Thursday October 23rd, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 29 October 2014 in London

Who Do We Think We Are?

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

MUSIC: Real Estate | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 29 Oct
New Jersey-based collegiate rockers Real Estate, the indie band least likely to distress grannies (what with their wistful, linen-fresh songwriting style, and all), map their newest and so far, finest LP, ‘Atlas’, with a set of latest and greatest hits. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Romeo & Juliet | National Theatre, temp space | 29 Oct – 14 Oct
A short and, dare I say, snappy 60 minute edit of Shakespeare’s most-loved-play-about-love designated for pre-teens aged 8-12, script-shortener Ben Power and director Bijan Sheibani’s spin on ‘Romeo And Juliet’ finds the original story trimmed back to its bare bones, and given a contemporarily lite, exhilarating feel. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Who Do We Think We Are? | Southwark Playhouse | 29 Oct – 15 Nov (pictured)
This biographical first play by Sonja Linden and Visible Theatre is part-inspired by the lives and lineages of the company’s older cast; who last year talked over their family histories as a starting point for rehearsals. A kaleidoscope of stories dating back to 1914, with an added live score and a dash of physical theatre, ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ roves all over the world and the past 100 years, from Siberian POW camp, to the green and groovy fields of Woodstock, to Nagasaki at the time of the atomic bomb blast. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 02:05

Tuesday 28 October 2014 in London

Spine

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

MUSIC: Peaking Lights | Plan B | 28 Oct
Man-and-wife psych-pop types Peaking Lights, aka Winsconsin-based coolest parents ever Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, celebrate their lean, lithe and wriggly eleven-track LP ‘Cosmic Logic’ with a blink-and-miss visitation on Brixton’s Plan B. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/CABARET: Dickie Beau – Camera Lucida | Barbican | 28 Oct – 8 Nov
An eerie, psychedelic ensemble piece by long-time drag and mime auteur, first-time director Dickie Beau; ‘Camera Lucida’ is partly inspired by the history of image-making and funereal rituals; and finds Beau and co lip-synching to archive playbacks of old, long-lost voices. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Spine | Soho Theatre | until 2 Nov
Channel 4 Screen-Writing Prize-winner Clara Brennan’s greatly-acclaimed one-girl play ‘Spine’ stars Rosie Wyatt as Amy, a sparky teen who befriends Glenda, a strong-willed pensioner keen to save Amy from ‘the Tory scrap-heap’. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday October 21st, 2014 00:01

Monday 27 October 2014 in London

Rosie Holt

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

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

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

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

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Thursday October 16th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 22 October 2014 in London

The Hunters Grimm

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

MUSIC: Agnes Obel | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 22 Oct
A beautifully crystal-clear blast of Danish larksong c/o classically-inclined pop songwriter and pianist Agnes Obel, who’s on the road playing shows right now behind her acclaimed latest LP ‘Avantine’, and its prequel ‘Philharmonics’. It’s this or the MOBOs. Your choice. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Bodycorps – The Anatomy Of Melancholy | Testbed | 22-25 Oct
Tangental opera-creatives Bodycorps present this new show dissecting modern experiences of depression. Based on genetic research by leading psychiatrists, the orchestrally-scored ‘Melancholy’ hones in on a young man and his family as they face the realities this most widespread of mental health problems. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Teatro Vivo – The Hunters Grimm | Deptford Lounge | 22 Oct – 8 Nov (pictured)
Known for performing ‘in the open’, community-focused acting chorus (and recent ThisWeek interviewees) Teatro Vivo raid the pavements of Deptford for strange but not-quite-true tales of ageing queens, rebel frog-princes and live-action foot amputations in their current promenade show ‘The Hunters Grimm’. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 13th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 19 October 2014 in London

Greg Proops

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

COMEDY: Greg Proops – The Smartest Man In The World | Soho Theatre | 19 Oct (pictured)
Reliable hilarity now from quick-thinking master-of-improv Greg Proops, who in his modestly-titled solo show, aka the ‘Proopcast’, simply sits on a chair, at a table, with a microphone, and shows what sparkling conversationalist he really is. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Oxjam Shoreditch Takeover | various locations, Shoreditch | 19 Oct
Taking over six modishly tiny bars and ‘spaces’ for a good-sized programme of shows, Oxjam’s Shoreditch edition (which is, clearly, a charitable event) this year presents acts such as Kieran Leonard, DJ Tayo, Courtly Love, Ben Gomori and Chris Coco. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: MilkMilkLemonade | Ovalhouse | until 25 Oct
Profiled in this recent ThisWeek interview, Joshua Conkel’s ‘bittersilly’ Stateside hit ‘MilkMilkLemonade’ follows a ribbon-dancing boy, Emory, his chicken/best friend Linda, and centrally, says Ovalhouse’s co-AD Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, the “messed up way we think about gender and sexuality”. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 12:49

Tuesday 14 October 2014 in London

The Hundred We Are

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 12:42

Monday 13 October 2014 in London

Afrovibes

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014 14:27

Sunday 12 October 2014 in London

Pappy's

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014 14:21

Saturday 11 October 2014 in London

Freeze!

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday September 30th, 2014 16:59

Tuesday 7 October 2014 in London

Broadcasting Bites

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

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

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

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

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Monday September 29th, 2014 12:14

Saturday 4 October 2014 in London

The Scottsboro Boys

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

COMEDY: The Human Loire – Part Man, Part Longest River in France | Etcetera Theatre | 4 Oct
Having proven an intriguing act at the Edinburgh Fringe earlier this year, award-winning man/waterway Michael Brunström, aka The Human Loire, is now in London to dribble forth a swift-flowing stream of surreal stunts and batshit antics. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: A Soiree In A Cemetery w/ Stewart Lee + Matthew Robins | secret location, Zone 2 | 4 Oct
A promenade ‘party’ in a Victorian graveyard 30 mins from London Bridge, this clandestine cemetery seance features comic Stewart Lee as the smart-talking spectre at the feast (because there will be tea, cake and hot toddies at the event, served by the WI), not to mention appearances by acclaimed puppeteers Matthew Robins and Henry Maynard, storied singer-songwriter Nigel of Bermondsey, the British Humanist Choir, and special mystery beings. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: The Scottsboro boys | Garrick Theatre | 4 Oct – 21 Feb 2014 (pictured)
Based on the landmark plight of nine black teenagers convicted of rape (and later imprisoned) in 1931, this despite overwhelming evidence they were innocent, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s ‘Scottsboro Boys’ plays to the dark side of the real life story, framing the case within the musical as a black minstrel show hosted by a grotesque white interlocuter. A honey-trap for awards in its lifetime, it transfers to the Garrick after a smash hit stint at the Young Vic. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 29th, 2014 11:49

Friday 3 October 2014 in London

Harriet Walter

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

EXHIBITION: Terror And Wonder – The Gothic Imagination | British Library | 3 Oct – 20 Jan 2015
Taking off the coffin lid on 250 years of Gothica, the British Library’s ‘Terror And Wonder’ traces our fascination with all things wild, strange and macabre through an array of books, posters, film clips and ephemera. From Horace Walpole’s 1974 novel ‘The Castle Of Otranto’, to late greats of the genre like mother-of-‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley and ‘Dracula’ animator Bram Stoker, to modern horror aficionados like Stanley Kubrick, Alexander McQueen, to the bloody ‘Twilight’ books. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Goat | Roundhouse | 3 Oct
Whilst Swedish psych mystics Goat might keep their faces hidden behind masks, there’s no sense of the same secrecy to the acidic vibes, tribal hypno-pop incantations and serpentine arrangements of their latest LP ‘Commune’, which they’ll be placing parts of at this show, alongside slightly older hits from the band’s 2012 tour-de-force ‘World Music’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Henry IV | Donmar Warehouse | 3 Oct – 29 Nov (pictured)
With ‘she-Hamlet’ Maxine Peake already doing it for Shakespearean gender-reversal over at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, here’s an all-female adaptation of Shakey’s’ ‘Henry IV’, the mid-point in a trilogy of collaborations between stage actress Harriet Walter and director Phyllida Lloyd, who linked so brilliantly on 2012’s ‘Julius Caesar’. Taking place in the ‘so hot right now’ scenario of a women’s prison, it’s a play about family, kingship, power and patriotism. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 13:50

Sunday 28 September 2014 in London

West End Story

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

COMEDY: Paul Ricketts’ West End Story | Etcetera Theatre | 28 Sep (pictured)
A strange and labyrinthine tale-within-a-tale based in shady 1990s Soho, the NSFW ‘West End Story’ finds outré comic/raconteur Paul Ricketts looking to have a good time for a fiver by – and this is on the poster – “creating scenarios in illegal drinking dens beneath sex shops”. Hey, it is Soho. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: Take Me To The River screening + Take Me To The River All-Stars | 100 Club | 28 Sep
Playing via this year’s Raindance Film Festival, this screening of paean-to-Memphis ‘Take Me To The River’ is followed by a live ensemble set by many of the movie’s inter-generational cast of musicians. Whilst the likes of rapper Snoop Dogg, singer/Hollywood actor Terrence Howard, and gospel great Mavis Staples – who all appear in the film in a bid to create a radical new LP in the diverse Memphis Delta style – can’t make it, there will be performances by Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, William Bell and the Hi-Rhythm Section, plus guest PAs by Ian Siegal and Talking Heads’ Jerry Harrison. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Rinse Pop-Up Radio w/ The Grime Show + Lord Of The Mics + Butterz | Shop 7, Dray Walk | 28 Sep
Bringing its ten-day Brick Lane radio pitch to a close, Team Rinse presents this live-on-air broadcast of station staple ‘Grime Show’, once-monthly MC-off ‘Lord Of The Mics’, and live drop-ins by affiliates of the esteemed Butterz label. The event is free via RSVP. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 22nd, 2014 15:26

Saturday 27 September 2014 in London

Anselm Kiefer

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

ART: Anselm Kiefer | Royal Academy Of Arts | 27 Sep – 14 Dec
The RAA’s prestigious Summer Exhibition is, this year, the biggest ever British retrospective of one of the world’s greatest living artists, German painter/sculptor/maker-of-installations Anselm Kiefer – who deals in big, brave, striking imagery designed to shock and provoke. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: King Creosote – From Scotland With Love | Barbican | 27 Sep
This pointedly-timed post #IndyRef event finds Scots songwriter Kenny Creosote and his band playing their larger-than-life collaborative score to ‘From Scotland With Love’ – an archival film portrait of “love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play” north of the border – along with the doc itself, which is directed by Virginia Heath. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Cape Wrath | Artsdepot | 27-28 Sep
A one-man travelogue staged inside a minibus, Third Angel Theatre’s Alex Kelly’s ‘Cape Wrath’ finds him retracing a trip his granddad made from the Midlands up to the north coast of his native Scotland to sit, look at the sea, and look back on his life. Kelly followed in his steps 20 years on, and here tells the story for an audience of only fourteen. Details and tickets here.

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Friday September 19th, 2014 12:36

Friday 26 September 2014 in London

Sahara Soul

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:05

Tuesday 23 September 2014 in London

Exhibit B

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

MUSIC: Woman’s Hour | Village Underground | 23 Sep
Having recently released their first LP ‘Conversations’, a stylised synth-pop vision in shades of blue and grey, young London-band Woman’s Hour bring it softly to light in their biggest LDN headline show to date. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Flowers Of The Forest | Jermyn Street Theatre | 23 Sep – 18 Oct
‘I Am A Camera’ playwright John Van Druten’s First World War-time love story plays at Jermyn Street Theatre in an 80th anniversary staging directed by Antony Biggs. ‘Flowers… stars actress Sophie Ward as Naomi, a woman whose pleasantly staid married life is jolted by a visit from her disapproving sister, who brings with her reminders of Naomi’s past love affair. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: [CANCELLED] Third World Bunfight – Exhibit B | The Vaults | 23-27 Sep (pictured)
Still in town following a radical adaptation of Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ at the Barbican last week, South African stage master Brett Bailey and company dig down into The Vaults to build a stark and haunting installation critiquing 19th/20th century ‘human zoos’, which put Africans on show like museum curiosities. The idea is translated here into twelve still-life tableaux, each featuring motionless actors recreating colonial atrocities committed in Africa, as well as Western notions of racial supremacy and the present-day plight of immigrants. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 13:34

Monday 22 September 2014 in London

Electra

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

MUSIC: Ibeyi | Rough Trade West | 22 Sep
The twin daughters of late Franco-Cuban musician Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, kind-of-identical sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kainde released their first EP as Ibeyi recently via a still-wet deal with the revered XL Recordings. Drop in to this Rough Trade in-store (entry’s free, so why the heck not?) to hear them sing ‘Oya’ – a cold, bony paean combining shades of the pair’s African lineage with ‘Westernised’ electronics – and muscular follow-on single ‘River’. Details here.

THEATRE: Electra | The Old Vic | 22 Sep – 20 Dec (pictured)
The always-captivating Kristin Scott-Thomas teams once again with her go-to theatre director Ian Rickson in this revival of grim Sophcolean tragedy ‘Electra’, a bloody story of power and retribution that plays out in an in-the-round adaptation by Frank McGuinness. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Every Brilliant Thing | Hackney Downs Studios | 22-25 Sep
A one-man ‘celebration of life’ that begins with a dead dog, Jonny Donahoe’s bittersweet ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ finds its central character inviting the audience to collaborate on a list of reasons to carry on living; which he then shares, point-by-point, with his suicidal mother. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 12:50

Saturday 20 September 2014 in London

King Buzzo

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

ART: Constable – The Making Of A Master | V&A | 20 Sep – 11 Jan 2015
The V&A’s big-deal new mega-show reviews Great British Romantic John Constable’s main inspirations, techniques and legacy in re-examine his art in new ways. The exhibit will present JC’s quintessential Dedham Vale etc paintings (and the missing link between land and canvas, his game-changing oil sketches of earth, sea and sky) alongside works by the old masters of classical landscape. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Miss Behave’s Gameshow | London Wonderground | 20 Sep
Miss Behave, the Olivier Award-winning first lady of late-night entertainment, presents her final extravaganza in the Spiegeltent this year, playing a medley of silly interactive games with a prize incentive, and dolloping in a mix of variety acts and disco so dirty, it’s suitable for sixteen year olds and overs only. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: King Buzzo | Oslo | 20 Sep (pictured)
Distinctive-haired King Buzzo, ruler of US rock’s great uncles Melvins, is still going strong on a solo basis (and still not appearing to give a single damn), and this unplugged Oslo show is all part of the party he’s throwing around his latest LP, the take-it-to-the-man-themed ‘This Machine Kills Artists’. 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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