Saturday July 4th, 2015 00:01

10 Jul: Balham Comedy Festival, Camden Lock Live, and Hyper Japan Festival

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COMEDY: Balham Comedy Festival | The Bedford | 10-18 Jul
Taking over three spaces in Balham’s vast Bedford pub, the Balham Comedy Festival returns for its fourth year with another excellent line-up. Tonight Shappi Corsandi and Harry Hill lead proceedings. Over the next week and a bit there are also chances to see, amongst others, Ed Byrne, Stephen K Amos, Sara Pascoe, Marcus Brigstocke, Simon Munnery, Lucy Porter, Ardal O’Hanlon, Paul Sinha, Robert Newman, Romesh Ranganathan, and Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Camden Lock Live | Camden Lock | 10 Jul
Camden Market’s one day free festival returns, with music, food, drink, and market stalls. On the bill this year are Stealing Sheep, The Cuban Brothers, Norman Jay, Flyte, By The Rivers, Too Many T’s, Frankie Forman, Dom Pipkin And The Iko’s, Cal Jader, world record holding hula troupe Marawa’s Majorettes, and more. Details here.

EVENT: Hyper Japan Festival | O2 Arena | 10-12 Jul (pictured)
The Hyper Japan cultural showcase event spreads out into a festival event, with more going on than ever before. Check out all kinds of amazing stuff direct from Japan, from tech to art, and with a whole lad of music. Tonight and tomorrow evening there will be a chance to catch impressive rock bands Vamps and [Alexandros]. Also among the music programme, our other top tip is amazing girl group Details and tickets here.

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Monday June 22nd, 2015 00:01

28 Jun: FreshFaced + WildEyed, Barely Methodical Troupe, and the British Summer Time Family Event

Barely Methodical Troupe

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CIRCUS: Barely Methodical Troupe – Bromance | Udderbelly | 24 Jun – 19 Jul (pictured)
Fusing circus with comedy, brotherhood with romance, and sex appeal with stunts, ‘Bromance’ is brought to you by Barely Methodical Troupe, winners of Circus Maximus, the UK’s first circus competition. Using powerful music and spotlights, the troupe perform an array of acrobatics around the central theme of friendship. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: British Summer Time Family Event | Hyde Park | 28 Jun
It’s family day at the British Summer Time festival, with a line-up featuring Union J, Collabro, Brainiac Live, Justin Fletcher, Dick & Dom, Horrible Histories, and more. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: FreshFaced + WildEyed | The Photographer’s Gallery | 16 Jun – 5 Jul
The Photographers’ Gallery presents FreshFaced+WildEyed 2015, its annual exhibition dedicated to recognising and nurturing new talents. 25 emerging photographers and artists have been selected by a judging panel of photography experts. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday June 20th, 2015 00:01

26 Jun: Reginald D Hunter, Burt Bacharach, and Westway Beach

Reginald D Hunter

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

COMEDY: Reginald D Hunter – The Man Who Attempted To Do As Much As Such | Hammersmith Apollo | 26-27 Jun
Reginald D Hunter hits London on his latest tour with two nights at the Hammersmith Apollo. In ‘The Man Who Attempted To Do As Much As Such’ he explores recent events in his life, from stirring up anger in the media to documenting the music of his home state, Georgia. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Westway Beach | Acklam Village Market | 26-28 Jun
The seaside comes to West London this weekend, with Acklam Village Market under the Westway and off Portobello Road is transformed into a beach. The market will run as usual on Saturday and Sunday, plus there’ll be plenty of beach activities and the Portobello Pop-Up Cinema show sea-related films. Details here.

MUSIC: Burt Bacharach – A Life In Song | Royal Festival Hall | 26 Jun
Burt Bacharach comes back to the Royal Festival Hall for one night only, performing some of the best of the songs he’s written over the last 50 years live with a full orchestra as well as being interviewed on stage about his life and career. The show will also be filmed for later broadcast by the BBC. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday May 24th, 2015 00:01

30 May: David Cross, Wes Anderson, and Camden Rocks

David Cross

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

COMEDY: David Cross | RichMix | 30 May
David Cross is headlining Knock2Bag’s RichMix comedy night. That really should be exciting enough, but also on the bill are Sarah Kendall, Nish Kumar, Ed Aczel, Tom Toal, Amir Khoshsokhan and Jarred Christmas. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Camden Rocks | various venues | 30 May
An all day event filling the many venues of Camden with some of the finest rock bands out there, including an exclusive London performance from headliners Bullet For My Valentine. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Wes Anderson – The Collected Works | Prince Charles Cinema | 30 May
Do you like Wes Anderson? Would you like to watch all of his films? Would you like to watch all of his films in one sitting? Would you like to watch all of his films in one sitting in the Prince Charles Cinema? Well then, it sounds like this is the event for you. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday May 16th, 2015 00:01

23 May: Hawaiian Bop, Foodies Festival, and the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball


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

EVENT: Foodies Festival | Syon Park | 23-25 May
Do you like food? Might you consider yourself a ‘foodie’? And how about going outside, are you up for that? Well then this is the event for you. A whole three days of chefs and food makers showing off their skills and wares. There’s even a daily chilli eating challenge, to ensure you don’t forget the event for some time afterwards. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Labyrinth Masquerade Ball | Prince Charles Cinema | 23 May (pictured)
Sometimes just sitting down and watching a film isn’t enough. Especially not with one like ‘Labyrinth’. No, for that you want to dress up, wear a mask, have a bit of a party (presided over by a David Bowie impersonator) first, and then sit down with a load of like-minded people ready to sing along with all the songs. And that is what this is, if I hadn’t made that clear. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Hawaiian Bop | CLF Art Cafe | 23 May
I don’t know about you, but I don’t go to enough Hawaiian-themed club nights. As a child, American movies make be believe that this was a major part of adult life. Bloody Hollywood. Well, luckily there’s one right here, with a range of great music spanning the 40s to the 60s. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 28th, 2015 00:01

3 Apr: Wolf Alice, UKG Fest, and a Harry Potter comedy night

Wolf Alice

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

COMEDY: Harry Potter Comedy Night | Camden Comedy Club | 3 Apr
How many times a day do you throw yourself down on the floor in despair at the lack of Harry Potter-themed comedy nights on offer? I know, it’s hard. But pick yourself up, because here’s one. Comedians including Adam Larter, Eleanor Morton, Marny Godden and Matt Tedford will star in a new story of the boy wizard (possibly not written by JK Rowling). Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Wolf Alice | Shepherds Bush Empire | 3 Apr (pictured)
Rapidly rising rock quartet Wolf Alice come to Shepherds Bush for at the mid-point of their current UK tour. Catch them now before they head to the US and then around the world on a hectic festival schedule. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: UKG Fest | The Coronet | 3-4 Apr
If Wolf Alice isn’t your thing, then how about this two day celebration of UK garage, taking over The Coronet with a selection of big names straight outta the 90s? Catch the likes of DJ Luck & MC Neat, Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont, The Dreem Team, and Norrss ‘Da Boss’ Windross. Details and tickets here.

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Friday March 27th, 2015 00:01

2 Apr: My First Ballet, The Beta Males, and The Lock Tavern Festival

My First Ballet: Swan Lake

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CHILDREN’S SHOWS/DANCE: My First Ballet – Swan Lake | English National Ballet | 2 Apr – 23 May
The English National Ballet and English National Ballet School’s My First Ballet series returns with an adaptation of ‘Swan Lake’ for children aged three and up. A narrator is on hand throughout to help the children follow the story, providing an easy way to introduce them to ballet. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Beta Males | Soho Theatre | 2-4 Apr
Described as “something really quite special” by ThreeWeeks at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, The Beta Males’ latest show ‘Happenstance’ comes to the Soho Theatre for a three night run, showing off their exciting take on sketch comedy. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Lock Tavern Festival | The Lock Tavern | 2-5 Apr
Here’s a great way to spend your Easter weekend – The Lock Tavern is putting on four days of exciting new and established bands to keep you entertained. The likes of Skinny Girl Diet, William Arcane, The Voyeurs, Flowers and more will all take to the stage. And best of all, entry is free. Details and tickets (to ensure guaranteed entry) here.

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Monday March 9th, 2015 00:01

15 Mar: St Patrick’s Day Parade, Moulin Rouge, and The Royale

Moulin Rouge

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

FESTIVALS: St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival 2015 | Trafalgar Square | 15 Mar
It isn’t actually St Patrick’s Day until Tuesday, but I think we can overlook that when there’s celebrating to be done. Pitched up in Trafalgar Square, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in Irish music, dance, art, food and more. Maybe a pint of Guinness too. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Nomad Cinema – Moulin Rouge | Hippodrome Casino | 15 Mar (pictured)
Nomad Cinema rests in the fancy pants surroundings of the Hippodrome Casino for a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge’. As well as the film, you’ll get a cocktail, burlesque performance and a betting chip to match the ticket price. I like those odds. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Royale | Bush Theatre | 13 Mar – 14 Apr
Based on the real life story of Jack Johnson, ‘The Royale’ follows Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson, who dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. However, it’s 1905, boxing is a racially segregated sport, and he is black. A boxing promoter hatches a plan to get him in the ring with the reigning – white – heavyweight champion, but what will be the cost if he wins? Details and tickets here.

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Sunday March 8th, 2015 00:01

14 Mar: Noel Fielding, FutureFest, and The Great Home Hack

Noel Fielding

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

FESTIVALS: FutureFest | Vinopolis | 14-15 Mar
FutureFest aims to gather some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come. Cool, huh? An array of exciting speakers will ponder how why might view politics, technology, money, music and more in decades to come. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Noel Fielding – He Wore Dreams Around Unkind Faces | Royal Albert Hall | 14-15 Mar
Open from 7-17 Mar to people attending shows at the Royal Albert Hall, this weekend gives a chance for all-comers to take a look at comedian Noel Fielding’s latest exhibition of his art. A mixed media artist, this show see Fielding working exclusively in watercolour, though with the surreal visual style you would expect. Details here.

WORDS & EVENTS: The Great Home Hack | Fulham Palace | 13-15 Mar
Curated by Channel 4’s Max McMurdo, the weekend will include workshops and live demonstrations of how to upcycle and adapt items from your own home to improve the way you live. There will also be wine, because somehow this is supposed to mark the 40th anniversary of Brancott Estate wines. Details and tickets here.

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Friday March 6th, 2015 00:01

12 Mar: Wink, Laura Welsh, and Convergence Festival

Laura Welsh

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

FESTIVALS: Convergence | various venues | 12-22 Mar
Bringing together music and visual art that use technology in new and interesting ways, Convergence takes place in various venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church. There are numerous events scheduled over the course of the festival, kicking off with tonight’s opening party, with live performances from Clark, Vessels and Rival Consoles. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Laura Welsh | Electrowerkz | 12 Mar (pictured)
Hotly-tipped musician Laura Welsh, fresh from an appearance on the soundtrack of ’50 Shades Of Grey’, will headline a show at Electrowerkz in Islington tonight. She’ll be performing tracks from her fresh-out debut album, ‘Soft Control’, four of which you can listen to here – including her duet with John Legend, ‘Hardest Part. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Wink | Theatre503 | 10 Mar – 4 Apr
John is a 27 year old teacher, Mark is one of his sixteen year old pupils. After school, Mark dreams of another life, and starts to build it online. Unfortunately, that life already belongs to John. Written by Phoebe Eclair-Powell and directed by Jamie Jackson, ‘Wink’ explores two lives heading for collision. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday March 1st, 2015 00:01

7 Mar: Mark Thomas, Charlie Tuesday Gates, and the London Electronic Arts Festival

Sing For Your Life

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

COMEDY: Mark Thomas – Cuckooed | Artsdepot | 7 Mar
As discussed in this edition of the ThisWeek Podcast, Mark Thomas’ ‘Cuckooed’ tells the story of how a fellow activist and close friend turned out to be a spy working for arms manufacturer BAE Systems. What does it feel like to find out something like that, what’s the aftermath, and can you forgive such a thing? All will be revealed. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVALS: London Electronic Arts Festival | Tobacco Dock | 6-7 Mar
LEAF is a two day celebration of electronic music, art and technology set up by Bestival founder Rob Da Bank. Day one on Friday will feature talks, demonstrations and panels as well as music, while today’s second day will all be about the music. Ten hours of some of the finest artists working today, including Modeselektor, Sasha, Anja Schneider, and Enzo Tedeschi. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Sing For Your Life | The Vaults | 4-8 Mar (pictured)
Artist Charlie Tuesday Gates brings an array of deceased animals back from the dead through the combined arts of taxidermy and puppetry. “It’s a musical of misfortune, a bit like ‘X Factor’ meets ‘Pet Rescue’… apart from that the entire cast are dead”, she told TWL in this interview. Details and tickets here.

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Friday February 27th, 2015 00:01

5 Mar: Rob Auton, Sprint Festival, and the Women Of The World Festival

Rob Auton

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

COMEDY: Rob Auton – The Face Show | Soho Theatre | 5-7 Mar (pictured)
Following on from ‘The Yellow Show’ and ‘The Sky Show‘, Rob Auton’s ‘The Face Show’ promises to appeal to “anybody who has a face or has seen somebody with a face”. If that includes you, then head on down. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Sprint 2015 | Camden People’s Theatre | 5-29 Mar
Not far off its 20th year, though still a sprightly teenager at present, London’s biggest showcase festival for new and unusual theatre returns. This year’s programme includes plays covering everything from the death of Alexander Litvinenko to explorations of online identity and government snooping. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Women Of The World | Southbank Centre | 1-8 Mar
Now in its fifth year, the Southbank Centre’s Women Of The World festival returns with another incredible programme of events celebrating women. Covering music, art, theatre, interviews, debates, talks and more, there’s a huge amount to discover, learn and enjoy. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday February 15th, 2015 00:01

21 Feb: Mini Vault Festival, This Comedian, and Joy

Idil Sukan

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

FESTIVALS/KIDS: Mini Vault | Vault | 21-22 Feb & 7 Mar
The Vaults host a weekend of amazing shows for under elevens, as part of the wider Vault Festival, which includes a whole load of free events and activities, amongst the paid performances. The previous TWL-tipped Comedy Club 4 Kids will be in attendance, and there’ll be a play about zombies, amongst other things. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: This Comedian | Embassy Tea Gallery | 20 Feb – 2 Mar
Idil Sukan’s debut exhibition collects ten years’ worth of design and photography work in the comedy industry. If you have even the slightest interest in British comedy, you’ll have noticed Sukan’s eye-catching photographs numerous time in recent years. Now’s your chance to spot the ones you know and more you don’t. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Joy | Etcetera Theatre | 17-22 Feb
“Three men. Three different walks of life. One problem. Joy… or lack thereof”, is the premise of this show from Velvet Trumpet. Each character has a different reason to need to find a bit of happiness, and a darkly funny story to tell. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday February 8th, 2015 00:01

14 Feb: David O’Doherty, Luisa Omielan and the Imagine Children’s Festival

Luisa Omielan

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

COMEDY: David O’Doherty Has Checked Everything | Hackney Empire | 14 Feb
David Doherty has checked everything, if the title of this show is to be believed. I guess it depends on your definition of ‘everything’. And his. I mean, I suppose it depends on the context. He couldn’t literally check everything, could he? That would take ages. And probably couldn’t be explained in an hour. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Luisa Omielan’s Single Ladies Valentine’s Ball | Islington Assembly Hall | 14 Feb (pictured)
It’s Valentine’s Day, aka the least romantic day of the year, so why not liven it up a bit with this, the second annual Single Ladies Valentine’s Ball, organised by stand-up comedian Luisa Omielan. She will perform her solo show, ‘Am I Right Ladies?!’, after which there will be much partying with a DJ set from Olly Stock. “Willies are welcome, no cocks”. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL/KIDS: Imagine Children’s Festival | Southbank Centre | 9-22 Feb
Covering all your half-term needs, the Imagine Children’s Festival encompasses a wide range of events covering books, music and more. Listen to talks form various authors, learn to complete a Rubik’s cube in record time, check out orchestras and learn to play their instruments yourself, plus much more. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday January 3rd, 2015 00:01

Friday 9 January 2015 in London


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

COMEDY: The Alternative Comedy Night w/ Carl Donnelly + Matt Winning + Phil Wang | Rich Mix Studios | 9 Jan
Laid-back conversationalist Carl Donnelly splits a distinctly alternative live comedy bill with imaginative improv man Matt Winning, straight-faced comic Phil Wang, and Vanessa Feltz’s least-liked entertainer, Rob Auton. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Bournonville Celebration | Peacock Theatre | 9-10 Jan
The principals and soloists of Royal Danish Ballet take a rare trip to the capital with this pristine and ultra-classical mixed bill from acclaimed nineteenth century choreographer August Bournonville, which features ‘La Sylphide’, ‘Napoli’, ‘A Folktale’, and ‘Conservatory’. Details and tickets here.

FILM: London Short Film Festival | various locations | 9-18 Jan (pictured)
As confrontational as it is creative, the LSFF is back again with a far-from short list of programmes, carrying titles like ‘Femmes Fantastiques’, ‘Gothic!’, ‘Surreal Worlds’ and ‘Boyhood’ (no, not that ‘Boyhood’). First up, after a drinks ‘do’ at the ICA that is, it’s LOL-a-lot compilation ‘Funny Shit’, which includes Stephen Mangan in ‘Guinea Pig’, Dean ‘Scor-zay-zee’ Palinczuk in ‘Two Dosas’, and new work from BAFTA-nominated Ben Mallaby in ‘Milk’. Details and tickets here.

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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


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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