Monday September 15th, 2014 13:17

Sunday 21 September 2014 in London

Liam Williams

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

COMEDY: Laugh Out London w/ Liam Williams + Nish Kumar + Tom Craine | The Lion, Stoke Newington | 21 Sep (pictured)
Self-deprecating Sheeps man Liam Williams headlines the first ever LOL night to be based in villagelike-oasis-of-North-East-cool Stoke Newington, closing off a showcase that also co-stars smart anti-optimist Nish Kumar and Tom Craine, commissioned player in forthcoming BBC Three series ‘Josh’. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Scalarama 2014 – Film Noir All-Dayer | Genesis Cinema | 21 Sep
This year’s Scalarama film fest takes a noirish Sunday turn with this all-day programme of dames, dark streets and shady dealings. Dick Richards’ 1975 detective thriller ‘Farewell My Lovely’ is on first, with ‘The Killers’, ‘Kiss Me Deadly’, ‘Touch Of Evil’, ‘In A Lonely Place’ and ‘Pick-Up On South Street’ all stealthily trailing at a safe distance. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Golden Kite Gala | Lyceum | 21 Sep
The Lyceum’s ‘Lion King’ cast, backstage crew and staff present an evening of musical theatre and dramatic readings in aid of the Urdang Academy’s Aaron Morgan Bursary Fund. Whilst tickets are free via RVSP, donations are, of course, invited. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 12:27

Friday 19 September 2014 in London

Joz Norris

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

COMEDY: Joz Norris – Awkward Prophet | Museum Of Comedy | 19 Sep (pictured)
Comic, actor, “idiot optimist” and all-over nice man Joz Norris, one of Edinburgh Fringe poster boy John Kearns‘ Weirdos Comedy peers, seeks to please with this fairly odd take on his chaotic love life. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Saturdays | Wembley Arena | 18 Sep
Britain’s top all-girl pop band with chart-sticky hits to spare, The Saturdays sachay into town toting a show spotlighting all the catchiest tracks on their five LPs. They all also happen to be available now via The Sats’ new ‘best of’ compilation ‘Finest Selection’. I know, that sounds like a range at M&S, let’s just pretend we didn’t notice. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Interrobang?! – The Curious Departure Of Dustin Spektor | Theatre Delicatessen, Farringdon | 19 Sep – 1 Nov
The always-piquant Theatre Delicatessen leads an “immersive game of detection, questions and interjections”, putting audiences on a trail of clues winding all over East London (like outside, on the actual pavements, in the cold, smog and potential rain) and giving them only four hours to solve a murder against all odds. There’s a daily Daytime edition for families, and an after-dark repeat for aspiring criminologists aged fifteen and over. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday September 11th, 2014 15:00

Thursday 18 September 2014 in London

Will Franken

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

COMEDY: Will Franken – The Stuff They Put In Sleep | Museum Of Comedy | 18 Sep (pictured)
Extra-terrestrial characterisations and stories are the ‘stuff’ of American surrealist and ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winning Will Franken’s “enjoyably dreamlike” latest show, which finds him acting ‘bit’ after bit based on art, politics, and all the filling that’s in between. Details and tickets here. Check out interview with the man himself in the ThreeWeeks post-Fringe podcast from last month.

MUSIC: Rustie ‘Green Language’ Release Party | Oval Space | 18 Sep
Beat-heaving Glaswegian Rustie is back in a big way with his jagged new LP ‘Green Language’, which, apparently, features mixed traces of trance, My Bloody Valentine, Scottish electronica and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And, hence, he’s arranged this release party in its name; inviting the brilliant Sampha to DJ, and D Double E, Logan Sama and Gorgeous Children to play live. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Odd Shaped Balls | Etcetera Theatre | 18 Sep
Actor/writer Chris Sheridan’s ‘Odd Shaped Balls’ – a one-man play – follows a gay rugby player forced into the spotlight after someone ‘outs’ him. Sheridan plays all the parts, on and off the sporting field, in this “stirring and captivating” (said ThreeWeeks on seeing the show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe) piece of theatre. Find out more in this week’s ThisWeek London Podcast, where we chat to Chris about the show. More details and tickets here.

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Sunday September 7th, 2014 16:57

Sunday 14 September 2014 in London

War & Peace

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

COMEDY: Carly Smallman – Made In Penge | Kings Place | 14 Sep
Appearing by the grace of this year’s Kings Place Festival, Ms Penge herself, née Carly Smallman, presents a happy 60 minutes of jokes, love songs (with a twist) and laughs. Details here.

COMEDY: Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown + Do The Right Thing | The Phoenix, Cavendish Square | 14 Sep
The irrepressibly sketchy Pappy’s team knocks heads with rival panel game ‘Do The Right Thing’, with Adam Buxton and Joel Dommett as the night’s inept guest flatmates, whilst Katherine Ryan and Mike Wozniak aim to free themselves of tricky dilemmas in ‘DTRT’. Tickets are available for either show, or as a ‘combi’ package giving access to both. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: War And Peace – Gaza | Rich Mix | 14 Sep
Marking the launch of an Arabic adaptation of Tolstoy’s philosophical saga, this event finds Palestine-based ensemble Theatre For Everybody re-creating ‘War And Peace’ within the conflict-ridden Gaza Strip, linking up live via satellite with LDN’s Az Theatre to screen the still-in-development show at Rich Mix. As well as the main event, writers Hassan Abdulrazzak, Caryl Churchill, Ahmed Masoud and Haifa Zangana have written modern responses they’ve written to Tolstoy’s timeless text, which will be recited by actors David Calder, Jennie Stoller and Harriet Walter. 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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Friday September 5th, 2014 17:07

Friday 12 September 2014 in London

Joseph Morpurgo

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

COMEDY: Joseph Morpurgo – Odessa | Kings Place | 12 Sep (pictured)
A 5/5-caliber hit at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Joseph Morpurgo’s “silly, sinister and screwball” one-man show is posited like an investigation into a slightly shady chemical plant fire in the Texan city of Odessa. A real bright light in theatre with a blackly comical twist, Jo-Mo mans the whole cast of the story, from cops to co-conspirators, building an intricate narrative arc around a blurry half-minute TV clip from 1983. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/VISUAL ART: John Cale & Liam Young – Transmissions From The Drone Orchestra | Barbican Centre | 12-13 Sep
Oh look/listen; it’s only the world’s first sighting/sounding of ‘LOOP>>60Hz’, a collaborative AV work by John Cale and ‘speculative architect’ and designer Liam Young. Cale and his band will play a live set of selected tracks, specially adapted “to durational forms, unusual tunings and unorthodox audio delivery”, whilst Young provides a flock of drone-like ‘disembodied instruments’ circling the the auditorium and making noises. Weird, no? Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Doctor Scroggy’s War | Shakespeare’s Globe | 12 Sep – 10 Oct 
Having collaborated on The Globe’s award-winning ‘Anne Boleyn’ in 2010, playwright Howard Brenton and director John Dove reconvene on this new script giving a sideways glance at the First World War. In it, nineteen year old Jack Twigg joins the London Regiment and meets life-saving medic Harold Gillies, though also notices a strange character named ‘Doctor Scroggy’ who visits the hospital ward at night and gives champagne to the patients. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 17:00

Thursday 11 September 2014 in London

Africa Utopia

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

ART: Late Turner – Painting Set Free | Tate Britain | 11 Sep – 25 Jan 2015
The first major showcase given over entirely to the highly-significant ‘late bloomer’ phase of English painter man JMW Turner’s life and timeline, ‘Painting Set Free’ showcases a wide panorama of the artist’s unusual square pictures, famed watercolours like ‘Heidelberg: Sunset’ and ‘The Wreck Buoy’, and his last-exhibited pieces circa 1850, of classical lovers Dido and Aeneas. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Africa Utopia | Southbank Centre | 11-14 Sep (pictured)
Taking a juicy bite out of African art, life, history and culture, Africa Utopia will this year play host to all-time Ethio-jazz great Mulatu Astatke, States-breaking (and ThisWeek interviewed) comedienne Gina Yashere, dance pairing Qudus Onikeku & Zena Edwards – who’ll interpret themes of identity, memory and exile through movement – and a capella R&B/soul ensemble Simply Soweto Encha. In addition to the ‘right-brained’ side of the programme will be a series of practical (yet still ideas-driven) seminars and debates led by African activists and entrepreneurs. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: 20 Stories High Young Actors Company – Tales From The MP3 | Unicorn Theatre | 11-13 Sep
In Julia Samuels’ innovative essay on identity and perspective, a group of young actors give voice to each other’s distinct life stories and opinions, listening in via private MP3 players and repeating, line for line and in real time, what they’re hearing, and thus sharing it with the audience too. Find extracts from the show – which features a live score, projected visuals and inevitable inner-city beat-boxing – on the relevant instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast, which will be available on 11 Sep. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 1st, 2014 16:42

Tuesday 9 September 2014 in London

Great Britain

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

COMEDY: Laugh Out London’s Pick Of The Fringe | Old Queen’s Head | 9 Sep
When Lough Out London say they’ve selected four of the best acts from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, they mean business. The brilliant Sara Pascoe headlines, with supporting sets from Trygve Wakenshaw, Liam Williams and some guy called Stewart Lee. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Simian Mobile Disco | Union Chapel | 9 Sep
Marking the release of new album ‘Whorl’, Simian Mobile Disco will perform the record in full at Union Chapel. During the making of album, says the duo’s Jas Shaw, their live and studio performances drew closer together, all of which makes tonight’s show even more intriguing. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Great Britain | Theatre Royal Haymarket | 9 Sep – 10 Jan (pictured)
Richard Bean’s acclaimed satire of the British press, police and political establishment moves into the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a four month run. In it, Lucy Punch plays Paige Britain, the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday August 31st, 2014 19:33

Monday 8 September 2014 in London

Katherine Ryan

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

COMEDY: Laugh Till It Hurts in aid of Mind | Comedy Store | 8 Sep (pictured)
An impressive line-up at the Comedy Store tonight. MC Gordon Southern will lead the audience through sets from Stewart Francis, John Moloney, Jason John Whitehead, Kevin Day, Jeff Innocent, Marlon Davis, Barry Cryer, Katherine Ryan and Ray Peacock. And it’s all in aid of mental health charity Mind. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Miles Jupp Is The Chap You’re Thinking Of | Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | 8 Sep
Think of a funny chap. Are you thinking of Miles Jupp? Well then, this is clearly the show for you. Taking a moment off from his many other jobs in the world of making people laugh – from panel shows to telly acting – Jupp will perform stand-up that, it is promised, will range from ‘mild-mannered’ to ‘stroppy’. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Lady Rizo | Soho Theatre | 8-20 Sep
Star of the first edition of the ThisWeek London podcast, award-winning cabaret performer Lady Rizo will kick off a run at the Soho Theatre tonight. She returns to London with the new show she debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe last month. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday August 30th, 2014 16:36

Sunday 7 September 2014 in London

Telescopes

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

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ John Kearns + Eric Lampaert + Sunil Patel | The Exhibit | 7 Sep
This year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns headlines a typically tip top Rise Of the Idiots line-up, which also features Eric Lampaert and Sunil Patel. Tickets are just £5 in advance (or £7 on the door). That’s a bargain, I tell you. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Telescopes | Shacklewell Arms | 7 Sep (pictured)
Long-serving shoegaze outfit The Telescopes will kick off a three month stint of European and US tour dates right here in London tonight, with a headline set at The Shacklewell Arms. The band have said that they “will be dipping into past present future material from beyond the realm”, which I think means there’ll be a glimpse of their long-awaited new album. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Jo Hamilton | Leicester Square Theatre | 7 Sep
Earlier this year Jo Hamilton premiered her ‘Fractal Sparks’ show at Durham Cathedral, a suitably grand audio-visual performance. This one-off performance at the Leicester Square Theatre gives a rare opportunity to see her in a more intimate setting. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 29th, 2014 16:34

Saturday 6 September 2014 in London

Horst - Photographer Of Style

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

MUSIC: High Rise | various venues | 6 Sep
The Boxfresh-sponsored High Rise takes place on a trio of East London roof terraces today, soundtracking the city skyline both pre and post-sunset. The headliners at each venue are Waze & Odyssey atop Hewett Street’s Rockwell House, Lapalux at the Dalston Roof Park, and Alpines up of the roof of Netil House. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Horst – Photographer Of Style | V&A Museum | 6 Sep – 4 Jan (pictured)
One of the pre-eminent fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century, Horst P Horst’s career spanned six decades – his last professional work appearing in Vogue’s 75th anniversary issue in 1991, when he was 85 years old. As well as thousands of prints, this exhibition displays drawings, notebooks, scrapbooks and letters carefully archived by the man himself while still alive. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stewart Lee | Union Chapel | 6 Sep
The Edinburgh Fringe is well and truly over now, a point proven by the billing of this event as a ‘Post-Fringe Gala Bash’. Headlining the whole shebang will be Mr Stewart Lee, with a supporting cast of other Fringe comedy highlights. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 27th, 2014 14:02

Thursday 4 September 2014 in London

Medea

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

COMEDY: Comedy In The Attic w/ Alfie Brown | Hackney Attic | 4 Sep
Combatant comic (and TW interviewee) Alfie Brown headlines this night of loft-based stand-up in Hackney, with likeable everyman Luke Graves, idiosyncratic entertainer Harriet Kemsley and Funny Women Awards Finalist circa 2013 Saskia Preston adding extra appeal to the bill. ‘Coach Trip’ star Joey Page is MC-ing for the duration, and entry is a mere fiver OTD, or in advance. Details and tickets here.

FILM/FESTIVAL: The Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival | various locations | 4-14 Sep
So, cinema fans, one of a crowd of trendy yet kid-friendly free-entry film fests taking place in the city at various intervals this year, the Peckham & Nunhead FFF with a selection of restored digitised shorts made by the Edwardian-era Gaumont Film Studios, which was based in Camberwell. There’ll be a live piano score playing alongside the films, which will be shown, aptly, at the Dog Kennel Hill Open Space in Camberwell! Latter highlights of the programme at large are a rooftop spool of Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’, a showing of the movingly monochrome ‘Nebraska’ in a deli, a bike-powered ‘Belleville Rendez-vous’ in the open air, a night of 100% free cinema at the usually pay-per-view Peckhamplex. Details here.

FILM/THEATRE: National Theatre Live presents… Medea | Barbican | 4 Sep (pictured)
Beaming live into the Barbican via the digi-miracle of ‘real-time streaming’, it’s the NT’s eerie adaptation of Euripides’ ultra-tragic spine chiller ‘Medea’. Directed by the dynamic Carrie Cracknell, the play stars Narcissa Malfoy aka stage/screen actress Helen McCrory as an exiled wife willing to do anything (anything) to keep her children close. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 26th, 2014 12:31

Wednesday 3 September 2014 in London

Land Of Our Fathers

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

MUSIC: Hyperdub 10th Anniversary Party w/Jessy Lanza Cooly G | Corsica Studios | 3 Sep
Hyperdub, the alt-dance label your grandma probably hasn’t heard of/will likely never hear of, invites the likes of pop oddment Dean Blunt, sleek R&B artiste Jessy Lanza and singer/rapper Cooly G to a) attend and b) play live at its tenth anniversary party. Lighting fires in the DJ booth tonight are Ikonika, Scratcha DVA and label boss Kode9. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fully Committed | Menier Chocolate Factory | 3 Sep – 15 Nov
TV’s Kevin Bishop gives his snappiest NYC accent as Sam Peliczowski, the man manning the reservations line at an eatery that’s essentially Manhattan’s Chiltern Firehouse, only not real. Add in a parade of blaggers and B-list celebs, a tyrannical boss and Sam’s failing acting career and well, a trip to ‘Fully Committed’ seems all set to be one heck of a great dinner date. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Land Of Our Fathers | Trafalgar Studios | 2 Sep – 4 Oct
Picture this; it’s 1979, Thatcher lives (and is PM), and six miners are wedged down a Welsh mine together for a whole fortnight. The West End premiere of Theatre503 and writer-in-chief Chris Urch’s greatly acclaimed coal-black comedy stars ‘The History Boys’ actor Clive Merrison as wiry old Bomber, a man who risks losing his voice against the din of Britain’s changing social landscape. Details and tickets here.

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Monday August 25th, 2014 14:59

Tuesday 2 September 2014 in London

Katherine Araniello

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

COMEDY: The Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart | The Black Heart, Camden Town | 2 Sep
Following a stint sailing the high seas of the Edinburgh Fringe, Cap’n Josie Long re-opens her still-golden comedic trove, inviting fixed guest Nathaniel Metcalfe and some other TBC figures to dig into its spoils. And the premise of ‘Lost Treasures’, by the by, is that comedians present short sets revering people/things they think don’t get the credit they deserve. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Unlimited | Southbank Centre | 2-7 Sep (pictured)
A festival highlighting the vision, originality and capabilities of disabled artists, the SB Centre’s Unlimited will this year feature its patented, glass-ceiling-smashing array of theatre, dance, literature, visual art, stand-up and music. Leading the itinerary are the likes of Robert Softley Gale (who’ll share his show ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, a collation of real-life narratives of disability), playwright Julie McNamara’s wry portrait of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, a “theatrical piece that plays on life’s crutches” by Claire Cunningham, and ‘The Dinner Party Revisited’, which will see performance artist and character actress Katherine Araniello reprising her TV-screened soiree of 2011. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? | ICA | 2 Sep – 5 Oct
The ICA hosts showcase looking at the history of Arab pop culture through various printed matter (rare posters, diaries, book covers and the like) and via the moving media of film AND video. Having taken shape in the archives of Beirut-based cultural aficionado Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh, ‘Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?’ features pieces of art and advertising dating back to as early as the 1930s to the present day, many being presented in Britain for the first time, and all raising pertinent points on how the ‘popular gaze’ is constructed from within the Arab world. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday August 24th, 2014 17:59

Monday 1 September 2014 in London

Chad Vangaalen

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

COMEDY: Tig Notaro – Boyish Girl Interrupted | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 1 Sep
Having first gained poignant notice in 2012 after confirming, live on stage at LA’s Largo, that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier that day, laidback American comedienne Mathilde ‘Tig’ Notaro is now back, “happy and healthy”, with her latest solo show ‘Boyish Girl Interrupted’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Chad Vangaalen | Oslo | 1 Sep
Calgary’s #1 garage-rock scrap man, the amazing Chad VanGaalen, plays live at Oslo all for the love (and sales) of his brillo latest LP, ‘Shrink Dust’, which is also the score to an animated sci-fi film he made titled ‘Translated Log Of Inhabitants’. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Aikainen | Arcola Theatre | 1-3 Sep
A multimedia meditation on time and temporality with a score generated by 3D-printed instruments, this experimental movement by Miika Hyytiäinen is (obvs) no ordinary opera. It plays on as part of the Arcola’s innovative Grimeborn festival, and features real-life vocalists Annika Fuhrmann and Frauke Aulbert singing against three voices on a 3D video screen. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 14:01

Friday 29 August 2014 in London

Red Bastard

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

CABARET: The Not Television Festival | Chelsea Theatre | 29-31 Aug (pictured)
Bringing over a heap of solo acts still ripe from the Edinburgh Fringe, this remote festival of comedy, cabaret and physical theatre is led, terrifyingly, by the bloblike spectre of pugnacious clown Red Bastard, who (try to keep in mind) is really a non-scary human man in disguise named Eric Davis. Also prominent on the bill are go-go gameshow host Miss Behave, a shamelessly heathen service by The Sunday Assembly, Tomás Ford’s dizzying Electric Midnight Cabaret, and Iranian writer-actor Nassim Soleimanpour, who reprises his acclaimed one-man show on isolation and exile, ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Raw Power Festival | Tufnell Park Dome | 29-31 Aug
Baba Yaga’s Hut pitches on a temp basis at the Dome for the latest cycle of its trippy psych weekender, presenting leftfield elders Acid Mothers Temple, longhaired rock coven Bo Ningen and Liverpool noisemakers Clinic as headliners; and besides them, the likes of The Oscillation, Shopping, Flamingods, and Black Moth. Plus on the side; DJs from pirate radio stations NTS and Resonance FM, a ‘giant’ merch area, and an open-air BBQ. And beer, litres and litres of beer. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Spoiling | Theatre Royal Stratford East | 29 Aug – 31 Sep
Also moving on from a ticket-shifting run at the E-Burgh Fringe, John McCann’s uncannily-timed power-play imagines a newly-independent Scotland, as the renegade Scottish Foreign Minister prepares to make a high-profile speech on her nation’s relationship with the remaining UK. Will she speak against the party? Or give in and toe the line? Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 15:45

Thursday 28 August 2014 in London

When I Think About The Universe I Laugh For No Reason

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

COMEDY: Dave Gorman’s Screen Guild | Hackney Picturehouse Attic | 28 Aug
Despite being a pretty well kept-secret, Dave Gorman’s laptop-based comic showcase is always a quick-selling event, if a slightly unpredictable one. Hot on the htmls of his Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point* (*The Powerpoint)’, tonight’s real-life comic chat room of course has a routine from Gorman as its star attraction, but also a line-up of TBA stand-ups of Dave’s choosing. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: To Kill A Mockingbird | Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre |28 Aug – 13 Sep
Back to break hearts again following its highly-praised first stint at Regent’s Park last year, director Timothy Sheader et al’s brave staging of Harper Lee’s all-time(less) classic ‘Mockingbird’ stars a slightly tweaked cast from last time, with ‘Dead Poets Society’ actor Robert Sean Leonard replaced by great British thespian Daniel Betts as Atticus Finch. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: When I Think About The Universe, I Laugh For No Reason | Unicorn Theatre | 28-30 Aug (pictured)
Yeah well, I cry. Only kidding, kids! Because one inter-galactic reason to smile at least is this this devised piece by the Unicorn’s teen contingent (aka the theatre’s Young Company). Designed as an easily-relatable investigation into what makes us who we are,  ‘When I Think…’ profiles eight adolescents, all with wide-reaching existential questions – and littler queries like when and if they’ll ever have beards – to ask. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 15:21

Wednesday 27 August 2014 in London

Steen Raskopoulos

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

COMEDY: Steen Raskopoulos – I’m Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business | Soho Theatre | 27-30 Aug (pictured)
Having flown in from Sydney to ‘do’ the Edinburgh Fringe (and do it pretty well indeed, having picked up a nomination for best newcomer in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards), flashy sketch slick Steen Raskopoulous now heads to the Soho Theatre to reprise his award-winning solo show, a blend of physical antics and many-faced, character-based bits. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Autobahn | King’s Head Theatre | 27 Aug – 20 Sep
Youngblood drama bods Savio(u)r act out US writer Neil LaBute’s latest piece ‘Autobahn’, a cycle of short vignettes in which ‘complicated’ characters travel America’s highways, making stops, starts and stalls along as they go. It’s all, basically, a bid to mirror the massive acclaim lavished on the company’s last play, a take on Thornton Wilder’s classic ‘Our Town’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Eye Of A Needle | Southwark Playhouse | 27 Aug – 20 Sep
This ‘graphic’ black comedy by Chris MacDonald hinges what happens when the very different lives of a binge-drinking Brit raver and a Ugandan gay rights activist clash. The former works in the UK Immigration Control, and the latter’s case lands on his desk. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 14:53

Tuesday 26 August 2014 in London

Kate Bush

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

COMEDY: Luke McGregor – I Worry That I Worry Too Much | Soho Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Following his ‘facing fears’-themed show circa last year, and still bearing the shine of positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, buoyant Australian comic Luke McGregor is back with another anxious routine in the highly-strung ‘I Worry That I Worry Too Much’. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kate Bush Photo Exhibition | Snap Galleries | 26 Aug – 2 Oct
So no one got tickets to any of Kate Bush’s extravagantly-priced headline shows at the Eventim Apollo (which start tonight, BTW). That is a given. To those that didn’t, mind, here is a consolation prize for you all in the form of a photo show featuring KB-specific pics by Guido Harari (who helped define the ‘aesthetic’ of KB’s early releases, even styling her ‘look’ on the ‘Wuthering Heights’ single sleeve) and Gered Mankowitz (who did the ‘Hounds Of Love’ cover and promotional shots for 1989’s ‘The Sensual World’). Both have books coming out to chime with Bush’s big renaissance, and this is a way to show off lots of candid and rarely-displayed images of Kate at the time she’s most topical. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Avenue Q | New Wimbledon Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Inventive theatre crew Sell A Door – interviewed on ThisWeek here – nip quickly in to the New Wimbledon with their very excellent mobile interpretation of the highly funny n furry ‘Avenue Q’. An oft-poignant (if mainly silly) portrait of a cast of characters striving to ‘make it’ in a cold world, the ‘Sesame Street’-inspired musical satire featuring songs like ‘I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today’, ‘If You Were Gay’ and, my especial fave, ‘What Do You Do With A BA In English?’. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 19th, 2014 14:43

Monday 25 August 2014 in London

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

COMEDY: The Good Ship Comedy Club w/ Matt Richardson + Juliet Meyers + Mike Sheer + Chris Purchase | The Good Ship, Kilburn | 25 Aug
Babyfaced ‘Xtra Factor’ presenter Matt Richardson captains the comic convoy tonight in Kilburn, with shipmates in the shape of articulate comedienne Juliet Meyers, one-time Torontonian and totally “neat guy” Mike Sheer, and dedicated entertainment-enabler Chris Purchase. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Faded / Ministry Of Sound Carnival After Party | Ministry Of Sound | 25 Aug (pictured)
Ministry raves ‘bye bye’ to the final day of this year’s Notting Hill Carnival with this Faded all-nighter featuring live PA sets by Brit reggae lady Melissa Steel and Jamaican dancehall star Popcaan (that’s him in the photo), and DJ drop-ins from The Menendez Brothers, Rollo, CJ Beatz and Shorty Bless. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart | Banquet Records HQ, Kilburn | 25 Aug
NYC’s brightest, shiniest noise-pop-lings TPOBPAH appease their British fanbase with this intimate in-store show at Banquet Records, in so doing also highlighting the fact that their new LP ‘Days Of Abandon’ is still available in all good shops. Like, for instance, Banquet Records. Details and tickets here.

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