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: 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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Wednesday September 10th, 2014 18:39

Wednesday 17 September 2014 in London

Nick Cave

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

ART: Marina Abramovic – White Space | Lisson Gallery | 17 Sep – 1 Nov
Art-world royalty Marina Abramovic, who’s still the toast of London following the close of her massive ‘512 Hours’ show at the Serpentine, is here celebrated in the early phases of her career, with ‘White Spaces’ giving erm… well, space to a range of rare and remastered audio pieces, videos and newly-discovered photos representing her very first experiments into performance art based on ‘time and the immaterial’, themes central to her present-day practice. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: Nick Cave – 20,000 Days On Earth UK Launch | various cinemas nationwide | 17 Sep (pictured)
So rock n roll grizzly man Nick Cave is gracing the Barbican tonight to chat and play live at a special gala screening of his part-real, part-surreal ‘day in the life’ film, the widely acclaimed ‘20,000 Days On Earth’. Whilst every last ticket to the main event shifted a long while back, Cave fans can instead go to one of 150 British/Irish cinemas to catch a live-stream of the set and screening, which will feature Nick speaking beside Bad Seeds men Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson, as well as ‘20,000 Days’ directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Teh Internet Is Serious Business | Royal Court Theatre | 17 Sep – 25 Oct
Writer Tim Price debates the timely topic of ‘hacktivism’ in his new play, in which a pair of teen boys meet online and pick a ‘David v Goliath’-style digital fight with the FBI, recoding the limits of internet espionage for all time. Former Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists Mustafa Al-Bassam and Jake Davis, on whom the script is based, will speak alongside experts on the ‘deep web’ at an ‘in conversation’ event on 29 Sep, having had a legal ban on communicating with each other lifted only earlier this month. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 8th, 2014 15:20

Monday 15 September 2014 in London

Xerxes

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

COMEDY: ComEDy Gala w/ Katherine Ryan + Patrick Monahan + Nat Luurtsema + Juliette Burton | Comedy Store | 15 Sep
Sweet-comedian-with-bite Katherine Ryan takes a bow alongside co-stars Fringe mainstay and TW Editors’ Award winner Patrick Monahan, Jigsaw piece and TW letter-writer Nat Luurtsema and forthright comic Juliette Burton (who, by the way, headlines the latest ThisWeek London Podcast) at this smartly-billed A* gala in aid of a great cause. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Carter Tutti Void | Oslo | 15-16 Sep
A hybrid of Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti with Nik Void of disco infiltrators Factory Floor, Mute signings Carter Tutti Void‘s main sonic schtick, a la their admirable 2012 LP ‘Transverse’, is a niche line in dark, pulsing noise-pop with a strong rhythm and synth contingent. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Xerxes | London Coliseum | 15 Sep – 3 Oct
The Coliseum hails Nicholas Hytner’s Olivier Award-winning take on this light, fizzy and flirty opera by the one and, in fact, the only, George Frideric Handel. Based in part in Vauxhall’s pleasure gardens (as they were in the 1700s), ‘Xerxes’ dives right into a love triangle between two brothers who love the same woman. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote mans up to play the male title tole, whilst counter-tenor Andrew Watts voices his/her sibling Arsamenes, and Sarah Tynan sings Romilda. 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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Tuesday September 2nd, 2014 17:00

Wednesday 10 September 2014 in London

The James Plays

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

THEATRE: The Wolf From The Door | Royal Court | 10 Sep – 1 Nov
Rory Mullarkey, who won the George Devine Award for this play, imagines a wild road trip across Middle England where Lady Catherine and her young protégé Leo enlist every tearoom, hot yoga class and WI group on a mission to change the country forever. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The James Plays | Olivier Theatre | 10 Sep – 30 Oct (pictured)
Transferring down from the Edinburgh International Festival, where it was this year’s big draw, Rona Munro’s trilogy of plays, ‘James I’, ‘James II’ and ‘James III’, examine the lives of three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the fifteenth century. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Burnt Ones | The Waiting Room | 10 Sep
Scuzzy San Franciscans Burnt Ones will be setting up shop in Stoke Newington tonight, showing off wares (aka songs) from their array of releases to date and forthcoming third album, ‘Gift’, which is due out in March next year. 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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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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Thursday August 28th, 2014 14:28

Friday 5 September 2014 in London

Paloma Faith

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

FILM: Life Of Pi | The Scoop | 5 Sep
A tiny drop in the ocean of films that More London is screening for free every Wednesday this month, it’s Ang Lee’s big-screen fantasy-at-sea ‘Life Of Pi’, a painstakingly-made cinematic dreamscape based on Yann Martel’s ‘boy on boat with live tiger’-based best-seller novel of the same name. Seats are limited, so arrive early. Details here.

MUSIC: Late Night Prom w/ Paloma Faith | Royal Albert Hall | 5 Sep (pictured)
Fresh-faced and copper-coiffed singer-of-song Paloma Faith fronts a 42-man jazz orchestra atop this Late Night BBC Prom. She’ll be joining with the elite Urban Voices Collective in a collation of hits off of her latest LP, ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, and its platinum-selling prequels, ‘Fall To Grace’ and ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?’. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Inner City Ooz | Display Gallery | 5-27 Sep
Oft-roaring jazz-pop boy King Krule, real name Archy Marshall, shows some of his and his brother’s art works, banner-titled ‘Inner City Ooz’. In short, it’s an installation based on the pair’s reactions to ‘motifs’ like memory, time and the role of the artist in a changing cityscape, and will feature a mix of large-scale abstract pieces featuring Archy’s poetry and ‘layers of paint’ by Jack, plus illustrations, drawings and photographs. In the downstairs place, the Marshall Bros will create a “secluded, fictional environment” of soundscapes, compositions and live interactive performance made to “vibrate the viewer”. Details 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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Saturday August 23rd, 2014 17:36

Sunday 31 August 2014 in London

Titus Andronicus

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

FILM: Routes – Dancing To New Orleans | BFI Southbank | 31 Aug
British director Alex Reuben’s intimate doc follows a road-trip he made south from New England to a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, shooting film all the way. Closing off the BFI’s ‘Gotta Dance, Gotta Dance!’ programme, ‘Dancing To New Orleans’ celebrates The States’s diverse dance lineage, and finds Reuben filming everyday Americans as they express themselves via a variety of steps and styles. The main film screening is followed by ‘Que Pasa’ and ‘Line Dance’, a pair of animated shorts also by Reuben, and ‘Newsreel: Melt Down’, which he recorded live during 2011’s LDN-based Dance Umbrella festival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Freddie Gibbs | XOYO | 31 Aug
Now one of the hip hop world’s most coveted collaborators in light of his and Madlib’s acclaimed ‘Piñata’ LP, no-frills Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs appears tonight in solo mode ahead of a disc that’s all his own, the forthcoming ‘Eastside Slim’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Titus Andronicus | Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park | 31 Aug – 20 Sep
The first piece of theatre (apparently) to be staged inside Peckham’s suitably brutalist, Frank’s-capped Multi-Storey Car Park, Bold Tendencies’ adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless vengeance tragedy features beatboxing, Parkour (aka free-running), and a community choir. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 14:35

Saturday 30 August 2014 in London

The Night Is Young

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

FILM: The Night Is Young | Barbican | 30 Aug (pictured)
The Barbican hosts (as the finale to its ‘Eye-Popping Colour!’ season) this one-off 4pm showing of Leos Carax’s ‘The Night Of Young’ circa 1986. Defined by its bright-hued cinematography, it stars Michel Piccoli as an ageing gangster who traps Alex, the younger son of his slain comrade, into a plot to break into a lab and steal an AIDS-like virus. Juliette Binoche plays Piccoli’s mistress who, in inveitable French ‘ménage à trois’ tradition, Alex falls in love with. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Nina Kraviz + Midland + Marcel Dettman | Fabric | 30 Aug
The high tsarina of Detroit-style electronica, Ms Nina Kraviz, takes the ‘Room 1 Headliner’ title at tonight’s Fabric-xtravaganza, backed by pivotal London DJ Midland and William Kouam Djoko, aka the host of Amsterdam super-club Trouw. Spaces 2 and 3, meanwhile, will be piloted by techno maestro Marcel Dettman and relatively fresh-faced label Danse Club. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Comedy Of Errors | Shakespeare’s Globe | 30 Aug – 12 Oct
A classic case of Shakespearean ‘mistaken identity’ bants, ‘The Comedy Of Errors’ (here directed by Blanche McIntyre) is a long and complicated chain of slapstick mishaps co-starring estranged twin bros Antipholus and Antipholus, and their manservants (estranged twins Dromio and Dromio) who are all thrown into a city known for its sorcery. Duly, beautifully-scripted chaos follows. 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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