’s charity gala, we have big-deal comic campaigners in the individual shapes of Jo Brand, Shappi Khorsandi, Marcus Brigstocke, Stewart Lee, Mark Steel, Jen Brister, Francesca Martinez, Jeremy Hardy, Robin Ince and… Jason Manford. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Under Milk Wood | Richmond Theatre | 7-12 Jul (pictured)
‘Game Of Thrones’ actor Owen Teale is First Voice in Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s affectionate centenary take on this classic text by Mr Dylan Thomas, a day-in-the-life of a tiny fishing town in Wales. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday June 29th, 2014 10:22

Sunday 6 July 2014 in London

Descent Funnies

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

ART: London Illustration Fair Summer Festival | Hoxton Arches | – 6 Jul
Flying a Tropicana theme this year, with all the timely Brazilian vibes that entails, the London Illustration Fair’s summertime art gala showcases the best in print, design and ‘illo’ from a range of agencies, collectives and independent creatives. Alongside all the exhibitor stands, there’ll be live mural painting and screen printing, a ‘Print Your Own Ice-Cream Monster’ workshop with Hello Print Studio, and Brazilian BBQ. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Descent Funnies w/ Tamar Broadbent + WitTank | Southwark Playhouse | 6 Jul (pictured)
Our favourite Friday night diner, MC-with-the-most Tom Rosenthal, dishes a dollop of Edinburgh-Fringe-first-glimpse goodness, presenting five previews from Tamar Broadbent, Ian Smith, Rosie Holt, Ivo Graham and WitTank. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ Eric Lampaert + Sofie Hagen + Matthew Highton | The Balham Exhibit | 6 Jul
Flipping the ‘Rise Of The Idiots’ script for a ‘Comedians’ Cinema Club’ plot twist; goofy surrealist Eric Lampaert, Danish card Sofie Hagen and self-styled ‘weirdo’ comic Matthew Highton act a live and improvised recreation of Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday June 28th, 2014 09:55

Saturday 5 July 2014 in London

Dance Transmissions

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

COMEDY: ARGComFest | The Garage | 5-6 Jul
The Garage will be spilling over with practically every comedian going over the weekend, presenting competitively-priced Fringe previews by Andrew Maxwell, Josh Widdicombe, Adam Riches, Nish Kumar, Casual Violence and improv pros Cariad (Lloyd) and Paul (Foxcroft) – and that’s only today. On tomorrow; it’s James Acaster, Josie Long, John Kearns, Simon Munnery aaaaaaaand the one and in fact only Bridget Christie. Details and tickets here.

FILM/ART: Dance Transmissions: Selected by Vivian Ziherl + Q&A | ICA | 5 Jul (pictured)
For the penultimate day of the 2014 Artists Film Biennial, curator Vivian Ziherl has chosen this programme of shorts dealing in the ways in which dance-type motifs translate to the moving image. The event’s twin centre-pieces are the London premiere screenings of two new works from Shahryar Nashat, who’ll stick around for a Q&A, and Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Alcopopalooza w/ Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly | Brixton Windmill | 5 Jul
Rock corps Alcopop! Records throws its annual mid-year party, laying on a BBQ and live vibes c/o alt superman Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Johnny Foreigner offshoot Yr Poetry, Brawlers, Emperor Yes, Uncle Luc and a very secret, very special billing (hint: it’s LEN). Details and ticket (tee)s here.

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Friday June 27th, 2014 17:48

Friday 4 July 2014 in London

Mae Martin

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

COMEDY: The Mae Martin Experience | The Invisible Dot | 4 Jul
Acclaimed Canadian Mae Martin MCs this Friday night mixed bill made up of games, songs, and miscellaneous nice things. The vibe is relaxed, the guests are secret, and Mae is, as ever, a likeable delight. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Zip Zip Comedy w/ Daniel Simonsen + Late Night Gimp Fight | The Proud Archivist | 4 Jul
This genius idea for a comic showcase, which combines the jokes with animations and live photoshopping tonight features a brand new episode of Rob Pybus’s ‘Living cartoons’, and as well as the sour-faced Daniel Simonsen and S&M combatants Late Night Gimp Fight. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: West Side Story + live score | Royal Albert Hall | 4 Jul
The 1961 movie of the least hammy musical of all time, ‘Romeo & Juliet’-esque gangland romance ‘West Side Story’, gets a big-screen screening with a big live score to go with it; the Royal Philharmonic play Bernstein’s snappy soundtrack as the film rolls. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday June 26th, 2014 14:14

Wednesday 2 July 2014 in London

Intimate Apparel

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

DANCE: New English Ballet Theatre – Tryst | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 2-5 Jul
The New English Ballet Theatre present ‘Tryst’, a mixed bill of new pieces inspired by the themes of ‘love, devotion, jealousy and betrayal’. Moving off with Royal Ballet choreographer Valentino Zucchetti’s ‘Orbital Motion’, which features a score by Philip Glass, the programme also covers Daniela Cardim Fonteyne and Kristen McNally’s ‘Tangents’; and a moving new commission by Andrew McNicol based on Tolstoy’s tragic ‘Kreutzer Sonata’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: Stuart Bowden – She Was Probably Not A Robot | Soho Theatre | 2-5 Jul
Dr Brown’s go-to comic comrade, “amicable” and 5/5-rated showman Stuart Bowden, is back on a solo basis with this lo-fi prototype, the DIY sci fi chronicle of a dying world and a cosmic visitor told with tinfoil and looped noises. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Intimate Apparel | Park Theatre | 2-27 Jul (pictured)
American playwright Lynn Nottage’s massively acclaimed ‘Intimate Apparel’, in which an ageing black seamstress who, after a lifetime saving her earnings from sewing lingerie to open a beauty shop, begins receiving letters from a lonely Caribbean man. Details and tickets here.

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