Friday August 1st, 2014 18:50

Saturday 9 August 2014 in London

Ben Norris

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

COMEDY: Comedy Carnival w/ Ben Norris + Jarred Christmas + Pete Jonas | Bar Rumba | 9 Aug
Buoyant Aussie comics Pete Jonas and Jarred Christmas, and Christmas’ ‘Mock The Week’ bezzie, the splendid Ben Norris, are the main attractions at tonight’s Leicester Sq-sited Comedy Carnival, which is ring-led by a mystery MC. Details and tickets here.

DANCE/CIRCUS: Funk Da Cirque – Soul Trip | Roundhouse | 9 Aug (pictured)
Rock-steady street dance/acrobatics crew Funk Da Cirque, whose super-young cast are all aged 11-25, mix it up at the Roundhouse with a soulful show made up of b-boying, body percussion, waakin, boogaloo and even a human pyramid, damn it. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Sink The Pink presents… Gloria’s | XOYO, Room 2 | 9 Aug
A five-week residential link-up between London nightspot XOYO and LGBT party clique Sink The Pink, Gloria’s is a crossover of on-point DJing by the likes of Seb Chew, Severino, Lemmy Ashton and Jonjo and ‘anything-goes’-type vibes. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 1st, 2014 18:45

Friday 8 August 2014 in London

The Closure Of Craig Solly

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

COMEDY: Bill Bailey Unplugged | Leicester Square Theatre | 8-16 Aug
The one, the only Bill Bailey gives a reminder of his weird excellence with this no-frills ‘work-in-progress’ show in which no bells, nor whistles, nor owls feature even lightly. Details and tickets here.

FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY: Stanley Kubrick – New Perspectives | WORK Gallery | 8 Aug – 27 Sep
Marking the publication of a book of essays of the same name, the free-entry ‘New Perspectives’ exhibit centres on filmmaking icon Stanley Kubrick’s eye-popping cinematic style, especially highlighting the research and incredible attention to detail involved in creating the iconic ‘filmic spaces’ in ‘The Shining’, ‘Full Metal Jacket’, and ’2001: A Space Odyssey’. Details here.

THEATRE: Russell Kane – The Closure Of Craig Solly | Artsdepot | 8 Aug (pictured)
Usually sharp and silly comic Russell Kane comes over all dark in this pitch black one-man show, voicing violent gangland convict Craig Solly in a so-called ‘Closure Session’ designed to provide solace for the bereaved, with the audience acting as friends and family of Solly’s victims. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 31st, 2014 17:43

Thursday 7 August 2014 in London

Erland & The Carnival

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

COMEDY: The Thom Tween Show | Phoenix Artist Club | 7-10 Aug
 “No God, no morals, no free will, no fucking point”. Comedian Thom Tween, which likely isn’t his real name, sires a variety of “dark and fluffy” live stand-up as a mere part of this year’s Camden Fringe fest. Details and tickets here

MUSIC: Erland And The Carnival | Servant Jazz Quarters | 7 Aug (pictured)
Raised on the Orkney Islands and now based in the big city, roving folk nomad Erland Cooper presents his and collaborator Simon Tong’s (Gorillaz/The Verve) latest LP, ‘Closing Time’ at the Servant Jazz Quarters. “’Closing Time’ doesn’t mark the beginning of the end; rather it marks an end to permit a new beginning”, he explains. “When Summer dies it’s to let winter in, then spring opens it up again; it has to happen. It’s enjoyable when you accept that you have a limited time to make things happen to the best of your ability”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Memory Points | Southbank Centre | 7-18 Aug
One of those ‘promenade’ drama works, Platform 4′s ‘Memory Points’ has its audience sporting headphones and costumes, and taking a walking tour of various mini sculptures designed to prompt reminiscence. The show is created with the guidance of the Alzheimer’s Society, and features a score by SB Centre Artist In Residence Pete Flood, of Bellowhead fame. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 28th, 2014 14:52

Tuesday 5 August 2014 in London

Ursula Martinez

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

COMEDY: James Dowdeswell – Wine, Ale & I 2014 | Camden Head | 5-7 Aug
This year’s ultra-glossy Camden Fringe parts to reveal ‘the ultimate happy hour’ care of thinker/drinker James Dowdeswell and his ‘Withnail’-inspired (at least in title) show ‘Wine, Ale & I’. James, who is soon to launch his own vino TV programme, laces a pint of daft stories with alcohol-based factoids and tales of his childhood in a West Country pub. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Ursula Martinez – My Stories, Your Emails | Southbank Centre | 5-10 Aug (pictured)
Having literally bared all in her ‘magic striptease’ act ‘Hanky Panky’ (a skit which was illicitly posted online, attracting a deluge of um, ‘unbelievable’ emails), the Olivier Award-winning Ursula Martinez boldly investigates obsession, miscommunication, relationships, loneliness, sex, identity and the internet via a comical combination of live art and stand-up. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Kilburn Passion | Tricycle Theatre | 5-9 Aug
Another Camden Fringe tip, as the Trike brings back playwright Suhayla El-Bushra’s ‘Kilburn Passion’, a busy, multicultural inter-mingling of the lives of those living on Kilburn High Road, lives that collide with the arrival of a stranger. First commissioned for the Tricycle’s Young Company of 16-25 year olds earlier this year, it’s directed as per then by Emily Lim. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 28th, 2014 14:46

Monday 4 August 2014 in London

San Domino

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

COMEDY: Camden Fringe – Professor Bennison’s Life Of Pi | Camden Head | 4-6 Aug
“Disgraced” ex-math (maths?) teacher James Bennison has a go at making maths (math?) funny with his solo show ‘Life Of Pi’. Aiming higher than simply tapping ’80087355′ into a calculator, he’ll instead be sharing a quantity of jokes on integers, algebra, silly children and a “universally accepted qualification – the JCSE”. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Grim | Charing Cross Theatre | 4-30 Aug
A ‘Romeo & Juliet’ kind of tale on a fantastical scale, theatre co Untold’s all-singing, all-dancing ‘Grim’ imagines ‘what if’ the Grim Reaper (who in this case is a lady) fell deathly in love with Cupid, a winged man-god with a penchant for matchmaking. Will their affair prove complicated? I’d say it maybe might. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Grimeborn Opera Festival – San Domino | Arcola Theatre | 4-6 Aug (pictured)
Back for its eighth year active, Grimeborn Opera Fest once again showcases rising composers and artists, under-appreciated and rarely-aired works, and bold, innovative adaptations of the classics. It starts off tonight with Tim Anfilogoff & Alan Whittaker’s facist-era-Italy-based ‘San Domino’, which follows a band of friends imprisoned on an island because they are gay. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 28th, 2014 13:21

Sunday 3 August 2014 in London

Dagny

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

COMEDY: James Dowdeswell + Juliet Meyers + Matt Green | 99 Club, Leicester Square | 3 Aug
The award-winning 99 Club signs up James Dowdeswell who, according to ThreeWeeks, “manages to make the audience feel like old and trusted friends” at his shows, the “inventive, sharp and thoughtful” Juliet Meyers, and the “intelligent and sharp-witted” Matt Green. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Bernhoft + Mike Wyatt + Dagny | Kopparberg Urban Forest, Dalston Bootstrap Company | 3 Aug (pictured)
Cider brand Kopparberg hosts in its temp Scandinavian glade Norway’s #1 soul man Bernhoft, Elton John-approved Tromsø songbird Dagny (pictured), and rising blues singer Mike Wyatt. And whilst the drinks aren’t free, entry and ambience, at least, are. Details here.

THEATRE/KIDS: Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain Part II | Garrick Theatre | 3-31 Aug
A big gory book of quasi-histories from writers Deary and Neal Foster, the latest chapter of ‘Barmy Britain’ casts ‘Party Queen Victoria’ and ‘Evil Queen Elizabeth’ in a cartoonish timeline of capers (with low-lying  political gags, for the parents) also starring Boudicca, Dick Turpin and William Wallace. Details and tickets here.

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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 (pictured)
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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Monday July 28th, 2014 13:13

Friday 1 August 2014 in London

Miss Polly Rae

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

COMEDY: Gerardine Coyne’s Party Pieces | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 1 Aug
Praise be to this year’s Camden Fringe for signing on the “stylish and lovely” character comic Gerardine Coyne. One half of The Aspidistras, she strides off on a solo jolly with this, a party bag of skits and silly voices inspired by (and made for) the world’s social misfits. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Miss Polly Rae – Between the Sheets | London Wonderground | 1 Aug (pictured)
Catlike cabaret starlet Miss Polly Rae, queen of the ‘nu-burlesque’ scene, artfully flaunts her tastes for music, dance, stand-up and circus in ‘Between The Sheets’, an ensemble show featuring a backing cast and zesty-fresh new steps and scripts. Details and tickets here

DANCE: Mariinsky Ballet – Swan Lake | Royal Opera House | 1-14 Aug
The ROH once again takes advantage of Tchaikovsky’s always-fashionable ‘Swan Lake’ score, flying in Russia’s super-elite Mariinsky Ballety to dance a lyrical spin first staged by the great Konstantin Sergeyev in the great year that was 1950. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 24th, 2014 14:10

Thursday 31 July 2014 in London

FKA Twigs

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

MUSIC: FKA Twigs | Heaven | 31 Jul (pictured)
Artist, ballet dancer and elite R&B-girl… from Gloucestershire, Tahliah Barnett, aka FKA Twigs, has been gaining some serious momentum over the last twelve months, which has made her a magazine cover star and bagged her a headline slot at Heaven, with still almost two weeks to go before the release of her debut album. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Jim Jeffries – Day Streaming | Brixton Academy | 31 Jul – 1 Aug
“Deeply offensive to almost every category of human being”, warned ThreeWeeks of Jim Jeffries in 2012, before awarding his show a 4/5 rating. But that was two years ago. He’ll have mellowed by now, right? I wouldn’t bank on it. If you want to find out, you’ll need to make your move right away, tonight’s show was added only after demand out-stripped the supply of tickets for tomorrow night’s performance. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: My Night With Reg | Donmar Warehouse | 31 Jul – 27 Sep
Kevin Elyot’s award-winning ‘My Night With Reg’ returns to the London stage tonight to mark the 20th anniversary of its premiere in 1994. Set even further back in 1985, this bittersweet comedy is set in London’s gay community against the backdrop of the emergence of AIDS. Reg himself does not appear, but is the lynchpin for the fragility of the friendships of those around him. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 24th, 2014 14:07

Tuesday 29 July 2014 in London

Judah Friedlander

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

EVENT: The CMU Podcast: Live | The Roundhouse | 29 Jul
Music industry news service (and OK, sister media to ThisWeek London) Complete Music Update brings the second of a series of live podcast recordings to The Roundhouse tonight. Taking an informal chat show format, CMU editor Andy Malt will talk through the latest news and trends in the music biz, with producer Dan Le Sac, Sentric Music’s Simon Pursehouse, Transgressive Producers’ Claire Southwick and Digital Music Trends host Andrea Leonelli. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Brooklyn Ha Ha | Soho Theatre | 29 Jul (pictured)
The Brooklyn Brewery has rounded up some of Brooklyn, New York’s finest underground stand-up talent for a night of, well, exactly that. Your headliner comes in the shape of Judah Friedlander, who will take the opportunity of being abroad to examine and critique his home nation. Which saves us doing it. Details and ticket here.

DANCE: Push | London Coliseum | 29 Jul – 3 Aug
Debuted in 2005, ballerina Sylvie Guillem and choreographer Russell Maliphant’s ‘Push’ has toured the world and brought home numerous awards. It returns to London tonight for the first of five shows at the London Coliseum. These are being billed as the final London performances of the show ever, so dance fans should be sure to get in quick. Assuming Guillem and Maliphant can be trusted with the ‘final ever’ thing. 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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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 involved 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, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 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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