Wednesday October 29th, 2014 10:33

Tuesday 4 November 2014 in London

The Frida Kahlo Of Penge West

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

COMEDY: Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart w/ Josie Long + Nathaniel Metcalfe | The Black Heart | 4 Nov
It’s all thrills, spills and comic spoils at The Black Heart tavern in Camden as Josie Long presides over another edition of her highly-decorated ‘Lost Treasures’ night, which is manned by cabin boy (and hilariously quippy stand-up) Nathaniel Metcalfe, and a crew of TBA guest acts. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Rosie Lowe | Concrete | 3 Nov
Rich-voiced synth-pop ladio Rosie Lowe spills her dark-dappled new track ‘Water Came Down’, and earlier singles, ahead of the TBA LP from which it came, which itself is set to be released ‘soon’ via Adele’s right hand man Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Frida Kahlo Of Penge West | Bridge House Theatre | 4-23 Nov (pictured)
A one-woman play inside a two-woman play (if you catch my meta-drift), writer-director Chris Larner’s dark and quick-witted ‘Frida Kahlo…’ is the story of Zoe, whose quiet life is erm… amplified when an old friend (vain, ambitious out-of-work actor Ruth) decides to stage a drama based on the life of a certain fiery Mexican painter. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:43

Sunday 2 November 2014 in London

Catriona Knox

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

COMEDY: Catriona Knox Thinks She’s Hard Enough | Pleasance Theatre | 2 Nov (pictured)
Ace character comedian Catriona Knox dives headfirst into a fancy dress box of “perfectly-pitched” personas in her top-reviewed, audience-interaction-heavy latest solo show; which features a recession-era TV chef, a crazed psychologist giving a TED talk, and a princely first birthday party. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/SPOKEN WORD: Dead Funny | Bloomsbury Theatre | 2 Nov
Robin Ince and Johnny Mains – co-editors of ‘Dead Funny’, a new book of short horror stories by comedians, co-host this series of live readings and deathly lite entertainment by many of the writers featured in the grisly tome. Josie Long, Charlie Higson, Stewart Lee, Steve Pretty, Joanna Neary, and Mains and Ince themselves, are all in the bag so far, with more shadowy figures still TBA. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Peggy Sue & The Choir Of Echoes | Bussey Building | 2 Nov
Gnarly girl-girl-boy folkists Peggy Sue celebrate their hale and hearty third LP ‘Choir Of Echoes’ with, for one show, a real-life Choir Of Echoes comprised of covers band Deep Throat. The event, which takes place via this year’s London-wide Illuminations fest, will begin with a solo set by theatrical singer Jesca Hoop, and will feature live improv by beatboxing/DJ-ing/composing man machine Cosmo Sheldrake. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:40

Saturday 1 November 2014 in London

MO

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

COMEDY: Live At the Chapel w/ Pajama Men + Joe Wilkinson | Union Chapel | 1 Nov
It’s always a carefree PJ party with “infinitely clever and endlessly entertaining” ThisWeek-interviewees Pajama Men, headliners of this incarnation of the Invisible Dot’s Live At The Chapel, which also boasts nightclub-style PAs by Joe Wilkinson (aka the strangest thing to hit ‘Countdown’ since… erm, ever), Mae Martin, and Brett Goldstein. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: MØ | Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 1 Nov (pictured)
Stage-diving, ponytail-whipping Danish popstar-with-bite Karen Marie Ørsted shows off ‘No Mythologies To Follow’, her stone-cold brilliant first LP, with support from rising Brit singer Raleigh Ritchie (aka part-time actor Jacob Anderson, who plays Greyworm in ‘Game Of Thrones’). Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Red Like Embers – Contemporary Voices From Brazil | Theatre 503 | until 1 Nov
Brazil is a nation that does nothing by halves; and its diversity is here represented in a carnival parade of plays written from the heart of Latin America’s most sensual land, as are featured on an instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast. Multi-award-winning dramatists like Jo Bilac, Newton Moreno and Marcia Zanelatto, as well as a rich seam of emerging writers, directors and actors, present a spread of uniquely-Brazilian works taking on the universal topics of sexuality, politics, religion and violence. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:38

Friday 31 October 2014 in London

Frizzi 2 Fulci

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

COMEDY: The Scary Halloween Show w/ Sara Pascoe + Beard | The Invisible Dot | 31 Oct
A Hallows’ Eve splattered with gross jokes and harrowing join-in games (with horrible horrible prizes for the doomed winers), the last of the Invisible Dot’s Scary Halloween Shows for this year stars superlative quick-wit and character actress Sara Pascoe, “extremely talented” friends Rosa Robson and Matilda Wnek’s hairy sketch act Beard, plus the equally brill (and evil, deranged, etc) Ali Bryce and Beth Vyse. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: Frizzi 2 Fulci | Barbican | 31 Oct (pictured)
A classic Halloween alternative to tacky vampire fangs and ‘sexy’ skeleton onesies, the Barbican’s chill-tastic homage to master-movie-soundtrackist Fabio Frizzi and his blood brother in film, Italian director and ‘Godfather Of Gore’ Lucio Fulci, with a night of screenings of the pair’s greatest collaborative horror hits, not least ‘Zombie Flesh Eaters’, ‘Seven Notes In Black’ and ‘Manhattan Baby’. Live scores to all movies are provided by the F2F house orchestra, Alauda String Quartet and various vocalists. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Evian Christ Trance Party III | Corsica Studios | 31 Oct
Wavey beatsmith-to-Kanye, Evian Christ, re-teams with promotions firm Oscillate Wildly to present his third in a series of Trance Party nights, this scarily strong-looking one featuring Christ B2B with Mssingno, as well as Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu, Boothroyd, Danny L Harle, and probably a smoke machine. Details and tickets here.

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Monday October 27th, 2014 13:36

Thursday 30 October 2014 in London

Gein's Family Gift Shop

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

COMEDY: Raising The Dead w/ Gein’s Family Giftshop + Thom Tuck + Adam Larter | Aces & Eights | 30 Oct (pictured)
NOT a human-eating robot‘ Alexander Bennett, via his This Is Not A Cult showcase, throws a spooky variety night (yeah, it’s a bit early – and so what?) featuring Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated trio Gein’s Family Giftshop (seen here identifying their ideal creepy trinkets with ThreeWeeks), vaguely unhinged This Is Not A Cult co-host Thom Tuck, Weirdos Comedy president Adam Larter and macabre character comic Milo McCabe. Details and tickets here.

DANCE/THEATRE: DV8 – John | National Theatre | 30 Oct – 13 Jan 2015
Based on over 50 frank interviews DV8 AD Lloyd Newson did with men re their sex and love lives; verbatim piece ‘John’ combines dance and dialogue to follow one man’s story from years of crime and drug use, into ‘a place unknown by most’. Containing strong language and nudity only suitable for adults, ‘John’ follows DV8’s acclaimed show ‘Can We Talk About This?’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Red Bull Culture Clash | Earls Court | 30 Oct
JME, Skepta, Wiley and the various MCs of London grime clique Boy Better Know are going crew-to-crew with A$AP Rocky’s all-American-rap A$AP Mob (aka A$APs Ferg, Nast, Ant et al); Rebel Sound’s David Rodigan, Shy FX and Chase & Status; and a rock-steady roster from reggae label Stone Love Jamaica in this year’s Red Bull Culture Clash, a Jamaican-PA-system-style battle in which all crews vie to make the most noise, and please/deafen the audience. There’ll be games like ‘The Selector’ (in which rappers/DJs are assessed on their choice of tracks), and ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ (in which opponents switch styles), whilst the finale is ‘Armageddon’, in which pretty well anything can happen, even the end of the world. Also, take-downs are mandatory. Details and tickets here.

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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’. Check out our interview with Brennan here. 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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